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Tidewater Times

September 2016

Waterfront ~ Historic St. Michaels

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ST. MICHAELS, Ca. 1890 Fronting on Harrison Cove, a Miles River tributary, “Radcliff” is just outside St. Michaels’ town limits (no town taxes). It was a “farmhouse” 125 years ago. Modern kitchen and bathrooms (3.5 baths), 4 bedrooms. Absolutely charming! Comfortable guest apartment over the garage. Waterside pool! $1,150,000

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 65, No. 4

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September 2016

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Ralph Kimes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Holy Horror, Batman!: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Talbot County Sailors Capture Trophies: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Tidewater Review: Jodie Littleton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Lehr Jackson ~ Life in the Midst of Death: Cliff Rhys James . . . . 61 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Playing Bridge!: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 The High Mountains of Portugal: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . 167

Departments: September Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 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 September Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer Ralph Kimes A photography hobby ist from Salisbury, Maryland, Ralph Kimes has only been interested in photography for the past 6 years. He enjoys taking pictures of anything “abandoned,� and concentrates on environmental portraits. The cover photo Harvest Time was taken while biking during the Softshell Bike Ride, at a rest stop outside of Cr isf ield, Ma r yla nd. This picture was also selected to be featured in the Capture Outdoors Maryland presented by MPT (Maryland Public Television). Kimes is a member of The Tide-

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Holy Horror, Batman! by Helen Chappell

I think my mother was probably on to something when she forbade me to go to horror movies when I was a kid. Even though I sometimes snuck a peek at the C-list movies on latenight Saturdays, hosted by some costumed fright meister, I usually could see the zipper in the back of the monster’s gorilla suit. Since horror hosts were usually the afternoon weather person in a cape and some clown white makeup, they were more campy than scary, and the movies they showed were more of a hoot than a howl. Before I snuck off to see Psycho at the local theater, at the ripe old age of 10, I had already had the wits frightened out of me. Janet Leigh in a shower was old hat. When I was growing up, there was an old family graveyard across the cove from our house. It was disused and overgrown and long since forgotten by the family who had once lived on our farm, and we were forbidden to go over there. For one thing, it was a jungle of trees, vines and weeds with tombstones just barely visible above the overgrowth, and for another, my mother solemnly told us the old graveyard was full of poi-

sonous snakes. I believed this last passionately. I also believed that the tiny old graveyard was full of ghouls and ghosts who would get me if they had half a chance. From our side of the cove, you could just see the tops of a cenotaph or two and the old wrought iron fence ornamented with iron doves that had been such a popular mourning decoration in the 19th century. I was convinced our house was haunted, and don’t ask me how I knew this, I just knew it. I am convinced to this day that kids intuit stuff before age and cynicism beat 9



Holy Horror, Batman! the sensitivity out of us. I hated going to bed upstairs because I knew there were ghosts up there. I would sit up, exhausted, until the adults finally went upstairs because I didn’t want to be there alone ~ in the dark ~ with Whatever It Was. I was also convinced that whatever haunted our house came from that cemetery across the cove from us, and that at night, when I went to bed, snakes, skeletons and witches came out and danced around my narrow bed. Again, don’t ask me how I knew this. It could be the curse of a good imagination, which I’ve used for years,

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Holy Horror, Batman! and knowing grown-ups have no idea, none, I kept my fears and suspicions to myself. Grown-ups have their minds made up. No sense risking their annoying derision about the facts. Their reality and my reality were two different things. If they thought I was a little funny, well, I was a little funny as a kid, and am still a little funny as an adult. I guess on some level my parents knew, but they also thought I’d grow out of it. And I probably would have. I was just getting over this childhood bugaboo when some well-meaning adult entertained my brother and a couple of us kids

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and unmourned dead decomposing quietly beneath greenbrier and woodbine, their markers broken and eroded by time and weather. A couple of graves had even caved in, victims of rotting wood coffins and underground water. The people who had grieved for these dead were long gone and forgotten themselves. There were no ghosts here, not even the memory of ghosts. It was about as scary as an overgrown garden. The ghosts were exorcised. Mrs. Amworth, Frankenstein, Count Dracula and the Fifty-Foot Woman all became pop icons. Bates Motel was a kind of joke and Alfred Hitchcock more of a master of filmmaking than a monster. My childhood monsters were replaced with far more real and grown-up horrors, such as I see among my fellow mortals. But I’ve never lost that sense that something, something beyond common sense and accepted science, lies out there at the edge of our consciousness. Who knows? I don’t.

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Talbot County Sailors Capture Big-Time Bermuda Trophies by Dick Cooper

Eight tired but joyful sailors were aboard the sloop Flyer when she won her class in this year’s grueling 635-mile ocean race from Newport to Bermuda, but there was a big boat-load of supporters back home in Talbot County helping them sail to victory. For Flyer owner and skipper, Doug Abbott, the win was the culmination of years of hard physical, hands-on labor shared with a crowd of friends

who pitched in with sweat, scraped knuckles and sound advice as he transformed the 49-year-old boat into a world-class racer. “This was a wonderful community effort,” Abbott says. “Some people spent hours and hours with me working to get the boat ready, some gave me technical advice, others prepared food for the crew and helped with logistics.” Their efforts paid off when Abbott and his crew of Chesapeake Bay

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Talbot County Sailors sailors came home with six trophies. They missed the top overall honor of the famed St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy by one boat out of a fleet of 123 boats in 18 classes. It was the second time Flyer was that close to the Lighthouse Trophy. Abbott sailed to a second-place finish in Flyer’s first Newport Bermuda Race in 2014. He lost to another Chesapeake Bay boat, Actaea, owned and sailed by ocean-racing veterans Michael and Connie Cone. It was that loss by 40 minutes on corrected time–about four seconds a mile–that drove Abbott to work even harder to prepare Flyer for this year’s race. All spring, he and his friends, many of whom had crewed with him, and others who were not even sailors, worked to make the 49-year-old Cal 40 faster. The fiberglass bottom was stripped back to the weave and rebuilt layer by layer. The bottom was sanded and sanded until it was baby-bottom smooth. When the wet spring threatened the process, Abbott bought a huge blue tarp and tented the entire boat. He and his friends wore masks and goggles and sanded by lantern until they were satisfied. “We were looking for everything and anything that could give us a little more edge,” Abbott says. “We wanted to eliminate the things that were hanging out there that we could fix.” Abbott, 58, who is the supervisor


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Cal 40, a vintage boat with a strong record as an offshore racer, and traveled to Florida, the Great Lakes, and New England before locating his boat in Cambridge. “The first race we did was from Annapolis to St. Michaels and we finished next-to-last in class,” Abbott says. “We did some adjustments to the rigging, and the next Bay race we did was Annapolis to Oxford and we won our class, so we thought maybe this boat had some promise.” In 2010, he had Flyer hauled to a friend’s barn in Easton, and for the next two and a half years, friends worked with him to refit the old boat. “Evenings, weekends, that’s what I did,” he says. “We must have had 75 to 80 people over that time come by to help. I didn’t sail a lot, but that is what made me realize what a great community this is.”

of water and wastewater treatment for Easton Utilities, started competitive racing just 15 years ago. He grew up in Oxford, where his father managed a boatyard and his uncle was a waterman and spent a lot of time on the water on other people’s boats. He says it was friendship with sailboat owners that got him invited aboard and eventually led him to exchanging care and maintenance of a Dickerson 36 for part-time use of the boat. He got into serious racing with friends in the St. Michaels Wednesday Night series and on weekends w ith the Herring Island Sailing Fleet. In the mid-2000s, he crewed on some ocean deliveries and races. “When I got out on the ocean I said to myself, ‘Okay, this is what I’ve got to do next.’” He began looking for a

Doug Abbott at the helm of Flyer. 30


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The Newport Bermuda Race was started by a journalist with a passion for sailing small boats on big oceans, according to a history of the race on the organizers’ website. “The very first Bermuda Race was an act of rebellion. In 1906, the Establishment believed that it would be insane for amateur sailors to race offshore in boats under 80 feet. Thomas Fleming Day, the feisty editor of The Rudder magazine, vehemently disagreed, insisting, ‘The danger of the sea for generations has been preached by the ignorant.’ Certain that an ocean race would be enjoyable and safe ~ and also develop better sailors and better boats ~ Day founded one on his own.” The history of the first races goes on to report, “Critics

T he Ne w p or t B er mud a R ac e has long been the pinnacle of East Coast amateur sailboat racing, and winning it is viewed as a lifetime achievement. “I have always considered it the ultimate race,” says Abbott’s friend and mentor, Tad duPont, who has competed in 13 Newport Bermuda Races. He says Abbott’s record of finishing second and then first in his only two races as skipper “is way up there” in race history. “He has a unique ability to get his crew to work well together. He has a knack for it, and that’s how you generate the synergy and the camaraderie you need to win races. He hasn’t bought it; he’s doing it.”

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Talbot County Sailors predicted disaster. It was rumored that funeral wreaths were delivered to the three boats (all under 40 feet) so the sailors would be prepared to make a decent burial at sea.� The race has been held in even years, and 2016 was the 50th start. Over the years, it has evolved into a testing ground for sailboat designs and offshore equipment. The boats are mathematically handicapped into classes determined by measurements and weight. Safety is a major factor in preparing for the race. Every boat has to be inspected, and crewmembers must be certified by the race committee. Most of the boats in the fleet are owned by amateur sailors who chase each other around the buoys on weekends throughout the year and then get friends together every other year for the right to brag that they had participated in the big adventure. One competitor this year, however, entered with the intent of breaking speed records. Comanche, the hightech 100-footer built by billionaire computer pioneer Jim Clark, made

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Flyer at Winner’s Row in Bermuda. 34


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ers from the Naval, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine academies, decided to retire before the start of the race. Abbott says his crew’s decision to start the race was one of the hardest parts of the journey. “We knew we had 24 to 36 hours to turn around and head back,” he says. “Everyone agreed to give it a try.” The first part of the race saw light air, and by the time they reached the Gulf Stream, the storm predictions were downgraded. He says that much of Flyer’s success can be attributed to the cohesiveness of his crew and the navigational skills of Eric Crawford. Crawford, an Eastern Shore sailor from Easton with extensive offshore experience, won the St. Dav id’s Lighthouse Trophy in 2000 skippering his own boat, Restless. With the help of a variety of weatherpredicting software programs and his knowledge of the race, Crawford kept Flyer as close to the rhumb line as possible. When the storms did hit, they were nasty but not as lifethreatening as originally predicted. In one five-hour period, Flyer’s crew

Trophy presentation to Doug Abbott and the crew of Flyer by the Governor of Bermuda. the 635-mile trip this year in less than 35 hours, setting a new record by five hours and beating its closest competitor by two and a half days. The Comanche crew was tossing back Dark ’n’ Stormies in Bermuda while the rest of the fleet was a hundred miles out of Newport harbor. Almost 200 boats signed up for the 2016 race, but as they gathered in New port harbor, the weather forecasts turned dire with the specter of a tropical storm forming over the Gulf Stream. “They were calling for 30 - to 40-mile-an-hour winds with 15- to 20-foot seas,” says duPont, who had sailed his Cal 40 Nicole from the Bay to Newport to compete. “My father taught me years ago you never leave a safe port to sail into a storm,” he says. He and about 30 percent of the captains in Newport, including the rac-

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Talbot County Sailors changed sails repeatedly to maximize speed and keep the competitive edge. “The crew did a phenomenal job. You would have thought we were doing a Bay race,” Abbott says. At the finish line, the crew knew they had completed a very good race but didn’t know they had won their class until they saw the final results posted online by friends back in Talbot County. “We were thrilled, cracked a bottle of rum, motored into the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, tied up in Winner’s Row and went swimming in the Great Sound,” Abbott says. “Then we partied in Bermuda.” Abbott says the experience has only whetted his appetite for more.

“We didn’t get the Holy Grail,” he says of the Lighthouse Trophy. “As thrilling as all this is ~ and I am so proud of the crew and everyone who had a hand in this ~ we are going to go back in ’18.” 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 Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at

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Growing up in the ’80s, I watched a lot of TV. I squirreled away in an upstairs bedroom for solo viewing of Happy Days and Three’s Company, or curled up next to my grandmother for the more risqué Dallas or Dynasty. Occasionally, though, the entire family watched a television show together. It happened so infrequently that I remember these times vividly. More often than not, the show was The French Chef. The French Chef was the great equalizer in our house. No matter what disparate task or interest was occupying us, we all gathered and cracked up as Julia Child beat the hell out of a mound of dough w ith her rolling pin or lov ingly caressed a chicken (or whacked it with a cleaver) while warbling a non-sequitur. I remember watching, rapt, as she f lambéed something or other ~ all the while assuring my young, awkward self that I, too, could make this perfectly delicious dish with some care and (I imagine) 41



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Bob Spitz before that fortuitous day is where Bob Spitz begins to tell her story. I’d been wanting to read this comprehensive biography since its release in 2012, but I only recently got around to it, and I’m so glad I did. Dearie was one of those books I couldn’t put aside. Spitz, author of books about Bob Dylan, the Beatles and other cultural icons, tells the tale of the (literally) larger-than-life Child from ~ forgive me, please ~ soup to nuts. The book begins with that legendary omelet. In 1962, following publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 50 -year-old Julia Child appeared on the set of a WGBH book review show titled People Are Reading with a hot plate, a bag of groceries, a giant whisk and an omelet pan. The show’s producer and cameramen were f lummoxed. Why would someone want to cook on television? And how could all six feet, three inches of Child fit in the

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how she acquired her trademark voice. Spitz spares no detail, and the illustrative stories are what I loved about the book: the telling of the circuitous and fascinating route that led Child to her calling. Some are familiar ~ her collaboration with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle in operating a cooking school in Paris and eventually writing the groundbreaking Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Many are hilarious—an opening French Chef sequence where Julia introduces THE CHICKEN SISTERS! as she uses a startlingly large butcher knife to tap each member of the lineup: “Miss Broiler, Miss Fryer, Miss Roaster, Miss Caponette, Miss Stewer, and Old Madame Hen.” And some are heartbreaking ~ coming to terms with her husband’s spiral into dementia. Through it all, Spitz makes clear that Child retained her momentum and her indomitable sense of humor. One particular story stands out: After graduating from Smith College, Julia lacked direction. Her mother had died, she was increas-

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Julia and Paul Child ingly at odds with her ultra-conser vative father, and she wasn’t sure where she fit in. Too tall to join the Women’s Army Corps after World War II broke out, she joined the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, and eventually worked as a secret researcher. She worked in Sri Lanka and transferred to China, where she met Paul Child. Following a long-distance relationship, they married in 1946. In 1948,

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Refreshing Cucumbers bananas, tomatoes and melons, which are all ethylene producers. Some of my favorite salads are my Aunt Marge’s cucumber sour cream salad; fatoush, a Mediterranean salad; and a cucumber mold that is made with minced cucumbers. From soups to desserts, cucumbers are a delicious all-purpose food.

Cucumbers are a staple in my kitchen. Not only are they a healthy snack, but they are a mainstay in salads. It is interesting, however, to find out that I have spent most of my life storing them the wrong way. According to a website, Root Simple, it turns out that the best way to store a cucumber is at room temperature, not in the refrigerator. Cucumbers last longer when stored at room temperature. If kept at 50° or below, they are prone to developing chilling areas, watersoaked areas, pitting and decay. If you insist on chilling your cucumbers, limit it to three days. It is also suggested to keep them off the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, as that is the coldest, and towards the front of the shelf, where temperatures are the warmest. Cucumbers are highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural gas that causes certain foods to ripen and spoil. Not only should your cucumbers be kept at room temperature, but they should be kept away from

AUNT MARGE’S SOUR CREAM CUCUMBER SALAD Serves 8 4 cucumbers, washed and peeled (if they come from my garden, I don’t peel them) Sea salt 2 medium onions, sliced 2/3 cup sour cream Dill, finely chopped (optional) Freshly ground black pepper Cut the cucumbers in half, and then into thin half-moons. Layer in a medium-sized bowl, sprinkling each layer with a bit of salt. Put a plate on top and weight it with a 51

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cumber slices with the onions, sour cream and chopped dill. Season with pepper. You can serve immediately, or it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a day. FATOUSH Serves 6 to 8 This is simply the assemblage of chopped fresh vegetables, parsley, extra-virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juices, served with pita wedges to add texture and soak up all the divine juices. 1 cucumber, cut into medium chunks 1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and

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To double this recipe, use one package of lime Jell-O and one tablespoon of Knox gelatin. Use less water. COLD CUCUMBER, FETA and RED BELL PEPPER SOUP Serves 8 I have given you a recipe for plain cucumber soup in the past, but I thought you might like to try this. Come the end of summer, cooks and guests are grateful for simple chilled soups. They are easy to assemble in the cool of the morning and are served chilled at dinner time. Feta cheese and roasted red peppers make an interesting variation.

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Dissolve one package of lime Jell-O in one cup of hot water. Add two tablespoons of vinegar and one tablespoon of minced onions. Chill until partially set. Mix together the cucumbers and salt. Let set for two hours. Drain off excess liquid and dry chunks between paper towels. At this point, mince the cucumbers. Whip the Jell-O mixture until light and f luffy. Fold in the mayonnaise and the cucumber mix. Place in a mold and refrigerate until set. 56


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Life in the Midst of Death The Chu Lai Beach Club by Cliff Rhys James

It was just another day in a tropical paradise brimming with sun, sand and sur f ~ not to mention sailing, water skiing and snorkeling with plenty of suds thrown in for good measure to wash down t he seafood. For hours on end, Lehr Jackson and his friends had angled down the watery slopes just ahead of the white curls like carefree surfers carving up the waves. These were the golden days of the endless summers of 1968 and 1969, when anything could happen and usually did, when each precious

moment bought, borrowed or stolen was spent here in the land of soft breezes, sun-spangled water and escape from the world. Fortified by a cold brewski or two ~ or three, no one was counting ~ the more skilled or reckless among them became fearless experts sluicing inside the length of liquid barrels in a half crouch atop waxed boards ~ arms out to the side for balance ~ one hand toward the moving wall ~ the other toward the curl ~ water coiled all around ~ shorn of worry ~ no yesterday ~


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no tomorrow ~ lost in the moment ~ breathing in and out ~ cooled by nature ~ not wanting it to ever end ~ forever and ever, Amen. But i n t he re a l world, wh ich often intrudes, sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you. The bear gets you in surf parlance when you get axed in the t unnel, pum meled, d r i l led a nd submerged while even inside the fierce chaos of the bottom churn you wait in dread for your surf board to come plunging through the water like a guillotine and wonder when and if nature’s forces will ever release you and your burning lungs to once again breathe sweet air on the surface.



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mostly bet ween their late teens and early thirties, against a backdrop of volleyball games and beer coolers, barbecue grills and tents, beach towels and beach chairs, life preservers and snorkel gear, surfboards planted upright in the sand, water skis galore and so much more. I mean, seriously, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello might as well have been running around like a scene out of Beach Blanket Bingo. It’s more than a sight to see because he can smell hot dogs roasting and suntan lotion, and from the big box speakers mounted high atop poles so the world w ill notice, he can hear the guttural voice of a famous British blues rocker singing over the slow but hauntingly evocative riff of an electric guitar:

Other times you get the bear and shoot out the end of the tunnel triumphantly upright atop your board into the gentle rolling swells beyond the break line closer to shore. It is here, sitting astride his surfboard, that Lehr Jackson bobs up and down as the undulating water passes beneath him in the shallower depths. He has allowed himself to drift closer to land because the ancient rhythms of the ocean have a naturally calming effect on all living creatures, and this makes for a peaceful interlude before heading ashore. Scanning the length of the wide white sandy beach amidst the sea of color f ul beach umbrellas, he looks out upon what he has helped to create: a teeming throng of welltoned, darkly tanned bodies of both the male and female persuasion,

“Oh, a storm is threat’ning My very life today


If I don’t get some shelter Oh, yeah, I’m gonna fade away.” Behind the snack counter, guys are shooting hoops. Over a way from that, a girl in a bikini is being instructed by a guy in a swimsuit on how to drive a golf ball off a tee. She whacks the first one far and true down the middle of the driving range. Then she does it again and again. Clearly she’s an accomplished golfer, and yet there must be a hitch in her sw ing because the young man insists on holding her closely while demonstrating a practice back swing ~ hold ~ and follow through. Lehr laughs to himself. He knows the guy. Hell, he knows most of the folks on this beach.


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of waves and tides on earth? He’d been asked that more than once and always found that no answer was adequate. Beyond the break line farther out to sea, the ocean levels out again, and it’s into this placid expanse that mortar and light artillery rounds detonate into v iolent gushers of shrapnel-filled water after they’ve come screaming across the sky from the nearby peninsula. WHAT? FULL STOP. Here it is one more t i me for emphasis: Beyond the break line farther out to sea, the ocean levels out again, and it’s into this placid expanse that mortar and light artillery rounds detonate into violent gushers of shrapnel-filled water after they’ve come screaming across the sky from the nearby peninsula. It’s a common occurrence that br ings w it h each ex plosion t he unwelcome reminder that this is not the Pacific Ocean just off some Southern California beach town. Nor is he enjoy ing t he wa r mer waters of the Atlantic Ocean at a summer resort along America’s east

T he su r r ou nd i ng pa l m t r e e s sway, causing their fronds to rattle like maracas in the band’s rhythm section. Even nature herself wants in on the music. But then, as the song fades, the disc jockey running the reel-to-reel tape machine in the thatched hut sound studio brings the volume up on the next song seamlessly. The thumping backbeat of an electric bass from the rhythm section of another band rocks loud and solid. A melody emerges and is soon followed by the wail of a diminutive front man: “We got to get out of this place If it’s the last thing we ever do. We got to get out of this place, Lord, there’s a better life for me and you. Lehr lets the music wash over him. With its catchy riffs and haunting lyrics, the song has seized the imaginations of many. Eric Burdon may be small, but the Animals are big, and this is the best stuff they’ve done since House of the Rising Sun. Before heading in for the day, he glances out over this left shoulder one last time to check on his buddies. He winces then laughs at the spectacular w ipeout of one guy fortified with too much liquid courage. Some dudes just won’t quit. If you can’t endlessly surf, then why did God create the endless motion

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all-around major dude. Lehr was the go-to guy, the man with a plan. I knew a war correspondent who once said to me, “I went over to Vietnam to cover the war, and the war covered me.” If Vietnam devolved into a theater of the absurd geared to the refracted logic of body counts as the metric of success, and if it was burdened by restrictive rules of engagement in a war of heavy attrition against an invisible enemy, then Chu Lai Beach Club was the ultimate pressure release valve at ground zero. To mix metaphors, it was the circuit breaker in the high-voltage system designed to limit the meltdown of human minds or the spontaneous combustion of human souls. It kept the burnout rate down to tolerable levels and stanched the flow of lowgrade nervous breakdowns. It was a 55-gallon drum of home-brewed American “whup ass” distilled by half-unhinged desperados in the war against psychological disintegration. But you know what? It probably preserved the sanity of more than a few American soldiers, airmen,

coast. He’s f loating in the South China Sea just off the coast of South Vietnam. As I said, it’s the late ’60s, and Viet Cong warriors embedded in the surrounding jungles are as hard at it as ever trying to kill Americans. Some of our gentle readers may recall a TV series titled China Beach wh ich w a s ba se d up on si m i la r happenings at the so called China Beach on the coast near Da Nang. As it turns out, several of these enclaves were located along the coast of South Vietnam near formidable American bases. And while China Beach would become the most famous, it was by no means the most outrageously ironic, notoriously gonzo lost paradise in that hellish war. No! That title was fought for, earned and tenaciously defended by the Chu Lai Beach Club 49.2 miles south, where Marine Lieutenant Lehr Jackson of Baltimore and Bozman made the trains run on time as superintendent of operations, senior life guard, chief talent scout, expert black market deal maker and



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it is (t hat’s r ight) L ehr Jack son. I mean, picture this: Lehr was a Marine aviator. More specifically, he was a bombardier/navigator in a hotshot squadron of A-6 Intruders, the jack-of-all-trades twin-engine jet aircraft f lown by both the Navy and Marines. Sometimes his mission assignments took him over North Vietnam on dangerous bombing runs right smack down SAM (Surface to Air Missile) alley. Other times his plane few Combat Air Support for American ground troops in South Vietnam. Officially, he f lew 230 missions in all. Unof f icially, he might have f lown 270 to 300 missions, including 40 to 70 additional sorties in other kinds of fixed or rotary wing aircraft: rear hatch gunner on a Chinook, side door gunner on a Huey, Forward Air Controller in an OV-10. Variety is the spice of life, isn’t that what they say? For reasons that remain unclear, no one, not even L ehr himself, knows for certain how many total missions he f lew. But hey, so what. Just like the cold brewskis chugged down each day at the Chu Lai Beach Club, no one was overly concerned about keeping accurate counts. What is known for certain is that before his second tour of duty was up, he’d been awarded both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Commendation Medal. And, oh yeah, while most of the man’s roughish mischief was carried out

sa i lor s a nd Ma r i ne s. In fac t, I have a wild theory based on nothing more than a hunch. It’s very elegant, profoundly simple, simply profound and completely unproven. Do you want to hear it? Too bad, for inasmuch as I’m writing this piece, you’re going to hear it anyway. It goes like this: Might a scientific study of Vietnam vets reveal an inverse relationship between the frequency/severit y of af termath PTSD episodes and time spent at places like Chu Lai Beach? What better way to decompress when you’re punchy from sensory overload, or drained empty by rushes of adrenaline? How else do you temporarily disengage from the great engine of destruction when you can no longer stand to see the sky lit up and burning bright with magnesium flares and white phosphorous smoke? Call me crazy, you won’t be the first, but that’s my theory. A ny w ay, C hu L a i B e ac h w a s ~ well, it was like MASH on steroid s, jacke d up, move d 2,000 miles south and then reignited ten years after Korea. So if there’s one person of interest who should be credited as the mastermind behind this whole reeling out of control enterprise, it is Lehr Jackson. And if there’s one man who kept all of this hidden away for the better part of four decades in a dusty footlocker of unexamined memories, 70

In fact, through no fault of his own, and for reasons that remain u n c l e a r, p o o r r e c o r d k e e p i n g seemed to follow Lehr around during his five years in the Marines. Not long out of Pensacola f light training school, he became the only Marine aviator assigned to a Navy A-6 squadron. When the squadron reorganized and transferred, it lost track of Lehr’s file. Hell, it even lost track of Lehr himself, who was left wondering where the Navy went. Weeks later, recognizing their mistake, the Marines or Navy (for reasons that remain unclear, no one knows for sure) shipped him off to Treasure Island (San Francisco), where they planned to attach him to another unit. But once again, for

as a lieutenant, he came back a captain. A man does what a man must do, and Lehr’s work was done. The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out and the great machine grinds on. Hail Mary, mother of grace….

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behind it all. A n 11th-hour f ile review revealed he hadn’t qualified on the firing range for well over a year and, per DOD policy, no active duty American could be assigned to combat without a current firing range certificate. Two weeks later, Lehr completed the firearm proficiency test and was off for Vietnam. Upon landing, he stepped off the plane into the blushing glow of sunrise just in time to see twenty-five f lag draped coffins being loaded aboard a C-130 for their final journey home. Or as Robin Williams famously shouted into the microphone ~ “Good morning, Vietnam.” That dusty footlocker that I mentioned earlier ~ it sat in the attic at Lehr’s place for forty-plus years, and then one day, not that ver y long ago, really, when his wife and daughter were out for the afternoon, Lehr rummaged around, dug it out, opened it up and voila ~ the story of Chu Lai Beach Club, which had remained tightly coiled inside, sprang out and unspooled all over him. There it was, newspaper articles, photographs, videos, magazines, music tapes, log book s, let ters, quotes, hats, maps, f lags and souvenirs ~ the whole sad sorrowful terrible wonderful wasted horrible beautiful mess. As he peeled back the layers, he was seized by the urge to do something with all of this archival material. This, after all, was the real deal, the raw stuff

reasons that remain unclear, Lehr was instructed instead to “cool his jets” for two weeks. His only responsibility during that period, he was told, was to call in daily. When he asked if he could do that from any place, and was told yes, he lit out like a big bird for Hawaii, where he encountered Peter, Paul and Mary singing their hearts out.

It was a brief reunion of sorts. Back during his University of Virginia days, when he was the selfassigned student government booking agent bringing musical acts to campus for concert gigs he had once booked Peter, Paul and Mary. Even then, even as the times they were achanging, music played a powerful role in his life. Back in San Francisco two weeks later and ready at last to ship out for Nam with his new unit, he (just him, not his unit) was detoured to Okinawa. Why? No one knows for sure. Just kidding. Actually, this time there was a logical reason 72

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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 77

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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 79

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Swinging Into Fall The cooler temperatures and shorter days herald the coming of fall. The Autumnal Equinox is on September 22 this year, marking the beginning of the fall astronomical season. There’s lots to do in the yard and garden to wind up this year’s growing season and prepare for winter. If you haven’t already, early September is a great time to sow some lettuce and other greens in the vegetable garden. They will come up and give you a nice supply for salads later in October. To extend your greens crop into late fall, prepare to cover them with a f loating row cover like Reemay® if a hard frost is forecasted. Don’t forget to seed root crops like beets, carrots, turnips and parsnips. They might not grow very large this fall, but if you cover them with straw they will overwinter to be harvested in the spring. If you do harvest this fall, they will be small and tender. September is an excellent time

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in the soil before winter. As with other perennials, a winter chilling is required for dormancy and for them to produce f lowers. Peonies are long-lived, but slowgrowing at first. They will usually bloom within three years after planting. Divisions with three to five eyes will reach maturity sooner than smaller divisions. If only one or two eye divisions are used,

signs of wilting and, if necessary, shade them brief ly during hotter periods of the day. Your annual beds may look pretty bad because of the hot, humid summer. Remove any springplanted annuals that are faded or showing signs of disease. Replace them with fall annuals like pansies, ornamental kale or cabbage, and sedums. Now is a good time to plant peonies. The large showy f lowers are produced in mid- to late spring. Many colors and f lower forms are available. Planting them in September or early October will give them time to become established

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or form that is somewhat unique, or if you are interested in growing them for cut f lowers. Most peonies have very attractive foliage, making them a useful addition to the landscape. You can use peonies in the landscape as specimen plants in borders, as herbaceous hedges, and they are excellent as cut f lowers. Herbaceous peonies need at least six hours of full sun a day for good bloom. Afternoon shade will protect f lowers from fading too quickly. Well-drained, loamy soil is best for growth. Good drainage is vital to avoid root rot and fungal diseases. If your soil is heavy clay, amend it with compost, finely ground pine bark, or well-rotted manure to improve drainage and organic matter content. Peonies prefer a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. You may need to add lime to your soil to raise the pH. Because peonies are long-lived in the garden, it is worth the extra work at the time of planting as they may stay in the same spot for many years. Dig a hole 12 to 18 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Replace part of the soil in the form of a cone and spread the roots over it. Set the roots so that the tip of the eyes (swollen pink or reddish buds) will be no deeper than one inch below the surface of the soil. Most failures to bloom are caused by deep planting. Firm the soil in well around the roots, eliminating

it may take several years before the plant f lowers. Most herbaceous peonies grow two to three feet tall in our area, with a three- to four-foot spread when mature. Because they need room, space the planting holes so that the plants will be at least three feet apart. Peonies are known for their large, showy and fragrant f lowers. There are many colors and forms to choose from. The most common are the large, double-f lowered peonies. They are also available in single-f lower, semi-double, Japanese and anemone-type blossoms.

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ing. Once established, peonies are very drought resistant. Apply a low nitrogen complete fertilizer, such as 5-10-5 or 5-10-10, at a rate of two to three pounds per 100 square feet in the spring when the stems are about 2 to 3 inches high. When you work around the plants in early spring, be careful of the tender emerging shoots. They will usually be dark red.

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A common problem of peonies is failure to bloom. As stated, it may be the result of planting too deeply, but could also be the result of immature plants, excess nitrogen, inadequate sunlight, overcrowding, nutrient deficiency, insect or disease problems, competition from roots of nearby plants, or late freezes.

Remove seed heads after flowering is finished to allow the plant to store more energy for next year’s bloom. In the fall, after the first frost, cut the dead stems of herbaceous peonies down to the soil surface. This is very important if you have had any disease problems. Discard the stems in the trash. If you already have peonies in the yard and want to divide or move them, do so in late September or early October. Carefully lift the clump and wash away the soil to expose the eyes. Using a clean, sharp tool, divide the clump into sections, each with three to five eyes and good roots. Replant immediately.

September is the perfect time to root cuttings from your annual bedding plants such as begonias, coleus, geraniums and impatiens. These plants can be overwintered in a sunny window and provide plants for next year’s garden. If you planted caladiums, either in containers or in the ground, dig them up before the first frost. Allow them to dry, and store them in a dry place for the winter. It is also time to talk about spring f lowering bulbs. They are easy to plant, require minimum care, and reward us with beautiful displays of color in the spring.

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Good drainage is absolutely essential for spring bulbs. Sandy soils are the best, but if you have a heavy clay soil, don’t lose heart. Amend heavy soils with organic matter like compost, peat moss or aged pine bark to improve drainage. Bulbs are heavy feeders of phosphorous and potash, so use a fertilizer that is higher in these two elements, as compared to nitrogen. The standard 5-10-5 and 5-10-10 chemical fertilizers work well. If you are an organic gardener, incorporating bone meal into the soil will provide an excellent slow release form of phosphorous.

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not dormant like seeds. They are living plants, and too much heat can kill them. Too much moisture can cause rot or fungus problems. They should be planted before the first hard frost. If you find yourself with unplanted bulbs after the cold weather has arrived, plant them anyway. They won’t keep indoors, but in the ground they’ll probably surprise you and flower come spring. Happy Gardening!

heave (soil movement caused by successive freezing and thawing). The mulch will also help keep the soil from drying out. It is important to plant bulbs as soon as possible after bringing them home from the retail store or receiving them in the mail. If you can’t plant them right away, store them in a cool dry place. Bulbs are

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Dorchester County is known as the Heart of the Chesapeake. It is rich in Chesapeake Bay history, folklore and tradition. With 1,700 miles of shoreline (more than any other Maryland county), marshlands, working boats, quaint waterfront towns and villages among fertile farm fields – much still exists of what is the authentic Eastern Shore landscape and traditional way of life along the Chesapeake. FREDERICK C. MALKUS MEMORIAL BRIDGE is the gateway to Dorchester County over the Choptank River. It is the second longest span 95

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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called


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

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

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

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

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


Easton Points of Interest Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 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 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial

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


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

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On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. For more info. visit 117

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


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

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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 or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson,

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a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors


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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 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper


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


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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. 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 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is

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


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

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


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 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure.

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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



Playing Bridge! by Gary D. Crawford

Do you like playing bridge? Not my favorite game, actually, though a few hands with congenial partners can be fun. There’s rather a lot to learn, though, isn’t there? All those bidding conventions! One needs to remember what to respond when your partner opens with, say, “one no-trump.” (Oops, sorry, no offense. Best make that “three hearts.”) Yes, bridge is quite a game, and I’m sure you’re much better at it than I. But do you k now how to play with a bridge ~ a real one, I mean? You know, move it around, take it from place to place, show it off to your friends? Admittedly, moving a bridge doesn’t happen all that often; after all, why would anyone want to? Was it built in the wrong place? (“Darn it, Bob! We didn’t want it there across the Nanticoke. It’s supposed to be over here, across the Narrows!”) Bridges do sometimes need to be replaced, of course, but usually they’re just dismantled and the pieces hauled away. Who would want to run off with a whole bridge? However, this is Delmarva ~ that marvelous place where wondrous things can and sometimes do happen. For you see, one day someone really did suggest that it would be

a great idea to move an old bridge. And they made it happen. I refer to the bridge that for six decades spanned Knapps Narrows, connecting Tilghman’s Island to the mainland, or, as we think of it, vice versa. It was a handsome, faithful old thing, opening of tener than any bridge in the United States, it is said, some 12,000 times a year. Curiously, the bridge always seemed to be in the wrong position: it was up when you wanted to cross over and down when you wanted to pass under. Water traffic always took precedence, of course. Many faithful bridge tenders operated it day and night; Miss Pearl Cummings even planted hollyhocks alongside. The bridge not only was a link on land, it also linked the Bay with the Choptank River and served as a “head of navigation.” Navigational markers show boaters where to steer to avoid running out of a channel: red markers go on the right, green on the left. The “right” side is defined as the side to the right as you go into a river or into a harbor. It’s easy enough to remember: red markers are on the right as you return: “R-R-R.” But since K napps Nar rows is open at both ends, red markers are


Playing Bridge! on the right as you come in from either end. They switch sides at the bridge. (The markers shown in this illustration aren’t really there, of course, because while in the Narrows you just stay in the middle of the channel. It’s when you leave that things get tricky.)

a thorough inspection in the early 1990s, the State Highway Administration (SH A) discovered that the bridge’s foundations were deteriorating badly. Given its age and other limitations, they decided to replace it in its entirety. After much local debate, the SHA concluded that the replacement bridge should be of the same design, but bigger:

Boaters unfa mi lia r w it h t his switcheroo at the bridge can get f lummoxed when leaving by the western end, where suddenly they are confronted with a red marker de ad a he ad , appa r ent ly i n t he middle of the channel. Do they steer left, to clear the red marker on their starboard side, as they did entering the Narrows? Or should they pass to the right of it? Ah, fortunes have been made towing off yachts whose captains guessed wrong. The bridge also is the narrowest point in the Narrows, the spot where the tides course through most swiftly four times a day. Boaters waiting for the bridge to open sometimes are surprised by the force of that current and have to back-pedal quickly. As we all know, water can erode great mountains and the best of foundations. During

23 feet longer to allow more space for boats to pass, 15 feet broader to accommodate a wider roadway and a first-ever sidewalk, nearly three feet more clearance for vehicles on the roadway, and boaters would have four feet more clearance underneath. And, to everyone’s delight, it would open and close more quickly. Now, when they built the old bridge back in 1935, the bridge it replaced was simply torn down. During construction, vehicles and passengers made use of a makeshift roadway built to the water’s edge, where they then boarded a scow and were poled across the waterway. It was awkward and time-consuming, but there wasn’t all that much traffic in those days. This time, however, the old bridge would have to remain in service until the new one was ready to take over. In



Playing Bridge! other words, the new bridge needed to be built beside the old one, not in its place. And that meant that, for a while, there would be two bridges!

Everyone watched with great interest as the new bridge was being constructed. One day in the fall of 1998, it was finally ready for testing, and both bridges lifted simultaneously. All eyes were upon them as they came up. The old bridge rose proudly to its full open position and then stopped, vibrating smugly, waiting for the new bridge to catch up some 20 seconds later. As had been feared, it was bigger and better but hardly faster. The new bridge was dedicated and declared officially open when

Ms. Lillian Mortimer, then the island’s oldest resident, cut the ribbon on September 11, 1998. And what of the old bridge? Everyone assumed it would be dismantled and hauled away for scrap. But then we heard that, no, it was going to be moved to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Well, that seemed okay. After all, we now had the bigger better slower one. Besides, it was nice to know that our faithful old bridge would have a second life. But moving the bridge? Well, that was something we certainly wanted to watch! So, on Monday, October

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5, 1998, we went up to the Osprey Restaurant (now Characters Bridge Restaurant, Karen & Bill Vincent proprietors). As we walked toward the waterfront, we could see a tall crane across the Narrows moving about. Then an amazing thing happened ~ the bridge turned! Apparently we had missed the moment when the crane picked it up and put it on the barge. The only thing dangling from the crane now was a guy in a box. When we got to the waterfront, it was obvious we’d missed the lift. The ba rge, w it h t he br idge ab oa rd , w a s now ma neuver i ng in the Nar rows. We watched in amazement as the old bridge turned completely around and faced north for the first time! (It was a bit unset-

tling, actually, like seeing your car upside down in the driveway.) They tied up to the dock on the other side and began loading all the other parts that were going to St. Michaels, including the bridgetender’s house. The next morning, October 6, the whole rig moved slowly out of the Narrows and into the Bay. It was pretty neat. (They even passed to the right of that red marker!)

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That afternoon, we drove up to St. Michaels to see the arrival at the Museum. The barge was docked at the bulkhead near the Hooper Strait Lighthouse. We watched, fascinated, as our old bridge was carefully backed off the barge on a carrier of some sort, then swung around with a crane, all ready to go overland to its new location. The sun was going down at the end of this eventful day, and we headed for home. I reckoned that slipping the br idge bet ween all those Museum buildings was going to be pretty tricky. But they had gotten her this far, so presumably they had it all figured out. Sure enough, a few weeks later, there she was at the entrance, waiting for the new driveway. And for her one final lift. “Well done!” I thought. “Those guys really knew what they were doing.” The parts of the operation we had seen had been fun to watch, and all seemed to go smoothly. How t he y ac t u a l ly d id it , of course, I hadn’t the foggiest idea. Did that crane we saw at Tilghman

lift the whole thing onto the barge? And we saw the bridge roll off the barge at the Museum, so how did they get the wheels underneath, and when? And how did they propel the bridge through the woods? Whose idea was it in the first place? Who figured it all out and actually performed these stunts, anyway? Hey, inquiring minds want to know! Consequently, curiosity soon got the better of me, and I began asking around. Well, actually, it was 18 years later. (Look, I’m nothing if not slow.) I began with my friend John Valliant, who was executive director of the CBMM in 1998. He said the man they put in charge of the operation for the Museum was Mark Ward, and he provided Mark’s phone number. Next, looking carefully through the photos I had taken back in ’98, I noticed the bridge had a sign that read “Cherry Hill Construction,” with a phone number. So I thought, “Heck, I’ll risk a dime.” They were still in business and put me in touch with the guy who directed the move, Michael Gowl. Both Mark and Mike agreed to explain how it all happened from their respective standpoints. Later I got more great help from David Openshaw, the Cherry Hill engineer who devised the plan they used. Lynne Phillips, director of collections at CBMM, also provided me with additional photos. Thanks to all. What I learned from these folks is



Playing Bridge! that the move was far more complicated, interesting ~ and downright clever ~ than I had realized back in 1998. Mark Adams was on the staff of CBMM for over 20 years. By the 1990s, the Museum, in need of more parking to accommodate the increasing number of visitors and tour buses, began working on a second parking lot. Not only would it provide more space, it would be connected directly to Route 33 by a long driveway through a grove of trees. Before demolishing t a x payer property, the SHA issued a public notice saying the old bridge was

available and inviting interested par ties to apply. It occur red to Mark Adams that this iconic bridge, an authentic Chesapeake artifact, wou ld ma ke a unique a nd eye catching attraction at the entrance to their new driveway. When he suggested the idea to the CBMM Board, objections were raised immediately. Everyone knew that the rickety old br idge was ver y narrow, hardly more than one lane. Worst of all, it had dangerously little headroom ~ even the school buses had to move into the middle of the road to get across. It wouldn’t be suitable for big trucks and tour buses. But Mark explained that his idea was not to have the driveway go over the bridge, but rather to pass


under it. The bridge would be placed across the driveway and remain partially raised, giving visitors the sensation of arriving at the Museum ~ the maritime museum, after all ~ by boat. This clever idea struck a chord, and Mark was given the goahead to explore the possibilities. F i r st, of c ou r se, t he y had to acquire the rights to the bridge. The SHA required applicants to demonst rate t hat t hey ac t ua l ly could remove the bridge, so Mark began looking for a bridge-mover. He first approached Jerry Matico, of Expert Housemovers in Sharptown. After considering the project, Jerry suggested Mark contact John Toll, who had a crane company. Toll said it wasn’t a job for him, either, but suggested Wallace Montgomery A ssociates, a large engineer ing firm in Hunt Valley. They took up the challenge and developed a plan for moving the bridge that involved taking it apart and reassembling it in St. Michaels. The SHA was suitably impressed w ith the Museum’s presentation and within a few days agreed to the sale. The only other applicant was 153

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Playing Bridge! the late Capt. Buddy Harrison, who envisioned the bridge out in front of the Chesapeake House, his fishing resort and restaurant. He graciously withdrew his application in favor of the Museum. So, for the sum of one dollar in U.S. currency, the Museum purchased the bridge. Now they just had to go get it. Wallace Montgomery Associates sought bids for the job and accepted one from Cherry Hill Construction. This brought engineer David Openshaw and bridge specialist Mike Gowl into the project. After examining the bridge, they questioned whether taking it apart and putting it back together was the best way. The structure was hardly new and its parts were riveted together, making disassembly difficult, time-consuming, and probably damaging. The bridge also was covered with

lead paint. Moving it intact seemed more efficient and less risky. They counted utility lines crossing Route 33 more than 200 times between Tilghman and St. Michaels. The utility companies set very high fees for disconnecting and reconnecting, in order to discourage just such shenanigans. Besides, it all would take days to accomplish, and the frequent ser vice disruptions would win the Museum no friends in the communities affected. It was clear that the bridge would have to go by water. The Cherry Hill team concluded that the most efficient approach was to drop it onto a barge in the Narrows and f loat it up to the Museum, where it could be brought ashore and moved directly to the new site on Museum property, with no public streets or utility lines to interfere. At one point, the bridge would have to cross the parking lot of the Crab Claw Restaurant so Mark Ad-



Playing Bridge! ams approached the owner of that establishment, the late Bill Jones. Fortunately, Jones was a strong supporter of the Museum and readily gave his permission, with the understanding that any damage to his property would be put right. Careful measurements were taken to verify clearances both in Tilghman and St. Michaels, and a detailed plan was drawn up. David even made a snazzy model. This revised plan was accepted, and the Cherry Hill team got busy to make it happen. I soon learned that where bridges are concerned, Mike Gowl is the guy. He has planned, constructed, and demolished bridges all over the

East Coast. And he very patiently explained to me how they got the bridge to St. Michaels. Naturally, they did it in stages. They couldn’t do much in Tilghman until the new bridge was up and running. So they began at the other end, preparing the new location in St. Michaels to receive the bridge. They drove piles, constructed bulkheads, and built earthen mounds for the approach ramps. David and Mike also were working out how to move the bridge over the ground. After arrival at the Museum, it needed to go overland about ten city blocks. With a heavy land-based crane, they could lift the bridge off the barge onto some kind of f latbed carrier and

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Playing Bridge! tow it into place. But then their whole barge plan ran into a serious problem. Barges with cranes big enough to lift the bridge all drew too much water to operate in Knapp’s Narrows. Smith Brothers, Inc. in Galesville had a smaller barge, the J. Edward, that could negotiate the Narrows, but its crane could not lift the bridge. The barge could carry everything, but how to get the bridge onto it? Their solution was simple and elegant: they appealed to a higher power. They decided to let the Chesapeake Bay do the heavy lifting. If they put the barge under the bridge at low tide, and blocked it tight, the tide would lift her off. Then came the second clever stroke. If they had some wheels of some sort, they could put them onto the barge before it picked up the bridge. After its water ride, a bridge on wheels could just roll off the barge in St. Michaels. By converting the bridge itself into a trailer, they could just tow it into place.

A word about the design of this bridge. There are all kinds of movable bridges ~ swing bridges, lift bridges, pull bridges.

Counterweight Gear Frame Roadbed

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Our bridge isn’t any of these. It is a bascule bridge because it works much like a “fauteuil à bascule,” French for rocking chair. Specifically, it is a “Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge,” patented by a Chicago civil engineer in 1898. When a bascule bridge opens, nothing is actually lifted. The roadbed just tips up, the way Grandma’s legs fly up when you pull her rocker back. The chair’s cur ved legs a re what ma ke t he rocking so easy, whether Grandma is sitting in it or a 300-pound lineman ~ or both, if I know Grandma. To balance the heavy roadbed, an equa lly heav y counter weight is fastened to the back, so almost no


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Playing Bridge! effort is needed to rock the “chair.” When rolled back, t he ent ire weight of the bridge and its counterweight is carried entirely by two heavy side rails. One day years ago, I took my nephew to see the bridge up close. The bridge tender kindly showed him around the control house, then invited Nathan to put a penny on one of those side rails. When he opened the bridge a few minutes later to allow a boat to pass through, he shouted, “Mind your fingers now!” We watched, fascinated, as the curved rocker (the “quadrant”) rolled backward over that penny. Impatiently, we waited until the bridge went back down and

quickly ran up to retrieve the penny. It was now the size of a silver dollar with very thin razor-sharp edges. Poor Abe was barely recognizable. We were very impressed. The point here is that although the bridge is heavy, it really isn’t connected to anything, any more than a rocking chair is connected to the f loor. Mike and David knew that after disconnecting the gear mechanism that pushes it back and forth, the entire bridge could be lifted up in one big piece. B y m id - S e pte mb e r, t he ne w bridge was in operation and the Cherry Hill team was finally able to begin preparations for moving the old one. Their first task was to lighten it. With the bridge down and

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welded in blocks to lock it in place, they removed the steel roadbed and discarded it. Now they needed to raise the bridge, to bring the counterweight so they could demolish it. The bridge was seriously out of balance, now, so to prevent it from rising suddenly when the welded blocks were removed, they attached cables to control her movement and bring her upright slowly. Locked again, the counterweight then was pulverized with a massive hydraulic hammer. Relieved of both the roadbed and the counterweight, the bridge now weighed a mere 50 tons. Meanwhile, Mike had created the wheeled device they needed to go under the bridge. Renting two container-truck trailers, he welded

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their chassis together with I-beams. When the day came, he brought the chassis to the Smith Brothers boatyard in Galesville. First, he put a number of huge 20-foot timbers, called crane mats, on the bow of the J. Edward where the bridge would ride. The chassis was placed carefully on top of the mats, with its


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Playing Bridge! wheels very close to the port side where the weight would be greatest. Everything was tied down securely. On Thursday, October 1, the tug Capt. Nel son pushed t he ba rge across the Bay to Knapps Narrows, with a smaller push-boat lashed alongside. Captain Bobby Marshall, a local waterman, would use the push-boat to maneuver the barge in the close quarters of the Narrows he knew so well. Timing of the lift was critical, for the Narrows was to be closed for just one tide cycle. On Monday, Oct. 5, after days of careful calculation, they were ready. The bow of the barge was positioned under the

bridge span. The crane gradually let the bridge roll forward and down toward the barge, just as the tide was bringing the barge up. When there were just inches to spare, they drove in wedges and blocks to make a firm bed for the bridge ~ and the Chesapeake Bay did the rest. The old bridge rose up and was free. As expected, when the full weight of the bridge came onto the barge, it drove down her port bow; water ballast was pumped to starboard to correct the list. With the bridge securely aboard, they backed the barge out and slowly rotated her. And that was when I came dashing up and saw the bridge moving. So I hadn’t missed the crane lifting the bridge after all ~ for that had never happened!

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Playing Bridge! They docked the barge on the mainland side while everything else was loaded on: the massive side-rail section, the two gear frames, and the bridge tender’s house. The next morning, off she went out of the Narrows, with Captain Bobby making sure they steered to the right of the marker. The trip took about four hours. The bridge rode side-saddle all the way, which seemed right as she was always a lady. The tender’s house sat jauntily on the end of the bridge, to starboard, and seemed really to enjoy the ride. Upon arrival at the Museum, the J. Edward nestled her port side against the bulk head. Here was where the clever idea of putting wheels under the bridge when it was lifted in Knapps Narrows really paid off. To offload, they just hooked up a heavy tractor and pulled. The bridge backed gracefully off the barge, just clearing the tops of the pilings ~ another fine calculation. (Actually, as Mark noted, she skinned the copper off one of them, but never mind.) Once ashore, they hooked her to a Mack cab and the bridge was transfor med into a (ver y large) semi-trailer truck and all was ready for the overland journey. By accounts, the trip went well, though they did get stuck at one point. Mike, naturally, had a bulldozer on hand, just in case. They pulled her out of 164

the mud, and on she went to the new location. The side rails and gear framework were put in place, and the approach on the other side was made ready to receive the bridge. Then, for the first and only time in the entire process, a big crane picked up the bridge and lowered her gently into place. She was fitted with a light wooden deck in place of the heavy steel one. Rather than hold her partially open with braces, it was decided to pour a new, lighter, concrete counter weig ht. Not on ly wou ld this would look right, it would put the bridge into balance once again. When all was ready, the br idge lifted one last time, to about 45 degrees, and blocks were placed to lock her in position. And the job was done. Speaking in 2016, Mike remembered it fondly, saying it was the favorite project of his career. Now that you are thoroughly familiar with Scherzer bridges, Gentle Reader, you might be interested in knowing there is another one in our area ~ a twin to this old bridge. It spans the headwaters of the Nanticoke River where it is little more than a creek, beside a quiet park in Laurel, Delaware. Actually, it’s worth the drive. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. 165

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Storytelling, Faith, and The High Mountains of Portugal by Michael Valliant

I’ve been given exactly two books by an Episcopal minister, about 30 years apart. The first was C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, when I was a freshman in high school. The second book came in the mail this summer: it was Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal. I am not really a Yann Martel fan. He erupted to literary stardom when his book Life of Pi became a bestseller and, ultimately, an

Academy Award-nominated movie. People I know loved Life of Pi. So I gave it a shot. I finished it but was underwhelmed. I didn’t see what the fuss was about. And I wouldn’t have picked up another book of his. But when a book arrives in the mail, sent by a minister, it’s a good idea to give it a look. Father John Merchant was the chaplain of St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, when I was


Storytelling and Faith a student there. At the end of my freshman year, I was presented the Sacred Studies Award for Old Testament study. As part of that honor, Father Merchant gave me a copy of The Screwtape Letters. I still have it. When I left St. James and returned to Easton High School, I didn’t really keep up with anyone from the school, students or faculty. And then some years ago, with the advent of Facebook, I reconnected with a number of old friends. Father Merchant is one of them. I asked him why he sent me Martel’s book. “This novel has so many themes or ideas all woven together as though serving to explore something larger, something more real than all of them put together. It is a story about faith, I think, wrapped in a variety of packages, from storytelling, the brokenness of modern society, and an unusual journey, through creation and redemption. I sent the book because I’m not quite sure what to make of it all and I wanted the insight from someone whose perceptions are multifaceted, who sees so wonderfully beneath the surface of life, and whose eye can capture both the beauty and mystery of creation. “I sent you the novel expecting it might give you pause. That the plot, certainly a touch of the theater of the absurd, might challenge some of your faith and philosophical as-

Michael Valliant and Father John Merchant. sumptions. You see, I thought it would be good to test the validity or authenticity of my own responses to the book by having someone whose insights, critiques, questions, issues, passion, etc. about the novel are similar to mine, and one who has an unabashed desire to know truth and beauty and, ultimately, the divine.” Two thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert wouldn’t touch that kind of review. So I started reading. The High Mountains of Portugal makes for a wild ride. It is three connected stories, the first set in Lisbon in 1904, where a man, Tomas, whose wife and son have died, follows clues from a relic of sorts, a minister’s journal, to help him find a strange artifact. Tomas has odd ways of dealing with grief, such as walking backwards wherever he goes.


Walking backwards, his back to the world, his back to God, he is not grieving. He is objecting. Because when everything cherished by you in life has been taken away, what else is there to do but object? Tomas’s search for the artifact puts him behind the wheel of one of the earliest automobiles, through towns and outposts into a strange, new world. Neither he, nor we as readers, knows what to expect. The second story is of Eusebio Lozora, a pathologist at a hospital outside Braganca, as the year changes from 1938 to 1939. Eusebio’s work mostly deals with performing autopsies, seeing the very corporeal, clinical nature of the human body, which he tries to balance

by being a dutiful, careful Christian practitioner. He and his wife are obsessed with Agatha Christie murder mysteries, through which she finds hidden connections and comparisons with the Gospels. This is the part of the book where storytelling comes to the forefront. That is Christianity at heart: a single miracle (the resurrection) surrounded and sustained by stories, like an island surrounded by the sea… Why would truth use the tools of fiction?... Why storytelling over history-making? The Gospels are handed down as stories, meant to be stories, the belief of which requires faith, not fact. But faith is hard to come by in our modern times that want to rely

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on reason to get us through the world. Eusebio’s wife asks the ultimate question with an observation, “Faith is grand, but impractical: how does one live an eternal idea in a daily way? It’s so much easier to be reasonable.” The third story is set in 1981, where Senator Peter Tory is in Ottawa, Canada. His wife dies (Martel clearly has a theme working throughout the book), and Peter has trouble keeping up his senatorial duties. He takes a diplomatic trip to Oklahoma, where by chance he visits the Institute for Primate Research in Oklahoma City and comes face to face with a chimpanzee, with whom he feels a connection and whose freedom he feels inexplicably compelled to purchase. You can’t predict, indeed you can’t have a clue where Martel’s stories are going. As Father Merchant points out, it’s the theater of 170

the absurd, where being reasonable is turned on its head. The High Mountains of Portugal grabbed me and kept me in ways that Life of Pi didn’t, in part, perhaps because in Pi, I kept waiting for something to happen, some big revelation, which never came. The High Mountains of Portugal moves, both literally and mysteriously. It is ultimately a story about faith. And when it comes to faith, I like to turn to the words of Father Merchant, who put this book in front of me, to have another word: “To me, faith is trusting in the ultimate living reality incomprehensible in its completeness, but revealed in connecting parts through all life’s experiences. It is

our openness to and acceptance of this divine mystery which unites our hearts and minds in a holy intimacy which ultimately fashions within us a faith that is both grand and practical.” Faith is a mystery. For many, faith is a journey. Maybe even one that crosses The High Mountains of Portugal. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.

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printmaking work at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-5059 or visit

September Calendar Thru Oct. 9 Members’ Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The exhibition represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. The media include drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor), pastel, graphics, photography, mixed media, video art, jewelry, sculpture and other applications. This year’s judge is Jack Rasmussen, PhD, director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

1 Free Movie Night at the Oxford Community Center. Winchester ’73, western/drama, rated PG. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 1 Concert: The Brother Brothers in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 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 1,8,15,22,29 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

1 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

1,8,15 , 22 , 29 Dog Wa l k ing at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn to


play this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

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1,8,15,22,29 Cambridge Farmers Market at Long Wharf Park. It’s one of the only waterfront farmers’ markets in the state. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -886 2069. 1,8,15,22,29 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. Thursdays f rom 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 2 Hot & Tangy chicken barbecue for one day only at the Linkwood175

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September Calendar Salem Volunteer Fire Co., Vienna. 10 a.m. Half a barbecued chicken with bread or a platter with two sides. Eat in or carry out. For more info. tel: 410-2210169. 2 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 2 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 2 Reception hosted by Jewelry by Cottage Studio at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. Fro more info. visit 2 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

2-4 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. The extraordinary energy and virtuosity of Artistic Director Monty Alexander have vaulted the Festival into a three-day event showcasing new talent as well as jazz greats. An artist new to the stage at the Avalon to be featured at this year’s Festival is the incomparable jazz vocalist and Grammy nominee René Marie. For a complete schedule tel: 410-819-0380 or visit 2,6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info.


tel: 443-955-2490. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 2 ,9,16,23,30 Free Fishing on Fridays at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Enjoy fishing and crabbing on CBMM’s waterfront. Equipment and bait will be provided. Please note, if participants are age 16 or older, they must bring a fishing license in order to keep their catch. 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. visit

2,9,16,23,30 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 3 Cha r it y Boat Auc t ion at t he Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. This is your opportunity to get a great deal on the boat of your dreams. More than 100 boats, ranging in size and performance from sailing


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dinghies to cabin cruisers and everything in between. Advance and absentee bids will be accepted. Boats will be available for preview on Sept. 1 and 2. Live auction begins at 11 a.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m., beer at 10:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4961 or visit 3 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 3 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois

Open Rock Wall at Tuckahoe State Park, Queen Anne. Take part in Tuckahoe’s open rock wall & zip line sessions, open to both experienced climbers looking to practice and those who have never climbed before. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian; minimum climbing age is 7. Cost is $10 per climber. For more info. tel: 410820-1668.

3 Concert: Back Porch Blues at the Oxford Community Center. $15. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 3-4 St. Michaels Art League Labor Day Sale ~ “Under the Tent” ~ at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. New this year will be art demonstrations and pottery throwing. This annual show gives ever yone an oppor t unit y to see a diverse collection of artwork in pastel, oi l, acr yl ic , w aterc olor, c ollage, mixed media, photography and three-dimensional art. The hours of the show are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. This




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September Calendar tiques and more. For more info. visit 3,10,17,24 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit 3,10,17,24 Historic High Street Wa lk ing Tour in Cambr idge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. at

Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 4 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 4 Oxford Artist Studio Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Take a tour to visit the studios and gardens of local artists in the town of Oxford. Tickets available at The Treasure Chest. $5. 4 Peoples Party in the Park ~ an old-fashioned Labor Day cel-

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ebration in Fountain Park, Chestertown. Noon to 6 p.m. Great music, food, games, antique cars, and much more. For more info. tel: 410-778-3500. 4 A nnua l Crab Ca ke and Ham D i n ner at t he Ne ck D i s t r ic t Volunteer Fire Co., Cambridge. Noon. For more info. tel: 410228-2434. 5 Pigaf igalicious at the Oxford firehouse from noon to 2 p.m. Barbecue w ith all the f ixins, silent auction, DJ, 50/50 raff le and much more. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Museum. $25 per person in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets available at the

Oxford Museum. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 5-6,10-11 Schooner America at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. America is a replica of the schooner that launched the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 by defeating the best the British could offer to win

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Featured exhibit is In Celebrat ion of Paul Mellon. The exhibit features 80 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, pr int s a nd i l lust rated book s sele c te d f r om Pau l Mel lon’s donations.$55 members, $66 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit 6 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 6,20 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 7 A r ts E x press bus tr ip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton.

7 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 7 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit 7 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit 7 Talk: Memories of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with Guy Willey at the Dorchester County Historical Society, Robbins Heritage Center, Cambridge. 7 p.m.



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Free. For more info. tel: 410228-6175. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours, and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit 7,14,21,28 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 8 Lecture: Information Dominance ~ Military Intelligence in the Information Age with Earl Sheck and Marcia Loverdi at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 p.m. Free. For more info. tel 410-2265904 or visit 8 Spring into Wellness free speaker series to feature Diane Lane, executive director of The Chesapeake Voyagers, Inc., who will

8,11,25 Guided kayak tours at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Tours give participants an introduction to the basic skills of kayaking. An estimated 2 hours of paddling t i me i s sche du le d. Ch i ld ren under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m., and Sept. 11 and 25 at 1 p.m. $10 for CBEC member s, $15 for non-members. Registration is required. For more info. tel: 443-262-2032 or e-mail cleigh@ 8,15,22,29 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Pre-registration requested. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 9 Night Out at the Nursery at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Shop



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9-10 Fall Native Plant Sale and Family Festival at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. Plant sale on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the addition of a family festival with food vendors, children’s activities, music and local env ironmental vendors. C om mu n it y work shops bot h days. For more info. tel: 410-7459620 or visit

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

10 Craft and Used Book Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 3 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: 410745-2534.


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10 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 10 Adkins Arboretum Nursery Open House. Shop the region’s largest selection of native trees, shrubs, perennials and more. Discount for members. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 191

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10 Concert: Nashville country recording artist Celeste Kellogg and her band will appear at the Tilghman United Methodist Church, Tilghman. 6 p.m. Her Christian, family-oriented program is for all ages. For more info. tel: 410886-9863. 10 Comedian Krish Mohan in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 10,24 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. 193

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September Calendar 11 Hooper’s Island Volunteer Fire Company Watermen’s Rodeo at P. L. Jones Boatyard in Fishing Creek. Doors open at 11 a.m. Boat Dock ing compet it ions, food, entertainment and much more. For more info. tel: 410-397-3311. 11 New York, New York Cooking Class at Two if by Sea Restaurant, Tilghman. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Watch and taste as celebrity chef Henry Miller prepares a seven-course meal from around the world. $35 includes food and beverage. For more info. tel:410-886-2447. 11 Concert: Jonathan Edwards in

the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 12 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 12

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September Calendar Reynolds and Brendan Kiely at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Bill Peak hosts the discussion. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 13 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native f lute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 13-15 River of Life Retreat at Camp Pecometh, Centreville. Ref lect on your own life-changing seasons in a peaceful and healing retreat setting. This retreat is designed for adults to take the

time to explore the journey of life in the light of God’s grace. For more info. tel: 410-556-6900. 13,27 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 13,27 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit 14 The St. Michaels Art League will take a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens to see Im-

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1 4 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 14,28 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 14,28 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039.

14 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 14 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail 197

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September Calendar 15 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 15 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 15 Poetry Open Mic Night at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Read and/or perform your own or a favorite poem in front of an audience of your peers. Open to all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 15,22,29 Academy for Lifelong L earning: Evening Square & Folk Dances with Ann Fallon at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 15-Oct. 6 Botanical Drawing I w ith L ee D’ Zmura at Adk ins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This introduction to botanical draw-

ing focuses on developing skills and techniques for capturing the essence of f lowers, fruits, pods, and leaves. Each student will produce a detailed botanical study in pencil. $125 member, $155 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 16 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 16 One Maryland One Book Discussion: All American Boys by


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Jason Rey nolds and Brendan Kiely at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Bill Peak hosts the discussion. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 16 Midshore Riverkeepers Tour the Shore Paddle around Robins Creek. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Flowing next to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Lynch Preserve, Robins Creek is very peaceful and has lush aquatic vegetation. After the paddle, feel free to explore the Lynch Preserve walking trails. $30 includes kayak rental, or $20 if you provide your own. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 443-385-0511. 16 Concert: Robbie Schaefer in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 17 Tri Tilghman - The 2016 Tilghman Island Triathlon comprises a 5k run, a 10-mile bicycle course, and a 3-mile kayak course, Participants should plan to arrive and have their kayaks

17 The St. Michaels Art League will hold its annual Children’s Art Day on the lawn of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to noon. This fun event is free and open to all children wanting to try painting under the coaching and guidance of League member artists. The League supplies all materials for the children to create their own artwork, to include acrylic pa i nt s, br u she d, pa nel s a nd easels. It is suggested that the children bring their own smocks from home. For more info. tel: 410-310-8382 or v isit 17 Enjoy a river cruise to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River from the Chesapeake Bay


Ma r it i me Mu s eu m buy b oat , Winnie Estelle. Amateur photographers, sailing aficionados, or wooden boat enthusiasts will all find something to enjoy on CBMM’s log canoe cruises. The two-hour scenic cruises depart from CBMM’s St. Michaels campus at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 17 The Sy mphony Village Outreach Program, Inc. will host its 6th annual Artisan’s Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Symphony Village Clubhouse, Centreville. 30 local artisans will offer a wide variety of their hand-crafted creations for sale. Box lunches will be available. Free. For more info. tel: 410758-3194. 17 Sunny Meadows Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a g uided wa lk w it h a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a

brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 17 Out of the Darkness Walk on the grounds of the Chesapeake Heritage Center, Chester. 1 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. For more info. tel: 410758-0835, ext. 2520. 17 Delmar va Gospel Explosion hosted by the Firef lies Denton & New Life Community United Methodist Church, Denton. Enjoy good food, dancing, singing and much more. $25 per person, or $20 each with a group of 15 or more. Children 3 to 6 years old $5. Dinner served from 3 to


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drums, authentic native food, vendors, crafts and more. Silent auction ends at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $5, children 6 and under free. Tickets at the gate. For more info. tel: 410-228-0216 or visit

4:30 p.m., show begins at 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 302-331-6041. 17 Music on the Nanticoke at the water f ront pav ilion, Vienna. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Concessions available. 4 to 7 p.m. For more info. e-mail 17-18 24th Annual Nause-Waiwash A mer ic a n Ind ia n Fest iva l at Vienna Ball Park, Vienna. Trad it iona l d a nc er s, mu sic a nd

17-18 8th annual Alpaca Festival at Outstanding Dreams Farm, Preston. Featur ing craf t and food vendors, children’s activities, fiber arts demonstrations, and of course, lovable alpacas and their products. Saturday’s event will feature live music by Ampersand. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-673-2002 or visit 18 Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot) sponsored by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Chesapeake College, begins at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills at 8 a.m. Riders can participate along one of three routes ~ 62 miles, 35 miles, and 20 miles. For more info. and to register visit 18 Guided Bird Walk with Harry A rmistead at Blackwater National Wildlife Ref uge, Cambridge. 8 a.m. Meet at the Visitors Center. Dress appropriately


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with Stephen Goldman at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

for the weather. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit 18 C orsic a Day at t he C orsic a River Yacht Club at Ship Point, Centreville. Environmental and water-related exhibits and activities for the whole family. Live entertainment and food. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-604-2100 or visit 18 O ut of t he Da rk ne s s A FSP Walk in Hurlock. Walk to raise awareness and funds that allow the A merican Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, and more. 2 to 4 p.m. to begin at the Train Station. For more info. tel: 443-521-2253. 19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: 225 Years of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788-2012 ~ Newspaper Display and Coverage

19 Book discussion on All American Boys by Jason Rey nolds and Brendan Kiely at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 19-Nov. 7 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Birds and Birding on the Eastern Shore ~ An Introduction to a Lifelong Hobby with Dr. Wayne H. Bell at the Waterfowl Festival offices in Easton. Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 20 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Conversat ion ~ FBI vs. Apple Controversy, Privacy vs. Securit y w ith Sid Campen at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5 members, $7.50

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non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 20 Member Night: Boatyard Program Over v iew at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Join Shipwright Educator Matt Engel for an overview of CBMM’s Rising Tide, a boatbuilding program that helps middle school students develop self-confidence and pride, and fac i l it ate s mentor sh ip s t h at provide guidance and support during these critical years of development. Boatyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn will also

21 Lecture: Preparing Your Garden for Fall and Beyond with master gardner and Oxford Garden Club member Phyllis Rambo at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit 21 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4

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21-Oct. 26 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy ~ Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra with John Ford and John Miller at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 21-Nov. 17 (no class Nov. 10) Li’l Kids After-School Art Club at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 6 to 8 with Susan Horsey. Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $115 members, $138 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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Chester River will come to life at sunset with illuminated sculptures. On Saturday there will be boat races, activities and treats in Wilmer Park. There will be a cardboard boat race, paddler’s poker, kayak and canoe sprint, paddle craf t expo, and much more. To learn more about RiverFest, visit chestertownriverarts. org or tel: 410-778-6300.

Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410745-4941. 22-Nov. 10 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Discussion Program with Fred Smyth at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410745-4941. 22-Nov. 17 (no class Nov. 10) AfterSchool Art Club at the Academy At Museum, Easton. Grades 4 to 7 with Susan Horsey. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $115 members, $138 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 23 Hot & Tangy Chicken Barbecue at the Linkwood-Salem Volunteer Fire Co., Vienna. 10 a.m. Half a barbecued chicken with bread or a platter with two sides. Eat in or carry out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169. 2 3-2 4 2nd A n nua l R iverFe st, presented by Chestertown RiverArts, Washington College Center for Environment and Society, and SANDBOX. On Friday, the

24 Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s No Fee Day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit 24 40th annual Oxford Library Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the library on Market Street. The street will be closed bet ween Mor r is a nd Fac tor y streets for the event. There will be thousands of books ~ hardbacks, paperbacks, coffee table books ~ for adults, children, all in good condition and all priced to sell! Rain date Sept. 25. 24 Smithsonian Museum Day at Adkins Arboretum. In honor of the Smithsonian’s open-door policy, the Arboretum will offer free admission, live music at 2 p.m., children’s activities and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit



September Calendar 24 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race on the Choptank River off Cambridge. One of only two skipjack races left on the Chesapeake Bay. The start and finish lines are near the entrance to Cambridge Creek. The best vantage points for viewing are at Long Wharf or Great Marsh Park. At Long Wharf there will be bleachers, food vendors, and a radio-controlled skipjack demonstration. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. visit 24 Frederick Douglass Day at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A parade, speakers from Yale and Harvard, gospel choirs, historic artifacts, food and art vendors, chi ld ren’s v i l lage, sc avenger hunt, histor ic reenac tor a nd more. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 24 Lecture: “It’s Not a Town Without a Market House! The Archi-

tecture of Civic Capitalism in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries” with Michael Olmert at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Noon. Professor Olmert will speak about the architectural history of market houses, concentrating on their presence in the daily life of Britain and Colonial North America, including Easton and St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 24 Crabtober fest in dow ntow n Cambridge from 4 to 10 p.m. Dancing, music, German beer, German and American food are all part of Crabtoberfest. Eastern Shore and German fare including bratwurst, wienerschnitzel, red cabbage, steamed crabs, crab cakes, crab soup, knockwurst, sauerkraut, and crab pretzels. $5. For more info. tel: 410-228-3575 or 24-25 Workshop: Seasonal Botanical with Hillary Parker at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Two-day graphite and water-


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September Calendar colors workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 24-Oct. 2 9-day workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, to learn how to build your own skin-on-frame kayak and paddle. Participants will work under the direction of Kiliii Yuyan of Seawolf Kayaks. On the final day of the workshop, there w ill be a group paddle along the Miles River. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. $1,600 for each participant, which includes

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4 p.m. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance and relocation back to St. Michaels. This year’s Concours will take place at the Fog Cove Landing waterfront portion of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus adjacent to t he Inn at Per r y Cabin. New Entrants Lounge will be open throughout the day for Automobile Entrants and VIP ticket holders. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 25 The Dorchester Center for the Arts presents the 39th Annual DCA Showcase, a free outdoor street festival on historic High Street from noon to 5 p.m. This signature event is designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the arts in Dorchester and surrounding communities, and to showcase the area as a prime cultural destination. Live music, theater, dance, art, food & more! The skipjack Nathan of Dorchester will be at Long Wharf Park on exhibit and will offer free skipjack rides. For more info. tel: 410-2287782 or visit 26 Lecture: Author Jacques Baker discusses Chesapea ke w r iter Gilbert Byron’s Sole Survivor at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel:

26-Nov. 14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Women & Western Music with Nancy Larson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Mondays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 27 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Conversation ~ Gun Control and the Second Amendment with Sid Campen at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5 members, $7.50 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 27 Free Mov ies @ Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. This month’s feature is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 27 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Something Rich and Strange ~ Teaching Literature to Undergraduates & Lifelong Learners on the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea Voyage of Atlantic Exploration with John H. Miller, PhD, and Emily Miller at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.


27 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 27 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 28 Art After Dark: Cocktails and Canvas at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45 includes two cocktails and all painting material. Experience a fun and creative evening where you just bring your creativity and they

provide everything else. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 29 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Trip to Walters Art Museum with Steve Goldman. 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 25! For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 29 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Setting the Stage w ith Jamie Merida at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11 a.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

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