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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 67, No. 6
Features: About the Cover Photographer: Erika Fawcett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Everyone Hates the Science Fair: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Heat and the Beat of New Orleans: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . 23 Waterfowl Festival Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Salmon Fishing with Seals: Rollin Browne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Fells Point: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Bioblitzing at Horn Point Laboratory: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . 75 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Naval Mishaps: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Oxford Antique Show & Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Changes ~ Fishing: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Queen Anneâ€™s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 November Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 David C. Pulzone, Publisher Âˇ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com email@example.com
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About the Cover Photographer Erika Fawcett After she was introduced to a camera by her father while in high school, Erika’s passion for photography ignited with an interest in por traiture and weddings. Over the past 30 years, she has refined her interest and passion to focus on landscape, macro (floral) and night photography. She uses her photography to communicate her vision of the world, and her work deals with telling stories through the beauty, texture and shapes of the natural world. Most recently, she has branched out into teaching others how to capture the essence of what they see around them through workshops that she hosts with her husband.
Since she still has 8 more years in her professional career, she fits photography in when she can find a free weekend or the time to travel. She’s also an avid gardener and has grown her garden over the years with photography in mind. She enjoys being able to practice macro photography just by stepping out in the backyard and seeing what’s in bloom. Being outdoors is great stress relief, and she finds herself most at peace when able to enjoy the beauty around her, being out in nature. Since 2000, Erika and her husband, Bob, have resided in Bowie, Maryland, with their rescue pups and cats. The covere photo is titled Stormy Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You can view more of Erika’s work at erikafawcett.com or follow her on Facebook. 7
Everyone Hates the Science Fair by Helen Chappell
Well, not everyone hates science fairs, but I sure did. And I blame my high school biology teacher, who will be called Mr. Peaches for the purpose of this memoir. Although it’s unlikely, he might still be alive and still boring generations of kids with his monotone voice and his thinly disguised religious views, and I don’t want to get sued. I do know what osmosis is, and as far as he was concerned, I wasn’t having any of it.
You would think, growing up with a father who was a surgeon, where dinner-table conversation often involved graphic descriptions of whatever operations my Silver Haired Daddy had performed that day, I’d be all about high school biology. After all, if you were eating fried ham steak, green beans, applesauce and overbaked Pillsbury biscuits while the Old Man regaled us with how he’d removed eight feet of diseased intestine from a patient,
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you’d be all over dissecting a dead worm, right? Well, I dissected it upside down. And that was how I got off on a bad footing with Mr. Peaches. And it just went downhill from there. Being mathematically dyscalculic didn’t help me in biology or chem-
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Science Fairs Most people built papier mâché volcanos that exploded with a combination of baking soda and Coke, as I recall. Probably the smart kids made brilliant and innovative exhibits that would have stunned Max Planck, but I wasn’t a smart kid, and neither were most of the dullards in my class. So, when there weren’t enough volunteers, word went out from Caesar Peaches that all the kids would be taxed with a mandatory exhibit, just to make him look good to Administration. Somewhere in my reading, I’d learned that life could be created by the right combination of electricity and minerals. At the time it sounded pretty bogus, but I’ve learned since then that a lot of respected science people like Max Planck and Albert Einstein believe this may have been how life started on this planet. But I didn’t have a Hadron Collider, and my parents forbade me to fool around with anything involving electricity, so making my own one-celled animal was out of the question. And frankly, I wanted to get out of this with as little pain as possible. Happily, Judy, my best friend, felt the same way. Now you have to understand that Judy was one of a number of siblings, so you could kind of get lost in the shuffle at her house, and no one noticed if there were a couple of extra kids hanging
around. And everyone hung out at her house for that very reason. If you picture the Foremans’ basement from That ‘70s Show, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Judy’s house was like. Add to that the fact her parents lived in a ramshackle old farmhouse with about ten rooms, and there were all these outbuildings, like crumbling barns and falling-down henhouses and stuff, and they were hoarders. All those rooms were packed to the ceiling with stuff. And the outbuildings were also crammed with stuff. Just stuff. Boxes and bags of stuff. They never threw anything out. Get a new couch? The old one ended up in the barn. The former chicken house had
Science Fairs about twenty years of old New Yorker magazines and newspapers that they intended to get around to reading someday, even though the roof had caved in years ago, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what the place looked like. Pathways between the piles of stuff in every room. A dining room with a sideboard stacked with candy that probably passed its sell-by date around the time of the Truman administration. I mean, stuff, and more stuff everywhere. Her mother was a compulsive shopper, so more stuff was coming in all the time and added to the piles. If you add the fact her mother was possibly the world’s worst housekeeper and her father seemed to spend his spare time either sneaking New York State Tawny Port or cutting the grass, you get a pretty good idea of how chaotic it all was. Judy and I were science fair partners, since we were also partners in crime, and believe me, neither of us was dying with enthusiasm. So, we dug through the piles, looking for something, anything science-y. Somewhere in a pile of stuff they’d brought back from their annual trip to the Jersey Shore, Judy found the Sea Monkeys. People of a certain age who read a lot of comic books will remember those ads illustrating these anthropomorphic creatures. The illustration made it look as if they were a
family with a dad, a mom and some little kids. All you had to do was add water, and this packet of little black seeds would grow into a miniature family of little mermaids. Judy looked at me, and I looked at her, and we knew we’d struck science fair gold. We were old enough to realize we weren’t getting a family of little mer-people, but if we added these things to a jar of water, we’d either get living creatures or wet little beans. We didn’t care. Even if it didn’t work, it was still an experiment, right? Didn’t matter if it failed or succeeded. We would have an experiment, and that was all that mattered. So, me being the creative one, I got the poster board and the magic markers, and Judy, who was much more hands-on handy, dumped the little black things into a couple of mayonnaise jars, and voila! Instant science project. Zoology was our category. We took our slapdash show to the smelly old gym on the designated day. The black seedlings floated in the water. I taped my crudely let18
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pretty good. We dutifully followed him around as he droned on in his monotone from entry to entry, and most of us wished we were somewhere else. No one likes the science fair except the nerds. When he got to ours, he actually picked up a jar and held it aloft. “These are brine shrimp,” he droned. “They kind of look like sperm,” either Beavis or Butt-Head said from the back of the crowd. Either because someone actually knew what sperm looked like or because he was such a religious prude Mr. Peaches was stunned. The jar of Sea Monkeys slid from his fingers and shattered on the hard gym f loor. Tiny little worms struggling for their brief lives while the janitor shrieked about his immaculate f loor. There was a stunned silence. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, there weren’t too many other exhibits in the zoology division, so we actually won a third prize. All we really wanted was a passing grade, so we were pretty gobsmacked. We figured the Sea Monkeys gave their lives for a good cause.
tered SEA MONKEYS REAL OR FAKE together and set the jars in the middle of the triptych. As far as we were concerned, our job was done, and we went to McDonald’s to celebrate with greasy cheeseburgers and fries. The fair opened the next day. Some people’s parents actually showed up, but not ours, because they knew better. When we went in that morning, we were as stunned as anyone else to see little wiggly black things swimming around in the jars. The sea monkeys, as it turned out, were brine shrimp, whatever that was. Apparently, these marine creatures can go dormant for years, then, when immersed in water, spring to life. Mr. Peaches led the crowd on a tour of the exhibits, and believe me, some of the entries were
Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels. 20
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The Heat and the Beat Never Sleep Down in New Orleans by Dick Cooper
Cities have personalities shaped as much by their geography, history and climate as by their inhabitants. No city in America owes as much to those factors as New Orleans. It sits on a low isthmus between the winding, final course of the Mississippi and the brackish, estuarial waters of Lake Pontchartrain. Unlike the staid Protestant leaders who governed the English colonies to the north and east, New Orleans and its surroundings were founded 300 years ago by French noblemen with their joie de vivre approach to the world. The moist, sub-tropical winds from the Gulf of Mexico give the air a warm, sticky texture, and the denizens of the nearby swamps add a sense of unkempt danger. The cityâ€™s people
are more of an Afro-Euro-Carib cocktail than a mainstream American brew. The European architecture, the French- and A frican-inf luenced food and the thick foliage have an exotic look, taste and feel. Middle American cities have their Main and Market Streets, New Orleans has its Tchoupitoulas and Bourbon Streets. Instead of a steady and predictable lub-dub, lub-dub pulse, the city moves to a syncopated lub-lub-deedub beat often played out by young boys with drumsticks who skillfully turn five-gallon plastic buckets into primal street drums. New Orleans is so cosmopolitan that even its donuts are called beignets.
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and a half ago, was in December on what turned out to be a near-record cold weekend. During that threeday stay, we wore every piece of clothing we had packed ~ often all at the same time ~ to combat the raw wind that seemed to be constantly in our faces. We saw enough on that trip to know we had only touched the surface of what the city has to offer. This time, we decided to spend more time listening to good music and sampling more of the cityâ€™s worldrenowned food. BWI and Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport are less than three hours apart, so, with an hour time difference, our 8:30 a.m. departure from Baltimore had us at our Downtown hotel near the French Quarter by 1 p.m. An hour later, we were taking pictures of St. Louis Ca-
Bars on Bourbon Street For all those reasons and many more, my wife, Pat, and I decided to pay the Crescent City another visit this summer. Our first trip, a year
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The Heat and the Beat thedral and Jackson Square, and by 2:15 p.m. we were ducking for cover under the ornate iron balcony of the historic Lower Pontalba building as a summer rain squall rolled up the Mississippi and punched the city with a wet fist. In between downpours, we dashed over to the French Market Restaurant for a late lunch. Pat had a heaping bowl of jambalaya topped with Cajun sausage, and I had a poâ€™boy stuffed with fresh-fried local oysters. Several locals, almost with a perverse pride, asked us how we liked the heat and humidity in the city. They were somewhat put off when we told them it felt just like home on the Eastern Shore. The famous New Orleans climate is almost identical to that of our Chesapeake Bay summers. When we walked out of our air-conditioned hotel onto the city streets, we were hit with the same wet-blanket air we breathe on the
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The Heat and the Beat banks of the Miles River. The one thing that was noticeably different was the odor. Instead of salt marsh and soggy farm fields, the NOLA air is thick with an urban concoction of sweat, stale beer and bad plumbing. A quick whiff immediately transported me back 40 years to my newspaper-reporting days on the streets of Philadelphia. The smells are very similar, but New Orleans adds a pungent, red-pepper tang. We were surprised by throngs of people on the Downtown and French Quarter streets. The street cars (don’t call them trolleys) were full of tourists as well as locals, and several of the more-popular restaurants had lines outside their doors on week nights. The population has been gradually rebuilding since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, destroyed entire neighborhoods and scattered half of the city’s 480,000 residents across the country. The U.S. Census puts today’s population at close to 390,000, but most of the people we bumped into were among the 11 million tourists who now come to the city each year, leaving behind almost $7.5 billion. From the bits and pieces of conversations we overheard, many of the visitors are from Europe, Asia and South America. At a jazz concert that featured questions from the audience (more on that later), attendees were from
Families would hang a star flag in their windows to show they had a member in the service. across the United States, Canada, England and from as far away as Australia. We capped off the first day listening to a three-piece Dixieland band in an outdoor café two blocks from our hotel. On this trip, we knew we wanted to go back to the National World War II Museum, the highlight of our previous visit. (See National World War II Museum: Tribute to Courage, Tidewater Times, February 2017.) Both of our fathers served in that war. Pat’s dad was a bombardier on a Mitchell B-25 who f lew numerous combat missions in the European Theater. Mine was an Army Air 32
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in uniform. At one point in that year, my grandparents had a f lag with three stars on it in their window. On this visit, we ran out of steam and did not go through the Boeing Exhibit where B-17s and other bombers and fighters hang from the ceiling in lifelike battle poses. It’s not a surprise that the museum offers second-day tickets at a deep discount. There is a lot to see and absorb. A friend likes to call New Orleans “Disney World for Adults,” and we saw a lot of people on Bourbon Street who appeared to share that view. I must warn you in advance, if you are looking for help finding the most potent New Orleans daiquiri, the loudest bar or the strip joint with the most glitter, you are in the wrong place. Pat and I are not late-night
Corps specialist who island-hopped around the Pacific with his portable machine shop making spare parts for fighter planes. Since our first visit, the massive museum has added two new galleries, one concentrating on D-Day and the other on what life was like on the home front. We spent more than seven hours in the buildings that cover the sixacre museum campus in the city’s old Warehouse District. Even on our second visit, the interactive displays in the museum brought up emotional reactions to what our parents and the rest of the Greatest Generation lived through. Their courage in fighting tyranny is an exclamation point on the fact that 65 million people were killed worldwide during that war. The museum uses artifacts in an interactive way to tell stories augmented by the first-person oral histories of men and women who served. The 4-D introductory movie, “Beyond All Boundaries,” narrated by Tom Hanks, is guaranteed to make you angry, shocked and patriotic all in less than an hour. The new exhibits, while containing some themes covered in other parts of the museum, put a focus on how totally immersed Americans were in the war effort. In a display that recreated the living room of a typical American household in 1944, a flag with a single star hung in the front window to indicate that a family member was
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had been the home of L. Kemper and Leila Williams, wealthy collectors of New Orleans and Louisiana art and artifacts. The entrance off Royal Street leads to a classic European courtyard where the original homeowners could enjoy open air and sunshine away from the noise and bustle of the street. The galleries on the first and second floors show off a fraction of the more than one million documents, photographs and other items from the cityâ€™s 300-year history. One display contains coded letters from U.S. agents to thenPresident Thomas Jefferson detailing negotiations over the Louisiana Purchase. Maps of the city from the 1870s show large tracts of swampland, land that was later filled and
club goers. A full day for us starts with an early breakfast, followed by sightseeing, museum tours and concerts. It usually ends with a fine meal and bed by 10 p.m. Before we begin any trip, Pat orders Travel Guides from AAA and we peruse them looking for unique venues. This trip, we set our sights on the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Beauregard-Keyes House, Lafayette Cemetery #1 and the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The Historic New Orleans Collection (hnoc.org) is the museum of the cityâ€™s history located in conjoined old townhouses at 533 Royal Street in the French Quarter. The buildings
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that Beauregard never owned the house and only lived there for about 18 months after the end of the war, but that was enough for a band of local women to raise enough money in 1925 to keep it from being torn down and replaced by a factory. One of the more intriguing parts of the tour is the formal garden that adjoins the house. Pat and I were the only tour guests who walked through the gate into this walled, private space that included fruit trees and flowering shrubs in the middle of an intensely urban neighborhood. We ended the day with dinner at the Palace CafĂŠ on Canal Street, where our front-window table gave us a great vantage point to people-watch the constant parade of weird, wacky and
developed into neighborhoods that were flooded after Katrina. After another great lunch at the French Market Restaurant ~ this time I had a platter that included a very tasted blackened alligator in spicy brown gravy, and Pat had more jambalaya ~ we walked a few blocks to the Beauregard-Keyes House, a grand residence that is still standing because Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard once lived there. Beauregard was revered in the city and throughout the South as the commander of the Charleston, South Carolina, battery that opened fire on Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War. The docent pointed out
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table is high. They are engineered to work as flameless crematoriums. The heat of the sealed masonr y tombs can reach 300 degrees, turning the remains to ash that is then removed and placed in a compartment under the base of the tomb so it can be reused. Cemetery workers use a long wooden pole to sweep out the cremains, the origin of the phrase “I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.” The engrav ings on the tombs show that life was short as yellow fever and other tropical diseases frequently swept through the city, often taking children. The cemetery is also the site of several movie and television shoots and has even been used as a backdrop in music videos. Best-selling author Anne Rice, who lived near the cemetery, used it as a setting in her novels. One of the bargains of New Orleans is the public transportation system. For $3, you can buy an unlimited day pass. We took the St. Charles, the Canal Street and the Riverside street cars across town to our next stop, the Jazz Museum. The museum is housed in the old New Orleans Mint building on Esplanade Avenue across the street from Frenchman Street, home of some of the city’s best music clubs. The Mint opened in 1838 and has the distinction of being used to press coins for three nations, the U.S. of A., the Republic of Louisiana and the Confederate States of America. It closed production in 1909 and a small
well-dressed pedestrians of the New Orleans night. The grand finale of the evening was watching our waitress prepare and f lambé my Bananas Foster desert at tableside. T he g r e en s t r e e t c a r s of S t . Charles line rumble a scheduled route from Downtown out into the Garden Distr ict, where palatial homes line wide streets shaded by old trees. We hopped off at Washington Street and walked the few blocks to Lafayette Cemetery #1, the final resting place for more than 7,000 since 1833. The cemetery is filled with row after row of family mausoleums in a wide spectrum of repair. Mausoleum burials, while often reserved for the wealthy in other parts of the country, are common in low-lying regions where the water
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personalities of their subjects. But the best part of the museum visit is the free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. on most Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. (Check nolajazzmuseum.org for schedule.) About 75 people filed into the Performing Arts Center concert hall on the third floor of the museum, and Pat and I snagged front-row seats. We have found that with jazz, close proximity to the stage lets us see the expressions and movements of the musicians, “feel” the music and interact with each other. The afternoon concerts sponsored by the U.S. Parks Service feature established performers and beginning interns in an intimate setting. After an opening set, keyboardist Charlie
museum to its coin-producing past is on the first floor. T he Ja z z Mu s eu m show s of f s ome of t he t r e a s u r e s of lo c a l ja z z h i s tor y : L ou i s “ S atc h mo” Armstrong’s first coronet, Dizzy Gillespie’s distinctive, raised-bell trumpet, Pete Fountain’s clarinet a nd Fat s D om i no’s pi a no. O ne galler y celebrates the Women of Jazz, and another displays the fine photographic portraiture work of Herman Leonard, a well-know n c a mer a ma n who had ac c e s s to many of the greats. His black-andwhite photos of Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and numerous others capture the moods and
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Derek Douget, a member of Ellis Marsalis’ band for 25 years, took questions from the audience. The questions ranged from the technical to the uninitiated, all answered with patience and, in some cases, detailed explanations. They talked about how they were trained ~ classically ~ and why they got into jazz ~ it was a “calling.” The 19-year-old intern drummer, Hunter Miles Davis, said his mother always listened to good music around the house, and with his name, he really didn’t have a choice. After the concert, we stopped at Alberto’s Bistro in the French Market for muffalettas. The jazz theme was picked up and amplified by a shirtless teenager using two red buckets and the edge of the curb to drum
Street drummer and his instruments. Dennard, who has traveled the world with his music, and saxophonist
out his inner rhythm, spinning his drumsticks in the air on the upbeat. It was a good day, made even better by our last dinner in New Orleans at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, especially when the waitress brought out a platter full of charcoaled oysters drowning in garlic, butter and parmesan and a loaf of crusty bread to sop up the sauce. We finished the night with a cab ride in the rain back to the hotel and were entertained by the cabbie, who told us of a recent fare. “I picked up two young guys at Harrah’s Casino who had just won $16,000 and told me to take them to Bourbon Street. I told them I was taking them to their hotel where they were going to stash 15 thousand and
then I would take them to Bourbon Street. When they got back in the cab, they said they had two thousand and wanted to know if that was enough. I told them, “If you can’t buy it for two grand on Bourbon Street, it ain’t for sale.” Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at Amazon.com. He and his wife, Pat, live in St. Michaels. He can be reached at dickcooper28@ gmail.com.
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2018 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 8
4 p.m.: 48th Annual Waterfowl Festival Opening Ceremonies - Avalon 5 to 8:30 p.m.: Waterfowl Chesapeake Premiere Night Party 7 p.m.: “Make Way for Ducklings” - Art & Decoy Auction - Pavilion tents
Friday, November 9 - The following are events with speciﬁc times.
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 5:30 p.m.: Music - Emma Myers & Friends - Bullitt House 10:30 a.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class - Easton Middle School 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Music: Kenny Haddaway - Thompson Park 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Music: SMMHS Choral Groups - Academy Art Museum 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 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations - Easton High School 12 to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities - Easton Middle School 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 - Wayne Wheeler & Alan Willoughby - Academy Art Museum 3 to 5 p.m.: Music - Shanna Rae Music - Thompson Park 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay hosts Yappy Hour - Elks Lodge Separate admission required 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Painting Class: Wine & Watercolors - Academy Art Museum Separate admission required
Saturday, November 10 - The following are events with speciﬁc times.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Music - Emma Myers & Friends - Bullitt House 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 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby - Bay Street Ponds 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Music: SMMHS Choral Groups - Academy Art Museum 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Priscilla Cummings, Children’s Stories - Easton Middle School 10:30 a.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class (space limited) - Easton Middle School 10:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, November 10 - The following are events with speciﬁc times. 11 a.m.: Children’s Calling Clinic - Duck Calling Registration Required: WaterfowlFestival.org/KidsActivities 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kids’ Conservation Art Activities - Christ Church 11 a.m. to 5 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 12 to 1:45 p.m.: World Waterfowl Calling Championships, Jr. Preliminaries 12 to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities - Easton Middle School 12 to 2:30 p.m.: Music - Saved by Zero - Downtown 2 to 4 p.m.: Music - Mid-Shore Community Band - Thompson Park 2 to 5:30 p.m.: Music - Emma Myers & Friends - Bullitt House 2:30 to 4 p.m.: Music: Kenny Haddaway - Thompson Park 1 p.m.: Children’s Calling Clinic - Goose Calling Registration Required: WaterfowlFestival.org/KidsActivites 2 p.m.: Calling Contests, Finals - Easton High School No bus transportation provided after 5 p.m. 7 p.m.: Sportsmen’s Party - Elks Lodge - separate admission required
Sunday, November 11 - The following are events with speciﬁc times.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Music - Emma Myers & Friends - Bullitt House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Music - Kenny Haddaway - Thompson Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Dock Dogs® - Easton Middle School 10 to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby - Bay Street Ponds 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.: Chesapeake Mermaid Children’s Program 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 10:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations - Easton High School 12 to 3 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities 12 to 1:30 p.m.: Music - Trinity Blues - Academy Art Museum
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Salmon Fishing with Seals by Rollin Browne
I hope that I will remember this day for as long as I live. We happened upon a scene so amazing, so primal, and yet so beautiful that my words will certainly fail to describe its depth or breadth. In Northern California, at the mouth of the Klamath River where its unimpeded flow meets the Pacific, there is no development and few reminders of human civilization. Each side of the river is defined by
acres of massive sand banks. It is too wide and deep to wade across, and its churning, fast-moving current rolls and turns frothy as it meets the ocean. We arrived by unplanned circumstance at ebb tide and on one of the few days a year when the salmon are schooling in masses to begin their upstream migration. The river flowed over rocks and sand, sometimes whipping up white caps and swirling eddies; other
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to shake and tear apart the fish, ripping the heads off and slamming the lifeless carcass against the surface of the water. It was impossible to count the hunters; between those approaching the river, which were surfing down the ocean waves in gleeful anticipation of the bounty they pursued, to the dozens that appeared in the rolling current, there must have been 75, 80, or more. Over and over, fish after fish thrown into the air, some as big as 20 pounds ~ it was a spectacle of nature that one cannot begin to imagine. We watched this amazing scene for over two hours ~ the seals swimming several hundred yards up the river and into calm pools of water where we could watch the ballet of destruction and sustenance above and below the surface of the clear water.
places were calm and without a ripple. And just below the surface, the salmon were everywhere. Until that moment of our arrival on the beach, we had been unaware that the fish were schooling and beginning their swim upstream against the current, but the seals and sea lions were well accustomed to the event and in full feeding frenzy. Across the full width of the river, maybe 100 yards or more, the seals surfaced, dove, barked, lunged and attacked the salmon. Not just one or two ~ at any one moment, at least a dozen seals or sea lions could be seen and heard, some completely leaping out of the water, some with salmon in their jaws, which they would use
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Salmon Fishing both sides. Far from their primitive ancestors, these folks cast monofilament nets from shore and filled their 40-gallon coolers until they overflowed. If an unfortunate seal or sea lion became tangled in a net, it was dragged ashore and shot, then left to rot on the beach or drift out to sea; we saw one carcass on the sand. We watched the Indian descendants and the sea lions compete in the whitewater ebb of the river until we became almost accustomed to the scene. We talked with the fishermen, who were accompanied by wives, girlfriends and children. Some cast nets, some gutted and packed the fish, some just helped drag or carry the fish back to their small aluminum skiffs that were pulled up to the banks. A few dogs ran with excitement up and down the beach, and the children, their clothes stained with fish blood, took as much enjoyment from the harvest as the dogs.
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It is a wonder that any fish made it through the seemingly impenetrable field of predators. And one can imagine that the salmon that make it upstream will face hungry bears waiting to fatten up for the winter. We reluctantly left the beach, believing that we had witnessed a ritual older than the European settlement of North America. Perhaps even older than the tribes of natives that inhabited the land. We have the privilege that one gets from witnessing something not only unique but an event that is unaffected by the insignificant everyday occurrences and petty distractions of routine life. It was something as big as life and as eternal as death.
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Sheryl Southwick, Happy Birthday, Collage, 2018
The Annual Members’ Exhibition: The Museum @ 60 November 16, 2018–January 13, 2019 Reception and Awards: Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:30–7 p.m. Free Docent Tours every Wednesday at 11 a.m. This year’s Members’ Exhibition coincides with Thanksgiving and the holidays! Bring family and friends to see creative, imaginative and experimental artwork around the suggested “60” theme, celebrating the Museum’s 60th Anniversary. 106 South St., Easton, MD 21601 academyartmuseum.org
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by Bonna L. Nelson Fellâ€™s Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood in the southeastern area of Baltimore. It was established around 1763 and is located along the north shore of the Baltimore Harbor and the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River. My daughter Holly and I were long overdue for a getaway, so a day trip to Fells Point would fit the bill. We have a strong connection to the area, dating back to her early childhood. I dabbled in arts and crafts when Holly, now a pediatric occupational therapist, was a mere babe. Fells Point was a major arts scene then, and still is, though a bit more gentrified. My fellow artists and I, along with our spouses and Holly in a baby
carriage, frequently sold our work at craft fairs. The Fells Point Fun Festival, now in its 51st year, was always a favorite fair. We pooled our resources to lease tables to display our wares. We worked for months to increase our stock and then carefully packed our products along with water, snacks, chairs, change and, for me, baby accessories, to arrive early on the morning of the event. We preferred tables on the most popular corner, Broadway Street at Thames Street facing the harbor. During the Festival, we took turns managing our tables so that we could each peruse the other arts and crafts venues, talk to fellow artists and
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Fells Point Fun Festival Street Social Club, Moby’s, Rodos, 723, Duda’s and John Stevens. The four of us have fond memories of good food, music, tavern hopping, dancing, laughing and joy with friends in the historic seaport neighborhood of Fells Point, where Edgar Allan Poe is thought to have
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Fells Point taken his last drink. Occasionally, we still celebrate a special event as a family in Fells Point, which has the most restaurants in all of Baltimore. Holly and I researched Fells Point before our mother-daughter date. We wanted to determine which of our favorite haunts were still open and what new venues were recommended. We also planned to learn more about the history of the port and visit historical sites. Between my old-fashioned paper map and Holly’s GPS, we didn’t have any problems finding our desired destinations. After driving around the town to refamiliarize ourselves with the sites that we wanted to visit, we easily found metered parking on Broadway Street outside of the Broadway Street Market. Then we walked to Holly’s selection, the Blue Moon Café, for breakfast. Once seated in the historic narrow townhouse, we split the Full Moon breakfast, which included two eggs, two applewood smoked
Broadway and Thames streets ~ the heart of Fells Point. bacon slices and two Cap’n Crunch french toast slices (egg-battered bread smothered w ith smashed Cap’n Crunch cereal). Tasty! During breakfast, and later at lunch, Holly and I shared the latest stories about family, friends, homes and work. Our next stop was the Fells Point Visitor Center, Preservation Society and Museum on Thames Street, where we had the good fortune to meet the museum guide that day, Bradley Alston, a Baltimore National Heritage Area Urban Ranger. Alston staffs, lectures and gives tours at numerous Baltimore historic sites and possesses a wealth of information about Fells Point, which he shared with us that day after showing us a brief video. According to Alston, the historic waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point, in the southeast area of Baltimore, was established in 1763 by William Fell, who recognized the value of its deep-water harbor and
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War, when larger ships with steam power were needed and production moved to larger facilities nearby. A lston directed us dow n t wo blocks on Thames Street to another noteworthy site. In 1835, Frederick Douglass was sent to Fells Point by his Talbot County slave master to work for a shipbuilder. Douglass taught himself to read and write, and he escaped to Philadelphia from Fells Point. He is commemorated by a large sculpture in the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park on the harbor in Fells Point. The national heritage site also celebrates the contributions of African Americans in the development of Baltimoreâ€™s maritime industry.
The Blue Moon CafĂŠ. access to agriculture and forests. The town became a shipbuilding and commercial center, producing topsail schooners known for great speed and handling. The ships delivered goods to ports around the world. The schooners were also excellent blockade runners and were used as armed privateers that preyed on British shipping vessels during the War of 1812, leading to the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British in 1814. Immigrants were attracted to and stayed in the seaport due to the availability of jobs in shipbuilding, factories and warehouses. The multicultural flavor of the town is still apparent in the diversity of its residents, visitors and dining and shopping options. Fells Point continued building ships until the Civil
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mysterious causes in 1849. Patrons and staff at the still-popular drinking spot will tell you that Poe’s ghost frequently joins them for a drink. After the history lessons, we were ready to browse some of Fells Point’s unique shops, such as Su Casa, for home furniture and furnishings, interesting sculptures and candles. Sculpture of Frederick Douglass in Maritime Park on the harbor. One ot her histor ic a l f ig ure claimed by Fells Point, according to Alston, was Edgar Allan Poe. The lively, historic tavern The Horse You Came in On claims to be the site of Poe’s last drink before his death of 2018-2019
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Harbor while sipping Prosecco at the Vino Wine Bar and Shop’s outdoor patio next door to the hotel. The shop sells and ser ves wines from all over the world and offers small plates to accompany waterside wine tasting. Our last quick stop was also family related. We knew that my husband’s cousin Mary owns a tavern in Fells Point, but we had never been there. I thought we should pop in to say hello. Mary and her husband, Bill, own Ale Mary’s, a classic neighborhood pub on Fleet Street. Known for its religious decor, including church pews and pictures of saints, the pub serves Resurrection beer in a chalice
as a beautiful luxury hotel in 2017. Surrounded on three sides by the harbor, the Sagamore Pendry offers an infinity pool, open garden courtyard, three restaurants and bars, an art gallery, meeting rooms, valet parking and 128 upscale rooms with waterfront views. Holly admired the 3,500-pound Horse with Bridle bronze sculpture commissioned by Plank in the open garden during our tour, and we enjoyed a lemon water at the pool bar. The hotel is a symbol of the new gentrification of Fells Point. We admired a side view of the Sagamore Pendry and the Baltimore
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Kent County in 2014; went to Rocky Gap State Park in Allegany County in 2015; and documented the Howard County Conservancy in 2017. The chance to come to Dorchester County and work with scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science on Horn Point’s 800 acres on the Choptank River is a partnership that’s been in the works for a while. Dr. Jamie Pierson, a professor and research scientist at Horn Point, was the point person for the bioblitz. Pierson and Brighton became friends years ago, and Brighton has given a seminar at Horn Point about the work MBP is doing as well as giving a talk to the graduate students at an annual colloquium meeting they hosted. “At that talk, Jim actually pro-
Bioblitz is not the name of a punk band, at least not yet. It’s an event where scientists, naturalists and volunteers get together in an effort to do an intense period ~ generally 24 hours ~ of biological surveying within a designated area. This fall, Maryland Biodiversity Project completed its fifth bioblitz, teaming with Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge to see how many living species they could find and document in a day. Founded by Jim Brighton and Bill Hubick, MBP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cataloging all the living things in Maryland. They were born to bioblitz. They have gone to different parts of the state, beginning in 2013 with Chino Farms in Queen Anne’s County; they moved to Andelot Farm in
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Dr. John Hall and MBP co-founder Jim Brighton. posed the idea of doing a bioblitz here at HPL while we were wandering through the woods and he was showing me the difference between different marsh flowers, over by the cove on our property,” Pierson said. “He had interest here because of his family history of growing up nearby, and he already knew a lot about the property, including where he saw some uncommon beetles by some of our ponds. So when I took the idea to the rest of the lab community, they were thrilled! We are a group of scientists interested in everything from physics to chemistry to biology, and we spend a lot of time with our heads down thinking about our research, and less time looking around at what we have at work. So, this was a tremendous opportunity to get to know what we have from people who are not only experts, but giving of their own free time to do this.”
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makes it sound, it takes some coordinating to pull off such an event. Brighton, Hubick, Pierson and Carin Starr, Horn Pointâ€™s community relations manager, worked logistics and were in touch with the field experts for 10 months leading up to it. The group used HPLâ€™s education center as base camp, where people could report back and set up their gear, and where there was a 24hour pot of coffee going. The field team needed habitat and property maps, but once the event got underway, those details faded into the background. And then there was the rain. For
Indigo Bunting On Friday evening, September 7, more than 40 naturalists, scientists, experts and amateur enthusiasts ~ people from the Smithsonian, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and from throughout both the state and the Mid-Atlantic region ~ came together to volunteer their time to see what they could find. They do it for the fun, the challenge and the science, but also for the camaraderie ~ people with common interests and friendships, united in doing something they all love. And they all bring the equipment they need to document their area of expertise and interest. As quick as the name bioblitz
really stopped to consider the diversity of those animals, though academically I know that they are a hugely diverse group. Just after the event, I got an email from one of the volunteers who said that he’d identified 205 different species of moths, and he still had weeks of work to do!” As identification work continues, McGuinness has documented 260 species of moths. The overall count is still a work in progress but is nearing 400 with much work still to be recorded. There were more than 60 species of birds found. There was
Red Admiral butterfly. the third bioblitz in a row. Brighton quoted Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “And as he drove on, the rainclouds dragged down the sky after him, for, though he did not know it, [Jim Brighton] was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him, and to water him.” A little water never deterred scientists and outdoor types from “playing” outside. Even at night, which is the best time to document moths and insects. Hugh McGuinness is a renowned moth expert and teacher. He coordinated a few observation stations. And what he found took Pierson by surprise. “I was completely amazed at the diversity of flying insects that showed up in a very small amount of time,” Pierson said. “I’ve never
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a rare plant, Cypress Swamp Sedge, which is on the state watch list and is tracked by the Department of Natural Resources. There were 12 species of algae. Northern Pipefish found in seine nets. And something they didn’t expect: a population of Mediterranean Geckos. “The geckos were found by a moth expert who didn’t know what he had found,” Brighton said. “It is an introduced species that has been there for some time. We found more than 40 individuals.” So what does one do with all this information? The data collected goes into MBP’s online database, which helps flesh out geographic data. And it’s the beginning of a running record. Of the previous
bioblitz sites, three have passed 1,000 documented species, with Rocky Gap State Park likely to reach that mark soon. What does that data do to help Horn Point? “These data will be a beautiful baseline set of information about the biodiversity of the campus and will allow us to track changes if we
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Joe, and I tagged along with a small group as they wandered around the campus looking at the plants, and again I was struck at the unnoticed diversity around me,” Pierson said. “Not only the different grasses, but the insect eggs and nests that I never peered at carefully enough to appreciate.”
will come up with that are well beyond anything I could come up with today.” For their experiences, Brighton and Hubick have gotten better at bioblitzing. At first it was a case of show up, hang out and have fun. Now they have a system down, they know who to call and they are learning things, such as on Andelot Farms, there are ancient Indian oyster shell middens that contain a high amount of calcium and that support plants found nowhere else on the Eastern Shore. The data, the ongoing records and the knowledge end of this work are so important. But there is another aspect that counts for just as much. “On Saturday, my youngest son,
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Decreasing Sunlight One facet of the changing that I have really noticed lately is the decrease in the hours of daylight. This did not seem to bother me much back in Maryland, though getting up and commuting to D.C. every day in the dark and coming home in the dark was kind of a bummer. Guess it is an aging thing. The reduction in daylight hours is another signal that nature is slowly moving into a “sleep” mode for the next few months. I like lots of daylight, and I kind of feel like I am also going into a “sleep mode” during this time. Living here now in Holly Springs, northern Georgia, I find it interesting that there is about half an hour’s difference between the sunrise and sunset in Holly Springs versus Easton. The sunrise and sunset are 30 minutes later here in Georgia than on the Eastern Shore. This is one of the reasons that I look forward to Linda’s and my trip to Florida during the winter for a week. The more south-
ern latitude and the brighter sun exposure seem to recharge my batteries. Besides the drop in the daily temperature, the shortening of the daylight hours also signals deciduous plants to prepare for winter and facilitates the hardening off process. The shorter daylight hours and the lower path of the sun in the sky are the reasons ~ besides temperature ~ that fall-planted cool season crops take longer to mature. Inside the house, this means that the growth of your houseplants slows down or stops. If you haven’t done it already, it’s time to bring the houseplants 83
If a plant is showing yellowing leaves or straggly stems, move it to where it can receive more natural light or set up a plant light for it. A good general rule of thumb for houseplants during the winter is to avoid placing them near a hot air vent or heat source or where they may be exposed to cold drafts from entrances or window. In the vegetable garden, fallseeded root crops such as beets, carrots and turnips can be stored right in the ground through most of the winter. Cover them with a few inches of soil and add a thick mulch over the soil to add some additional storage time for the crops. Continue to clean up any old debris left in the garden and compost them. Harvesting of other fall vegetable crops, such as broccoli, collards and other greens, can be prolonged by covering them with white fabric tunnels or row covers, which will let in light and maintain a higher temperature around the plants.
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bed. Gladiolus, caladium, tuberous begonias and dahlias do not overwinter in our area. Dig and carefully remove loose soil and cut back any dead foliage to just above the bulb. For cannas and dahlia tubers, keep a stem length of 4 to 6 inches to help prevent rot of the tuber.
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from the leaves and needles from transpiration and winds blowing across the foliage. Wait until after the second or third hard frost to apply mulch around landscape plants, keeping mulch away from the plant stems or trunks to avoid rodent feeding during the winter. There is still time to plant springflowering bulbs if you don’t procrastinate. To promote good root growth, it is important that the bulbs be planted while to soil is still warm. The bulb needs to produce a good, large root system this fall for next spring’s growth. Be sure to mulch the planting bed with three or four inches of leaves, pine needles or straw. This must be done before the soil freezes, as you need to conserve soil heat. This is opposite of mulching recommendations for woody ornamentals and perennials because the plant needs are different. Bulbs are heavy feeders of phosphorous and potash, so don’t forget to fertilize when planting with either or 5-10-10, 5-10-5, or 1010-10 fertilizer at the rate of 1 to 2 pounds per 100 square feet of area.
Proper storage is important if you want to have viable tubers to replant next spring. They first need to cure properly. Spread them out with good air f low to cure for one to three weeks. This will help prevent rotting of the tubers while in storage. To correctly store the bulbs, place them in mesh or paper bags or nylon stockings. Then cover or layer the bulbs with peat moss, perlite or vermiculite and store them in a cool (40° to 50°), dry place. Check them periodically for shriveling or decay. Don’t forget to water those newly planted trees and shrubs that you transplanted earlier in the fall, especially if a dry fall is occurring. A good, slow soaking of the root ball once a week should be adequate. This watering practice is also important for evergreen plants in the landscape. Evergreen plant foliage will suffer from desiccation and turn off color if there is not enough water in the soil during the winter to offset water loss
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forcing is easy if you follow a few simple steps. First, select only large-size bulbs for forcing because it takes extra vigor to produce flowers indoors. You will also have better results if you choose the earlier-blooming kinds. Some of the easiest bulbs to force are small, early-flowering types like snow drops, Chiondoxa, Siberian squill and crocus. To force tulips, try the early-flowering types like early singles, early doubles and the Emperors. Almost any of the daffodils and hyacinths force well. Avoid using mixtures of more than one kind in the same pot. Each variety is slightly different, and you may end up with uneven blooming. A good, well-drained artificial
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potting soil mix is critical. Pot size will depend on the size of the bulbs and how many you use. Place the bulbs around the pot rim so they are almost touching each other. Then place one bulb in the center of the pot. Cover them with soil until their tips are showing. Once the bulbs have been planted, keep the soil continually moist, and place the pot where it will get cool temperatures without freezing. This part of the forcing process will take from 8 to 12 weeks. In November, an unheated garage or shed would be a good place to keep the pot. Cover the pots with hardware cloth to keep out
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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit www.visitdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit www.choptankriverlighthouse.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 97
Dorchester Points of Interest Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424
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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 www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTONâ€™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 Laytonâ€™s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. 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 www.restorehandsell.org. 102
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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton is the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, today the historic district of Easton is a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is 105
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 waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 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 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 trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of
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On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. For more info. visit www.wadespoint.com. 117
St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. LODGE AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. (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 www.milesriveryc.org. 4. INN AT PERRY CABIN BY BELMOND - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly
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St. Michaels Points of Interest come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper
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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and
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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. 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 www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 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 www.oldbrickinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. 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 classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 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 cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseummd.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989
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10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry
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Oxford Points of Interest 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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Naval Mishaps by Gary D. Crawford
Now, I have nothing against the Navy, you understand. Far from it. My father served in the Navy for six years, sailed with the president and son (FDR and James) to South America on the USS Indianapolis, h i s Nept u ne C er t i f ic ate h a ng s proudly on our wall and we have a nautical bookstore with bookcases of literature related to the navies of the world ~ American, British, German, Soviet, Japanese and so on. Besides, just across the Bay stands the United States Naval Academy, of which we are all so proud. Nevertheless, the Navy has been involved in some curious happenings around the Bay. Here are a few I thought you might find interesting. THE WITTMAN PBM The April 2011 edition of this splendid magazine carried a little story of mine about a mishap in the village of Wittman, Talbot County, entitled An Occurrence At Jones Boat Yard. I told there of the accidental bombing in 1947 of Mr. Orval Jones’ proper t y by a huge Nav y seaplane, a Mariner PBM-5A. Built by the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company at their plant in Middle River, she had gone aloft for some f light testing.
She needed to be at full operational weight for these tests for some reason, so she carried two full-sized dummy bombs filled with enough sand to equal the weight of real bombs. At 9,500 feet over Bloody Point, something suddenly went w rong. S omehow, t wo du m my bombs were released and plummeted down through the sky. The crew supposed they would fall harmlessly into the Bay, so they didn’t think too much about it ~ until the reports of ground damage began coming in. H appi l y, no one w a s k i l le d , though one boathouse was demolished. Mr. Orval and three other boatyard workers suffered concussions from the shock waves created when the two objects slammed into the ground, making twin craters and displacing more than 250 cubic feet of earth. The incident was widely reported at the time and made a good story ~ and still does. Curiously, though, the bombing of Wittman was not the first mishap in this area involving a PBM Mariner. But what is a PBM Mariner? Perhaps a few words about seaplanes would be helpful here, since these days we don’t connect airplanes with the water so much, at least
Naval Mishaps not intentionally. But we should remember that in the dawn of aviation, there were no airports. Even decent roads were uncommon in those horse-and-buggy days. For aviation experiments, water was softer than a farmerâ€™s field, as were sand dunes.
For example, in 1903, just as the Wright Brothers were experimenting at Kitty Hawk, Samuel Langley was assuring his engineer Charles Manly (on the left) that his plane really could leap into the air from this contraption floating in the Potomac. Manly and the wreckage had to be fished out of the water twice before Langley abandoned the attempt. Seaplanes are still useful today, of course, wherever a ground landing is impractical, such as in the Arctic or the Caribbean. Seapla nes come in t wo ba sic designs. Floatplanes are more or
less standard aircraft that are fitted with pontoons instead of wheels so they can f loat on the water. Flying boats are designed to swim in the water like a boat. In either case, the wings must be located high on the plane to keep the engines well above the water.
A few seaplanes can take off from both land and water. The Grumman Albatross shown here is a f lying boat with retractable landing gear; n at u r a l ly enoug h, suc h pl a ne s are known as amphibians. Oddly enough, I f lew in a Grumman amphibian seaplane just like this one out in Micronesia many years ago. In those days, the main islands had small airstrips, and Air Micronesia served them with a jaunty â€œsports carâ€? airliner, the Boeing 727. It had a limited range but was highly maneuverable and could stop on a
dime when necessary, as was important on those very short runways. To f ly into the island of Ponape (Pohnpei), however, they needed a Grumman Albatross. Ponape lacked an airport ~ but it did have a WWII Japanese seaplane ramp. So, in 1968, I and a dozen other passengers en route from Guam to Ponape arrived in Truk (Chuuk), where we had to change planes.
Disembarking from our 727, we waited while they shifted our luggage, t hen wa lked out onto t he runway and climbed into the cute little amphibian. She lumbered down the runway, climbed very slowly into the air, and turned east. There was no stewardess on this plane, though the copilot did pop into the cabin once to say hello and point out an ice chest filled with soft drinks. Three hours later, we arrived over the Ponape lagoon and circled in. The pilot passed over the landing area at quite a low altitude, scanning for obstructions in the water. Then he dropped us gently down, closer and closer to the sparkling blue water. We felt a sharp little
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On November 22, 1935, she left her pier at Alameda, near Oakland, cheered on by 25,000 spectators who had turned out to witness the
historic f light. Capt. Edwin Musik found his plane so heavily loaded with fuel for the 2,100-mile first hop out to Honolulu that he was unable to fly over the partially constructed Oakland Bay Bridge as he had been asked to do ~ so he flew under it. As he passed along the San Francisco waterfront, however, he managed to gain enough altitude to fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, then nearing completion. The China Clipper made it to Hawaii and landed on Oahu, where the next day she refueled and set off for Midway Island. Then came hops to Wake Island and Guam before finally reaching Manila. She arrived safely just a week after leaving California and some 65 hours in the air. A new era in global transportation was born. During WWII, the Glenn L. Martin Company built several aircraft for the armed forces. One of the most popular was a two-engine flying boat called the Mariner. Big and durable, the Mariners were 80 feet long and had a wingspan of 118 feet. Powered by two engines, they were capable of carrying both bombs and torpedoes under their wings. The Navy used them as patrol bombers and designated them “Patrol Bomber (Martin),” or PBMs. Mariners were credited with many sea rescues in all theaters of war and with ten U-Boat kills. Martin made a total of 1,367 PBMs, with minor variations. The final version, the PBM-5A,
was the only Mariner fitted with landing gear, and it was this amphibious model that bombed Wittman. THE CHOPTANK PBM (ARRIVAL) - 1944 Those who regularly go fishing around t he mout h of t he Great Choptank River know about “the plane w reck.” It’s a spot where swarms of fish are said to congregate. Now, I want to assure you this is not one of those “fish stories.” Not like the one about two guys from Bethesda who finally located a mess of fish at the end of a long day. Realizing they’d not be able to find that spot again, one of the guys put an X on the side of their rental boat to mark the location. His buddy roared with laughter. “Wow, that is so dumb!” he said. “After all, we might not get the same boat again!” No. This fish story turns out to be true. Fish really are much attracted to the old sunken plane, which naturally leads fishermen to seek them there. Consequently, all the local watermen know where the wreck lies: 30 feet down off the southeast coast of Tilghman’s Island. The water is too murky to see her from the surface, but they know she is a big plane. Old-timers recalled that for a while, one of her wings stuck out of the water. Did you guess it might be another Martin Mariner? Well, you’re right. Navy records indicate that she was a PBM-3, one of several assigned to 147
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Naval Mishaps the brand-new Patuxent Naval Air Station in 1943. They put her into service late that year. On January 2, 1944, Lieutenant (jg) Jack Chase took her up on a training mission to practice landings and takeoffs. With him were five other men: two ensigns as pilots in training and three av iation machinist mates. The mouth of the Great Choptank was just 30 air-miles away,, and Lt. Chase was familiar with this location, for the Navy had been using Sharp’s Island as a target for aerial bombing practice.
The trick in getting a f lying boat into the air is to accelerate gradually until she comes up and “planes” on the surface. To assist in this, most f lying boats have “stepped” hulls. When they reach a certain speed, the hull lifts them up so they are “on step,” which helps them break free of the water’s suction and allows the wings to lift her out of the water and into the air. Precise steering of the plane while it is “on step” is critical. This is how Lt. Chase described what happened that day in 1944: In at tempt ing take- of f plane reached 65-70 knots, started turn-
ing on Step. Before pilot realized the extent of turn, the left wing-tip float dug in and was carried away. Relieved of this weight and drag plus reverse aileron control, right wing-tip float dug in and was also carried away. Due to loss of the right f loat, right wing sank and plane turned on its side. It is believed tunnel hatch was ruptured as water poured in through the tunnel sinking plane in about 15 minutes.
Fortunately, no one was injured, and the crew came ashore safely in a raft. The plane and both engines were unsalvageable, so the Nav y retrieved her sensitive communication equipment and abandoned her. And there she lay, more or less undisturbed ~ except by anchors, and fishing gear that became entangled, and lots of fish ~ for 56 years. INDIAN HEAD As you zip along on the Inner Loop of the Washington Beltway heading west toward the Potomac, you pass signs for Indian Head highway. In case you’ve never taken that exit, that highway (MD 201) runs southwest for several miles and
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out onto a peninsula. Since colonial days, it has been known as “Indian Head” because several tribes congregated there. It is now the site of a USN research laboratory called simply the Naval Support Facility, Indian Head. In 1900, when it was the Indian Head Proving Ground, they were working on a problem experienced by navies in the 19th century, namely the immense amount of smoke that their big guns generated when fired repeatedly and in tandem. A “broadside” (when ever y gun on one side of a warship is fired at the same time) could blind the crew so they were unable to see the enemy’s movements. When the wind was just wrong, a vessel might be put at great risk by being blanketed for much of the battle. Developing smokeless gunpowder became a priority, and the Indian
Head facility began experimenting with it in the 1890s. By 1900, the Naval Ordnance Station (later known as the Naval Powder Factory) there became a major manufacturing center for this powder, and work continued there for decades. In 1916, g unners at t he Nav y Proving Ground fired a massive 16-inch shell into a sandbank. There it struck another shell lying in the sand and was def lected into the air. After f lying overland for quite some distance, the shell arrived at the residence of Mr. George Swann, where it slammed to earth, narrowly missing the house but damaging his porch.
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water, making it a navigation hazard. A PBM is a tall plane, as is clear from this photo of one in Florida being hosed down to remove the salt.
Naval Historical Center. So, with the Navy’s permission, he took a team of divers from MAHS out to map the site and report it. Howe and his team examined the wreck thoroughly, measuring, taking sonar images and describing the deterioration of metals and the subsequent damage to the plane by the environment and fishermen. In October, they submitted their report to the Navy and to the Maryland Historical Trust.
THE PT-BOAT As it turns out, the wreck of the PBM was not the only naval snafu in the area of Sharp’s Island at that time. When the island was being used as a bombing target for USN aviators, the explosions could be heard throughout the area; residents of Tilghman’s Island could feel each of the concussions. The bombing also did a swell job of loosening what little soil remained, reducing Sharp’s to a few dozen acres of pockmarked marsh. At high tide, it was barely above water.
1946 aerial photo of Sharp’s Island. Photo courtesy of Darrin Lowery.
NOAA changed their charts when Howe pointed out that the wreck stands 23 feet high in just 30 feet of
The nearby lighthouse marked the area clearly, however, and locals all knew how to avoid the island and its surrounding shoals. But one day, a Navy PT-boat came running up the Bay. Perhaps it was after dark, but in any case, the helmsman apparently wasn’t looking at his chart carefully enough. At high speed, he ran onto the island and slid well up into the marsh.
Naval Mishaps There were no reported injuries (except, once again, to poor Sharp’s Island), and the Navy quickly managed to pull its PT-boat off. Whether she was much damaged by her skid over this piece of Talbot County, no one seems to know. THE USS MISSOURI But none of these incidents compares with what happened on January 17, 1950 down the Bay at Norfolk, near Old Point Comfort. That day, the venerable battleship USS Missouri was leaving Norfolk for Guantanamo Bay, under the command of Capt. William B. Brown, her new captain since December 10. The harbor pilot disembarked at the mouth of the Elizabeth River and turned the ship over to her captain and crew. Capt. Brown proceeded to sail out between Old Point Comfort and Fort Wool, through the well-marked channel. It leads northeast, then turns east to run out between the Capes and into the Atlantic just 18 miles away. Then a glitch occurred. The Navy was conducting an experiment to record the sound of ships passing over sound cables laid on the bottom; these recordings could then be used to identify ships just by their “sound signatures.” All Navy vessels entering and leaving Norfolk were invited to participate by running through a specified area where the acoustic
cables were laid on the north side of the main channel. The test area was not far from some shoal water, but it was marked with buoys. Capt. Brown agreed to participate, but he had many more important issues at hand, so he turned the matter over to his navigator. Through a series of misunderstandings and blunders, after passing Old Point Comfort and Fort Monroe, the Missouri headed toward the north side of the channel where the acoustical course lay. Beyond the test area, the water shoals quickly drop to less than 20 feet ~ and the Missouri draws 39 feet at her stern.
As alarms were raised, the captain took over, but he mistook a buoy placed on the north side of the acoustic area for one that he thought marked the south side. When he altered course so the buoy would pass to starboard, that direction took him into dangerously shallow water. T he m i s t a ke w a s d i s c over e d within minutes, but it was too late. The massive battleship slid onto a sand-and-mud bar known as “The Horseshoe” at 12 knots, her momentum carrying her across the mud for
three times her length ~ which is 889 feet. Even with her rudder hard over and engines in full reverse, the Missouri slid to a halt. And it was high tide. This proud battleship ~ the favorite of President Truman because it was named for his state, the magnificent warship his own daughter
Margaret had christened, the vessel whose massive firepower had helped to win the war in the Pacific in WWII, and on whose deck the Japanese surrendered in Tokyo Bay ~ yes, the â€œMighty Moâ€? herself now sat, ignominiously stuck in the mud, in plain sight of all. The Missouri had left her pier in the Norfolk Navy Yard that day with all of her magazines brimming with ammunition, all her supplies, equipment, and crew aboard, and her fuel tanks topped off at 95% full. Altogether, she was displacing 57,000 tons, which caused her to settle solidly onto and into this Chesapeake mud f lat. The t a sk of get t i ng t he Mi ssouri of f the shoal is a stor y in itself. Capt. Brown, of course, was relieved of command and left the ship. The Navy assigned the massive eng ineer ing ef for t to Rear Admiral Homer N. Wallin, who had experience with such things at Pearl Harbor, where he resurrected 19 of
Naval Mishaps 21 warships initially declared as total losses. Wallin got right to work on the problem. Several early attempts to pull her off with tugboats had failed utterly, demonstrating there would be no easy solution. The next very high tide was forecast for February 2, so that became Wallin’s target date, and for the next ten days, the work was intense. The Mi ssour i wa s of f loaded; her fuel was pumped into tankers. A huge trench was dredged out behind her. Divers dug sand from beneath her stern to break the grip the Chesapeake mud had on her. A vast array of anchors, cables, Navy tugboats and commercial towing vessels was assembled. On January 31, they tried for a fourth time. She failed to move, but the attempt served as a dress rehearsal and showed where adjustments were needed in the towing plan. A look at the diagram shows the plan. Finally, on February 1, the fifth try was successful. The immense vessel slid into the trench dredged for it and was towed into deeper water. The Navy was not amused by this incident. Several officers received reprimands. Capt. Brown was courtmartialed and dropped 250 names down the promotion ladder, effectively torpedoing his career.
Commendations were awarded, however, to three members of her engine crew: Engineering Officer L ieut . Ja me s For eh a n , E n s ig n Fredrick Koch and Ensign Robert Wa lters. The moment Mi ssour i began her slide through the mud, they realized that the muck would plug up the cooling-water intakes and cause the steam turbines to overheat. Their quick action to clear the intakes saved the Missouri’s main power plant. In time, “Muddy Mo” became once again the “Mighty Mo.” Since 1998, she has been at rest in Pearl Harbor, where she serves as a museum ship. THE CHOPTANK PBM (RETURN VISIT) - 2018 Eighteen years after his first investigation, David Howe returned to the Choptank PBM wreck site. He and his team arrived at Tilghman’s Island just a few weeks ago, on September 21, and docked at the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. They dove on the wreck the next day, Saturday the 22nd, for 12 hours, collecting data for a followup report. Unfortunately, the recent storms had clouded the water badly, making photography impossible; they were, however, able to scout the wreck and discover how much she had deteriorated. Howe said, “The current condition of the site is very sad, far worse than it was in 2000. It has been heavily
damaged by anchors and grappling hooks. The dorsal surface of the fuselage was fairly intact in 2000, but it is a war zone now with large patches of skin ripped off and structural frames exposed and broken.” Only four Martin Mariner PBMs are known to exist. One is this magnificent, wholly intact PBM-5A on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
One l ie s upside - dow n at t he bottom of Lake Washington, near Seattle. Another was found in 2012, deep in the waters of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. And we have one, right here on the Eastern Shore. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.
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Mix boiling water with Jell-O, then add cold water to slightly gel. In a blender or food processor, grind: 1 12-oz. pkg. cranberries (raw) 1 orange, chopped (using most of the rind) 1 cup sugar 2 t. cinnamon Add the blended mixture of cranberry, orange, cinnamon and sugar to partially set Jell-O. Put in pint jars. It will keep for weeks. EASTERN SHORE BREAD STUFFING Enough for a 12- to 14-lb. turkey A dear friend introduced our family to poultry seasoning. It is a blend of ground sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, savory and other herbs, seeds and salts. My favorite is Bell’s poultry seasoning, which is still packaged in the yellow box I remember from childhood. Since it does lose its f lavor over time, you must replace it every year. When making stuffing, use good
liquid ingredients will not be absorbed properly, causing the bread to fall apart and the stuffing to be gummy. Spread it out on waxed paper or cookie sheets in slices or cubes, and leave it uncovered for a day or two, turning every now and then. You can also place the bread in the oven (at a very low setting) until it is dry, turning frequently.
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18 1-oz. slices of high-quality sandwich bread, cubed 4 ribs of celery (with leaves), finely chopped 3/4 cup yellow onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped 3/4 T. poultry seasoning
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Salt and pepper to taste 1 stick plus 2 T. melted butter 1/3 cup warm water Cook and stir celery and onion in butter in a large skillet until onion is tender. Stir in 1/3 of the bread cubes. Pour into a big mixing bowl to give yourself plenty of room to toss. Add remaining bread, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, tossing with your hands until well mixed. Drizzle the warm water, a little at a time, until the stuffing is moist and just holds together in the palms of your hands. Remember: Do not mix the stuffing until just before it is put into the turkey and then into the oven. All the ingredients can be prepared and held separately, but mix, stuff and roast at the very last minute.
Boil sweet potatoes with skins on about 20 minutes until tender. Remove skins and mash to eliminate lumps. Combine sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup brown sugar and next 4 ingredients; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon into a greased 13” by 9” baking dish. Combine 1 cup brown sugar and f lour; cut in 1/4 cup butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Top the potato mixture with the crumble and bake uncovered at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly around the edges.
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SAUERKRAUT This is a traditional favorite. I grew up having sauerkraut for Thanksgiving; itâ€™s just tart enough to cut the richness of a turkey dinner.
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Liberally grease a large casserole dish. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with water, bring to a boil and simmer until tender. Simmer 30-35 minutes for whole potatoes or 20-25 minutes for pieces, then drain. In the saucepan, mash the potatoes until there are no lumps. Beat in sour cream (as much as you like), then add butter, salt and pepper, and beat until potatoes are light and f luffy. Place potatoes in the greased casserole and bake in a 350Â° oven. If you prepared the mashed potatoes ahead of time, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before putting in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15.
Rinse the sauerkraut in several changes of water and drain. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve hot. KARO NUT PIE Makes 1 pie A really good pecan pie that deserves a place of honor on your Thanksgiving table. 1 cup Karo light or dark corn syrup 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 T. butter, melted 1 t. Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract. 1-1/2 cups pecans 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deepdish pie crust
your favorite whipped topping or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A chocolate drizzle on top could also be an added dimension.
Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust. Bake on center rack of oven until center reaches 200°F and springs back when tapped lightly, about 55 to 70 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and top with
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Fishing The Angelica Blackburn III
(Part 1 of 3)
by Roger Vaughan
Sal was awakened by the splatter of codfish chunks hitting hot oil. He was cramped from having his knees wedged against the overhead, weary from the effort it took, even in sleep, to maintain his balance against the relentless, violent motion of the trawler. The randomness was worst. The boat never took the same drop, never rolled quite the same twice in one night. Prepa-
ration had to be general, readiness a creative compromise. Someone on the crew was always inventing a new sleeping position, a way to fold a blanket as a body wedge. Even so, after each short period in the bunk, there was usually a new bruise to be counted. The sea was up. Hampered by having to tow its heavy gear across the bottom of the winter fishing
Fishing grounds on Georges Bank at three knots, the trawler was behaving badly. At that miserable speed, and with the heavy tow, even the most sea-kindly vessel was a mark for the ocean’s whims, and the Angelica Blackburn III had been built to hold fish, not cruise in comfort. When her bow lifted out of a wave and dropped 15 feet into the trough, Sal’s whole body would have left the berth if his knees hadn’t been braced. When the bow hit bottom he could feel the skin on his face sag from the Gs he was pulling. On impact, his insides were compressed like a bellows, forcing the air from his lungs in a rush. One learned how to sleep be-
tween the heaviest rolls, how to wake up just enough to brace harder before the biggest drops. The repetition of awful motion could bring on frustration, depression, anger and sometimes despair. This was a northerly storm. On Georges Bank, in winter, a northerly could last for a month with no let-up. At times like this, the boat was truly a torture chamber. Hardened deckhands had been heard quietly sobbing in their bunks during such conditions. Put a landlubber in this bunk for ten minutes and he would rat on his own mama, Sal thought as the bow fell and he went weightless. He opened his eyes and squinted through the blue smoke thick as fog in the fo’c’sle, the forward crew compartment that functioned as kitchen, dining room, bedroom, closet, dressing room and lounge. Tony, his best friend, was tending the frenzy of sizzling fish chunks on top of the blackened Shipmate diesel stove that also heated the living space. The stove had two speeds: red hot and off. Sal admired Tony’s grace at the stove, his ability to
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cook anything at all on the miserable thing. Sal had seen Tony work 36 hours on deck when the fi sh were coming too fast to stop for any reason, then come below and cook like he was feeding the governor. He got $30 extra a trip for being cook as well as deckhand. A buck a meal. He had to love it. Tonight he was cooking on horseback at full gallop. Tony jumped aside and swore softly as hot oil sloshed from the big black pan and hissed on the stove-top, adding more blue smoke to the tiny, seagoing efficiency apartment (no view, no bath) that housed five of the seven crew. Sal stared at the familiar pattern of chrome screws set in fi nish washers on the white pegboard ceiling above his bunk until they began to blur. He regulated his breathing and, on the music of the never-ending throb of the Fairbanks Morse diesel, entered what passed for sleep on the Angelica Blackburn. He looked for Maggie, saw her in the distance, reeled her in. For some reason, she was wearing his
sea boots and a short skirt. She had on a blue nylon windbreaker, unzipped, with nothing under it. She walked toward him, doing an awkward, sexy shuffle in the big boots. The brown hair that usually surrounded her face in soft curls was wet and matted down. He picked her up gently, like he would a child. He felt relief flood through her. That image faded into another. In her blue terry bathrobe, Maggie was sitting in a big wing chair in the middle of a street, watching TV, with heavy traffic passing on either side of her. The vehicles made no noise. He looked out at her from behind the wheel of a large truck he was driving. The road was very rough. The truck radio blared: “It’s going to be a cold one in Boston tonight. Button up, folks, because we’ve got temperatures dropping into the mid-teens and here’s the bad news: the wind will be out of the southeast at 20 to 25. A good night to sit by the fi re.” Sal saw that Maggie shivered and drew her feet up under her. The scene suddenly whited out.
Fishing Tony had flipped on the big fluorescent overhead light. “Bitch of a night to be ashore,” he said, fiddling with the radio that had been part of Sal’s dream. Before Sal was fully awake, the boat took a terrible drop. His knees had relaxed. He pushed out against the overhead with his hands just in time. The boat bottomed. He took a nasty crack on his hip from the bunk’s weather board. He cursed. “Hey,” someone said. “Is that any way to say good morning?” “Whaddaya mean morning,” Tony said. “It’s suppertime.” “Who the hell knows.” “Who the hell cares!”
Sal swung his legs over the bunk’s high side. At six-foot-one, 180 pounds, Sal wasn’t an overly large man. He had played middle linebacker in high school and regularly gave away 20 pounds to the men he had to tackle. But Sal was still all muscle, quick and agile. With the roll of the boat, he dropped onto the settee beneath his bunk and steadied himself with his elbows on the triangular table that conformed to the taper of the bow. Tony had wet down a tablecloth so it wouldn’t skid on the formica, and had set the wide bowls upside down for better purchase. The glasses were on their sides, wedged between the bowls. There was a huge pot of steaming beans, another of
Fishing rice, three loaves of bread, butter, cold cuts, cheese, fresh fruit, salad, and the fish. Above, the heavy door to the deck opened and slammed shut. Antonio, the skipper, and Vinnie, the engineer, came down the heavy oak ladder. Their jackets dripped with the spray that had pelted them as they crossed the slick deck between the pilothouse and the fo’c’sle. Antonio was Sal’s father; Vinnie, his uncle. It never ceased to amaze Sal how un-seamanlike they both looked. Line up the crew of this boat in their working clothes for a group photo and people would guess all kinds of occupations before commercial fishermen. Construction crew. Surveyors. Truckers. Bowling team. His father looked more like a shop foreman in an engineering plant. The stout Vinnie could have passed for a chef. A big eater, anyway. Then there was Rennie, Sal’s cousin. With his black beard, his curly hair and his pipe, he would fit in with the math professors Sal had seen in college. Tony looked like a ’50s rock groupie, TV-slick. And Bat, the new guy who was trying out, looked like he would be more at home under a car. Richie, in his late 50s, was the only unmistakable fisherman in the lot, an old-timer from the old country. Like Sal’s father, he had never
done anything but fish, always as a deck hand. Richie had been born knowing how to fish, how to run a deck gang, how to mend a net. He was the guy who always had his gloves off the longest in the winter. He always took the most water in a haul-out. He was the first man on deck and the last man below because after the work was done, the deck clean, Richie would open the scallops for dinner. Really, it was Richie’s scene. The rest of the crew were guests by comparison. Richie’s face was lined and toughened like an old ball glove. His hands were crusted claws. He lived on Wonder Bread, Empirin Compound, and fish. He was known as an “ironman,” a holdover designation from the days when it was really tough, when Marines would have been put to shame, to hear tell. At three a.m. or so, Richie would often cap off a long stretch on deck with a cold codfish liver sandwich ~ heavy on the catsup ~ before hitting the bunk. The story the men loved to tell about Richie was how he went anchovy fishing out of San Diego on his honeymoon. As he was pulling the net, his shiny new wedding band got caught in the twine. Plop. It went into the Pacific. Richie just smiled whenever the story was told. He had always been happy it was the ring he had lost and not his finger. Richie was still in the pilot house. He always monitored the
tow while the old man ate dinner, which didn’t take long. Antonio’s average time at the table was just under five minutes. He would hang up his hat and coat, wash his hands, complain lightly to Tony about something just to set the mood, take a modest portion of food and eat. He said very little at meals. There wasn’t time. It was as if he didn’t want any snippet of random conversation to break his concentration on the hunt. His job was to find fish. If he didn’t find fish, the men wouldn’t have anything to do but get bruised in their bunks. No fish, no work, no money, no boat. Hunting for fish in his soup was how the men described his mealtime demeanor.
As skipper, Antonio sat hour after hour in the pilot house, surrounded by electronic instruments, staring out at the eternity of lumpy, gray winter seas. Every half hour or so, he would get out of his swivel chair, walk the five steps to the chart table and study the pattern of shoals that by now had to be imprinted on his brain. Sandwiched among the loran lines and water depths and wreck notations and notices printed on the chart were hundreds of crosses and checks and little number groups that had been meticulously penciled in by hand. Although the chart he looked at was new, it might as well have been every chart he had ever seen since the first summer he worked
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Fishing his fatherâ€™s boat. After each trip, any new marks added by Antonio were logged on a master. It was a top-secret job. Privileged family information was involved. Every new chart taken aboard was a 50year Visiglio history of fishing on Georges Bank. To a stranger, the marks meant nothing. To Antonio, they were a complex picture of where fish had been caught in good quantity (what kind, how many, when, and under what conditions); of places where the net had hung up;
of strange current phenomena; of areas that were unproductive during certain weeks of the year. Data. A ton of it. Antonio endlessly shuff led through it, measured his options against the wind direction, temperature of the water, sea state, time of year, cloud patterns, number and type of seabirds, degree of discomfort caused by his hemorrhoids and radio-telephone reports of fish taken from members of his clique who were on the Bank. Then, having made his plan and set the auto pilot, he would sit in the swivel chair and glue his eyes to the recording depth sound-
er, watching for any sharp peak on the readout to indicate a rocky outcropping that could tear the net. The net was 600 feet astern. If he altered course in time, he could avoid a hang-up, save valuable time. Antonio took his meal with his head down, tending to business, pulling the shield of rank around him like an off-limits sign. Then he got up, stuffed some fruit in his jacket pocket and started up the ladder without a word. Tony f lashed Sal a quick grin. Sal acknowledged, shook his head, partly in admiration for the old man. Antonio was tireless, dedicated, tough, living out a tradition that had brought the family good fortune in the new world. He was a talented specialist who had learned the mysteries of this rugged job from his own father. The family stories about how Pietro Visiglio had run away from home in Sicily at age eight to work on the boats, and how he had arrived in Boston in 1920 with nothing but talent, determination and a
strong back, were legend. Many had come, but only a few had really made it. Before age forced him to retire, Pietro had bought three boats. Now, at 80, he mended nets all day ashore and kept a sharp eye on the business. Antonio had his father’s steel core. The year before Sal had given in to the siren song of the boat, Antonio had gotten sick during a trip. He was in his bunk for two days. The third day Vinnie got worried, decided he’d better get Antonio ashore. It was the last trip before Christmas, anyway, shore leave was coming, and they had 60,000 pounds on ice, not bad. Six hours from Boston, the old man came around and was so furious they were taking him in that he grabbed the wheel. He looked like a dead man, they said. But he made a 180-degree turn and worked everybody two extra days. They unloaded in Boston Christmas Eve afternoon. That was Antonio, enforcing the Sicilian law on himself, the law that says this: “The fish come first.” Sal understood. He felt the steel, always had. It provided his strength. It also frightened him. Roger Vaughan has lived, worked and sailed in Oxford since 1980.
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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 183
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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit www.qac.org. 185
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Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kentâ€™s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the areaâ€™s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nationâ€™s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. kentcounty.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit www.kentcountyhistory.org/geddes.php. For information specific to Chestertown visit www.chestertown.com. 187
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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 email@example.com. The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., November 1 for the December issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous. For places and times, call 410822-4226 or visit midshoreintergroup.org. Daily Meeting: Al-Anon 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 mdalanon.org/meetings. 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.
Thr u Nov. 11 Exhibition: Jay Fleming ~ Island Life at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. In his exhibition, Fleming documents life on Smith and Tangier islands. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Nov. 29 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 academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 2019 Exhibition:
Kentâ€™s Carvers and Clubs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition shares stories of Marylandâ€™s Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs and other artifacts. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit cbmm.org. Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Ex plor ing the Chesapeake ~ Mapping the Bay at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition will view changes in maps and charts over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake. For more info. visit cbmm.org. 1 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
1 Cooking Class with trained pastry chef Steve Konopelski at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. $40 includes lunch of quiche and pie. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1 Class: Linocut Greeting Cards w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $75 members, $90 non-members (plus $20 mater ials fee payable to instructor). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 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 tcfl.org. 1 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. 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: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 1 Pet Loss Support Group on the 1st Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Hosted jointly by Talbot Humane and Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 1 Chesapeake Book Discussion: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 1 Lecture: Author John Muller on
Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. ~ The Lion of Anacostia at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 1 Concert: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra at the Easton Church of G o d . 7:30 p.m. For mor e info. tel: 888-846-8600 or visit midatlanticsymphony.org. 1 Concert: Jim Lauderdale in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 1-2 Workshop: Modern Wall Hanging with Jenny Walton at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $90 members, $108 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from
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November Calendar 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Steady a nd St rong exercise cla ss at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1,8,15,29 Menâ€™s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced 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 evergreeneaston.org. 1, 8,1 5 , 29 Ma hjong at t he 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 stmichaelscc.org.
1,8,15,29 Caregivers Suppor t Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursd ay s at 1 p.m. Th i s ongoi ng we ek ly suppor t g roup i s for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 1, 8 ,1 5 , 29 K ent I sl a nd Fa r merâ€™s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm. 1,15 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 1,15 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2 Navigating the Holidays in the Midst of Grief at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This grief workshop will offer coping strategies, ideas, suggestions and grief education on how to navigate the holidays during the
first year after the death of a loved one. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 to register. 2 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m.
performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 2 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 2 Toa st & Toa sted at L ay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. S’mores
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November Calendar and wine pairing evening with live music from Beauty for Ashes. Food available for purchase from Ronâ€™s Famous Pit Beef. No guests under 21. For more info. tel: 410228-1205 or visit laytonschance. com. 2 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets 1st Friday at Maple 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: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 2 Concert: James Hill and Anne Janelle at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
2-29 Ex hibit: Work ing A r tists For u m Water fowl E x h ibit at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For more info. visit workingartistsforum.com. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Dennyâ€™s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 2,9,16,23,30 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2 ,9,16, 23 ,30 Je a n n ie’s C ommunit y Café soup k itchen at t he St. Michaels Communit y Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu changes weekly. Pay what you can, if you can. Eat in or take out. All welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Patio Party at the Oxford Community Center. 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music. Beverages and baked goods for sale. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
2,9,16,23,30 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 2,6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fr idays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge. 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24,30,1 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and
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3 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford C om mu n it y C enter. 1 s t S aturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3 S.T.E.A.M. Festival at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, snacks and fun. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
3 Workshop: Build a Wave Hill Chair with Dan Benarcik at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. $220 member, $250 nonmember. For more i n fo. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 3 Family S.T.E.A.M. Program: Create Paper-Engineered Pop-Up Cards at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. For all ages. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 3 Concert: Don McLean at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or
visit avalonfoundation.org. 3-4 Workshop: Mystery and Majesty ~ Painting the Late Autumn Landscape with Diane DuBois Mu l la ly at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $125 members, $150 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3,10,17,24 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 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
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November Calendar Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 3 ,10,17, 2 4 The S t. Michael s Farmers Market is a communitybased, producer-only farmers market that runs Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April-November, at 204 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. For more information contact: email@example.com. We do accept SNAP. 3,10,17,24 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7458979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org.
5 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 5 Meeting: Live Playwrightsâ€™ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.
5 Lunch & Learn at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Noon. Topic: How to Use the Libraryâ€™s Ancestry.com Database with Becky Riti. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.
5-6 Creepy Crawlers class (Fabulous Foxes) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers.
5 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction for beginners. Newcomers welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l. org.
5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Food Distr ibution at the St. Michaels Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Open to all Talbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week. For more info.
6:30 to 8 p.m. This program is designed for low/medium Spanish language adult beginners, or those who want to refresh Spanish skills acquired in the past. Class size is limited to 15. Preregistration is required. Students who attend 80% of the classes will receive a Certificate of Completion. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 5,12,19,26 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. 5,26 Spanish Club at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton.
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6 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Fall/Thank sgiv ing crafts. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6 A f ternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks ser ved. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Tuesday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-820-7778.
6,13 Class: Academy for Lifelong Learning ~ Revelations & Life Lessons Along the Underground Railroad with Jim Duffy at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $20 members, $30 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 6,13,20,27 Healing Through Yoga at Talbot Hospice, Easton. This new complementa r y t herapy g u ide s pa r t icipa nt s t h roug h mindfulness and poses that direct healing in positive ways. Participants will learn empowering techniques to cope with grief and honor their loss. No previous yoga experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, and walkins are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@ talbothospice.org.
hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410-2285511, ext. 2140. 6,13,20,27 Open Jam Session 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 oxfordcc.org. 6,13,27 (excluding Nov. 20) Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 6,20 Meeting: Breast Feeding Sup-
6,13,20,27 Class: Printmaking ~ Mixed Media with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been 201
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port Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit shorehealth.org. 6,20 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit umshoreregional.org. 6,20 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 7 Workshop: Wine Glass Charms with Maryetta Dynan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 members, $60 nonmembers (plus $15 materials kit fee paid to instructor). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 Class: Ac ademy for L ifelong Learning ~ Conversation: Where is American Education Today? with Richard Harrison and Lynn Randle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5 members,
7 Lecture: Essential Native Trees & Shrubs for the Eastern United States with Ginger Woolridge at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 7 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Design and create w it h Legos and Zoobs. For children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambr id ge. 7 to 8 p.m. Supp or t group for families and friends of addicts. For more info. tel: 800477-6291 or visit nar-anon.org.
7,14 Class: Academy for Lifelong Learning ~ Understanding Climate Change with Payne Kilbourne at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. $20 members, $30 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7,14,21,28 Intermediate Tai Chi with Nathan Spivey at the Oxford Community Center. Wednesdays at 8 a.m. $37.50 per month or $10 drop in. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. tel: 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 203
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or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone interested in writing is invited to join. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 7,14,21,28 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Bal-
7,14,21,28 Open Jam Session at the Oxford Community Center, Wed nesdays at 8 p.m. Br ing your instruments and join in the fun. Free. For more info. visit oxfordcc.org. 8 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 2nd Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org.
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8 Lecture: Innovation in Conservation with Joel Dunn at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. This is part of a fivepart lecture series. 2 p.m. $7.50, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. For more info. visit cbmm.org/fallspeakerseries.
donated to Ducks Unlimited to a total of more than $5.7 million in conservation grants to hundreds of projects by more than fifty organizations. A full schedule of activities is listed in this magazine. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit waterfowlfestival.org.
8 Lecture: Steve Goldman on the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
9 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public L ibra r y, Ca mbr idge. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org.
8-11 48th annual Waterfowl Festival throughout Easton. A community-wide celebration of the culture and heritage of the Eastern Shore! The nonprofit organizationâ€™s benefits to conservation have grown from initial proceeds of $7,500
9 Class: Ac ademy for L ifelong Learning ~ Woodworking Basics with Jennifer Kuhn at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 4 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more
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9 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Guest Speaker Ken C onger present ing Four
9 Hoot and Holler Owl Prowl at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Escape the Waterfowl Festival crowds in town and use your senses to discover night life on an evening hike. Listen for barred owls calling. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. For more
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Continents of Critters. After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken has transferred his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection to his passion for photography. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 9 Concert: Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
adults and children ages 3+. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 10 Model Boat Show at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Talented boat builders from throughout the Eastern Shore display their models. $5. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
9 -30 Exhibit: Working A r tists Forum Pre-Holiday Art Show at Salisbury Art Space, 212 W. Main St., Salisbury. This will be an excellent time to appreciate and purchase a unique gift for the holidays. For more info. visit workingartistsforum.com. 10 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 Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and e ver y Wed ne sd ay f rom 8:30 a.m. to noon. 10 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 207
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November Calendar 10 Workshop: Decoupage on Glass with Susan Benarcik at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 10 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org. 10 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High
streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit CambridgeMainStreet.com. 10 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 townofstmichaels.org. 10 Concert: Session Americana in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. Two shows: 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit
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avalonfoundation.org. 10-11 Family Boatshop program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Create your own hand-crafted decorative light. The cost includes one youth (age 10 and up) and one adult and is $45 for CBMM members, $55 for non-members, and $20 for each
additional youth. Children must be accompanied by an adult, w ith participants encouraged to bring lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit bit.ly/ familyboatshop18. 11 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. 12 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Ch apter #91 5 at no on, w it h a c overe d d i sh lu nche on, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Speaker w ill be Lori
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Meyers, regional director for the A lzheimerâ€™s Association. New members are welcome. For more info., tel: 410-482-6039. 12 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 12
Me e t i ng: S t . M ic h ael s A r t League from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. Open to the public. For more info. visit smartleague.org.
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13 Advance Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advance healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 to register. 13 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional.org.
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13 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8226471 or visit twstampclub.com. 13,27 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners 210
welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 13,27 Meeting: Buddhism Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 14 Meeting: Bayside Quilters, 2nd Wednesday 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 mhr2711@ gmail.com. 14 Class: Academy for Lifelong Learning ~ The Birth of Swing with Greg Alexander at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or e-mail email@example.com.
14 Talbot Mentor Infosession with Talbot Mentor executive director Gerson Martinez from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at 108 Maryland Ave., Easton. For more info. tel: 410770-5999 or visit talbotmentors. org. 14 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Talbot Par tnership, 28712 Glebe Rd., Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members
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November Calendar currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e -ma i l mar email@example.com. 14 Meet ing: Bay water Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 1 4 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 14,28 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.
C a mbr id ge. Ever yone i nter ested in w riting is inv ited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 14 ,28 Dance Classes for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person, $20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit continuumdancecompany.org. 15 Cooking with Larry at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. Larr y Paz w ill demonstrate a variety of pasta sauces. Participants will have the opportunity to sample. $30. For more info.
14,28 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 14,28 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 212
present a reading and book signing at the Oxford Community Center. Free. Cash bar available. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 15 Lunch and Learn: The State of Mental Health in Our Community with For All Seasons executive director Beth Ann Langrell at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
15 Financial Literacy: Avoiding Credit Card Debt w ith Laura Heikes at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
15 Stroke Survivorâ€™s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 15 Native American Culture Celebration at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. JoAnn Brown, owner of Justamere Trading Post, will share native American artifacts, trivia, stor y telling and more. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 15 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. 15 Poet Sue Ellen Thompson will
15 Concert: CAL Fleetwood Mac ~ Rumours at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 15,24 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 15th and 1 p.m. on the 24th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 15,29 Mosaic Evening: Stepping Stones with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $80 mem-
bers, $96 non-members (plus $25 materials fee paid to instr uctor). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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16 Workshop: Watercolor Wreath with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $65 members, $80 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 16 Learn Microsoft from a Pro with specialist Rita Hill at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants are asked to br ing t heir ow n PC laptop (no Apples, please). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Fresh Air Family Craft Night at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 4 to 6 p.m. Come out for 215
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November Calendar an evening of exploring, collecting and creating! $5 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 16-Jan. 13 The Annual Membersâ€™ Exhibition: The Museum @ 60 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Public reception Nov. 16 f rom 5:30 to 7 p.m. F re e docent tours every Wednesday at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16 9th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 16 Concert: Sean Rowe in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 Holiday Bazaar at Immanuel
United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 8 a.m. til. Bake shop, countr y store, silent auction, 50/50 and serving chicken salad, soups and hot dogs. For more info. tel: 410-228-5167 or visit immanuelucc.com. 17 Nutritious Berries, Nuts & Seeds Soup â€™n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
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ket at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 25 vendors with 40% off wine sale, Christmas carolers, food truck, wine tasting and more. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com.
17 Live at the MET in HD: Muhly’s Marnie at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 Saturday Speaker Series: CrossCult ural Communicat ions as Seen through a Diplomat’s Eyes with Kimberly Krhounek at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Concert: Dave Massey at the Oxford Community Center. 7 to 9 p.m. $10. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 17 Concert: Mule Train in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 18 Old-Fashioned Christmas Mar-
18 Workshop: Letterpress Printing ~ Holiday Notecards and Gift Tags with Lauren Giordano at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Noon to 4 p.m. $45 members, $55 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 18 Concert: Gail Aveson in the sanctuary of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Easton. 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public. 19 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (Replenish the Soil) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental C enter, Gr a s onv i l le . C r e epy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. For more info. visit b a y r e s tor at i on.or g/c r e e p y crawlers. 19 Book Discussion: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton.
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the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Coloring for Teens & Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 21 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. 21 St. Michaels Book Group to discuss Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke. 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 21 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail email@example.com. 24 Concert: Seldom Scene at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 26 Oxford Book Club meets the 4th Monday of every month at
26 Book Arts for Teens & Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore the process of creating a Japanese Bound Book. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Read with Latte, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Financial Literacy: Your Credit Score and How to Correct It with Laura Heikes at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Mov ie@Noon at t he Ta lbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the SunTrust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 4th Tuesday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com.
On a Private Peninsulaâ€Ś between Easton and Saint Michaels, this historic 9000+ s.f. home w/modern addition offers unmatched livability and charm. 8 acres, guest house, deep water dock, total of 6 garages. Eastern Shore at its best, $4,900,000.
101 N. West Street, Easton, MD 21601 410-822-2001
Joan Wetmore: 410-924-2432 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org (always the best way to reach me!) 221
November Calendar 27 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 27 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlew ild Ave., Easton. 4th Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit umshoreregional.org.
27 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 28 Arts Express Bus Trip to Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., to see Anything Goes sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Noon matinee. $115 members, $138 non-members (light snack included). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 28 Sensitive Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. For sensitive children 5 and under who prefer a calm, comfortable environment with little distraction. One caregiver per child is required. If you plan to attend, tel: 410-822-1626 or e-mail email@example.com. 28 We are Builders at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Enjoy STEM and build with Legos and Zoobs. For ages 6 to 12. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org.
213A South Talbot St. St. Michaels 410-745-8072 â€œSuper Fun Gifts For All!â€?
28 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 222
28 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Tilghman United Methodist Church. 4th Wednesday from 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 more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 28 Fall Portfolio Night at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required. Area high school students are encouraged to bring their portfolios to receive expert tips. For more info. tel: 978902-1993 or email cdelnero@
academyartmuseum.org. 28-Dec. 19 Class: Pastel ~ Fundamentals and Personal Study with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
Celebrating 25 Years Tracy Cohee Hodges Vice President Area Manager Eastern Shore Lending
111 N. West St., Suite C Easton, MD 21601 410-820-5200 tcohee@ďŹ rsthome.com
NMLS ID: 148320
This is not a guarantee to extend consumer credit. All loans are subject to credit approval and property appraisal. First Home Mortgage Corporation NMLS ID #71603 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
NEW TALBOT COUNTY LISTINGS
This Charleston-style home fits perfectly in the quaint streetscape of the historic waterfront town of Oxford. Exterior features include double porches, cypress siding and standing seam metal roof. Inside you’ll find generous rooms with heart-of-pine flooring, custom moldings, high ceilings. The property is just two blocks from Oxford’s main street, the public waterfront park and short walk to restaurants and downtown amenities. $595,000 • www.HistoricOxfordHome.com
Gorgeous 11.5 acre equestrian estate off Goldsborough Neck in Easton. House is impeccable with gourmet kitchen open to family room with fireplace, separate living and dining rooms. 1st floor master suite plus 2 bedrooms and full bath up. Pine floors, large 2nd floor office with fireplace over 2+ car garage. Rear deck with brick fireplace overlooking pastures and barn. Barn is adorable ~ fully outfitted with 2 large stalls, spacious tack room, wash room, hay loft, spray system, more. Acres of fenced pasture. $949,000 • www.DunrovinAtAshby.com
Janet Larson, Associate Broker
410.310.1797 · email@example.com www.shoremove.com
BENSON & MANGOLD REAL ESTATE
31 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 · 410.822.6665 · www.bensonsandmangold.com
60 ACRE FARM on BROAD CREEK, BOZMAN
Outstanding partly wooded waterfront point with over 3000 ft. of shoreline and very deep anchorage (8 ft. mlw). Sandy beach, cropland, pasture and hunting pond. Charming house remodeled from old barn. Pool, tennis court. New perk for additional residence. Excellent fishing, crabbing, hunting and boating. St. Michaels is minutes away. Reduced for prompt sale from $1,895,000 to $1,499,000
SHORELINE REALTY 114 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 410-822-7556 Âˇ 410-310-5745 www.shorelinerealty.biz Âˇ firstname.lastname@example.org