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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Joseph Soares, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Further Adventures of Dolly and Lally: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . 9 Local Dentist Revives Vintage Rolls-Royces: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . 25 Charming Cape Charles: Bonna Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Artistry from Sea to Shining Sea: Dave Tuthill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Hurricane Season on the Shore: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Island Schooling: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Tidewater Kitchen - Lite Bites: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . 161 Changes ~ My Warhol: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Departments: October Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 October Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer Joseph Soares, Jr. Joe Soares received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1969. He then began a scientific career in nutritional sciences conducting research with the Department of Commerce of the U.S. government. In 1972, he took a faculty position in the College of Agriculture, University of Maryland, College Park. For the next 30 plus years, he was responsible for teaching and conducting research in applied and basic nutrition. He retired from the university in 2001 and moved to the Eastern Shore. Soon thereafter he joined the Tidewater Camera Club and renewed a lifelong interest in photography. His interest has always been in natural landscapes and wildlife, so a home on Taylors Island provides and excellent working location to begin capturing images of the beautiful waterways, marshes, and pine woods of the Eastern Shore. Through the Tidewater Camera Club, he has improved his photography by practice, competition, and study. Joe’s photographic images have received recognition from a number of artistic sources including the Academy Art Museum, The Chester River Arts Association, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University, and the St. Augustine Art Association.

These organizations and others have published his work in their magazines, newsletters, and other publications. The significant changes occurring in our climate have been a stimulus to Joe to photograph our delicate marshes and woods and their inhabitants. He tries to make people more aware of our environment as it is today in the hope of stimulating more effort to preserve this delicate ecosystem so generations to came can enjoy the “Shore.” The picture on the cover is titled Dorchester Eagle.



The Further Adventures of Dolly and Lally Halloween Edition by Helen Chappell

in their area. They came for the service, the gossip and the drama and stayed for the food and sweet tea. Even the most tenuous connection to the deceased was enough for them. “With both of us with one foot in the Senior Center and the other one in heaven, we need a hobby that prepares us for The Next World,” Miss Doll said, and Miss Lally did not disagree. Today’s funeral, for instance, was for the grand-niece of a friend of theirs from the Senior Center. While they did not know her, the young woman had died in a tragic car accident on this very road, and they felt Ruthanna Melvin needed all the support she could get in this trying time. Ruthanna’s family was known for their drama, so it could be good theater, although neither lady would ever admit to enjoying the misbehaviors of others. But it was a fine, crisp autumn day, with just a hint of a chill in the air, and a drive was not unwelcome. They were not overly familiar

“Gimme one of those deviled eggs,” Lally said to Doll. “I’m feeling a mite peckish.” “I still think it’s tacky to take something out of your covered dish before the event, “ Doll said, but she reached around into the back seat of Lally’s Buick Park Avenue and fetched her friend the deviled egg. “I’ll rearrange them before we get to the wake,” Lally said with a mouthful of her own delicious recipe. No covered dish or funeral feast in the five-county area would be complete without her eggs. The two retired ladies, Miss Doll Ball and Miss Lally Hollyday, had found idleness so boring that they had taken up the hobby of attending all the funerals they could fi nd


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with this area, and Lally was driving with extra caution. “This is a bad road, people are always crashing here. That’s the tree that poor girl of Ruthanna’s crashed into.” A huge old oak tree by the side of the road hove into view. It had probably been old when their grandparents were alive. Now it was ancient. A huge, fresh gouge was visible in the trunk, but it was the young girl standing beside it that caught their attention. She was a pale, thin waif with a sad expression, her worn dress no protection from the weather. Her thumb was stuck out, and her expression was forlorn. “No young girl should be hitch-



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“We’re going to Limner’s Funeral Home, downtown. We can let you off there if you like.” “That’s where I’m going,” the girl said. She leaned back and closed her eyes as if she were exhausted, so Doll, nosy as she was, was about to ask a lot more questions, but held her tongue. “Did I tell you...” Lally said, and Doll was distracted by this update on the latest gossip. It was about two when they pulled into the parking lot at Limner’s. It took Lally a couple of minutes to find a parking spot big enough to moor the Park Avenue with enough clearance to open the doors for two traditionally built ladies. When Doll turned to their pas-

“You shouldn’t be out here hitchhiking on this road,” Doll admonished her. “Just last week a woman crashed right into that tree and got killed. People drive like maniacs on this road.” The girl nodded, shivering. “You’re chilled to the bone. Take my jacket off the top of that cooler and drape it around your shoulders. Lally, turn down the air.” “If I turn down the air, I’ll have another hot flash,” Lally replied, but she did as she was asked. “Where are you going?” Doll asked her conversationally, pleased to note that the girl had indeed wrapped her jacket around herself.

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“I hate when they close the casket before you can get a good look,” Lally whispered during the silent prayer. “Parsons said they did a great job putting the poor thing back together for the family to have a last look.” The ladies skipped the internment, instead going on to the house for the reception. It’s not wise to leave deviled eggs out, even in crisp weather. What with the visiting and the consoling of their bereaved friend, the girl and the jacket were forgotten. The ladies’ idea of consolation ran more to plating food and murmuring comforting things. It wasn’t until they were back on the road that Doll noticed they were passing Mount Olivet. “We ought to stop by for a minute, just to pay our respects to Old Man Melvin. They

senger in the back, the seat was empty, save for a Tupperware container of deviled eggs. “How did she slide out of the car like that? I didn’t hear the door open,” Doll mused. “Probably got out when we stopped to talk to Parsons Dreedle out in the turnoff,” Lally said. “Well, that girl’s got my jacket,” Doll said, a little annoyed. Lally was smoothing out her black dress, wrinkled from the car seat. She just shrugged. “We’ll see her inside, and you can get your jacket back. Poor thing, she looked like to freeze out there.” The ladies went into the funeral parlor. Between the greeting of old friends and the short, sad service, the jacket was forgotten.


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same time, unconsciously clutching each other in shock and something harder to define. Doll was the first to find her voice. “Lally, isn’t that photo the same girl we picked up on the road?” Lally could only nod. Slowly, she approached the new grave and bent down. When she stood up, she wordlessly handed Doll back her jacket, very neatly folded. A wind rustled through the pine trees like a sigh.

buried that poor girl in the family plot, so with the flowers and all, it should be easy to find the stone.” The blankets and baskets of bright flowers made the Melvin family plot stand out against the dull green grass and white headstones. “Poor girl,” Lally said as she berthed the Park Avenue in the lane closest to the grave. The gravediggers had done their work and the cemetery was quiet as death. Doll and Lally made their way across the grass to the Melvin plot. Among the floral tributes, stuffed animals and high school banners, someone had left a photograph of the dead girl. Lally and Doll both saw it at the

Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.




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Local Dentist Revives Vintage Rolls-Royces by Dick Cooper

The overhead f luorescent shoplights make the brass parts on the 1913 Rolls-Royce engine gleam like gold as Dr. Veasey Cullen Jr. opens the cream-colored bonnet to show off the working heart of his prized touring car. There is nary a f leck of dirt or oil anywhere to be seen. Actually, there is more grease and road grime on his well-worn T-shirt than on the entire car. Cullen, a successful dentist by profe ssion, is much more t ha n a Rolls-Royce aficionado. He’s a w rench-i n-ha nd mecha n ic who spends his spare time in his elabo-

rate Easton-area garage ta k ing valuable old luxury cars apart and putting them back together again as good as new. The 104-year-old sportster is his latest project. He has spent years refurbishing the vintage car to its original grandeur, preserving not only the car, but its history and the stories of its former owners along the way. Cullen had his eye on this car when he saw it at a Rolls-Royce rally in the late 1990s, and he bought it when it came on the market in 2004. For those who speak “Antique Car,” it is a Silver Ghost London-

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of an old Rolls-Royce, Cullen is an expert. He has been working on old Rolls since he was a boy. His father, Veasey Cullen Sr., a Pocomoke native, ran an auto parts and heavy machinery business near Buffalo, New York, and in 1957 bought a very rough 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with plans to restore it. That car had been built for Chicago Tribune publisher Col. Robert R. McCormick in the RollsRoyce plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. The coach was bulletproofed, reportedly to protect the publisher from the wrath of Chicago mobsters his reporters were writing about. Cullen still remembers the inch-and-a-quarter-thick glass they removed as they restored the car. “As a junior member of this team, I was ‘Chief Grease Chiseler’,” Cullen wrote in an article about the ’24. “Dad was an excellent instructor because he was a civil engineer by training and that made him very methodical. When removing a part, he would frequently ask, ‘Why do you think this part wore like this?’” In 1977, his father gave him the

Veasey Cullen with the 1913 Rolls Royce in his garage. to-Edinburgh Tourer, #2380. To those who don’t, it is a stunningly beautiful blend of shining metal, polished wood and smooth leather with an ahooga horn that can turn a head and stop traffic. “What first attracted me was the originality of the car ~ it is the real deal ~ and the pride of the former ow ners,” Cullen says of #2380. When it comes to judging the quality

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is on his workbench waiting to be installed. Those cars were both built in the Springfield plant after RollsRoyce realized it was more costeffective to make cars in America than in England, plus the buyers didn’t have to pay the import taxes on foreign-made luxury goods. The company built 3,000 Silver Ghost and Phantom models in the 1920s before the Great Depression shut down their local market. Cullen’s collection of Rolls-Royce memorabilia extends from his garage to his office, where the bookshelves are lined with volume after volume of Rolls-Royce literature, from technical manuals to photo and art books. A painting of a Silver Ghost is a dominate image in his

’24, and that intensified his interest in vintage Rolls-Royces and their history. In his four-bay garage, the restored #2380 is f lanked by the chassis of two other Rolls in various stages of repair. The engine of one has been sent to England for a rebuild, and the engine of the other

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the upscale crowd, specializing in low-volume, high-quality vehicles at exponentially higher prices. Cullen’s history books show photos of cars built for princes and dukes and maharajas. By the time they built Cullen’s touring car in 1913, they had transformed their young company from a start-up in the crowded world of motorcar manufacturers, into an international sy mbol of excellence and social status. RollsRoyce made cars for a clientele that saw great value in a bespoke mode of transportation made with superior materials and craftsmanship. Rolls and Royce poured money into research and development, and in the early 1900s that meant frequent competitions, road tests and glowing reviews from the nascent automobile press. They built a chassis in 1911 designed to beat all comers in the non-stop, 415-mile London-toEdinburgh Trial, which was one of the top endurance competitions in Europe. They did just that. They also showed a remarkable talent for marketing their achievements. Within a month of their victory, they took out full-page advertisements in The Times of London showing the winning Rolls-Royce atop a pyramid of Royal Automobile Club endorsements and boasting, “ The Si x- C ylinder Rolls-Royce, The Best Car in the World is ON A PLANE BY ITSELF.” Another series of ads in the English papers ran “unsolicited” letters

dining room, as is a statue of “The Spirit of Ecstasy,” the proper name for the trademark Flying Lady hood ornament. He has a full set of original tools and spare parts that came from the factory with each new car. He is also a student of Rolls-Royce history and has binders full of documents that trace the provenance of his vehicles. When the automobile industry was in its infancy in the early part of the 20th century, there were several business models being tested. In the States, Henry Ford saw his market as anyone with $400 cash in his pocket. He put his efforts into making millions of Tin Lizzies for the masses. Across the Atlantic, Charles S. Rolls and F. Henry Royce worked



Rolls-Royce from happy customers. One such ad that ran in The Times in late 1913 would have made a Madison Avenue copywriter proud. “I may say that, hav ing d r iven and ex per ienced many different makes of cars, I am a permanent enthusiast of a RollsRoyce,” the ebullient and unnamed customer wrote. “I have now my third, a London-to-Edinburgh open touring, and can imagine no other method of travelling equal to her. The smooth, velvet y motions as she glides along, without vibration, or perceptible sound at any speed, makes one wonder where the propelling force comes from.” Cullen says that Rolls-Royce’s

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and rugged terrain of the colonies. Shortly after the lawyer received delivery, #2380 wound up in the garage of the Knowles family, heirs to a huge New England textile fortune. In 1941, according to Cullen’s records, a 36-year-old Lucius James Knowles of Boston, who had been named after his great-grandfather, the inventor of the modern loom, was in Detroit awaiting his wedding to a loc a l woman. He had been ready to dispose of the old car when he took a side trip to Henry Ford’s Edison Institute in nearby Dearborn, Michigan. Knowles was enamored with the museum’s collection of vintage cars. He promptly donated his family’s Rolls-Royce to the collection. That gift no doubt

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car. He used it to drive cross-country on Rolls-Royce rallies while jauntily wearing a leather aviator’s helmet and goggles. The subsequent owner, Phil Peterson of Worcester, Massachusetts, returned #2380 to its New England roots and poured lots of time, effort and even more money into fully restoring the mechanics of the car until it was, as he described it in a letter to a friend, “a cream puff.” Caribbean hotelier Nic Moller, who spilt his time between Curaçao and Ithaca, New York, bought the car from Peterson’s estate and drove it on a regular basis. He even had it shipped to Europe and drove in the 80-anniversary reenactment of the Great Alpine Rally of 1913. Moller

saved #2380 from being turned into a tank during a World War II scrap-metal drive. Fast-forward three decades: The curators at the Ford museum decided to concentrate their collection more on American-made cars and put a few European cars up for sale, including #2380. A Rolls-Royce collector bought it for $7,000 in 1968. He partly restored it and gave it back to the museum. Finally, in 1979, Millard Newman, a flamboyant Tampa, Florida, cigar manufacturer known by his fellow Rolls-Royce lovers as “Mr. Silver Ghost,” pried it loose from the museum again by swapping his 1927 LaSalle for the old touring

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national car shows. His father once won the prestigious Foo-Dog Trophy for Outstanding Rolls-Royce at a National Meet with the 1924 Silver Ghost, and now Cullen has captured the same honor with his classic vehicle. In 2015, it won a top honor at the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance. Cullen has decided to put #2380 up for sale as he moves on to restore the chassis waiting for his attention in his garage. Judging from the equipment in his garage and the work ahead of him, Cullen is not averse to hard mechanical work. He has the tools and equipment to do just about anything that is required to repair and maintain his collection. He says that even the earliest Rolls-Royces were built with such thoughtful design and high-quality material, each restoration task he takes on is a learning experience. “I think I’ve learned to be a better dentist by working on these cars,” he says.

Driving the #2380 Rolls-Royce down Talbot Street, St. Michaels. log ge d more t ha n 2,0 0 0 m i le s around Europe. Moller, his wife, Birti, and son, Henrik, frequently took the RollsRoyce on extensive U.S. road trips, including the 1998 “Wholly Ghost Tour” (only Silver Ghosts allowed, thank you very much) of Utah. It was on that trip that Cullen, who was driving the 1924 that his father had given him, saw #2380. He bought it when it came on the market in 2004. “It needed a lot of cosmetic work,” Cullen says. “People often buy cars based on their appearances. With a Rolls-Royce, you are better off buying a car because it is sound mechanically but needs cosmetic work. If you buy one that has good cosmetics but needs a lot of mechanical work, you are in for a lot of hurt.” Since buying the 1913 Cullen has brought it back to its original grand self and has won trophies at several

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tourist favorite. It’s always a good rule of thumb that if the locals like the food, it must be good. Though it was crowded, we were seated and served quickly. We savored the seafood sampler, which included shrimp, scallops, clam strips, and hush puppies with homemade cole slaw, and then browsed in the gift shop and seafood market. After lunch, we headed south to the Sunset Beach Resort to unpack and settle in. The hotel and recreational vehicle (RV) site on the highway outside of Cape Charles had a beach, two pools, a fitness center, f ree WiFi, live music, a store, a restaurant and ample park-

On the first day of our getaway, we embarked on a three-hour drive from Easton, nearly to the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT). Cape Charles perches on the southernmost point of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. On our drive south, we passed by towns with Native American names that piqued our interest including Onancock, Machipongo, Nassawadox, Accomac, and Wachapreague. We talked about a future trip to explore the little Virginia shore towns. Nearing Cape Charles but not wanting to wait to eat, we spied The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. We stopped at the jam-packed local and




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Declining the offer of a golf cart ride to Sunset Beach, we strolled down the road through the campsite to the beach. Though RVs were abundant, we did not see many people until we were closer to the beach. Folk s had brought t heir chairs and coolers and made their own amphitheater around the band playing in the pavilion. The restau-

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Charming Cape Charles rant, bar and deck were bustling with families enjoying a night of live music. S u n s e t B e ac h R e s or t b o a s t s about its southern hospitality and fa mous sunset s, a nd t hey have both. We wove through the music crowd and down the steps to the beach. Families and couples had staked out spots to watch the amazing sunset over the glimmering Chesapeake Bay. Cameras and cel lphones were poised to ta ke award-winning shots of the golden yellow, orange, fuchsia, and purple sun as it slipped below the horizon to applause from the crowd. We slept well, and the next day headed first to the U.S. Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge Information Center, across the street from the Resort, before touring Cape Charles. While chatting with Refuge volunteer John Griffith we learned that his family has always lived in Cape Charles and that he can trace his ancestors back to 1684. He told us some of the history of Cape Charles. In the 1880s, well before the CBBT was constructed, railroads brought people and products from New York and Philadelphia to be shipped on passenger ferries and freight barges from Cape Charles to Norfolk. He also talked about the World War II concrete Liberty Ships

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We wandered through the Refuge f lora and fauna ex hibits at the Center, stopping to chat with a youngster admiring the archeology touch table of animal skulls, bones, and feathers. While in the museum mood, we drove over to Cape Charles. After admiring the town water tower disguised as a lighthouse, we toured



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deep water harbor is perched on a private beach with some of the best beachcombing in the area. We kicked off our shoes and dug our toes into the sand and mild surf. We were gifted with beach treasures of multicolored sea glass, handsome potter y shards, oyster and clam shells and some metal pieces. We stored our booty in the car and cleaned up before enjoy ing lu nch overlook ing t he be ach. I sampled the fresh mahi mahi tacos and tasted some of John’s crunchy f r ied oysters while we watched boats traversing the harbor. Oyster and clam beds marked by wooden stakes in the Bay fronted the outdoor dining spot, not to be missed for the quality of the seafood and the view. On the ten-minute drive through the residential area of Cape Charles t o t he m a i n t hor ou g h f a r e , w e admired the mix of historical architectural styles of homes in the charming town, dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. There were numerous examples of Colonial Revivals, including Dutch Colonials with wraparound porches and Victorians with attractive gingerbread trim and mansard roofs. Art Deco shows up here and there as well as some Craftsman-style homes, all delightful to the eye. Mason Street, the main thoroughfare, stretched before us with its tree-lined walkscape fronting shops and eateries. To my left lay

t he C ape Cha rle s Mu seu m a nd Welcome Center located in a former red brick electric generator facility. Our chatty tour guide showed us one of the engines that remains in the building. In keeping with the town’s railroad history, a caboose and a baggage car are on display outside behind the building. Exhibits with photographs, artifacts, documents, storyboards and ship models relate to the establishment of Cape Charles in the 188s. There is a fascinating video and exhibit about the two-mile-wide Che sape a ke Bay i mpac t crater, the largest in the United States. Scientists think that the crater was created 35 million years ago. The museum has a collection of rocks from the 1-mile core sample taken from the Bay near Cape Charles in 2005. Small earthquakes occasionally shake its fault lines. Ever hungry, we next drove to The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek, a restaurant, marina and resort on the outskirts of Cape Charles proper. The 39-acre peninsula with


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The Cape Charles Yacht Center in the town harbor offers amenities for cruisers up to mega yacht size, including slips, restaurant, fuel and pump out, and is within walking distance of the town. No small charming town could remain a tourist attraction without restaurants, shops and ice cream. On the sunny 85-degree day that we visited, we spotted a line in front of a shop as we walked in from the Cape Charles Fishing Pier. It was, of course, the Brown Dog handcrafted ice cream shop that I had read about. The outside line moved quickly, and we were soon inside the cool, though small, shop where the staff kept incoming and outgoing lines separated as they took orders.

Cape Charles beach at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Families frolicked in the gentle, shallow water or lounged on the caramel sand under the radiating warmth of the sun. To the right were the Cape Charles Fishing Pier and groups of boaters bobbing on the bay and scurrying in and out of the town marina. The town is known for its hospitality, sunsets, charming vistas and frequent festivals, including the Blessing of the Fleet, Applaud the Sun, Clam Slam and Oyster Festival. Cape Charles’ Bay Creek Resort is a popular destination for golfers and offers accommodations, a pool and restaurants.

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From October 20 through 22, the Academy Art Museum in Easton will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Academy Craft Show. More than 65 artists from around the United States, each representing the pinnacle of their artistic medium, will display their works in the Museum and the nearby Waterfowl Building. While the quality and quantity of artists has increased dramati-

cally over the past 20 years, one thing has remained steadfast ~ the Show’s mission to showcase local and national artists that bring creativity and talent to new levels, exposing our local community to artistic pieces rarely seen in our area. Simultaneously, the Show acts as the second largest Museum fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the roughly 3,000 patrons serve

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ists, including the Featured Artist, Bennett Bean. Bean is arguably one of the greatest living American potters. His works are collected internationally and are found in major institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Throughout the weekend, the

to underwrite important Museum exhibitions and finance important children’s and adult programming in the local community. For the 20th anniversary, the Show committee has chosen to emphasize the unique artistry of clay with the theme Fired Up! This year’s show will spotlight 16 ceramic art-

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Museum will offer live clay firing demonstrations by regional artist Brett Thomas, who will also teach classes featuring his Mobile Raku Unit in front of the Museum. While the Show committee strives to present the finest artists at a wide variety of price points, one thing is certain: the Academy Craft Show has garnered a national reputation for its artistry, quality, small-town flavor and hospitality. It’s no accident that artists from around the country quickly apply to this juried show. As one local artist commented, “This show helps to redefine the way fine craft is understood. Being part of it has helped me to grow and thrive as an artist, and I’m very grateful.” In addition to the ceramics, there will be a wide variety of artists and artistry will be on hand this October. The Academy committee is pleased to showcase the breadth of craft represented by just three of this year’s juried artists. David Bacharach is a returning metal artist from Cockeysville, Maryland. His largely woven metallic works of art all begin in the same way ~ a casual sketch on any surface he can find. Surrounded by nature, Bacharach sees things in just a slightly different way. His studies are compilations captured from various points of view ~ emphasizing the lighting and scenes from a variety of vantage points. Supplementing his sketches are

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Academy Craft Show photographs taken at the same instant as his sketches. Together they form a “time point” that ultimately becomes his sculptural creation. Some of his pieces take years to form, while others happen much more quickly. New to the 2017 Show is Geoffrey Roth from Scottsdale, Arizona. Roth has leaped onto the American jewelry scene by spearheading the resurrection of the artistry and craftsmanship of creating handmade watches. After decades of owning and managing an art gallery, Roth became enthralled with the artistry of fine watches. After two years of design and workmanship training, he completed his first watch, and the rest is history. He prides himself on his ability to blend high-quality materials such as steel, jewels and gold,

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he realized the woman was Tipper Gore. Today, his “allegorical frog” hangs prominently on the wall of the former vice president’s personal office. Whether it is a $5 wooden spoon or a spectacular diamond bracelet, the Academy Craft Show has much to offer each and every patron. It is rare to be able to walk among so many who have reached the very top of their profession and be able to talk with each about the vision and the mission that drives their artistry. Heidi Austreng, coordinator for the Smithsonian Craft Show Program, succinctly stated, “Beautiful handmade craft in a unique and beautiful setting, with a warm and charming atmosphere! The show,

While he was showing in Tennessee, a pair of very friendly women happened upon his booth. Both women ended up buying pieces of his work, but one woman in particular stood out for both her eye and her kindness. She bought a frog sculpture for her husband’s birthday and asked if he might be able to box the piece for her to take home. Without a box handy, she accompanied him outside, in the dark, with a flashlight to scour around until one could be found. After boxing up the sculpture, she gave him a check and said goodbye. It wasn’t until he returned home and reviewed his sales that

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the community and the support they provide make this a very special show, and one that I will certainly visit again.” The Academy Art Museum Craft Show will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily admission is $10 for

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David Hensinger rode his bike through waist-deep water where South Morris usually was. It was September 1979, just after Hurricane David had made its presence known in Oxford. Dave’s picture was in the paper to show the effects of the storm. The Eastern Shore is a watery place, prone to f looding. When tropical storms or hurricanes come up the coast and/or the Chesapeake Bay, it’s a Weather Channel special report waiting to happen. With the Shore’s vulnerability to storms, being able to predict them becomes all the more important. I was born in 1972, the year Hurricane Agnes claimed 19 lives in Maryland, making the storm the

Graphic showing the tracks of the August Hurricane of 1933, Hazel, Agnes and Isabel. deadliest on record in the state to this day. By the time Agnes reached Maryland, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but damages were estimated at roughly $80 million, which translates to more than $469 million in today’s dollars. It was Hurricane Hazel, an October storm in 1954, that my parents and others talked about. But it was the storm surge from Hurricane Isabel in September 2003 that is now talked about as the 100-year f lood. The Bay surge peaked at eight feet, and the damages statewide were more than $530 million. But what does that look like in real life? Richard Scofield has worked in

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bor next to the Crab Claw Restaurant. Decide which boats to haul out of the water onto the marine railway. Secure boats at the docks and put anchors out, get machinery off the ground and look after the display boats on land. “I was teaching all my apprentices how to get the boats ready,” Scofield said. “I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes with the wind, but none of us understood what a storm surge meant. It never occurred to me that the boats on land on the small boat shed porch would f loat away, but they started to.”

the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s boat yard for 32 years. He oversees the care and preservation of the museum’s f loating f leet of Bay boats, as well as passing wooden boat building skills along to shipwright apprentices who work at the museum boat yard. Scofield and the boat yard staff were going through their standard hurricane prep to get ready for Isabel. Monitor the weather. Get as many boats as possible into the protected slips in St. Michaels Har-

Photo by Bill Thompson. Point Lookout Bell Tower and Tolchester Beach Bandstand, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, after Isabel, 2003. 70

The museum’s campus was underwater. Bill Benns, an apprentice at the time, went around the flooded campus in an inflatable dinghy, corralling display boats that developed minds of their own. CBMM was closed for a week after the storm. Bulkheads needed to be rebuilt. Buildings needed to be emptied. Boats in the small boat shed exhibit building, which was locked, floated and played bumper cars all night long. Inside the Boat Shop, it was chaos. They had a brand new diesel engine for the pushboat of the bugeye Edna Lockwood, which they fitted prior to the storm, so it was hanging suspended from a hook several feet off the ground. If it hadn’t been,

Schooners Llanding in Oxford. it would have been lost. The water mark from Isabel can still be seen on the Boat Shop walls. “I worry about hurricane season constantly,” Scofield said. “I watch the weather all season and hope nothing heads in our direction. And we do our best to prepare for whatever comes our way.”


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bel made landfall in North Carolina and moved west, so it pushed water into the Bay like a water pump. So the track of the storm is really important for how it impacts the area.” Li points out factors that make the Bay area particularly susceptible to damage from storms during hurricane season: the land is low in terms of topography, making it the third most vulnerable place behind Louisiana and southern Florida. Also, where the Bay’s rate of sea level rise is about twice the mean rate. Li and his team are creating original atmospheric ocean models to be able to forecast storms. Whereas Li is a modeler, Dr. Wil-

Dr. Ming Li is a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge. He joined Horn Point in 2001, coming from the west coast of Canada, where there weren’t hurricanes to speak of. Just a couple years later, Isabel came through. “Most storms move along the coast, and those storms can bring a strong storm surge along the coastline,” Li said. “In the Chesapeake Bay, sometimes with storms like Floyd and Arthur, the northerly wind can blow water out. Isa-

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Boicourt’s case was made for needing more observation and data for better forecasts with Hurricane Irene in 2011. “Irene was predicted to be a really scary storm,” Boicourt said. “When Irene moved northward up the continental shelf, its outer bands stirred up the cold, deep water ~ the so-called cold pool ~ and mixed it to the surface. When the eye of the storm reached this cold water, the storm rapidly decreased in intensity. The National Weather Service did not have a way of knowing that this cold water would come to the surface and therefore could not incorporate it into their forecast models.” In 2012, the weather service

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Picket Fences 2017 Saturday, October 14, 4 to 5:30 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 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

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Rutgers University, University of Maine, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and UMCES. The work they are doing is underfunded, but working with the weather service is allowing for the sharing of information and helping create better forecasts. “The main thing is that now we are talking to the National Weather Service, we understand their constraints,” Boicourt said. “And having researchers who are doing this work, we can help them do their job better and make us all

under-predicted the impact of Hurricane Sandy, also by not incorporating the evolving ocean surface temperature. As Boicourt explained, the moral of the story is that they need to take surface temperature in real time to accurately forecast storm intensity. They made a proposal to the National Weather Service to put out rapid response buoys and to send out underwater gliders, which is now being done via a collaboration between

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ries about storms and f looding. During hurricane season, people along the East Coast watch The Weather Channel like it’s an action movie. Li, Boicourt and UMCES are helping to make sure the information we get tells the storms’ stories as accurately as it can. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.

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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 81

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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 83


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a note of plants displaying outstanding fall colors as you drive around town and in the country. You may wish to incorporate some of these plants into your landscape. Fall color can often be enjoyed for a much longer period than the plant’s f lowers in spring. For this reason, it may be more desirable when selecting trees and shrubs for the landscape to consider greater emphasis on their fall features like leaf color and the unique look of the bark. Red is one of the dominant fall colors that we see in our temperate climate. Trees that turn red include dogwood, sweet gum, red and scarlet oak and red maple. Fall color is strongly inf luenced by the tree’s genetic makeup ~ more so than by the environment, although the type of growing season the tree has experienced does impact the intensity of the color. Trees selected in the fall when they are in full color can be expected to produce the same colors in future years. Red maple is one standard tree for good fall color. Cultivars of red maple that display outstanding color include Red Sunset ®, October Glory ®, Autumn Flame ®, Burgundy Belle ® and Redpointe ®. Shrubs with good red fall color include viburnum, winged euonymus and barberry. An excellent native shrub species that you

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Mulching newly planted trees and shrubs to reduce weed problems and conserve moisture is usually recommended. In the fall, however, it is usually a good idea to wait until after the soil temperatures have consistently dropped to 32°. Mulches applied too early can do more harm than good. A mulch is used to keep soil temperatures constant and prevent frost heaving, not to keep it warm. In October, trees and shrubs start to harden off for the upcoming cold weather. To encourage this process, remove mulch from around stems and trunks. This practice will also discourage mice and vole damage during the winter months. Conifers that have poor color or

October is a good time to do maintenance on your trees and shrubs. Prune dead and diseased branches while you can still identify them easily. Old, fallen leaves may contain disease innoculum for next year’s plant infections. When removing disease-infected plant debris, do not place refuse on the compost pile. The disease pathogens will live in the compost pile and can be spread with the application of compost to garden beds unless compost temperatures reach 180° and decomposition is complete. Remove and dispose of any diseased debris from around the plant’s base.

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Tidewater Gardening the trees. This will help to reduce the amount of spring hatch from over-wintered eggs and help reduce the amount of spraying required next year. makes soil preparation easier in spring. Another alternative is to mulch the entire garden with straw to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Then, in the spring, only pull back the mulch in the areas that you plan to plant. You will need to do this a few weeks before planting, however, to give the soil time to warm up. If you still have tomatoes on the vine, remember that they need an average daily temperature of 65° or more for ripening. If daytime temperatures are consistently below this, pick fruits that have begun to change color and bring them inside to ripen. Use recipes that call for green tomatoes, or place a ripe apple in a closed container with the green tomatoes to encourage them to turn red. Ripe apples give off ethylene gas, which causes tomatoes to ripen.

October is cleanup time in the vegetable garden. Remove any dead or dying plants. Compost the debris if it doesn’t contain disease problems. Use a shredder if available to cut up the debris before putting it in the compost pile. This will encourage faster decomposing of the plant material. If you don’t have a shredder and only have a small amount of material, run over it with the lawn mower. This works very well if you have a bagging mower. Then rake up the cut material or empty the bag into the compost pile. If the ground is dry and workable and is not susceptible to soil erosion, till the garden area and let the ground lay exposed over the winter. Late-fall tilling exposes insects to winter conditions and can help to control pests such as corn borer, corn earworm, cucumber beetle, squash bug and vine borer. It also 92

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Harvest and cure pumpkins, butternut squash and Hubbard squash at temperatures between 70-80° for two to three weeks immediately after harvest. After curing, store them in a dry place at 55-60°. If stored at 50° or below, pumpkins and squash are subject to chilling damage. At temperatures above 60°, they gradually lose moisture and become stringy. If there is a threat of frost at night, harvest your cucumbers, eggplant, melons, okra, peppers and summer squash so the fruits are not damaged. A final weeding of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries will help keep weed problems to a minimum next spring. Strawberries covered in the fall with a spunbonded polyester ma-

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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 99

Dorchester Points of Interest Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424

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

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Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. 102

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Dorchester Points of Interest BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit 104

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

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

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

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Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial

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


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


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On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. For more info. visit 119

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

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

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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when

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

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


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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 130

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

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

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

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~ EVENTS ~ 10/7 ~ Classic Cars & Coffee @ OCC, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (weather dependent) 10/7 ~ 4th Annual Cabaret @ OCC, 5:30 - 9 p.m. Call for tickets: 410-226-5904 10/8 ~ Oxford Firehouse Breakfast 8 -11 a.m. - $10.00 Jams & Pickles for sale! 10/13 ~ Organist Jeremy Fisell Concert @ Church of the Holy Trinity 7 p.m. - Freewill offering 10/14 ~ 9th Annual Oxford Picket Fence Auction 4 - 5:30 p.m. @ OCC. Free! 10/19-29 ~ TAP presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show @ OCC Ongoing ~ Steady & Strong exercise class @ OCC. Tues. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m., $8 per class. Ongoing ~ Acoustic Jam Nights @ OCC, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Ongoing ~ Note: The OxfordBellevue Ferry is open every day in October! There is still time to plan a Ferry ride across the Tred Avon. Come enjoy the scenery!

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


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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 143

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For the first 184 years of its history, Tilghman’s Island was a private farm, known locally by the names of its owners: Foster, Lowe, and so on, and finally Tilghman. In 1843, the last owner, Gen. Tench Tilghman, began selling off parcels of land, a process that continued for 21 years. The i sla nd sold of f f rom t he bot tom up, w ith the r ich farms and orchards surrounding Black Walnut Cove going first. By 1851, six large southern parcels had been purchased, and three smaller ones in the north. Lots soon were subdivided, and the population grew fairly rapidly. By 1860, only a few parcels remained unsold. THE FIRST SCHOOL We can be reasonably certain that the first island school was built between 1850 and 1860. The 1860 census recorded 57 households and 305 individuals, more than enough to justify a school. Moreover, the head of one household, Mr. Edgar Thomas, listed his occupation as “teacher.” As it appears on the 1858 Dilworth map, we may use that as the date of its founding. Joseph Harrington donated a one-acre plot at the northeast cor-

ner of his “Hickory Ridge Farm,” on the west side of the Main Road. That location at the foot of the road to Bar Neck was a good one for the time, as few families then resided on the northern half of the island.


Island Schooling It was the community, of course, who constructed that first schoolhouse. James Seth, who had acquired much of the unsold land from Gen. Tilghman, donated the lumber and the men of the community built it. Unfortunately, no photograph of this original school building is known to exist. Thus began the island’s long commitment to their local school. In 1954, R ay mond Sinclair, a Tilghman’s Islander, wrote the first book about the island, The Tilghman’s Island Story. When discussing the schools, Sinclair mentioned that he obtained faculty lists and other specifics by reading the “Minutes” of

old School Board meetings. Following his lead, in 2002, I asked whether those Minutes still existed and was pleased to learn they did. Thanks to the courtesy of Superintendent Sam Meeks and his secretary, Judy Haddaway (a former Tilghman’s Islander), I was permitted to examine them. They proved a fascinating resource. As the Civil War ground on, Maryland lawmakers also were conflicted, engaged in a decades-long debate over how much the State of Maryland ought to be involved in local education. The issue was how much financial support (and guidance) was appropriate to ensure that all Maryland children had access to competent instruction, regardless of where they lived. In 1864, Mary-


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land’s Constitutional Convention concluded that more authority ought to be placed with the State. When the first State Superintendent of Public Instruction was named, he proposed the establishment of free primary schools, grammar schools, one high school per county, a normal school and a university, as well as separate schools for Negroes, the blind, the deaf, the handicapped and the imprisoned. (A “normal” school was the term applied to a teacher’s college, where educational norms were learned; such a model school was established in Towson.) The State Superintendent also appointed the first “Board of School Commissioners” for Talbot County.

Accordingly, just three months after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, the four appointees met in Easton for the first time. And that is where the Minutes begin ~ with that first meeting: Pursuant to the requirement of the Law, the Board of School Commissioners for Talbot County met at the Court House in Easton on Tuesday, July 11, 1865. Present: Dr. Samuel A. Harrison, President; Dr. James Dawson, Henry P. Hopkins, and Leonidas Dodson. The School Law under which the present Board is constituted was read, and the duties it imposes discussed. After which, on motion, the Board adjourned until Saturday, July 29th. In other words, they sized up the



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Island Schooling task and then took a few weeks to mull it over. When they reconvened on the 29th, they grouped all the schools in t he count y into four districts and numbered them. Commissioner Dawson was assigned the schools from St. Michaels to Tilghman’s Island. Of the 13 schools on his list, “Tilghman’s Island School” was No. 11. (Schools 12 and 13 were in Bozman and Neavitt.) When the Board split up this western district in 1868, Tilghman’s Island School became School No. 4 in the Bay Hundred district. Each Commissioner had responsibility for one district. He picked the teachers, the textbooks, and even

handled the payroll. The County paid for the furniture, but they did not accept responsibility for the schoolhouses themselves. An 1868 resolution made it quite clear that local districts were to provide their own school buildings, by local taxation. Nevertheless, a few years later the School Board finally assumed responsibility for school properties and buildings. They purchased the Tilghman school proper t y from Joseph Harrington’s son, John, and in 1873 replaced the original school building, now some 20 years old, with a new and larger school in the same location. Happily, we have several photos of this 1873 building. This one is undated, but from the relative newness


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Island Schooling The work is done to a scale, Mr. Gibson being a surveyor and civil engineer of no mean capacity. His pupils helped him enthusiastically in the work. The various mineral and vegetable products of the different countries are assigned to their respective places. Mr. Gibson does not claim that his idea of a school-yard map is original with him, but the work, probably, has never before been done on so large a scale before nor with such attention to accuracy of detail. There is enough scope to show the progress of the naval side of the Spanish war. Constructing the warships of tin and the bark of the pine tree is not difficult ~ every country boy living on the salt water can whittle a ship with his jackknife as easily as a factory can make a match ~ and when the daily newspapers come, what a delight they take in changing the positions of the squadrons, accordingly as the news warrants it. This is both constructive and applied geography, and makes the maps and the letterpress of the textbook much more interesting and more easy of comprehension. Principal Gibson’s novel schoolyard attracts many visitors. The photo of the school where Mr. Gibson laid out the world contains a hidden clue. In the front row, a child holds a slate with the words

“Fairbank School.” This allows us to date the photo as being after 1887. THE SECOND SCHOOL From the 1870s on, the oyster boom was going full blast and settlers flocked into Talbot’s waterfront communities. The population of Tilghman’s Island shot up, from 305 in 1860, to 492 in 1880, to 871 by 1900. A school in the north was much needed. Classes were held in a room above Nick Long’s Store, in Cryer’s Hall where the Fire Hall now stands. Recognizing the need, in 1887 the School Board acquired a property near a bend in the Main Road and built a school there. It lay back from the road in a grove of trees and is the site of the current school. T h i s ne w nor t her n sc ho ol w a s given the name “Tilghman School”


and the designation School No. 4. The southern school was renamed “Fairbank School” and designated School No. 5. Tilghman School was expanded in 1902, when James Cooper added a large room in the rear of the building, visible in the photo on the right. YET ANOTHER SCHOOL A third school was established in the village of Bar Neck, on the south side of Bar Neck Cove Road. It is said that one of the homes there is the old school. The date of its founding has not been discovered, and only one photo of the Bar Neck School has come to my attention. We can’t see much of the school building itself, but it

shows the children and the teacher standing, somewhat stiff ly, on the front steps. We can date the photo to around 1902 by the little 3-year-old girl in the middle of the front row. Lillian Mortimer was not yet old enough to attend school, but she very much wanted to be in the picture. So they let her hold the slate with the words “Bar Neck School.”

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Island Schooling Just 97 years later, she would cut the ribbon for the new Tilghman bridge. CONSOLIDATION T he s y s tem of s m a l l v i l l a ge schools continued well into the 20th century. In her book Tilghman’s Island Capers, Antoinette Covington cited a newspaper article showing the school populations as of 1900: •T ilghman School, 119 pupils (Principal John W. Gibson) •Fa i rba n k S c ho ol , 6 6 pupi l s (Teacher Mr. Chaires) •Ba r Ne c k S c ho ol, 3 5 pupi l s (Teacher James Gibson)

School had a lways been near the children’s homes, but motor transportation was developing rapidly, making it possible to transport children from outlying rural areas to larger schools in more central locations. The village schools were becoming overpopulated and run down. The community called for a new, modern educational facility where all could attend, and plans were de-

veloped. By the fall of 1917, a building contract was drawn up in the amount of $10,606.78. Although the school board supported the plan, they had only $4,989 in that year’s budget available for the purpose. The people of Tilghman, however, were eager to see the project go forward without further delay. A group of businessmen stepped forward and offered to loan the School Board the $5,617 they needed to begin construction. The Board accepted the loan with thanks, agreeing to repay the note, with interest, as funds became available. The fifteen benefactors were: Charles G. Davis B. C. Harrison Oswald Harrison Percy W. Harrison S. Taylor Harrison A. Roe James J. Frank Howeth Harry R. Howeth John T. May W. D. J. Morris Lawrence Rude John D. Sinclair Elmer H. Sinclair Scott K. Wilson Martin M. Wright It was another powerful indication of how much the residents of the island valued their school and were prepared to support it. Substitute teacher Margaret Wilson even tried to contribute her October salary to the cause! (The Board returned her check, with thanks.)


On November 28, 1917, the Board awarded a contract to Thomas H. Davis, in the amount of $10,606, to build a modern two-story school on the school grounds between the old Tilghman School and the Main Road. He went right to work. A lt houg h Dav i s to ok of f t he month of May to build an oyster cannery, he completed the new school (just about) on time a year later and was awarded the full amount. THE BIG NEW SCHOOL Mrs. Geraldine Dudrow clearly remembered the morning when her third grade teacher told the class to pick up all their things and march out of the old school and into the new. Her recollection fits precisely, for she was born in 1908 and would have finished second grade in the spring of 1918.

The new school faced the Main Road, about where the new auditorium is now. It was surrounded by huge oak trees that provided shade in the schoolyard for children to play marbles and other games. It was quite a building. The f irst f loor was built w ith block walls; the upper story was of frame construction. The interior layout was fairly straightforward, with four classrooms on the second f loor for the upper grades and four on the ground f loor for the lower grades; hallways ran down the center of each f loor, front to back. The front entrance, however, was quite distinctive ~ the front doors were between the two floors. One went up an outside stairway to a small landing and into an alcove, then through double doors that were set back from the face of the building. This


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Island Schooling mid-f loor landing continued inside the building, where one could go up another half-f light to the second f loor, or down a half-f light to the first f loor. It was possible to enter the first f loor directly from ground level by passing through doors hidden beneath the front steps. The Bar Neck School had been closed for some years, and many of the older children from Fairbank Village began attending the new Tilghman School. The village of Fairbank resisted the closing of their school, however, preferring to keep the youngest children closer to home. They were able to stave off closure for several years, but when teacher Jennie Butler closed the doors in June of 1922, it would be forever. The old schoolhouse was sold and moved away for use as a car barn. For the first time in 65 years, there was no school at the foot of Bar Neck Road. The consolidation of the island’s schools finally was complete. In 1920, the Tilghman School asked for the authority to grant high school diplomas by adding grades 9-11. (High schools at this time had only 11 grades.) The Board agreed that the faculty had the qualifications, but feared t he change in teachers’ duties would leave the elementary teachers overworked. A choice had to be made: either reduce the number of grades to 10 or hire an additional teacher. They chose 156

the latter option; Principal Samuel Bayle’s wife was hired so they could provide all 11 grades. Over the 20 years of its existence, many island students proudly graduated from Tilghman High School. The tradition ended in the 1940s, however, when all high school students were required to attend St. Michaels High School.

At least one “T.H.S.” belt has been saved for posterity, however. Improvements were made through the years to the plumbing, electrical and heating systems. The major addition to the school was an auditorium/cafeteria built onto the rear. It was used as a cafeteria during the week, with movable tables and chairs that could be stored under the stage. The auditorium also was used for community meetings and fundraising events, such as minstrel shows and talent nights. Thus began the tradition of using the schoolhouse for other purposes during off-hours, as well as daytime instruction of the children. This fine old school served Tilghman’s Island for 40 years. By the Call Us: 410-725-4643

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Elementary School do well when they enter the higher grades in St. Michaels. Many Tilghman teachers have been cited for their skills and dedication, four during the 25-year tenure of Principal Joyce Crow. They are Dan Bieber, Lisa Kline, Angela Asmussen and the 2017-2018 awardwinner, Katie Fox. As the working-age population has decreased due to the economic downturn and the diminished Bay harvest, the T.E.S. school population has dropped, too. This unavoidably raises the per-student cost-calculation, but Principal Crow takes full advantage of the smaller classes to group students to their best advantage. Members of the community are now collaborating with members of the Talbot County Office of Economic Development and their staff in an effort to boost economic growth on the island so that more working families can reside here. There is even talk of having a Little League team again, and the ballfield is being refurbished. The community is hopeful. This article is dedicated to the memory of Dr. J. Sam Weeks, who served our county as School Superintendent from 1993 until his death in 2003. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.





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1 orange or red bell pepper, julienned 1 cucumber, julienned 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into thin slices 4 scallions, julienned Pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce as condiments In a medium bowl, sprinkle the rice vinegar over the rice and toss. Lay a nori sheet on a bamboo mat. Spread 1/2 cup of brown rice mixture over the nori. On a long edge of the sheet, layer 1/4 of the carrot, pepper, cucumber, avocado and scallions. Using the bamboo mat to help, roll up the nori. Repeat with the remaining nori sheets, rice and vegetables. Cut each sushi roll into 6 slices. Serve with condiments. Note: Nori are dark-colored sheets of dried seaweed. Wasabi is hot green Japanese horseradish that is sold as a paste or powder. The powder is mixed with an equal amount of water to make a paste.

1 loaf French bread 3-4 T. olive oil 1 pint grape tomatoes (2 cups) 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup chopped scallions, green only 1 T. fresh oregano 2 garlic cloves, pressed 1/4 t. kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup or more shredded Parmesan cheese Preheat the broiler. Cut the ends off the French bread, then cut the rest of the loaf into 1/4-inch crosswise slices, about 36. Place the bread slices on a lipped baking sheet and brush with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Broil the bread until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes (you don’t need to turn it). Remove baking sheet from oven and set aside. Chop the tomatoes into 1/4-inch


Note: You can use any kind of tomato you like for this recipe, as long as it’s f lavorful. If you choose to make bruschetta when tomatoes aren’t in season, use grape tomatoes since they generally taste good year ’round. pieces and place them in a colander to drain off as much liquid as possible. Place the chopped tomato in a mixing bowl and add one tablespoon of olive oil and the basil, scallions, oregano, garlic and salt. Stir to combine, then season with pepper to taste. To serve, place a teaspoonful of the tomato mixture on top of each round of bread and top it with some Parmesan.

A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at


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My Warhol

by Roger Vaughan News item: Fortune magazine, June 2017 Andy Warhol’s first self-portrait sold in a London auction for $7.7 million. The photograph was taken in a dime-store photo booth in 1963 or 1964 and silk screened. This was not the first time I had gritted my teeth after reading such an item. It’s happened before, the surfacing of an old Warhol silk screen that has brought millions to lucky owners. Such a story always makes the news. Every time I see one of these items, I think about my Warhol, the one I did in the mid-1960s, the one I have propped up on a high bookcase in a semiutility room in my house, the room where I ride my exercise bicycle every morning. The one I did, that’s right. Or let’s say I did part of it. The story is complicated. I was living in Manhattan at the time, working for the ill-fated Saturday Evening Post. Ill-fated because, after 150 years of holding court as a beloved, immensely popular, folksy magazine bearing scores of covers by the famed Norman Rockwell that are still treasured, it would fail in 1970. Even in the ’60s, it was hanging on to old traditions, like maintaining a very socially conservative editorial

policy, and the editor’s secretary counting out his weekly salary in cash every Friday. I have to admit I was amazed when my editor accepted my suggestion about doing a piece on a young Manhattan artist named Andy Warhol, who was causing quite a stir by his outrageous behavior; his tiresome, hours-long films; and the massproduced nature of his artwork. I should have known my piece would never see the printed SEP page when it came right down to it, but at the time I was delighted. I set out directly for The Factory, the name the very marketing-con-


My Warhol scious Warhol had given to his studio. With me was a photographer named Larry Fried. Here’s how the piece began: Reynolds wrap is what hits you. The whole place is Reynolds wrap, the ceiling, the pipes, the walls. They said it was like this, but until you walk in and actually experience it, until you stand there and look all around at all that foil and wonder how many rolls of the stuff was used, and how many man

hours it took to pin it to the walls and crinkle it around the pipes and paste it to the ceiling, you don’t believe it. And that isn’t all. The floor has been painted silver. All the cabinets stuffed with paint and film and records have been painted silver. The hi-fi components have been painted silver, and the speakers are in silver boxes. The sound is incessant. The tape recorder is silver and the thermofax machine is silver. [Remember, this is 1965!] There is a silver exercycle, two silver fire extinguishers, four cases of coke bottles painted silver, and an old, silver vacuum cleaner. There is a large trunk like the one Judy Garland says she was born in, painted silver. The TV set has been sprayed silver. Beside it are the upended legs of a store mannequin, silver of course. The pay telephone on the wall is silver. And the bathroom is silver tiled and painted silver, including the toilet bowl and flushing mechanism. Andy Warhol’s long, straight hair is silver. At first you think it



My Warhol has been sprayed, like the TV set, because there is some black underneath the top layer. It is not real, but Andy Warhol is real. He is stretched out on a red, hairy couch, and when strangers come in he gets up and is very polite and says “How do you do,” when introduced. He has the roundish, hornrimmed sunglasses on as he always does, a dirty pink shirt, black sweatshirt and jeans, and black cuffed zipper boots with medium heels. He is very relaxed, almost sagging. His mouth is sullen. His hand is cold and slack when you shake it. He is skinny, not too tall, and has an anemic look about him. The article went on from there, talking about why Warhol’s studio is called The Factory. You half expect a ruddy-cheeked salesman with a sample case on wheels to come bursting in from

a successful road trip waving order forms and yelling, “They want 100 more electric chairs in Denver, and St. Louis wants 500 of the flowers. 500! Imagine!” The fact was that Warhol had a team of people doing his silk screens once he had picked the photographs and decided on the colors. Warhol explained the thenpopular f lowers. At that point, he got up from his knees, where he had been working on matching the color purple on one of his Liz Taylor portraits. The f lowers were five-by-five-inch canvases. They came from a fabric that was in a Kodak ad explaining how to print color in your home darkroom: “They come six to a package,” Warhol said, “and you get six different colors. Each set costs $30.” He sounded like he was selling Christmas wrappings, and he must have thought so too, because he suddenly looked up and almost laughed. Someone asked how many he had made, and he said about 100. “When should I stop? I don’t know how many to make. Should I stop making them?” He shrugged and returned to Liz Taylor. There was an awkward moment. After he matched the purple color to his satisfaction, Warhol picked up a brush and began painting a blank canvas with it. Larry Fried, ever alert, moved in to take a shot of the artist at work. The photographer is stopped




My Warhol by Warhol’s raised hand. “No no, please, we don’t use a brush anymore. It’s just that a blank has been lost and I have to do an odd one to replace it.” Warhol seems embarrassed to be caught with a brush, and blushes faintly. “You see, for every large painting I do I paint a blank canvas to match the background color. The two of them are designed to hang together however the owner wants. He can hang it right beside the painting, or across the room, or above or below it.” What does it really add to the art work? “Nothing really,” he says with a faint little smile. “It just makes them bigger, and mainly it makes them cost more.” Warhol said he signed the flowers and the other silk screens because his agent told him people won’t buy paintings that are unsigned. Recently he had been sent a box of oversized Campbell’s Soup cans, an image of which had brought him notoriety. He had been asked to sign the big cans and was thinking he wouldn’t do it. “It’s so silly,” Warhol said. “I really don’t believe in signing my work. Anyone could do the things I am doing.” Warhol often told workers to sign his name on the images. Someone related a story about how Picasso once sat in the square of a village in Spain drawing on plates with a marking pen

and signing each one ~ each took less than 30 seconds ~ and charging $100 apiece for them. There was a long line of purchasers. A cashier had been set up to take the money. “Really?” Warhol asks. “No kidding, he really did that?” And he may have been reconsidering those soup cans. On the way to The Factory, Larry Fried and I had talked about how to photograph Warhol. We thought it might be fun to ask Andy to shoot portraits of himself. The “selfie” wouldn’t be born for many years, but remote cords for cameras had been around for a while. Larry could set up the shot with a motor drive on the camera, then give Andy the button. Andy loved the idea. “Oh great! Wow, oh yes, marvelous!” He fiddles with the button, clicking off a few frames, and becomes even more enthusiastic. He looks up from studying the button and says in his soft, fluid voice, “Why, this is really marvelous. I could do my paintings this way. I mean, if a person were dying, he could photograph his own death.” He looks a bit wide-eyed as he contemplates this, and his mouth twists ever-so-slightly into a pleased smile. Warhol sits on a stool, looks directly into the camera, and presses the remote button. His expression never changes as the camera whirrs through a roll of film. He shoots ten rolls this way. Then he has an idea


My Warhol and leaves the studio. He’s back in a flash with a bag of bananas. He shoots two more rolls of himself eating the bananas because he has made a banana movie called Harlot in which the star of the film eats six bananas in one hour. The Saturday Evening Post’s photo editor loved the shots of Andy eating the banana. He suggested we ask Andy to make a silk screen of one that could run with the story. I took a black and white print of the shot over to The Fac-

tory. Warhol thought making a screen of it was a great idea and said he would do it for $5,000. Both the Post and I had a good laugh. Warhol’s top price in 1965 was around $1,500. But he had heard “mass media,” and the ripoff was on. I told him thank you very much, but no thanks. As an idealistic journalist fast approaching 30 at a time when word on the street was not to trust anyone over 30, I did a bit of stewing about art, the art market and the uncomfortable truth about how one’s ability to hustle ~ as Warhol was proving once again ~ would overcome talent any day of the week. And then, one of the things Warhol had said to me lit up like neon in my brain: “Anyone could do what I am doing.” I grabbed the print of Warhol eating the banana and took off for the local art supply store. There I ordered a silk screen of the photograph, picked up several jars of silk screen paint in different colors, a bunch of canvases and a little booklet about how to do silk


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screens. One evening a week later, I took everything down to the Post studio in the basement of the building at 666 5th Avenue and went to work. I made eight silk screens of the image, two each in red, blue, green and yellow. They looked great. It was immensely satisfying. I began imagining a layout in the Post, a full page that would feature four images of “Andy Warhol Eating a Banana” in different colors. But the Post lost interest in the story. The truth is, the Warhol piece was too risqué for the magazine. The fact the piece featured a few celebrities was tempting. I had reported that Tennessee Williams showed up at one screening.

But Warhol’s movie, Screen Test, featured an endless closeup of an attractive woman being coached by Warhol’s voice off screen, saying “Die ~ ahhh ~ riiii ~ aaahhhh,” her lips forming the syllables lovingly and obscenely, her eyes dark under lowered lids. Tennessee Williams roars. Then we are told the girl on the screen is really a guy. And there was Naomi Levine, another one of his movie stars: Naomi came in early to use the phone and was still there at midnight. Naomi is short with long black hair and watery brown eyes that plead. She is small waisted, bosomy and eager. She is the star of The Couch, an experimental

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My Warhol

film in which all of Naomi’s charms are revealed as she passionately and nakedly squirms on a couch. Her efforts are for naught. The male co-star is more fascinated with his motorcycle, parked next to the couch, which he works on during the entire film. Definitely too much for the Post. But the (now defunct) New York Herald Tribune bought the piece and ran it in its Sunday Magazine on August 8, 1965. As for the silk screens of Warhol eating the banana, I gave one to Larry Fried, kept a blue one for myself and gave the rest of them to the group of young co-workers I was a part of. Twenty years later, I ran into a Warhol dealer in New York who became interested in the banana screen when I told him the story. He asked if I wanted to sell it. I said sure. He ran it by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board (no longer in existence). They looked at it and put their official “De-

nied” stamp on it. They couldn’t deny Andy had taken the picture. The remote cord is prominent in his hand. But he hadn’t signed it, which was slightly bogus because we know how he felt about that. The dealer hung it in his gallery for a while, thinking a collector would want this unique bit of history as a curiosity, but it didn’t move. So there it is, propped up on a high bookcase in my semi-utility room. Blake Gopnik wrote about my screen of “Andy Warhol Eating a Banana” on his blog, Blake Gopnik on Art. Gopnik, who is in the middle of a book on Warhol, spoke of how the late artist was “welltrained in the tricks and deceptions of radical modern art,” and how he “reveled in disturbing our sense of what genre a picture belonged to… Warhol chose to take his own picture knowing perfectly well it would cause confusion about what counted as a Warhol self-portrait.” Gopnik concludes that “Andy Warhol Eating a Banana” was “an attack on conventional notions of authorship…a great prop in his act as an artist.” The film Roger Vaughan wrote and co-directed with Joseph Daniel ~ Of Rails & Sails, The Life of Arthur Curtiss James ~ premiered in Newport, R.I., on September 14. It will be shown locally in the near future.



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“Calendar of Events” notices: Please contact us at 410-226-0422; fax the information to 410-226-0411; write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601; or e-mail to The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., October 1 for the November issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous. For places and times, call 410822-4226 or visit Daily Meeting: Al-Anon and Alateen - For a complete list of times and locations in the Mid-Shore a re a, v i sit ea ste r n shore Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989.

Thru Oct. 30 Exhibit: Six Years and Counting at the Main Street Gallery in Cambridge. Reception on Oct. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit Thru Nov. 5 Exhibit: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With by Bennett Bean at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Bean is a n A mer ic a n c er a m ic a r t i s t best known for his treatment of vessels post firing. Curator-led tour on Wednesday, November 1 at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Nov. 26 Exhibit: Fantasy


October Calendar Creatures from the Museum’s Collection by Helen Siegl at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Siegl (1924-2009) used an unusual printmaking technique ~ often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Nov. 30 After-School Art Club for grades 4 through 8 with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Dec. 1 Li’l Kids After-School Art Club for students in grades 1 to 3 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Dec. 5 Story Time at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

Thru Dec. 31 (with interruption from Oct. 18-22 for Craft Show) E x hibit: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints by David Driskell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Driskell is a noted artist and scholar of African-American art. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit

1 Meadow Ecology at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about the ecology of meadows with Adkins Arboretum’s science advisor, Sylvan Kaufman. We will explore the Arboretum’s two very different meadows. One was a farm field converted to a meadow in 2000, and t he ot her was a past ure that was allowed to regenerate nat u r a l ly. $1 5 memb er, $20 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 1 Concert: Kim Richey in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit


2 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels to feature Robert Higham, author of Vehicles and the Mind of Man. Noon. Higham will present a pictorial travelogue depicting how the automobile changed people’s lives forever. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring lunch and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 2 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Speaker David Blecman on the Importance of Post Processing. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

2 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 2-30 Exhibit: St. Michaels A r t League October Library Show ~ Around the Town ~ at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. The exhibit will showcase original artwork exclusively by SMAL members. For more info. tel: 410-745-6436 or visit 2 , 4 ,9,11,16,18, 23, 25 ,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health

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October Calendar Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2,9,16,23,30 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410-770-9400. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 2,9,16,23,30 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic 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. 3 Workshop: Inspecting and Maintaining Your Stormwater Facilities at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 3 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

3 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Treasure boxes. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 3 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410820-9695. 3 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 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Steady a nd St rong exercise cla ss at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit 3,10,17,24,31 Story Time at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit


3,10,17,24,31 Acoustic Jam Night at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 3,17 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 4 Class: Cocktails and Canvas ~ Georgia O’Keeffe Jimson Weed with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45. The opportunity to

create a unique version of a wellknown masterpiece step-by-step with the instructor guarantees success. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit 4 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 4 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit 4,11 Class: iPhone Fun! with Scott


October Calendar Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 4,11,18,25 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. 4,11,18,25 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: 410-7456073 or visit 4,11,18,25 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 4,11,18,25 Centreville Farmer’s Market. Law yer’s Row from 2 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit centreville-farmers-market/. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m.

at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 5 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 5 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 5 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 5 Pet Loss Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 5 Suicide Bridge Sunset Cruise aboard the Dorothy Megan on the Choptank R iver w ith live music. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $50. Included in the ticket price are heavy appetizers, desserts and


Layton’s Chance wines. Cash bar available for beer and spirits. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 5,12,19,26 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced L iv ing in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 5,12,19,26 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for mem-

bers). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5,12,19,26 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 5,12,19,26 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice at 1 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 5,12,19,26 Cambridge Farmer’s Market at Long Wharf Park. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail

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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. 5,12 ,19,26 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit 5,12,19,26 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. 5,15,19 Guided kayak tour at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. No experience necessary. An estimated 2 hours of paddling time is scheduled. October 5 and 19 at 5:30 p.m., October 15 at 1 p.m. $15 for CBEC members and $20 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or visit

6 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. 6 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit

6 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

6 Cocktails and Concerts featuring William McNally ~ An Evening of Rag Piano at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. $55 members, $66 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

6 First Friday in downtown Easton.

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Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 6 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 6 - 7 R u m m a ge S a le at C h r i s t Church, St. Michaels. Fr iday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Fall and winter clothing for men, women and children, shoes, kitchenware, linens, jewelry and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 6-7 Workshop: Advanced Painting ~ Host Plant with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will create detailed drawings of their chosen subjects and then bring those drawings to life in watercolor. $130 member, $160 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit

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8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (weather dependent). For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit 7 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit


6,13,20,27 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 Ironman Maryland 2017 throughout Dorchester Count y. More t h a n 2 ,0 0 0 t r i at h le te s t a ke on a full-length triathlon. The race begins with a swim in the Choptank and finishes at Long Wharf Park, Cambridge. 7 Classic Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center from

26th annual Hurlock Fall Fest and train rides to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the town of Hurlock. Train r ides from Hurlock to Federalsburg and back. Live music, vendors, food, carriage rides, Fishmobile and more. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Fireworks at dusk. For more info. and to purchase train tickets tel: 410-943-4181.

7 Maryland State Jousting Championship at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. 10 a.m. Classes consist of Leadline, Novice, Amateur, SemiPro and Professional. Open to the public. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-0565. 7 Tink Collins Annual Cornhole


Tournament at the LinkwoodSalem Volunteer Fire Co., Linkwood. 11 a.m. Bags fly at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169. 7 The Met: Live in HD with Norma by Bellini at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 7 Video: Til-Made ~ Remembering the Tilghman Packing Company, 2 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Til-Made is the latest video produced by the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum and is the first film to explore the Tilghman Packing Company’s history on Tilghman Island and in the Bay Hundred area. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 7 Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s annual Party to Preserve at the Thornton Estate outside Chestertown from 4 to 7 p.m. ESLC welcomes you to sip a cocktail, savor delicious local fare, swing to the music and stroll the grounds. Tickets for the event may be purchased at or by calling 410-690-4603. 7 4th annual Gala Fall Fundraiser ~ Cabaret at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 p.m. Get dressed up for an incredible dinner, great music and dancing, all to benefit

OCC. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit 7 Concert: Steady On - Celebrating Lilith Fair at 20 in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 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. 7,14,21,28 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 7,14,21,28 St. Michaels FRESHFA R M Ma rke t i s one of t he lovel ie s t m a rke t s e t t i ng s i n the country. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and pastured eggs, honey, locally roasted coffee, cut f lowers, pot-


October Calendar ted plants and more. For more info. v isit f reshfarmmarkets. org/st-michaels. 7,1 4 , 21, 2 8 I nter me d iate Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 7,14,21,28 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 7,14,21,28 Centreville Farmer’s Market. Law yer’s Row from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. visit centreville-farmers-market/. 7,14,21,28 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 Citizen’s Association and are accompanied by Colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 7,14,21,28 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 3 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge.

Adults $30; children 6~12 $10; under 6 free. Reser vations at For more info. tel: 410-228-7141. 7,21 Grinding Day at the Wye Grist Mill, Wye Mills. It is the oldest continuously operated waterpowered grist mill in the U.S. and the oldest commercial structure in continuous use in the State of Maryland. Grinding on the first and the third Saturday, May to October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8273850 or visit 8 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: 410-2265110. 8 Guided Bird Walk through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 8 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center. Free. For more info. tel: 410-901-6124. 8 The Gun Bash to benef it the


Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire C ompa ny at Sa i lw ind s Pa rk , Cambridge. Doors open at 11 a.m. First numbers draw n at noon. Tickets are $45 and allow entrance to the event, a chance to win 29 guns, 6 cash prizes of $250, an ATV and a boat. For more info. tel: 410-397-3631. 8 Harvest Hoedown at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun for the whole family at the annual “open house” event. Bluegrass, food, kids activities, artisans, boat rides and more! Also on that day is the 10th annual Gilbert Byron Day on the grounds. Visitors will have the oppor tunit y to v isit

Byron’s home. The small selfbuilt house has been relocated from San Domingo Creek near St. Michaels to the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, where it is undergoing restoration. For more info. visit pickeringcreek. 8 Guided Walk: Nature’s Interconnections ~ Fall Color, Fruits, Buds & Bark with Margan Glover 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. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit


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a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 9 Meeting: Caroline County AARP #915 at noon, w ith a covered dish luncheon at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Come join the fun! For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 9 Meet i ng: St. Michaels A r t League Open House from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. Artists and art lovers are invited. Refreshments will be ser ved. Awardwinning artist Lee D’Zmura will lecture on the history of botanical art while demonstrating her technique. For more info. visit 9 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 9,16,23 Class: Monday Mosaic Mania with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $80 members, $96 non-member s (plu s $15 materials fee). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 10 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11

10,12 ,17, 24 Cla ss: P r int making Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $80 members, $96 nonmembers (plus $25 materials fee). For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit 10,24 Meeting: Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit 11 Shore Leadership is offering two half-day advanced leadership development sessions at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. Session 1 is from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Crisis Leadership, and session 2 is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Leading Up. For more


info. visit 11 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 11 Open Boatshop Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Experienced and novice woodworkers work on a small woodworking project. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per session for CBMM members, or $40 per session for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older unless accompanied by an adult.

For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit 11 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 11 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


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chaels. 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

more info. e-mail 11 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744.

11,25 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 11,25 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 11,15 We Are Makers at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Create gadgets and gizmos with guided instruction. For children 6 and older. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

11 Workshop: Constructing Bee Hotels at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. $15. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7459620 or visit 11

Me e t i ng: O pt i m i s t C lub at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

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12 Lecture: 2 Boomer Babes to speak at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kathy Bernard and Barbara Kline release their first novel, Perfectly Seasoned. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 12 Concert: Maria Muldaur in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

202 1 2 , 2 6 Memoi r Wr iter s 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. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 13 Workshop: Illumination I focuses on the processes and skills of creating illuminated letters, w ith L ee D’ Zmura at Adk ins A rboret um, R idgely. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $75 member, $90 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 13 Benedictine G olf Classic at the Queenstown Harbor Lakes course to benefit the Benedictine Foundation. Sign-in opens at 10:30 a.m., putting contest at 11:45 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. For more info. tel: 410634-2292 or e-mail 13 Young Gardeners Club at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. For grades 1 to 4. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 1 3 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. 13 Concert: Organist Jeremy Fisell at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford. 7 p.m. Freewill offering. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 13 Concert: Adam Ezra Group in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 1 3-1 5 Slave D wel li ng P rojec t: In celebrat ion of Dorchester County’s rich African American heritage, “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester” will bring attention to little-known county historic structures that once served as dwelling houses, churches or other cultural and utilitarian uses in the lives of African Americans. The weekend includes multiple events at various sites around the county, d isc u ssions led by member s of the National Coming to the Table organization, living history reenactors, music and other historic demonstrations suitable for visitors of all ages. For more info. visit 13,15 Concert: Easton Choral Arts Society spring concert at Christ Church, Easton. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Res-


October Calendar ervations required. $25 general admission in advance, $30 at the door, students free. For more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit 14 8th annual Bark in the Park dog show, 5K fun run, pet parade and family festival at Idlewild Park, Easton. This is a day of fun and fundraising for animals in need at Talbot Humane. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107 or visit 1 4 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit 14 50th National Jousting Championship at Petersville Farmers Woods, Petersville. 10 a.m. Cla sse s c onsist of L e ad l i ne, Novice, Amateur, Semi-Pro and Professional. Open to the public. Free. For more info. tel: 410479-0565. 14 Workshop: Life in a Chesapeake Bay Marsh Tour at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 to noon. $35. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland. org.

14 Family Art Day: Travel the World to Panama at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For children ages 6+ and their families. Explore and create art together and enjoy tasty snacks typical of Panama. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

14 Fairyfest at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advance registration is appreciated. Ages 3+ $10, 2 and under free. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths and join in a meadow maypole dance. Search for g nome s i n t he F u nsh i ne Garden, craft magical treasures to take home, and wave to the Billy Goats Gruff from atop a hay wagon. Live entertainment will take place in our woodland theatre throughout the day. Unicorn rides for an additional fee. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 14 The Met: Live in HD with Die Zauberf lote by Mozart at the


Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 14 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 14 9th Annual Oxford Picket Fence Auction at the Oxford Community Center. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fences will be hung in the OCC during the week prior for final viewing before the auction. Need a proxy bid? Contact the Oxford Business Association at Free! For more info.

tel: 410-226-5904. 14 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 14 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit

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October Calendar 14 Cambridge Ghost Walk along historic High Street ~ known as the most haunted street on Maryland’s Eastern Shore! This is one of the Chesapeake Ghost Walks organized by Mindie Burgoyne, the author of Haunted Eastern Shore. $18 per adult; $12 for kids 8-12 years old; under 8 free. For more info. tel: 443-735-0771 or visit 14 Concert: Mule Train in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 14,28 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 15 37th annual Firemen’s Auction at Awful Arthur’s in St. Michaels starting at 1 p.m. Auction items to include trips, ser vices, art and other creative and unique items. Proceeds to benefit the St. Michaels and Tilghman fire departments. For more info. tel: 410-822-5866.

15 Workshop: Build a Wave Hill Chair with Dan Benarcik at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. Based on a 1918 design by acclaimed Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and modified in the 1960s, the chair was popularized in the garden at Wave Hill in the Bronx. $220 member, $250 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 15 Taste of Tilghman sponsored by the Tilghman Watermen’s Association at Black Walnut Point Inn, Tilghman. 4 to 7 p.m. Local songstress Shelley Abbott will perform. Guests will enjoy the tastes of history and culture as Tilghman watermen tell of their lives on the water. Beer and wine provided, as well as food from area restaurants. $45 in advance, no tickets at the door. For more info. tel: 410-886-2713 or e-mail 16 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited


instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

(plus a $10 materials fee). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

16 Book Discussion: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l. org.

18 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.

16 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 17 Concert: Josh Field in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 17-Nov. 21 Class: Watercolor ~ Intermediate Watercolor Painting with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. $190 members, $228 non-members

18 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fall Speaker Series begins a four-par t ser ies related to CBMM’s latest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake. Lecture one is with Tom McHugh, director emeritus of the Mainstay in Rock Hall. 5 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or e-mail 18 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 18 Child Loss Support Group at

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October Calendar Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ 18,25 Class: Art on Tablets and the iPad with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 19 Homeport’s 2017 Health and Wellness Expo at Kent County High School. The health fair is free and open to the public. Local health care professionals, community exhibitors and a number of speakers will be on hand to provide expertise and guidance. For more info. tel: 410-708-2993. 19 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 19 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 Mid- Shore Pro Bono L ega l Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-6908128 or visit midshoreprobono. org. 20 Academy A rt Museum 20th Craft Show: Fired Up! Preview Party at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 9 p.m. $100 (includes a complimentary ticket for admission all weekend). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 20 Toast and Toasted at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. S’mores and wine pairing with live music, a food truck and a bonfire. $7 advance, $10 at the door. No guests under 21. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 20 Concert: Eastport Oyster Boys in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 20-23 Guests to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels can see Lady Mary-



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Count y 4-H from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. All vendors are welcome. Food will be available for purchase. For more info. tel: 410-310-8934.

land dockside. Lady Maryland is a replica of a Chesapeake Bay pungy schooner. For more info. visit 20-29 The Tred Avon Players present Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Oxford Community Center. TAP proudly presents Richard O’ Brien’s musical that thrust transgendered heroes and villains onto the stage and screen over 40 years ago. Come ready to unleash your inner FrankNFurter and rose tint your world with this timeless rock musical extravaganza! Show times: October 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.; midnight show Saturday, October 28; October 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. For more info. visit 21 Beckwith Apple Festival at the Neck District Volunteer Fire Hall and sponsored by the Beckwith United Methodist Church. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event features a large f lea market and crafts, apples, apple dumplings, apple pies, apple cider, homemade soups, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, fried oyster sandwiches and BBQ chicken. For more info. tel: 410-228-6916. 21 Indoor Craf t and Flea Market sponsored by the Caroline

21 Family Boatshop Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Projects vary from steam bending wood to making cutting boards or helping to build a wooden boat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is limited to children 10 years of age and older, who must be accompanied by an adult. $45 per person, per session for CBMM members, and $55 per person, per session for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit 21 Dazzling Fall Color Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. $20 member, $25 non-member. Following a guided walk with a do c ent nat u ra l i st, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are prov ided. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 21 Concert: CAL’s Hotel California at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 21-22 Cambridge Tall Ship Schoo-


21-22,28-29 RiverArts 18th annual Studio Tour at the RiverArts studio, Chestertown. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Free selfguided tour includes meeting close to 50 artists and visiting their studios. For more info. tel: 410-778-6300 or visit ner Rendezvous sponsored by the Richardson Maritime Museum. During this annual gathering of schooners and other historic vessels, many of the ships will put out their gangplanks and invite the public aboard for tours and day sails. Enjoy delicious local fare, maritime music, re-enactors and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Long Wharf Park, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit

22 Family Bee Workshop with Jay Falstad at Adkins Arboretum, R idgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Get a close-up look at bees through an observation hive, and learn how bees pollinate the foods we love to eat. You won’t want to miss this program! $5 member, $7 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

21-22 Academy Art Museum 20th Craf t Show: Fired Up! at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Da i ly ad m ission is $10 members, $12 non-members. The 2017 Craft Show highlights the medium of ceramics, featuring the works of Bennett Bean, along with 70 outstanding artists from across the United States. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit 211

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boretum, Ridgely. Join Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Senior Botanist Dennis Whigham to learn about native orchids as models for ecological interactions, conservation and education. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 24 ArtsExpress bus trip to the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., to see Renoir and Friends ~ Luncheon of the Boating Party. Trip sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $65 members, $78 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 24 Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 24 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 24 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 25 Native Orchids at Adkins Ar-

25 Meet ing: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 25 Concert: Sara Niemeitz and Snuffy Walden in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 25-Nov. 15 Class: Painting the Landscape with Pastel with Nick Serratore at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 26 Blood Bank donation dr 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


Friends of Blackwater

The Friends of Blackwater is a nonprofit citizens support group founded in 1987, assisting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland and the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex to carry out their educational, interpretive, and public use missions.

410-228-2677 Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613 213

October Calendar 26 Teen Board Game Night at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Br ing your own tabletop board game or use the library’s. For grades 6 to 12. Light refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 26 Lecture: Fake News and How to Spot It at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Join Ryan O’Grady, librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, in understanding the role, value and power of information. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 26 Workshop: Building Stream Buffers at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. For more info. tel: 410745-9620 or visit 26 C onc er t: Arlo Guthr ie ReGeneration Tour at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 27

Work shop: Illuminat ion II features illumination styles developed in the Celtic and Renaissance traditions, with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $75 member, $90 non-member. For

more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 27 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture: Collecting and Restoring Vintage Automobiles with John North, collector of fine and rare grand classic automobiles, at the Academy A r t Museum, Ea ston. 6 p.m.$24 members, $29 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 27-29 Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wood Boat Festival in Chestertown. The Schooner Sultana will be joined by many historic tall ships and Chesapeake Bay boats. The waterfront will be packed with ships, schooners and wooden boats; performances by world-class musicians; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmakers; and plent y of oppor tunities to go sailing as part of a f leet of “Tall Ships.” For more info. tel: 410778-5954 or visit 27-Nov. 12 Play: Carrie the Musical by Lawrence D. Cohen at the Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill. A collaborative production with the Peake Players, this show will play opening weekend at the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, then travel to the CHT st age for t he rema i n i ng t wo


Christie Bishop, Realtor Benson & Mangold Real Estate (c) 410-829-2781 · (o) 410-770-9255

24 N. Washington St., Easton, MD 21601 ·

Impeccable 3BR/3.5BA brick Cape Cod in Cooke’s Hope Village, very well maintained, high end finishes throughout and private rear garden oasis. Of special note are first floor master suite, double sided gas fireplace, office with separate entrance and sunroom. Recent upgrades include Cambria countertops in the butler’s pantry and kitchen, maintenance free fencing and rear pergola and finished bonus room. Community amenities include fitness center, putting green, walking trail & tennis. $599,000.

Jennifer West, Assoc. Broker Benson & Mangold Real Estate (c) 410-533-8990 · (o) 410-745-0415

211 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 ·

ROYAL OAK Turn-of-the-century home located in the heart of this pretty village, very close to St. Michaels. Recent renovations. House features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large great room and library! Wonderful detached garage with studio above. Professionally landscaped gardens set on .75 acre. $324,000 TA9967811

EASTON - CLOSE TO IDLEWILD PARK This truly lovely Cape Cod depicts quality and style. Current owners have upgraded beautifully with white pine hardwoods, elegant mouldings and more. Large great room overlooking the gardens. 3 bedrooms (one on main level), 2 full baths, 2 fireplaces and 2 garages! Quiet cul-desac location. $439,000 TA10050699


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$15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6 to 17. Food, drinks and boat rides are an additional cost, with carry-on alcohol prohibited. Events begin at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410745-4960 or visit

weekends. Based on the classic Stephen King novel. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or visit 28 OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. OysterFest, a celebration of t he Che sapea ke’s favor ite bivalve, features live music, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays and more. $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults;

28 Concer t: Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 28-29 Olde Kent Quilters Guild Show and Market at the Kent Center, Chestertown. Approximately 60 quilts of all colors, shapes, and sizes. For more info. tel: 410-490-7102. 28-29 Workshop: Matchstick Ink Line and Wash for Watercolor w ith Paul A llen Taylor at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

213A South Talbot St. St. Michaels 410-745-8072 “Super Fun Gifts For All!”

29 Sailwinds Park East Kite Fest iva l f rom noon to 4 p.m. at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. This free festival features kites of all shapes and sizes. It’s free fun for all ages. Bring your own kite, buy one at the fest or watch expert kite f lyers with huge kites. Plus 216

bungee bounce, face painting, food, music, and more. For more info. tel: 410-228-1000. 29 Workshop: Photo Editing on your iPhone and iPad at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $55 member, $75 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 30-Nov. 16 Class: Painting with Photoshop for grades 4 to 8 with Chris Pittman at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. $85 members, $95 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 31 Tuesday Movie@Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Bring your lunch and enjoy the film on the big professional screen. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 31 Halloween party for ages 2 to 12 at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. Wear your Halloween costume and listen to some scar y and funny stories. Pre-registration required. Children 7 and under mu st be ac c ompa n ie d by a n adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit

Celebrating 25 Years Tracy Cohee Hodges Vice President Area Manager Eastern Shore Lending

111 N. West St., Suite C Easton, MD 21601 410-820-5200 tcohee@ďŹ

NMLS ID: 148320

This is not a guarantee to extend consumer credit. All loans are subject to credit approval and property appraisal. First Home Mortgage Corporation NMLS ID #71603 (


Greenwood Hall Farm Exceptional waterfront estate on Greenwood Creek, 30+/- ac. (1.890 ft. shoreline). Beautifully maintained home (c. 1894) featuring 4 bedrooms, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors. Pool house with 1 bedroom, kitchen. Living room and fireplace on separate septic. 6-bay garage. Extensive mature landscaping. Pier with 8’ MLW and sandy beach. Ideal family retreat. Great hunting and fishing. 30 minutes to Annapolis. $1,790,000.

Historic District Masterpiece with water views of the Choptank! Completely renovated and raised. Great floor plan and flow. Vaulted ceilings, custom kitchen and baths (3), bamboo floors, Hurd windows & doors. Ultra-efficient, maintenance free, eco-friendly. Cedar siding, front porch, deck with Brazilian Ipe floors, lush landscaping, rear deck, balcony and private back yard. $345,000

Masters Village Perfection! - Large 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in the Easton Club. Open floor plan, featuring great room with stone fireplace, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, family room and separate office. Master bedroom suite with balcony. Screened-in porch, paver patio, extensive landscaping and 2-car garage. Community pool and tennis courts. $497,000

Waterfront Estates, Farms and Hunting Properties also available.

Kathy Christensen

410-924-4814(C) · 410-822-1415(O ) Benson & Mangold Real Estate 27999 Oxford Road, Oxford, Maryland 21654 ·


VILLA ROAD Minutes from Easton, rich in history, this 4 bedroom 4 bath home is set on 5 acres of parklike grounds with perennial flowers and specimen trees. Glassed room on south side overlooking Glebe Creek. Super master bedroom with huge closet. Home office. Art studio. Attached garage. Deepwater pier with boat lift. $1,270,000 CANTERBURY, OXFORD ROAD Designed for modern living with huge kitchen open to family room, this home has top quality materials and construction throughout. Brick floored open porch, two screened porches, home office, 3-car garage, a master bedroom suite with large closets. Over 5,300 sq. ft. living space set on 2 acres. $1,195,000 COOKE’S HOPE 3,400 sq. ft. 4 bedroom home with open floor plan. Gourmet kitchen, formal and informal living and eating areas, wraparound porches, attached garage, tiled bathrooms, fresh paint and carpets. Master bedroom with fireplace, sitting room/office/workout rm./nursery, walk-in closet and large updated bath. Brick patio overlooking pool. Private location with oversized lot backing onto nature trail and woods. $775,000

SHORELINE REALTY 114 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 410-822-7556 · 410-310-5745 ·

The 20th Annual “Spa”ktoberfest Spa Sale is on! Now through Halloween!