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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 61, No. 4

Published Monthly

September 2012

Features:

About the Cover Photographer: Linda Roy Walls . . . . . . . . . . . 7 I Know What I’m Doing!: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 A Panamanian Fish Tale: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Oxford’s Literary Treasure: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 A Women’s Event: Amy Blades-Steward . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Heritage Cruise on the Nathan of Dorchester: Bonna Nelson . . . . 57 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Touring: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Departments: September Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 September Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer

Linda Roy Walls Through the Lens of a Local Linda Roy Walls is an Eastern Shore photographer specializing in subjects on canvas featuring natural settings and light. She developed an early interest in photography while serving as editor and photographer for high school and college newspapers in the ’70s. Later she majored in photojournalism at the University of Maryland, but then switched her study concentration to psychology when she attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. In her position as CEO of Just Cause Consulting Firm she authored several regional publications and contributed photos about community life on the Eastern Shore. Linda is a multi-generational Eastern Shore native, born in Talbot County, and enjoys writing photo-

backed stories about her ancestors who were farmers and watermen. Linda has exhibited at the Kent Arts League in Chestertown, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store, the Members Best Show in Centreville, the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Adkins Arboretum, Heron Point in Chestertown and at Easton’s Waterfowl Festival. She has received recognition for her photography in both the 2009 and 2010 Maryland Magazine Photo Contest sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Linda was also a finalist in the 2010 and 2011 Adkins Arboretum Art Shows. The picture on the cover is entitled “Foot Warmer.” Linda may be contacted at lindaroywalls@comcast.net and additional photos may be viewed at www.lindaroywalls.com.

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I Know What I’m Doing! by Helen Chappell

I don’t know what it is about the onset of hopping hormones, but when you’re somewhere between twelve and fourteen, you will perform a stupid human trick. As you jump off the barn roof with a homemade parachute, or slowly sink into the river on the maiden voyage of your Huckleberry Finn raft, there’s a split second when you realize this wasn’t such a good idea after all. Maybe you decide to jump an ATV over a picnic table, or you decide the coolest thing in the world would be riding on the fender of a car going about 30 on a gravel road. You may have decided tying a rotten rope to a tree branch and

swinging, Tarzan-style, over a rocky New England ravine would really impress the chicks. Until the rope breaks and one of the girls who drags you up out of the boulders reminds you that the rope swing is supposed to go out over a body of water, not a granite quarry. It always seemed like a good idea at the time. Not necessarily a practical or well-planned idea, but an idea nonetheless. Poor impulse control is generally nature’s way of either teaching you to stop and think about what you’re doing, or thinning your stupidity out of the place where the gene pool meets the ce-ment [sic] pond. Because, gen-

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I Know What I’m Doing! erally, you pull stupid human tricks before you’re old enough to breed. I say generally because I have seen a lot of adolescents in their first full breeding plumage do a lot of really dumb stuff. I don’t think driving the brand new SUV your daddy just bought you through the shallows of the Little Blackwater River is brilliant, especially when you get stuck up to your rocker panels and Daddy has to hire a farmer with a giant tractor to haul you out of the mud at low tide. The great thing is, no one, not your family, not the farmer, not your friends, and especially not the people who resent you for having a brand new SUV when you’re only in 11th grade, are ever going to let you live this down. Ever! Even if you go to college on the west coast, this story will follow you there, and no hot chick will ever date you. This story is going to hang around your neck like an albatross for the rest of your life. Which is the other thing about stupid human tricks. As much as you’d like to forget them, no one else will let you. And every time they tell someone you just met the story, it will get better and better. A fairly simple bit of foolishness, such as misjudging the distance between the bulkhead and the boat, thus plunging into the jellyfish-studded water, will become a slapstick humiliation worthy of a Three Stooges short.

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died,” someone will say over the breakfast table. And you can bet someone will eulogize you at the wake by telling everyone, one more time, how you got the nickname Smacklip. The mistakes of youth may extend into old age, but I prefer to think of my antics as performance art, as done by a misunderstood artist. I tend to think this earns me a free pass, as people simply think I’m just an eccentric artiste and therefore irresponsible, because you know, these “artistic” types. The spirit may be willing to jump off an open counterweight drawbridge, but the flesh is weak. Besides, stupid human tricks can end badly. A friend who had been

One instance of poor impulse control can result in a lifetime of an odd nickname – something like Poot, Hound, Fuzzy, Mudboy, Beefbone, Bull Lip, Slop, Slip, Nip, Bullet, Snowball, Genius, Snotboy, Bait Up and others we can’t use in a family publication. The point is, you are stuck with this story forever. They’ll tell it at your graduation, your first, second and third weddings, at least two of your trials, and believe me, it will be in your obituary, because if most people didn’t know who William Smith was, they surely know William “Smacklip” Smith. “Well, whatya know? Smacky

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pickup (I’ve been to Montana, and no one in the entire state owns a car), hang on the overhangs and cling for dear life as the driver puts the pedal to the metal and jounced and bounced at high speeds over cattle tracks and farm roads. I’m sorry. I know it sounds lethal, but I survived a fall from the hood of a ’59 Pontiac station wagon with just a few scars, so I’d give it a try. Some of us just never outgrow stupid human tricks. Maybe we don’t do them anymore, but it doesn’t mean we don’t think about doing them. I’ve always said, “I know what I’m doing” will be my last words. Only more like “I know what I’m doooooooooiiiii....” Crash!

Truck surfing! jumping off an old counterweight bridge since childhood did it as a fully loaded adult and didn’t make it against the current. I’m still mad at him about that! At a certain point, your invincibility warranty runs out, and you really don’t want to tempt fate any more. Although, I must say, when a friend of mine who spent time in Montana car surfing told me all about it, I really wanted to try it. He lived on a ranch with a lot of open range and dirt roads, and when they were bored at night, they used to climb up on the roof of the

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A Panamanian Fish Tale by Dick Cooper

Low, wispy clouds drift down the Chagres River valley as dawn breaks over the crown of the Panamanian rainforest. Broken tree branches covered with leaves f loat by in the swirling river currents as Ernesto, our driver, slows his new van to a crawl and we thump our way over the narrow, centur y-old wooden bridge into the village of Gamboa on the Panama Canal. “The locals say a 12-foot-long cayman lives under this bridge,” Ernesto says. My wife, Pat, gives me a look that I have learned means, “Where are you taking me this time?”

We are going fishing for peacock bass on Lake Gatún, the vast manmake lake in the heart of this narrow isthmus that has supplied the water for the Panama Canal locks since they opened for shipping traffic in 1914. Now we are not great fishers. We have an 18-foot boat we keep on Spencer Creek off the Miles River near St. Michaels that we call our “fishing boat,” but that is only to distinguish it from our sailboat. I have been known to drown a carton of night crawlers in return for a few small perch. I once caught a

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served as barracks when the United States r uled t he Panama Cana l Zone. They were in varying states of repair and Ernesto says they are available for rent. At the crest of the hill sits the expansive modern Rainforest Resort on the grounds of what was once the U.S. Army’s Canal Zone golf course. It reinforces the little-known fact that wherever there is a permanent U.S. military base, a golf course is close by. Ernesto leaves us in the grand lobby of the resort, promising to return in the late afternoon. The hotel is worth the visit in itself. Built on the face of a hill overlooking manicured grounds, a large pool complex, and the sweeping river valley, the vaulted lobby

shark while surf fishing in South Carolina, but it was only 18 inches long and I was happy to set it free. But Pat is humoring me here. We are exploring Panama as part of my 65th-birthday wish to transit the fabled canal that has fascinated me for much of my adult life. While researching our trip, I came across several websites touting Lake Gatún fishing excursions so we booked a day in the middle of our week-long vacation. Once over the rickety old bridge, our driver takes a sharp right turn up a steep hill to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The road is lined with three-story buildings that once

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has three-story high windows and a waterfall. We board an open-air shuttle for a ride down to the small marina on the river bank where we are greeted by our guide, Markus, a smiling man with a calloused, firm handshake. He helps us board a 17foot boat and we are off, heading for the Panama Canal and a high-speed run to Lake GatĂşn. The boat ride is thrilling as we fly along the banks of the canal passing a massive dredge that looked as if it could be a prop from a Star Wars movie. Markus handles the boat with a practiced skill as several channels open in the canal. With a quick and easy turn we leave the canal behind and are whizzing at full throttle between jungle-topped

A massive dredge along the bank of the Panama Canal. islands. The islands are actually the peaks of a mountain range that was drowned when the Chagres River was dammed to make the lake. Several Panamanian villages were lost to the lake. As we move deeper into the lake the water begins to clear and we see the stumps of trees 10 feet down.

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up along the causeway that carries the Panama Railroad across this section of the lake. A long train of cargo containers heading from the Caribbean to the Pacific speeds by and then all is quiet on the pristine jungle la ke. I spot some sma ll wh i rlpools a long t he ba n k a nd Markus tells us that this is where an underwater culvert f lows beneath the causeway. Bam, fish are on our hooks. The three of us are all catching peacock bass at once. Pat is smiling broadly. “This is really fun,” she says. Markus unhooks a good-sized bass from her line and holds the fish with one hand. He puts three fingers across the stripes on the side of the fish and then places the

Markus takes the boat off plane and we glide up to one of the islands. “Monkeys,” he says, pointing to the trees along the water. Sure enough, several monkeys are in the branches. As we slip by, one of the more curious creatures climbs out to give us a better look. After a 45-minute run, Markus steers for a small cove and drops an anchor. It’s time to go fishing. We use small, light spinning rods with live minnows as bait and begin casting about. In in a few minutes we start pulling fish into the boat. They are small and we throw them back. Markus is not happy with this spot so we move. This time we pull

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We cast their way but they change direction and move off. We are on the move again, this time, Markus anchors off a grassy knoll that is all that is left of a hilltop. As soon as Pat casts her line in the water her pole bends violently down. She first thinks she has snagged the bottom but then the “bottom” moves trying to pull her with it. She fights back, reeling in the biggest catch of the day. Markus uses a dip net to get this beauty on the boat. And so rest of the day goes. We take a break for lunch - Markus had a cooler of sandwiches and sodas - and then we are back to casting and catching. By the middle of the afternoon, we have a five-gallon bucket full of fish and it is time to

fingers on his upper arm miming a non-com’s chevrons. “We call these fish sargentos,” he says. Peacock bass are not indigenous to t he Chag re s R iver a nd L a ke Gatún. They are South American natives from the upper fresh waters of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers that were planted in the lake decades ago. They are known for being voracious predators and great game fish. They get their name from the multicolored circle near their tail that look like the “eye” in a peacock tail feather. Suddenly, a hundred feet away, the water begins to roil as a school of large fish breaks the surface.

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The monkeys are very interested in our presence. head back to the marina. We motor slowly though some shallows, the sawed-off trunks of trees are just below the surface. Finally, back in open water, Markus puts the boat up on plane and we re-enter the brown water of the canal. W it h ab out t wo -m i le s to go, Markus brings the boat to a stop. “Storm coming,� he says, pulling on a plastic poncho. We look off to the east and low, black clouds are sliding down the hills towards us. Pat and I are sitting under the awning. She has as windbreaker under her lifejacket and a straw hat on her head. I have my raincoat on backwards over my lifejacket and my Tilley hat pulled down tight. We are sailors and have been caught in some blinding Chesapeake thunderstorms, but nothing prepared us for what is coming. The storm hits with a blast of warm air, the 32


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our guide,” Pat says. Back at the resort, Ernesto is not very happy to see us. We are bedraggled, wet and carrying 15 pounds of fish fillets. He is almost reluctant to let us get into his brand new van. He spreads out towels for us to sit on and says nothing to us during the trip back to our Panama City hotel. Refreshed after warm showers and dressed in fresh, dry clothing, we walk from our hotel to the nearby Balboa Yacht Club and present the American owners, Chris and Chip, with our catch of the day. They promptly take it back to the kitchen. That night, and for several more after that, Pat and I have fresh fish for dinner as the sun goes down over the Panama Canal. For some reason, the bass fillets tasted better than any fish I can recall.

Panama Canal turns into a froth and spray is blowing across the boat. Rain drops the size of a child’s fist slam into us. Markus runs the boat at half-speed, expertly maneuvering around the Canal markers. A cruise ship appears out of the squall line, barely visible in the downpour. As the ship passes, Markus eases off the throttle and the little boat bobs up and over a six-foot wake without taking on water. Rain is collecting on the brim of Pat’s hat and a puddle forms in the raincoat on my lap, pouring into her shoes. After 20 minutes the rain begins to slow down and the wooden bridge comes into view. We speed under the bridge and into marina. As soon as we tie up, the rain stops and the sun comes out, but we are already soaked to the skin. Water gushes out of our shoes as we step on the dock. We both thank Markus for getting us back safely and I double his tip for the day. Markus grins broadly and says it wasn’t all that bad. “We were lucky to have you as

Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. He and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be contacted at dickcooper@coopermediaassociates.com.

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in 1939 due to the efforts of Margaret Hanks and Nellie Stevens. It was housed in four different locations, including a former bank building and a room later used as an airplane spotters station during WWII, until 1950, when it got its own little building on the municipal lot on Market Street. Since the Oxford Library Association had no incorporated status as a legal entity, the town deeded a 40’ x 40’ lot to the Talbot County Free Library with the provision

Oxford has a treasure, and it’s not just the folk art oyster clock in the Oxford Museum. It is however something just as unique. It’s their town library. Years ago, when transportation was limited, many Eastern Shore towns had their own libraries, but with the advent of county libraries and good roads, virtually all of the old town libraries have dwindled and died. The proud exception to this is Oxford’s library, which got its start

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deed null and void. Locals then put up a little one-room building for $3,000 – money that came from donations and a loan. Originally thought of as a branch of the county library, their collection was enhanced by the main library’s collection and bookmobile, but Oxford declared its independence in 1977 when it became incorporated and the Talbot County Free Library deeded the lot to them. It still remains very much of an old-fashioned library that features a fireplace, antique steeple clock, and comfortable chairs for patrons. Visitors are startled to find that the library has no computers, but what would be the point

Oxford residents and grandchildren are welcome to take books out. that the land “shall not be used for any purpose other than the establishment and maintenance of a free public library.” Any violation of these terms would render the

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of having a complicated computerized database system when all the books are in one room and in plain sight? Patrons are assigned numbers, and when they check out a book, their number is written by hand on the card in the back pocket of the book. This card is then stored in a wooden file box until the book is returned. If a patron can’t remember if they’ve read a certain book, all they need to do is see if their number is already on the card. The library is particularly proud of its Maryland history collection that can only be used in the library. To be a patron of the library, you must have a 21654 Oxford mailing address. The only exception to this is that grandchildren are allowed to use their grandparents’ numbers when they come to visit. Books are not loaned to boaters because, as volunteer Evelyn Leszczyonski put it, the books would go down the river and never come back. That is not just an expression – the books could literally go down the Tred Avon River with the boaters when they sailed for home. The late Jane Tucker was a major force behind the Oxford Library and a fierce guardian of its independence. The annual book

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Oxford’s Literary Treasure sale was her idea. She thought of it in 1977 after a painful encounter with poison ivy left her immobilized with both feet soaking in buckets of salt water. Not being one to waste time, she conceived of the sale as a way to eliminate future appeals for money. She stored the donated books in her late husband’s workshop, and the sale was scheduled to coincide with the Oxford Fire Company’s annual antiques show and the Tred Avon Yacht Club’s September boat races. The first sale featured signings by Oxford residents Douglass Wallop and his wife, Lucille, both

The 36th annual Oxford Library Book Mart will be held on Saturday, September 29. nationally known authors, and the $300 it raised went a long way to pay the bills. Later, when the books overflowed Jane’s workshop, they built a small storage shed behind the library and, as the donations grew, so did the size of the sale.

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town book sale is the quality and selection of books that remain excellent, even after 36 years. The Oxford Library could not exist without it. The Library also sells notecards featuring Oxford artist John Moll’s sketch of the building. There is also a sale rack of books for visitors. The Oxford Library has about 30 dedicated volunteers and only one paid position – the combination flag tender and once-a-week cleaning person – so virtually all the proceeds from the book sale go for the purchase of new books. The Oxford Library generates a lot of local spirit. For the last two years, the library has granted

Today the sale has gotten so big they have had to close Market Street for the event. There are all kinds of books in the sale: fiction and nonfiction, hardbacks and paperbacks and children’s books. The Book Mart is a favorite event of Oxford residents and visitors alike who come from as far away as Delaware and New Jersey to scoop up the treasures. Jane Tucker turned over the reigns to Pam Baker who runs the sale today. Currently the Book Mart brings in $3,000 to $4,000 annually. Not a bad return on donated books and volunteer help. And quite remarkable for a small-

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Book Mart will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library grounds on Market Street. The rain date is Sunday, September 30.

a book scholarship to a deserving graduate of Easton High School. It also participates in town events such as the Ice Cream Social, the parade, and the Scribes on the Shore program where local authors discuss their books. And this year, the library and its volunteers received the Douglas Hanks Preservation Award. Hanks was another of Oxford’s literati and a great supporter of the library. As Mary Ann Hazen put it, the Oxford Library is more than just a library, it’s a vital part of the community. Oxford is proud of its treasure house full of books. The 36th annual Oxford Library

A big thank you to Jane Tucker’s 1999 booklet The Oxford Library from Concept to Fullfillment for much of the information in this article, and also to volunteers Rachel Bane, Mary Ann Hazen, Evelyn Leszczyonski, Nancy Wallace and Wanda Whedbee for their help. Jim Dawson owns and operates the Unicorn Bookstore in Trappe.

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Heritage Cruise on the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester by Bonna L. Nelson My friend, Rita Connolly, and I arrived at Long Wharf Park on the Choptank River in Cambridge, early last Memorial Day. Our husbands had planned a fishing trip and we had plans too. Several times a season the non-profit Dorchester Skipjack Committee offers free onehour sails on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. That offer, coupled with a Memorial Day celebration at the Wharf, prompted us to hit the

road in time to sign up for one of the Nathan sails and to honor our service men and women. Nathan volunteers, dressed in red polo shirts and tan hats, took our names for the first cruise of the day at noon and welcomed us aboard to answer a few questions before the beginning of the Memorial Day program. Eleven-year volunteer, writer and graphic designer, Cyndy Carrington Miller, said that

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Next, we found shade under a big tree as dignitaries, military service representatives, and flag guards (all Boy Scouts), stood at attention on the green grass circle for the American Legion-sponsored Memorial Day service and fountain dedication. The enthusiastic crowd applauded the speakers and musicians. We all sang “God Bless America” and said the Pledge of Allegiance. The speakers recognized the significant contributions of active military soldiers, veterans and those lost during wars. We honored them with a moment of silence. Memorial wreaths were then presented recognizing U.S. wars and military service organizations.

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ter bottles and waved small flags – overheated from the hot, humid Maryland summer day. Rita and I cooled off soon after the ceremony ended when we boarded the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. The vessel glided away from Long Wharf in a light breeze out into the scenic Choptank. A motorized pushboat, the Miss Eleanor, is a big 350 horsepower Chevy motor with wood around it to make it float. It is used to push the skipjack away from the dock until the sails are hoisted. In the past skipjacks could not legally dredge for oysters under power. Watermen used pushboats to get to the oyster beds faster and then worked under sail. Later, after hauling in the catch, they used the pushboats to get the oysters to market. Captain Frank Newton, one of Nathan’s several Coast Guard-licensed captains, was at the helm and Docent Karen Hyman asked visitors to sit quietly while the volunteer crew hauled the lines and raised the sails. Karen told stories about the boat, the watermen, Cambridge and oystering as we sailed the historic River. She said that the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, built in the early 1990s in the manner of dredge boats, was most likely the last skipjack built on the Chesapeake Bay. The Nathan cost $100,000 to build then and today is probably worth over a million dollars. The Nathan was built by and is owned and managed by the all-

The memorial fountain was a focal point of the day’s celebration. A light mist from the beautiful, newly restored World War I memorial fountain filled the air offering a slight respite to guests. The fountain honors Dorchester County World War I military losses. It represents the efforts of the Cambridge Rotary, the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, local government and contributors who had it restored in time for the Memorial Day service. At night the fountain is brilliantly lit with multiple colors. Positioned at the end of a boardwalk on the Choptank River shoreline and behind the memorial fountain, we saw the rising Choptank River Lighthouse. The construction of the replica is well underway. A dedication, lighting ceremony and tours of the newest addition to the Cambridge waterfront are scheduled for September 22, 2012, at dusk. The presenters and audience mopped wet brows, sipped on wa60


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UPCOMING SHOWS Miss Eleanor volunteer, nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee. As with any nonprofit volunteer-run organization, volunteers are always needed for sail crew, docent, maintenance and administrative positions, and volunteer training is offered every March. The Nathan is an educational and special-event vessel built to preserve wooden boat building technology and to keep the skipjack and nautical heritage of the region alive during sails and port visits. From late April to early November the vessel offers public sails and charters. In August the boat is pulled from the water on a travel lift for a week of maintenance by volunteers. The skipjack is the official Maryland State boat and Dorchester County leads all other counties in the total number of skipjacks built over the years. The Nathan is also Dorchester County’s sailing ambassador, visiting ports throughout the

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the last of America’s only surviving commercial sailing fleet. The skipjack is described as a sloop-rigged sailboat with a boom as long as the deck of the boat. Oystermen needed a light boat that could easily navigate the shallow oyster beds in the Bay. Many traits made the skipjack ideally suited for oystering: a wide beam, hardchine, and low freeboard provided a stable, large working and storage platform. A single-masted rig with sharp-headed mainsail and large jib was easy to handle and come about on oyster beds and handle light winds. As oyster harvests and prices declined in the 20th century, so did the skipjack’s numbers. The Nathan has a research permit

Chesapeake Bay such as Oxford, St. Michaels and Annapolis for special events. According to Karen, the one-hour free sails on the Nathan, offered several times each season, give visitors a taste of the skipjack’s performance and history and a chance to relax and enjoy the sites and sounds on the Choptank River. The two-hour trips travel further downriver to oyster beds, and demonstrate the oyster dredging process the skipjack was designed for in the 1880s. From then until the early 1900s, as many as 2,000 skipjacks dredged the Chesapeake Bay for oysters. Now there are about 25 working boats left,

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According to the Nathan website, the vessel was designed by Harold Ruark. She is a mediumsized dredge boat, able to harvest 100 to 150 bushels of oysters per day. Ruark also built the Nathan’s pushboat, Miss Eleanor, named after his wife. Captain Robert “Bobby” Ruark directed the construction of the Nathan. The skipjack is named after the Nathan Foundation, a prominent local philanthropic organization which provided most of the funding for the construction. As the breeze picked up, I fell into a meditative reverie thinking about my husband John’s father Skip, and his grandfather, Obediah, and their oystering adventures on the Bay. I

to haul oysters, count the number of live and dead, release the oysters and provide a report to the state for studies on the health and well-being of the Bay and its tributaries. She carries a small hand-hauled dredge about a fifth the size of a full-scale commercial dredge. Karen said that Cambridge is a watermen’s town with the second deepest port in Maryland, only behind Baltimore. Cambridge-based watermen dredge for oysters from November to March. The oysters must be three inches long to keep legally and there is a 150 bushel per day limit. The price of a bushel of oysters that day was running $40 to $50.

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Nathan of Dorchester shouldn’t label them adventures. It was hard work. They tonged for oysters for family food, and for income to put food on the table in the 1930s. Obediah owned a small boat with a single cylinder engine. When Skip was just a tyke he helped to cull the oysters, and put the good catch in burlap sacks which they then sold to the local general store in Chaptico, MD. Watermen will tell you that being out on the water and being your own boss balances the hard work and other challenges of the profession. Captain Frank interrupted my daydream about the Nelson men oystering when we came towards the end of the unique sail. He asked me to take the helm. I nervously steered the Nathan close to shore (not very well, I might add). Rita took a turn too as did a few children on board. It took four crew members to lower and fold the large sail, and then the motor on the pushboat took over. After an unforgettable experience visitors received a gift on departure – a bookmark with a discount on the next sail and a list of the Nathan’s specifications, which include: length overall: 63’; beam: 16’; draft board up: 3’; mast height: 61’; boom length: 45’; and bowspirit: 19’3’’. I hope to take a two-hour sail soon to experience the oyster dredging for which these skipjacks were designed.

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Museum, Solomons Island, MD Free Sail O c t ob e r 20- 21 – C a m b r i d g e Schooner Rendezvous – Public Sails For more information about the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, the public sailing schedule, special event charter information, to volunteer, to donate and for upcoming events: contact the Dorchester Skipjack Committee at 410-228-7141, email at info@skipjack-nathan.org, or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org.

Nathan events: September 1, 15, 16, 29 and October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 – Public Sails September 3 – 53rd Annual Labor Day Skipjack Fleet Race at Deal Island, MD September 7-8 – Defenders Day celebration Baltimore Inner Harbor – transporting War of 1812 re-enactors and The Star Spangled Banner September 22 – Hosting 2012 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race in Cambridge and the Choptank River Lighthouse dedication September 23 – Dorchester Showcase – Free Sails October 6-7 – Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Calvert Marine

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Wizard Ho! The Columbiad Book 7 by Gerald F. Sweeney. Booklocker Publishers. 380 pages. $19.95. Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the dream destination for youths, the most seductive end of the rainbow, was New York. More precisely, Manhattan. Hordes of young people, rubes from the boonies, starry-eyed wannabes hoping for a role on the stage or in television, poured into the city. Manhattan was magic, The Big Apple, the Top of the Heap. Jerry Sweeney has made it the focus of this book, the seventh and final one of his Columbiad series, narrating four generations of the Mahoney family. Sweeney has skipped around a bit in writing the saga – still missing are books four and five, which are in the works, to be published soon. The East Side of the island is where the money is, then as now, where the big corporations have their office buildings, the wealthy have their mansions and the endowed libraries, the museums and

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a rising star in the magazine business. They’re a mixed-race couple, not married but strongly committed to each other. Jim’s other passion is his love of American music, from the primitive sounds of Appalachian folk songs through cakewalks, ragtime, jazz, swing and the modern dissonance of Ives and Copeland. And that’s where the Wizard comes into the picture – Jim has listened to the Wizard’s radio shows since he was a teenager in Chicago, tutored by the Wizard’s enthusiasm for the musical styles that Jim now favors. His music mentor also admires this country and celebrates the statue of Columbia as the real symbol of America’s role model. When the rare voice of the Wizard

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comes from the radio, Jim follows every word and bar of music during the broadcast. Being a fan of the Wizard takes stamina. The broadcast that Jim hears in Manhattan is unscheduled and out of reach of the FCC, the government nanny of the airwaves. Wizard and his sidekick, Ripple, outfox every trap to locate their clandestine moving target. Jim decides that he will draft their friends from the apartment building on a search to find the Wizard and thank him while he’s still alive and evading the law. The climax of the tale comes on New Year’s Eve 1999, the end of the century, at a big party to celebrate the coming new millennium. It is, alas, also the end of some cherished bonds in this fascinating story, embellished by a poignant postscript. This reader hesitates to wonder how closely the novel parallels the real life of the author ... Sweeney spent part of his career commuting from Long Island to Manhattan, where he had various roles in the magazine world – including publisher. Unrelated to Wizard Ho! and the other stand-alone novels in the Columbiad series, his writing has also appeared in many publications, including Newsday and the New York Times Op Ed page. Retired after a stint working in Europe, he now lives in Trappe, where he is busy typing away at the two missing novels in the series. His work reveals a first rate, professional

talent with a glorious gift for making his characters so real they stick in the reader’s mind like treasured friends. That’s not easy to do and is a joy when it happens. Highly recommended. This reader is eagerly awaiting the two missing links in the Mahoney family tree. Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a free lance for the now defunct Baltimore NewsAmerican, then later for Chesapeake Publishing, the Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Television’s panel show, Maryland Newsrap. Now in her ninth decade, she still writes a monthly book review for Tidewater Times.

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Time For Planting!! type in your zip code. So... if you want to plant spinach with 40 days to harvest, and your early frost date is October 25 - 40 + 14 = 54. 54 days from October 25 is September 2. For the last couple of years we have had very mild fall temperatures, so I am also betting that I can seed a little bit later in the month and still be okay. An interesting fact is that root vegetables like beets and carrots respond to frosty nights by becoming sweeter. Make sure to have some row cover fabric available to cover the plants if a hard frost is predicted. You could probably get away with planting broccoli and Brussels sprout transplants the first week in September if you can still find them, but be prepared to cover for frosts. As I have mentioned in previous Tidewater Gardening columns, one mild winter I was still cutting broccoli on Christmas Day!

Moving into September, garden centers usually do a “Fall is for Planting” promotion for shrubs and trees. Now is the ideal time to not only plant trees and shrubs, but also for some late season vegetable gardening. For direct-seeded vegetables like spinach, kale, collards, lettuce mixtures, carrots and beets, the National Home Garden Seed Association recommends the way to determine fall seeding dates is to first check the seed packets for the “days to maturity” number, then add 14 days to that number and subtract the sum from your average first frost date. For example, the average first frost date for Preston in Caroline County is October 25, and as late as November 18. To find your frost date, go to the Moon Garden website at www. moongardencalendar.com/mgc/ index.cfm/apps/FrostDates and 77


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and tree peonies can be planted now so they will have time to become established in the soil before winter. Dig a hole 18 inches across and 18 inches deep for each tuber. Space the holes so that the plants will be at least 3 feet apart. Make sure the roots are buried only 1½ to 2 inches below ground level. Deeper planting keeps the peony from blooming. Although peonies are very hardy, it is advisable to cover the soil with 2 to 3 inches of mulch for the first year to make sure they have protection for the winter. September, through the first week of October, is an excellent time to repair drought damaged lawns, to

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a few days to get them used to low light conditions similar to indoors. Browning leaves and leaf drop can happen in some species because of the change in light conditions and the lower humidity that is found in most homes. If you have the tender bulbs of gladiola, dahlia, and tuberous begonia in the landscape, now is the right time to prepare them for winter. Carefully dig the bulbs and leave the foliage on. Put the bulbs in an airy, protected area for two to three weeks. Foliage on gladiola and dahlia can them be cut off with a sharp knife. Cut at the point where the foliage emerges from

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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 Exploration Center, located in Chester at Kent Narrows, houses a hands-on interactive exhibit providing and overview of the Chesapeake Bay region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Exploration Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit www.qac.org. 91


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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. LAGRANGE PLANTATION - home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, LaGrange Plantation offers a range of local history and heritage on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100-foot 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 800-522-8687 or visit www.tourdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August, Crabtoberfest in October and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www.sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he report-

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Dorchester Points of Interest edly 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. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection

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of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour; pick up a brochure at the Dorchester County Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401. 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. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public

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Dorchester Points of Interest tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl . THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 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. 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

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Dorchester Points of Interest reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, Blackwater Refuge is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. In addition to more than 250 species of birds, 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. The refuge features a full service Visitor Center as well as the four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. 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 Vienna Heritage Museum displays the Elliott Island Shell Button Factory operation. This was the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturer in the United States. Numerous artifacts are also displayed which depict a view of the past life in this rural community. The Vienna Heritage Museum is located at 303 Race St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., opened in 2010 as Dorchester County’s first winery. For more info. tel. 410228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. 102


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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton — the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, Historic Downtown Easton is today a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and Vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit www.avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Talbot County Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit www. tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is 105


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Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes to adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CRAFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tues., Wed.and Thurs. until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.art-academy.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. jmoore@bensonandmangold.com www.TheMarylandShore.com Benson & Mangold Real Estate, 410-822-1415 27999 Oxford Road | Oxford, Maryland 21654

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Easton Points of Interest 9. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - 25 S. Washington St. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses and a museum with changing exhibitions, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Museum hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (winter) and Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts located at 30 S. Washington Street. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 11-4. Consignments accepted on Tues. or by appointment 410-820-7525 Proceeds support HSTC. 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. THE TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794

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15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its influences 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 GRAND 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 they first met in is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. Other Sites in Easton 17. FOXLEY HALL - Built about 1795 at 24 N. Aurora St., Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - 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. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER- Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion reflects 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 Open founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred Sept. 7th to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s 5-8 p.m. walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 featuring the was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of works of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE Margot Miller LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are 12A Talbot Ln., Easton behind Bartlett Pear Inn Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Mason's Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 410-310-5394 for Hours Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except

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Easton Points of Interest during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 21. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 22. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. 23. EASTON POINT MARINA & BOAT RAMP - At the end of Port Street on the Tred Avon River 24. TALBOTTOWN, EASTON PLAZA, EASTON MARKETPLACE, TRED AVON SQUARE and WATERSIDE VILLAGE- Shopping centers, all in close proximity to downtown Easton. 24A. TALBOT COUNTY VISUAL ARTS CENTER, INC. - The Talbot County Visual Arts Center provides Talbot County artists with a venue to exhibit artwork to the public. Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-0966 or visit www.talbot-art-center.org.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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. 115


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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. 18. 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). 19. 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. 20. THE INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the tree tops to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. Result: The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the attic stairway. This town “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 22. 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. 23. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. 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. Open May-October, Mon., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Other days on request. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children with children under 6 free. 410-745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseumcom. 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, con-

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St. Michaels structed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated, it has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Pascal’s Restaurant & Tavern. 28. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The 8-foot-wide path is a former railroad bed and is popular with walkers and cyclists who want to stay away from traffic. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a horse farm and historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.

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Oxford Points of Interest Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.

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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. O X F O R D M U S E U M - M o r r i s & M a r k e t S t s . D e v o t e d t o t h e memories and tangible mementos of Oxford, MD. The Museum is open on Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10-4 and Sun. from 1-4. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a Maryland Military Academy built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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


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by Gary D. Crawford I don’t know what you do in July. This summer, there were times when we actually found it just a trifle too warm to be puttering outside in the yard. Not to put too fine a point on it, it was bloody stinko. So we took off for a month in France. It was simply lovely. The French countryside was green and gorgeous; the temperatures this year were in the 70s and 80s. They had some bad rains, but not where we were. It barely touched 32º C (that’s 90º F) one day while we were there.

Like England, they have such magnificent castles, though chateaux sounds rather more elegant, doesn’t it? They also have a plethora of ancient manor homes and thousands of rustic farm houses. The fields were well tended, hay was stacked here and there, and cows with great bells around their necks munched happily on the hillsides. The villages we went through – oh my! They were so clean, and quaint, and well ... um … just so French. Utterly charming. There wasn’t a strip mall or a Mc-

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Touring Donald’s in sight anywhere. (Not that I have anything against one of those good old American lowcal triple bacon cheeseburgers now and again.) Nope, all we saw were cafés and restaurants where wonderful concoctions were contrived using fresh farm produce and a dash of insouciance, served with delicious baguettes and good hearty table wine. Years ago I stopped using my high school French when ordering in a French restaurant, ever since my date fell over laughing one memorable evening when the waiter listened to my request from the menu, looked down his nose at

me, and said, “I’m sorry, monsieur, but that is the proprietor.” Well, at least we think that’s what they were doing in all those cafés and bistros. We went through those little towns so quickly that we really weren’t able to stop and partake. In fact, we enjoyed much of the countryside from the air, riding in helicopters through valleys, along rivers, and up over mountain tops. The sight of the Alps with a few traces of snow at the high elevations, the ragged peaks of the Pyrenees so desolate above the tree line—all could be seen with sharp clarity from our eagle’s eye view. Once, in fact, it was Egyptian vultures we saw, a rarity, for

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Egyptian Vultures only some 60 pairs remain in the French Pyrenees. Here’s a portrait of one. (They look better in flight.) We wound all over the country, up hill and down dale, really enjoying the sights. We became fond of our hard-working tour guides, Phillip and Paul, who explained everything we were seeing and helped us understand not only the unfamiliar names but also the whys and wherefores. It made the whole experience so much more meaningful. By now, Gentle Reader, you may have guessed we never really left the Eastern Shore this summer at all. (Who could leave here, really?) Instead, during the worst of the heat, we cranked up the A/C and turned on the telly to watch the Tour de France bicycle race – for three solid weeks. Our DVR captured it all so we could watch when we wanted and without commercials! (That little box has changed our lives.) Why, you may ask, would anyone care to watch a televised bicycle race, let alone one that lasts the better part of a month? I offer no excuses, but can suggest four aspects

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lines of free-range spectators roaming free, cheering, waving flags, taking pictures, sometimes getting in the way, or worse. This year, tacks were thrown on the road at the top of one mountain, causing 30 riders to get tire punctures. Third, these guys are among the best athletes in the world. Pound-for-pound, professional bicyclists are the most powerful athletes. They haven’t an ounce of excess weight, their arms are like rails, and their legs are like pistons. They have tuned their bodies to be highly efficient engines, with a high power-to-weight ratio, capable of

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converting nutrients into high levels of energy for extremely long periods of time. Professional bike racers come in four varieties, it seems. The sprinters, with legs like hams, have the ability to ride faster over short distances than anyone else. Much of this is cat-and-mouse tactical maneuvering, but in the end it comes down to an all-out burst of frantic pedaling, usually on city streets, to the finish line. The sprinters compete for “sprint” points. Other riders specialize in the unbelievable feat of riding up steep grades, for miles, several times in one day. Many of the slopes this year exceeded 10%, or one foot up for every ten feet of road. That’s an incline so steep that it would take you from ground level to the top of a three-story building in the length of one football field – and one gradient approached 20%. The climbing specialists compete for “king of the mountain” points.

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signed to showcase their talents. Some stages have lots of high mountains; some are relatively flat; some are longer; some shorter. Fourth, there are multiple daily competitions, and every day there is a reckoning. In each stage, “sprint points” are marked on the road and the first man across that line gets the number of points assigned to it, say, 10; the next rider across gets 8, and so on. Sprint points also are awarded at the end of the stage. Similarly, there is a line at the top of each mountain where mountain points can be won. The first person across the finish line is the “stage winner.” He gets a prize, some kisses from pretty girls, and much publicity for him-

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Upcoming Events at the Historical Society of Talbot County Fair Plays Vintage Base Ball vs. Diamond State Base Ball Club Sunday, September 9 at 1 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Park, Easton (behind 7-11 on N. Washington Street, Easton) See how the old ball game was played during the Civil War. The Fair Plays and their opponents from all over the mid-Atlantic play according to the rules of 1864. Come watch, or learn how to play.

Food for Thought Series “Heroes and Villains of 1812” by Author David Healey Thursday, September 13 promptly at noon Historical Society Auditorium, 17 S. Washington St., Easton Learn about the leaders and personalities of the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay from Washington College graduate and author David Healey. To learn more about the author and his books, visit davidhealey.net. Lunch menu will be: Scalloped Potatoes with Smoked Grilled Ham, Baby Spinach Salad with Dried Fruits and Toasted Pecans, Parmesan Roasted Garlic Bread Sticks, and an assortment of cookies for dessert. There will be a vegetarian option as well. $30 per HSTC Member or Washington College Alumni and $35 for non-members Co-sponsored by HSTC and the Washington College Talbot County Alumni Chapter

Heritage Days Friday and Saturday October 12 and 13 Friday Oct. 12 - Youth Art Show 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in HSTC Auditorium 17 S. Washington Street, Easton Saturday Oct. 13 -Traditional Crafts Fair 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in HSTC Garden behind 25 S. Washington St. (rain site: HSTC Auditorium)

Saturday evening - Unique and Enjoyable Fundraiser at Historic Wheatlands, birthplace of Perry Benson, a local 1812 icon with house tours, music by Free and Easy Group, local actor David Foster will offer his take on “The Humor of American Politics: How Laughter Has Kept the Republic on Track,” and the Talbotopoly game-board will come to life with interesting sign-ups for historic excursions, dinners and unique events during the coming year. Proceeds to support HSTC and Preservation Maryland $125 per HSTC/PM member and $150 for all others

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self and his team. Then come the jerseys, which help us identify the race leaders. The man who has accumulated the most sprint points during the Tour is awarded the green jersey, which he wears the next day. The rider with the most mountain points gets the colorful jersey of red-andwhite polka dots. The best young rider, with the lowest elapsed time of riders under 26 years of age, is given the white jersey. Finally, the coveted maillot jaune, the yellow jersey, is awarded to the man with the lowest elapsed time of all riders in the Tour. Most days, the race goes like this: The whole gang starts together. This big clump is called the peloton, French for “little ball” and the source of our word platoon. They may ride together for a while, but soon some riders will jump out ahead. This break-away group tries to extend its lead over the peloton, knowing that if they can stay out in front all day long, one of them will win the stage and become a huge hero for their team and country. He could be a minor racer with no chance of winning a jersey of any

color who nevertheless, on that day, breaks away from the pack and rides his little heart out. It may not mean much in the great scheme of things, but to win a stage in the Tour de France is like intercepting a Michigan pass and running it back for an Ohio State touchdown. His great-grandchildren will hear of it. Usually, however, the breakaway group is chased down by the peloton just near the end of the stage. Here’s the trick: A bicyclist who rides closely behind another rider uses about 30% less energy than the guy in front. If they take turns leading, they share the burden and the benefit. By working together, two guys expend 15% less energy than one rider working alone. Put five riders together in a slip-stream and the energy savings are even better, as each man has to lead only 20% of the time. The rest of the time he is swept along at the pace of the lead rider. The peloton may move a bit slower at the outset, but three hours into the stage they have more reserve energy than those in the breakaway. Eventually the peloton overtakes them—but not always. It is great fun to watch the chase whenever it looks like the peloton has waited too long to catch them up. The jersey competitions and the daily chases make for good drama. Inevitably, too, there are spills and crashes. This year during Stage

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ery 10 minutes with the remaining marinade. In a small bowl, combine the preserves and mustard. Spoon over the meat. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 155°. Cut the tenderloin into thin slices and serve. ESTELLE’S STUFFED CABBAGE Makes 16 rolls Estelle Samel was a neighbor of ours in Hagerstown, and she would make these stuffed cabbages by the car load for the synagogue and for bar mitzvahs. They are quite simply the best I’ve ever made or eaten! Sauce: 15 oz. can whole tomatoes 1 lg. onion, chopped 1 T. honey 2 T. sugar 1/4 t. salt 1/8 t. ginger 1 whole allspice 1 whole clove 1 bay leaf

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Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 lg. head green cabbage (approx. 4 lbs.) Filling: 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 egg 1 T. bread crumbs 1/2 onion, grated 1 T. water 1/8 t. sea salt 1/8 t. freshly ground pepper 1/8 t. cinnamon 1/2 cup white raisins To prepare the sauce, combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

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your taste buds! This dish can be prepared ahead of time. Spoon into a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish, cover and refrigerate. To reheat, bake at 350°, uncovered, for about 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated through. 4 large sweet potatoes 1/2 cup sour cream 3/4 t. sea salt 1/4 t. freshly ground pepper 2 t. freshly grated ginger Opt. fresh chives Pierce the sweet potatoes several times with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 60 minutes or until tender. Peel. Beat the potatoes and the next four ingredients in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Garnish with chives. SWEET POTATOES with MAPLE-GINGER CREAM Serves 4 A simple topping gives this recipe a delicious upgrade from a basic potato!

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1-1/2 t. sea salt 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 3 T. fresh lemon juice 1 medium tomato, diced Cook beans, covered, in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water over high heat for 10 minutes or until tender-crisp. Place dill and the next 3 ingredients in a large heat-proof glass bowl. Drain beans well and add to dill mixture. Add olive oil and toss well. Add onion and tomato and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove beans from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature,

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2 t. grated orange rind Layer the beet and apple slices in an 8-inch square baking dish. Combine the orange juice and the next 6 ingredients and pour over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until the beets are tender. CARAMELIZED ONIONS Serves 4-6 This recipe is a delicious change of pace. If you are stuck on making the same side dishes, why not try something new?

Marinated Green Beans covered, for 1 hour. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and toss gently. Taste for seasoning and add remaining lemon juice, if desired. FRUITED BEETS Serves 8 This is a recipe from my mom’s North Carolina neighbor that Southern Living printed in 2010. Cooking fruit with vegetables is a nice change. 10 medium beets, peeled and sliced 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1 cup fresh orange juice 2 T. butter, melted 2 T. sugar 1 t. sea salt 1/2 t. ground cinnamon 1/4 t. ground nutmeg

4 medium onions (1-1/2 lbs.) 1-1/2 t. sea salt 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper 1/8 t. turmeric 1 T. chopped fresh parsley 1 T. chopped fresh chives 1 T. chopped fresh thyme 1 t. butter 1 t. olive oil Slice the onions into 1/4-inchthick slices and separate into rings. Combine the onions, salt and next 5 ingredients, tossing to coat. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat; add olive oil and onions, and cook, stirring constantly, 25 minutes or until onions are tender and lightly browned. BOURBON APPLE WALNUT PIE This is from a farm stand in New England. The raisins are steeped

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Bourbon Apple Walnut Pie in bourbon for extra flavor, and the easy crumb topping adds a lovely crunch. 1/2 cup raisins 3 T. bourbon 6 cups apples, peeled and sliced 1/3-inch-thick (I like to mix Granny Smith, Wine Sap and Northern Spy) 1/2 cup sugar 2 T. flour 1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg 1 t. cinnamon 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted (see note) Pastry for single crust 9-inch pie Crumb Topping: 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 3 T. brown sugar 3 T. sugar 1 t. cinnamon Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the raisins and bourbon in a small saucepan and warm gently over low heat until raisins begin to swell. Remove from heat and steep. Toss the apples with the sugar,

flour, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the walnuts and raisins along with their soaking liquid and toss to mix. Place the pie crust in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate and crimp the edges. Spoon in the apple mixture. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the crumb topping. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit. Bake until the apples are forktender and the topping is golden brown, 45-55 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving. Note: Get in the habit of toasting all kinds of nuts; their rich natural flavor is intensified. Scatter the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet in a preheated 350° oven until lightly colored and fragrant – 5 to 7 minutes for pecans, pistachios, almonds and pine nuts, 10 minutes for walnuts. Sesame seeds should be toasted in a dry skillet for 3 minutes, stirring often. A long-time 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 family. For more of Pam’s recipes, you can access her archive at www. tidewatertimes.com.

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A Sunday Drive What do a drive to New York City and the popular television series Big Bang Theory have in common? Well, I’ll tell you. I have long believed that we on the Mid-Shore are fortunate to be relatively near several metropolitan centers, with their wealth of arts and cultural opportunities, and that these lend themselves to reasonable day trips. One of the easily reach-

able cities is mid-Manhattan, home to the Broadway Theatre District. Manhattan, a borough of New York City, is about a four-hour drive from the Mid-Shore, and no matter how I approach the city, it is always exciting to see the familiar skyline of distinctive tall buildings and to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Each junket I take reminds me of the words of my father

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A Sunday Drive from decades ago; “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” Ditto! By car, I enjoy approaching Manhattan from the southeast by crossing the Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn, and then passing through the Battery Tunnel to reach lower Manhattan near such sights and attractions as the Southside Seaport shopping complex, Wall Street, Staten Island Ferry, Battery Park and, of course, Ground Zero, site of one of the most spectacular recoveries from disaster in the history of the world. From this part of the city I drive north along West Side Highway to reach mid-Manhattan, home

to Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the betterknown segments of Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue, and the world-renowned theater district anchored in a several-block section of Broadway near Times Square.

Broadway is a boulevard that stretches diagonally across an otherwise neat and predictable rectangular grid of streets and avenues. Streets run east to west across the city, and are numbered counting

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up from south to north – example, 42nd Street. Avenues allow for travel north and south, and are also numbered, counting from east to west – example, Fifth Avenue. Interestingly, wherever the diagonal-running Broadway crosses an intersection in the street-avenue grid, that crossing is known as a square. Don’t expect a square to be square; the shape of such a street junction is more that of an hourglass. Two of the better-known squares are Times Square and Herald Square, yet there are dozens of squares in Manhattan where Broadway crosses a street-avenue intersection in the grid. Today I have just walked from the parking garage on 55th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues – (see how neatly the street-avenue grid can be used to pin down a location?). I am headed for Studio 54 – you guessed it – on 54th Street, about a half block from Broadway. Studio 54 is in the same building that houses the Ed Sullivan Theater, home of the David Letterman Show, and Rupert’s Hello Deli. Being within a half block of Broadway gives this theater the designation of being “On Broadway.” In layman’s terms, “On-Broadway” is an indication that a theater is located within the traditional Broadway Theater District, extending from 40th to 54th Street, and 176


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seat 800 to 1,200 people – a few are smaller and a few are larger. A classic Broadway theater is much smaller than the typical hometown high school auditorium. Today I am seated in the orchestra section, a fan-shaped block of seats that spreads wide across the theater but is only a few dozen rows deep from the stage. Above me is a balcony seating area, commonly called the mezzanine. Every Broadway theater that I have been inside has been intimate – small enough that just about any seat in the house offers a comfortable view. Less than five minutes into the play and the audience erupts in applause – not due to the eloquent delivery of a line or a spectacular gesture, but simply because a door opened on stage and the star of the show stepped into the Victorian parlor set. Moments earlier I had whispered to Tracey, “I wonder how many of these spectators are here just to see the play, Harvey?” “Probably none,” we both agreed. I do not know the real-life names of many actors. I know people whom I have seen on television or in movies by their character names, not their real names. To me, it will always be Andy Taylor – not Andy Griffith; or Matt Dillon – not James Arness. In conversation I might recognize the name Chevy Chase, but if someone says Clark Griswold, I understand immediately. And so it is today. The actor playing the

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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 info@tidewatertimes.com. The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month of publication (i.e., September 1 for the October issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. For places and times call 410-822-4226 or visit www. midshoreintergroup.org. Thru Sept. 15 The 6th biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Artists in Dialogue with Nature will be on view in the Arboretum’s forest and meadow. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org. Thru Sept. 30 Exhibit: Mark Leithauser - Nature and Illusion at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The small scale of the

paintings and the personal nature of the items engage the viewer to scrutinize and imagine the answer to the kaleidoscopic puzzle at hand. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. Thru Sept. 30 Exhibit: Mesdag to Mondrian - Dutch Art from the Redelé Collection at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. This selection of Dutch paintings and drawings includes works produced by a group of artists who lived and worked in the Hague, Netherlands, between 1860 and 1890. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit

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www.academyartmuseum.org. Thru Oct. 14 Exhibit: Pat Steir A View will be on display at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Her work is collected by major museums, including the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit

1 15th Charity Boat Auction at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Gates open at 8 a.m.; auction begins at 1 p.m. Boating experts and novices alike have the same opportunity to bid on the boat of their dreams! Offering everything from wooden rowing skiffs to classic sailboats and modern power cruisers. For more info. tel: 410-745-5916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 1 2nd Annual Nautical Festival and Flea Market on the grounds of the Town Soccer Field, Oxford. The flea market will host businesses, non-profit organizations,

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and private residents selling all manner of nautically themed items: arts and crafts, boats, new and used marine parts, fishing gear, dock accessories, clothing, and even marine services. In addition to the market, festivalgoers will enjoy the offerings of food vendors; marine exhibits and displays; and live entertainment. The event, chaired by Elliott Anderson of Hinckley Yachts, “is just another great example of Oxford’s maritime tradition.” For more info. e-mail eanderson@hinckleyyachts.com or visit www.portofoxford.com.

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September Calendar Sale sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. This exhibit showcases the work of some of its 180 members and is free to the public. Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. For more info. visit www. stmichaelsartleague.org. 1-2 The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. On Saturday at 4 p.m. there will be a Salute to Duke Ellington with Chuck Redd and the University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble. Later that night, at 8 p.m. the Monty Alexander Quartet will perform. On Sunday at 2 p.m. there will be a salute to Mahalia Jackson featuring Dee Daniels. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.chesapeakejazz.org. 1,8,15,22,29 The Farmers’ Market in Easton is held every Saturday until December. Over 20+ vendors offering a variety of fresh fruits, organic vegetables, bison meat & products, sauces, baked goods, flowers, plants and craft items. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harrison Street Public Parking Lot, Easton. Live music most Saturdays. For more info. tel: 410-822-0065. 1,8,15,22,29 FarmFresh Market in St. Michaels at Willow and Green 189


September Calendar streets from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. We also host events and activities throughout the season, including our Chef at Market events and a community cook-off. For more info. e-mail: StMichaels@ freshfarmmarkets.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Historic High Street Walking Tour - Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Learn about the people who lived there, their homes, churches and commercial ventures. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. $8 (children under 12 free). 11 a.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge, weather permitting. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 1,15,22,29 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan of Dorchester, 1 to 3 p.m., Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30; children 6-12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at www.skipjack-nathan.org. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141. 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Program: Apprentice for a Day Public

Boat Building at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Learn traditional Chesapeake boat building techniques under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 1-Oct. 14 Exhibit: The Tidewater Camera Club will hold their biannual exhibit at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The exhibit is entitled “1000 Words or Less...A Pictorial Essay.” Members challenged themselves to present their best work - well executed compositions with good photographic technical elements. 18 photographers will represent the club with a variety of artistic visions. For more info. visit the club website at www.tidewatercameraclub.com. 2 Bingo in the Park at Oxford Causeway Park, Oxford. Bring your family and friends for some old-fashioned fun to benefit the Oxford Library Scholarship Fund. Games from 3 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Cards available beginning at 2:30 p.m. at $2 per card. Light refreshments available. 3 The Oxford Museum’s PigaFiga-Licious features great BBQ pork and chicken and delicious fig creations along with music by DJ Groundhog Higgins, a raffle, and silent auction on the shores

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September Calendar of the Tred Avon. Tickets are $25 before Sept. 1 (children half price) and are available at the Oxford Museum and Oxford Inn. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 3-8 Over twenty free classes will be offered at Evergreen’s four acre waterfront from Monday, September 3 through Saturday, September 8. The “Free for All” event will include Yoga, T’ai Chi, Pilates, financial planning, life coaching and more. In addition, a 10% tuition discount will be offered on all class registrations completed during the week. A complete schedule of available

classes can be found at www. evergreencove.org or by calling 410-819-3395. 3,17 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club in the Wye Oak Room, Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. First Monday is a speaker or skills workshop. Third Monday is a photo competition. For more info. visit www.tidewatercameraclub.com. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Dancing on the Shore every Tuesday and Thursday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. Learn to waltz, swing, salsa, Argentine tango and more. For more info. tel: 410-482-6169.

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5 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Each month this writing group will follow a different winding path through the Arboretum to quietly observe nature in detail. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.

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5 , 12 , 19 , 2 6 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists meet each Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. wednesdaymorningartists.com or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ aol.com or 410-463-0148. 5,12,19,26 The Farmers’ Market in Easton is held every Wednesday offering a variety of fresh fruits, organic vegetables, bison meat & products, sauces, baked goods, flowers, plants and craft items. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harrison Street Public Parking Lot, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-0065. 5,12,19,26 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of the month is always BINGO, the second and fourth are varying activities, and the third is art class. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 5,12,19,26 St. Michaels Art League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the 193

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September Calendar home of Alice-Marie Gravely at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-8117. 5,12,19,26 Senior Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy Mahjong, Parcheesi, Mexican dominoes and other board games. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 5,12,19,26 Centreville Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courthouse Square. For more info. tel: 410-758-1180 or visit www.townofcentr​eville.org. 5,12,19,26 Oxford Farmer’s Market from 4 to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Oxford Community Center. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers and other goodies. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 5,19 Plant Clinic offered by the U n i ve rs i t y o f M a ry l a n d C o operative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 6 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group.

For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 6 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Introduction to Memoir Writing Club at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 6,13,20,27 Thursday Writers A memoir writing class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to preserve your family’s stories. Patrons are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. in downtown Cambridge. 6,13,20,27 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church, Stevensville. We are a producer-only market featuring raw milk artisan cheeses, yogurt made with local maple and honey, sustainable wild caught seafood, local wheat artisan breads, grass fed beef, local heirloom fruits & vegetables and produced by farmers from the Chesapeake Bay region. For more info visit www. kentislandf​a rmersmarket.co​m .

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September Calendar 7 Program: Fall Harvest - Last of the Season’s Bounty series at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Elizabeth Beggins will show how a little preparation now can yield big returns as the weather turns cooler. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org. 7 First Friday Gallery Walk in Easton. 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. Raffles, gift certificates and street vendors! For more info. tel: 410-770-8350.

7 Chestertown’s First Friday. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout historic downtown. For a list of activities visit: www.kentcounty. com/artsentertainment. 7 Dorchester Swingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-820-8620. 7,14,21,28 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848.

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September Calendar 7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 Lighthouse Overnight Adventures at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Program begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. the next day. Fees include a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission, souvenir patch and a scenic river cruise aboard the Mister Jim. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 8,22 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French

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8 Second Saturday 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 will feature live music. For more info. visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com. 8 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 8 15th Boating Party Gala Fundraiser at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The Museum’s fall gala includes cocktails, dinner and dancing on Navy Point. Funds raised support the Museum’s mission to inspire an understanding of and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. 5:30 to 11 p.m. $175 per person. For more info. tel: 410-745-5916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 200


8 Living in the Trees - Speaking to the Times: A Conversation in Music and Art at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Join a special program in which music and art cast a spell on one of the last evenings of summer. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. or visit www. adkinsarboretum.org. 8 Play: Paul Robeson starring Jason McKinney by Philip Hayes Dean. A play based on the life of Paul Robeson at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Wye Mills. 7:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail FDHSsecretary@gmail.com. 8,15,22 Schooner Sultana 2-hour

public sail from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. at the dock in Chestertown. Sultana’s twohour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana’s seven-foot-long tiller and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters belowdecks. $30 adult /$15 under 12, no children under 5. For more info. tel: 410-778-5954 or visit www.sultanaprojects.org. 8,22 Historic St. Michaels Waterfront: a walking tour presented by St. Michaels Museum. Enjoy a leisurely walk and see many

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free, public event includes a variety of music and offers a way to explore Evergreen’s array of programs. Evergreen’s facility and grounds will be open for people to explore. Experienced teachers and local experts will be offering short, introductory talks on a variety of topics. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit www.evergreencove.org.

original and restored houses from the 1800s while learning about life in a small waterfront village. 10 a.m. $10. For more info. tel: 410-745-0530. 9 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 9 Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center, Easton, is hosting a “Picnic & Music on the River” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to highlight the arts, its services and the Mid-Shore community. This

9 Welcome to 1746 Providence Farm House (720 Little Kidwell Ave.) sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society from 4 to 7 p.m. in Centreville. There will be a small living history reenactment by the Queen’s Own Loyal Virginia Regiment along with

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pork, beef and chicken barbecue catered by The Smokehouse Grill and a speaker. For more info. tel: 410-758-3010. 9 Oxford Ferry Sunset Cruise to benefit Talbot Mentors from 7 to 9 p.m. from the Oxford ferry dock. $50. There will be hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live entertainment. For more info. tel: 410-770-5999. 9 The Talbot Cinema Society will present Cinderella Man (2005) at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. To join for the 2012-2013 season, simply send your check for $45 ($90/couple) to: Talbot Cinema Society, P.O. Box 222, Easton, MD 21601. This is the first film of the season, so admission is free. For more info. e-mail piratepete@goeaston.net. 10 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Memoir Writing Club at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916.

10,17,24 Family Crafts Tot Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:15 a.m. Stories and crafts for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 11,18,25 First Step Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 10:30 a.m. For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 11,18,25 P r e s c h o o l S t o r y t i m e at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 2:45 p.m. For 3- to 5-year-olds. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 11,25 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 12 Arts Express bus trip to view the Barnes Collection in Philadel-

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September Calendar phia, PA. Cost: $80 Members, $115 Non- members (includes admission and audio guide). On May 19, 2012, the Barnes unveiled its new Philadelphia home. In rooms reflective of the intimate layout and unique character of the original Merion galleries, the renowned art collection will be accessible to the public as never before. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 12 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail tglass@leinc.com.

12 Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager to speak at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, to benefit The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore. 7 p.m. Hager’s talk, “Making a Difference: How the Power of Compassion Changes Lives,” is the latest in the popular Women and Girls Fund’s Speaker Series, now in its sixth year. A speaker’s reception at Scossa Restaurant, for individuals who donate $150 per person to The Women & Girls Fund, will begin at 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410770-8347. 12,19,26 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Benjamin Franklin Not Your Usual Founding Father

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September Calendar at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-2916. 13,20,27 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The Windsor Chair - The Most Popular Seating Furniture of the American 18th Century at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 13 Meeting: St. Michaels Library Book Club at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 7 p.m. September title: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Gal-

loway. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 14-16 Fall Native Plant Sale at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Members-only sale on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Members, including those who join on any sale day, receive a 10% discount on plants, gift shop items and new books. Members who join at the Contributor level and above receive a 20% discount on plants. The Arboretum has the region’s largest selection of native perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847.

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15 River Rock 3rd Annual Fishing Tournament in Rock Hall. 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-639-7070 or visit www. riverrockmd.com. 15 2012 Tour de Talbot at the Talbot Country Club, Easton. 100-, 65and 20-mile bike rides, followed by food and celebration. Last year over 150 riders took to the beautiful roads of Talbot County in support of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and JDRF Maryland. For more info. visit www.tourdetalbot.org.

with 100-voice choir opens the event at 11 a.m. Followed by three local jazz bands. Afternoon acts include Felicia Carter, Project Natale and international acts Giacomo Gates and Frederic Yonnet. Food and drink vendors all day. For more info. tel: 443480-8944.

15 Make a Book at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For children 8 and under accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Judy Center Partnership of the Talbot County Public Schools. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.

15 Program: Plants with a Purpose - Ecological Design and Edible Landscapes at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Jeanette Ankoma-Sey will present a series of various approaches to explore how edibles can play a key role in planning and design and as tools to restore, mitigate and improve how landscapes function to support stormwater management, soil health and habitat creation and biodiversity. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. or visit www. adkinsarboretum.org.

15 Chestertown Jazz Festival at Wilmer Park, Chestertown. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gospel brunch

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For more info. tel: 410-2287141. 18 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Visit to Poplar Island. 9 a.m. to noon. Departure from Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410745-2916. 18,25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Discussion Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 18,25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: This I Believe at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 3 to 4:30 p.m. For

more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Book Club - The Life of Pi by Yann Martel at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 19 Academy For Lifelong Learning: Salt Marsh Exploration - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-2916. 20 Academy For Lifelong Learning: Salt Marsh Exploration - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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September Calendar at the BNWF in Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 20 Academy For Lifelong Learning: A Real Field Trip to Easton/Newnam Field at the Easton Airport. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 20 Brown Bag Lunch: Hurricanes and the Chesapeake Region at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Noon. Rick Schwartz talks about the great storms in our region. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org.

21 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. Choose from Chicken & Dumplings, Cheese & Broccoli or Vegetable Beef. Each meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 21 Skipjack Captains Reception benefiting the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race. 6 to 8 p.m. at Jimmie & Sook’s restaurant in Cambridge. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, 50/50 raffle. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org.

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21,28 Academy for Lifelong Learning: 1783 to 1815 - The Trying Times. 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 21-22 The AAUW will hold a used book sale on Fri., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church parish house at Harrison and South Sts. in Easton. In conjunction with the book sale there will also be a gently used costume jewelry sale. For more info. tel: 410-819-3653 or 410-822-1537. 21-23 The Chesapeake Film Festival

21-23 The Easton High School Class of 1962’s 50th Class Reunion begins with a casual affair Friday evening at a private waterfront

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residence with golf and a river cruise on Saturday followed by a more formal gathering in the evening at the River House Restaurant at the Easton Club and finishing up with a brunch on Sunday. For more info. tel: JoAnn (Camper) Vorwald at 410822-4054, Ron Morris at 410822-2107 or Thelma (Connolly) Gretzinger at 410-822-1047. 22 Fall Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Catch a glimps of the golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan and goldenrod. Menu includes vegetable

barley soup with oats, roasted red beets and mesclun salad, zucchini bread, and blackberry and peach crisp. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit www. adkinsarboretum.org. 22 Backyard Hobby Farm Field Trip sponsored by Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Robyn Affron and her arborist husband have transformed their half-acre property in Chestertown into a sustainable, productive, and lively oasis. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit www. adkinsarboretum.org. 22 Pit Beef and Used Book Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,

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September Calendar St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy a wide selection of gently used books at very affordable prices. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 22 Fish Fry at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 4:30 p.m. $12/ platter of $5/ sandwich. Fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, kale & potatoes and corn bread. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640 or 410-228-5167. 22 Choptank River Lighthouse Grand Opening - the replica of the Choptank River Lighthouse

will be officially dedicated during a ceremony and reception at Long Wharf in Cambridge. The official lighting is at dusk. Those who buy tickets to the evening Lighthouse Grand Opening Reception will enjoy a cocktail reception and dinner provided by Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, the official dedication ceremony, tours of the lighthouse, and the auction of an original painting by Cambridge artist George Wright. The grand opening ticketed event starts at 4 p.m. for tours and 5 p.m. for the reception. Tax-deductible tickets cost $65 per person or $35 per person for current lighthouse

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September Calendar donors. For more info. tel: 410228-3575 or 410-228-7977. 22-23 Relay for Life Kent at the Kent County High School. 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. For more info. tel: 443-4801929 or visit www.relayforlife. org/kentmd. 23 FREE Skipjack Sails on the Nathan of Dorchester during Cambridge’s Dorchester Showcase. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 at Long Wharf, Cambridge. No advance reservations accepted. For more info. visit www.skipjacknathan.org.

24 Book Discussion at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. September title: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 26 Program: Wetland Plant ID - Know ’em and Grow ’em sponsored by Adkins Arboretum and facilitated by Environmental Concern, an organization dedicated to understanding wetlands. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register at www.wetland.org or call 410745-9620. 26 Puppet Show: Happy Fall Y’all! at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. For more

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info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 27 Meet the Creatures with Pickering Creek at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 5 p.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl. org. 27 Performance of Motivational Theatre’s “Inside Uncle Rosy’s White House: An Evening with Franklin Delano Roosevelt” to benefit the disAbility Coalition of Talbot County at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 for seniors and students. For

27 Book Discussion at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 29 36th Annual Oxford Library Book Mart on the library grounds on Market St., Oxford. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be all kinds of books for sale: fiction, nonfiction, hardbacks, paperbacks and children’s books. Rain date is September 30. 29 The Oxford Garden Club presents Rock ’N Roll Revival - A

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September Calendar Standard Flower Show from 1 to 4 p.m. 200 Oxford Rd., Oxford. Open to the public. Free. For more info. tel: 410-770-5258 or 410-253-9413. 29 Magic in the Meadow at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 6 to 9:30

p.m. Enjoy an elegant evening that includes fresh local fare prepared by Peachblossoms, delicious wines, and the music of B Natural of Chestertown. Live and silent auctions will include exciting travel packages, an exclusive collection of wines, local dining experiences, and unique art, jewelry,

Be a Mentor Be a Friend! For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visitwww.talbotmentors.org.

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clothing and collectibles. $125 per person ($75 tax deductible). For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 23 or visit www.magicinthemeadow.org. 30 5th St. Michaels Concourse d’Elegance at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Rare grand classic American and European automobiles from 1900 to 1942 take the field at the Museum for a day of casual elegance, fashion, style and enjoyment. Featuring cars from as far away as the West Coast and other never-beforeseen classics. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5916 or visit www.smcde.org.

30 The Tent Symposium presents: Sources of Inspiration at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Immerse yourself in a full day for the 2nd annual fall symposium. Take a walk along the paths, visit the Native Plant Nursery and plant sale, then enjoy lunch followed by inspiring presentations by Thomas Rainer and Dan Benarcik. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit www. adkinsarboretum.org.

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Oxford Oxford waterfront cottage with westerly views over the Tred Avon. New bulkhead, dock, deck with hot tub, large trees in the historic district. $1,195,000. Tred Avon Beautiful sunsets over the Tred Avon River. Screened porch and deck within sight of a marina. Two BRs and 2.5 baths. Perfect weekend or retirement home. $750,000.

Ray Stevens Benson & Mangold Real Estate, LLC 220 N. Morris St., Oxford, MD 21654

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PRIVATE 80 acre estate minutes from Easton. Period residence of manageable size, outbuildings, horse facilities, gardens and deep protected anchorage. Please call for details.

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