Tidewater Times November 2019

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Tidewater Times

November 2019


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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 68, No. 6

Published Monthly

November 2019

Features: About the Cover Artist: Nancy Tankersley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Diane DuBois Mulally ~ A Life in Art: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 From the Tetons to the Temple: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Waterfowl Festival Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Island Hopping: Ann Foley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Practicing Gratitude: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Reunions: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Carols by Candlelight ~ A Christmas Tree's Journey . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Changes ~ All-American (Part 2): Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Caroline County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 November Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Anne B. Farwell, Publisher

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About the Cover Artist Nancy Tankersley Nancy Tankersley began her career as a portraitist and later entered the gallery scene with figurative paintings of people at work and leisure. Expanding on her people at work series, in the past five years the artist has actively painted the working watermen of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2019, she will be the Featured Artist at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton. She enjoys painting all subjects, including landscape, still life and portraiture. Active in the current plein air movement and a founder of Plein Air Easton, she travels worldwide participating in competitions, judging and teaching. In 2018 and 2019, she was invited to be an instructor and demonstrator at the Plein Air Convention and released two instructional videos with Lilliedahl Videos. In 2016 and 2017, she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Recent honors include Award of Excellence at the 2018 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Best Architectural Painting at 2018 Plein Air Easton, Best of Show at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia International Plein Air 2018, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of

the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibit. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society for Marine Art and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters and also holds memberships in the California Arts Club, the Washington Society for Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club. Founder and Director of the Easton Studio, a workshops facility begun in Easton in 2010, the artist mentors and teaches there and internationally, and also hosts nationally known teachers for painting workshops. This month’s cover painting is titled Takes a Strong Back. To see more of her work, visit www. nancytankersley.com.



Diane DuBois Mullaly A Life in Art by Helen Chappell “Let’s get one thing straight. Diane DuBois Mullaly ~ the uppercase B is important to my family, who were French Huguenots and a founding family of New Paltz, New York, in the 1660s. The uppercase B distinguishes them from the lowercase-b Dubois family, a whole different lineage,” the painter says. Her past is important to her, as is her present. A cancer survivor, Diane has learned to treasure her creative vision, her work and her enthusiasm for the arts. Her versatile, exuberant vision sketches range from gentle botanical studies, to broad plein air landscapes, to sensitive portraits of people and animals. Everything she does is imbibed with life, color and a careful observation. Her time and her talent are precious to her and inform a legacy she wants to share with the world. She is a very busy woman. It’s hard to list all her accomplishments in one brief article. “I am on the steering committee of Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay (PAPCB), which is an independent group of plein air painters who paint together every Tuesday

morning during the season. We exhibit as a group once or twice a year ~ the next being at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton in February.” She is a resident artist at the Green Phoenix Gallery in Easton, sells greeting cards at the Treasure Chest in Oxford, teaches at the Academy Art Museum in Easton and holds workshops at Adkins Arboretum. “After getting my Maryland Master Naturalist certification last year, with a goal to bring together art and science, I developed a quick, loose technique of drawing impressions of nature ~ mostly 9


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native plants, f lowers and grasses. These are ink sketches with watercolor added that are not fussy, done quickly in the field. I now lead a nature walk with stops for sketching called ‘Nature Sketchers’ every first Sunday at Adkins Arboretum, where I use this technique. This led me to try using an ink and watercolor technique to paint very small landscapes en plein air and frame them in attractive easelback frames.” She enjoys teaching classes and workshops. “My classes,” she says, “are a sanctuary where joy and creativity are encouraged to f low, and any negative thoughts are left outside the door. Some series of classes are specifically for oil painters ~ STILL LIFE PET PORTRAITS LANDSCAPE/SCENES

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A Life in Art especially beginners. In addition, for all mediums and skill levels, I teach ‘Building Blocks of the Impressionist Landscape,’ focused on one element per week ~ sky and clouds, rivers and bays, pathways and roads, etc. I also do a ‘Winter Challenge’ ~ a painting a day for 30 days ~ and a ‘Summer Challenge’ ~ a painting a day for 15 days. “Saturdays en Plein Air’ is a monthly mentored plein air paintout for Academy members, where I make arrangements for access to some spectacular and interesting local properties, April through October. I’m always adding new material to my classes and workshops and coming up with new things to

teach. My students are simply wonderful ~ they inspire me and keep me on my toes. My work has grown and f lourished as a result of doing research for the handouts I write for each class, and my own constant internal conversation about how and why art is made.” Diane can’t recall a time when she wasn’t fascinated with being an artist. “I’ve been making art ever since I can remember. It’s always been a part of me. When I was very young, I filled newsprint sketchbooks with drawings of animals. If someone stopped by to visit my mom, I would convince them to sit down and look at my drawings. My Grandpa DuBois always wanted to be an artist, but his parents made him go to dental school. He was a wonderful dentist, though I think unfulfilled, and was so very kind and encouraging about my art. He gave me drawing tips and gifts of art supplies. At one point when I thought I might want to be a zoolo16


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on a lot of subjects, from animals to portraits to botanicals to still lifes. She was inspired “by almost desperate need to express what I feel about the outdoors and nature. What moves me is light, and how it affects color. When I see the way light highlights a cloud, or falls upon the water, or filters through the grasses, it can make my heart skip a beat with the joy of seeing it. “When I moved to the Eastern Shore with my now husband, Russ, in 2002, I couldn’t get enough of the waterways under the big open sky. Living here, I felt like I was given a huge gift each day in that I could look at and walk around in this landscape. A desire to paint it all became a burning desire. I

gist, he gently steered me back to art” she recalls. She studied art at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Elkins Park campus. “I took a leave of absence the end of my junior year, then started working as a graphic designer and never got back to finish my senior year.

“My first love is painting in oil, and in that medium I have evolved into a palette knife painter. I am fascinated by all the ways I can build up the paint, scrape it down and carve and sgraffito (scratch) into it, creating an image with broken facets of color that play off each other. My palette knife paintings are purposely loose and sometimes even a little rough. When viewed from about six feet, they come together and feel alive. When viewed up close, they are more abstract and have a beautiful surface quality.” Diane is versatile. She works 18


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here to teach. Russ was and is very supportive, and since I don’t have kids, I was able to have the time to pursue art intensely and passionately. I feel this is the way my life was always meant to be, and I am grateful to have this life.” Her latest project is Twenty-Five Days of Minis. “25daysofminis.com is a juried, well-curated collection of small artworks by 42 artists working in a variety of mediums, including sculpture. Beginning on December 1, each artist reveals one original work per day, online. Most paintings are 6” x 6”, are framed in a simple f loater and are priced under $300. Collectors and art lovers can sign up for a daily email, no obligation, to see the work each day.” It sounds exciting and seasonally appropriate. One thing is certain, Diane will never run out of ideas! For more information, visit Diane’s website at www.dianeduboismullaly.com.

didn’t have much experience as an oil painter and had not created much art for a long while. I asked Russ for a beginning oil painting kit for Christmas 2002, which he kindly gave me. I was so intimidated; I didn’t know how to get started and just gave that kit the side eye again and again, until one night a few months later, I finally opened it, read the little booklet and started. “I painted on my own for about a year, then got involved in the arts community in Easton, studied with local painters, joined art groups, started to exhibit, then started studying with the many nationally known painters who came

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From the Tetons to the Temple by Bonna L. Nelson

The soaring snow-capped and craggy pinnacles of the Grand Teton mountain range towered over pine forests, lush canyons, sagebrush f lats, sparkling alpine lakes‌and us. We gazed out the windows in childlike wonder as we passed under the massive white-topped mountain range and observed pronghorn and moose peacefully grazing in meadows below. The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway led us from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and the scenic Teton Park Road took us to our Teton adventure. Hiking, climbing, biking, camping, horseback riding, skiing, fishing, kayak-

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nually ~ more than all five of Utah’s national parks combined. The mountains and the architecture that bookended this trip encompass beauty and mystery. One made by nature and the other made by man using nature’s bounty, both are works of art and are revered and respected by their many visitors. We journeyed from western Wyoming to eastern Idaho and from there to central Utah, partaking of the grace, serenity and majesty of the western landscapes, histor y and monuments. Given national park status in 1929, t he world-fa mou s Gr a nd Tetons were said by Theodore Roosevelt to be “…what mountains are supposed to look like.” Though the Tetons are the youngest mountain

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“fault block.” Huge glaciers sculpted t he jaw- d r oppi ng r u g ge d r o c k spines observed today. In Grand Teton National Park, the continent is stretching and thinning across a great fracture in the crust, a “fault.” One edge rises as the adjacent edge falls. Motion along the fault has caused the mountains to rise in the west as the edge of the valley, Jackson Hole, sinks to the east ~ living geology and geography actively at work in the 310,000-acre park. The park maintains four v isitor centers, including the two we visited, Colter Bay and Jenny Lake. Named after John Colter, an explorer with Lewis and Clark, Colter Bay Visitor Center provides stunning views of pristine Jackson Lake, as does Jenny Lake Visitor Center for its namesake, Jenny Lake. The centers include the usual amenities: rangers offering assistance, maps, brochures, rest areas and gift shops. We embraced the natural wonders of the snow-crusted mountains, the ancestral home to bear, bison, moose, wolves, pronghorn, coyote, prairie dogs and thousands

range in the A merican Rockies, they have been rising for about 9 or 10 million years, according to National Geographic references. Some of the rocks found in the park are nearly 2.7 billion years old, the oldest in any American national park. The 40-mile range of sheer gray mountains rises as high as the 13,770-foot Grand Teton summit, with eight peaks reaching 12,000 feet in elevation. Comprising granite, gneiss, black igneous and sedimentary rocks, the Tetons were formed when multiple earthquakes along the Teton fault line pushed the peaks upward in a

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allowed us to see the Tetons’ epic beauty from a different vantage point as we paddled through the heart of the park. Under cornflowerblue skies and the towering whitemarbled Tetons, 10 of our tour mates clambered onto a sturdy rubber raft for a journey on Wyoming’s largest river. Our oarsman and guide was a charming local high school math teacher who had spent the last f ive years paddling v isitors on the Snake. Though we felt like bold explorers, we were actually not white-water rafting, but simply rafting on a f looded but gentle part of the river with life jackets on and picnic lunches in hand. We were treated on the 10-mile f loat trip to spectacular panoramas of the entire Teton range, cool splashes of river water on our sunwarmed skin and the thrill of a few swells and curves as we meandered down the protected sanctuary for wildlife and wildf lowers, spruce and cottonwood forests and sage-

of elk. The Tetons also have been a temporary home to paleolithic nomadic hunter-gatherers, native A mer ic ans, European ex plorers, trappers and settlers moving west. Although the area’s climate and porous soil made farming difficult, wildf lowers and trees are abundant. Gray-green sagebrush covers the valley f loor at Jackson Hole, and lodgepole pines ~ perfect for building teepees and lodges ~ proliferate on the mountains and higher grounds. Our Sna ke R iver raf t ing t r ip


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brush meadows. We were accompanied by golden eagles, Canada geese, herons, osprey, mergansers, mallards and moose. A yearling moose nibbled on marsh grasses lining the river bank ~ so close, yet undisturbed by our passage. On either side of the river, there was evidence of fresh damming by beavers, beaches of smooth pebbles and shale escarpments. Melting spring glacial waters and recent heavy rains caused the water to be both faster and higher than usual, according to our guide. Maybe we were brave explorers transiting a wild river after all. The afternoon found us in downtown Jackson, known as Wyoming’s landmark watering hole. Jackson is named for the valley in which it is located, Jackson Hole. A Wild West-style tourist center leading to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, the town itself has numerous attractions. A ski destination, art center and festival host, it offers multiple shops with western gear and gifts as

We took photos at one of the four famous elk antler arches on the town square. Next, we ambled along the wooden boardwalk, browsed in some shops, admired a red and yellow horse-drawn touring stagecoach and sauntered through double swing doors into the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its neon bucking bronco sign outside. We perched on barstools made from leather saddles and ordered whiskey, like real cowboys do, while soaking up the knotty pine and mirrored walls, multiple bars and a wooden dance f loor perfect for boot stomping and two-stepping. The next morning, we traveled through the Bridger-Teton National Forest surrounded by green vistas of pines, fir and spruce. We entered Idaho, passing rolling hills, grasslands, horse farms, cattle ranches and grazing sheep and llama with snow-tipped mountains in the distance. We traveled along the route of the original Oregon Trail, stopping at the National Oregon Trail Center 34

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most well-known “gem,” the potato, which it ships all over the country. According to our guide, more than 4 million acres of wilderness attracts recreational visitors to the state. Salt Lake City was our afternoon destination after a brief stop for lunch and to stretch our legs. On the drive, our caravan guide briefed us on some interesting facts about the state, the city and the Temple Square site. Utah is named after the Native American “Ute” tribe, which means “people of the mountains.” It was primarily settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1800s. Led by Brigham Young, they were seeking religious freedom. Utah is famously known for its Great Salt Lake; its predominant religion, Mormonism, and the church’s world headquarters; its recreational opportunities in five national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches); its abundant snow and skiing opportunities; and its diverse landscapes, including arid deserts, sand dunes, pine forests, valleys, basins, plateaus and the Rockies and other mountains. An amusing factoid: the state’s official snack is JELL-O: a dessert highly favored by the majority Mormon population. The capital, Salt Lake City, lies in a valley surrounded by snow-speckled mountains and bordered by the Great Salt Lake. The city, the county and the lake all bear the same name. At 4,000 feet in elevation, the arid mountain desert ranges between

in Montpelier. There, reenactors shared the trials and tribulations of the 500,000-plus pioneers who traversed the trail from the 1840s to 1860s to open the West to settlement and commerce. We experienced a bumpy (simulated) r ide in an authentic horse-drawn wagon and sat around a campfire swapping tall tales. The “wagon master” told us how to provision for the five-month cross-country trip and shared survival skills for traveling through the unknown territory. We also learned that Idaho is called the “Gem State” because every known gem has been found there in addition to gold, silver, lead and zinc ore. Located on the western side of the Rockies, Idaho prides itself on its 36


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(LDS Church), or Mormons. The square includes gorgeous colorful gardens and fountains with benches for contemplation, which we took advantage of on that warm, sunny day. The famous Mormon Tabernacle is home to the choir of the same name. Though they weren’t singing when we visited, recordings of their heavenly sounding music played as young tour guides from around the world shared information about the Tabernacle as well as other structures at Temple Square. The Tabernacle’s acoustically perfect domed roof is one of the largest in the world and is supported by massive wooden arches held together with only wooden pegs and rawhide, according to our guide. Its organ has 11,000 pipes and took 100 workers 22 months to build. The Tabernacle was built by Mormons from 1864 to 1867 to house meetings. It can seat 7,000. Assembly Hall, a charming 1882

hot and freezing throughout the year, though it has four seasons. The air is thin and dry. The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere and covers an area of 1,700 square miles with a maximum depth of 33 feet. A remnant of a larger prehistoric lake, it is fed by three major rivers that deposit tons of minerals into it each year. It is sometimes called “America’s Dead Sea” due to its very high accumulating salinity with no outlet. This allows swimmers to float on it, as I did when I visited the Dead Sea in Israel. Strangely, even with its high salinity, the Great Salt Lake is home to millions of birds. Our tour ended at Salt Lake City’s most v isited at traction, Temple Square, the iconic landmark for the world headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



Tetons to the Temple meeting hall with white spires and s t a i ne d- g la s s w i ndow s, s t a nd s ne a rby on t he squa re. It host s weekly concerts and recitals. The Family History Library houses the largest genealogical collection of its kind in the world and is open to all visitors at no charge. Other buildings on Temple Square include several visitor centers containing art galleries, sculptures, films and information. There is also a conference center, a church librar y, church of f ices, museums, parks and houses. Tours are f ree and available in thirty languages. It would take several days to visit all of the Temple Square buildings, but we were leaving the next day, so maybe the next time we visit. As when viewing the majestic beauty of the Grand Teton mountains, we tilted our heads back to stare up in awe at the manmade beauty of the spired gray-granite Mor mon Temple, t he epic enter of the Mormon faith and Temple Square. Built on a site selected by LDS founder Brigham Young and built by Mormon pioneers between 1853 and 1893, the world’s largest LDS temple (253,015 square feet of f loor area, 221 feet tall, w ith six towering spires) is not open for public tours. According to our guide, the Temple is considered the sacred house of God and is reserved for special LDS member

ceremonies such as baptisms and ma r r iage s a nd for me et i ng s of church leaders. Over the course of two weeks, we journeyed from the panoramic and otherworldly, nature-created architecture of the Badlands, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to the holy, spir itual and beloved manmade architecture of the towering, mountain-like Mormon Temple and Temple Square histor ic sites in Salt Lake Cit y. We traveled from the Badlands to God’s land. We accomplished visits to five states ~ South Dakota, Monta na, Wyoming, Ida ho a nd Utah ~ and the aforementioned national parks, thus edging a bit closer to our goal of visiting all 50 states and 61 national parks while we still can. Post-trip, it was back to the gym to get prepared for the next adventure. I wonder where? Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist, photographer and world traveler. She resides in Easton with her husband, John. 40

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4 p.m.: 49th Annual Waterfowl Festival Opening Ceremonies - Avalon 5 to 8:30 p.m.: Waterfowl Chesapeake Premiere Night Party 7 p.m.: William A. Perry Art & Decoy Auction - Pavilion tents

Friday, November 8 - The following are events with specific times.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: North American Diving Dogs® - NEW - Sportsman’s Pavilion 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Author Elaine Allen - Children’s Storytimes at Chesapeake Marketplace - Easton Middle School 10:15 a.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class - Easton Middle School (space limited) 11 a.m. to noon: Music: Kenny Haddaway - Thompson Park 11 a.m.: Puppet Show w/Blackwater Wildlife Refuge at Chesapeake Marketplace Easton Middle School 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 Noon to 4 p.m.: Archery with the Izaak Walton League - Sportsman’s Pavilion Noon to 5 p.m.: Festival Beer Wetland Opens ($) - Dover Street at the Bullitt House 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations - Easton Middle School 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities with the Ward Museum at Chesapeake Marketplace - Easton Middle School Noon to 3 p.m.: Kids’ Conservation Art Activities with the Academy Art Museum and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - Easton Middle School 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.: World Waterfowl Calling Championships, Sr. Preliminaries Easton High School - No bus transportation provided after 5 p.m. 3:45 p.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class - Easton Middle School (space limited) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay hosts Yappy Hour - Elks Lodge Separate admission ($20) required - No bus transportation provided after 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 9 - The following are events with specific times. 10 a.m. - noon: Music: Allegra Women’s Chorus - Academy Art Museum lawn 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: North American Diving Dogs® - NEW - Sportsman’s Pavilion 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby - Bay Street Ponds 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Author Cindy Freland - Children’s Storytimes at Chesapeake Marketplace - Easton Middle School 10:15 p.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class - Easton Middle School (space limited) 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Music: Free & Easy Band 11 a.m.: Children’s Calling Clinic - Duck Calling - Sportsman’s Pavilion 11 a.m.: Puppet Show with Blackwater Wildlife Refuge at Chesapeake Marketplace Easton Middle School 44


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Sunday, November 10 - The following are events with specific times. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: North American Diving Dogs® - NEW - Sportsman’s Pavilion 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby - Bay Street Ponds 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Author Marcia Moore - Children’s Storytimes at Chesapeake Marketplace - Easton Middle School 10:15 p.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class - Easton Middle School (space limited) 10:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations - Easton Middle School 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion Open 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities with the Ward Museum at Chesapeake Marketplace - Easton Middle School Noon to 4 p.m.: Festival Beer Wetland Opens ($) - Dover Street at the Bullitt House Noon to 4 p.m.: Archery with the Izaak Walton League - Sportsman’s Pavilion All events are current at the time of publication, but times are subject to change. Please check waterfowlfestival.org for the most up-to-date Festival information. 45


Island Hopping by Ann Foley

The Eastern Shore’s first European settlements were on islands off its Chesapeake shore. From the newcomers’ point of view, they purchased the islands from the “natures” for assorted trinkets or matchcoats. Since the native peoples had no concept of owning land, we cannot know what they thought of the transaction. Perhaps they expected to share hunting rights. A subsequent tug-of-war between Maryland and Virginia for ownership of Kent Island effectively ended when Leonard Calvert’s pinnaces defeated William Claiborne’s with loss of life on both sides. Claiborne had initiated the battle in reaction to a royal decree awarding Kent to the Calverts. Claiborne, who had built a lucrative trading post on the island in the 1630s, armed a ship and recruited a crew of thirty to sail against the Marylanders. Not a man to concede defeat, after losing Kent Island in the battle on the Bay and in the royal court, Claiborne kept the High Court of the Admiralty in London tied up for decades suing for compensation for his losses, while he and his initial investors traded claims against each other for misappropriation of funds.

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generation of independence produced little improvement in American naval force. In the War of 1812, the royal navy again dominated the Bay, though ashore a small army and spirited local militia sometimes mounted effective defenses. In the summer of 1813, Admiral Sir John Warren, aboard HMS San Domingo, commanded his sizable fleet northward to Kent Island, having scored no substantial victory following his defeat suffered in June at Craney Island, Virginia. Though his course set off alarms in Annapolis and Baltimore, the admiral judged those towns too well defended. Instead, he turned his attention eastward to St. Michaels and Queenstown. At the northern end of the island near Love Point, redcoats gratefully disembarked from cramped quarters aboard ships and set up camp. Their commander’s first concern was that foot soldiers should not take off walking and not stop. Guards were posted at Kent Narrows to prevent desertions, while their officers refined strat-

tainly Talbot County’s first settler and the first of many Europeans to start a nautical battle on Chesapeake Bay. A century later, Maryland Patriots faced a greater force than one man’s navy when the British fleet pillaged and occupied islands at will during the revolution. The first


egy for assaulting St. Michaels’ militia and shipyards. According to plan, eleven boatloads of Royal Marines set off across Eastern Bay August 10, 1813 for a pre-dawn attack on St. Michaels, escorted by armed brig HMS Conflict, piloted by a bribed local, who may have been a poor choice. At the mouth of the Miles River, they met headwinds and an ebb tide that forced Conflict to anchor outside while the marines rowed upriver. Finding St. Michaels harbor protected by chained booms, they rowed on to Parrott Point. There, unseen militia manning a battery of field guns heard the marines as they hauled their barges ashore and formed up to march on the

town. Three militiamen stood their ground long enough to get off one shot at the invaders before retreating into the darkness. Marines spiked the field piece, returned to their barges with two casualties,and retreated back down the river. Lieutenant James Puckinghorne, who had been ordered to seize or destroy

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against them and gave better than they received. After foraging from Kent Island through Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties that August, amid numerous shipyards then building American privateers, the British reported only two merchant ships found and destroyed. Admiral Cockburn’s personal pursuit of deserters outweighed reports of any quest for clipper ships, which were then being prepared to attack Britain’s Atlantic shipping. Several reports survive of British marines and redcoats successfully seeking shelter among Americans, probably including a barge of marines who eluded the admiral’s pursuit on Bayside. Two who weren’t so lucky were Patrick Hallihan and William Blewitt. Hallihan, officially described as a “landsman,” was condemned to hang, and Blewitt, a marine, received 400 lashes. Both sentences were promptly executed.

shipping, reported “not a vessel to be seen.” Three days later, the British embarked again, intent on a two-prong attack on Queenstown: Col. Sidney Beckwith leading 1,500 redcoats and Admiral George Cockburn himself in command of sixty small craft full of marines and seamen. Unfortunately Cockburn’s flotilla lost its way and Beckwith’s force, beset by militiamen, became disoriented in unfamiliar, low-lying terrain. Both prongs eventually succeeded only in confiscating some militia supplies before returning to base. What is sometimes called the Second Battle of St. Michaels was another two-pronged attack apparently undertaken because of deficiencies exposed in the Queenstown fiasco. Admiral Cockburn led one prong down Bayside toward Tilghman’s Island but returned to the boats without firing a shot. Colonel Beckwith’s redcoats skirmished with militia on the approach to St. Michaels, while a force of marines pillaged a few items at Parrott Point. After damaging two baycraft, all withdrew unexpectedly. The officers justified this foray as a mere field exercise and neglected to make any mention of it in reports to the Admiralty. Whether or not St. Michaels “fooled the British,” the local militia certainly faced up to whatever the world’s premier navy threw

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acre. The thick forest that once protected the soil from erosion had long since gone, but one gnarled loblolly tree survived an arsonist’s fire in 1985. Before it fell to storm and increasing salinity, boaters used it as a navigational aid and dubbed it “The Lonesome Pine.” In 1995, Maryland bought the island’s remains for $140,000 as a potential dredge spoil site but then abandoned the plan. The Department of Natural Resources carries its remains on the books at a generous “one acre.” Like Bodkin Island, Parsons Island began its recorded history as part of Kent Island, a peninsula between Crab Alley and Prospect bays. Separated from its parent is-

mere navigational hazard. A French map of 1778 depicts Pointe Bodkin extending from the southern shore of the Ile de Kent. By the mid-1800s, the rapidly eroding peninsula was said to contain fifty acres, which became identified as Bodkin Island rather than Bodkin Point. As the twentieth century opened, the island contained thirty-two acres. In 1939, the first of two hunting clubs bought the island, built a lodge and tried to stem erosion with bulkheading. By 1953, the island was down to five acres. In 1982, an attorney paid $30,000 at auction for Bodkin, then spent $97,000 to bulkhead less than one

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porate guests enjoyed their stays on Parsons Island. Poplar Island has had extreme ups and downs. It surveyed at more than 1,000 acres when granted in 1640 to Richard Thompson, who had transported himself, his wife and one child, one maid servant and six men servants to the New World. Thompson planned to emulate his kinsman William Clairborne’s Kent Island enterprise, dealing in the fur trade while cultivating the island. Before long, “Thompson Manor” was raided by Native Americans, reputedly Nanticokes, who slew all present: women, children, indentures, livestock. Richard was away at the time of the raid, returning to find his family and household massacred, his home and outbuildings burned to the ground. Following his devastating losses, Richard rejoined William Claiborne on Kent Island for a time, as Virginia and Maryland disputed rights to Kent and other islands. When Claiborne lost his case, Richard retreated to Virginia and remarried, and he and his second wife, Ursula, raised three children near the Potomac River that divided the rival states. The British camped on Poplar Island during their 1813 invasion, after which Poplar was purchased by Charles Carroll, grandson of “Charles Carroll, The Signer.” The younger Charles is perhaps best remembered for his scheme to revert to the island’s roots as a fur-trader.

land in the mid-1800s, it evolved from traditional farming to an exotic variety of alcoholic and culinary adventures under the watch of a sequence of owners. As the 20th century began, Parsons was acquired by a Baltimore liquor wholesaler, Thomas Ryan, who raised horses and trained them on a harness-racing track laid out on the island. A subsequent owner preferred fruit and had thousands of apple, plum, and peach trees planted. The duPont family rented wildfowl hunting rights in season, as island owners developed facilities for excellent duck, goose and pheasant shooting and provided expert locals to prepare the game. The caretaker during ownership of Dr. Theodore Cooke concealed a still in the orchard and began making peach brandy in the doctor’s absence. On discovering the enterprise, Dr. Cooke wasn’t as receptive as Tom Ryan, the liquor dealer, might have been. In 1944, Henry Breyer, Jr. of Philadelphia, second generation of the Breyer Ice Cream company, bought the island but sold it within a few years to McCormick Spice Company. The Baltimore company experimented with growing various spices and with a short-lived line of pesticides. Ventures at turkey and cattle raising did not pan out. Despite setbacks, executives and cor54

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and went, residents surrendering to erosion and relocating. By the 1900s, the island largely became submerged and divided into three islets: Poplar, Coaches and Jefferson islands. Depopulation coincided with the onset of Prohibition, providing an ideal hideaway for moonshining and rum-running. Probably coincidentally, Jefferson and Poplar were acquired as a private club for high-ranking politicians of the Democratic persuasion. Among those getting away to the Jefferson Islands Club were Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt,

Rather than the English beaver-hat craze of colonial times, the thirdgeneration Charles eyed a Chinese market for black fur by breeding cats for their pelts. A local fisherman fed the herd of felines, which multiplied in splendid isolation on the island until winter set in. When the bay froze, Charles’ breeding stock walked ashore, spreading his bad luck among superstitious mainland residents. Gradually, a thriving Poplar Island town named Valliant came

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and were thus were excluded from the quest for unity. Among gentlemen’s sporting clubs, gunning competition was endemic and meticulous records of kills were kept, providing ammunition for bragging rights. Speaking of ammunition, in season the Jefferson club shot five to ten cases of shell per day. After one weekend of sport, a special refrigerated railcar was ordered to ferry the kill to Washington. Contrary to the president’s nickname “Give-em-Hell Harry,” Bess Truman and her genteel mother, Mrs. Wallace, reputedly kept Harry Truman on a short leash. Invited to join Jefferson Islands Club, he initially declined, saying, “I can’t

Harry S Truman and then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower. FDR was a charter member of the club, dating back to his time as governor of New York. Famously fond of boating and fishing, as well as notably aristocratic, Roosevelt was a natural for membership in an exclusive club set amid Chesapeake Bay. The club’s by-laws and customs ~ strictly male and Democratic ~ were rigidly observed in its early days. In 1937, when FDR’s controversial attempt to reconfigure the Supreme Court split the party, he invited 200 Democratic members of Congress for a weekend stay intended to promote harmony. Five Democratic Party members of the House and one of the Senate happened to befemale


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Once again, he played by waterside as he had in the waning days of war. Having evoked a rare smile from Marshall Stalin, the delighted president found a more effusive audience singing along on the clubhouse porch. Within months of the celebration, the club’s existence on the island ended when an electrical fire consumed the clubhouse, leaving only the concrete wheelchair ramp used by President Roosevelt to access the front porch entrance. The historic building was no more, but all was not lost. If faith can move mountains, surely political pull can move one small island. The Jefferson Islands Club acquired St. Catherines Island in the Potomac River and thereafter referred to it as Jefferson Island. Their new home is nearer Washington, D. C., despite which proximity the club has become more inclusive, endorsing “bipartisanship and civil discourse.”

afford to join.” Later, as U. S. President and honorary club member, he celebrated the successful conclusion of World War II at an epic party that lasted the weekend of September 22 and 23, 1945. Generals Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower were among those honored. A list of 125 guests rotated each day, and a gargantuan order of alcoholic beverages lubricated the affair. The weekend allotment of beer alone ran to f500 cases of Budweiser, product of popular club regular August A. Busch, Jr. President Truman’s ladies couldn’t object to his taking a weekend with the guys to celebrate the war’s end, even though he’d been away several weeks in July and August for the Potsdam Conference, a meeting of the president, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, the so-called Big Three. There he’d hosted a lavish evening at Crown Prince Wilhelm’s palace, which wound up on a lakeside porch with Truman playing piano for his guests. As he later wrote home to Bess, “I was delighted to see Stalin so obviously enjoying himself. The old man loves music.” No doubt he played to an even more demonstrative audience the following month at the Jefferson Islands Club. Settling in to enjoy himself, the president had a piano moved to the clubhouse porch.

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A Dinner of Gratitude Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and this year it is the latest it can possibly be: Thursday, November 28. It is, of course, a holiday that revolves around family, friends and food. We are all excited to dig into our favorite turkey, stuffing (or dressing), mashed potatoes, corn

pudding, cranberry salsa and sweet potato or pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving without turkey is like Christmas without a tree. While not popular the rest of the year, turkey is a huge hit for holidays, perhaps because it serves a lot of people. Most Americans like Thanks-


Tidewater Kitchen giving leftovers more than the actual meal. Almost 8 in 10 Americans agree that second helpings of stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie beat out the big dinner itself! Holidays are a time for groaning boards and for relatives and friends to gather and share the joys of the season. Thanksgiving is a day to share one’s blessings and to bring out the finest crystal, silver and china for your Thanksgiving dinner and serve your guests. In the South, turkey is part of the treasured holiday tradition. If you don’t want to prepare the whole bird, the turkey breast is a delicious option. Turkey breast comes fresh or frozen and is all white meat that you can carve at the table. Pay as much attention to the food after the feast as you did in preparation. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight containers immediately following the meal. Don’t leave out turkey, stuffing and gravy for more than an hour. Remember to keep containers tightly closed, and plan to use within two days. If you want to keep it longer, it should be packaged, labeled and frozen. CITRUS AND HERB TURKEY Serves 8 1 (7-8 pound) bone-in turkey breast 1 t. sea salt 62

1 t. freshly ground pepper 1 T. softened butter 3 T. fresh rosemary, chopped 3 T. fresh sage, chopped 2 oranges, thinly sliced 2 lemons, thinly sliced Cooking spray 1 large onion, quartered 1 cup dry white wine Sprinkle turkey breast evenly with salt and pepper. Stir together butter, rosemary, and sage. Loosen skin from turkey without detaching it; spread butter mixture under skin. Arrange one-fourth of orange and lemon slices over butter mixture. Gently pull skin over fruit. Coat skin with cooking spray.


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and continue to stir. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Strain the gravy and season with salt and pepper to taste. Carve the breast and serve with the gravy.

Place turkey, breast side up, in an aluminum foil-lined baking pan coated with cooking spray. Place onion and remaining orange and lemon slices in pan. Drizzle with wine. Bake turkey at 325° for 2 hours and 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 160°, basting every 30 minutes. It is done when it is no longer pink when center is cut. Cover loosely with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray to prevent excessive browning after 1 hour and 30 minutes if necessary. Transfer turkey to cutting board and tent loosely with foil for 30 minutes. The temperature will rise to 170° as it rests.

CR ANBERRY SALSA This complements the Citrus Herbed Turkey. 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries 1 t. grated orange rind 1 orange, peeled and chopped 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup sugar 2-4 T. fresh orange juice 1/4 t. ground allspice 1/4 t. salt 2 t. extra virgin olive oil Pulse cranberries in a food pro-

TURKEY BREAST GR AVY ¼ cup f lour 3 cups chicken broth, low-sodium Pour any pan drippings into a degreasing cup or a small bowl. Reserve 3 tablespoons fat, discarding the rest, and add the juices to the stock. Add the reserved fat to the roasting pan and place on a burner on medium-high heat. Scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir in the f lour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the stock 64

cessor 5-6 times until coarsely chopped, and place in a bowl. Stir in orange rind and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill 8 hours. Makes 1-3/4 cups. EASY CORN PUDDING Serves 4 to 6 This recipe came from a dear friend and neighbor in Sailors Retreat, Jane Brown, and it has become a family favorite. This can be made the day before Thanksgiving and taken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

4 beaten eggs 1 cup milk Combine creamed corn, f lour, sugar and sea salt and pepper in medium bowl. Add eggs and milk, mixing with the other ingredients. In a greased 2-quart baking dish, bake at 350°, uncovered, 45 minutes.

2 cups creamed corn 4 T. f lour 2 T. sugar Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


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10 potatoes ~ Russet or Yukon Gold 2/3 cup butter 1 pt. sour cream (not yogurt) 1 t. salt Dash of pepper

BILL’S MAKE-AHEAD MASHED POTATOES Since Uncle Bill introduced me to his “make-ahead” mashed potatoes, this is always my “go-to” recipe! This casserole can be prepared up to three days ahead.

In saucepan, cover the potatoes with water. Boil until soft; drain. Mash in the hot pot. Add butter and continue mashing until smooth. Add as much sour cream as you like, and salt and pepper to taste Place potato mixture in a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Let cool. Cover with cling wrap and then aluminum foil and refrigerate. Thanksgiving Day: Remove cling wrap, cover with foil and bake 45 to 60 minutes in a 350° oven. If made ahead, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. MUSHROOM STUFFING Be sure to refrigerate until you are ready to bake. Can be made up to a week ahead.

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Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. SautÊ onion, celery, and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Add broth and water and bring to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat. Add dried stuffing and mix well. Cool in pan. If you make ahead, transfer stuffing to a zip-lock bag. Place in freezer until 2 days before Thanksgiving, then in the refrigerator until Thanksgiving. Place in a greased casserole and bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through. BROCCOLI WITH OLIVE BUTTER Serves 12 to 14 2/3 cup butter 4 cloves minced garlic 4 t. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 16-ounce package Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing (it is still my favorite) 1 stick butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2 ribs celery, chopped 8 ounces baby Bella mushrooms, chopped 1-1/2 cups chicken broth 1-1/2 cups water

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bowl; beat until light and f luffy. Pour into pre-baked no-roll pie crusts and bake on bottom shelf until firm and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean ~ approximately 45 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Cut and serve when cool.

EASTERN SHORE SWEET POTATO PIE Yields 2 pies A warm slice of this pie adds a sweet finish to any holiday meal.

NO-ROLL PIE CRUST This is truly the easiest pie crust you will ever make.

2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 15-ounce can evaporated milk 3 eggs 1/2 t. ground ginger 1 t. ground cinnamon 1/2 t. ground nutmeg 1/4 t. cloves 1/4 t. sea salt No-roll pie crusts

For 2 crusts: 3 cups f lour 2 t. sugar 1 t. salt 1 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup milk Put all ingredients in large bowl. Mix gently to combine. Divide in half and place each half in regular 9� pie pan. Pat out evenly. Push the pastry up the sides and form a nice edge with your thumb and finger. Prick the crust with a fork

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cooking pumpkin that weighs about 2-½ pounds. Wash the pumpkin, and cut in half cross-wise. Place halves cutside down on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until fork tender; cool 10 minutes. Peel pumpkin, and discard seeds. Puree pulp in a food processor.

to prevent bubbling of the pastry during baking. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 15 minutes. Remove, cool and fill.

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Practicing Gratitude by Michael Valliant

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” This quote is attributed to Christian mystic Meister Eckhart. He’s trying to point out that living a life of gratitude is sufficient. November is a month free of commercial holidays, where the big celebration on the American calendar is one of thanks. Right up until people go out right after Thanksgiving dinner, the same night, or the next day, to push and pull their way toward Black Friday sales. What if, instead, we used the whole month of November to cultivate an attitude of gratitude?

Brené Brown, best-selling author, researcher and storyteller, says cultivating gratitude is much more than attitude. “Practicing gratitude invites joy into our lives. Practice is the part that really changed my life, that really changed my family and the way we live every day,” Brown said. “When I say practice gratitude, I don’t mean ‘the-attitude-of-gratitude’ or feeling grateful, I mean practicing gratitude.” She talks about having a tangible gratitude practice, such as keeping a gratitude journal, or using certain times of day to say something you


Practicing Gratitude are thankful for out loud. And the result of practicing gratitude, in those Brown researched, was bigger than just being grateful. “There is a great quote by a Jesuit priest that says, ‘It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful,’” she said. “I guess I was just amazed to see that bubble up in my research so quickly. It’s life changing.” The tendency in society is to wait until we are happy and then be grateful for being happy. It’s a lifechanging shift to think that being grateful could actually bring joy. All this sounds great, right? But is it real? Multiple studies show that practicing gratitude can actually change brain function. Writing at Mindful.org and for University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Glenn Fox studied what happens in the brain when we feel gratitude. What did he find? “When participants reported those grateful feelings, their brains showed activity in a set of regions

located in the medial pre-frontal cortex, an area in the frontal lobes of the brain where the two hemispheres meet,” Fox wrote. “This area of the brain is associated with understanding other people’s perspectives, empathy, and feelings of relief. This is also an area of the brain that is massively connected to the systems in the body and brain that regulate emotion and support the process of stress relief.” Pulling from their data, Fox found three ways gratitude benefits our brains: it can help relieve stress and pain; it can improve our health

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Tris Thorp looks at gratitude in the hardest times. “As human beings, we all run into various situations and circumstances that range from slight annoyances to overwhelming tragedies. Even in the most difficult times, if you can slow things down in your mind just long enough to connect with your heart, you will be able to find something, even if it’s just a small shred of appreciation, that will pull you through. Gratitude is a practice of creating a state of emotional prosperity. It’s about focusing on the good things you have… It’s not about pretending that things were okay when they weren’t, and it’s not about ignoring the way you’re feeling when things

over time; and it can help those with depression. Beyond just the sentiment, there is data that says it’s good for us to practice gratitude. It’s not always easy. As a parent of teenagers, there are times when gratitude gets shoved onto a way-back burner. Daily life throws us countless distractions and reasons to get caught up in events and things that take our focus. And gratitude isn’t a Pollyanna outlook quoting The Lego Movie that “Everything is awesome!” all the time. Life is full of sadness, struggle, heartbreak and things not going how we would have them go. Writing for the Chopra Center,


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some time, energy and effort to a way of being that can pay us back in ways we can’t imagine until we try? Ralph Waldo Emerson is best known for his concept of self-reliance. He also understood gratitude. “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously,” Emerson wrote. “And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” It can be as simple as starting your day being thankful to wake up. Thankful for breath. Thankful for coffee, or a roof over your head. Thankful for pets or family. Thankful for whatever the day’s weather is. Spiritual leaders, psychologists, researchers and wisdom holders from all cultures come to the same conclusion about gratitude. In his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle writes, “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

aren’t good. Rather, it’s a practice for reevaluating what is important for you to focus on at the end of the day to help you stay positive, calm, centered, and balanced.” November is a month highlighted by Thanksgiving on the American calendar. It’s a holiday that doesn’t get much traction at Target and Walmart ~ kind of like a display breather to allow Christmas decorations to go up after Halloween. It’s a day known for turkey and family meals, a parade through New York City and football games, both watched on TV and played out for rekindling old glory. It’s a holiday with “Thanks” as its beginning. What better time to dedicate

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Oxford Antique Show & Sale with Appraiser Todd Peenstra The 52nd Annual Oxford Antique Show and Sale, hosted by the Oxford Fire Company Auxiliary, will take place at the Oxford Firehouse on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10. The show coincides with the Waterfowl Festival in Easton and the Oxford Community Center’s Model Boat Show on Saturday. This year, veteran show promoter Dottie Sommerville has cultivated a collection of more than 25 regional antique dealers ~ offering china, art, furniture and jewelry, among many other beautiful pieces. The show will take over both truck bays as well as the main hall, making this one of the largest shows in recent years. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. Admission is $5 per person. The show has once again confirmed Todd Peenstra to do free on-site appraisals Saturday and Sunday (admission charge to the show is required). Individuals may bring two items that can be carried or by picture for appraisal. Call 410-226-1129 to book an appraisal appointment. Written appraisals will not be provided, and items purchased at the show will not be subject to appraisal. The firehouse is well known for

some of the best cooks and bakers in town (have you been to their 2nd Sunday firehouse breakfast?!). While you are shopping, stay for their famous crab cakes and delicious cakes and pies for lunch, then pick up some beautiful holiday crafts, and don’t leave without taking a chance in the raffle to win a handmade Japanese teapot by Fong Choo. All proceeds from admissions, food sales, auxiliary-made crafts and raffle directly support the allvolunteer fire and rescue company in maintaining their lifesaving training and equipment. Auxiliary members are a hardworking and dedicated volunteer group of men and women who are proud to be an integral part of the Oxford Fire and Rescue Company and the community of Oxford. The goal of the Auxiliary is to support the work of the fire company through activities such as providing canteen on active fire scenes and raising money to help pay for apparatus, equipment and training. To learn more, follow the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company and the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary on Facebook.


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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Still Dry in November As I write this column the first week in October, a dry fall has come to the Shore. When I checked the dought.gov website on October 4, it indicated that most of the Shore was in what is considered a “moderate drought.” Maryland, in general, is experiencing what is called a “f lash drought,” one that occurs in a short amount of time. Since I can’t forecast the weather a month ahead, if the Mid-Shore area is still

in a drought status in November, even with the cooler temperatures and shorter daylight, it will still be important to regularly water turf, shrubs and trees in the landscape. The effects of the drought will linger into the next season and will weaken affected plants in several ways. Drought-stressed plants can exhibit winter damage, which can include sunscald and frost splitting of tree trunks, winter burn of


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pathogens that cause cankers, dieback, sapwood decay and root rot. Vulnerable plants such as azaleas, rhododendron and redbud trees may become more susceptible to Botryosphaeria canker. Dogwoods are more likely to be infected by anthracnose, and white pines will experience white pine decline. Nectria canker will show up on oaks, and pine wilt nematodes will take out two- and three-needled pines. Birch, oak and dogwood trees will be more suspectable to borer problems. In many cases, drought may be the final stress that kills a plant. Root rot diseases are often present in most soils, yet a healthy tree

evergreen foliage, dieback of overwintering broad-leafed plants, and dead flower buds. You may already see some woody plants in the landscape showing leaf scorch (leaves with brown edges) and twig dieback. The hidden effect of inadequate rainfall is that plants are weakened and trees and shrubs are thus predisposed to attack by secondary invaders. These include such things as opportunistic pathogens (those that can only attack a weakened host) and certain insects like bark beetles and wood borers. Drought stress may interfere with a tree’s or shrub’s natural defenses against the



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is needed. Avoid the mulch “volcanos” that I see piled high around tree trunks. Over mulching can lead to disease and rot issues in the plant stems and rodent damage when they tunnel under the mulch and munch on the nice protected bark underneath.

may not display signs of infection until drought. In this scenario, all foliage on a tree may quickly collapse and turn brown. A good example of this occurrence is when Norway maples infected with verticillium wilt turn brown in just a few weeks.

Trees and shrubs must have adequate water going into the winter, especially any needled and broadleafed evergreens. Turn the hose on and let it slowly soak into the soil around the plants. Water as needed until the ground freezes. After the first hard frost occurs, mulch the plants to help retain soil moisture. Do not over mulch, however! Two inches of bark mulch is all that

When I was the county agricultural extension agent in Talbot, I used to get a fair number of insect invasion calls in late October and November. As the days get cooler and shorter, several outside critters are trying to come inside. Common bugs looking for a place

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requirement if you get them in the ground before Thanksgiving. Vegetable gardening doesn’t stop now just because we have harvested most of the crops. If you didn’t plant a cover crop in September, you can still prepare the soil for next spring by rototiling it now. Rototilling will loosen the soil, making it more friable and able to absorb moisture from fall rains. The exception would be where your garden has a slope to it, and there might be a chance of erosion. The alternate freezing and thawing and wetting and drying of the soil during the winter will help to improve the soil structure. Now is also a good time to work organic matter such as compost

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you can add the recommended lime in November and till it under. Liming now will give the lime a few additional months to react with the soil and adjust the pH before your spring crop goes in. Now is not the time to fertilize the garden. Winter rains and snow will leach out most of the fertilizer nutrients in the soil, especially on sandier soils.

into the garden soil. Spread an inch or two over the garden soil and till it in. An alternative would be to till the soil and then sheet compost it. Next spring, rake away the compost and till the areas you will plant. The remaining compost will serve as mulch to control the weeds between the rows. Adding organic matter to the soil will improve its structure, resulting in better aeration, water percolation, nutrient retention and, ultimately, plant growth. Whether you grow your garden with traditional rows or raised beds, adding compost is a good practice. You can also add lime to your garden soil now. If you had a soil test performed through a soil lab,

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A hard frost in November will kill back the tops of the mums that you planted in the f lower bed earlier in the fall. To ensure good mum growth next spring, cut the spent f lower stalks within a few inches of the ground. Pruning the mums will help root development and make them send out vigorous sprouts in the spring. Some may be lifted and heeled into the cold frame. You can propagate plants for potting from the side sprouts, which will develop next May. November is the time to think about preparing a safe holding area for unused supplies of gardening pesticides and fertilizers. Proper storage is important for many reasons, including reducing environmental contamination, protecting human health and maintaining the efficacy of the chemicals. The place that you store any leftover gardening chemicals should be secure and

Marc Teffeau retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda.




Dorchester Points of Interest

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Dorchester County is known as the Heart of the Chesapeake. It is rich in Chesapeake Bay history, folklore and tradition. With 1,700 miles of shoreline (more than any other Maryland county), marshlands, working boats, quaint waterfront towns and villages among fertile farm fields – much still exists of what is the authentic Eastern Shore landscape and traditional way of life along the Chesapeake. FREDERICK C. MALKUS MEMORIAL BRIDGE is the gateway to Dorchester County over the Choptank River. It is the second longest span 95

Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. HERITAGE MUSEUMS and GARDENS of DORCHESTER - Home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, Heritage Museum offers a range of local history and gardens on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.

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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 Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 98

1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak





Dorchester Points of Interest rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman_visitorcenter.aspx.

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

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14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the StarDemocrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roof line. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,”

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tel: 410-822-100 or visit umshoreregional.org. 22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. thirdhaven.org. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 25. WYE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive

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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. LINKS AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. innatperrycabin.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.innatperrycabin.com. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,

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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly

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St. Michaels Points of Interest hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors 122

would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 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 can-

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St. Michaels Points of Interest nonball 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,



St. Michaels Points of Interest 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.


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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. JOHN WESLEY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Built on a tiny patch of land outside Oxford, this unassuming one-room building without a steeple and without indoor plumbing, once served as an im-

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Oxford Points of Interest portant place of worship and gathering for generations of Talbot County African-Americans. It was an abolitionist and integrated church community in a county which was slave-holding since 1770. Talbot County was at the center of both legal manumission (the freeing of a slave) and Fugitive Slave Act enforcement. The African American community was 50% free and 50% enslaved. It was also the center of Union recruitment of slaves for the U.S. Colored Troops. For more info. visit johnwesleychurch.org. 2. OXFORD CONSERVATION PARK - The park’s 86 acres stretch out on the southern side of state Route 333, near Boone Creek Road, and features walking trails, wetland viewing areas, native bird species, and open landscapes. 3. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman, who was Gen. George Washington’s aide-de-camp, carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Maria Tilghman.

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Oxford Points of Interest 4. 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 visit oxfordcc.org. 5. 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 visit dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 6. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 7. 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. 410-226-5134 or visit holytrinityoxfordmd.org 8. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. 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

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Oxford Points of Interest 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. 9. 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 oxfordmuseum.org. 10. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 11. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 12. 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) 13. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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Oxford Points of Interest Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 14. 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 visit robertmorrisinn.com. 15. 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. 16. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 17. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in




Oxford Points of Interest 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. 18. 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) 19. 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. 139



by Gary D. Crawford As we all know, a “reunion” is a reuniting of persons after a separation. Most are informal affairs, like a kid coming home from college or a sailor returning from the sea: “Frazier was reunited with his family after his long Scandinavian tour.” Other reunions are formal affa i r s, pla n ne d e vent s, of ten to commemorate something. When I was a kid, there was a get-together of the airmen who went with Jimmy Doolittle to bomb Tokyo in April of 1942, as payback for the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. The Navy figured they could slip across the Pacific to within 450 miles or so of Japan, without being spotted. The problem was that Navy planes had a range of only about 250 miles. So they loaded sixteen of the Army’s new B-25 t w in-engine bombers onto the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The B-25s had the range and maybe ~ just maybe ~ they could lumber off the deck with a full load of bombs and fuel, but there would be no way to land again. So it would have to be a oneway mission, from f lat-top to Japan and on to China. The carr ier steamed west to ward Japan and was spotted by a Japanese fishing boat while still

650 miles out. The planes had to be launched immediately or the mission would have to be scrubbed. Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle said, “Let’s go!” He led the way. Somehow his pla ne ma naged to claw it s way into the sky off the heaving deck ~ a stunt no one had done before. The other 15 planes followed him, stripped of everything but fuel and one ton of bombs. The raid did little real damage, but it changed the course of the Pacific War. Now that bombs had fallen in Tokyo (and so near the Emperor), the Japanese realized that America was going to challenge them in the Pacific sooner than expected. To try to prevent that, they accelerated their expansion into the central Pacific. Just 48 days later, they lost four carriers, a cruiser and nearly 300 aircraft and their pilots at the Battle of Midway,


Reunions the turning point of the Pacific War. The members of the Doolittle squadron held an annual reunion. I remembered the one in Dayton, Ohio, where the Wright brothers were born ~ and me, too. In 1959, the city of Tucson, Ariz., presented the raiders with 80 silver goblets, each w ith a man’s name etched right-side up and upside down. At their annual reunion, each man would step forward and retrieve his drinking cup.

The raiders would then drink a sip of Hennessey VS cognac (1898, in honor of Doolittle’s birth year) in a toast to their comrades. The names of those who had passed away since the last reunion were read out, and their goblets were turned upside down. This photo shows 16 still right-side up. It was all very dramatic and moving, for each year, of course, there were fewer of the silver cups right-sideup. By 2017 there were just two, when R ichard Cole turned over David Thatcher’s goblet. Cole himself, the last survivor, passed away

in April this year, 2019, at the age of 103. I do hope that whole gang of heroes is still having their reunion somewhere…. There is a Réunion Island, of course, out there in the Indian Ocean. The French Convention Nationale gave it that name after the fall of the House of Bourbon to commemorate the coming together of the Marseille revolutionaries with those in Paris on August 20, 1792. W hen we t h i n k of r eu n ion s, however, we generally are referring to something closer to home. After all, a family reunion is a common enough af fair. Some are simple informal picnics to bring together those who happen to be in a given area. Food invariably is at the center of a reunion, allowing the reunited folks to break bread together. Some reunions are elaborate, pla nned a f fa irs, w it h members coming in from considerable distances. My Crawford family had a gathering in 1945, reuniting Grandpa Crawford with his big family. (He had nine kids.) Eight of his children attended (one was in the service), along with some spouses and children. Grandpa was born in the Cleveland area and raised his family there, but later moved to Florida. So that 1945 reunion was held in Florida, which was a long haul for those us still in Ohio. Mom didn’t go, but Dad and I did. T h i s g r oup p or t r a it show s a



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smart-alecky three-year-old down in f ront, click ing his f ingers to some internal beat. My goofiness so rattled Cousin Bev (on my left), that she insisted on sitting on her mother’s lap instead. That wasn’t the last time I was to have that effect on women, but it was the last reunion for that generation of the family. Over five decades later, in 1999, Grandpa, his five daughters and four sons all were gone. But two of his grandchildren thought we ought to tr y gathering the clan again. When Cousin Bev and Cousin Lana put forward this idea, it struck us as nutty ~ so, of course, we did it. The gathering took place in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, a location chosen because it was cheap and equally inconvenient for everyone. It was

just over the line from Branson, Missouri, where there are miles of resorts, theaters, shows and restaurants, including Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner & Show, featuring 32 horses, sout her n belles, gallant heroes and racing pigs. You get the idea. S u r p r i s i n g l y, a b u nc h o f u s signed up for this reunion of First Cousins. We had a rural motel to ourselves for three days and nights. The rooms were simple but tolerable; there was no restaurant, but they did have a swimming pool. What wasn’t tolerable was the heat. The temperature zoomed to over 101 degrees, becoming so hot and humid we couldn’t bear to be in the pool after 10 a.m. Cousin Bev had a suite of sorts,


w it h s e ve r a l b e d r o om s , a f u l l kitchen and a big dining table. So we sat around, talked, made communal meals, talked, washed dishes, talked and played cards. Pe o ple s l ipp e d ou t w h e n t he y couldn’t handle any more of the palaver or cuisine. When returning to the fold, they inevitably brought with them a great blast of the outside inferno and so were greeted w ith a loud chor us of “DOOR!” One night, we drove over an hour to reach a restaurant for a celebratory dinner. Actually, that reunion was mostly fun, in a Craw fordian sort of way, and provided us with another shared memor y. So three years later, we had another, this time in Tennessee, where we rented cabins; the 2007 reunion was held there, too. The most recent one was in Flor ida, where severa l families lived, including several Cousins who had not attended the previous ones.

Our next reunion is scheduled for the spring of 2020 in Nashville. We shall see. The First Cousins are now getting long in the tooth (if they still have any at all), which means the Second Cousins are now in charge. And they, of course, are acorns that have fallen pretty far from the Craw ford tree, for just one Second Cousin actually bears the name of Crawford. Oh, well, we tried, God knows. There a re ot her k i nd s of re unions, of course, besides veterans and families. It often strikes me that a reunion is reuniting a group that is sort of, well, imaginary. The members share this one thing ~ and absolutely nothing else. Like Mustang car owners. The author Kurt Vonnegut, in his book Cat’s Cradle, wrote about groups of people and how they felt about one another. He called a “real” group a karass. Often we don’t know who’s in our karass, or why; we just keep running into them unexpect-



edly, or find our lives tangled up together in some surprising way. It’s happened to me. I met a guy named John in 1978 on a yacht in San Diego. Years later, when I was in Arlington, Virginia, I discovered John was nearby, just over in Herndon. Years after that, we moved to the Eastern Shore and John turned up in Centreville. Clearly, John and I are in the same karass. The converse, the “false” karass, Vonnegut labeled a granfalloon. This is a bunch of people who think they have something important in common but don’t, really; their mutual association is meaningless. Vonnegut, born in Indianapolis, suggested that “Hoosiers” was an example of a granfalloon. While all this can seem cynical silliness, there is a dark side, too. Membership in a granfalloon can exer t a signif icant inf luence on one’s attitudes and behavior. The “granfalloon technique” is a method of persuasion in which individuals are encouraged to identify with a particular social group. The 146

pressure to identify with a group is meant as a method of securing the individual’s loyalty and commitment through adoption of the group’s symbols, rituals and beliefs. The social psychologist Henri Tajfel found that strangers would form groups on the basis of completely inconsequential criteria. In one study, subjects were asked to watch a coin toss. They were then designated to a particular group based on whether the coin landed on heads or tails. The subjects placed in groups based on such meaningless associations between them consistently were found to act as if those sharing the meaningless labels were kin or close friends. That may seem harmless enough,

but when one associates w ith a particular group, those in the group focus on the similarities between the members. However, for people not in the group (the “outsiders”), differences are focused on and often exaggerated. In other words, a problem with the granfalloon technique is that it often leads to in-group/ out-group bias. This has led unscrupulous leaders to build granfalloons and draw people into them. But hey ~ we’re here to have fun, to talk about reunions. Well, OK, I just came back from one ~ a reunion of my high school graduating class, if you can believe it. We were the Class of 1959, so this was our ~ gulp ~ 60th anniversary. Some classmates who had stayed in the



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Reunions area had arranged get-togethers at five-year intervals. Others never attended. I went to just one, the 20th, then took a 40-year break. This time, for several reasons, I thought I’d better check in again. So in September, Susan and I drove over to Beavercreek, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, for the celebrations. We met for pizza on Friday night, a formal dinner on Saturday evening and a brunch the following morning. During the day on Saturday, I drove Susan around my old stomping grounds ~ the home where I grew up, the two schools I attended a nd t he genera l neig hborhood. Some of it seemed little changed; others par ts were entirely new. Cruising down one street, we came upon some remarkable reed statues in the front yard. (No, I never found out who made them or why.) I did learn at the dinner that

night that two-thirds of our class are still on the right side of the grass: 97 out of 149. And 30 of them came to the reunion. The organizer, Roy, had the good sense to have name tags made up beforehand with our pictures on them ~ our senior pictures. So it went like this. Some old gent would come up to me and, while we’re smiling and shaking hands, squint down to peer at my picture. Then he’d say, “What? You’re Gary? Oh, my gosh, I never would have recognized you. What happened to all that red hair!!?” (Well, at least I have some hair, I thought.) But of course, I just smiled and said, “Yep, it went white a long time ago.” Then we engaged in an awkward little exchange: “So how have you been? Where do you live now? Are you married? And so on.” T h a t ’s w h e n K u r t Vo n n e g u t comes back to mind. I don’t know this guy, and he doesn’t know me.


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Carols By Candlelight A Christmas Tree’s Journey! The tree is a native Maine Frasier Fir! Born as a seedling at Western Maine Nurseries (commercial Christmas tree growers) in Fryburg, Maine, in 1995, it left the comfort of the greenhouse after two years and was transplanted in the big kids field, where it adapted and adjusted to mother nature and the elements for three years. At this point, it made its way to Winn Meadow Farm, home of Greg and Vicki Whalen, as a bare-root sapling (with roots about 12-18” long and the evergreen tree approximately 8’ tall). Upon arrival, our tree was once again transplanted among cousins of various shapes, sizes and species, 5’ apart, to begin its final journey to full and harvestable Christmas tree status. Once the sapling is “established” in its new surroundings, it will grow, on average, 6” to 1’ a year, with shorter growth occurring in the earlier years and larger growth spurts occurring as the tree matures through its later years. It’s safe to say that this 19’ Frasier Fir, destined for Carols by Candlelight… .a new addition to this years Festival of Trees in Easton, is approaching 24 years old. The tallest trees at the farm are hovering around 22’. Obviously, these “giant” Christmas

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All-American A novel in several parts - Part 2

by Roger Vaughan Isha Mowbry let out a shriek as Andy skidded his shiny new 1998 Porsche Boxster through the massive fieldstone gateposts that marked the entrance to Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club’s Newport station. The imposing limestone mansion rose majestically above the trees in the twilight. It had been built in 1906 for John Nicholas Brown, whose ancestors had amassed several fortunes in shipping during the days of the notorious Triangle Trade. Rum from New England was shipped to West Africa for slaves who were shipped to the Caribbean to cut cane and process sugar that was sent to New England. How fitting, Andy often thought, that this mansion would become the headquarters for the New York Yacht Club’s latter-day captains of industry, if not ships. He downshifted, the tires spraying gravel as the Porsche charged up the gentle hill to the parking lot, skidding to a stop on the grass after knocking over a recently planted sapling.

One of the assistant managers glowered at Andy from the steps of the club. “Hey!” Andy yelled at the man, “send me a bill. Better yet, send Mitchell a bill!” Laughing, he grabbed the drink that was nestled in his crotch, got out of the car, walked around the back of the car and opened the door for Isha. Manners came naturally to Andy, even when he was halflooped. Manners, in this case, that had their reward. The low-slung Porsche was excellent for looking down the fronts of female passengers’ dresses. When the passenger was Isha, it didn’t get any better. She rarely wore underwear, a fact her choice of clothing always advertised. Andy swore Isha would go topless through life if she could get away with it, especially since she’d had the implants. Gilded lilies. The best Andy’s money could buy. And there they were, thank you, Jesus. As she swung her long, bronzed legs out of the car and bent to get up, he could see down to her waist. Isha was a sight, a trophy babe


All-American par excellence in her yellow sun dress that moved elegantly in the breeze, topped by the matching summer straw hat with long ribbons. It wasn’t just a dress, it was a costume. The hat was an excellent addition. Clutching it in the wind gave Isha a whole range of new moves. And when the right men were downwind, letting it blow off always caused a scramble. If she bent to pick it up, the result was even better. Andy was fond of saying if Helen of Troy’s face had launched a thousand ships, Isha’s tits would have sunk them. The members’ wives deplored her as one, but that simply added spice to Isha’s act. Andy and Isha hustled through the club to the waterside. Bursts of applause indicated that the prize-giving was in progress. As luck would have it, they arrived just in time to catch the end of the Commodore’s announcement that Mitchell Thomas had taken second overall: “...and a marvelous competitor, a man who’s been in the silver year after year for longer than I care to remember. The boats keep changing, technology makes the competition increasingly tougher, and the pros give us fits, but Mitchell Thomas keeps that amateur f lag f lying for all of us, God love him...” Grabbing a couple hot hors d’oeuvres from a tray passed by a

waiter in a starched white jacket, Andy cringed. Ease up, Commodore Critchfield. What a joke. Critchfield looked like what he was, a Fortune 500 CEO. He was tall, f lat-faced, and had a voice with no affect. A colorless, odorless, numbers man of the new millennium who sailed the same way he ran his company: to win without joy. He never took his boat off the mooring if the race committee wasn’t on station, unless it was to test a new sail. Nice evening cruise with the family? Forget it, unless it was for media coverage. Listen to this freaking robot. He could have been addressing a stockholder meeting. Or doing a eulogy for a loyal company officer. The applause was enthusiastic as Mitchell made his way through the crowd to the trophy table, doing his best humble-guy routine with that smile pasted in place. As Mitchell raised his glittering cup for all to admire, Andy felt a tug on his arm. It was Admiral Barnes, the oldest member of the club. He was well into his 90s and still af loat. He seemed even smaller now than when Andy had last seen him six months ago. The shrinking syndrome of old age. Andy wondered if you lived to be two or three hundred years old you would end up eighteen inches tall. Maybe you’d disappear altogether. “Hell of a man, your father,” Barnes said, his weight on Andy’s


arm like an anchor. His breath was waters, there must be no turning unquestionably rank. back. Andy had the instant feeling “Yes, sir.” Andy wanted to bolt. that Barnes knew damn well what He hated coming to the Club. Isha had happened out there. The old had insisted. “Hell of a sailor.” man’s grin had been replaced by ‘Yes, sir,” Andy said, turning thin-lipped authority. Court maraway from a blast of Barnes’ pun- tial time. gent vapors. “Bad wind shift at the last min‘Your mother was even better.” ute,” Andy mumbled, quite off balAndy’s head snapped back at ance. Barnes’ remark. He looked hard Barnes stared at Andy in a way at the old man, who was grinning that was unsettling. Then his face at him, showing his square yellow softened. He pulled Andy even teeth beneath the steely little eyes closer, patted the young man’s arm. that were boring in, measuring the “Too bad.” effect of his last salvo. Andy had This was feeling much too perheard his mother was a hot sailor sonal. Barnes continued: “Your as a young girl, but no one ever father would have won it,” he said spoke about it. softly. Having WHAT HAPPENED She wouldn’t talk this gruff old about it, as if it geezer go sudOUT THERE were something denly compasTODAY? to be ashamed sionate on him of. He never could understand. was a curve ball. He was set up But he’d let it go. Now here was to deal with Admiral Barnes, the Barnes... hunter-killer. Grandpa Barnes “What happened out there to- threw him for a loop. day?” Barnes had commanded a The old man started to say somesubmarine in World War II, sunk thing else. “Admiral Barnes!” Isha a bunch of ships, been sunk once had whirled around Andy, bending himself, and had decorations and to greet the old man as if he were citations enough to paper the a four-year-old. Barnes ignored walls of his study. He’d ended up the display of Isha’s charms, never at the Pentagon. He still had that taking his eyes off Andy. “What a icy command presence. Even at pleasure to see you again,” Isha 90-odd, Barnes was a little scary crooned. “Let’s go find a seat and to Andy. After watching your first have a talk.” Isha took Barnes’ torpedo find its mark, sending sev- arm. The old man didn’t resist as eral hundred humans to agonizing Isha turned him away from Andy deaths in f laming, shark-infested and the crowd toward a vacant um163


out so much as a nod in Mitchell’s direction, Mrs. Thomas abandoned brella table on the lawn. As Barnes’ her own roll project, picked up the eyes left his, it felt like Velcro tear- buttered offering and took a bite. ing. Isha tossed Andy a magazine The dining room at Harbour wink over her shoulder. Court was filled to capacity. Tables Andy raised his glass and found it had been moved together to accomempty. Old Barnes. Gettin’ strange. modate the Sunday evening crew Good time to get a drink before the dinners. The dining room is large, presentation wrapped up and the airy, set back only a few dozen feet bar got jammed. My father would from the edge of the high bluff of have won it. What did that mean? lush, mowed grass where the club Ha. Not today, Admiral, not today. is located. Wonder what other nonsense he Several large windows provide had in mind. Probably a few too a dazzling view of Newport Harmany emergency dives for the old bor and the town, with Goat Island Admiral. A few too many dives. beyond, and the big bridge from Dorothy Moss Thomas, known Newport to Jamestown framing to everyone as the entrance to SHE LOOKED Deedee, was havMt. Hope Bay. ing trouble butM i t c h e l l TOO FRAIL tering her roll. Thomas presided FOR HER AGE The butter pat over the Worthy from the iced silver-plated serv- table, a well-mannered party of ing dish was too firm, and it just twenty, counting wives and dates. wouldn’t stay put. Deedee showed At his left was his wife, Deedee, no sign of annoyance as she worked heiress to the Moss Optical fortune diligently with her knife. She started by her father. She was in seemed relaxed. Her posture was her late 50s and looked much too upright, and her face was pleasant- old and frail for her age. One might ly passive as usual, not betraying have guessed she was in her midfor a second whatever was occupy- 70s. In part, it was the dated cut of ing her mind. her wardrobe. And she achieved a Her husband, Mitchell, in con- certain period dignity with her unversation with one of the sailors derstated, but priceless, heirloom down the table about some techni- jewelry, her sparingly elegant use cal aspect of Worthy’s rig, never of cosmetics, and her old-fashioned missed a beat as he dabbed butter permed hairstyle that she had proon a section of roll and casually fessionally maintained twice a placed it on his wife’s plate. With- week. 164

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maintained his skipper/owner posture, getting on with the crew like Those who had known Deedee one of the guys, Andy got quietly longest couldn’t recall her wear- drunker. There wasn’t much else to ing her hair in any other way. The do. Isha was f lirting with a couple only change was the gray cast that of crewmen sitting across the table had arrived in the last year. No who were barely able to control color rinses for Deedee Moss. She their drool ref lexes. wouldn’t hear of such a thing. Nothing new there. She had got“Deedee” didn’t seem to fit this ten them going on the differences shy, weary-looking woman. It was between men and women. Isha one of those childhood nicknames maintained that the only real difthat had stuck. ference was that women overcooked She always made an appear- chicken. Andy watched the conance at the regatta gatherings but versation do a slow burn down the kept to herself, said little. If her table until Mitchell jumped in with dinner companions felt obliged to his two cents, saying that women engage her, as they dutifully did were definitely better with their in turn, they would hands, that’s why ANDY GOT find her charming, there had been so but distant. She had many women weldQUIETLY her favorites among ers during World DRUNKER Mitchell’s crew, and War II after all, and care was always taken to seat them now Isha was putting her moves on next to her. But even with the cho- Mitchell. Heaving a sigh, Andy got sen few, Deedee would often drift up and went to the bar for another off in mid-sentence, or lapse into drink. long quiet periods of concentration When he returned, Alastair on her meal. Koonce was standing at the head She knew sailing. That wasn’t the of the table, talking with Mitchell. problem. She could still talk tactics This was an interesting developand sail shape. Both her father and ment. Andy perked up. The congrandfather had loved boats, and versation had the table’s attention, she had, in fact, been a savvy racer especially that of Deedee, whose as a teenager. But Deedee seemed gaze was riveted on the handsome, as miscast within this group as did bronzed New Zealander. Tall and her son. lanky, his face was weather beaten, Andy sat with Isha at the other and his head was aglow with a mass end of the table, as far from Mitch- of tight blonde curls. Andy hoped ell as possible. While Mitchell his mother wouldn’t let her tongue 166


All-American hang out. He chuckled to himself. He’d missed the opening pleasantries. Now Koonce had launched into a Volvo Ocean Race rap. Someone must have asked him about his upcoming campaign for the 2000 race. Or maybe he just got into it. He was selling, after all, always on the lookout for sponsors. Alastair Koonce didn’t have any small talk. Whenever you saw Koonce approaching, you got ready to do business. Koonce knew how to work a table. First he played to Mitchell’s crew, any one of whom would have sold out his mates for a chance to sail with this guy. Koonce had done three of the Round the World races when it was known as the Whitbread, winning one of them, a mighty accomplishment. It was 30,000 miles around the world over a nine-month period with half a dozen stopovers. When the race began in 1973, the boats had some degree of comfort. Real bunks, real galleys, and some skippers even took a case of wine along just to be civilized. But the races Koonce had done were anything but civilized. Most sailors wouldn’t consider taking the modern Volvo boats on an overnight race, let alone a 30,000mile odyssey. They were sixty-five feet long, and they only weighed 30,000 pounds, half of which was in the

keel. The ends of the boat were empty because it’s bad (slow) to have any weight in the ends, so twelve crew live in a 35-foot space. There are no bunks, per se. Even the pipe berths of a few years ago have been discarded in the interest of saving weight. The off watch lined up on an 18-inch “shelf” formed into the hull, sleeping head to head, foot to foot. If the boat tacked, the sleepers awoke and switched to the high side. If the boat hit a wave and stopped, the off watch got compressed. The open head (toilet) is in the galley. And, of course, there is no seat. Got to save weight. The boats go so fast it’s scary. They’ve been clocked at over thirty knots. They’re like race cars. You have to throttle them back in certain conditions to keep them from spinning out, self-destructing. The decks are f lush, with nothing protecting the guys in the cockpit from the water fire-hosing off the bow with enough force to knock them senseless. Going around the world on one of these things is like climbing Everestt in a lycra stretch suit. There’s freeze-dried food the whole way, not so much as a book or a music tape for entertainment, no proper way to wash yourself ~ all in the interest of saving weight. One guy in the last race said if dogs lived like the Volvo sailors, the ASPCA would bust the owners. All partici-


pants would acknowledge that the sticking to the facts. People who Geneva Convention demands a bet- think the Swedes are the ultimate ter lifestyle for prisoners. stoics haven’t spent much time And Koonce had done this race with the Kiwis. And Koonce was not once, but three times. It re- a classic example. But when you quired a certain kind of madness. have the cards Koonce has, Andy It also required a high level of skill thought, there’s not much need for and seamanship, and an unfet- elaboration. tered passion for the adventurous Mitchell hadn’t said a word for a life that every sailor in the yacht while. He had that “international club wished he had more of. host” look going, the plastic posAs if winning the Whitbread ture of tolerant generosity men wasn’t enough, Koonce had come like Mitchell Thomas effect when close to wining the America’s Cup under the protective roof of their for New Zealand. The two events own exclusive clubs or executive couldn’t be more different. The offices. But Andy had the feeling Round the World Race demands Koonce was saving him for last. great self-discipline, amazing endur- And it was getting to that point. ance, serious toughThe Boys were all IT REQUIRED A ness. The America’s bug-eyed now from Cup is match racing, the Koonce show, CERTAIN SENSE day sailing around all pumped up from OF MADNESS buoys. The logishaving this rock tics and politics ashore are just as star be so friendly, pay so much attough as the hand-to-hand combat tention to them. He could turn on on the race course. It calls for lead- the charm, no question. ership, diplomacy, media manipuDeedee was just about vibratlation and public relations as well ing off her chair under his gaze, as coordinating a design team on which he was thoughtful enough land and a sailing team of 16 on the to lavish in her direction, making water. Sailing credentials don’t get points, finishing off thoughts and much better than those carried by mumbling asides as if they were Alastair Koonce. just for her. Koonce was good, Andy watched him field ques- Andy thought, and he had done his tions from the sailors at the table homework. and found it difficult not to admire “Here’s a question for you.” the guy. He had that terse Kiwi way Koonce said to the sailors. They of keeping everything short, always leaned forward, looking like a looking for the touch of dry humor, bunch of game show contestants downplaying his accomplishments, with their hands poised over their 169


paused, Andy noticed that the noise level in the dining room had diminbuttons. Andy got ready. Here it ished considerably. Koonce’s prescomes. “Where’s America in all ence at the Worthy table had drawn this?” glances. Now his little speech was The question was not delivered focusing general attention. Koonce with hostility. The smile was still knew how to work a room. there, but the eyes were no longer “It’s hard to believe that with all smiling. Koonce paused, giving the great sailors in this country, and them too brief a moment to puzzle all the big money, and all the nautiover the question. They were all cal pride and high-seas tradition too excited to react to this sudden, that goes back to John Paul Jones ominous shift in the breeze. and beyond, there is not one man “Oh, I know America is in- among you stout-hearted enough to volved.” Koonce said, letting that mount a campaign to race around last word linger on his tongue. the world. What’s happened to you “The race stops in Ft. Lauderdale! Americans, you pioneers who took And Baltimore. How about that! wagons across the Rocky MounOh, yes, America tains, who ham"WHERE'S loves the glamour mered towns out of of the boats coming the desert and creAMERICA IN in, the weary sailors ated the most powerALL THIS?" home from the sea ful nation on earth? and all that. The hotel and restau- You have 200 million people, and rant revenues get a shot in the arm, not one Volvo entry. It’s astounding; the local politicos make hay at the appalling if you think about it.” parties, everybody loves the glitz Koonce laughed. He was on a of it, and of course the marketing roll. All eyes began drifting, intie-ins don’t quit. But where are the evitably, to Mitchell Thomas. But American sailors? Where are the Koonce, ever the sportsman, gave American-sponsored boats? The his adversary a little breathing greatest ocean race in the world ~ room. He had, after all, ambushed one of the greatest sporting adven- the man in his own club. If he tures in the world in any sport ~ didn’t step back and let him up, he and there are no American entries! couldn’t deck him again. Not one. Am I right? I am right “I love racing like we did this about that, am I not?” week,” Koonce said, his voice dropProfessor Koonce waited until ping into public relations gratihe had some half-hearted nods and tude. “The competition was great, grunts from The Boys. As Koonce the weather was perfect, and at 170





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paintings commemorating great moments in naval and yachting history, had missed the unmistakable drop of the gauntlet. And there was no mistaking that it had landed smack in Mitchell Thomas’ half-finished piece of apple pie á la mode. Koonce seemed frozen in time, his hands upheld to dispel any thought that this last question was rhetorical. Andy leaned his head toward Isha and muttered something in her ear. Leaping gratefully at this diversion, Mitchell addressed his son in a cold voice as full of command and censure as he could manage. “Do you have something to say we all might share, Andy?” Quite drunk by now, Andy looked up, regarded Mitchell. His grin was sheepish. His words were only slightly slurred. “Sure, Mitchell. Sure. S’cuse me. Din’ mean to be rude. I was jus’ commenting to Isha here that the Volvo sounds like your kind of race. Right up your alley.” As he finished, Andy’s head began nodding up and down like one of those bobble-head sports dolls people mount on the dashboards of their automobiles. He might be nodding yet if someone hadn’t begun clapping. At least five different people were later said to have started the applause. All denied being the culprit. But in seconds, that applause had built to a deafening level. Roger Vaughan lives, works and sails in Oxford, Maryland.


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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. 175

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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. 177


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 Kent’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 area’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 nation’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 tourism@kentcounty.com. 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. 179











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“Calendar of Events” notices: Please contact us at 410-714-9389; fax the information to 410-476-6286; write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601; or e-mail to info@tidewatertimes.com. The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., November 1 for the December issue). Daily Wye Grist Mill, Wye Mills, open for tours, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Grinding days are the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Millers demonstrate the traditional stone grinding process. For more info. tel: 410-827-3850 or visit oldwyemill.org. 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. Thru Nov. 26 Exhibit: The Gift of Art by the members of The Working Artists Forum at The Gallery at Wo o d s, Wo o d s Memor i a l Presbyterian Church, Baltimore. All paintings in various mediums will be for sale directly through the exhibiting artists. For more


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info. visit workingartistsforum. com. Thru Nov. 30 Exhibit: Water/ Ways at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Examine water as an environmental ne c e s sit y a nd a n i mp or t a nt cultural element. This is a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program (MoMS). Sponsored by Cambridge Main Street, the Dorchester Center for the Arts and Dorchester County Tourism, in cooperation w ith Maryland Humanities. For more info. tel: 410-229-1000 or visit

Thru Dec. 9 “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World,” a collaborative program of the Talbot County Department of Social S er v ic e s a nd Ta l b ot Fa m i l y Network, enters its third year with new community sessions. The prog ra m a l lows pa r t icipants to explore the impact of p o ve r t y a nd low w a ge s a nd what it takes to move from just getting by to getting ahead and realizing the future that they really want. Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Easton Family YMCA. Persons interested in participating in this program or individuals or organizations

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Thru March 1, 2020 Exhibition: On Land and On Sea ~ A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition features the work of Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld, who created the world’s largest and most significant collection of maritime photography. This exhibition is sponsored by the Mar yland State Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. Call Us: 410-725-4643


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November Calendar Thru April 2020 GAMELTRON@ A AM: Bodyphones in the Museum front yard. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Body phones is an immersive insta llat ion by A aron Taylor Kuffner (1975), an Americanborn conceptual artist. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1

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.

1 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Join us for our monthly progressive open house. Our businesses keep their doors open later so you can enjoy gallery exhibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 1 Dorchester Sw ingers Squa re 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.

1-3 Sultana Downrigging Festival i n Che ster tow n. A l most t wo decades after its inception, the event has grown to be one of the largest tall ship rendezvous in the country. This year’s the event showc ases t he a ll-new Port of Chestertown Marina and is further enhanced by the addition of a three-day bluegrass festival. Visitors can expect to see a waterfront packed w ith ships and wooden boats, performances by the region’s best bluegrass musicians, great food in the festival’s new waterfront village, lectures by nationally recognized authors, activities for children, opportunities to sail on the visiting tall ships and the chance to spend the weekend in Chestertown – one of America’s best-preserved historic seaports. For more info. visit www.downrigging.org.


1-3 Tred Avon Players present Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon at the Oxford Community Center. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Su nd ay at 2 p.m. $22/$11 student. For more info. visit tredavonplayers.org. 1-30 The Working Artists Forum of Easton, Maryland showcases members’ art at the Tidewater I n n. The fe at u re d a r t i st for November is S c ot t Su l l iva n. Artwork is hung in the Library Room each month by individual artists on a rotating basis. The public is encouraged to stop in at the Tidewater to see the paintings on display, which are for sale. Scott’s art will be available

for viewing during the hours at the Tidewater Inn throughout November. 1 - J a n . 5 E x h i b i t : Un* S u s * Tain*A*Ble at the Main Street Art Gallery, Cambridge, featuring artist Karen O’Dowd. This is a visual portrayal of our unrelenting use of plastic. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit www. mainstgallery.org. 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music.


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November Calendar Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29 Food Distribution at the St. Michaels Community Center on Mondays and Fridays. Open to all Talbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week. Every Monday: Dinner Buffet at Union United Methodist Church. 4 to 7 p.m. Every Friday: Lunch Buffet at St. Michaels Community Center. 11 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 1,5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29 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.

Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 1,8,15,22,29 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. 1,8,15,22,29 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 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. 2

1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ Informational meeting to help vets find services. Fridays at Hurlock A merican Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock. 9:30 a.m. All veterans are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Denny’s in 188

O ysterJa m - O yster & Beer Festival at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman. Noon to 4 p.m. The day w ill feature oysters from all over the state of Maryland, giving you the opportunity to taste the differences between oysters grown in different areas of the Bay and its estuaries. Oysters will be offered raw, fried, steamed, in stew and in signature dishes offered by select local restaurants. Oyster Jam will also play host to 7 craft

2 3rd annual Beef, Bonfires & Cigars at Wye River Conference Center, Queenstown, to benefit Haven Ministries. 6 to 9 p.m. Food tastings, beverage sampling, cash bar, live music, live and silent auction, cars from Maserati and Alpha Romeo, boats from Annapolis Boat Sales, cigars from Por t of Call and much more. $60 per person. For more info. tel: 410-739-4363 or visit www. havenministries.org. breweries that will collectively offer 14 different beers for your tasting pleasure. For more info. visit www.phillipswharf.org/ events/oyster-jam.

2 Concert: Swamp Donkey Newgrass at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

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November Calendar 2-3 Workshop: Fabulous Fall Landscapes on the Eastern Shore with Steve Bleinberger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $120 members, $150 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2 ,9,16,23,30 Easton Far mers Ma rket ever y Sat urday f rom mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. to noon. Town parking lot on Nor t h Har r ison Street. O ver 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Anahata Yoga with Cavin Moore at the Oxford Community Center. Saturdays at 8 and 10 a.m. $12/class ~ drop-ins welcome. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten.” For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3

3 Crab Claw dinner to benefit Festival of Trees from noon to 5 p.m. All proceeds from your dinner at the Crab Claw in St. Michaels will benefit the Festival of Trees and Talbot Hospice. Call 410745-2900 to make a reservation. 4 Seminar: What Should I Say When Someone i s Gr ieving? with Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Becky DeMattia, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Sponsored by Talbot Hospice. 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 4 Lunch & Learn: A Brief History of Tilghman’s Island with T ide water T ime s’ ow n Ga r y Crawford, at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. Crawford will tell the history of the island at the southern tip of the Bay Hundred, which in Co-

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. 190

lonial times was known as Great Choptank Island. Making use of numerous slides, he will provide an historical overview of this interesting and unique place. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Your (Free) Lawyer in the Library at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 6 p.m. Attorneys from Maryland Legal Aid will provide legal assistance on civil topics for those that qualify based on their income level. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Meeting: Bereaved Parents group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 1st Monday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Services Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit compassregionalhospice.org. 4 Bluegrass Jam at St. Andrew’s Episcopa l Church, 303 Main St., Hurlock. 1st Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. Bluegrass musicians and fans welcome. Donations accepted for the benefit of St. Andrew’s food bank. 4 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Featured speaker is David Blecman on Post Processing the Perfect Moment. Blecman is an internationally 191

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cal Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 4,11,18,25 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.

recognized photographer and instructor. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 4 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. 4 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ 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. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Core & More Fitness RX Class with instructor Mark Cuviello, owner of Fitness Rx Performance Training St udios, at t he Ox ford Community Center. $12 per person per class. 10:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medi-

5 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. 5

Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Tuesday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695.

5,7,12 ,14 ,19,21,26 Ta i Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tues. and Thurs. at 9 a.m. with Nat ha n Spivey. $75 mont h ly ($10 d r op -i n fe e). For mor e info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,7,12 ,14 ,19,21,26 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. $60/10 classes or $8 per class.


Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410-2285511, ext. 2140.

For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26 Mixed/Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A C enter 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. 5,12,19,26 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 5,12,19,26 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, for ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. and repeating at 11 a.m. Read, sing and play while making a craft. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore

5,12,19,26 Healing Through Yoga at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. This new complementary therapy guides pa r t ic ipa nt s t h r ou g h m i ndfulness 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. 5,19 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support 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:


November Calendar 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit shorehealth.org. 5,19 Afternoon 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. 5,19 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.

5,19 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. 6 Fall Speaker Series: Messing About in Boats w it h K r isten Greenaway, CBMM president at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. $7.50 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. For more info. visit cbmm.org/ speakerseries. 6 We are Builders at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM

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and build with Legos and Zoobs. For ages 5 to 12. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 to 8 p.m. 1st Wednesday. Support group for families and friends of addicts. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit nar-anon.org. 6,13,20,27 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. 6,13,20,27 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. 6,13,20,27 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 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 6,13,20,27 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays 195

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November Calendar from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone interested in writing is invited to join. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 6,13,20,27 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

6-Dec. 11 Class: Pastel ~ Creating Strong and Vibrant Composit ions in St ill Life and Landscape with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $195 members, $234 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 7 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. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels your passion to be creative. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7 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. contact Linda Elzey at lwelzey@ gmail.com or Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107. 7 Concert: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra at Easton Church of God. 7:30 p.m. This concert will

feature Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major. For more info. visit www.midatlant ic s ymphony. org. 7-10 49th annual Waterfowl Festival throughout Easton. A community-wide celebration of the culture and heritage of the Eastern Shore! The nonprofit organization’s benefits to conservation have grown from initial proceeds of $7,500 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.


November Calendar 7,14,21 Minecraft Drop-in for ages 10 through 16 at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 to 5 p.m. Mine for diamonds and battle creepers. Light refreshments served. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7,14,21 Men’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. 7,14,21 Mahjong at the St. Michaels

Community 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. 7,14,21 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursdays at 1 p.m. This ongoing weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 7,14,21 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every

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November Calendar Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830. wixsite.com/kifm. 7,14 Milk and Cookies and ... Chapter Books! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. for ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 7,21 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. 7,21 Classic 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. 8 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 2nd Friday 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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present information on current preservation methods, census records and how to gather information from them, DNA testing companies and if time permits, a brief demonstration of Fold3 military research. For more information, go to www.usgsmd. org or tel: 410-482-8072.

p.m. Talented boat builders from throughout the Eastern Shore display their models. $30. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 9 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 9 Lecture: Laurie Plemons on Are You Doing Your Part? Are You Doing It Correctly? Sponsored by the Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland. 1 p.m. at the Denton Librar y. Plemons will

9 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 1 to 5 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. 9 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High


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9 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. 9 Concert: Session Americana in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 5 and 8 p.m.



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Farinacci, the first Global Ambassador for Lincoln Center Jazz appointed by Wynton Marsalis, performed at the f irst Mont y Alexander Jazz Festival. General admission $45, Sponsor $100. For more info. visit www.chesapeakechambermusic.com. 9,23 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, 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 every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 11 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 meets at noon with a covered dish luncheon at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. We will learn about medical alert devices from Kim Honeycutt of Shore Home Services. New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 11 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 2nd Monday, 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 12-Dec. 10 Class: Drawing ~ Perspective for the Artist with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 205

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2nd Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is specifically for anyone impacted by a traumatic death, including accident, overdose, suicide or homicide. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $185 members, $220 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12 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. 12 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. 12 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Healing af ter a Traumat ic Loss at Talbot Hospice, Easton.

12 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Old Railway Station on Pennsylvania Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-704-3811 or visit twstampclub.com. 12 Concert: Oshima Brothers and The End of America in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12,26 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

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12,26 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.

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13 Arts Express bus trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $58 members, $69 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13 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. 13 Talbot Mentor informational meeting at the Talbot Mentor office, 108 Maryland Ave., Easton. 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Learn what mentoring is all about. For more info. tel: 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org. 13 Meeting: Grief Support for Suicide group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Ser vices Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit 207

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13,27 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 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. 13, 27 Da nce 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.

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November Calendar 14 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. 14 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14 Young Gardeners for grades 1

through 4 at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:45 p.m. Creating ornaments for the Festival of Trees. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Cocktail party and silent auction at the Tidewater Inn at 5:30, short films beginning at 7:30 at the Avalon. Join us in celebrating ShoreRivers’ achievements while we enjoy each other’s company, treat ourselves to delicious food and drink, and debut a compilation of short films. The Film Festival showcases communities and individuals engaging in and



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advocating on issues surrounding their environment. For more info. visit www.shorerivers.org. 15 Concert: Hogslop String Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 15-Dec. 4 Annual Members’ Exhibition ~ The Small Originals Holiday Exhibition of the Academy Art Museum at the Easton Armory (a.k.a. Waterfowl Building), Easton. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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16 Nut r it iou s Ber r ie s, Nut s & Seeds Soup ’n Walk at Adkins A rboretum, R idgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy the autumn har vest as we hunt for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include dog wood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Following a guided walk with a do c ent nat u r a l i st , enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are pr ov ide d . $25 memb er, $30 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 16 Elks Basketball Hoop Shoot at Colonel Richardson Middle School, Federa lsburg. 1 p.m. start, register at 12:30 p.m. Free. Girls and boys from Caroline and Talbot counties ages 8 through 13 (categories based on age as of April 1, 2020). Win prizes and possibly move on to Regional, State and National Hoop Shoots. Sponsored by Elks Lodge #1622. For more info. tel: 410-673-1132. 16 Live at the MET in HD: Puccini’s Madam Butterfly at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit


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November Calendar ing with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $95 members, $114 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16 -17 Work shop: Pa int ing t he Still Life in Pastels with Nick Serratore at the Academy Art Museu m, E a ston. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $175 members, $210 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16,23,30 Preston Historical Society

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Museum open, with Christmas Garden train display featuring Lionel trains, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 167 Main Street, Preston. Free admission. Visit www.prestonhistoricalsociety.com or call 410-924-9080. 18 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 3rd Monday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 18 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 tcfl.org. 18 Read w ith Wally, a Pets on Wheels therapy dog, at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Maggie Gowe and her dog, Wally. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Read w it h T iger, a Pet- onWheels therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Tiger. For ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.


18 Preston Historical Society Membership meeting, 7 p.m. at 167 Ma in St reet, P re ston. Gue st speaker Morgan Bennett will give a presentation on the history of muskrat trapping. The public is invited to attend. Visit www. prestonhistoricalsociety.com or tel: 410-924-9080. 19 Talbot Hospice will host poet and author Sue Ellen Thompson who will read from two of her books ~ The Golden Hour and They. 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 19 Native American Culture Cel-


ebration w it h JoA nn Brow n, owner of Justamere Trading Post, at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Brown will share Native American artifacts, trivia, storytelling and the opportunity to participate in crafts. 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

November Calendar 20 Meet ing: Dorchester Ca re g ivers Suppor t Group. 3rd Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 20 St. Michaels Library Book Club to discuss Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of the Man Who Dared To See by Robert Kurson at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Child Loss Support Group at

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Ta lbot Hospic e, Ea ston. 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 20 O p en Mic at t he A c ademy Art Museum, Easton. Theme: Thanks A Lot! Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Snacks provided; nominal charge for beverages. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@gmail.com. 21 Lunch & Learn: Mindfulness and Meditation ~ What Can They Do For Me? with Maggie Black and Dave Parker at the Talbot County Free L ibra r y, Ea ston. Noon. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 21 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Ca re in Ca mbr idge. 3rd Thursday of the month. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 21 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrange-


ments, gifts and home décor, 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. 21 Meeting: Grief Support for Overdose Loss group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Ser vices Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit compassregionalhospice.org.

The public is invited. For more info. visit www.studioBartgallery.com. 22 Concert: CAL Doors LA Woman at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 23 Holiday Bazaar at Immanuel Church of Christ, Cambridge. 8 a.m. As always, there will be chicken salad, soups and baked goods, in addition to our “Country Store.” For more info. tel: 410-228-5167. 23 Live at the MET in HD: Glass’s Akhnaten at the Avalon Theatre,

21 Breakneck Hamlet ~ Acclaimed Chicago actor Timothy Mooney brings his exciting, hilarious Hamlet to the Talbot Count y Free Library, Easton at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 22 Studio B Art Gallery is holding a very special gallery event, “Thankful For Small Treasures,” with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. 217


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23 Thanksgiving Gospel Explosion at the Easton High School auditorium. Sponsored by Scotts United Methodist Church. 3 p.m. Several groups to be featured. $15 before Nov. 8, $20 at the door. For more info. tel: 410476-3980.

23-24 Join the resident artists of the Davis Arts Center, Easton, for their fall 2019 open studios from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy the afternoon touring the studios and viewing the work of the resident artists and invited regional artisans. Music and light fare, fun for the entire family. For more info. tel: 917-653-3290 or email Levelsmith@aol.com.

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compassregionalhospice.org. 26 Family Craf ts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Make a yarn scarf. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemat-

26 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. 26 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. 27 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, St. Michaels at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Meet ing: 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.

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7 p.m. and lite-fare buffet. Cash bar available after 7 p.m. For more info. visit www.festivalof-trees.org. 30 Concert: XPD’s Dance Party at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 30-Dec. 3 34th annual Festival of Trees ~ A Timeless Christmas in downtown Easton. New this year on Saturday, November 30 is Carols by Candlelight, 5 to 7 p.m. in front of the Tidewater Inn. For a full schedule of activities and venues, visit www.festival-oftrees.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! $1,599,000

Truly one-of-a-kind waterfront compound on highly desirable Peachblossom off the Tred Avon River. Main & Guest house connected by breezeway all overlooking gorgeous gunite pool & waterfront splendor. Both Main & Guest have kitchens open to family rooms, total 4 bedrooms & 6 baths, garage w/finished 2nd flr.

JUST REDUCED TO $1,795,000

Perfect family waterfront compound with deep water dock on Miles river just five minutes from downtown Easton. Enjoy this lovely 7+ acre estate with large one-story “open concept” main house, waterside guest cottage & two large outbuildings one with a 1500+/-sf 2 bedroom apartment!

Janet Larson, Associate Broker

410.310.1797 · jlarson@bensonandmangold.com www.shoremove.com


31 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 · 410.822.6665 · www.bensonsandmangold.com


“POTTER HALL” National Register of Historic Places brick residence surrounded by specimen trees and park-like grounds. Panoramic views of the deep Choptank River with fabulous sunsets reflecting in the river. Main house has 12 ft ceilings, elaborate woodwork, country kitchen with fireplace. Guest house and carriage house. First time offered in over half a century. $690,000.

SHORELINE REALTY 114 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 410-822-7556 · 410-310-5745 www.shorelinerealty.biz · bob@shorelinerealty.biz


Souvenir YETI’s available at our pop-up Waterfowl Festival YETI store downtown.