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Tidewater Times

September 2013

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 62, No. 4

Published Monthly

September 2013

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Mark Sandlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Confessions of a Chocoholic: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 MRYC Foundation Honors Sailing Coach: Philip J. Webster . . . . 39 Squirrely: Dr. Jack Scanlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Delmarva Atlantic Beaches: Harold W. Hurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Villages of Talbot County: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Departments: September Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Queens Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 September Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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Confessions of a Chocoholic by Helen Chappell

My name is Helen, and I’m a chocoholic. I’ve struggled with my love for the brown stuff since I was a little kid. When my mother was in an especially good mood, she’d reward me with a piece from her Whitman’s Sampler. The ritual was that I’d bend down on the seat of a dining room chair and hide my eyes, to be “surprised” when she produced a piece of that sweet, luscious drug, wrapped in a brown paper pleated liner. I would bite into that sweet chocolate shell and feel the glorious crunch of nut filling against my tongue and teeth. Chocolate spelled love to me. That box of Whitman’s Sampler always lived on a high shelf and was rarely shared. Children, especially chubby children, weren’t supposed to eat sweets, as they were fattening and hard to digest. Or that’s what post-War moms were told. If you’re seeing a symbiosis with love and chocolate here, you’re right. Science says chocolate has a chemical similar to that released by the endorphins of love. This is probably why there are so many chocoholics out there. Good old Wikipedia tells us co-

coa solids, the basis for chocolate, release alkaloids “that are linked to serotonin levels in the brain.” Serotonin is the stuff that makes you feel gooooood. Chocolate also has caffeine, so it can perk you right up. Chocolate and humans have a long history. Cacao is the seed of a tree indigenous to South America. Mesoamericans drank the processed beans straight in a bitter drink called xocolatl, which became chocolate to Europeans. The Mayans and Aztecs used it in religious ceremonies and considered it sacred. They knew a good thing when they saw it. They also added chili pepper and vanilla beans to the mix, which, if you’ve ever tried exotic chocolates, you’ll 9




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Confessions the 1500s and continues to this day. As with most additions, it started simply enough, with hot chocolate. The first taste is always free, remember, unless you were an enslaved Mesoamerican forced to work on a Spanish Colonial cocoa plantation. The Spanish began exporting cocoa to the Old World with great success. Upper class Europeans took to morning chocolate with a passion. It was a custom for 17th century French gentlemen to call on ladies of fashion while they were still in bed, and all would happily sip and gossip the morning away. Chocolate quickly spread to


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Confessions produced, and from there it was a short step to solid milk chocolate and Wednesday night Chocoholics Anonymous meetings. Chocolate as a confection and as a candy was developed and refined over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries by the Dutch and the Swiss. Bless them both! Adding fruits and nuts and creating baked goods solidified the craving for that thick, dark sweetness that explodes on the tongue and in the brain, which continues on to this day and will into the future. Sure, there are other sweets. I’m a fan of good genuine vanilla, which has a subtle and varied fla-

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Whether it’s the expensive bliss of Belgian chocolatier Godiva, whose smooth open oyster shells with a creamy hazelnut filling are just to die for, or the homely crunch of Reese’s Pieces, I cannot live without chocolate. But it looks as though, in my middle years, I’m going to have to learn how to live with less of the good stuff. Too much of a good thing may be wonderful, but savoring every bite as if it were your last bit of chocolate, wonderful chocolate, may be even better.

turns into a nice shell ... enrobed makes me want to dive into a chocolate fountain, which is always the best part of a wedding reception, after the champagne. Enrobed also makes me want to be buried coated in milk chocolate. Why not? Chocolate use is limited only by imagination. Whether it’s chocolate candy, chocolate cakes, chocolate ice cream, chocolate desserts, or just a spoonful of Nutella, chocolate can heal a thousand wounds. It can inspire great creativity. It can change the world. Maybe if we forced every leader in the world to sit down with a cup of chocolate and a cupcake, they’d all be in a more peaceful mood. You think? Well, it’s a nice dream, anyway.

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Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Reaches Historic Mark by Dick Cooper

Just as Captain Judy Bixler eases the ferr yboat Talbot away from the Oxford pier and into the Tred Avon River, a f leet of tiny training dinghies rushes into her path like a f lock of white chicks working a farmyard. Calmly she guides the square-nosed vessel around the Optis, giving the young sailors a wide berth. It is another “interesting moment” that is par t of the

daily routine of the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the oldest privately owned ferry in the nation. “People ask us if we get bored going back and forth all day,” says her husband and business partner, Captain Tom Bixler. “Every crossing is different and you never know what to expect.” The ferry route that connects the two historic villages was founded

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Captains Judy and Tom Bixler. in the fall of 1683 when the colonial government of Talbot County agreed to pay R ichard Royston 2,500 pounds of tobacco to transport men and animals across the river, either by rowing or sailing, depending on the weather. According to the Bixlers’ website, www., the ferry service has been running continuously since 1836. O ver the decades it has been operated by a succession of owners. One of the most notable was Judith Bennett who outlasted three husbands during her tenure from 1699 to 1739. She was one of five women who were early ferry operators. The Bixlers are planning a 330th bir thday par t y to celebrate that waypoint on October 13th. They will have cake and ice cream from the Scottish Highland Creamery on board. “You can’t have a birthday

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Oxford-Bellevue Ferry party without ice cream,” Captain Tom says. This is the 12th season that the Bixlers have owned and operated the Talbot. Captain Judy says they owned car dealerships in upstate New York for several years, but in the late 1990s, “the car business had changed and Tom was getting ulcers, so we decided to do something fun for a change. We retired before it killed him.” They lived on their sailboat for three and a half years while they looked for a ferryboat to buy. “It was always Tom’s fairy tale dream to own a ferry when we retired, so here we are.” In 2001, Dave and Valerie Bittner,

Deckhand Brittany Stauch thanks customers as they drive off the ferry into Oxford. whose family had owned the ferry since 1974, put it up for sale and the Bixlers closed the deal in January 2002. As things often work on the

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when the kids were little, primarily because I didn’t like to watch them fall. Now they can’t believe I am doing this every day.” The steel-hulled Talbot was built in 1980 by the Blount Shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island, and designed specifically for the Oxford-Bellevue run. It can carry nine cars at a time (twice as many Mini Coopers, but that’s another story) plus bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians. Two Detroit diesels push the ferry back and forth across the river from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., from April through November. The engines are not side-by-side as in most twin-

Eastern Shore, there was a connection to a previous life. Valerie’s father, Captain Gilbert “Gib” Clark, a former owner of the ferry, was the mentor who convinced Tom to get his captain’s license back when he was an 18-year-old college student working on the Shelter Island ferry on Long Island. C apt a i n Judy worke d on t he Shelter Island ferry while they were shopping for their own ferry line, to get her time onboard needed to get her Coast Guard captain’s license. “I didn’t even like to drive our ski boat

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Oxford-Bellevue Ferry engine powerboats. They are in line with a big propeller on each end of the boat so the ferry does not have to turn around. In the wheelhouse there are two wheels. There is one to steer to Bellevue, and once docked, the captain simply turns around and takes control of the wheel facing the other direction and steers for Oxford. Captain Tom says the dormant months from December through March are actually his busiest because he is also the Chief Engineer on the Talbot, doing most, if not all, of her maintenance. “We have a pret t y r igorou s ma i ntena nc e schedule,” he says. They have two

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry circa 1895. The Robert Morris Inn is visible in the background. diesels in the boat, and a third in the shop in case of a major problem. “Every seven years we take one out and put the other one in and then do a total rebuild.” The history of the ferry that has

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Oxford-Bellevue Ferry served as a vital transportation link in Talbot County for centuries is very important to the Bixlers, who keep a scrapbook of photographs of previous vessels and news clippings about the ferr y, dating to the 1800s. An 1886 clip from the Easton Ledger spells out plans to abandon the old rowing ferry for a new system using a steamboat towing a scow. The rowing ferry “service is very unsatisfactory and the ferry itself is judged unsafe so that people now seldom attempt to take a horse across.” Rowland Hill introduced a plan to use a steamboat he had purchased to tow a scow across the three-quarters of a mile from Oxford to Bellevue. The county commissioners agreed to pay him $1,000 a year for his service. Hill’s fare schedule charged county residents 10¢ to cross and a free return on the same day. It cost 25¢ for a single team of horse and the driver and 40¢ for a double team and driver. Horses, mules and cows were 25¢ each. Sheep and lambs

In 1938 the Tred Avon was purchased by Captain William L. Benson. "Captain Bill" lengthened the two-car ferry to accommodate three vehicles and converted it to diesel power. Captain Bill owned the ferry for 36 years, but many years after "retiring" he still served as a substitute captain. were 5¢ a head, but more than five were a discounted 3¢ each. Today it costs $11 for a car and driver and $1 a person for passengers. It is $18 for a round trip in the same day and $70 for a 10-trip package. Pedestrians are charged $3 and cyclists $4. It has been awhile since they transported livestock, although the Talbot has transported

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f ire a nd emergenc y equ ipment. “We don’t have any regular commuters,” Captain Judy says. “We look at the ferr y as primarily a tourist destination.” It is actively promoted as a quaint way to see Talbot County by making a loop from Easton to Oxford to St. Michaels, Tilghman Island and back. On a late July afternoon, David and Janis Richards of Havertown, Pennsylvania, pulled their blue SUV onto the deck of the Talbot heading toward Oxford. “We ride the ferry a couple of times a year,” David Richards said. “My parents live in Oxford and we are just coming back from St. Michaels. It is a historic

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Janis and David Richards from Havertown, Pa., cross the Tred Avon River aboard the Talbot. “We want people to send us their memories of the ferr y,” Captain Judy says. “A lot of things have happened on the ferry ~ people have gotten married, had special events, traveled on it when they were young, whatever they remember, we want them to share with us. They can email us or use snail-mail or any way they can to get them to us. We will pick the best memories and invite them for a ride on the ferry.” E -ma i l your “Fer r y Ta le s” to o b, mail them to 27456 Ox ford Rd., Ox ford, MD 21654, or phone them in at 410745-9023. Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. He and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels. He can be contacted at dickcooper@ 36



MRYC Foundation Honors Sailing Coach by Philip J. Webster

Vince Lombardi, Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K), Pat Sumitt, Connie Mack, Don Nelson, Scotty Bowman, Don Shula. When you think of these sports icons, you immediately think of the winningest collegiate and professional sports coaches of all time in football, basketball, baseball and hockey. They are sports immortals, Hall of Fame inductees, the best of the best. Now try Adam Werblow. He has 15 national championships in 25 years of coaching, with scores of All-Americans. And the only one

of these legendary coaches from the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with the exception of Coach Shula, who spent some time w ith a much-beloved team named the Baltimore Colts. The MRYC Foundation will honor Adam Werblow, Head Varsity Sailing Coach of St. Mary’s College, at its third annual Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday, September 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Miles River Yacht Club in St. Michaels. The Awards Dinner raises funds for the MRYC Foundation to support youth-oriented competitive

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National Champion Yale in the last race of the day, and was second in 2012, just a hair from w inning. Adam explains, “this May’s races were the best team racing of the year for us, but the Nationals are hard with a lot of dynamics that go into them. But to sail our best at Nationals feels good.” Werblow has coached nearly 150 A ll-A mer ican sailors and t hree Olympians in his illustrious career, including an Olympic Silver Medalist and two Rolex Yachtswomen of t he Year. St. Mar y ’s College is w idely seen as one of the premier sailing programs in the country, a huge student draw for Maryland’s only Public Honors College in rural St. Mary’s. C o a c h We r b l o w h a s s e r v e d eight times as Head Coach of the U.S. Youth Worlds Team, winning several Gold and Silver Medals, and was named the Developmental Coach of the Year by U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee. He is a graduate of Connecticut College, where he c apta ined t he sa i ling team, and was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team in the Fly ing Dutchman class from 1988 to 1992. Werblow follows previous MRYC Foundation award recipients Gary Jobson, President of U.S. Sailing, the governing body of competitive A merican sailing, w inner of the A merica’s Cup w ith Ted Turner, a nd aw a r d -w i n n i n g t e le v i s ion s a i l i ng c om ment ator/pr o duc er

sailing, swimming and rowing, and maritime-focused educational activities in the Chesapeake Bay region. Arguably A merica’s most successf ul collegiate sailing coach, Ada m is complet ing his 25t h season at St. Mary’s with 15 national titles against the best sailing teams in the country. These include the 2010 ICSA/APS Team R ac e Nat iona l Cha mpionship and the 2009 ICSA/GILL Co-ed National Dinghy Sailing Championship, the Super Bowl of intercollegiate sailing. St. Mar y’s College placed second at t he Team R ace Nationa l Championships last May, beating





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team with a common experience of (hopefully) winning.” “Each team,” he says, “has its own vibes and its own successes. Some of the biggest successes come from sailors who never make it to the winner’s podium, but who as individuals and collectively as a team outperform what they expect of themselves or their own capabilities.” The secret to winning? Werblow says, “if I find a self-motivated kid who will be happy at St. Mary’s College, and wants to succeed academically and socially, the sailing part will usually go well.” While many of Werblow’s sailors come out of years of junior sailing, others do not, and prosper. “We can take a non-sailor athlete and put him or her in the

and author; Marc Castelli, worldfamous maritime artist and advocate for the Chesapeake Bay watermen; and Matt Rutherford, the first yachtsman to ever sail solo non-stop around North and South America. Werblow began as a collegiate sailor, then had a passion to be a coach and build the best sailing college program in the countr y, and now sees himself as a teacher. “I find I am an educator,” he says, “teaching my students excellence in performance, and how to get to that point. I do that by pushing kids harder than they would do for themselves, creating camaraderie within a team, and providing that

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Coach Werblow and Vela. front of the boat, paired w ith a strong racer in the back, and if they are highly motivated and talented, they can catch up. What junior sailing teaches is the fundamentals and experience, and also separates those that love sailing from those that do not.” Werblow does not dwell on his winning record. “My focus is to do a great job with the kids I have, and then keep in touch with my sailing alumni as they succeed in life. That’s what motivates me.” The MRYC Foundation Awards Dinner, sponsored by Brown Advisory of Baltimore, is a perennially sold-out elegant occasion, featuring a reception with sumptuous hors d’oeuv res and drink, a gourmet dinner, a Silent and Live Auction, the presentation of the colors by the Easton High School Navy JROTC, nautical and patriotic music by the 46

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by Dr. Jack Scanlon Sweat ran down my back in beads. Simultaneously, moisture gathered on the nearby tankard containing a cold adult beverage. Damp shirt and frosty mug bore witness to the heat and humidity under which the, “most effective squirrel-proof bird feeder ever made� had just been assembled. A birding enthusiast in Maine had proclaimed that glowing testimonial in the catalog where this engineering miracle was displayed for sale. Another birder, Bob from Connecticut, further testified that he had never before seen squirrels so discouraged by a seed dispenser. R avenous pew ter-f ur red derv ishes had been gobbling large quantities of expensive birdseed from our feeder since early spring. They would not be denied by any barrier erected so far. Squirrels quickly emptied feeders intended for songbirds, and I was fed up. Clearly our gourmands were no more clever than those bushy -tailed Yankee devils. This state-of-the-art rodent-deflecting model seemed to offer salvation. Although its cost was high, I purchased the device and had it shipped below the Mason-Dixon Line to our farm. The expensive feeder arrived in a sturdy cardboard container one hot,

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Squirrely ing construction. The syntax was peculiar and singularly obtuse. The booklet’s stilted language suggested that directions had been composed in some other language, then translated into English, Spanish and French. Clearly the translator’s original tongue was not English. Slots seemed misaligned compared to those shown on the blurry diagrams. Each piece of supplied fasteners was metric in dimension. Most of my tools were based on measurements originating from medieval British monarchs. Putting the gadget together reminded me, disconcertedly, about past misadventures in Christmas

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Squirrely pletely understand counterweight position and ergonomic barr ier placement might require an advanced engineering degree. The front view photograph was somewhat helpful. I persevered. Finally all par ts came together. Screws, nuts, washers and bolts were firmly tightened. The whole deal was securely placed atop a sturdy pole (not supplied). I retreated. While twilight gathered I sat smugly on the screened porch, sipping an icy beer and waiting for the first furry marauder to arrive. Before long a squirrel hopped jauntily down the f lagstone walk. He was shiny and sleek thanks to a steady diet of MY sunf lower seeds. He nimbly climbed the new pole. Mr. Fuzzy arrived at the bar that crossed the feeder’s mouth and attempted entry. Kaa Chang!! His body weight caused a counterpoised barrier to rise up before him. The route to the seeds was blocked. “HOT DOG!,” I thought, “this thing really works!”

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I yelled an obscenity. He left abruptly, but I knew that the squirrel had won again. I have developed a love -hate relationship with the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolensis) for many years. They are plucky, intelligent and ubiquitous rodents who can also be a great nuisance. Gray Squirrels are the most common wild mammal on the Eastern Shore and probably throughout all of Maryland. Hunting them is an autumn spor t that has great popularity. Young hunters learn stalking skills and gain safe firearm experience pursuing these crafty creatures. Squirrels make excellent table fare since their diet is almost exclu-

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The little devils took up residence in our attic. due to bird feeder deploy ment, as well as the many acorns that dropped from surrounding white oak trees. After gnawing a hole through our cedar shake roof, squirrel families assumed residence in the at tic. Fearing a fire from nibbled electrical wires, squirrel control became a necessity. Using a wire Havahart™ live trap, we captured more than 100 the first year. Peanut butter makes the best bait, by the way. Squirrels were promptly relocated to nearby Rock Creek Park. Sunbathers there did not often appreciate these humanitarian relocation forays. Fleeing squirrels sometimes chose their well-oiled backs as an unobstructed escape route. Squirrel numbers did not seem to diminish despite these efforts. To determine recidivism, a few ani56

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Squirrely mals were tagged with f luorescent orange paint before release. These returned, usually within three days. The roof’s hole was patched, steel wool barriers were installed, trap and release continued. Later on, the squirrels were transported much farther away prior to release. The distance required to prevent returning squirrels was greater than five miles! I stopped feeding birds, too. Gray squirrels are prolific. Squirrels begin to breed at one year. They mate twice a year and produce, on average, about six kits each time. Gestation is 44 days, and kits are born pink and hairless. A pair of squirrels may produce more than

All around Delmarva you can look up into the trees and see their nests. 100 offspring during their lifetimes. Early mortality is high because all predators love to eat them. Name a local carnivore; squirrel will be on its menu. I have witnessed squirrels being taken by fox, owl, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle and black snakes. Despite heavy predation, the aver-

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aerial abilit y is astounding and fun to watch. Another unusual anatomical feature lies in their eyes. Squirrels have yellow-tinted lenses that can block the sun’s glare. Their vision is very keen, as might be expected from everyone’s favorite prey. Squirrels also have a wide array of vocalizations for mating, socialization and predator alarm. Sounds range from short whistles to loud screeches. Squirrels are also “scatter hoarders.” When there is abundance, they bur y food caches for latter consumption. Such behavior disperses seeds throughout the forest. Interestingly, squirrels will “sham hide” food if they feel their activity is being watched by some rival. Clever devils indeed! My dear friend, the late outdoor writer Keith Walters, often mused about Fat A lber t in his reg ular column. Albert was a chubby gray squirrel who haunted Keith’s feeders despite a variety of attempts to discourage the rotund rodent. Keith and his wife Carol tried many methods to keep Albert from eating bird seed. These included hanging the feeder from a strung wire or greasing its pole. They also used a host of baffled, fenced, and wire-guarded seed platforms designed to impede Albert’s access. Carol shooting a BB gun near the animals had little effect. Nothing seemed to work, and Albert grew more portly on the Walters’ premi-

age life span of an adult gray squirrel is ten years. In captivity, a few may achieve 20 years. In the wild, gray squirrels build a “drey” or large nest of leaves and twigs lined with soft materials such as thistle down or feathers. Dreys are constructed high in a tree at branch forks or in hollow trunks. They are wind-def ying mar vels of animal architecture. Nests may be used by both genders for overwintering. T he s q u i r r e l’s mo s t ob v iou s morphological feature is that long, bushy tail. This appendage is used for ba la nce, d isplay a nd w rap around warmth in the cold. Squirrels are about the only mammal that can descend a tree head first. Their hind paws have a unique anatomical arrangement. Squirrels can turn their rear feet backwards during tree romps. Gray squirrel

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Squirrely um birdseed. Finally they gave up, indulged the little guy and enjoyed writing about him. Currently I have placed an aluminum guard around the pole and try to locate the feeder ten or more feet from trees or tall bushes. That is the challenging part because, as noted above, I like to watch feeder activity close up. Most of the time these guards work. But sometimes I am astonished to see a happy gray squirrel perched on a feeder enjoying sunf lower seeds, defying all odds and my best efforts. It is enough to make you squirrely.

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The houses and hotels on the beaches had large verandahs for socializing. ent Bay permitted direct access to Ocean City where the cars could be moved northward on Baltimore Avenue and to a railroad station in the resort town. By the early 1880s, Ocean City was a thriving resort with direct rail connections to Wilmington, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Rehoboth Beach had a very different beginning. Its origins reflected the strong Methodist heritage of the Peninsula. Inspired by the successful Methodist-owned beach resort at Ocean Grove in New Jersey, several Wilmington ministers established the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association on January 27, 1872. Campgrounds including frame “tents� and a tabernacle seating 500 people were put up several blocks west of the beach. Hotels were soon erected, including the Surf House in 1873 and the Bright 66

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An article in Harper’s Monthly during that same period described the area as such ~ “the sand, which is like velvet to the feet, has a graded slope: there is no perceptive undertow or side current, and the lazy force of the big waves, which subside rather than break violently, allow the bather to rock and swing upon them with a new sense of luxury.” The man-made attractions of the Delmarva beaches were the rambling hotels with their wide verandas that sprang up along the waterfront in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Be ach, a nd Oc e a n C it y. These commodious structures not only provided shelter for the vacationers, but were central to resort social life. The first hotel in Ocean City was established in 1875. Located on Atlantic Avenue, the Atlantic


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Beaches able to sell liquor because of the local regulations, but dancing and card playing were allowed, much to the annoyance of some of the strict Methodist patrons. The old Surf House in Rehoboth Beach burned down in 1879 but was replaced by the Hotel Henelopen, which has survived to this day under a succession of different managements. The Delaware Pilot in July of 1891 boasted that the Hotel Henelopen was “beautifully situated 60 yards from the surf.” It further noted that there was, on the beach, a good boardwalk more than a mile long and that there were daily express trains to New

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sive verandahs that jutted out from each floor offered ample space for friendly conversation and congenial socialization. The front parlors of the hotels provided opportunities for private gatherings and, perhaps, the possibility to enjoy musical entertainment. Fresh air, of course, stimulated the appetite, and dining figured largely in the daily life of the hotel guest. By modern standards, the hotel meals of those days were sumptuous. Breakfast might have included fruit, cereal, hominy, fish, soft-shell crabs, lamb chops, liver, potatoes, eggs, rolls and corn muffins. The mid-day meals were the largest and included soup, fish, meat, bread and rolls, pie, cake

Delaware Pilot noted on August 6, 1890, that “permanent cottages are owned by the leading society people of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.� The Rehoboth Beacon carried advertisements for cottages with eight rooms close to the beach renting for $175 for the season. A four-room cottage on Brooklyn Ave. charged $155. Another house on the beach contained seven rooms and was available for $125 for the whole summer. The social life of these resorts centered on the hotels, the adjacent boardwalks and, for a short time each day, the surf itself. The hotel dining rooms and the exten-

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the hotel verandahs, most overnight guests strolled on the boardwalks bordering the beach. It may come as a surprise to some that the boardwalk was an invention of the British. In the early 19th century, boardwalks were erected along the English Channel where spectators spent the day watching passing ships. In the early days, boardwalks were built in sections so that they could be taken up at the end of the summer to prevent damage from the winter weather. The boardwalk was the focus of the resort’s public social life. Promenading on the walks in the late afternoon or evening, the ladies displayed their elegant dresses and frilly hats. Some carried parasols to keep the sun from blinding the eyes or tanning the skin. Men wore suits, ties, and hats while strolling the planked walkways. People paraded on the boardwalks to see and be seen, as well as to catch a breath of fresh air. There were both an air of relaxation and an aura of formality as the vacationers took their daily constitutional. Bathing in the surf in those days bore no resemblance to modernday swimming at the beach. For most people, bathing meant tiptoeing into the ocean until water reached the elbows. Most women and older people tightly clung to the ropes provided for their safety and convenience. There was little real swimming.

The Hotel Henelopen today. and fruit for dessert. Suppers were “lighter� and usually consisted of chicken, cold ham, oysters, grilled apples, and other fruit. No doubt, the renowned Delaware peaches were offered in season. Music was sometimes played during the meals at some hotels. In July of 1895 it was announced that the Baltimore Orchestra was performing at the Hotel Henelopen. The good cooking at some of these hotels and boarding houses can partially be attributed to the fact that many of these places were owned and managed by women. At one time 19 of the 29 hostelries possessed female managers or owners. The Plimhimmon Hotel in Ocean City, named for the Tilghman estate in Oxford, MD, with the same title, was founded and operated by Mrs. Rosalie Tilghman Shreve. She had a passionate interest in the hotel menu. When not eating or sitting on 76

further announcing that a handsome prize would be offered to any lady or gentleman who would bowl the highest score in a competitive game before July 31. In 1907, a pavilion with a long, curved roof and arched windows opened in Ocean City. This amusement center featured a dance floor, skating rink, bowling alleys and pool tables. Horn’s Pier in Rehoboth Beach, which stretched 150 feet into the ocean, also offered varied amusements. How did the social life on the Delmarva Atlantic beaches compare with that of other seashore resorts and pleasure haunts in America or Europe? Despite their provincial refinements, the social aura of Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach hardly matched the opulence and grandeur found at Newport, Saratoga and White Sulphur Springs. And the fabulously rich guests on J.P. Morgan’s private yacht could have bought out any of the larger hotels on the Peninsula coast, if they so desired. Beginning in the 1890s, America’s rich and famous families started to seek their pleasure and distraction abroad, rubbing elbows with English Lords, Russian Dukes, wealthy financiers and international socialites at Monaco, the French Riviera and the spas at Baden-Baden. Here they were awed by the dazzling uniforms of high-ranking military officers,

Bathing beauties. Bathing gear was cumbersome. Women wore black knee-length dresses featuring puffed sleeves and a wide collar. Black stockings and slippers, as well as a closefitting bonnet, were de rigueur. Men wore suits that reached the knees and top shirts. By the middle 1920s, however, swimsuits became simpler. Women began to wear a single suit without stockings. During the 1930s, men began to appear bare chested on the beach. Distractions other than dining, boardwalk strolling and bathing were in their initial stages before 1900. Later, however, carousels, skating rinks and dance halls sprang up, offering more fastpaced amusements for the younger set. The Casino Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, later renamed the Bellhaven, advertised on July 15, 1904, its shuffle boards and bowling alleys, 77


almost totally obliterated. The landscape gradually changed as new structures replaced some of the old hotels and cottages. Massive real estate programs between 1925 and 1929 further altered the appearance of the resort areas as new hotels, stores and private homes were erected on or near the boardwalks. The 1920s and 1930s witnessed the arrival of the automobile, causing traffic jams and parking problems. With the completion of the Bay Bridge in 1952, further real estate expansion resulted in the establishment of more hotels, motels, condominiums and retail shops. Multi-storied structures put up in the 1960s and 1970s conferred

the fashionable gowns and hats of highborn ladies, and haute cuisine offered at the leading hotels. The vacationers at Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach were largely merchants, shopkeepers and white collar employees seeking a brief respite from the noise, smells and suffocating heat of the city. They got what they paid for ~ good American cooking, relaxation and fresh air. Disastrous fires and terrible storms wrought havoc and destruction on the Delmarva coast several times between 1913 and 1933, leaving large areas of both Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City

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Ocean City boardwalk in 1919. on both resorts (especially Ocean City) a sort of urbanized skyline. The city had come to the beach. The social milieu changed as radically as the physical landscape in the half century following World War I. Mobs of day visitors crowded the boardwalks and jammed the nearby pizza parlors, bars and shooting galleries. The bathing suits of the 1970s and 1980s would have shocked the guests of the 1910 era, as they left little to the imagination. The lobbies of the modern hotels, dominated by the registration desk and the comings and goings of guests, hamper the type of socialization found in the front parlors and verandahs of bygone days. Tourists still f lock to the Delmarva beaches, where Mother Nature provides velvety sands, grassy dunes, fresh air and, of course, “the best surf on the Atlantic coast!�

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Swinging Into Fall After an unusually wet summer we are now transitioning into the fall. Of course, as I write this column a month ahead, we don’t know what the hurricane season is going to bring for September and October, so more rain than normal may be on the way. Right now we seem to have enough soil moisture to carry the landscape into the fall, but if a dry period occurs, you will need to consider watering needled and broad-leafed evergreen shrubs to prepare them for winter. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. The summer lull has ended and now it’s time to get back to work in the landscape and garden. Make sure you stop pruning and fertilizing ornamental plants. Trees and shrubs should only be pruned at this time if they have dead, damaged or hazardous branches. Wait until after all the leaves have dropped or after the second hard frost for all other corrective and cosmetic pruning. If desired,

The webworm is an annoyance, but causes little damage. mark branches now with string or light-colored tape for pruning after leaves fall. If you do any pruning on spring flowering shrubs like azaleas, rhododendrons, lilacs, spirea, etc., you will be pruning out next year’s f lower buds. When examining trees in the landscape, you might find the large tents of the fall webworm at the ends of tree branches. The caterpillars have finished feeding but the large nests on the ends of branches 81

Tidewater Gardening are still visible. It is unsightly but causes little damage. They can be removed with a stick or pruned out if desired. Also remember that evergreens, especially white pines, naturally drop their old leaves and needles in the late summer and early fall. This is not a cause for concern. Many years ago (in the last century!) when I was the county extension agent in Talbot County, I used to get many calls about this time from homeowners concerning their white pines “dying” in the landscape. This is just the normal leaf drop. Fertilizing shrubs at this time will encourage a flush of new leaf growth that will not have time to mature and harden before the first hard frost. Again, as with the timing of pruning, wait until after the first or second hard frost to apply fertilizer. The better approach is to not fertilize until the early spring,

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Tidewater Gardening in September. When planting fall vegetables, be aware that more time will be required to bring the crop to maturity because of reduced light and ambient temperatures. Add at least 2 weeks to the “days to maturity” number on your seed packets. Cover your fall garden crops in September with a f loating row cover or cold frame to further extend the harvest period. A number of leafy greens such as kale, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce and root crops such as carrots, beets, and turnips can be planted now. If you have potatoes, dig the ones that you intend to store on a

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Store potatoes in a dark, cool locations (35°-40°) inside. Sweet potatoes should be harvested the same way, except that it helps to “cure” the roots for 10 to 14 days in a warm, dark location (85°). Curing helps to heal over cuts and scrapes before being stored for the winter in a cool, dry location (55°), For winter squash it is important to cure them before storage. Place the squash in a cool, sheltered shady spot for about 1 month. Do not lay them on the ground. A simple curing table made from a mesh wire will work well. Place the squash on the table out of direct sunlight to allow the air to circulate all around the squash. Now is the time to start bring-

It is a good idea to cure winter squash before storage. ing your houseplants back indoors for the winter. Check carefully for hitchhiking pests. If the plants have out-grown their pots, re-pot them into a larger pot, or remove them and trim back the roots. It is important to use lightweight, well drained soil-less potting mixes. It has been a standard


Tidewater Gardening practice to use pebbles, stones, and shards of clay pots in the bottom of the pots. However, these materials do not need to be added to the bottoms of planting containers. This actually reduces space for root growth and, thus, plant growth. Some houseplants will drop leaves and slow their growth as they become accustomed to lowlight conditions indoors. Be careful not to over-water them during this adjustment period that may take several weeks. Start fall clean up in the flower beds by cutting back anything that has finished blooming or is diseased. Leave the large seed heads

Coneflower seeds are a special treat for our bird friends during the winter months. of black-eyed Susans, coneflowers and other perennials for birds to feed on over the winter. Divide and move perennials now. You should dig up and store tender bulbs like dahlias, caladiums, cannas

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and tuberous begonias during the fall. Plant hardy mums now so they will become well established prior to cool weather. Pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale can also be planted this month. Irises with leaves that are flopping over may be infested with iris borer. The borer is the larva of a clear wing moth. The eggs are laid on the foliage in the spring and the larvae move down to the crown and bore into the rhizome. Dig up infested plants and cut out the larvae and damaged tissue. Re-plant the healthy rhizomes. If you have fruit plantings in the landscape it is very important that you practice good sanitation now. Remove and dispose of all rotted or fallen fruits from trees, vines and bushes. This will help reduce the amount of disease inoculum and

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in the refrigerator and brought to room temperature to ripen. Asian pears should be allowed to ripen on the tree. Pick an apple every few days when harvest time approaches to determine the peak harvest time. Harvesting fruit before peak ripeness will help you to minimize problems with yellow jackets and sap beetles. Again, remove and dispose of all rotted or fallen fruit from trees for disease control. Finally, don’t forget the spring flowering bulbs. We are all familiar with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus ~ the standard bulbs for spring flowering displays. To add variety to your bulb plantings, consider using some of the more

number of insect pests that overwinter and attack your plants next spring. Do not compost this debris, but dispose of it in the garbage. September is a good time to prune out the dead raspberry and blackberry canes that fruited this past summer. Fall fruiting raspberries like ‘Josephine,’ ‘Caroline’ and ‘Heritage’ can be mowed to the ground in late winter. If you happen to have a fig planting, harvest them when they soften slightly. Fall pears are beginning to ripen. Most pear cultivars are picked when background color begins to lighten, but fruits are still firm. Pears should be kept

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produces bright blue f lowers on 4to 6-inch plants in early spring. They are easy to grow and prefer partial shade and multiply rapidly. Siberian squill are most effective when planted in masses under trees and shrubs, but are also suited to rock gardens and the edge of woodlands. Another type of squill ~ Lebanon squill (a.k.a. striped squill) ~ is a hardy bulb that yields flowers with dark stripes of blue on white or blue petals. Blooming very early in spring and reaching 6 inches in height, the flowers are of an unusual color and have a spicy aroma. The plant likes sun or partial shade. This selection multiplies well and performs positively in

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Alliums make an impressive show. ganteum) produces pinkish-purple flowers in a dense, globe-shaped cluster, 4 to 6 inches across. The solitary heads are borne atop a 3to 4-foot-tall stem. The giant onion usually blooms in late June. Lily Leek (Allium moly) has yellow flowers in a loose umbel and blooms in late spring. Lily Leeks grow 8- to 12-inches-tall and are best utilized in borders and rock gardens. Alliums are also deer resistant and provide dramatic color in late May, June and even July where it is a nice combination with the early-blooming perennials. Happy gardening! Marc Teffeau retired as the Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. and he now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda. 92


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Dorchester Points of Interest so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit 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 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. 410-228-1205 or visit 102

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

Easton Points of Interest is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit 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 for 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 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The

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Easton Points of Interest Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 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 Tues. through Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit 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.

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Easton Points of Interest 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Fed-

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Easton Points of Interest 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL 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 ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on

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Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. 22. 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. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 25. WYE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds flour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 26. WYE ISLAND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AREA Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here. 113

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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

St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. The Inn is now a member of the Orient Express Hotels. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1874, Dodson, along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for “the old Parsonae house.”

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St. Michaels Points of Interest on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-745-2900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence 120

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St. Michaels Points of Interest for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry St. near Locust St.). 14. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 17. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. 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 trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare.

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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. 410-745-9561 or 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812.

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


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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. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Summer hours are Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. 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) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine


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

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


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The Villages of Talbot County by Gary D. Crawford

The Eastern Shore is littered with rural villages. You can drive through the countryside admiring fields and forest, then come around a bend in the road and, all of a sudden, find houses. Usually they lie nestled under some shade trees, miniature communities. I don’t know about elsewhere, but folks here in Talbot County have a certain fondness for these places. Residents seem to like the sense of community they afford, and visitors sometimes pronounce them “charming.” Talbot County’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan mentioned the significance of the county’s villages: “Each [village] is an important part of the County culture and character that has evolved based on settlement patterns over time. In this respect, the villages perform a role that is complementary to that of the incorporated towns. Visually, they are an important component of Rural Character, providing a pleasing and appropriately scaled and textured contrast to the rural open character of the surrounding areas.” Being one of those rural characters myself, I couldn’t agree more. So, charming they may be. They’re

Downtown Fairbank. also “unincorporated,” which means the villages don’t exist as legal entities. That also means there are no local governments, no mayors, no police, no village laws, and no local taxes. All of which suits most people just fine. There are some down-sides, of course. For example, there’s the matter of “representation.” When a community really needs help, they must rely on the County Council and the staff members they employ. Since those folks are all up in Easton, it isn’t always entirely obvious that each and every one is always working diligently for my safety and comfort. Go figure! I mean no disrespect here, of course. Our county just has an awkward shape to it, with lots of people living way out on “necks.”


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You know, the shape of Talbot County reminds me of something… but I just can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps someone will recognize it and let me know. Consider: The total area of Talbot County is just 477 square miles. If it were circular, that would be less than 80 miles around. Instead it boasts more than 600 miles of coastline ~ the longest of any county in the country, I’m told, though I can’t prove that. Significantly, in circular Talbot nobody would live more than 12½ miles from the center or more than 25 miles from anyone else. Even being square would be lots better, though no one would want to be that. Another disadvantage of being unincorporated is that since villages don’t exist legally, they cannot have definite borders. A “village” is a contiguous group of properties governed by village zoning regulations. That’s why you

don’t see signs like, “Hi! You’ve Reached the Ivytown Village Limit. Population 103. Welcome!” Officially, therefore, what we all know as the village of “McDaniel” is a conglomeration of VC-zoned properties over that-away. The point here is that they don’t lie inside of anything. They’re just huddled together like kids on a cold playground ~ the properties, I mean, not the good people of McDaniel. Gasoline is still $2.09 a gallon there, by the way. The huddled masses (of properties) don’t make a lot of sense and the villages aren’t very coherent in the geographic sense, of course. A nearby field no one ever thought was in the village is “in,” by definition, because it carries village zoning. Conversely, a property always considered part of the village cannot be included if it carries a different zoning designation. It’s all quite confusing. Aside from this border problem, no one is really sure how many villages there are. There are twenty-two villages on Talbot County’s official list ~ but there are others. What happened to Hysontown, for example, is unclear. Despite the signs on Route 33 announcing the village, it didn’t make the list. Once upon a time, Tilghman’s Island had a fourth village, named Avalon after the shell-pile island nearby. Avalon even had a


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Envelope conveying a bill from John C. Harrison, merchant, to Elmer Kinnamon. Postmarked Avalon Isand, October 23, 1940. post office, though only the oldtimers remember it now. Then there’s poor Valliant, Maryland, which disappeared entirely, washed away with the rest of Poplar

Island, down to Dorchester County and beyond. I’m sure there must be others. After all, whole towns have vanished, like Frenchtown on the Elk River up in Cecil County. Most Talbot villages haven’t vanished, of course, but they certainly have changed. Once bustling with commercial activity of all kinds, now they are primarily residential communities. Even the smallest villages used to have shops of various kinds ~ small groceries, hardware stores, blacksmiths, boatyards, farm or marine supply stores, even restaurants, little department stores, and service stations. There were post offices, volunteer fire companies, and churches; the largest even had schools.


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Villages of Talbot County Most important, the village also had homes with families living in them. There were jobs on the farms and on the water and in the service industries that supported the communities. Nowadays, the businesses are mostly gone except in the largest villages such as Tilghman or Cordova. As the employment opportunities moved to the towns, so did the families. During the boom in land prices leading up to the recession, locals discovered they couldn’t afford to buy homes in the villages; those who inherited homes couldn’t afford not to sell. Newcomers, attracted by spectacular properties at very affordable prices by city standards, began buying properties. A great many became vacation homes, even rentals, or were used during hunting and fishing seasons. A few became homes again as the owners aged and decided to retire here. Residents are much older now, on average, and, most sadly, families with children are becoming scarce. Most villages are pretty quiet most of the year, except right now in August, as the grandchildren flock in. The sound of their play and laughter is like sparkling music or summer rain on a hot, parched street. All this change grieves the older generation to some degree or other, both locals and those who have been

here long enough to be witnesses. We all sense that we are watching the passing of a way of life. Then there are the Elves. In one of those strange coincidences, as I was pondering this poignant transformation of the villages, a book I had ordered arrived in the mail. It was by Henry Gee, a British scientist whose books I have found most thought-provoking. This one was The Science of Middle-Earth, in which he considers how J.R.R. Tolkien may have arrived at some of his creations or adapted them from the pre-Christian mythologies of Britain and the North, and what, after all, Tolkien meant by what he wrote. Now, before you run off, Gentle Reader, I do realize that not everyone is a fan of Tolkien and his imaginary world of Middle-Earth. That’s a shame, for you are missing much, but perhaps you saw the movie, at least? Anyway, here’s what struck me as relevant to the present discussion. Gee considers the main theme of the Lord of the Rings saga is that of loss ~ the passing away of things.

Elves are leaving the Middle-Earth, never to return.


Even the quest of the Ring is not to win it but to destroy it. He notes how all the peoples of MiddleEarth ~ Men, Dwarves, Elves, even Hobbits ~ achieved remarkable things, but all in the past, things they cannot now replicate. By the end of the tale, the immortal and once powerful Elves are departing, leaving Middle-Earth forever. Can we be so certain, Gee wonders, that the destiny of the human race is ever upward and onward? After all, don’t we still marvel over the Pyramid of Cheops, and Stonehenge, and the Great Wall? These things are now nearly the stuff of legend, hardly different from the tales of Middle-Earth. Even World War II is, for nearly everyone nowadays, more a history rather than a memory. The moon landings 40 years ago are becoming tales we tell our children. “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle, and Buzz jumped over the Moon.” I was suddenly struck by the parallel. Tolkien would have understood the sense of yearning and sadness our elders here feel, as they leave the village and move somewhere more secure, perhaps to Easton. He also would have understood the sense of loss felt by those of us who remain behind. Driving along past Wittman, I still gaze out into the Bay looking in vain for the f leet of skipjacks that used to work those waters. When all are gone, what will 147

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Villages of Talbot County we have left but memories, slowly eroding into legend and fable? Or will there be new village communities, sound and nurturing, new and adapted to changed conditions? I hope so. These processes cannot be reversed, of course. Conditions do change, for good or ill. Communities all over rural America are going through similar transitions. Can something be preserved here? Can we at least retain a reasonably clear and complete record of past accomplishments? I say, Yes. Can the villages be revitalized, even somewhat, to reverse the trend? It means some economic

development, of course. Could we create some fresh opportunities and new jobs? Could the village communities, fractioned and disparate, come together in common cause? Again, I say Yes. I believe constructive action is possible. But this brings us smack up against the third and most debilitating disadvantage of being unincorporated ~ the lack of leadership. How can village residents work together? The talent may be there and perhaps even the will, but not the mechanism. Who calls the meetings? The answer may lie, not with government, but with local civic groups and non-profit organizations. As a case in point, I’m proud

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Villages of Talbot County to report that progress is being made on Tilghman’s Island. Three splendid non-profit organizations, all established since 2003, are undertaking some wonderful work. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC) is the oldest of the three. PWEC intends to purchase a property at the entrance to the island and transform it into a pleasant and useful visitor attraction. They call it “the Oyster House Project,” and it involves buying the Harrison oyster company next to the Tilghman Bridge. Kelley Phillips Cox, PWEC founder and executive director, comes from a long line of watermen. She’s also a trained marine biologist, a tour operator, and a licensed boat captain. “There’s been a seafood business at that location

for over a century, under various owners,” she says. “We’d sure hate to see the last dockside oystershucking house in Talbot County turned into a boatel or something. We need jobs down here and the guys need a dependable place to sell their catches.” Cox and her team are raising money to buy the 2¼-acre property. The oyster house property is much more conspicuous than PWEC’s current location at the east end of Knapps Narrows; Cox sees it as a perfect “gateway site.” It is also five times bigger. She plans to turn the rest of the property into an attractive campus for environmental studies, serving both secondary school students and adults. PWEC itself would move there and expand their popular live animal touch-tanks, aquarium displays, and educational programs.

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Villages of Talbot County “People need more reasons to drive on down the road past St. Michaels.” She thinks the PWEC Oyster House Project will be part of the solution to that problem and a win-win for all. I think Kelley Cox is right about the potential for constructive and collaborative change, and I’m happy to try to help. The Oyster House Project will be good for our entire area. So if you happen to have $250,000 in appreciated stock you’d like to avoid paying taxes on, give Kelley a call at 410-886-9200. (She’d be pleased to take smaller gifts, too.) The Tilghman Watermen’s Mu-

seum (TWM) is another Tilghmanbased non-profit organization that is uniting locals and newcomers. Next year the Museum hopes to move into their new home, the Lee House, one of those wonderfully curious W-shaped houses unique to the island (and Sherwood.) TWM has collected thousands of

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Villages of Talbot County documents, photos, artifacts and oral histories; they have produced two acclaimed videos bringing the past to life. There is yet a third non-profit on Tilghman doing good work and bringing locals and newcomers together, the Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA). They serve schoolchildren of the villages of the Tilghman area (Wittman, Sherwood, Tilghman, Fairbank, and Bar Neck) by providing worthwhile and safe after-school activities. They also sponsor summer camp and other events. TAYA programs help to reduce the time children remain unattended while

waiting for their parents to come home from work. All of this activity is helpful. They are working together ~ preserving the past and adapting to the future. Remember, there’s no better way to get to know your neighbors than to work with them on a common project. So, yes, the villages are important. But it isn’t the houses that make the village. The community is the thing. And the laughter of children. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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The Last Tomatoes of Summer The first time I heard of green tomato pie, I was very excited. The recipe was from a farm wife who never wasted anything from the garden. Since then, I have never left those end-of-the-summer tomatoes hanging on the vine. Late-summer tomatoes can enhance the flavor of many dishes. Their sweet-acidic taste, combined with other ingredients, is hard to beat. I toss them with pasta, drizzle with olive oil, and enjoy them as an appetizer on toasted garlic bread. SUNDAY BRUSCHETTA Serves 4-8 Not too long ago bruschetta seemed exotic, but now it is a part of everybody’s summer. This is perfect for Sunday brunch. 4-8 slices of crusty peasant bread (cutting the long center bread slices in half on an angle) 2-4 cups diced fresh tomatoes 1 shallot or 2 green onions, very thinly sliced

Bruschetta is a treat anytime. 1 handful fresh basil leaves, cut into strips Sea salt and freshly ground pepper A dash of balsamic vinegar 3 T. extra virgin olive oil Crumbled goat cheese, optional Preheat the oven to 500°. Place bread on a baking sheet and toast on one side until light colored and crisp. Flip over and toast on the other side. In the meantime, toss the tomatoes with all the other ingredients, except the goat cheese, in a large bowl and let sit for a few minutes.


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Tidewater Kitchen 8-10 cored, peeled and chopped tomatoes (directions for peeling are under the cheese, tomato and onion pie recipe) 1 qt. ice cubes 1 cucumber, peeled 2 celery ribs, sliced 1 carrot, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 1 T. sea salt 1 pinch cayenne pepper Combine all ingredients and blend in a blender until smooth. Chill for 2 hours before serving. Sometimes I like to add V-8 low sodium juice. LINGUINE with TOMATOES and BASIL Serves 4-6 I first had this uncooked sauce in California. Such a recipe could only be a result of hot, lazy days and abundant ripe tomatoes. The heat of the pasta warms and brings out the flavors of the sauce in a wonderfully subtle way. This is delicious and easy! 4 large ripe tomatoes cut into 1/4inch cubes 1/2 lb. Brie cheese, rind removed and torn into irregular pieces 1 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into strips 3 garlic cloves, pressed 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper 1 (16 oz.) package linguine Freshly grated imported Parmesan cheese Combine tomatoes, Brie, basil, garlic, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large serving bowl. Prepare at least two hours before serving and set aside, covered, at room temperature. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the linguine and boil until tender but still firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and immediately toss with the tomato sauce. Serve at once, passing the peppermill and grated Parmesan cheese. FRESH TOMATO SAUCE with ANGEL HAIR PASTA Serves 4 8 oz. angel hair pasta 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 t. dried crushed red pepper

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End-of-the-season green tomatoes. Preheat oven to 450°. In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon. In a deep-dish pie pan, place the uncooked pie crust. Layer sliced tomatoes, dry ingredient mixture and sprinkle some of the vinegar on the tomatoes. Repeat the layering process until all dry ingredients and vinegar are used. Place pie crust on top and vent. Bake for 10 minutes at 450°. Turn the oven down to 350° and bake an additional 30 minutes. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at



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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 171


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The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. $14.95 paperback. 229 pages. Young people who were lucky enough to migrate to Manhattan f rom t he boon ie s shor t ly a f ter WWII arrived at a fantastic time in the Big Apple. It was a period of exciting theater, daring artists who rejected traditional painting, glamorous night clubs and restaurants. It was also a great time for the weekly magazine that chronicled the whole merry-go-round, as well as features by talented writers and sophisticated editors who recognized hilarious cartoons when they saw them. One of these naive college grads, Janet Groth, was a tall beautiful blond who grew up in Iowa. She had aspirations of becoming a famous writer. The job she found was at The New Yorker magazine, the Mecca of fantasyland to every young hopeful who read and envied its contents. Janet was a 19-year-old college

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Tidewater Review offer to have a drink after work or to walk through neighborhoods with reputations for eccentricity, sample national cuisine in small cafes and bars featuring the new music rage, rock ‘n’ roll, or simply take a stroll through Central Park. If her dates wanted more than just her company, Janet ref used to cooperate and black-listed their names. She did meet and enjoy the company of many well-known writers of the day and gives her assessment of their work ad infinitum in this tellall memoir. Frankly, the number and celebrity of these connections smacks of name-dropping. Added to that cheeky intrusion, it smells more than a bit like bragging about one’s superiority. This critic was almost ready to close the book and choose another for a review. Fortunately, it ended a chapter and her own story got back on track. Not really fortunate for Janet. She met Evan, another New Yorker employee. After a series of platonic dates, there occurred what seems to have been consensua l sex. Ja net assumed t hat it was le ad i ng to t he cla s sic we dd i ng bells, a new life and children. It was her first real thwarted love affair. It sent her crashing into grief so profound she tried to commit suicide. Her recover y regained, she def ied fate by enter ing a year of casual short attachments

Janet Groth in the 1960s. with many men, only resulting in self hate. She was ashamed and thought of herself as a slut. Mor e d i s app oi nt me nt w a s a regular in her life. “I tried to be nice to everyone,” she whimpers as she writes a long list ~ “sitting here, minding employees’ children who are visiting Dad who’s stuck in a meeting” ~ of just about any chore except picking up the laundry, it seems. In a fairly long time of grief and self-hat red, a long comes Fr it z, the disinherited son of a wealthy German who worked for Hitler’s Third Reich. Fritz is now in New York and Janet and he are living



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attempts to have her writing in the magazine are rejected. The sting lingers, but she has met Mr. Right at last. He’s 20 years her senior and is everything she has dreamed of as a perfect mate. Luckily, they both love each other very much. The only smudge on happy days comes when the Newspaper Guild tries to persuade the magazine to join the union. Janet resents that her long tenure in the job at a modest wage has made her the poster child for the union’s rallying cry. Janet is being exploited. She doesn’t feel exploited. When she wanted an addition to her vacation time, it was always granted. The maga zine cheer f ully found


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br inging her t he happiness she always craved. She closes t he book w it h t he sentence “I suppose you could say it was the end of an era.” Both for her and the brilliance of The New Yorker magazine and a special time and place in history. Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a free lance for the now defunct Baltimore News-American, 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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Aussies and Kiwis - Part V Some readers may have wondered over the past few months about the titles of the Tidewater Traveler articles ~ Aussies and Kiwis. Aussie is the colloquial name first conferred upon residents of Australia by their New Zealand neighbors located about 1,400 miles to the east. The word Aussies is now widely used to refer to Australians. A kiwi is a fuzzy brown fruit,

about the size and shape of a large egg, with a green interior and tiny gritty seeds ~ actually very tasty! Kiwi is also the name of a large New Zealand bird, about the size of a DelMarVa chicken, but with a long, pointy beak and wings too small to support f light. Kiwi is also an affectionate nickname for anyone from New Zealand. Thursday, February 21 ~ We

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Kiwi chick. departed the Novotel Lakeside in Rotorua this morning for the last leg of our incredible Australia and New Zealand journey. A two-hour coach ride through rolling hills brought us to the region called Waitoma. Here we took the World’s

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Aussies and Kiwis total darkness of the cave, the light from the glow worms was actually enough to see just a bit of our surroundings. The Ruakuri Cave tour is totally accessible ~ even to wheelchairs ~ thanks to a network of cleverly designed catwalks, bridges and ramps. I was fascinated by the cave entrance. Visitors stroll (or roll) down an impressive spiral ramp to reach a point about 200 feet below ground level. Not far from the cave we made a lunch stop at a modest cafeteriastyle venue in the village of Otorohanga. The highlight of the meal was another serving of New Zea-

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“Calendar of Events” notices - Please contact us at 410-226-0422, fax the information to 410-226-0411, write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601, or e-mail to The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month of publication (i.e., September 1 for the October issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup A lcoholics A nony mous meetings. For places and times, call 410-822-4226 or visit www. Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989. Thru Oct. 13 Exhibit: Joint Heritage at Wye House at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Joint Heritage at Wye House is a major interpretive exhibition, drawing 197

The Orangery at Wye House. on new archeological evidence from the former slave quarters at the Green House (now called Orangery) at Wye House. The exhibition will contain unpublished archival sources, household objects, books, recipe collections,

September Calendar maps and artwork related to the people who lived and worked at Wye House. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Oct. 13 Exhibit: These Places That I Know by David A. Douglas at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Douglas has created a powerful collection of works w ithin a hy per-real universe where f loors and walls radiate with jewel-like intensity. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Oct. 13 Working A rtists Forum at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Bi-annual exhibition of new, first-time-shown work. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. Thru Oct. 31 The Choptank River L ig ht house of fers f ree, selfguided tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The lighthouse features a minimuseum about the histor y of the original lighthouse and the area’s maritime heritage. It also serves as the dockmaster’s office for the Cambridge Marina. For more info. tel: 410-228-4031 or

visit 1 17th Annual Labor Day Show and Art Sale sponsored by the St. Michaels Art league at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. This exhibit showcases the work of many of its members and is free to the public. 12:30 to 5 p.m. 1

Work s hop: For a g i ng at A d kins Arboretum, Ridgely. Bill Schindler, Ph.D. returns to lead this hands-on workshop that w ill immerse par ticipants in the exciting, sustainable, and nutritious world of foraging for wild plants. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. and registration tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.

1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29 Class: Stained Glass Mosaic Studio with Jen Wagner at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wed., 6 to 8 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 2 The Oxford Museum’s annual PIGA-FIGA-LICIOUS from noon to 3 p.m. at the Oxford Volunteer Firehouse. This is a fun fundraiser featuring roast pork and “figalicious” fixin’s made from Oxford’s favorite fruit. $35 per


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person, children 10 and under are half price. Entertainment by DJ Chris Startt, along with a 50/50 raff le and silent auction. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 3 Meeting: Breastfeeding Support Group f rom 10 to 11:30 a.m. at U M Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410 -822-1000 or v isit www.

4 ,11,18, 25 Meet ing: Wed ne sday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. For more info. visit www. or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ or 410-463-0148. 4,11,18,25 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073.

4 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each month this writing group will follow a different winding path to quietly observe nature in detail. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. For more info. and registration tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.

4 ,1 1,18 , 2 5 S t . M ic h ael s A r t League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the home of Alice-Marie Gravely. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8117.

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to 1:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit

and entertainment. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 4,18 Plant Clinic offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative 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. 5 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your ow n projects and stitch with a group. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 5 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels featuring Sunny Isle Blues Band. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light ref reshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 5,12,19,26 Cambridge Farmer’s Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on the waterfront at Long Wharf Park. Fresh produce, f lowers, meats, eggs, baked goods, craft items and more. For more info. visit w w w.c ambr idge main st reet. com. 5,12,19,26 Class: Fear to Fun ~ Learning to Paint in Oil with Diane DuBois Mullaly from 10 a.m.


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6 Class: Monthly Art Salon and Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 6 Dorchester Sw ingers 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. 6-7 Fall Native Plant Sale at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. Wild bergamot, blazing star and butterf lyweed are welcome additions to our sale. Please join us to check out many garden favorites and take time to chat with the nursery staff about our diverse selection of plant species. Open to the public on Friday for plant sale purchases from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If



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peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can go out on Fogg’s Cove on one of the Museum’s Apprentice for a Day sailing or rowing skiffs. The boats are perfect for up to two people, with instructions provided for beginners. Cost is $10 per session, with reservations recommended. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit

you would like to order plants in advance, please contact us by noon on Wednesday, September 4th at nursery-sales@wetland. org or 410-745-9620. We will have your order ready when you arrive. Visit for our current retail availability and directions. 6,13,20,27 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 7 Bird Migration Walk at Adkins A rboretum, R idgely. 8 to 10 a.m. Join Wayne Bell on a guided bird walk to scout for early fall migrants and lingering summer residents. For more info. and registration tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 7 Cla ss: The Voic e of Wisdom Within ~ Creating Change in Your Life with David Mercier at Evergreen A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. and registration tel: 410-819-3395 or visit www. 7 Sailing Saturday at the Chesa-

7 First Saturday Guided Walk at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by a docent naturalist. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. 7 Chester tow n Jazz Festival in Wilmer Park. 10:30 a.m. The first 100 Jazz Festival arrivals will be treated to a free continental breakfast. Acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and much-loved local jazz and blues vocalist Sue Matthews will be the headliners. For more info. tel. 410-810-2060 or visit 7 First Saturday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton (replaces First Friday Gallery Walk). 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. For more info. tel: 410-770-8350.


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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:

7-8 Log Canoe Races at the Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michaels for the Labor Day Series. For more info. visit 7-28 Exhibit: Joe Mayer at the Pam Foss Fine Art Gallery in St. Michaels. The collection is composed of 16 new paintings. Also on the 7th, the Pam Foss Gallery will be celebrating its 1st anniversary with a grand party from 6 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-0400 or visit www. 7,14,21 Two-Hour Ecology Sail aboard the Sultana in Chestertown. 2 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-5954 or visit www. 7,14,21,28 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. 7,14,21,28 FarmFresh Market in St. Michaels in the municipal parking lot behind Sweeties Bakery from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers

7,14,21,28 Cambridge Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to noon on the waterfront at Long Wharf Park. Fresh produce, f lowers, meats, eggs, baked goods, craft items and more. For more info. v i s it w w w.c am br i d ge m 7,14,21,28 Historic High Street Walking Tour - Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours are sponsored by the non-prof it 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. 7,28 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 7,28 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan



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8 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.

the Talbot County Free Library, Easton at 6:30 p.m. and on the 12th in St. Michaels at 2 p.m. King Peggy tells the true story of Peggielene Bartels, a humble secretary in Washington, D.C., who was awakened one night by a phone call telling her she’d been named king of her native African community. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

8 One-hour Skipjack Sails on the Nathan of Dorchester at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Long Whar f, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410 -228 -7 1 41 or v i sit w w w.

9 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. This is a members-only meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

9 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Join a group and work on your needlecraf t projects. Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit

9,16, 23 ,30 Cla ss: Inter med iate/Advanced Raku with Paul Aspell from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2782) or visit www.

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info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 11 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail

10,17,24 Class: Landscape and Seascape in Oil w ith Patr ick Meehan from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2782) or visit www.

11,18,25 Class: Basic Drawing with Katie Cassidy from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit

10,17,24 Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

11,18,25 Class: Pastel Painting with Katie Cassidy from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit

10,17,24 Class: Water, Light, Atmosphere with Heather Crow from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit

11,18,25 Class: Introduction to Pottery with Paul Aspell from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit

10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371.

11,18, 25 Cla s s: Beg. Int. a nd Adva nc e d Pot ter y w it h Pau l Aspell from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2782) or visit www.

11 Lego Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For ages 6 and up. L egos prov ided by t he Ma rk Callahan family in memory of Rebecca Callahan. For more

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$20 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www. 12,19,26 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 13 Fall Native Plant Sale (members on ly) at Ad k i n s A rb or e t u m, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop the members-only sale for the best selection. New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847 or v isit www. 13 Night Music Sail with The Lions of Bluegrass aboard the Sultana in Chestertown. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-5954 or visit 13 Connection and Conversation ~ informal conversations for men and women about values, hopes, concerns, and the shape of the planet at Evergreen A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. Bring snacks and a beverage. Donations appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit



September Calendar 14 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2287331 or visit 14 Craft and Used Book Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 14 Second Saturday Nursery Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Join Eric Wittman at the Fall Native Plant Sale between 1 and 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www. 14 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 14-Nov. 2 Exhibit: Main Street Gallery in Cambridge presents “ENVIRONMENT” to feature wood carver Eddie Wozny and painters Annie Compton and Linda Epstein. Main Street Gallery will

host an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m that is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more info. tel: 703-201-7157. 14 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. 14 Artist Loft Studios Open Night. The artists invite visitors to their studios during Cambridge Main Street’s Second Saturday ART WALK from 5 to 8 p.m. This new artist studio development is situated in the heart of downtown Cambridge at 410 Race St. (through the street door next to Joie de Vivre Gallery). Enjoy a glass of wine & browse the ART. tel: 410-228-7000 or visit www. 14-15 Fall Native Plant Sale at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. The region’s largest selection of native perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees will be for sale. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847 or v isit www. 14-15 Log Canoe Races at the Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michaels. For more info. visit


14,28 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 toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 15 Rock On Talbot auction at the Masthead in Oxford. 3 p.m. A variety of rocking chairs that have been painted by local artists, and have been on display since July 1, will be sold at auction to benefit a

One of the many pieces of art on display at the Main Street Gallery. local family in need. The auction is sponsored by Stem the Tide. For more info. visit 16 Movie: The Secret Life of Bees at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton at 6 p.m. Free. For more

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info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 16 Class: Essential Oils with Robin Coventry at Evergreen A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. Discover the many uses of essential oils. For more info. and registration tel: 410819 -3395 or v isit 16,23,30 Tot Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. Story time and crafts for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626

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17,24 The Academy of Lifelong Learning at CBMM: This I Believe with Don Rush from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 for enrollment details. 18 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club new member orientation in the Wye Oak Room of the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit www. 18,25 Class: Basic Still Life in Oil with Rita Curtis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Academy A rt Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 19 The Academy of Lifelong Learning at CBMM: The Artist’s Way w it h Diane Thomas Mitchell from 1 to 2:30 at the Universalist Unitarian Church, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 for enrollment details. 19 Meeting: A lzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group at Chesapeake Woods Center, Cambridge. 4 p.m. Caregivers of those with A lzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-related disorders are invited to attend. Free. For more info. tel: 410-221-1400, ext. 1217.



September Calendar 19,26 Class: Printmaking w ith Ebby Malmgren from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 20 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. 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. 20 Skipjack Captains and Crew reception benefiting Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race at Snappers Waterfront Cafe in Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, 50/50 raff le. Reception tickets are $25 in advance, $30 after Sept. 13. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.

Garber from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 20-22 Chesapeake Film Festival brings outstanding narrative, comedy, documentary and short f ilms to Easton. To purchase weekend passes or movie tickets online v isit, or call 410822-3500. 21 ChesapeakeMan Endurance Fe s t iv a l to b ene f it Ma ke -AWish Foundation. The ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival includes seven top shelf events for all skill levels. For more info. tel: 410-964-1246 or visit www.

20 The Presby ter ian Church of Easton will host a Penny Raffle and Silent Auction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with auction beginning at 7 p.m. A variety of refreshments will be available to purchase. For more info. tel: 410-822-3324.

21 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race to be held in the Choptank River off Cambridge. Skipjacks expected at this year’s race include Caleb W. Jones, Hilda M. Willing, H.M. Krentz, Ida May, Lady Helen, Nathan of Dorchester, Rebecca T. Ruark, and the Thomas Clyde at Long Wharf from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. about the race and activities tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.

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September Calendar to 3 p.m. at American Legion Jeff David Post 18 in Centreville. 30 local artisans are expected to offer their hand-crafted creations for sale. Bag lunches w ill be available for purchase and there will also be raff les. For more info. tel: 410-758-3194. 21 The Federalsburg Historical Society will sponsor its annual Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum. This fee event

will feature many vehicles from the 1880s to the 1950s, lunch items for sale, and much more. For more info. tel: 410-754-5639. 21 2013 Tour de Talbot sponsored by the Midshore R iverkeeper Conservancy on the grounds of the Calhoon MEBA school. There will be 20-, 60- and 100-mile rides. To register v isit www. 21 Learn to “Storyboard� ~ the First Step in Filmmaking at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10

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to 11:30 a.m. Join Liza Ledford from the Chesapeake Film Festival, and Jon Michael Shink, from Pendragwn Productions, for a fun-filled workshop. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 21 Fall Soup ’n Walk at Adkins A rboret um, R idgely. Catch a glimpse of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple asters. Menu: split pea soup; cantaloupe, blueberry and romaine salad; dill rye bread and peach cobbler. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more info. and registration tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 21 Block Party on Fremont Street in St. Michaels. Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy a good old-fashioned block party celebrating the changing of the season. There will be music, family activities, games, street vendor s, a nd a b e er ga r den sponsored by Black Thorn Pub.

21 Corsica Watershed Awareness Day at Bloomfield Farm on Rt. 213 just north of Centreville. The event combines engaging environmental education with tours of the historic farmhouse, tasty food, hayrides, pond fishing, petting zoo and more. Noon to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 604-2100 or v isit www. 21 Summer Sendoff: Blues, Brews a nd BBQ f r om 4 to 10 p.m. in downtown Cambridge. The event features live music and entertainment, sidewalk sales, great food and a variety of brews. For more info. visit 21


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September Calendar Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner, silent and live auction and more. For more info. tel: 410-921-6792 or visit 21,28 Class: Creating and Developing Children’s Picture Books with Laura Rankin from 10 a.m. to noon at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 23 Book Discussion: Traveling with Pomegranates at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Pat Bates will lead the discussion.

For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 23 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club in the Chesapeake Room of the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 24 The Academy of Lifelong Learning at CBMM: Furniture of our Pilgrim Fathers with Dick Mattingly from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 for enrollment details. 24 Puppet Show: Back to School is

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September Calendar Cool at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. A production by our own Miss Carla. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 24 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 25 The Academy of Lifelong Learning at CBMM: Greek Tragedy ~ Its Birth, Development and C onclusion w it h Ben Weems from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Chesa-

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K it t r e d ge -W i l s on S p e a ker Series at the Academy Art Museu m, E a ston fe at u r i ng The Archaeology of Telling Time at Wye House with Professor Mark P. Leone and Elizabeth F. Pruitt. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-

822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 28 St. Michaels Faith Fest showc a se s t he ver y b e s t i n lo c a l Christian musical talent, food and fellowship. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. St. Michaels Fait h Fest is a faith-based music and arts festival with church representatives from St. Michaels, Easton, Tilghman and surrounding communities. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534 or visit www. 28 Yard Sale sponsored by the Sons of the A merican Legion from 7 to 11 a.m. behind the Easton WalMar t. Featuring spor ting go o d s, f i sh i ng, hu nt i ng a nd boating gear. For more info. tel: 410-770-5778. 28 Oxford Library’s 37th Annual Book Sale, Market Street, Oxford. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, September 29.

28 Magic in the Meadow, Adkins Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala, celebrates the beauty of the Arboretum’s 400 acres of majestic native gardens, meadows and forests. Enjoy live music and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a sumptuous dinner, live and silent auctions and much more. $125 per person, with tables of ten available for reservation. For more info. visit 29 3rd Annual Tent Symposium presents The Forest Unseen at Ad k i ns A rboret u m, R idgely. Noon to 3 p.m. Make a full day with a walk through the meadows, visit the plant nursery and then enjoy lunch followed by an insightful presentation by David Haskell. For more info. and registration tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 29 Concert: LYRA, a vocal assembly from St. Petersburg, Russia, at Ch r i st Epi sc opa l Chu rch,



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30 T h e A c a d e m y o f L i f e l o n g Learning at CBMM: The Naval Civil War with Bob Lonergan from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 for enrollment details.

The vocal ensemble LYRA from St. Petersburg, Russia. Cambridge. 7 p.m. $10, students free. There will be a reception after the concert in Barber Hall. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161.

30 T he A c ademy for L i felong Learning at CBMM: From Hot War to Cold War ~ US History 1919 -1990 w ith Bob Springer from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Talbot Senior Center Conference Room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 for enrollment details.

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