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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 65, No. 5

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October 2016

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Nanny Trippe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Funeral - Chapter II: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Looking Back and Into the Future: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Harrington’s Oxford: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Sea Glass and Sunsets on Smith Island: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Saga of Lodestar: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Academy Art Museum’s ARTober: Amy Blades Steward . . . . . . 158 Stymie - The People’s Horse: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Departments: October Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 October Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer Nanny Trippe Many generations a native of Talbot County, Nanny Trippe developed a love of photography from a young age. What began as portraits of her dogs and horses, has evolved into a love of composition. “When the elements of light, texture, line and shadow come into balance ~ that’s what excites my eye,” says Trippe. The cover photo was taken on a visit back to her high school, St. T i mot hy ’s S chool i n Ba lt i more where she learned the art of using the darkroom. “I have always loved trees and been drawn to them as subject matter. The lane at St. Tim’s has special meaning to all who have

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The Funeral ~ Chapter 2 by Helen Chappell

As the minister droned on, we looked around Strawbridge United Methodist Church and counted the mourners. Frances Woolcraft had a pretty good turnout, we thought, considering how few people claimed to like her when she was alive and wearing low-cut blouses over to Glack’s Good Gun Shop and Sporting Goods in Tubman’s Corners. The men who came in, and, let’s face it, a gun shop’s customers are mostly men, probably enjoyed peering down at her cleavage as much as they enjoyed sighting down a shotgun. Of course, it was no surprise that most of the mourners were men. Frances was not the type of woman who enjoyed the company of other women. And, for that matter, women didn’t like her much either. Even in company, she was always ready to pay all kinds of attention to the men. Front and center in the first pew was her boss, Omar Glack. Omar’s shoulders were shaking, the tears were streaming down his chunky cheeks and he gazed yearningly at the white French provincial coffin as if he’d like to throw himself across the Casablanca lily arrange-

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The Funeral same church, counting the f lowers and the mourners, listening to the minister ramble on about how in the midst of life, we’re in death, and no one knew the day or the hour they’d be called home. “The police said it was an accident,” old Mr. George whispered to us, fanning himself w ith a Dreedle’s Funeral Home paper fan. “Omar was show ing Buddy an old pair of dueling pistols that had just come in, and one of them went of f. K illed Buddy right on the spot. R ight in between the eyes. The ball went through his skull and out of the back of his head. No one knew it had a secret hair trigger mechanism. Terrible accident.” We shook our heads. Firearms can be dangerous, even in expert hands. We resumed our respectful gaze at the urn at the front of the church. Once again, the Glacks were front and center. This time Omar looked as if he’d had a cleaning rod poked up his spine. We supposed he was in shock. After all, he’d accidentally killed not just a man, but also the best gunsmith on the Eastern Shore. Terrible, terrible thing. What interested us, other than the tacky carnation arrangements on the altar, was Gloria Glack. Her shoulders were shaking,

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Omar, and shifty, he was probably always telling Frances he was going to leave Gloria. And year after year went by, and Frances got tired of waiting. You know how Gloria was allergic to everything? Lally nodded, light dawning. “So Frances got her that oleander because she knew how allergic Gloria is? Maybe she thought oleander poison would kill her?” “But it killed Frances instead! Frances had no idea how allergic she herself was to oleander? She broke those leaves, and, well.

and her face was buried in a lace handkerchief. She was weeping audibly. “Prolly upset for Omar,” Mr. George said. “What with cops there and everything. Terrible.” We exchanged a look, but didn’t say anything. Later, after the wake, Doll and Lally stopped at the diner on Route 50 for a cup of coffee. Both were pensive as Doll poured three sugars into her regular coffee and Lally poured enough half and half into hers to make it a pale shade of brown. “It doesn’t make any sense for it to be two accidents so close together,” Lally said. “No,” Doll agreed. “Neither one was an accident, but they are connected. Oh, how wicked!” Lally nodded. “How long do you suppose Omar had been carrying on with Frances?” she asked, stirring her coffee. “It had to have been quite a while. And, of course, Omar being


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Oleander poisoning can imitate a heart attack, I read somewhere.” Doll nodded wisely. “So it backfired on her! Just like the dueling pistols backfired on Buddy!” Lally exclaimed. She leaned in across the table. “Buddy had a crush on Gloria. And if he could get Omar out of the way, he’d have Gloria and the store!” Doll put a hand to her mouth, eyes wide. They looked at each other. “We couldn’t prove it in court if we wanted to,” Doll said. Lally nodded. “No one would believe us anyway. But ain’t it awful? The girlfriend tried to kill the wife and the boyfriend tried to kill

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Looking Back and Into the Future of the Chesapeake Bay by Dick Cooper

I recently saw a T-shirt imprinted with the saying, “I Thought Getting Old Would Take Longer.” That keen observation, and my pending 70th birthday, got me thinking back on how suddenly almost 40 years have passed since I first sailed the Chesapeake Bay. It made me contemplate how a kid from the Midwest wound up liv ing on t he Easter n Shore writing stories about the myriad of people and things that make this such a unique place. My wife, Pat, likes to say that the only constant in our lives is change. One of the many things I enjoy about living on the Shore is the way it eases the pace of that change. Don’t get me wrong, the changes I have witnessed on the Bay over the decades have been dramatic, but they have moved exceeding slowly in comparison with the transformation I was part of in a previous life as a metropolitan newspaperman. In the span of my career, an industry that had changed little since the Civil War crumbled. The huge, nation-wide chain I worked for no longer exists, and more people get news on their cell phones than on their doorsteps. By those standards, the

A picture of me sailing in 1982. Chesapeake has a long, bright future. My earliest memory of the word “Chesapeake” was as the color Chesapeake Blue. Looking back, it was probably a Madison Avenue ad man’s creative way of enticing Michigan homeowners into buying an odd lot of greenish-blue wallcovering, but to me the poetic sound of the word had an exotic and faraway feel. Later, as a burgeoning sailor, I read about the Bay’s famous watercraft with salty names; skipjack, bugeye and bateau. In my mind’s eye, the Bay was full of white sails, and the water was as turquoise a Caribbean cove. That image stayed firmly embedded when I took a reporting job in Philadelphia. I looked at a map and saw that the head of the Chesapeake was just a little over an hour down 25

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sometimes harrowing experiences, I learned that even the most violent Bay thunderstorms are usually followed by glorious sunsets. Stars shine brighter when viewed from the cockpit of a boat snugly anchored in a quiet creek. Until recently, it seemed to take a long time for life on the Shore to catch up with the sweeping digital changes taking place in the cities. In the late 1970s, when I first sailed the Bay, it was still very remote. There were no cell phones, and the only contact to the outside world was through the Baltimore Marine Operator. I told bosses and friends I couldn’t be reached because the

Over the years, the Chesapeake Bay bec a me much more t ha n a getaway from the daily pressures of newspaper deadlines. I read everything I could find about the Bay. The books of Gilbert Byron, William Warner and James Michener brought the history of the area to life and captured the cadence of the shoremen’s plain and honest speech. Sailing became more of a skill and a challenge than just an escape from the daily deadline pressure. I slid eagerly from reporting crime and corruption into long weekends and vacations living on small boats. Through a series of

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was a hard, nasty life with bad food and lots of bad things and people that were trying to kill you. Plus, if you messed up, you got flogged or keelhauled. Such it is w it h my cher ished memories of cruising the Bay when I tend to overlook the negative. Back in the day, smoke belched from the stacks at the Bethlehem Steel Plant on Sparrows Point, and brisk westerlies carried acrid smells across the Bay. At night, the flames leaping from the stack could be seen for miles, and boaters always knew when they were getting close to the Patapsco River because the water was red with rust. Nothing grew on the riverbanks. On the Bay north of the Bridge, the chest-rattling THWA MPs of heavy explosions rolled across the water on a regular basis as military scient ist s at A berdeen Prov ing Ground tested and retested newer and louder ways to blow things up. The historic oyster fleet rotted at the docks after disease and pollution gave the iconic bivalve a one-two punch. Ox ygen-f ree dead zones caused by over-fertilization began showing up in the middle of the Bay. Most of the backwater villages looked like they hadn’t see a bucket of house paint since World War II. Even the breathtaking sunsets that make Eastern Shore evenings dance with color are enhanced by the particle-heavy fumes of western shore traffic.

photography, capturing images of the abundant wildlife and the telltale signs of the changing seasons. As we get older, we tend to look at our past through a lens that is finely adjusted to sharpen and maximize nostalgia. Our memory zooms in on those things we enjoyed, or were especially good at, and we think how wonderful it would be to go back to that simpler, better time. What is left out of that thought process is t hat t hose “good old days” probably weren’t as good the first time around. The things we reminisce about may well have been someone else’s worst nightmare, and we gloss over the bad stuff. We think those events were great because we could accomplish them with a high level of proficiency and didn’t wake up sore and achy the next day. I find myself re-watching the movie Master and Commander thinking at the beginning that it must have been great fun to sail on a tall ship. By the end of the film, I remember it 36


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they should be, but lawmakers and the courts have begun to understand that water quality has to be improved and wildlife protected. This is a time when the Eastern Shore cannot afford to lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to change. Scientists at Horn Point are constantly searching for new and better ways to clean up the Bay and restore critical infrastructure. Watchdog environmental organizations are keeping pressure on state and local governments to do the right thing. Social media has allowed activists to rally support from a national and international audience. As residents of the Eastern Shore who want to save the fragile beauty of the Chesapeake Bay for future generations, we can’t afford to slip into a mindset defined by other popular sayings like “It Is What It Is” or “This Too Shall Pass.” To paraphrase one T-shirt saying that does apply, we all have to “Be the Change We Want to See on the Bay.”

By the early 1990s, the throaty roar of workboat diesels had been replaced as the morning wake-up alarm on the harbor by the crashbangs of trash trucks hauling away the night’s debris from waterfront restaurants. Fleets of ever-larger power and sailboats sit idle all week in the slips where generations of fathers and sons once tended their pots and trotlines before heading out on the Bay before dawn. One of the realities of life is that we cannot go back in time and must live with and adapt to change as it comes along. Economies and populations ebb and flow. The Digital Age allows sailors to quickly receive accurate weather and wind forecasts. Thanks to GPS, fewer mariners get lost, and if they do, the Coast Guard can track their electronic signal. They also no longer have excuses for running aground. Fortunately, many of the detrimental environmental changes and their causes are slowly being recognized and, to a degree, addressed. Not as quickly or as thoroughly as

Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at www.amazon.com. Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at dickcooper@coopermediaassociates.com. 38


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Picket Fences 2016 Saturday, October 8· 4 to 6 pm Oxford Community Center The picket fences will be live-auctioned at the event. Come, view the fences, and enjoy complementary appetizers provided by local businesses. Wine available for purchase. Admission is free. If you can’t make it to the auction but wish to bid on a fence, visit www.portofoxford.com for a Silent Bid Proxy that can be downloaded and sent in before the big night. All picket fences are painted by local artists and will be displayed throughout the Town of Oxford until the auction. A portion of the proceeds go toward the artists’ selected charities. Sponsored by Oxford Business Association. For more information email Marcia LoVerdi at marlee331@atlanticbb.net.


Norman Harrington’s Oxford by Michael Valliant

Historians, those who document history, sometimes turn up just when a time and place need them. Their ability to learn, record and communicate the story of an area and an era help tell a story for all time. Talbot County and Oxford were lucky to have Norman Harrington. “My father loved history. So he appreciated the fact that Oxford is so old and exemplifies the history that surrounds this area,” said Lisa Harrington, Norman’s daughter and president of the Oxford Museum. “He also liked all the things that are quintessentially typical of Oxford and this area, meaning sailing and hunting and sports. After he came back from World War II, he was essentially just always shooting photographs of the Delmarva Peninsula ~ activities, events, news or human interest stories.” Norman was born in Baltimore in 1921, moving to Easton in 1933 and graduating from Easton High School three years later. He opened his own photography studio in town and also was a stringer for the Associated Press and the Baltimore Sun until enlisting in the United States Army in 1941. He served as a

Norman Harrington photographer during World War II, documenting the war in Africa, Italy, France and Germany and earning the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in 1945. After returning from the war, Norman held a number of jobs, most notably as the managing editor of The Star Democrat and later as the managing director of the Talbot Historical Society. In 41



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tion. Norman’s collection includes roughly 45,000 negatives and slides and about 20,000 prints, largely uncatalogued. “Before he died, my father basically stabilized the collection by putting everything in binders and sleeves,” Lisa said. “I think he knew he didn’t have too much time left, so he spent about three or four months working full time on the project. He actually used a room at the Oxford Community Center as the workshop for preserving his collection. It would take almost an army of local experts to be able to identify the people and the places contained in his images. And he did a lot of aerial photography as

Community Center. And he photographed the town prolifically. He had a darkroom in their house and would spend time each weekend shooting and developing photographs, taking several 8”x10” prints to The Star Democrat every Monday morning. He never charged them for his pictures. Calling Norman’s photographic output prolific doesn’t quite cover it. When he died at the age of 65 in 1987, his family had to get his photography collection appraised. They used the same person who appraised iconic Chesapeake Bay photographer Aubrey Bodine’s collec-

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well; so we have aerials of the Eastern Shore since post-World War II up to the 1980s. It’s remarkable to see how the Eastern Shore changed in that time.” As a lover of both history and photography, Norman found a way to bring his passions together for the benefit of the region: books. The first book he authored, called Shaping of Religion in America, was a photographic and historical study of churches on the Delmarva Peninsula. Then an idea sprung up between Norman and his close friend Dickson Preston: a book about Oxford. No comprehensive effort had been put into documenting the town. Harrington was working as managing director of the Talbot Historical Society, and the board gave the project the green light. Preston would write it, and Norman would handle the photographs. They would document the first three centuries of the town, from its founding to its present day in the 1980s. “My father and Dickson Preston were great friends, and they worked well together, so it seemed like a natural that my father would be the picture editor,” Lisa said. “It’s funny he called himself the picture editor and not photography editor, but that’s kind of who he was ~ unassuming.” Norman’s plan was for a trilogy of books: Oxford, Easton and St.

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decline through the Revolutionary War and beyond; its return to prosperity as a watermen’s town. In a detailed description of Oxford from an 1898 book called Land of Legendary Lore, Prentiss Ingraham included the following: “There is a fine public school, there are three churches, one shipyard, half a dozen dry goods stores, twice as many groceries, a couple of hardware houses, a drug store, all excellent in their way, and a tomato cannery, wheelwright, and

Michaels. The first two were completed, and the research was done for the St. Michaels book, but Norman died before he could complete the book. The Oxford book stands up to and outside of time, showing the town’s ebbs and f lows from boom town to bust and back again. It looks at the long view, at the town’s thriving success as a port town in times of trade in the 1600s; its

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Turn-of-the-20th-centur y Oxford was at a high point. Published in 1984, Preston and Harrington’s book finds modern Oxford at a crossroads, a beautiful, quiet town holding on more to an idyllic past that wasn’t exactly accurate, and not sure of where it was going. Fast forward to 2016, and the town could be said to be in a similar place. Lisa Harrington looks both backward and forward from the long view that she discerns from her fat her’s research and perspective. “Oxford has a rhythm that you begin to see when you look over the centuries. And I think my father came to see that rhythm and how it has played out,” she said. “In the beginning, Oxford was founded on

four large oyster packing houses, sending tons of the delicious bivalves as far west as Denver.” The book also described a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad running directly to Oxford, railway and boat communications, and two steamboat lines coming to town daily. And its f leet of working oyster boats: “Oxford is the haven of a couple hundred vessels of the oyster and coasting trade, and has a record for building fast schooners, bugeyes, and canoes. In the fall, when the busy season opens, it is a beautiful sight to see the f leet of vessels sailing to and fro.”

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preserved its history. Oxford has some work to do to create its future, especially with respect to bringing new life to its historic commercial center and attracting new people to live here. But if the past offers any lessons, it may take some time, but Oxford and its residents will figure these out.” Of Special Note: In 2017, the Oxford Museum and the Oxford Community Center will collaborate on a special presentation of Norman Harrington’s Oxford: The First Three Centuries photographic lecture, presented by Lisa Harrington and based on an original presentation delivered by her father in 1984.

“Uncle Ed” Parsons’ general store, destroyed by fire in 1932. The Oxford Municipal Building, housing town offices, replaced Parsons’ store. the plantations and trade as a seaport, and that faded after the Revolutionary War. The next rhythm was the watermen, the oysters and the bounty from the water. That, too, has faded. And Oxford entered the phase of being a ‘secondhome-to-retirement’ village. The crash of 2008 put a damper on that to some degree. But Oxford remains a place that attracts lovers of the water, and people who appreciate the grace and charm of a town that has respected and

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Alfresco Dining in the Fall 1/4 t. ground nutmeg Cooking spray 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

When the summer weather cools down, we always enjoy eating outside with friends and family. The early evenings of fall are perfect for alfresco dining, whether at the beach, a picnic in the woods, or in your own backyard. Here is a great menu to serve your friends that includes a delicious antipasti appetizer, rosy tomato soup, pumpkin focaccia, pasta with a sage pesto, and a fabulous apple crostini for dessert. The recipe for the focaccia makes two generous free-form loaves ~ one to enjoy now and one to freeze or give as a gift.

Combine water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon f lour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add 1 cup of f lour and butter to the yeast

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mixture. Stir until just combined. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 30 minutes. Add pumpkin, salt and nutmeg to the f lour mixture; stir until well combined. Add 2-1/4 cups f lour; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a f loured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of the remaining 1/4 cup of f lour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to your hands (dough will feel tacky). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for one hour, or until doubled in size. Press two fingers into the dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has risen enough. Punch down the dough; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough in half; shape each half into an 8-inch circle. Place dough circles on a baking sheet. Sprinkle nuts evenly over the dough circles; press lightly to make them adhere. Lightly coat the dough with cooking spray; cover and let rise 20 minutes (dough will not double in size). Preheat oven to 400°. Uncover dough; bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until loaves are browned on the bottom. You may need to shield the loaves with foil to prevent overbrowning. Cool on a rack.

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Preheat oven to 500°. Combine 1/2 cup chicken broth, sugar and vinegar in a small bowl. Place onion, garlic, and tomatoes in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with olive oil. Pour broth mixture over tomato mixture. Bake at 500° for 50 minutes, or until vegetables



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ANTIPASTI APPETIZER DIP and SPREAD Dip: 2 T. golden raisins 2 T. balsamic vinegar 3 T. sour cream 2 T. chopped fresh parsley 2 T. chopped fresh basil 2 T. 1/3 less fat cream cheese

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etables are lightly blistered and eggplant is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Cool slightly. Place vegetable mixture, 3 tablespoons of basil, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a food processor; pulse until combined. Serve dip and spread with crackers and prosciutto slices.

1/2 medium onion, peeled and cut into 4 wedges 1 t. olive oil 1/8 t. salt 3 T. chopped fresh basil 2 T. balsamic vinegar 1 box water crackers 2 oz. prosciutto, sliced very thin

PASTA SALAD with WALNUT SAGE PESTO 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed butternut squash Olive oil 3/4 t. salt 1/2 cup fresh f lat-leaf parsley leaves 2 T. chopped walnuts 2 T. fresh sage leaves 2 T. fresh lemon juice 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves 1/3 cup less-sodium chicken broth 3 cups cooked penne pasta (or your favorite) 4 cups torn arugula 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

To prepare the dip, combine raisins and 2 tablespoons vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain. Place raisins, sour cream, and next six ingredients (through the red peppers) in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Preheat oven to 425째. To prepare the spread, combine tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, and onion on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss to combine and evenly coat. Arrange vegetables in a single layer on the pan. Bake at 425째 for 20 minutes, or until veg-

Preheat oven to 425째. Arrange squash in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat the squash with olive oil; sprinkle evenly with a teaspoon of salt. Bake at 425째 for 20 minutes, or until squash is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Cool squash slightly. Combine parsley and next 5 ingredients (through the garlic) in a 60

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Tidewater Kitchen 1 large egg white Topping: 2 T. all-purpose f lour 1 T. brown sugar 1/8 t. ground cinnamon 1-1/2 t. chilled butter, cut into small pieces To prepare the crust, lightly spoon 1 cup of f lour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine the f lour with 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons of chilled butter with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add 3-1/2 tablespoons ice water; stir until just moist. Turn dough out onto

a heavily f loured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Divide dough into two equal portions. Place each piece of dough between two pieces of plastic wrap. Roll each dough portion, still covered, into an 8-inch circle. Chill for 10 minutes. Uncover dough; place circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare the filling, combine apple and lemon juice; toss to coat. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon f lour, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon; toss to combine. Place half of the apple mixture in the center of each dough circle, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold edges of dough toward the center, pressing gently to seal (dough will only partially cover apple mixture). Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white; brush mixture gently over outside of crust. To prepare the topping, combine 2 tablespoons f lour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in 1-1/2 teaspoons butter with a pastry blender until

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“If you love the outdoors, you will enjoy your stay on Smith Island. There is plenty to do and see. Remove your watch and turn off your cell phone because you are on island time.” ~ Susan Evans, 13th generation Smith Islander and innkeeper During a three-day adventure on Smith Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, we found it to be beautiful, alive and vibrant, and the Islanders warm, welcoming and hardworking. In addition to Smith Island’s well-earned reputation for


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of Crisfield, Maryland, on the mainland, we cruised for forty-five minutes west across the Chesapeake Bay to the town of Ewell on Smith Island. We lounged on the vessel in white plastic lawn chairs amidst the boxes, inhaling the fresh, salt-scented air while chatting with two other passengers, part-time Islanders. They regaled us with stories about what to do, where to eat, and who to meet. Their suggestions matched Su sa n’s a nd i n for mat ion I had gleaned from my research. White cottages, wooden piers, sof t crab shanties, stacked crab pots and watercraft came into view as the boat slowed and the water passage, lined with marsh grasses and seabirds, narrowed. Several Islanders eagerly awaited the mail boat and quickly transferred parcels

population is down from 800 to 250. They point to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ equipment on the horizon, and the living shorelines and breakwaters being constructed for protection around the multiple salt marsh islands that comprise Smith Island. On a hot, hazy, summer day we boarded the Island Belle II, the official mail boat and passenger ferry recommended by our innkeeper, Susan Evans. Captain Otis Tyler welcomed us while he and a helper loaded boxes of U.S. mail, empty soft crab boxes, a new washing machine, and a gigantic bag of onions. Smith Island can only be accessed by ferry or private boat, no bridges, no air strips. Leaving from the town

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onto golf carts and trucks and sped of f to make deliveries in Ewell, the largest of the three villages on Smith Island. We put our duffels into Captain Otis’s truck bed and climbed in. A f ter delivering the mail to the tiny Ewell Post Office, he drove us to Susan’s on Smith Island Bed & Breakfast, a charming waterfront cottage. Captain Otis of fered us some refreshing lemonade and crunchy chocolate chip cookies made by Susan, who was at work on the mainland, before he left to make more deliveries and get ready for the return trip to Crisf ield that afternoon. When we asked for a house key, Captain Otis, a fifteenthgenerat ion Islander, t he four t h generation in his family to manage the U.S. mail boat contract, said that house keys weren’t really necessary on the Island. We toted our bags upstairs to a lovely Victorian bedroom with a view of the Chesapeake Bay and a queen-size bed piled high with pillows. As no other guests were booked, we had the three-bedroom house to ourselves. Susan had suggested that we visit the Smith Island Cultural Center upon arrival, and then explore using the map that she left for us. She provided bikes and kayaks to tour the Island, and Adirondack chairs for lounging on the water’s edge at day’s end. Susan’s B&B is located in Ewell, the destination for most passenger

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ferries from Crisfield, and the home of the Cultural Center, two restaurants, a church, tabernacle and a school. The focus of the traditional watermen’s communit y is work, family and church. There are no fast food stores, malls or movie theatres and few cars or trucks. There is one school, grades pre-K through 7, with ten students. Seven older students are transported daily by ferry to school on the mainland. The Cultural Center, with professionally designed exhibits, is a good place to learn about the history, traditions, and lifestyle of the Island. We watched a short film and perused exhibits pertaining to prehistoric occupants as well as colonial settlers. The museum collection includes watercraft, crabbing and oystering equipment, watermen and family displays, artifacts, journals and photographs, and a gift shop. T he Ewel l Un ite d Me t ho d i s t

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The community was preparing to host a weeklong Methodist Camp Meeting, marking its 130th consecutive year, in the Tabernacle, with its wood-timbered roof, screened windows and a sawdust f loor, in a grove of pine trees behind the Ewell church. Folks arrive each year by boat for daily preaching, worship, gospel music, testimony, Bible school and reunions. The event, which is the yearly highlight of the Island’s religious life, began after we left. Smith Islanders weren’t always watermen providing Bay oysters and crabs to insatiable consumers. The original settlers, from Cornwall and Wales v ia Jamestown, were farmers who raised livestock in the 1600s. Their Elizabethan and Cornish accents still prevail today

Chu r c h a nd t he W i l s on But ler Tabernacle were across the street from the Center, and we explored both facilities. Each village in this very religious community has its own beautifully furnished place of worship. The United Methodist Church (the Island’s only denomination) in Ewell is outfitted with oak pews, altar and trims, white walls, fresh flowers, air-conditioning, and stained glass windows. The Island’s one pastor preaches at each of the three churches on Sunday, traveling by boat to reach his f locks. The well-tended churches are the tallest buildings in each village, and serve as the glue that holds the community together in the absence of a local government and police force.

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Susan prepared a scrumptious dinner that included jumbo lump crab cakes, made fresh from crabs caught by her brother that day, grilled asparagus and red potatoes. Susan ended the meal with her version of the famous Smith Island cake, ten ver y thin yellow cake layers, each covered with chocolate fudge icing. We dined with formal place settings, as we did for the next two morning gourmet breakfasts (including a seafood omelet), on her windowed sun porch bedazzled by the 180-degree view of meandering workboats, shorebirds, and glorious violet, fucshia, orange and gold sunrises and sunsets. After dinner, Susan answered our questions about Smith Island

in the Islanders’ unique dialect. And although Captain John Smith char ted t he area, it was Henr y Smith of Jamestown, granted 1,000 acres to farm in 1679, for which the island is named. After stops at the only two Ewell restaurants ~ the Bayside Inn (with gift and ice cream shop and golf cart and bike rentals) and Harborside (with a grocery store) just before they closed at 4 p.m. ~ we walked bac k to S u s a n’s. T he he at a nd dragonf lies engulfed us, but once inside the well-chilled cottage we quenched our thirst with more lemonade and read until our cheerful hostess, Susan, arrived.

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three years and wrote his marvelous account of that experience and the Islanders in An Island Out of Time. Next, we cruised across Tyler Creek to Rhodes Point, a village on a narrow spit of land with a single row of homes fronted by boat piers and crab shanties lining Sheep Pen Gut. The only commerce is a marine travel lift and boat repair shop at the end of its only road. Later that day, we rented a golf cart in Ewell, and drove 1½ miles through a salt marsh with chattering bird life, then over a bridge to see Rhodes Point up close. After a tasty meal of fried soft shell crabs with homemade macaroni salad, we enjoyed another slice of Smith Island cake, coconut this time, at the Bayside Inn. The cake is the Maryland State dessert, with 8 to 15 thin, iced layers created by Island w ives years ago for their watermen husbands to enjoy while working on the Bay. While walking off our feast, we were greeted by a man in a golf cart, Pastor Rick, spiritual leader of the three Methodist churches. We

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exchanged pleasantries, and he told us that we must meet Timmy Marshall and see his amazing artifact museum, just down the road a piece. We were fortunate to catch Captain Tim Marshall at home. Tim is a self-educated archaeologist and progger (forager or beach comber). Items from his professionally displayed arrowhead and prehistoric relic collection, including Clovis and Hopewell points, have been studied and borrowed by museums, including the Smithsonian Institute, according to Tim. He was also recently interviewed for Delmarva Life, a Salisbury, Maryland, television show on station WBOC, which we found video recorded on YouTube when we returned home. A f ter Capta in T im d iscussed highlights of his thousands of muse-

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turn for another progging adventure. After catching the 7:30 a.m. ferry to Crisfield the next day with Susan and Captain Otis, we stopped in the relocated Smith Island Baking Company, moved from Smith Island to a larger facility in Crisfield to keep up with online orders and shipping demands. We had to take home a Smith Island cake along with our arrowheads and artifacts to hold onto the memory of our visit to the environmental and cultural wonder, an isolated world apart from our own, that is Smith Island.

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Dorchester Points of Interest so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. 102

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Easton Points of Interest 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 www. 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 www.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. 105

Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840,


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Easton Points of Interest of Port Deposit granite. For more info. tel: 410-822-2677 or visit christchurcheaston.org. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410-8220773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St.

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

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


Easton Points of Interest Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial

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Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. www.shorehealth.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. www.thirdhaven.org. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit www.pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by


Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit www.oldwyemill.org. 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp. 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit www.wyeparish.org. 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bayview Restaurant and Duck Blind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. For more info. visit www.harbourtowne.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson,

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


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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and

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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is


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St. Michaels Points of Interest supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.


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

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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.

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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseum.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


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

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Oxford Points of Interest 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon� to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.




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. 143


The Saga of Lodestar by Gary D. Crawford

Thi s i s the c onclu s ion of an extraordinary sixteen-year saga. First mentioned in the September 2014 issue of the Tidewater Times and again the following year, the matter was left hanging. However, I promised to keep you posted on de velopme nt s. For thos e who missed those earlier issues, here is a brief recap. The Building of a Model Ship In 1993, my w ife Susan and I purchased a splendid collection of 8,000 nautical books from a book collector named Harold Smith. His books became the basis of our new bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. Harold and his wife, Linda, lived in Springfield, VA, about 30 minutes from our home in Arlington. After the deal was struck, I visited him and his books every Tuesday and Thursday evening for several years, learning most of what I know about nautical books from him. This mentor relationship soon evolved into a close personal friendship. Harold had wanted to have a book store himself one day, but failing health made that impossible, and so he decided to sell off his books. When our new shop was ready and we moved the books

out of his basement, Harold came to Tilghman to help us set things up. He even ran the shop on a few weekends. Then, in 1998, we moved to the R ight Side of the bay f ull-time. The long weekly chats necessarily came to an end, but we stayed in close touch by phone and e-mail. A nd I drove over to Springf ield occasionally to visit with him and “talk shop.” Harold was having increasing difficulty getting out to “pick” books, however, so he returned to an old hobby he could do at a table ~ the building of model ships. One day in the spring of 2000, he offered to build a clipper ship for me. Note: A clipper ship is a “squarer ig ger,” mea ning t hat her sa i ls are square rather than triangular. Typically they have three masts,


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four or more yard-arms, and a vast spider-web of standing and running rigging. Because the rigging is mind-numbingly complex, it is one of the most challenging of models to build, especially an authentic one from scratch. I thanked him for the generous of fer, but said I’d rather have a simpler model, of the ship on which my father served for over 100,000 sea-miles, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis. Harold grumbled a bit, but when I located a good model kit, he agreed to build her for me. He still hankered for the more challenging project of a clipper ship, however. When daughter Stacie presented him with his first grandchild, he decided to build one for little Benjamin. He said he figured the little guy might appreciate a ship model built by his grandpa. Privately, I suspected Harold was concerned that he might not live long enough to know the boy and hoped he could communicate with him through such a splendid gift. He pored over the plans of several real clippers, but stubbornly refused to devote his time producing yet another model of some famous ship. Instead, he insisted on designing one of his own. And thus was born the (entirely f ictitious) medium clipper Lodestar. (Where the name came from, I have no idea.) Harold did want her to have a 146

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“history,” however. He imagined where she was built (in Thomaston, Maine) and by whom (the Edward O’Brien Shipyard). He concocted some details of her seagoing career, which included several runs from New York to San Francisco during

the Gold Rush and, later, a voyage to the Far East. Progress on the model slowed as Harold’s health declined, yet he pushed on. Months later he phoned to say t hat t he pla nk- on-f ra me hull, made of black walnut, was complete. One Thursday, I drove up to Springfield to visit with him and see t he progress. Lodestar was now fully decked over, and he had carved or built many pieces of deck furniture. Her three masts, each consisting of three spars fitted together, were now ready to be “stepped” (put into place in the ship), at which point the daunting task of setting up her rigging would begin. During this v isit, I took some photos.

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Two days later, Harold passed away. Lost at Sea It was difficult to put that unfinished model out of mind. I could

not finish it for him even if he had left detailed instructions, which he hadn’t. I simply don’t have the necessary experience and skills. Harold certainly would not have wanted his fine model ruined by my fumble-fingers. One of our bookstore customers, however, was an accomplished ship modeler. He was working on a model of HMS Bounty, also a square-rigger. I had seen samples of his work and sold him several thousands of dollars’ worth of scarce books on the subject. To my delight, he agreed to take a look at the model, so we made an appointment with Linda. I picked him up at his home on the western shore, and together we drove over to Springfield. When he saw Lodestar, he agreed at once to take on the project, at no cost, in exchange for Harold’s modeling tools and considerable stock of material and supplies. Linda readily agreed, and we packed everything up ~ model, tools, parts, and all ~ and drove back to his home. I helped stow everything in his garage workshop.

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The Saga of Lodestar Some six months later, I telephoned to find out how the work was coming along. He apologized, saying his work had piled up, that he was traveling overseas a lot and just hadn’t had time to tackle Lodestar. I said that was OK, we had time. After all, the grandson was still not two years old. We never spoke again. When I tried to contact him six months or so later, he was gone, without leaving a forwarding address. I was dumbfounded. Efforts to trace him failed. Very reluctantly, I had to call Linda and confess that I had lost Lodestar. She was disappointed, of course, but kindly reminded me that “these things happen” and urged me not to blame myself. That was easier said than done, for there simply was no way to make it right. She wouldn’t accept money, of course, and another model ship was pointless. Simply put, it was difficult to escape the realization that my carelessness had let down my friend Harold ~ and his grandson Benjamin. Twelve years went by. The First Miracle One day in 2014, out of the blue, a nice person telephoned to say she was clearing out her father’s stuff for the family. She wondered if I might be interested in his nautical books. When I explained we weren’t

buying so much these days, she said that was a shame because she thought some of her dad’s books were pretty valuable. Some may even have come from our store. When she described two unique and very scarce books, I suddenly realized who her father was ~ the ship modeler, the man who had taken Lodestar and then disappeared. Hoping against hope, I asked if her father’s stuff included a ship model. She paused, then said yes. I then told her the Lodestar story. The following weekend, she showed up in our store and presented the model to me, along with two boxes of bits and pieces. She asked for no payment. I was profoundly grateful; Lodestar was back! At home, I examined everything carefully. Miraculously, the model itself seemed undamaged, except for the rudder and bowsprit, and all three masts were lying in one of the boxes. Everything else was a huge jumble; whether all the rest of the parts were there was impossible to determine. No one knew whether Harold had built ever y thing that would be needed to finish her up, and, of course, there were no plans or notes. Several professional model builders examined Lodestar carefully and pronounced her worthy of an expert finishing. None, however, had the time to take on such an ambitious project for an amount I thought we could afford. I decided to reach out through the



The Saga of Lodestar Tidewater Times. The first Lodestar article explained the circumstances and ended with this appeal: “Does anyone know of a ship modeler who would be willing to take on this project?” Happily, several readers responded with names and suggestions, but none led to a solution. A year later, in September 2015, I repor ted that Bob Crowder of E a s ton h ad a g r e e d to work on Lodestar. She was with him for six months, but when his plans changed Bob brought her back. He had carried out several excellent repairs, determined where the yards should be placed on the masts, and organized the hundreds of parts.

T he s a me a r t ic le ment ione d that my friend Mike Valabek had taken Lodestar to the Maritime Model Guild at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where she was admired by t he members. They specialize in Bay boats, however ~ schooners and skipjacks and the like, all with much simpler foreand-aft rigs. The task of rigging a clipper called for someone with special skills, infinite patience, the knowledge to do some research, and a willingness to devote hundreds of hours over many months to the project at a reasonable cost. This is very close to the definition of a “long shot.” The article ended with a promise to keep you posted.

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The Second Miracle One day in the fall of 2015, I got another phone call. It was from a gentleman named Clif f Fleenor, a member of the Maritime Model Guild. He announced that he would be willing to finish up Lodestar. Overjoyed, we arranged a meeting. We quickly came to an understanding, and Lodestar soon was in “dr y- dock” at Clif f and Harriet Fleenor’s home. There, over the course of many months, Cliff worked diligently to examine the model, sort out the various parts jumbled in a dozen or more containers, and discern Harold’s intentions. After consulting rigging plans from other (real) clippers, Cliff finally began putting her together ~ piece by tiny piece. I once visited his workshop to see if he needed anything from me. We discussed some decisions that needed to be made, notably whether Lodestar was to have four yards on each mast or five. (We settled on four.) He had the job well in hand, and I left him to it over the winter. In March, Cliff announced that the masts were stepped and the standing rigging was now in place ~ both the “shrouds” (which keep the masts from falling to left or right) and the “stays” (which keep them from falling forward or backward.) By June, Cliff was at the painstak ing work of adding the “ratlines,” the ropes tied across the shrouds to allow men to climb up 153


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Another Guild member, Ed Thieler, stepped forward and volunteered to make a case. Such models must be cased, not only to protect them from damage but to keep them clean, for once covered with dust they are virtually impossible to clean. Ed recommended we also have a small bronze plaque with identifying information and agreed to arrange for it to be made.

to the yards. This was the last major rigging task ~ cutting one tiny thread at a time, fixing it across each the shrouds, then another, working his way up and up. There are two sets of shrouds for each mast, six major sets and twelve minor ones. Working around his other responsibilities, Cliff managed one set of ratlines every ten days. Asked when Lodestar might be ready to turn over to the grandson, Cliff reckoned he would have her done in early August. I gave Linda Smith the news, and she immediately contacted her daughter Stacie and her family, husband Gary and their boys. Yes, “boys� plural ~ for Harold now had two grandsons! Benjamin was now 16 and Brandon, 13. We settled on Saturday afternoon, August 13, for the family to come to our home for the presentation.

Naturally, the Rescue Team and spouses were invited to join us for the presentation. On the appointed day, Ed brought Lodestar to our home. She was placed on a table by the window and draped with a cloth. When all guests were present and had taken

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The Lodestar Rescue Team: Michael Valabek, Cliff Fleenor, Gary Crawford and Ed Thieler. some cool refreshments, we sat down to “say the story.” Benja m i n a nd Bra ndon were close by the table, listening first to my explanation of how the model came to be, how it came to be lost, and then found again. Mike then explained how he had taken it to the Guild and encouraged them to

consider it. Cliff handed the boys several sail and rigging diagrams for future reference; he emphasized that they had inherited some wonderful skills from their grandfather, for the Lodestar model was quite extraordinary ~ he had not had to change any thing Harold had done. With that, Cliff undraped the case and revealed the finished Lodestar ~ to a nice round of applause. The boys immediately got up for a close look as the rest of the beaming family gathered around. Linda was especially pleased to see her husband’s gift to his grandsons finished and now, finally, in their possession as he had intended. I felt pretty good, too. Seems like an awful lot of bother for a ship model, you say? You bet. It sure it was. But then it really wasn’t about the model, was it? Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.


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A Celebration of the Arts on the Eastern Shore by Amy Blades Steward The Academy Art Museum is hosting ARTober, a monthlong series of programs and events celebrating the vibrant arts scene of the Eastern Shore. The activities begin October 6 and run through November 4. The Museum will host over 40 classes, lectures, workshops, demonstrations and special events in the visual and performing arts, on such topics as garden photography, technology in art fabrication, book arts, needle felting, Zentangle, Flamenco and ballroom dancing, storytelling, and yoga. There will also be several free events, including artist demonstrations, a craft sale, vendors, an active Raku workshop, and family programming on the weekend of October 15 and 16 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The activities are designed for people of all ages and interests. According to Dennis McFadden, director of the Academy Art Museum, “The goal of ARTober is to raise awareness of the rich and varied opportunities to explore the arts in our region. Our hope is that people will come explore the many free events to see where their own

interests and talents lie. Local as well as nationally known artists will join in the festivities.” Two signature events during the month of ARTober will anchor the celebration. On Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m., the Museum will host a lecture, “The National Gallery at 75,” a fascinating discussion of the National Gallery’s first 75 years with Earl “Rusty” Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art and an honorary trustee of the Academy Art Museum. The cost of $75 per person includes a reception following the lecture. On Saturday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m., the Museum will host an Honorary Trustee Reception recognizing AAM’s distinguished honorary trustees ~ Arnold Lehman, Earl “Rusty” Powell III, Don-


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The People’s Horse From Losing Claimer to Hall of Famer by Cliff Rhys James

Many official lists purport to rank the top thoroughbred race horses in the long and splendid history of the Sport of Kings, as it’s so often called. And while total number of victories, Triple Crown wins, purse earnings and other objective measures are used to buttress arguments for this horse or that, these lists invariably fail us, even as they fail to measure certain qualities. Why? Because those qualities, by their very nature, def y measurement. They radiate from the living with a supernatural force easy to sense but difficult to grasp in any empirical way. In fact, we know them when we see them, these real but elusive, perceptible but spirit-like qualities that ultimately define all creatures ~ animating some more than others, even as they defy easy analysis. I can tell you exactly how many hands high a horse stands at the withers, what he weighs, or how fast he covers a quarter-mile sprint. But I can’t tell you if a horse has the heart of a champion or the fighting spirit to charge from fifteen lengths back in winning a distance race

until he does it ~ again and again and again. That’s not to suggest that truly great race horses like Man o’ War, Secretariat, Citation or Affirmed don’t deserve all the acclaim heaped on them through the years by adoring fans and press. They, after all, earned it on the track. I’m just saying that when it comes to a handful of lesser equine lights with all the


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Stymie right stuff, whose struggles earned the respect of competitors and the affection of fans, those lists fall short. What they measure doesn’t amount to much in the land of ennobling spirit where intangibles like pluck and grit are the coin of the realm. Okay, sure, many of those lists place an average-sized, middleweig ht , h ig h-he ade d che s t nutcolored colt with a crooked blaze named Stymie (even the name was pedestr ian) somewhere in their

top 100 or 200. But even that fails to convey the true essence of the creature, or his impact on millions of fans during the ’30 and ’40s, when vicarious victories by way of $2 bets made arduous days a bit easier to bear. For when the vicissitudes of life weighed heavy on a generation, t his equine hero emerged f rom humble beginnings to help lift the load. Stymie’s spellbinding comefrom-behind stretch runs to victory moved the working class masses at Jamaica Raceway to tears of joy, and then moved Grantland Rice to poetry.

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Man o’ War Man o’ War, Equipoise and Whirlaway each won their first time out ~ as expected, while Stymie, who was off at 31-to-1 odds in his first race, finished 7th ~ as expected. He would go on to run 14 more races before winning. Stymie’s kinship, you see, was with the racetrack,

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Stymie traveled 142 miles in his journey to the top of the career money winners list. Not bad for a $1,500 claimer who was once afraid of people and who, for a time, couldn’t get out of his own way. Author, editor and historian Kent Hollingworth described Stymie’s greatest race as the 1947 $100,000 International Gold Cup at a mile and 5/8 at Belmont. That year, Stymie won seven and placed in seven of 19 starts for total purse winnings of $299,775 ~ his best earnings year ever. In the Empire Gold Cup of 1947, he vanquished Triple Crown Winner Assault as well as the very formidable Phalanx, not to mention other important horses. The race went like this: Natchez went to the lead and stayed there for the first mile and a quarter. Then Eddie Arcaro sent Assault after the leader. At about this same time, the three South Americans (Endeavour, Talon and Ensueno) made their moves, but neither Assault nor the trio from the Southern Hemisphere could run down Natchez, and soon all four began to fade. Then, out of the pack of forgotten also-rans, from fifteen lengths back, came Stymie running hard on the outside, against all the odds, with his head high against all the “rules.” Jockey Conn McCreary could feel the rising wave of power beneath

him, as the horse dug deep into vast reservoirs where true character lies. And so, with a mouthful of mane and a face full of dirt, he held tight as Stymie, not to be denied, charged past horse after horse, down the home stretch. Incredibly, the straining high-headed chestnut pulled even with Natchez. Would it be a tie? Would t he incredible effort exhaust Stymie, forcing him to drop back and lose by a nose? No, because Stymie left it all on the track, strained even more and won by a neck. That’s how he rolled. It also allowed him to regain the leading earner status for which he’d been battling his arch rival, Assault, throughout that year. When he finally retired, Stymie had earned $918,485 by winning in 35, placing in 33 and showing in 28 of his 131 races. Which means that Stymie, often back by as many as 20 lengths, was usually seen roaring up from behind for a heart-stopping finish. A rags-to-riches story, impossible come-from-behind wins ~ it’s no wonder fans everywhere adored him ~ even if he never did win a Triple Crown event. S uc c e s s f u l h i g h - c l a s s hor s e breeders env ision a horse w it h royal lineage who wins immediately, sweeps the 2-year-old races and the 3-year-old classics, and then goes out to stud, creating hundreds more who can compete at the highest levels. Citation and Man o’ War were those kinds of horses.


But race-trackers of ten reser ve their strongest af fections for horses like St y mie or Sea Biscuit ~ scrappers who do it the hard way, over miles and miles of handicapped competition, on tracks good and bad, wet and dry, beneath a riot of jockeys, while always giv ing their full-hear ted best. It is also why, at the end of his racing days, Stymie received an emotional farewell in a special ceremony at Jamaica Racetrack. As writer Joe Palmer described it: “Stymie was not a great horse in the sense that Man o’ War or Citation or Secretariat was great. He wasn’t as versatile, and there were dozens of horses who could, and did, beat him at the shorter distances of a mile or

less. Even at a mile and a quarter he would have trouble with some. He couldn’t make his own pace, nor could he win in slow races.” No, our Stymie needed a long race, the longer the better. On several occasions, he won at distances of two and a half miles (yes, you read that right ~ twenty furlongs) by ten lengths or more, pulling away at the finish! And as for fast sprinters ~ bring ’em on. Yeah, the more the merrier. And let them gallop ahead to draw the speed from the field, to soften up the less stalwart. Then stand back and watch for St y m ie’s sweepi ng, a l l- out, spellbinding, come-from-behind charge down the home stretch. If long races are wars of attrition,


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Stymie One shoeless, hot summer day, clad only in a T-shirt and jeans, he was helping load yearlings into a rail car when, impulse getting the better of him, he climbed aboard the freight car bound for Baltimore. Weeks later, a shivering, exhausted, thirsty and hungry ten-year-old boy emerged from the rail car with the horses. Max Hirsch would remain in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast horse country and go on to become one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport. Available records reveal that he won 1,933 races, with total earnings

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of $12,203,270. A kindly old black stable attendant named Dan Daniels once told him that many horses responded to gentle kindness, as opposed to the rougher treatment typical of the time, which often left horses bloodied and battered after a race. When a horse that Mr. Daniels had tenderly cared for badly broke his leg in a race, the equine agonizingly limped through the surrounding crowd until he found his old friend. It was a moving moment in an otherwise tragic incident. Sadly, the horse had to be destroyed. Despite all his success, Max readily admitted to two major mistakes during his career. When August Belmont II of Saratoga offered Man o’ War in a yearling sale, Max seriously considered the purchase but decided against it based upon his personal experience with one of Man o’ War’s sisters ~ a filly so ill tempered she sometimes couldn’t be saddled. Over the years, he formed a successful partnership w ith Robert K leberg ~ geneticist, horseman, owner of King Ranch, and one of his best training clients. When Max arranged to provide his mare Stop Watch to King Ranch for mating with Kleberg’s stallion Equestrian, a paperwork delay resulted in Max being recorded as the official breeder of record for the Equestrian ~ Stop Watch foal by the name of Stymie. Several years later, the team of Max Hirsch and Robert K leberg


committed that second mistake when they allowed a then-floundering Stymie (3 wins in his first 30 starts) to be claimed for $1,500 by Hirsch Jacobs ~ which leads us to our next colorful human character, all tangled up in the saga of Stymie. Small, quiet and unassuming, but gifted with an inquisitive mind, Hirsch Jacobs was born in Brooklyn in 1904. While his family forever insisted that his childhood interest in birds was much ado about nothing, he is often referred to as the boy that raced pigeons, who became the man that raced horses. Jacobs and his wife were close friends with Damon Runyon, the famed short story writer and journalist. In fact, they named their

Patrice Jacobs with Affirmed. daughter Patrice af ter Runyon’s wife. But it was Jacobs’ colorful partner, Isidor Bieber, who could


Stymie only be described as a Runyonesque character straight out of central casting. A ut hor A . J. L aw r enc e onc e described Beiber as “a larger-thanlife character, who, in his time, has played many parts: A bet-a-million, an improver of the breed, a Broadway bar keep, a ticket scalper, a soldier, a crusader, a rough and tumble battler. In his heavier moments, he is as fair a Shakespearean Scholar as ever put foot against brass rail and posterity will recognize him because above all, he is the discoverer of Hirsch Jacobs, the best horse trainer in the nation.” Isidor Beiber? Bigger than life? He once started a day with twenty dollars in his pocket, which he parlayed into $120,000 at the Empire City Racetrack. That night he bet it all on Bill Brennan to defeat Jack Dempsey in a heavyweight match at Madison Square Garden. When the famed Manassa Mauler won, Beiber shrugged it off, saying that he had lost twenty dollars.

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Stymie in retirement at Stymie Manor, north of Baltimore. Hirsch Jacobs? Leading horse trainer in the nation? This man who never lived to see one of his horses win a Triple Crown event, and who was known to some as a “claimer trainer,” would go on to be the leading trainer by wins for eleven out of twelve years between 1933 and 1944. From 1965 to 1967, Jacobs, his wife, and Beiber were the leading breeders in earnings, while Hirsch himself was the leading trainer in earnings. Known as a thoughtful detail man who treated all his horses with great care, Hirsch Jacobs’ philosophy was to train them light, but race them hard and often. And, of course, it was Hirsch Jacobs who spotted the glowing potential in an unsuccessful $1,500 claimer named Stymie, the horse who would catapult Jacobs and Beiber into the “big leagues” and the horse who ultimately generated the earnings that allowed


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Lehr Jackson Hirsch Jacobs to purchase a 240acre horse farm north of Baltimore, to be named Stymie Manor. Officially credited with training 3,596 winners, Hirsch Jacobs was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1958 as its first living inductee. His daughter Patrice would go on to champion Affirmed in his Triple Crow n title against famed rival Alydar. Lehr OAMAAM Jackson was born in August of 1941, south of Baltimore in what was then a rich farming area. “Our place had horses, but it wasn’t a horse farm,” he says. Lehr is a big restless guy, although he contends that the rigors of aging and five broken leg accidents have conspired to shorten him from 6’4” to “only” 6’2”. In his earlier years he played lacrosse, organized concerts and sometimes attended class at the

University of Virginia ~ none of which prepared him particularly well for what he did next, which is where the OAMAAM comes in. No, it’s not the man’s middle name. It stands for Once A Marine, Always A Marine. With talk of Asian dominos falling to the Communists, and Bob Dylan’s answers blowing in the wind, Lehr Jackson signed up with the Marines, whereupon he promptly got his big self shipped down to Pensacola flight training school. There he become a bombardier/navigator for the twinengine all weather A-6 Intruder ~ a versatile fighter/bomber/attack jet flown from runways, as well as aircraft carrier decks, by Marine and Naval aviators. Lehr would not only win medals, and sur v ive two years’ worth of bombing runs down SAM (Surface to Air Missile) alley, he’d later go on to become one of the world’s foremost authorities on the integration of retail and entertainment venues w it hin t he f ramework of urban planning and revitalization ~ first with Rouse Company, then as part of Williams Jackson Ewing, Inc., and


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Tidewater Review yes, since neither of them had ever done it, but privately decided she would not be a guest. Thanksgiving was always stressful in the past. She did not want to join 20 strange young people in her recovery. The hosts brought her a turkey early on the festive day ~ a bird so huge it would not squeeze into either her or their small ovens. She saved the option of calling off the dinner by phoning Dr. Grant to ask if they might borrow the use of the oven in his big house. He had no plans for the holiday now that his wife was dead, and agreed at once. He helped with the preparations and joined the guest list. Maribeth went along and met Janice, a young woman who was also an adoptee with a professional job of finding mothers of adopted children. Life changed for Maribeth. As Gayle Forman writes about her book’s story, “The novel began as a cathartic revenge fantasy ~ the mother who finally says ‘enough!’ ~ but as I got deeper, it evolved into a story about the complexity of wom-

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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. 187

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First Sat urday g uided wa l k. 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.

1 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

1 3rd annual Antique and Art Festival at the Historic Linchester Mi l l, P re ston. Sponsored by Tandem Antiques and Fine Arts Center of Easton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date is October 2. For more info. tel: 410-829-3559 or visit Tandem AntiquesEaston. com. 1 7th annual Faith Fest at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. 193

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October Calendar Michaels. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blessing of the animals, teen music venue, children’s activities, gospel and contemporary music and food. For more info. e-mail info@ stmichaelsfaithfest.org. 1 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester, 1 to 3 p.m., Snapper’s Café bulkhead, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6 to 12 $10, under 6 free. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or reservations at skipjack-nathan.org. 1 Cabaret at the Oxford Community Center w ith Chuck Redd and Nicki Parrott. The Cabaret has been a sellout in each of its two years, and this year looks to continue that trend. Get dressed up for an incredible dinner, great music and dancing, all to benefit OCC! $150 per person. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1 Concert: Sue Matthews and Robert Redd in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 1-2 34th Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival and Maritime Model E x po at t he Chesapea ke Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.

Hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders, model boat builders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their skiffs, kayaks, canoes and mar itime models. Check out the model pond and boats on land, or watch many of these one-of-a-kind vessels race along the Miles River along CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus. For more info. visit cbmm.org. 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 1,8,15,22,29 Easton Farmer’s 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. until noon. Tow n parking lot


visit DowntownDenton.com. 1,8,15,22,29 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org.

on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 1,8,15,22,29 St. Michaels Farmers Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fremont Street. Rain or shine. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut f lowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. For more info. visit ffm.org.

1,8,15,22,29 Historic High Street Wa lk ing Tour in Cambr idge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 1,15 Workshop: Targeted Grazing ~ Goats for Vegetation Control Session 1 at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Session 2 is on the 15th. Join Brian Knox, president of Sustainable Resource Management, Inc., to learn how targeted grazing with goats can be a cost- ef fective and environmentally friendly

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men’s Museum. Guests will enjoy the culture and foods of Tilghman Island. Music by Shelley Abbott. $45 per person. Tickets available at Two if by Sea Cafe, Tilghman Island Country Store and the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum. Advance tickets only. For more info. tel: 410-886-2713 or e-mail tilghmanheritage@ msn.com.

method of controlling invasive plants. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2 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.

3 Brown Bag Lunch: Kate Livie on her book Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 3-31 Just Desser ts ar t ex hibit and sale at the Talbot County

2 Workshop: Fall Color, Fruits, Buds and Bark at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to identify trees and shrubs by their fall fruits, bark, or buds on a stroll through the Arboretum forest with master naturalist Margan Glover. All ages are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2 “Tastes of Tilghman” at Black Walnut Point Inn from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit the Tilghman Water196

Free Library, St. Michaels. This exhibit is presented by the St. Michaels Art league and is open to the public. The art will be for sale. The show will be judged by nationally known artist Nancy Tankersley. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Overeaters A nony mous at U M Shore

Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 3 ,10,17, 2 4 ,31 Mond ay Nig ht Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 4 Duke Farms Trip with Adkins A rboretum, R idgely. Par ticipants will take a guided tram tour through the property rich in rolling hills, streams, waterfalls, ponds, forests, meadow and historic stone structures, and a tour of the Native Plant Propagation Nursery. For more

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October Calendar info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 4 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 4 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Conversation ~ Immigration, both pros and cons with Silvia Borges at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5 members, $7.50 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 4 Academy for Lifelong Learning: “Amazing Grace” ~ Slave Ships, T h e ir C aptain s, C r e w s an d Cargo with John H. Miller, PhD at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 4,7,11,14,18,21,25,28 Free Blood P r e s su r e S c r e en i ng f r om 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 4,18 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 5 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for

4 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Adult Ballr o om C l a s s e s w it h A m a nd a Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e 198

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non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 5 Lecture: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and Future Plans w ith guest spea ker Da na Pater ra at t he Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6175. 5 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel

5,12,19,26 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours, and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 5,12,19,26 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-



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Blo o d Ba n k don at ion d r ive f r om no on to 7 p.m. at I mmanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 800-548-4009 or visit delmarvablood.org.

6 Free Movie Night at the Oxford Community Center. Shawshank Redemption. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6 Concert: Lucy Woodward in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 6 -Nov. 4 A RTober: a Celebra-

tion of the Arts on the Eastern Shore at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Classes, lectures, workshops and demonstrations in the v isual and performing arts throughout the month of O c tob er. For more i n fo. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 6,13,20,27 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 6,13,20,27 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn to play this ancient Chinese game


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6,13,20,27 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 Cambridge Farmers Market at L ong Whar f Park. It’s one of the only waterfront farmers’ markets in the state. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail cambridgemktmgr@aol.com. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -886 2069. 6,13,20,27 Open Mic & Jam at R A R Brew ing in Cambr idge. Thursdays f rom 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 6,9,20 Guided kayak tours at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Tours 201

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tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 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. 7 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 Lecture: The Kittredge-Wilson

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Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 7-8 Fall Rummage Sale at Christ Church St. Michaels. Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Accepting donations of gently used fall/ winter clothing and household items Oct. 3-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Church. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. Lecture Series presents Elizabeth Hutton Turner, University of Virginia art history professor, at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 Dorchester Sw ingers Square

7,14 Home School Art Classes at the Academy Art Museum, Easton for ages 6 to 9. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $90 members, $108 non-members. Siblings attend for $60 members, $72 non-members. Preregistration is advised. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.


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dog show, 5K family fun run, PAWrade of adoptable pets, along with vendors, food, children’s activities and more. Sponsored by the Talbot Humane Society. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107 or e-mail info@talbothumane.org.

7,14,21,28 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 7,14,21,28 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. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 8 7 th annual Bark in the Park Family Festival at Idlewild Park, Easton. 8 a.m. to noon. Dog walk,

8 Walk for Awareness to benefit Women Supporting Women at Winter place Park, Salisbur y. R e g i s t r at ion b e g i n s at 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, $5 per dog. For more info. tel: 410548-7880. 8 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 8 Workshops sponsored by the Genealogy Department at the Heritage Museum and Gardens of Dorchester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Four local researchers will lead classes on a variety of related subjects. $10/class or $35/day plus the cost of lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or e-mail dchs@ verizon.net. 8 Workshop: Illuminated Letters I with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Illumination is the centuries-old art of painting


8 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org. 8 19th annual FOP Crab Feast at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 2 to 6 p.m. Entertainment, auctions, raff les, door prizes, crabs and lots more. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-330-8968.

decorative letters adorned with gold. This workshop will focus on the processes and skills of creating illuminated letters. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 8

8 Oxford Picket Fence Auction at the Oxford Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Fences will be hung in the OCC during the week prior for final viewing before

Na nt ic oke R iver Ja mb or e e , celebrating the history, culture a nd n at u r a l wonder s of t he Nanticoke River. Presented by the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance. This year’s theme is Games! History tent, puppet shows, a l l ma nner of per iod games, native demonstrations, authors, decoys, food vendors, and much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Handsell. Rain date 10/9. For more info. visit nanticokeriverjamboree.com. 205

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8 The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy will hold their annual Party to Preserve at the Hermitage on the Chester River from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. Guests will be treated to a farm-to-table, local culinary experience, including an oyster bar, live music by Fiddle Oaks, a silent auction and much more. For info. tel: 410-690-4603, ext. 171 or visit eslc.org. 8 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 8-9 Columbus Day Weekend Art Show by the St. Michaels Art League. Over 30 league artists will be displaying their original work. Framed designs for the “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners

that hang on Talbot Street each year will be for sale, as well as previous years’ street banners. There will be artists demonstrating painting in acrylic, colored pencils, oils, pastels, and watercolors. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Outdoors on the lawn of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. FREE to the public. For more info. tel: 410-310-8382 or visit smartleague.org. 8,15,22,29 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester, 1 to 3 p.m., Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6 to 12 $10, under 6 free. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or reservations at skipjack-nathan.org. 8,22 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store,


open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 9 No Fee Day at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit friendsofblackwater.org.

9 Pickering Creek Harvest Hoedown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Get the family outdoors for foot-stomping fun and music, hay wagon rides, food, artisans, vendor s, l ive a n i m a l s, k id s’ activities, boat rides and more. $10 per car.

more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit eastonchoralarts.org. 10 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 10 Concert: Richard Thompson at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 10-Nov. 14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: True Stories Well Told with Glory Aiken at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45

9 Hoopers Island VFC Gun Bash from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sailw inds, Cambr idge. For more info. tel: 410-397-3631. 9 Concert: Sachal and His Jazz Quartet at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, to benefit the Easton Choral Arts Society. 7:30 p.m. $75 mezzanine, $50 balcony. For 207

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non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 11 GCA Flower Show - Paint it Aut umn at St. Mark s United Methodist Church, Easton. 1 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. The show will include entries from over 30 classes across 4 divisions: Flora l De sig n, Hor t icu lt ure, Photography and Education/ Conser vation. Free. For more info. tel: 410-763-9525. 11 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 11,18,25 Academy for Lifelong L e a r n i ng: W h at We r e T h e y Thinking?! with Bob Lonergan and Woody Miller at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

11-Nov. 1 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Boats and Business on the Shore ~ How Shipwrights Changed Delmarva Livelihoods and Life with Phil Hesser at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 11,25 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 11,25 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com. 12 Arts Express bus trip to Washington, D.C. to the Phillips Collection and the Museum of Modern Art to view Jacob Lawrence’s

11-Nov. 8 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Growing Older and Loving It, But Never Growing Old w ith Dodie Theune at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For 208

m a s ter work “ T he M ig r at ion Series,” a 60-panel work by one of the most celebrated AfricanA merican ar tists of the 20th century. Sponsored by the Academy Museum of Art, Easton. $60 Museum members and members of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, $78 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail mhr2711@gmail.com.

have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 12 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@gmail.com. 12 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

12 2016 Upper Shore Regional Job Fair at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 2 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. 12-Nov. 2 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The History of Mathematics 2 ~ Euler’s Polyhedron Formula w ith Ron L esher at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 12 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who 209

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October Calendar 12,26 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 12,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039.

by the Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore in partnership with the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation. $75. For more info. tel: 410 770-8347 or visit womenandgirlsfund.org. 13 Haunted Lighthouse Tales and Sea Superstitions with author Ed Okonowicz at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

13 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3.50 for homemade soup, biscuit, dessert and beverage. For more info. tel: 410 -228 3161. 13 “Humor, Heart, Hope� program with best-selling author Kelly Corrigan at the Tidewater Inn, Ea ston. 11 a.m., fol lowed by lunch. The event is sponsored 13 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb Society with speaker Stephanie Wooten, on Sacred Geometr y in the Garden. Potluck dinner theme is herb and spice blends of the Dutch Empire. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7215 Ocean Gateway, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-827-5434. 210

13 Delmarva’s Best Ghost Stories with Ed Okonowicz at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 1 3 , 27 Memoi r Wr it i ng at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Pre-registration requested. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 14 Lecture: The National Gallery at 75 with Rusty Powell, director of the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $75. Reception

to follow lecture. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 14 Concert: The duPont Brothers in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 15 Beckwith Apple Festival at the Neck Distr ict Volunteer Fire Company, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beckwith UMC hosts this annual event w ith many delicious apple delights and large f lea market. For more info. tel: 410-228-7725. 15 3rd annual Halloween Zombie-

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15 Concert: Shemekia Copeland at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 15-16 Raku Workshop with Brett Thomas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 212

15-16 Workshop: Paint with Pizazz, Plus! Palette Knife Plus Brush, in Oil or Acr ylic w it h Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $155 members, $186 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 15-Nov. 27 Exhibit: Tidewater Camera Club - “Flight� at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Tidewater Camera Club exhibition is a biennial event. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

15,22,29 Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 8:30 to 10 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. visit suziehurley.com. 17 St. Michaels Art League Opening Meeting and Demonstration with Rita Curtis at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17

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Work with Nick Serratore at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 members, $78 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

ners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Yoga for Creativity with Kelli Remo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Book discussion on The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Introduction to Book A rts A c c or d ion B o ok s w it h Joa n Machinchick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50 members, $60 nonmembers, plus $10 materials fee paid to instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 19 Workshop: Wabi-Sabi Monoprint w ith Rosemar y Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $70 members, $84 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 19 Workshop: Pastel Painting Creating Luminosit y in Your

19 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 Book discussion on The Circle by Dave Eggers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 19 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 19 Paint, Sip, Eat, Laugh: A Painting Par t y w ith K atie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45 members, $54 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20 Workshop: Painting with Wool - 2D Needle Felting with Laura R a n k i n at t he A c ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 members, $60 nonmembers, plus $10 materials fee paid to instructor. For more info.


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October Calendar 20 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 20 Adult Spelling Bee at Wye River Upper School, Centreville. Sponsored by the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library. Social time from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with competition from 7 to 9 p.m. Free. For more info. visit FriendsofQACLibrary.org/events. 20 Workshop: Garden Photography with Joshua Taylor at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20 Concert: The Capitol Steps at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org.

21 An Evening of Flamenco featuring Anna Menendez, Edwin Aparicio and Ricardo Marlow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., performance at 6 p.m. $50 Museum members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 21 Concert: Jerry Douglas featuring Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21-23 2016 Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous at Long Wharf Park. Schooners and other historic vessels from around the country gather in Cambridge. Dockside tours aboard a schooner, take a day sail, enjoy delicious local fare, maritime musical entertainment and shopping. For more info. visit cambridgeschoonerrendezvous.com. 21-24 Workshop: Essence and Design - Plein Air and Studio with Ken Dewaard at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $425 members, $455 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22 Indoor Craft and Yard Sale from


8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. Sponsored by Caroline County 4-H. Food available for purchase. For more info. tel: 410-479-4030. 22 Fairyfest 2016 at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Live entertainment throughout the day in the woodland theatre. Shimmering fairy face painting, bubbles, and magical games are part of the fun. Inspired refreshments will be available for an additional fee. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

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22 Workshop: Today’s Technology on Art Fabrication with Erik S. Guzman and Kari Britta Lorenson at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22 Concert: The English Beat at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299

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October Calendar design-your-own kite competition, Wings Over Washington Kite Club demonstrations and much more. For more info. tel: 410 -228 -1000 or v i sit vi s itdorchester.org. 25 Workshop: Watercolor Painting w ith a Triad Palette w ith Barbara Zuehlke at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $60 members, $72 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 L ect ure: Shade Revea led ~ How to Garden Successfully in Low Light (Really!) with Amy Ziffer at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 1 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. For more info. tel: 410-226-5184. 25 Workshop: Night at the Museum - Par t I ~ Painting the Night Cityscape in Oil or Pastel with Sheryl Southwick and Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 9 p.m. $65 members, $78 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM

Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -822-1000, ex t. 5411. 25 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 26 Arts Express bus trip to the National Gallery of Art, sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $55 members, $66 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 26-Nov. 16 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Developing Your Photographic Vision with Norm Bell at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 27 Workshop: Introduction to Book A r ts ~ Stitched Spine Book s with Joan Machinchick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Gamblin Artists Color Presentation and Artists’ Demonstrations


with Anna Fox Ryan, David Grafton, Matthew Hillier and Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Concer t: Liz Longley in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 28 Workshop: Night at the Museum - Part II ~ Nocturne Painting in Easton with Sheryl Southwick and Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 28 Dance Party - East Coast Swing at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. with practice party from 8 to 9 p.m. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

28 Concert: organist Tedde Gibson at Holy Trinity Church, Oxford. 7 p.m. Free. Gibson will play an eclectic concert of jazz, gospel, si lent mov ie a nd t rad it iona l church music. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134 or visit holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 28 Film: Tilghman Tales will be shown by Tilghman Watermen’s Museum at 7 p.m. at the Tilghman Elementary School. Tilghman Tales shares the stories of a few of the island’s notables, recounted by colorful storytellers, local experts, self-taught h i s t or i a n s , i n no v at i v e b o at builders, “jacks-of-all trades” and self-reliant women. Through them we meet several generat ions of legendar y T ilghman boat builders and some intrepid women who love the water and the waterman’s life as fiercely as the men. For more info. tel: 609-805-3341. 28 Concert: Brooks Williams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon

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Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29 OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. OysterFest is a celebration of the Chesapeake’s oyster. The event features live music on two stages, boat rides, retr iever demonstrat ions, oysters and ot her loca l fare, an oyster stew compet it ion and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays and Chesapeake-related doc u ment a r y screen i ng s.


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29 Wags and Wheels Classic car show and autocross competition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit Baywater Animal Rescue in Cambridge. The event will take place at the Cambridge Kmart parking lot on Rt. 50. Food vendors, music and lots of family fun. $2 donation requested. For more info. tel: 410-228-3090 or v isit baywateranimalrescue. org. 29 The Chesapeake Film Festival and Talbot County Free Library present a line-up of events at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 9 a.m. - Karate Workshop; 9:45 a.m. - screening of Karate Kid; noon - karate presentation with John Avildsen, director of Karate Kid; 12:45 p.m. - screening of Cardboard Dreams; 1:15 p.m. - screening of Black Captains of the Chesapeake. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 29 Class: Learn to Zentangle with Charlotte Jordan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Beginning class from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m., Intermediate class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginners: $40 members, $48 nonmembers; Inter mediate: $30 members, $36 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS



October Calendar (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 29 Dazzling Fall Color Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a g uided wa lk w it h a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 29 Honorary Trustee Reception at the Academy Art Museum,


Easton. 6:30 p.m. $65. Register online at artobereasternshore. com. 29 Concert: Frances Luke Accord in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29-Nov. 5 Exhibit: The Myth Makers in Maryland ~ The Mighty Merganser with artists Donna D o d s on a nd A nd y Mo erlei n (a.k.a. the Myth Makers) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The ar tists w ill build one of their iconic 16-foot-high sapling sc u lpt u re s on t he Mu seu m’s g rou nd s. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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30 Guided Bird Walk with Harry A rmistead at Blackwater National Wildlife Ref uge, Cambridge. 8 a.m. Meet at the Visitors Center. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit friendsofblackwater.org. 30 Workshop: Drawing and Painting Skipjacks with Heather Crow at the Academy A r t Museum Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Child (age 7 and above) or child/adult class. $75 child, $125 child/adult pair members, $90 child, $150 child/adult pair non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

30 Concert: The David Trio at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, and sponsored by Chesapeake Music. The David Trio from Italy was the first prize and audience choice prize winners of the 2006 Che sap e a ke Ch a mb er Mu sic Competition. 3 p.m. $35 per person and seating is limited. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit chesapeakemusic.org.

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