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Tidewater Times

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 64, No. 4

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September 2015

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Bill Whaley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Chicken Barbecues and the Eastern Shore: Helen Chappell . . . . . 9 Ups and Downs: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Indiantown, Sacred Grounds: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Addenda & Errata: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Lighting Out for Lake Erie: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Artists Studio Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Departments: September Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 September Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 David C. Pulzone, Publisher 路 Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer William “Bill” Whaley Bill Whaley is a Delmarva native, growing up in Bridgeville, DE, and now liv ing in East New Market. Coming straight out of high school to become a land sur veyor, Bill always had a passion for the arts. He loved drawing as a boy, but as he grew older, his artistic eye was drawn to photography. Early on, Bill enjoyed photographing landscapes and wildlife, but he soon appreciated the reward of portrait and wedding photography. He became intrigued with the thought of capturing the special moments and memories that would stay with his subjects forever. Recently, Bill realized his dream

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Chicken Barbecue and the Eastern Shore by Helen Chappell

Wherever you go on the Shore, you will find someone, somewhere, barbecuing chicken. It could be my personal favorite ~ St. Luke’s Methodist Men on Rt. 33, raising money for the church. Or it could be Trappe Rotary on Rt. 50 and Barber Road, or the Jaycees, or a volunteer fire department, or even some high schoolers trying to raise money for band uniforms. Whoever and whatever, I’m in! I can’t resist barbecued chicken. Maybe it’s that crispy, forbid-

den chicken skin, or that tangy vinegary f lavor, or the ambiance of something cooked out of doors over an open pit. Delmarva is the chicken capital of the world, after all, and we may as well enjoy our feathermeat. St. Luke’s Methodist Men, at Kirkham Station on Rt. 33, also offer some lip-smacking good ribs. You have to get there early. This stand, which has been written up in the Washington Post and praised by no less a barbecue maven than Dan




Chicken Barbecue Rodricks, sells out by 11 o’clock. You snooze, you lose. But they’re there every Saturday of the summer, while many other barbecues are only open on holidays. You have to know your barbecue. Everyone offers cold drinks, but you have to add some potato salad of your own for the full barbecue effect. It’s my opinion that chicken goes best with some potato salad. If I’m going to break my diet, I’m going to do it right. Summer is potato salad, some fresh sliced tomatoes and chicken barbecue. Both white and African-American groups offer barbecue. While it’s not necessarily a segregated

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Meanwhile, back at the barbecue stand, I’ve also noticed that like most cooking outdoors, the chicken is mainly cooked by men. While I know many men who are great cooks, better cooks than I’ll ever be, it seems that even a guy who eats something raw over the sink and calls it a meal will get out there and partake in the manly man occupation. The guys among us seem to feel some primitive and atavistic attraction to fire and meat. It’s probably hardwired into them from the days when they brought home the mastodon and threw a roast on the fire in the cave. Again, I know many women are expert grillers, but in mixed company, men will literally

but very few people make it anymore. Not only is it heart attack central, but boiling something in an inch of fat is messy and requires a lot of cleanup. Frying chicken is labor intensive and time consuming. Of course, it’s to die for, but why kill yourself for something you can pick up at Royal Farms? (In the interest of full disclosure, I have a godchild who manages a Royal Farms in Cecil County. In fairness, she turned me on to their fried chicken, and I’ll have to get my revenge one of these days because the stuff will clog your arteries, but it’s also really, really good!).

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Chicken Barbecue shove you aside to get to that grill. It’s a man thing, I guess, and they enjoy it. I think the secret to organized barbecuing as a fundraiser is that guys like to build that fire pit, toss that chicken on there and hang out with other men while it cooks. Over their fire they can communicate in sophisticated grunts and otherwise have some good old-fashioned guy time, while feeding hungry people and making some money for a good cause. It’s a win-win situation. And I’ve never seen an unhappy customer or griller at a chicken barbecue. That fiery, smoky, spicy chicken makes people happy.

The women are there to do their part, too, generally taking the money, selling beverages and baked goods. But they do not mess with the sophisticated grunters, and the boys don’t tell the ladies how to do their job. I don’t pass judgment. I don’t see this as good or bad, it just is. And all are united in their mission. To me, it’s anthropology ~ and good eating. As a friend of mine once said, sometimes you get tired of your own cooking and you need a treat. Chicken barbecue feeds that need, feeds the community, and feeds the soul.

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From NYC to TI An Easton Man’s Job Has Ups and Downs by Dick Cooper From his workstation in the cont rol boot h overlook ing K napps Narrows, Jeff Barron waits at the beck and call ~ make that the horn blast and radio request ~ of boaters signaling for him to open the bridge over the ancient tidal water way that makes Tilghman an island. It is a vital job that combines doses of technical skill, good judgment, common sense and the patience of a Maytag repairman. Thirty to forty times a day the warning bells sound, the security gates lower and the big gray bridge raises for boats to pass between the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River, making the Knapps Narrows one of the busiest drawbridges in the nation. That designation is due in part to the fact that the bridge is the only one of 19 drawbridges in Maryland that opens on demand around the clock. “Other bridges are closed part of the year, some are closed overnight or during rush hour, others open on the hour and half hour, but we operate every minute of every day,” Barron says. “Also, they count lifts, not boats. This is a watermen’s community and you may lift for the

Jeff Barron at the controls of the Knapps Narrows Bridge. same boat four times a day. There is a crew boat that takes workers and tourists to Poplar Island, and I may lift the bridge 14 times a day for that one boat.” Barron is one of six tenders assigned to work shifts at Knapps Narrows. It is his second control-booth career. In a previous life he was Director of Operation for CNN’s New York City Bureau. He was originally recruited from his TV job at Channel 9 in Washington, D.C., to be part of CNN’s startup team in 1980 and direct Lou Dobbs’ Moneyline show. “I was there the first day they went 23

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for retirees,” he says. “I had been to Tilghman a couple of times for their festivals and to come and eat and by bike. I applied for the job and got it.” That was 14 years ago. A t t h at , t h e r a d i o c r a c k l e s . “Lucky Lady to Knapps Narrows Bridge, give us an opening, Buddy.” Barron keys his radio, “Okay, Lucky Lady.” He steps to the control console and puts a foot firmly on the pedal of the “deadman’s switch” on t he f loor. “ The br idge won’t open unless your weight is on it,” he explains as he begins pushing a sequence of buttons to activate the opening process. He notes the time and the name of the vessel in the log book as the crabber idles in the strong current of the nar-

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making another note in the log of the number of cars waiting on both sides. “For a small island, there is a lot of traffic,” he says. “A sailboat opening can back up 20 to 30 cars.”

rows below. When the bridge is up the crabber motors on through and Barron begins the lowering process,

The Knapps Narrows drawbridge in Tilghman is the busiest drawbridge in the nation as far as the number of openings.

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memoir by Antoinette H. Covington, the first recorded fixed bridge was built in 1775 by the island’s owner, Matthew Tilghman Ward. It was “eig ht feet w ide, r unning f rom shore to shore, built of poles from the wooded land and filled with small underbrush and sods. It was very low and only one-way travel by horse team was possible.” That br idge disappeared into history and probably more than a few high tides and was replaced for several decades by a ferry. Talbot C ou nt y bu i lt a not her one -la ne bridge in 1838. Covington wrote, “In 1869, this one was torn down and a new one built, also by the

While the drawbridge has long been a major part of the daily fabric of Tilghman Island, it has only been around for just over 80 years, a brief moment in the history of the island prev iously k now n as Choptank Island and Ward’s Island. The Narrows is a naturally formed cut across the long index-finger of Talbot County that separates the Bay from the river. It draws its name from Robert Knapp, an early English settler who owned land along its course in the 1660s and served as a constable for the area. According to Tilghman’s Island Capers, a

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The sail boats would either take down their masts or if they were stationary, they must sail around the island.” I n 193 4 , t he S tar -D e mo c rat reported the old fixed bridge was finally being replaced by the state. “This is to be a drawbridge and with the deepening of the channel is expected to be quite a marine thoroughfare for Talbot and Dorchester shipping especially.” Cov ing ton wrote that at its peak, the bridge opened 75 times a day for boat traffic. In 1998, that bridge was replaced by the current span. The old, decommissioned bridge was loaded on a barge, shipped up Eastern Bay and down the Miles River to St. Michaels, where it stands as the land-

The old bridge currently stands at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Count y….It was built to accommodate the passing under of the average work boat of that day. Boats with high cabins must wait for a low tide before they could pass through.

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Ups and Downs mark entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Barron says that commercial crab and oyster boats still make up most of the traffic through the Narrows during the week and are complemented by recreational boats on the weekends. While it is rare, boats, usually recreation vessels, have been known to hit the bridge. “They are sailboats, typically,” he says. “They get in the current and are unable to control their boat, or they get too close before I start raising the bridge. There have been days when t here a re whitec aps on the Narrows, but even without that, there is often a strong current and some (boat operators) are demonstratively unable to control their boats.” Then there are those boaters who expect the bridge to open just because they are approaching. “They have to signal to request an opening, either by horn, radio or telephone. Those are the regulations,” he says. The bridge tender can’t just assume a boat wants an opening. “Sometimes you see a boat coming hard at you and then it turns to go to the gas dock.” “It’s a fun job, but it is not a big job in the hierarchy of things,” he says. “But one day a boater called in to the Knapps Narrows Bridge Master. Well, I kind of liked that, so I picked up the mike, put on my radio voice 32

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Senior Bridge Master Jeff Barron. and said, ‘This is the Bridge Master.’ I got this from people in television taking their own titles, but now if people ask me about my job I refer to myself as the Senior Bridge Master,” he says with a chuckle. He says that for the most part, his 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. workday is routine. “I don’t have a lot of stories to tell. The nice thing is that most days I am here for sunrise, except for a couple of weeks in June when it beats me, and sunset a lot of the year is pretty nice from here.” Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, “East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore,” is now available at Amazon.com. Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at dickcooper@coopermediaassociates.com. 34





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Indiantown, Sacred Grounds by Bonna L. Nelson

House stood sentry over brown and green fields surrounded by dense woods on one side and Indiantown Road on the other. This historic site was in the news lately because a preservation group had been established with great vision, plans, and enthusiastic and talented volunteers to restore Indiantown near Vienna. I was curious. On the day I was there, I didn’t know what to expect. I offer this story of a monument to

Under a bold blue sky with tiny puffs of clouds and with a sun so dazzling that it made me squint, even through sunglasses, I first viewed the crumbling red brick house on a rise in the middle of a farm field. After a meditative respite at sparkling, gurgling Chicone Creek, I drove over the crest of a hill on Indiantown Road and arrived at my destination. No one was about except for a few songbirds darting here and there. I surveyed the property. Handsell

Handsell House with the Chicone Village Longhouse in the foreground. 37


peror” of the Nanticokes lived there. What was life like on the beautiful, then densely wooded, Delmarva Peninsula for the Nanticokes? It was a natural paradise, rich with food and beauty. The Woodland Indians established permanent settlements near the plentiful rivers and forests, built longhouses of local wood and reed materials, and made tools with wood, stone, bone and clay. The area was prolific with animals, fish and plant matter. The males hunted deer and turkey and fin and shell fished. The women farmed beans, corn and squash and foraged for nuts, berries and roots. They occupied the Eastern Shore for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived ~ and everything changed.

the Native Americans, English settlers, and African Americans who lived and worked on and sometimes shared the land near Chicone Creek and the Nanticoke River and the work currently underway to preserve their legacy for us. According to the Handsell website, restorehandsell.org, the Nanticokes were an Algonquin-speaking tribe of Eastern Woodland Indians, the largest tribe on the Eastern Shore. In 1608, explorer Captain John Smith encountered the Nanticokes, describing the Indiantown area as home to one of the largest v illages around the Chesapeake Bay. He recorded that the “Em-


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first milestone in the Chicone Native Village Project, is situated on land once occupied by the Chicone Indians, a Nanticoke tribe. On Earth Mother Day and Chicone Village Day, held in spring, and at the Nanticoke River Jamboree, in fall, the historic two-acre Indiantown site, owned by NHPA, is fully open to the public. Unlike my first visit on a quiet day a few years back, when the grounds were open but Handsell House was closed and the Longhouse nonexistent, the spring and fall celebrations are exciting affairs. The festivals attract locals and tourists to participate in the historical, interpretive and re-enactment demonstrations and experiences at both the Handsell plantation house and the Chicone Village Longhouse. Daniel Firehawk Abbott, dressed

Interior of the Longhouse. On my most recent trip to Indiantown: I found a newly erected monument to the Eastern Woodland Indians, the impressive Chicone Village Longhouse. Volunteers with the Nanticoke Historical Preservation Alliance, Inc. (NHPA) researched, designed and constructed a replica native longhouse using historically accurate building methods in the farm field below Handsell House. Spearheaded by Daniel Firehawk Abbott, lead researcher and designer, volunteers constructed the 14’ x 20’ lodge using local materials, including hardwood saplings, phragmites reeds and tree bark, next to a “waddle” fence surrounding a native garden. The lodge, the

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the middle with an opening in the roof above to release smoke, and with geometric designed-blankets, pottery and other items of Chicone daily living, hanging or displayed. The lodge looked cozy, comfortable and inviting to me. Throw a few more blankets on the bunk beds, play some soothing, meditative Native flute music and I might want to stay for a few nights. Outside the lodge, re-enactors were roasting delicious-smelling fish and corn-on-the-cob over a fire and fanning the flames. A Pocomoke tribesman was demonstrating the carving of a dugout canoe. Firehawk showed off various stone, bone, shell and wood tools, arrowheads, spears and other artifacts from his collec-

decorated with small animal skins, armbands, ear ornaments, beads and a modest feather headdress ~ presided over the Chicone Village. A Nanticoke, cultural historian, artisan, founding member of the NHPA, and well-known interpreter of the Eastern Woodland Natives, he has spent years researching and studying the history and culture of his local native ancestors, as well as learning much of the traditional ways from his father and grandfather. When I entered the Lodge, Firehawk was explaining features of the interior to visitors. The lodge is designed with built-in bunk beds on the sides and front, a small fire in

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tional outreach, cultural interpretation and prehistoric life skills work shops and demonstrat ions to rave reviews. He transports his audience back in time, a true living history experience. He even makes his own native clothes and tools and cooks authentic native food. For more information about Firehawk’s work, go to firehawkabbbott.com. According to NHPA, the era of the English colonists at Handsell was blooming by 1665 . C olonel Thomas Taylor, a licensed trader, militar y of f icer, translator and liaison between the newly founded Maryland Colony and the natives at Chicone, established a prosperous trading post on 700 acres of land granted to him to protect the native

tion or that he fashioned himself. By the looks on their faces and the questions asked, it appeared that all who attended the event, young and old alike, were fascinated to learn about the Nanticoke way of life. An inspiring and learned fellow, Firehawk, a Dorchester Count y native, also created and presents a program he calls the “Origin,” an exploration of the Eastern Woodland Native culture in the MidAtlantic. At the Chicone Village and other locations, including numerous government organizations, conservancy organizations, nature centers, schools and parks in the five-state area, Firehawk prov ides educa-

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villages from incursions by colonial settlers. The trading post was located directly in the center of the Chicone village. Taylor named the site “Handsell,” an old English word meaning “earnest money handed at the market.” Taylor maintained a positive relationship with the Chicones and worked on their behalf. What followed was a succession of colonists. In 1693, Christopher Nutter acquired the land, post and position from Taylor, but was less sympathetic to the Chicone Empire. Captain John Rider was the next colonist occupant, and he too mistreated the native Nanticokes. The Chicone area was declared an Indian Reservation in 1698, but as more colonists occupied the area tensions mounted between the two groups over property, hunting and fishing rights, and the Reservation was dissolved in 1768. The Nanticokes disappeared into the marshes on the far reaches of the Peninsula, or f led as far north as Canada to join ot her nat ive groups. Many Nanticoke descendants still live in the Delmarva area. In 1770, the Maryland legislature deeded the Chicone Indian lands to the heirs of John Rider. Henry Steele and his wife, Anne, a Rider de sc end a nt, be c a me ow ner s of Handsell and occupied the area until 1817. These were the wealthy owners who built a grand two-story


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rary wooden steps leading into the two-room first story of the house I was greeted by “Mrs. Sheehee,” who pointed out two fireplaces on that f loor and the original Sheehee interior woodwork and discussed the restoration project. For a house boarded up for many decades, the condition of the interior, though musty, was impressive. However, much work remains to fully restore the property to the 19th century period. I didn’t think it looked as cozy or as comfortable as the Chicone Longhouse, nor did it smell as good! To further studies of the AfricanAmerican history and experience of slaves, freemen, and sharecroppers living in Indiantown, NHPA produced “Voices of Indiantown,” a 25-m i nute docu ment a r y f i l m that includes video interviews with sharecroppers’ children who worked and grew up in the local community. African slaves had farmed the land during the Steele era. Their descendants became freemen and sharecroppers after the Civil War. In the f ilm they recall planting, cult ivat ing and har vest ing vegetables, and what life was like in the early to mid-20th century during a time of segregation. Now adults, they share stories about the positive inf luence of the schools and churches and chores and jobs in their youth that prepared them to go to college. They left the farming business with the support of the entire community. Many of the

Handsell House guide. plantation home in the Georgian style on the site of the former Chicone Village. The Steeles owned about 8,000 acres of farmland in Dorchester County and employed some 90 slaves to work the land. NHPA has purchased 200 letters written by the Steeles detailing life on the manor and surrounds. The current Handsell House, a brick structure with a rusting tin roof, was rebuilt by a local farmer, John Sheehee, in 1837, after a fire and partial collapse of the manor house. The rebuilt 1½-story structure is the one that I toured during the festival. After climbing tempo50

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Indiantown contributors to the film became educators and medical practitioners. For details about the film, dates of showing and to purchase, visit the NHPA website. An excellent opportunity to experience life at Indiantown through the centuries can be had at the upcoming Nanticoke River Jamboree, a living history event presented by the NHPA, at Handsell on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Re-enactors will represent the three primary groups who occupied the area, Native Americans, European settlers and African-Americans, and Daniel Firehawk Abbott will present his program at the Chicone Village Longhouse. Bring the family to enjoy learning about Indiantown with living history interpreters, storytelling, Native American artifact displays, traditional craftspeople, demonstrations (blacksmithing, fire making, tool making, cooking, dying wool, doll mak ing, pot ter y mak ing, weaving, etc.), music, dance, food, and nature walks. The Handsell House will also be open for guided tours. For a detailed listing of events, go to nanticokeriverjamboree.com. The Nanticoke Historical Preser vat ion A lliance, Inc. (N HPA) is a 501(c) 3 organization and the owner of Handsell and the Chicone Village with a mission to research, preser ve, restore, construct and

Dory Cunningham will give open hearth cooking demonstrations at the Nanticoke River Jamboree. interpret the area’s rich histor y. Handsell is now a National Register Historic Site, and the Handsell site and the NHPA received the 2015 Preservation Maryland “Community Choice� Award. They need more members, donations, volunteers and visitors to support their mission to preserve history for future generations. For more information, visit restorehandsell.org. Handsell is located just off the Nanticoke River Route 50 Bridge north of Vienna and 16 miles east of Cambridge at 4835 Indiantown Road. See the NHPA website for detailed directions. Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist and photographer. She resides with her husband, John, in Easton. 52


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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Nutritionists are still reminding us that these words of Hippocrates are still relevant. The UNC Nutrition Research Institute tells us that eating apples has a protective benefit. Studies have been done on how the consumption of dried apples positively affected bone density in postmenopausal women. Apples are a rich source of soluble fibers, especially pectin, and dietary fiber lowers cholesterol. Pectin can significantly reduce total cholesterol. In the study, the consumption of 2½ apples daily over a six-month period reduced cholesterol by about 14 percent. Not only did the “bad” cholesterol decrease in the apple-consuming group, but “good” HDL cholesterol increased. Those in the study consuming apples also reduced inflammatory markers and oxidative stress markers significantly. Apples also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including querce-

tin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid ~ all strong antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Only one fruit has higher antioxidant activity, and that is the cranberry. Apples seem to be the almost perfect food. They are fat free, sodium free, low in calories, contain only natural sugars, no artificial colors or flavors, and are an excellent source of fiber. Maybe this was what John Chapman, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed, was thinking when he traveled from Massachusetts through Pennsylvania to Ohio and Indiana, planting apple orchards as he went. He wanted to produce 55

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An Apple a Day and place 1 tablespoon of water per apple in the dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the apples are puffy and tender when tested with a knife. Place each apple in a bowl and spoon the syrup from the baking dish around each. Top with a little cream and serve hot. APPLE SPICE MUFFINS Makes 8-12 muffins 3/4 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup melted, slightly cooled butter 2 cups unsifted flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 T. baking powder

1/2 t. salt 1 t. cinnamon 1 cup finely chopped apples 1/4 cup raisins Preheat oven to 400°. Grease the bottom and sides of the muffin tins and set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat or microwave 1 minute. Set aside to cool. Peel, core and finely chop apples. Whisk dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the egg, milk and melted butter until just combined. Make sure the flour is mixed in, but don’t over mix. Fold in the apples and raisins. Fill greased (or paper-lined) muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. APPLE RAISIN FRENCH TOAST This is a simple, sweet and delicious recipe that you make and refrigerate overnight.

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the bread cubes and set aside until the bread soaks up the egg mixture. Place the sliced apples into the mixing bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter; stir to coat evenly. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and arrange apple slices evenly in the bottom of the baking dish; spoon the bread mixture over top. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Remove foil and sprinkle the diced apple over the bread pudding and cover again with the foil. Bake in the preheated 375° oven until the bread is no longer soggy, about 40 minutes. Remove and let stand 8 minutes before serving.

1 cup milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 T. vanilla 1/2 t. nutmeg 1 (16 oz.) loaf cinnamon bread with raisins, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced 1 cup brown sugar 1 t. cinnamon 1/4 cup melted butter Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk the milk, cream, vanilla extract, and nutmeg into the beaten eggs until evenly blended. Fold in




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Preheat the oven to 350째. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in a crescent roll triangle starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew over the dumplings. Bake in a preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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peeled and cubed 3/4 pound Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and quartered (3-4 apples) 4 cups chicken broth 1 (3-inch) stick cinnamon 1 cup half and half 1/4 cup butter 2 T. maple syrup 1/4 t. salt 1/4 t. ground nutmeg 1/4 t. ground ginger Garnish: sour cream, ground nutmeg, cinnamon croutons

BRAISED RED CABBAGE AND APPLES 4 T. bacon fat 2 T. sugar 1 small onion, chopped 3-4 cups red cabbage, shredded 2 tart apples, sliced 3 T. cider vinegar 1/2 t. caraway seeds Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Beef stock or red wine Melt the fat in a large frying pan. Add the sugar and stir until golden brown. Add the onion and cook slowly until golden yellow. Add the cabbage, apples, vinegar and seasonings. Cook slowly until very tender, about 15 minutes. Add a little stock or wine, as necessary, to keep from sticking.

Tip: Wear gloves when peeling the squash to avoid the yellow color from staining y0ur hands. Slice the squash in half just above the rounded portion of the fruit. Cut both pieces in half. You will then be able to spoon out the seeds and peel easily. Combine the first four ingredients in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until squash is tender. Discard the cinnamon stick. Process half of the squash mix-

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An Apple a Day ture in an electric blender until smooth. Loosen the lid of the blender to allow the steam to escape after pulsing. Repeat with remaining mixture, then return to the Dutch oven. Stir in half and half and the next five ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. Serve hot. CINNAMON CROUTONS 3-4 leftover French bread, hamburger or hot dog rolls cut into 1-inch cubes 3/4 stick butter 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 t. cinnamon Preheat oven to 350째. Using a jellyroll pan (pan with sides), place the butter in the pan and put in the oven to melt. When melted, remove from the oven. With a spatula, move the bread cubes around in the butter until coated. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the bread cubes, tossing until coated. Return to the oven and bake approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir a few times to make sure the cubes brown evenly.

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An Apple a Day 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and chopped 1 Golden Delicious, cored and chopped 1/2 cup seedless raisins 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts Juice of 1 orange 8 ounces vanilla yogurt Ground cinnamon

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In medium bowl, combine apples, raisins, celery, cheese and nuts. Blend orange juice into yogurt. Pour over salad and toss well. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

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An Apple a Day such as Jonamac, Granny Smith, Empire, Winesap and McIntosh, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks 1/2 t. ground cinnamon 1/4 t. ground cardamom 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste Bring the cider to a boil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer rapidly, uncovered, over medium-high heat until reduced by half, 30 to 35 minutes. Stir in the apples and return to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the apples have softened completely and begun to break apart, 35 to 45 minutes. The applesauce should be thick and chunky; if there is too much liquid, remove the lid and simmer uncovered until thickened. Stir in the cinnamon and cardamom. Taste, and add sugar as desired. Serve warm or cold. Note: Serve as a light spread with toast or hot fresh muffins. Stir into a bowl of plain yogurt. Fold into crème fraiche for a delicious dessert.

2 Granny Smith apples with skin, cored and cubed 1 cup pineapple bits, drained 4 celery stalks, diced 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 T. mayonnaise 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/2 t. salt Lettuce leaves Tomatoes, cut into wedges Combine turkey, apple, pineapple, celery and nuts. Set aside. Mix mayonnaise, cream and salt; combine with turkey mixture. Serve on lettuce leaves with tomato wedges. 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 www.tidewatertimes.com.

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made a racial bigot. If so, I argued to myself, why would I have wanted to read that a hero was previously drawn as a southern redneck? I waited until Friday to turn the first page, prepared to feel sick. Watchman required changing the picture. Unlike Mockingbird, the book opens with Scout returning home as a 27-year-old for her usual two-week vacation trip to visit her

Ha r p er L e e’s b o ok G o S e t a Watchman was rejected for publication in the 1950s. Her agent urged her to rewrite it. It won Ms. Lee a Pulitzer Prize for her final draft, To Kill a Mockingbird. The original draft was released on July 20, 2015, at midnight. On Wednesday, July 22, at noon it was in my mailbox, a gift from daughter Bess. She knew how I cherished the wonderful story in Mockingbird about the children Scout, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus Finch. I was definitely uncertain that I wanted to read the early preface of Mockingbird after reading reviews of Watchman. Nearly every review was negative, complaining about Ms. Lee’s original draf t, now in print. In Mockingbird, Atticus is an honorable lawyer who fought a brave, predictable, losing court case against an innocent black man. His children adored him. In the new-old version, the critics said, Atticus was 73

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the race ... those top-water nigger preachers ... like apes ... twist the Gospel ...” and more. Jean Louise felt sick. There was her father sitting next to Mr. O’Hanlon, a man who spewed filth from his mouth. She fled from the courthouse as quickly as she entered. Outside, in blistering heat, she leaned against an old oak tree. “She looked at Maycomb, and her throat tightened. Maycomb was looking back at her. Go away, the old buildings said. There is no place for you here. You are not wanted. We have secrets.” To make things worse, Hank, the man who wants to marry her, was sitting on the other side of the speaker. She went home and directly to bed. She didn’t want to see her father at dinner. She didn’t want to see Hank, either. Both had betrayed her. Ms. Lee makes room in the story by following Jean Louise’s memories from her childhood, when Atticus was her hero. He was the most wonderful widower father, whom everybody in town admired, who was never seen in the evening without his children. He read to her and

of words in family conversations that were not casually spoken in southern dialogue. Okay, they were right, but they didn’t weaken the impact of that lovely book. Watchman proudly stands on its own as superior writing. It took the story a while to see Atticus in the role of anyone faintly close to bigotry. Uh-oh. Jean Louise saw a notice to Atticus for a meeting of the Maycomb County Citizens’ Council, a group that wants to be prepared for the change in “the Southern Way of Life.” The Supreme Court has ruled that segregation must end. Jean Louise scooted to the courthouse, tip-toed upstairs to the “Colored Balcony,” just in time to see her father introducing a visitor, a guest speaker from another county. Mr. O’Hanlon’s speech, actually a rant, went on and on with nothing but hatred. “Separate is equal ... bribed the Supreme Court ... decent white folks ... old lady Roosevelt ... nigger lover ...” and more use of the “N” word ... “marry your daughter ... mongrelize

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agent said something to the tune of: “Up to this problem the book’s great. Take it home and fix it. Don’t make a brilliant story founder with so weak an ending.” In a way, this baby, Watchman, should never have been published. Still, I’m glad I read it. Most of this first draft, although nearly stillborn, reveals a writer with an ear as well as a pen. As Ms. Lee wrote near the end of the troublesome problem, exasperated by her Uncle Jack, Jean Louise told herself, “He’s so far out of this century he can’t go to the bathroom, he goes to the water closet.” If that’s not a smart and original combination of humor and bitterness, I don’t know what is. Only a very good writer could come up with such a frustrated dismissal. If you feel like I did, try not to crawl back into your reluctance to read a book that may diminish your love for To Kill a Mockingbird. It won’t. It’s surprisingly an effort that was worth laboring on for several years to improve her brilliant triumph from the early idea to its classic form. I’m glad I read Go Set a Watchman, and hope you will too.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch Jem before bedtime, not children’s books, but whatever he was reading at the time ~ lawyers’ briefs, current cases he was arguing, issues in the state house when he was in the legislature. They went to court when he was the first and only lawyer in the county to defend a black man that Atticus knew was innocent of raping a white girl. An all-white jury found him guilty anyway. She remembered how she and Jem were attacked by the white girl’s father on Halloween night and Boo Radley saved their lives. Wisely, Ms. Lee saved some wonderful sections in her re-write for Mockingbird. But how did the author deal with Jean Louise’s bitter shock of finding her worshiped dad in the company she called trash? That’s where my admiration of the book slacked. I’d bet that it’s the same section that her

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The Other Spring-Flowering Bulbs Since I am a baby boomer, when someone mentions “The Big Three” I immediately think of GM, Ford and Chrysler. But we know that with all the imports, the traditional big three is no longer the case. Toyota and Honda also need to be considered. When I mention “The Big Three” of spring-f lowering bulbs, folks respond with tulip, hyacinth and daffodil. I think, for the most part, these rankings

still apply, but there are other spring-f lowering bulbs that also deserve consideration. Spring-f lowering bulbs are now on sale at local garden centers and stores. Along with “The Big Three” of bulbdom, you will find the imports and miscellaneous bulbs in the mix. In addition to the local retail outlets, a good source for these bulbs is mail order bulb catalogs, especially if you are looking for

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Tidewater Gardening es in the late winter, sometimes pushing its f lowers through the lingering snow cover in late February or early March. Blooming before crocus, it is very frost tolerant. Winter aconite is a member of the buttercup family and is found naturally from southern France to Bulgaria in Europe. Its yellow, buttercup-type blooms appear on dwarf, 3- to 6-inch-tall plants. They do well in partial shade to full sun, though they do need a good supply of moisture if in full sun. A good naturalizing plant, it will self-seed. A perennial tuber and not a bulb, it is recommended that you soak the tubers overnight before planting. In

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toward the ground, that is often still covered with the winter white stuff. Blooming as early as February, they grow well under trees and are good for naturalizing and random plantings. Their drooping white flowers have a green splotch around the inner segments. Giant snowdrop (G. elwesii) is larger and the flowers slightly larger. Glory-of-the-snow (Chiondoxa sp.) has clusters of star-shaped blooms in purple, rose or white that bloom in late winter or early spring. The f lowers are small, so mass plantings are needed for the best display. It is also an excellent bulb for naturalizing and will selfseed. Mowing the green foliage too soon after they bloom will result in

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Blue squill Striped squill (Puschkinia scilloides) blooms about the same time as snowdrops. The fragrant flowers have pale periwinkle blue-striped petals. Striped squill tolerates full sun to part shade and prefers moderately moist, but well-drained soil. It grows in a small clump to 4 to 6 inches tall. Plant the bulbs 2 to 3 inches deep and 3 inches apart. Spanish bluebells, sometimes confused with Siberian squill, have much taller flowers and bloom much later in the spring. Native to Spain and Portugal, these plants are members of the lily family and are easy to grow. They are not demanding about light and soil. Spanish bluebells reproduce by developing small offsets (baby bulbs) on the sides of the mother bulbs. They are great for natural-

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izing areas, but they can also become invasive because they reproduce so well. Summer snowflake (Leucojum sp.) blooms a bit later in mid- to late spring, with white, nodding flowers accented at each petal tip with a greenish-yellow splotch. Summer snowf lake does well in partial shade to full sun. Most gardeners are familiar with the large, lollipop types of alliums (ornamental onion). Less known is the lily leek (Allium moly) a.k.a. golden garlic. This easy-to-grow bulb produces bright yellow, starshaped blooms on 9- to 15-inch tall stalks in mid to late spring. Best planted in full sun, it does well in an average, medium, well-drained soil.


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

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American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide


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

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Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CR AFT 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 Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.

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Easton Points of Interest 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the

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Easton Points of Interest 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 Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers

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


Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early

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1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. www.shorehealth.org. 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 www.pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by 124 n harrison st, easton md, 21601

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Oxford Points of Interest 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.


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

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Addenda and Errata by Gary D. Crawford

Every so often, evidence arises suggesting that someone actually reads the little essays I send off each month to the good folks at Tidewater Times. Such acknowledgement usually is in the form of a remark made during a chance encounter. “Saw that thing you wrote in the little magazine.” “Oh, yes, the Tidewater Times. What did you think of it?” “Yeah, it was pretty good.” “W hich one was it?” “Um, let ’s see…that one about...well, anyway, I liked it.” “Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.” Sometimes comments are a bit more, well, definitive. “I read your article about Sharp’s Island. That was a good one.” “I thank you for saying so.” “Yeah, I like it when you write about stuff like that.” Even a dull knife like me can detect the suggestion imbedded in such a compliment. Occasiona lly ~ no more than several times a day, I assure you ~ people point out mista kes or misunderstandings in what I have written. Many of these, though not all, come from Frazier, my local critic and consultant. I welcome such corrections, not because I like goofing it up in print for all to see, but because the critiques contribute to my understanding and can lead to

new and unexpected insights. So I pay attention to all corrections that come to my ears. (I try not to dwell on those that don’t.) Happily, most folks are politely tolera nt of a t ra n spla nt to t he Eastern Shore who tries to unravel past events and intertwined family relationships. (“Well, yes, dear, he does have that completely wrong; everyone knows Capt. Lowery’s first wife was a Harrison, not a Faulkner. But he means well, I suppose.”) I’ve become used to stepping into those little cow-pies. Laughter isn’t so bad. Once in a while, however, an ar ticle provokes a quite special response. This month I’d like to share a few of those “additions and corrections” with you. If you are sufficiently curious about the stories mentioned, all can be read at www. tidewatertimes.com. The Remarkable Miss Alice In December of 2013, my article was about an extraordinary woman, Alice Butler Bradshaw, author of the only personal book ever written about Tilghman’s Island. Because we live in the house where her husband was raised, we felt a special kinship with her. When Miss Alice


Addenda and Errata passed away, at the exalted age of 107 [sic], I thought you might enjoy hearing about her. Toward the end of that piece, I described how Miss Alice shared a “mental photograph” with me one day. It started when I mentioned my frustration at not being able to locate a photograph showing both St. John’s Chapel and Fairbank School, two buildings that once stood side by side near the southern end of Tilghman’s Island. “I have pictures of each building, but can’t find one of the two together. They were on adjacent lots, so wouldn’t you think somebody would have taken a photo of both of them?” Immediately, Miss Alice said, “Oh, I have that picture!” Then she smiled, tapped her temple, and admitted the picture was in her mind. I very much wanted to “see” that picture, too, so I persuaded her to stand with me in front of the Chapel and describe the image in her memory. The school had been moved in 1922 ~ but just for a moment it was back. As we stood there with our eyes closed, picturing the scene, it was exhilarating, almost a bit of time travel. Later, with the help of photo-editing software, I was able to combine photos of the two buildings into one and recreate the scene as she described it to me ~ right down to the farm pump she said stood between school and church. That image first

appeared in Tilghman Album No. 2, my blockbuster NYT best-seller, a booklet still raking in huge profits and that someday may enable us to buy that villa in Tuscany. Years later, that photo was included in the Tidewater Times article.

A few weeks after the article appeared, I was contacted by a very nice lady named Deborah Sage-Porr. Although she lives in Mechanicsburg PA (!), every month her neighbor brings the Tidewater Times to her after she’s read it. After effusing over my article (I love it when they do that!), she said she found the picture of the church and school especially charming. Indeed, the image so intrigued her that she felt compelled to render it as a painting. Before plunging into this project, however, she wanted to be sure I hadn’t mistaken the buildings. She said it looked like there was a cross on the right-hand building, the one I had identified as the school. I assured her that it was the school, that the tall vertical thingy above the entrance was a shuttered window and the horizontal thingy above it was a sign reading “No. 5 Fairbank School.”


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Addenda and Errata John B. In November 2014 I wrote about Capt. John B. Harrison, the master boat-builder of Tilghman’s Island. I t r ie d to de scr ib e h i s prol i f ic career as a builder of Chesapeake watercraft, notably a fine series of bugeyes and several very successful racing log canoes. John B. is something of a legend hereabouts, with many descendants who might be reading carefully, so I sought and got local help. Some folks are still around who remember him from their childhoods. Even so, the article went off wrapped in a bit of trepidation. A week or so after it appeared, Sidney Dickson telephoned. I was pleased to hear from him because I was well aware that he knows something about bugeyes. After all, he and his pal John Hawkinson built one! And they did it all themselves, mostly with traditional tools, even selecting and felling the eleven loblolly pines needed to fashion the 70-foot logs for her hull. Part-way through, they took a seventeenyear break to raise families, but they returned to the project. When the Katherine M. Edwards went into the water in May of 2008, she was the first working bugeye to be launched since 1918. Consequently, I listened eagerly for his comments. Sidney allowed as how the article was more or less 150

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Addenda and Errata accurate, at least about John B. But he took major exception to one section. As usual, I had gone wrong when I drifted off from facts into speculation. Capt. John B. built the boats that people wanted him to build and would pay him for. Consequently, the sequence of his vessels reflects the evolving designs of working vessels and the preferences of the watermen of the day. Initially, John B. built mostly bugeyes, the large and powerful two-masted log-bottomed dredgeboats. His Edna E. Lockwood

is still afloat at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; if you haven’t seen her, stop in. A decade or so later, he had turned his hand to designing and building var ious one-masted dredgeboats. This was during the transition from bugeyes to skipjacks. So far, so good. Sydney granted all that, but he objected strenuously to my reasoning about why skipjacks came to supplant the bugeyes. When writing the article, I had been tempted to suggest what was driving this switch to single-masted dredgeboats. So reasoning brightly that a single-master was easier to

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Addenda and Errata handle than a two-master, I had written: “The wind might be free, but the boats and their crews were not. Soon, a new type of dredgeboat emerged that helped to reduce both of these costs, essentially a larger version of the 16’ to 25’ ‘bateaus’ used by watermen in the southern regions of the Bay… With its simpler sloop rig, the skipjack could be handled by 5-6 men instead of 8-10 on a bugeye… As an added bonus, they were quicker and cheaper to build.” “Balderdash! (or words to that effect)” roared Sidney. He insisted that anyone who has ever sailed a bugeye knows they are easier to handle than a skipjack with its great long boom and huge leg-of-mutton mainsail. “One man and a boy can handle a bugeye. In the right wind, you can sail one backwards into her slip.” “So then why did skipjacks come to be preferred?” I asked. “Money,” he replied, with emphasis. “As you finally got around to saying, skipjacks could be built che aper a nd fa ster t ha n a logbottomed boat. Also, the supply of good logs was drying up fast.” I thanked him for the first-hand information. Later I discussed this question with some experts hereabouts. All agreed. If a bugeye had a large crew, it was for working the winders and for culling ~ not for boat handling. I stand corrected.

The Preventorium Earlier this year, in May of 2015, I wrote about the Miracle House, a tuberculosis “preventorium” operating in Claiborne Village during the first half of the 20th century. I confess to wondering whether anyone would care to read about this deadly disease and the generous efforts on the Eastern Shore to help children avoid contracting it. Here’s another photo of the preventorium in operation, which appeared originally in the Baltimore Sun.

The children were weighed and given medical checkups on Fridays. I was quite delighted, therefore, to receive a phone call from Mrs. Pearl Collier over on Kent Island. She said she had just read “The Preventorium” and was quite pleased because it brought back so many fond memories. Yes, she had been one of the children who spent a summer at the Miracle House, many years ago, and the article had struck some chords. She remembered their daily schedule quite well and was able to confirm that my rendition of it was fairly accurate. She remem-


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Addenda and Errata bered the story time fondly. Miss Pearl praised the staff at t he Miracle House for being so conscientious and attentive to the children. I expressed some surprise that she was from the Eastern Shore, as I had gotten the impression that most of the children were inner-city kids from Baltimore “Oh, no,” she assured me, “they were from all over.” It was such a pleasant surprise to hear from someone who had actually spent a term at the preventorium that I didn’t ask many of the questions that occurred to me soon after we rang off. After all, the place operated between 1913 and 1947. Then t wo week s later, to my astonishment I got a second phone call out of the blue, this time from a caller in Denton who identified herself as Jane Brown. She opened by asking if I had written the preventorium story. I confessed. She then asked if I had been one of the children there. When I admitted I had spent my childhood far from here, in Ohio, she replied, “Well, I

was. I spent a summer at the Miracle House in 1935, when I was five years old.” She said she approved of the article and enjoyed recalling my description of what had happened there, confirming that I’d gotten it more or less right. “ We l l , I j u s t w a nt e d t o s a y thanks.” I suddenly realized the conversation was coming to a close, and the light belatedly went on. “Oh, wait! Miss Jane, there was another girl who got in touch with me about the article.” She gasped. “Really?” I then gave her Pearl’s phone number. (Later I passed Jane’s number to Pearl.) I hope they will make contact with one another, or even better, that they arrange a get-together for a chat about the good times at the Miracle House. If they ever do, maybe they’ll let me sit in. I’ll keep you posted. Lodestar And then there was my tale in the September 2014 issue about the wayward Lodestar. I recounted the story of a dear friend, Harold Smith

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Addenda and Errata far from me again, so I declined with thanks. Another reader in Washington offered to put a notice in the monthly newsletter of the venerable Washington Ship Model Society; founded in 1929, the WSMS is the oldest continuously active modeling club in the United States. I tucked this idea away, in case nothing else turned up. One possibility I had considered was simply to present the model, as is, to Harold’s grandson (he’s now 14) and let his parents see the project through to completion, somewhere in the D.C. area. But t he n a fe l low i n E a s ton turned up. Bob said he was an accomplished model builder, though he hadn’t done one for some years. Between jobs and looking for work, he thought the Lodestar project might be a therapeutic distraction ~ and he would like to help get the ship to the grandson for whom it was intended. So, last August, I entrusted the model to him, along with a large assemblage of unused bits and pieces needed to complete the rigging and fittings. Over the winter, he did some work on her, repairing parts that had been damaged during ten years of storage. In May, however, he announced he was going to be leaving the area and didn’t want to take Lodestar away from the Eastern Shore. She wasn’t much further along than before,

however, and as he had promised to finish her up, there would be no charge. Suddenly, Lodestar was back. We loved having her in our home, but without standing rigging, her yards were all cock-a-bill and her three masts leaned and teetered. A month or so went by; I pondered. Should I contact that guy in Washington, or the one in Florida? Put an ad somewhere? Impose on the Tidewater Times again? Then one of those twists of fate occurred. One Saturday evening in July, we were at the Tilghman church attending a concert of Brazilian choros music presented by friends of ours, Bob and Susan Jones. (Tilghman has a long and interesting musical heritage, in case you didn’t know.) Before the recital began, a member of the audience asked about Lodestar. When we said she was back



Addenda and Errata with us, he pointed to a man in the pew ahead. “He’s a master model builder.” And so we made contact with Mike Valabek, a boat modeler with 30 years’ experience. Upon hearing the story after the concert, he immediately offered to help. Unfortunately for Lodestar, Mike lives in Arizona, but while visiting here for several weeks he took the model and all her gear up to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to show it to the Model Guild, their ship modeling club. Guild president Bob Mason immediately and very kindly sent out an e-mail notice to “all hands” to see if anyone would be willing to tackle this rather daunt-

ing project. Rigging a three-master is lots more complex than a skipjack. Lodestar is now back home with us again and the quest continues. I’m still hopeful that the project will catch the interest of some talented modeler. Bulletin: Two days ago a man in Chestertown responded to the appeal, saying he’d be willing to meet with me to talk about it. I’ll keep you posted. And please keep the additions and corrections coming. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.



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Lighting Out for Lake Erie by Cliff Rhys James That Monday morning in 1942 dawned cool and early autumn crisp for on-the-mend Billy James. His still-tender nose, while at last free of the brace and bandages, remained in a state of fragile repair, as evidenced by the celery green tint yet coloring the skin around his eyes. Wearing an unlined jacket against the morning chill, he rushed out the back kitchen door, skidded across the frost-slicked patio and almost went down but braced himself against the side of the garage. He made a hard left turn and then beat it south through the alley. Every thing was cool and fine; everything was morning crunchy ~ especially the frozen puddles that slipped beneath his skidding feet. The black ice ballet was back in town, and broken honker or no, he meant to get his money’s worth of careening spin-outs. Why would anyone choose to cautiously avoid a patch of ice when the thrill of cheating friction was right there for the taking ~ free of charge and twice as much fun? Seven days recovering home alone had left him with a bad case of cabin fever, and it felt great to get back outside into the slipstream of life ~ even if it meant he was heading

back to school. Or was he? He lived seven city blocks from Ben Franklin Jr. High School, and experience had shown that a lot could happen between this place and that. Those seven blocks were chock full of sidetracking potential, and each weekday morning he approached them with high hopes for unexpected possibilities ~ something, anything. Where the alley dumped him out onto Stanton Avenue, Billy veered right, beginning his reluctant trek west to the school campus. This was the stretch where it usually happened; where if any conceivable diversion from school could be discovered, uncovered or manufactured, it would be. Random detours and radical departures from plan were a recurrent feature of most of his travels, of his very existence, in fact. Why should getting to school in the morning be any different? And while he didn’t envy all the regular folk, he did wonder now and then about the more predictable patterns of their normal lives and what it must be like to live them. Grown-up men in knee-length overcoats were scraping frost from their windshields while idling car exhausts pumped white billows of thick


Lake Erie smoke against the foggy morning chill. Wives sometimes looked on in curlers and robes, sipping hot coffee that sent steam condensing against the cold glass panes of storm doors. Sometimes they held infants in their arms wrapped in blankets and waved the baby’s hand as the father pulled away to the toot of a car horn. There seemed to be a full-lived comfort in all this easy normalcy; a sense of safety in the sure routine of another day being born. It seemed to Billy that where these people lived, you could count on things; you knew what to expect, and your day-to-day existence rested upon a reliable base of unshifting ground.

How different that must be, he thought. Those people didn’t experience all the sudden shocks or upsets of equilibrium that shadowed him everywhere. They had easy passage on the calm lake of life, with maybe a few ripples thrown in for kicks now and then ~ or so it seemed. Meanwhile, he thrashed about in the turbulence of raging waters, where each Friday and Saturday night his old man and a boat load of trouble washed in on a tide of booze. The morning factory whistle blew, and he caught shuddering visions of the enormous apparatus cranking up inside. He’d peeked in the windows many times before, catching a glimpse of the great machinery that shook and rumbled, that glowed

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and strong besides, he could channel staggering amounts of kinetic energy produced by a mysterious combination of high voltage and heat treated steel toward ~ toward, well, Billy wasn’t sure toward what exactly. It was all pretty complex, and he planned to figure that out later when he became an electrical engineer. For now, he only knew there was an awful lot of consequential action and heav y-duty hardware inside that awesome place that had somehow been harnessed and put to good productive use. And to his eyes it looked a lot more interesting than Mrs. Thompson’s third period French class could ever hope to be. But he couldn’t stop to watch today. With all the past truancies he’d


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Lake Erie racked up, and now this latest week off school tallied and marked down against him, he needed to straighten up and fly true, to tamp down his w ilder impulses. He absolutely, positively, unequivocally, categorically had to get to class, and on time. According to a slew of grown-ups, including his father, principal, coach and pastor, he’d run out the string and pushed things way past the limit; he’d overtaxed everyone’s patience. And so he broke into an easy trot that became a sliding skid down a slanted alley seven smooth stones wide slicked over by a combination of morning mist and the tumbled down leaves of early fall. Around a curve behind Nellie Gayle’s house he stormed until he burst out at last onto East Washington Street. He waited for a clearing in morning traffic and was about to dart across the busy thoroughfare when from somewhere behind and off to one side came, “psst ~ psst ~ hey Jamesy ~ psst ~ over here.” He had a hunch who it was, and so backing up a step and turning to his left, he spotted ~ yep, it was Billy Doran behind a dry goods establishment, wearing his baseball mitt. Ba-bop ... thwap. Ba-bop ... thwap. He was firing an old scuffed-up baseball at the asphalt surface near the base of the brick wall, where it rebounded up…Ba-bop… before arcing back into his mitt ... thwap. “We

missed you last week,” he said as he stopped the action. Dornie studied his friend’s face as he approached, “man, oh, man,” he shook his head. “Ran into a door again, I see. If you look like this now, you must have been a sorry sight last week.” “Knock it off, Dornie.” Jamesy twisted back and forth, shuffled his feet and kicked at some loose gravel. “You know what happened.” They coughed and spit and talked past each other, and then, before any silence could linger, Dornie blurted out, “Wanna cut school?” Just like that ~ WHAM! There it was, like getting zapped with electric current. Jamesy’s mind instinctively wrapped itself around the abrupt offer. The first tight yen of a smile formed on his face. He’d been waiting for just this event, and sure enough, it had arrived. No, he couldn’t have known with certainty it would be Dornie, but if you kept yourself open to possibilities, and he surely did, then someone or something would sooner or later present itself as an excuse to get sidetracked. It always did when you lived where Billy James lived ~ where anything could happen. It was nearer still to the beating heart of life, where fate laid a heavy claim, and he liked it that way. It was the next best thing to the Land of Oz, and so he carried it around inside of him wherever he went. Most people lived on Earth. Billy lived in Billy’s world.


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high-walled reform school down near Pittsburgh.” Ba-Bop ... thwap. “You’re serious, aren’t you?” Jamesy nodded. “Serious as a shotgun.” “Hmm…okay,” Dornie said, “but where?” “I don’t know ~ north, south, east or west ~ take your pick.” Dornie returned to his game. He had the rhythm down now and fell easily into the comfortable pattern of repetitious activity. Fire the ball low and hard with a whippy side arm motion, almost like skipping a f lat stone across the surface of a lake ~ Ba-bop~ a quick carom from road to wall ~ then, leaning forward w ith feet apart, catch the softly

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Lake Erie arcing return in the mitt ... thwap. Jamesy fired up a cigarette, inhaled deeply, expertly blew out a smoke ring and thought for a minute. He didn’t notice Dornie stealing quick glances his way between throws. The boys were following the f light of the ball, but their minds were searching the known universe for answers to consequential questions: “do we run away, and if so in what direction ~ what’s the destination ~ and where and when does it all end?” Ba-bop. “Wait! I got it,” Jamesy blurted. Thwap. Dornie snatched the ball from the air. “North! We’ll head north to Lake Erie,” Jamesy shouted triumphantly. Erie, PA, named after both the great lake whose southern shore it occupied as well as the Native American Indian tribe that long resided in the region, was a bit larger but not unlike New Castle, and located little more than eighty miles due north. It occupied the state’s small panhandle in a disproportionately large way. From great naval battles during the war of 1812 to later day railroad gage battles (Erie was the junction point for three railroads, each with a different rail gage, creating a tangled gridlock of stalled trains); it remained the sole Pennsylvania port where the great freshwater steamships came and went, labor-

ing beneath their loads of taconite, gypsum, coal and cement. “We’ll take our birth certificates and join up with the Navy,” Jamesy exclaimed, “or maybe the Merchant Marines.” Six months earlier, the boys had presented birth certificates to the local Marine recruiter in a failed attempt to sign up so they could “go off to fight the Nazis.” At the time Billy James was thirteen and Billy Doran was fourteen. The crudely altered birth certificates they tried to pass off falsely indicated one was sixteen, the other seventeen. The recruiter smiled at the two kids. “Come on back and see me in several years, boys,” he had said. “We’ll see if we can get you men signed up for some real action.” Heads down and glum, the boys shuf f led home que st ioning t he recruiter’s w isdom. If that man couldn’t see talent and determination when it was right there staring him in the face, then the U.S. of A. was in real trouble. With this painful disappointment still fresh in his mind, Dornie wasn’t conv inced. “Remember what happened last time,” he said. But Jamesy was ready for him. “That was the regular Marines.” Exasperation filled his voice. “This time will be different. This time we talk to the Merchant Marines ~ got it?” “Yeah, okay,” Dornie mumbled, “maybe it’ll work.” “Or the Navy,” Jamesy continued,



Lake Erie “the Merchant Marines or the Navy.” Then he spun toward his friend, engulfed by the excitement of a new discovery, “Or even the Coast Guard! Yeah, why not? Once we get to Erie, we got three, count ’em, three outfits to join up with.” “We can’t join ’em all at once,” Dornie said. “That’s probably illegal.” “’Course not,” Jamesy replied, “but if one outfit won’t take us, one of the others is bound to. See what I mean. We got ourselves a solid backup.” Jamesy’s enthusiasm was contagious. “We’ll see the world,” Dornie cried out, filled with the spirit. He wrapped his mitt around the ball and tucked it under his left arm as he approached his friend. “Are you in?” Jamesy asked. Dornie extended his hand. “I’m in.” The boys shook. “Are you serious?” Jamesy wanted to know. “Serious as a shotgun.” “Remember where you put your birth certificate?” “Sure,” Dornie said, “That’s pretty easy.” Actually, it was quite easy: custom dictated that such documents were always retained in an envelope carefully placed between the pages of the family Bible. All civilized, decent families did it. Even Irish Catholic ones like Dornie’s, who

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Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Each member will have the opportunity to show one piece. Judge for this year’s competition will be Dennis O’Neil, Professor of Art at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For meeting times and locations, visit EasternShoreMD-alanon.org. 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 Sept. 7 Annual Members’

Thru Nov. 20 Exhibit: The Unsee n C he sap ea ke ~ C apt ur ing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes by Jay Fleming at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.


September Calendar Thru Feb. 2016 Exhibit: A Broad Reach ~ 50 Years of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crab pickers. Entry to the exhibition is free for Museum members and children under 6, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6-17. This exhibition can also be viewed online at abroadreach.cbmm.org and includes images with interpretive text of the 50 objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

822-1000 or visit shorehealth. org. 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 1,15 Grief Support Group at the D or c he s ter C ou nt y L i br a r y, Cambridge. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 2 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org.

1 Tour of Horn Point Lab from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The community is invited to visit this fascinating world-class scientific research laboratory. Best suited for ages 10 and older. No pre-registration necessary for groups of fewer than 10. For more info. tel: 410221-8383 or e-mail tours@hpl. umces.edu.

2 South Dorchester Folk Museum Lecture: The Harrington Family with speaker Jay Harrington. 7 p.m. at Robbins Heritage Center, Cambridge. Free. For more info. tel: 410-228-6175.

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2,9,16,23,30 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Communit y Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 2 ,9,16, 23,30 Ox ford Fa r mer’s Ma rket - G et loc a l produc e, flowers, baked goods and more. Ever y Wed ne sd ay a f ter noon through the summer, a small farmer’s market is set up right in front of the Oxford Community Center. 3:30 to 5 p.m. 3 Blood Drive by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United


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September Calendar Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit delmarvablood.org.

info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit chesapeakejazz.org. 3,10,17,24 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 3,10,17,24 Dog Walking with Vicki A r ion at Ad k ins A rboret um, Ridgely. 9 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

3 Lecture: Memories of Poplar Island by Pete Bailey at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 p.m. Part history of the island, part coming of age memoir, as well as a conservation story of the work underway to restore Poplar Island. Free but RSVP encouraged. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3 Jazz on the Chesapeake Concert: Caterina Zapponi and the A ll Stars at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8 p.m. For more

3,10,17,24 Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 20 vendors sell locally grown and made products from mid-May to mid-October at the beautiful Long Wharf Park at the end of historic High Street. For more info. e-mail cambridgemktmgr@aol.com. 3,10,17,24 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 4 First Friday in downtown Easton. Th roug hout t he e ven i ng t he ar t galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening.


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5 18th annual Charity Boat Auction at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime museum, St. Michaels. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The live auction begins at 1 p.m. along the museum’s waterfront campus, where more than 90 boats will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or for a fully updated listing of the boats up for auction, please tel: 410-745-4961 or e-mail lmills@ cbmm.org. 5 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 5 Jazz on the Chesapeake Concert: New Orleans Jazz performed by the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band in Thompson Park, Easton. 11 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or v isit chesapeakejazz.org.


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September Calendar 5 Tidewater Inn Jazz Brunch: New Orleans Jazz performed by the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band at the Tidewater Inn, Easton. 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or v isit chesapeakejazz.org. 5 Book signing featuring Marcia Talley at Mystery Loves Company in Oxford. Noon. Talley will sign her new Hannah Ives mystery, Daughter of Ashes. For more info. tel: 410-226-0010. 5 Family Unplugged Games for all ages at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Magic Show with Ran’D Shine at the Oxford Community Center. Kid’s show at 2 p.m. $5. Evening show at 7:30 p.m. $10. With a f lick of the wrist, the Philadelphia native has become a global phenomenon by wowing audiences for more than a decade. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5 Jazz on the Chesapeake Concert: The Eric Alexander Quartet at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-

0380 or visit chesapeakejazz. org. 5 Jazz on the Chesapeake Concert: Monty Alexander and Friends at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-0380 or visit chesapeakejazz.org. 5-6 The St. Michaels Art League presents the annual “Under the Tent” art show and sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. League artists will be on hand to greet the public and discuss their work. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 12:30 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-9438602 or visit smartleague.org. 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 5,12,19 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambr idge. Adults $30, children 6-12 $10. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan.org or tel: 410-228-7141. 5 ,12 ,19, 26 E a ston’s Fa r mer ’s



September Calendar Ma rket held e ver y Sat u rd ay until Christmas from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the town parking lot on N. Ha r r ison St reet. O ver 20 vendors. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. tel: 410-253-9151 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5,12,19,26 St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. Events

and activities throughout the season. For more info. e-mail StMichaels@freshfarmmarkets. org. 5,12,19,26 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. 11 a.m. Fee. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 6 Oxford Artists’ Studio Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Ten artists and n i ne st ud ios/st ud io ga rden s will be open. All artists will be



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PigaFigaLicious at the Oxford Fire House from noon to 2 p.m. The pigs are back! Don’t miss this event w ith Deejay Chr is Startt! Silent auction until 1:30 p.m., and 50-50 raff le (2 p.m. drawing). Tickets at the Oxford Museum and the Oxford Inn/ Pope’s Tavern. $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Roast chicken, roa st pork , a nd a ll t he f igalicious fixin’s! Cash bar. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191.

7 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for

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Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10-Oct. 1 Class: Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical A r t with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 11 Shakespeare in the Park presented by Brown Box Theatre Project and the St. Michaels Art League in Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 7 p.m. For more info. visit brownboxtheatre.org. 11 Concert: Pat McGee in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 11-12 Environmental Concern’s (EC) 13th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Michaels. Select from


the largest collection of locally grown native herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs in the region. EC specializes in native plants grown from seed and propagated on-site. All proceeds from the plant sale will help fund EC’s mission to improve water quality and enhance native habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. EC is a 501(c)3 public not-for-profit organization. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or e-mail nurserysales@wetland.org. 11-27 Play: Noises Off by Michael Frayn at the Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill. The play presents a manic menagerie as the cast of itinerant actors rehearses a flop called Nothing’s On. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or visit churchhilltheatre.org. 12 Bird Migration Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, with Wayne Bell. 8 to 10 a.m. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

adkinsarboretum.org. 12 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 12 Fall Open House at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to everyone. A day of mini classes and demonstrations promoting the adult classes for fall. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12 Craft and Used Book Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. All are welcome to enjoy a wide selection of gently used books at very affordable prices, and lovely crafts created by local artisans. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 12 Easton High School Class of 1964 get-together from noon to 5 p.m.

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12 18th annual Boating Party Gala Fundraiser at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 10 p.m. The Museum’s fall gala fundraiser includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Navy Point. Funds raised support the Museum’s mission to inspire an understanding of and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. $200 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm. org/boatingparty. 12 Local A r tist Concer t Ser ies featuring southern gospel music by local waterman and vocalist Lawrence Tyler and blues and southern gospel by Jeff Jones. 6 p.m. at Tilghman United Methodist Church. Free. For more info. tel: 410-886-2881. 12 Concert in the Country featuring Blackwater at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to spend a comfortable evening listening to countr y music. $5 cover for anyone over 21, under 21 free. Food available for purchase. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 12 Concert: Appleseed Collective



September Calendar in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12-13 Greenland Kayak Paddle Workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 members, $175 non-members. Pre-registration made by calling Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or emailing aspeight@cbmm.org. 12-13 Adkins Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery Open House and Plant Sale, featuring the region’s largest selection of native trees,

shrubs, f lowering perennials, ferns, and grasses for the Chesapeake gardener, is TWO DAYS ONLY, September 12 and 13. Members may place orders at adkinsplants.com for the best selection and to have their orders waiting for pick-up during the Open House weekend. As always, members receive a significant discount on plant purchases in addition to a host of other benefits. Orders will be ready for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the members-only Open House shopping day on Saturday. Public shopping hours are Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

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“Morning Pathway” - Betty Huang 12-Nov. 29 Exhibition: Working Artists Forum at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Working Artists Forum (WAF) will present its exhibition of work in the Selections Gallery of the Museum. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12,26 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 13 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services.

15-Dec. 8 Story Time at the Talbot Country Free Library, Easton on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Annual Membership Meeting at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Preview of upcoming events, meet the new staff and view new exhibitions. Refreshments will be served. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Guest Speaker: Sheriff Joe Gamble on Crime in Talbot. Sheriff Gamble provides an overview of the duties of the sheriff’s office and offers the latest information on crime trends, including drugs and cyber crime. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.


17 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more

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Community Center. Serving up three delicious soups for lunch. Each bowl of soup comes with a dinner roll and soft drink. Eat in or take out. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 18 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 18 2015 pARTY! at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The pARTY! is an annual event that spotlights all things education. Come find out about ArtReach, Portfolio Nig ht, 2016 St udent A r t E xhibition and more. This year’s pARTY! coincides with the Museum’s reception for the opening of the Ken Schiano exhibition. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 18 Concert: Sue Matthews with Robert Redd in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19 Joint Base Andrews Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base. Gates open at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. Thunderbirds

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September Calendar 25 local artisans to offer their hand-crafted creations for sale. For more info. tel: 410-758-3194. 19 Crab cake and soft crab sandwich sale at the Salvation Army in Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandwiches are $6 each, drinks available. For more info. tel: 410228-2442. 19 Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about t he mea l’s nut r it iona l value. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 19 L ec t ure: G eorge A lexa nder Grant’s Photography ~ Landscapes for the People at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. No on. Ren a nd Helen Dav i s discuss the life and remarkable photography of George Alexan-

der Grant. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 19 Corsica Watershed Awareness Day at Bloomfield Farm, Centreville. Environmental education and exhibits. Free native tree to first 150 families. Noon to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-604-2100 or visit corsicariverconservancy.org. 19 Watch Log Canoe races aboard the Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25 members, $35 non-members. Pre-registration required: Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org. 19 Award-winning documentary film ARC OF LIGHT: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bli ss w i l l screen at 12:15 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, as part of the Chesapeake Film Festival 2015. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Cid Collins Walker, the


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September Calendar Sept. 25 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20 Shinrin-Yoku: Join Anna Harding for a very slow, contemplative forest walk. Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 21 One Maryland One Book Discussion: The Boys in the Boat hosted by Bill Peak at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 22 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 22 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. 23 Fall Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton from 3 to 4 p.m. For children of all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 23 One Maryland One Book Discus210

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September Calendar sion: The Boys in the Boat hosted by Bill Peak at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 23 Free Prostate Cancer Screening at the Cancer Center in Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. The screenings are open to the public. Uninsured and underinsured are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required for screening and space is limited. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800. 23,30 The Art of Zentangle with Susan Green at the Choptank Electric Cooperative, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create abstract images by drawing structured patterns that exist in nature. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 24 Concert: Lyra, a Russian choir f rom St. Petersbu rg, w i l l be featured in a performance at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford. 7 p.m. A free offering will be accepted at the door. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 24 Concert: Gerry Devine in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more

info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25 Concert: Lee Ann Womack at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25-26 Hot & Tangy BBQ Chicken and Beef at the Linkwood-Salem VFC in Linkwood. 10 a.m. until... Eat in or carry out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169. 26 Free Admission to the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. To celebrate Nat iona l P ublic Lands Day, the Wildlife Drive will be free of charge. 26 Annual Oxford Library Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market Street in Oxford will be closed to vehicle traffic so the entire family can browse a huge collection of books for sale. Rain date, Sept. 27. For more info. tel: 410-226-5727. 26 Choptank Heritage Skipjack R ace sta r t s of f L ong W ha r f, Cambridge at 10 a.m. Bleacher seating and vendors. Free. A parade of skipjacks precedes the race, and the participating skipjacks, led by the buyboat and the Nathan of Dorchester, gather in Cambridge Harbor and head out to prepare for the start. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141.


26 Harvest Festival and Vineyard Dash at Layton’s Chance Vineyard, Vienna. 10 a.m. 5K (run or walk) for all ages through the fields at Layton’s Chance, followed by the Harvest Festival at the winery. There will be grape stomping, food and drink, music by Second Wind, and fun for the kids. Benefits the Dorchester County Farm Bureau. For more info. visit laytonschance.com. 26 RiverFest in Wilmer Park, Chestertown. Beginning at noon there will be activities for families, water activities, lighting of a large, floating solar-powered sculpture at sunset, cardboard boat regatta, kayak and canoe races, plein air

competition and so much more. For more info. tel: 410-778-6300. 26 New Yorker cartoonist and NYT best-selling author Bob Mankoff to speak at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. He will share great stories of his life and art. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Concert: Laura Baron in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 27 9th Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort,



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September Calendar Cambridge, to benefit the MidShore Community Foundation,. Showc a s i ng r a r e a nd g r a nd classic coach-built automobiles, classic wooden speed boats and fashion in an elegant setting on the Waterside 18th Fairway. For more info. visit smcde.org or mscf.org. 27 Lecture: Planting in a Post-Wild World at the Oxford Community Center and sponsored by Adkins Arboretum and the Garden Club of t he Easter n Shore. Join a discussion of how native plants w ill f it into the f uture landscape. Claudia West and Thomas Rainer, co-authors of Planting in a Post-Wild World (forthcoming from Timber Press), will discuss a new approach to ecological planting design, and how design strategies based on plant communities can help plantings meet aesthetic and ecological goals. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

27 38th annual Dorchester Art Showcase in downtown Cambridge. Free outdoor street festival designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation for the arts in Dorchester and surrounding communities. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782. 27 Free Sails aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester during the Dorchester Center for the Arts Showcase. Departures at 1,2 and 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. No advance reservations. Sign-ups begin at noon. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141. 27 Concert: Stephane Wrembel and His Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 28 Family Fall Crafts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Fall leaf art for all ages. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by

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emy Art Museum host a bus trip to Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the opportunity to view a special fall exhibition of sculptures by renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. The show will include more than a dozen works by Noguchi. $125 for members and $150 for non-members includes transportation, driver grat uit y and ad mission. Bus depar ts Easton at 7 a.m. and returns at approximately 8 p.m. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 2. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

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