Tidewater Times September 2017
Beautiful Homes In/Near St. Michaels
ST. MICHAELS - This beautifully restored ca. 1786 home is one of the town’s historic treasures. Near the Harbor, the house has been lovingly updated with care to preserve the charm and integrity. It’s the perfect combination of new and old! Call DEBRA $750,000
DRUM POINT - Contemporary “Eastern Shore Retreat,” overlooking the confluence of Barrett Cove and Edge Creek. Outstanding home with cathedral ceilings, 3 fireplaces, fabulous screened porch, waterside pool and deep-water dock with boat lift. Call TOM $1,495,000
TILGHMAN-ON-CHESAPEAKE - Not waterfront, but almost! Spacious 4 (or 5) bedroom home, very close to the community marina, clubhouse and waterside pool. Over 4,200 sq. ft. with bright spacious rooms, gourmet kitchen and private, fenced back yard. Call TOM $685,000
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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Lauren Amberman . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Luxury - The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond: Helen Chappell . . . . . 9 The “Suburbs” of St. Michaels: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Shepherdstown and Harper’s Ferry: Bonna Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Talbot County Women’s Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Tidewater Kitchen - Focus on Fiber: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . 69 The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival: Becca Newell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Tidewater Gardening - Time to Lime: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . 83 Eliza - A Founding Mother: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 20 Years . . . . 157 Changes - Minds: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Cambridge Packing House: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Departments: September Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 September Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com email@example.com
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About the Cover Photographer Lauren Amberman As a native Marylander, Lauren Amberman has been a life-long photographer. While a teen, she shared her father’s interest in photography and received her first 35mm camera. She brought it along when they frequented thoroughbred horse racing tracks. In college she pursued a major in photojournalism, however horse racing pulled her away. From 1978 to 1985, Lauren traveled the East Coast as a free-lance photographer on the racing circuit. Lauren’s business, Lauren’s Photography, expanded to wedding and event photography, which is the majority of her business today. About four years ago she re discovered the Eastern Shore where
she spends most of her time in St. Michaels, Oxford and Tilghman, taking long walks in search of photographic magic. She has had two public photo exhibits in Baltimore: Scenic Serenity, and Scenic Serenity II. Both featured the Chesapeake Bay and its surroundings. The cover photo is titled Waiting for Crab Season. Her prints are available for purchase, and images can be viewed on her website. Lauren’s Photography is available for weddings and events. To contact Lauren: lauren3838@ comcast.net, facebook.com/lauren3838photography or flickr.com/ photos/lauren3838photography.
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by Helen Chappell at Perry Cabin by Belmond had to offer. We were wined, dined, boated and spa’d to our hearts’ content. My memories of the Inn stretch back to my early teens when I took riding lessons there. That was something that didn’t last very long, as my father, a surgeon, forbade any further equestrian activities. He’d patched and mended too many kids who’d broken bones and skulls in riding accidents. The house itself was rather shabby in those days, and St. Michaels was a sleepy little waterman’s town
When it was time to leave, they practically had to pry my fingers off the door jamb and toss me into the car. Going back to my real life just seemed so, well, real. That’s exactly how the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond wants you to feel. The St. Michaels resort has been completely renovated, upgraded and spun into a destination that pampers you in a way you always secretly thought you deserved, but were too modest to admit. During a media weekend, we experienced almost everything the Inn
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Meyerhoff to be the general manager of the Inn, and began work there in March of 1983,” my friend Ron Thomas recently reminisced. “I continued there for about the next five years, and left when the Inn was sold to Walt and Sandy Johnston. They owned it for several years, and they in turn sold it to the Ashley Group. It was then that the expansion of the facility really began. When I was there, they had 6 guest rooms, all nicely done, ranging in price from $80 to $120 per night.” I have a lot of fond memories of going there to see Alita Green and drinking champagne royales. I would hang around the outside bar, listening to the locals tell me
where dogs slept on the sidewalks and grass grew through the cracks in the asphalt. There were packing houses and sewing factories and boatyards. Our favorite pastime was reading the magazines at Hudson’s Pharmacy. When I was a little older, things changed. “I was hired by Harry
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Luxury their tales while I was writing my first novel. Later, I went to several events and a high tea during the Ashley era ~ and oh, how we all loved those f loral print Laura Ashley dresses! Now, the Inn has been completely renovated again and has expanded to 78 rooms and suites. It’s elegant but welcoming, in pale shades and spaces that f low, one into another, yet provide intimate nooks for private conversations. There is beautiful landscaping, including old growth boxwood and private gardens that allow great views of the river. There’s kayaking, sailing, sailing lessons, yoga, a gym, croquet and bocce courts. A pool is conveniently located next to the spa. Let’s tell the truth here: this is an ideal escape. Once you’re here, the outside world is far away. It’s a great place for a wedding, a convention or meeting, or just a weekend away. My adventure began with my room, which faced the water and featured a gated private garden where I could sit and drink my cof-
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fee in the morning. Being a huge fan of high thread count sheets, I was in bliss in the queen-sized bed, and I appreciated the cool oyster-white color scheme. I was provided with fresh fruit, packets of literature, and there was a lady whose job it was to bring me ice. Each night, the bed was turned down, the curtains drawn, and two homemade chocolate chip cookies were left on my night stand. Our little group of travel writers, from as close as Annapolis and as far away as Atlanta and New York, convened for a wine tasting. The very knowledgable and entertaining Chance Miller re-enacted the famous judgment of Paris, in which
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Luxury followed by a presentation from Alex Johnston of Harris Creek Oyster Company, who spoke about oyster aquaculture while we sampled his product. After dinner, we convened a few feet away at a fire pit for conversation and cocktails. Some of my fellow writers told me they had been brought in by boat from their arrival points, so that their first view was from the Miles River. Saturday was a massage at Linden Spa, and I do love my massages, followed by an afternoon lazing by the pool with a writer from Atlanta. Others went for a sail or took a guided tour of the campus. Some used
bikes provided to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and tour the town. Since a wedding was taking place at the Inn that evening, I talked to several guests and the groom who were also lounging by the pool. They were all having a good time and agreed the Inn is a great spot for a destination wedding. The interesting thing for me, be-
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ing a local, was that I knew several people who work there. I also caught up on the news and gossip. Everyone I spoke to said they liked their job. “The one thing we never tell a guest is ‘no,’” one friend told me. Dinner was again on the terrace, and again Chef MacDonald outdid himself. That night he served us some chickpea fritters I would kill for. Dinner passed in a sort of gustatory bliss, with a couple of glasses of wine to match. I should mention that the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond’s flagship restaurant, Stars, joins only 671 other restaurants across the continent to earn the Distinguished Restaurants of North America’s (DiRōNA) Award of Excellence.
After dinner, we were invited out to one of the fire pits, where we sat in the gathering dusk sampling desserts and cocktails. I fell into conversations with several of my new best writer friends, and business cards were exchanged. The next morning, I had a delicious room service breakfast of coffee and pastries in my private garden while I plotted how I could somehow manage to live here in pampered luxury for the rest of my unnatural life. I could definitely get used to this! For more information about the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, visit belmond.com/inn-at-perrycabin-st-michaels. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.
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The Evolving History of the “Suburbs” of St. Michaels by Dick Cooper
A mix of 100-foot loblollies and spreading hardwoods shade the residential streets of Rio Vista and Bentley Hay, the conjoined twin neighborhoods that form the eastern and southern borders of the town of St. Michaels and provide the Victorian village with a MidCentury Modern buffer from the Miles River. On the Eastern Shore, where age is measured in centuries, the two neighborhoods that were carved out of a colonial farm after World War II are relative newcomers, marking time in mere decades. The trees, like the houses that have gradually filled the neighborhood lots over the last 70 years, are yardsticks for how quickly the past slides almost unnoticed into the present. For Betty and George Seymour and Tom Crouch, the neighborhoods are integral parts of their family histories. The Seymours live in the Rio Vista home built by his parents. They both trace their families’ histories to early Eastern Shore settlers. The land that is now Bentley Hay was Betty’s family’s farm for generations. She has filing cabinets full of local lore garnered during count-
Betty Seymour less hours of sifting through old land and legal documents, business records and yellowing news clips. Crouch, whose family also has deep roots on the Shore, grew up in Rio Vista as his father, real estate developer and builder Charles Crouch, worked hard to sell the neighborhood one lot at a time. He credits his mother, Josephine, who was instrumental in marketing the subdivision, with changing the then rather mundane name of the property from “Riverside” to the more cosmopolitan-sounding “Rio Vista.” He says she was also behind 27
The “Suburbs” the idea of naming the streets of Rio Vista’s grid for U.S. presidents in those hyper-patriotic post-War days. Crouch has followed in the family business and of ten f inds h i mself sel li ng proper t ie s t hat were first listed by his father and grandfather. The neighborhoods owe their existence directly to the completion of the first span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952 and indirectly to major cultural shifts that forever changed the way Americans lived af ter the end of the War. While they followed a now-familiar cycle of developers acquiring an old farm and turning it into a subdivision, Bentley Hay’s transformation was
Tom Crouch spurred on by family discord, legal fights and court orders. Betty Seymour’s research into the history of the land shows that it first appeared in Maryland records in 1694, when Charles, Lord Balti-
Early detail map of Rio Vista. 28
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gin forest. He died without a will or heirs in 1743. After his death, a planter named Edmund Blades paid 28 pounds, 13 shillings for the land. Records show that when he bought it there were three buildings on the property, “an old dwelling house, 25 feet by 15 feet, one old house, 15 by 10 feet, and one old log house, 20 feet by 15 feet.” In an early version that fully disclosed negative fea-
more, granted a patent for just over 300 acres on the banks of the river from Hawling Creek, now Harrison Cove on St. Michaels harbor, south to Little Neck Creek, now Spencer C r e ek , to W i l l ia m Wa r r i low, a Quaker farmer. He named his farm “Warrilow’s Exchange” and started to carve tillable land from the vir-
Early map of Parrott Point.
the Rev. William Waters to deliver the first Methodist sermon in St. Michaels. The Parrott family owned the northern parcel for a while and left its name on Parrott Point, the peninsula that juts into the harbor. It was fortified during the War of 1812, and local militiamen used its cannon to repel British troops when they attempted to land on the nearby riverbank on August 10, 1813. Betty Seymour’s greatgreat-grandparents, Joseph and Mary Harrison, bought “Matthew’s Circumvented” in 1815 and had it surveyed because the old boundaries were dissolving into the past. The 1816 survey that she uncovered noted that the land contained the “site of the temporary fort or breast
tures, the property was described as “swampy, with little timber and about 20 acres cultivated.” Blades renamed his purchase “Mat t hew ’s C ircumvented” a nd wasted no time in f lipping half of it. He cut off the southern 150 acres and sold them to Hugh Spencer, a local wood cutter, in 1744. That sale marked the boundary between the two tracts that would become Bentley Hay and Rio Vista. The land remained in agriculture for t wo c ent ur ie s, cha ng ing ha nd s several times. Seymour discovered that when Edmund’s nephew John Blades owned the northern half in 1799, one of its barns was used by
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races from their beach that became known to locals as “Sam’s Shore.” Anna did not like the name “Matthew’s Circumvented,” so she appropriated the name of a neighboring property and began calling it “Bentley Hay.” The name stuck. Seymour remembers frequents visits with her grandmother, especially on Sundays, in the big family farmhouse that still stands on Radcliffe Avenue just down the street from the family cemetery. She was just nine years old when her grandmother died in 1941. Anna had six children and died without a will, precipitating a family battle royale that pitted the siblings against each other and played out in the courts. “My father told me there was no way to divide this up between all these kids and be equal because part of it is waterfront and it included the harbor,” Seymour says. “There was a lot of back and forth
work thrown up during the late war on the south side of the mouth of the creek or cove running up to the town of St. Michaels.” For the next 125 years, the fields of the twin farms along the river were tilled and used to raise livestock with varying degrees of success. Ow nership of “Matthew’s Circumvented” moved among the Harrisons’ offspring over the years, sometimes seamlessly and others rife w ith intra-family squabbles that wound up in court. By the early 20th century, the land was owned by Seymour’s widowed grandmother, Anna Radcliffe. Anna and her son Sam raised cows, and Sam was St. Michaels’ milkman for years. The family rented out some of its waterfront to watermen for their crab and oyster shacks and sold tickets to spectators who wanted to watch boat
Sam Shore Park in Bentley Hay. 36
erfront and the smaller ones inland. The original lane to the family farmhouse from Talbot Street ran on a diagonal from the current location of the St. Michaels Fire Department. It was renamed Woodside Avenue. A remnant of that road still runs alongside the Fire Hall and next to the St. Michaels water tower before disappearing into the playground of the St. Michaels School Campus. While the Radcliffe family was dividing up its inheritance, Tom Crouch’s father and his grandfather, W. Edwin Crouch, who was a banker and owner of a real estate company, were watching post-WWII housing trends and the speculation that was raging as real estate businesses tried to figure out what impact the
and a lot of fisticuffs between my father and his brother. The Chancery Court said you should divide it up and sell it off in lots. My father said that was his idea because the town had no place to go, and he knew it would be successful, but other par ts of the family didn’t want to do that. The court ruled that it would become this development. They each ended up getting $7,000. It destroyed the family. It split them dow n the middle,” Seymour says. The original Bentley Hay subdivision map from July 1947 shows the farm sliced into scores of lots, with the larger ones along the riv-
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The early plat maps of Rio Vista show a development concept that mirrored Bentley Hay’s with larger lots on the water and smaller ones in a grid spreading west to Talbot Street. The initial marketing of the new subdivisions targeted locals who were tired of old, drafty wood-framed houses on narrow town lots that were hard to heat and maintain. “Everyone wanted a modern ranch house back then,” Crouch says. “There was no charm in an old house. They wanted three bedrooms, one bath and a garage.”
new Chesapeake Bay Bridge would have on the Eastern Shore. “Father, my grandfather, and one of his agents, Leroy Lyons, partnered with Theodore Fletcher to develop what became Rio Vista,” Crouch says. “My Dad said they paid $25,000 for the farm. I remember him saying he was sweating bullets because that sounded like $25 million to him. Then they had the cost of developing it, paying the surveyor and putting in the roads.”
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The “Suburbs” T he S t . M ic h ael s de velop er s found that while Kent Island and western Queen Anne’s County felt the immediate impact of the land rush after the Bay Bridge opened, growth elsewhere on the Shore was slow to take hold. In a good month, his father sold one lot. The salesmen were touting the virtues of a slower-paced lifestyle with water ac c e ss, g re at f ish i ng, crabbi ng and boating. They hoped to draw in buyers from the western shore who wanted a summer retreat or a weekend base for fishing or hunting. But their early sales pitches weren’t enough to attract more full-time residents. “St. Michaels was still just a small Southern town back then,” Crouch says. But then, in the late 1950s, the Baltimore-based Waverly Press greatly expanded its Easton printing operation. “When that happened, they started selling several lots a month. Dad said he could finally stop sweating.” That’s when Charles Crouch built his family home on a choice lot in Rio Vista. “It was a three-bedroom rancher with one bath, but we had it made, and we knew it,” Tom Crouch says. “My parents went to the University of Maryland, and they had friends from Baltimore or Philadelphia come for a visit and bring their children. The other kids would tell us we were so lucky. They lived in a city, but we had a beach and went crab-
This series of pictures shows the Seymours’ house being built in 1964. bing and fishing anytime we wanted. There were some older, ret ired couples that moved in, but when I was growing up, most of the families had three, four and five kids.” The g row t h e vent ua l ly put a strain on the infrastructure. Rio Vista had public water, but every home was on its own septic system. “The Rio Vista septic tanks were notorious for failing. They were metal tanks, and they would rust,” Crouch says. He tells a story from his youth 45
a lake along the river’s edge into an open lagoon. The wide sandy beaches that lined the river are gone, drowned by rising water levels or buried under the tons of stone riprap that now line its banks. “On a warm summer day, there would be 10 families on the beach with umbrellas and coolers. We called it the Beach Club.” He says that an island used to stand in the middle of the entrance to Spencer Creek and a sea-nettle net was strung across the creek’s opening to protect bathers. One by one, the modest waterfront ranchers that were the envy of the 1950s buyers have been thrown in dumpsters and replaced by milliondollar homes. “It’s an on-going process,” he says.
about how the neighborhood turned out to watch the inaugural run of the first riding lawn mower in Rio Vista. “The owner was bragging about how it would cut through the tallest grass, even the thick grass over the septic tank. We all watched as he drove over the tank and dropped out of sight when the entire top of the tank collapsed.” A building moratorium was imposed until the neighborhood hooked up to public sewers. Crouch says many of the features of his boyhood haunts have disappeared as the neighborhoods have evolved. A hurricane in the 1960s damaged the shoreline and turned
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After Betty and George Seymour married, they moved to the western shore for several years. George’s parents built a new riverfront house in Rio Vista in the mid-1960s on a lot they bought in 1954 for $2,250. When George and Betty returned to St. Michaels in the 1970s, they could have purchased two lots adjacent to his parents. “They wanted $10,000 for the lots, but I didn’t want to live right next to my in-laws,” she says. They raised their family in a house in Bentley Hay within view of her family’s farmhouse. Seymour says that one of the first things she did when she returned home was to contact her cousins and begin the process of restoring family bonds and friendships that had been broken during the bitter
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Harper’s Ferry at the Confluence of History and Nature by Bonna L. Nelson We headed west, seek ing t he cool, crisp, refreshing air in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Alas, what we had imagined and hoped for was not meant to be. June in the mountains was just the opposite. Our first stop on the way to Harper’s Ferry was in Shepherdstown. Smoldering air under a blazing 90° sun smacked us in the face. It was just like the weather that we were trying to escape on the Eastern Shore.
We ducked into the first open restaurant we saw. Betty’s Restaurant, a local landmark the size of a deli with the prerequisite bar stools and booths, was hopping with tourists, university students and locals. After cooling off w ith lemonade and sharing some fried shrimp, clams and homemade coleslaw, we strolled down the historic main avenue, German Street. The street was line with small shops and galleries. We stopped at
ary and Civil War histories. It is situated on the Potomac River, is home to Shepherd University, and is only a 90-minute drive from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In 2000, the quaint, brick-laden historic town served as host to the Syrian-Israeli peace talks facilitated by President Bill Clinton. A f ter stopping in a few more shops and ga ller ies, we wa lked dow n to the Potomac R iver and watched some kayakers and tubers paddle by while we took refuge under the shade trees on the riverbank. On our way out of town, headed toward Harper’s Ferry, we stopped at O’Hurley’s General Store, a local landmark. We browsed through its impressive collection of potter y,
the Entler Hotel, circa 1786, home of the historic Shepherdstown Museum, and marveled at all of its treasures. There were exhibits of Native American tools, as well as period antique furnishings, artifacts and documents representing several hundred years of the town’s history. Char tered in 1762, Shepherdstown is proud of its Revolution-
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hiking on the local trails, browsing the quaint historic buildings and shops, and enjoying the pubs. It was kind of a hippie hangout back then, but now it’s a bit more refined. At another time, John went white water kayaking. He stayed at the historic Hilltop House Hotel, dating to the 1870s, near Storer College. The hotel perches on a hill overlooking the confluence of valleys, mountains and rivers. Har per’s Ferr y is sited at the conf luence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. It is also at the convergence of three states, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. History comes alive at the Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park. The nearly 4,000-acre site includes
basketware, tools, textiles, wrought iron and wooden ware. Many years ago, my husband, John, and I had visited Harper’s Ferry. That was before the National Park Service created visitor’s centers and parking lots. As far as we can recall, at that point it was just the lower town historic area. The services, expansion, restorations and improvements are remarkable. We remember
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versity student, shared information about the battlefield. After a brief but buggy walk to take in the view, we hopped back on the shuttle for transport to the lower town historic district of Harper’s Ferry. When visiting the area, I suggest wearing sunscreen, a hat and some bug repellent. We forgot to bring ours, and I have the bites to prove it. Due to the oppressive heat, we spent most of our time ducking in and out of the lower town visitor’s center, museums, shops, restored townhouses, and the theater. They were all air conditioned, and the educational film theater had seating. In between cooling off inside, we strolled the restored cobblestone streets to John Brown’s Fort, the railroad bridges, the Appalachian Trail Bridge, the overlook at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the Dry Goods Store
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in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until barley is tender and broth is absorbed. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms and green pepper; sauté until tender. Combine barley, vegetables, salt and pepper in a 1-1/2 quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds; bake uncovered 5 minutes.
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1/2 of a medium white onion, chopped fine 2 small cloves garlic, minced 1 T. ground f lax seeds 1 t. dried basil 1 t. dried oregano 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1/4 cup rolled oats or breadcrumbs 1/2 - 1 t. fine sea salt, to taste Freshly cracked black pepper 1/4 t. cayenne pepper 1/4 cup flour of choice, or gluten free Olive oil for sautĂŠing
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um-low heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, then turn to cook the other side, until the color darkens and they are firm. If you prefer, these can be cooked in the oven at 350° for about 20 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at www.tidewatertimes.com.
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New Faces and Old Favorites Monty Alexander Jazz Festival by Becca Newell
The sensational Monty Alexander returns to Easton this Labor Day weekend for the eponymous threeday jazz festival, along with his handpicked selection of musical companions, all new-comers, save for past festival favorite René Marie, who will perform on Saturday, September 2. “Bringing all these guests and friends to Easton makes for a fun happening,” Alexander said excitedly. “[The festival] has an unbeliev-
able history; it’s gone so well. I’m proud of that.” On Friday, September 1, trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg brings her trademark “trad fusion” to the stage for her 8 p.m. performance, Shaking Up the Jazz World. Though her music draws upon elements of early jazz, blues, swing, and even pop, the Canadian songwriter is heavily influenced by the legendary Louis Armstrong, to
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Monty Alexander whom she frequently draws comparisons. The fun continues into the weekend, starting with Saturday’s free community concert at 11 a.m., featuring the United States Navy Band Commodores. The 18-member group, recognized as the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, will perform an eclectic mix of traditional big band music and exciting jazz vocal arrangements. Trumpeter Sean Jones and his band take the stage Saturday afternoon for their 2 p.m. performance, titled Without Compromise, From Miles to Wynton to Sean Jones. Attendees can expect to hear the evolution of music from their recently released album, “Live from Jazz at the Bistro.” “As the music is performed in each city, new life is breathed into it as each audience helps to mold the character of each piece,” says Jones. Jazz vocalist René Marie wraps up Saturday’s lineup with her 8 p.m. performance, A Remarkable Experience as René Marie Electrifies. With a style that borrows elements from folk, R&B, classical, and country genres, Marie’s body of work explores the human experience. Through her creative lyricism and sensual vocal delivery, Marie offers an enlightening experience for audience members. Headliner Monty Alexander clos-
Monty Alexander es out the festival weekend on Sunday, September 3, with a “Sunday matinee spectacular” that kicks off at 2 p.m. The Jamaican-born musician is renowned for his vibrant personality and musical expression that result in an energetic, swingin’ performance. For this year’s festival, Alexander has invited a slew of musicians to join him on stage for The River, a reference to his album, released in the early ’90s. Alexander says this performance will be somewhat of a revisitation of his repertoire and a reflection of his long-standing career in that he has shared the stage ~ or recording studio ~ with many of the jazz greats. “Let me take you on a beautiful journey up the river that is about renewal and inspiration,” he adds, describing the concert. “I’m going to be a little bold and say ‘you don’t want to miss it!’” Jazz on the Chesapeake is a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Jazzonthechesapeake. com or call 410-819-0380. 80
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Time to Lime With the cooler fall temperatures and the shorter days, we are reminded that the season is changing and we need to work on various parts of our landscape. Lawn care tops the “to do” list, as late summer and early fall is the best time to renovate or reestablish lawns on the ‘Shore. The lawn-seeding window is August 15 to October 15, with September being the optimal time. One of the first questions you need to ask is, should I over-seed or just eliminate what is there and start over. My standard recommendation is that if your present turf area is over 50% weeds and undesirable grasses, your best bet would be to “Round-Up” the existing turf and start over. In the long run, the amount of time and money spent on trying to rescue a bad turf area will be more than if you started over. If starting over is too big a job, you might consider getting bids from some of the lawn care com-
panies in the area, and let them do the job. If you are going to do it yourself, I suggest downloading this excellent guide to lawns and lawn care from the University of Maryland Extension Home and Garden Information Center. It is called HG 102 - Lawn Establishment, Renovation, and Overseeding (https://extension.umd. edu/hgic/plants/lawns). Whether you decide to “rescue” or “round-Up,” a fundamental practice is soil testing. Soil testing your lawn is like getting a blood test during a medical exam. It establishes a baseline of pH and nutrient levels in your soil. With all the emphasis on reducing chemical inputs into the lawn 83
a complete do-over or for trying to improve the existing turf. Applying lime in the fall gives it several months to break down before the spring growing season. Liming is one of the least expensive practices, that will yield the greatest results in the long run. Our cool season turf grasses, such as the improved turf type tall fescue, does best at a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Since many of our soils here on the Mid-Shore are clay based, they naturally have a lower pH. If I had to choose between fertilizing and applying lime, I would always lime ~ if the soil test indicates that its needed. A lime application based on a soil test will maintain a correct pH for up to six years, and possibly more, depending on your soil type and how often you apply fertilizer. How rapidly the soil pH falls depends largely on the amount of nitrogen fertilizer you apply annually. The less you apply, the slower the pH drops. An annual application of lime is unnecessary and can push your soil pH too high. This can make other soil nutrients unavailable to the turf. Limestone may be put out as a finely ground powder, or in a pelletized form. You want to use agricultural lime (dolomitic or calcitic) and not burned or hydrated lime. These last two forms of lime are caustic and result in a quick but not long-lasting pH change.
that can effect the Chesapeake Bay, a soil test is a must before you lime or fertilize your lawn. Information about soil testing, and a list of regional testing labs, can be found at the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center website. I recommend soil testing lawns every three to four years. If you are hiring a commercial lawn care company to renovate or reseed your lawn, insist that a soil test be done before they begin to apply fertilizers and lime. By soil testing, you will know what lime a fertilizer needs to be added for either
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Agricultural lime is safe to use and is nontoxic to plants, people and pets. It is simple to get uniform coverage with powdered lime by spreading half in one directions, then half in a perpendicular (criss-cross) pattern. Pelletized lime is easier to spread and doesnâ€™t produce an irritating dust, but it may not give uniform results. Pelletized lime should be applied to the soil surface and watered in before tilling, if you are seeding, or reseeding a lawn. If the pellets are incorporated intact rather than being dissolved in water first, localized pockets of neutralized soil may occur. You will probably find that pelletized lime costs about twice as
Dolomitic limestone has magnesium as well as calcium. If your soil is deficient in magnesium, an application of dolomitic limestone will address that problem. Again, a soil test will let you know what you need.
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plants. They are easy to grow from seed in pots. Mum transplants that have been grown to f lower size are also a nice option. September is the time to divide and transplant in the perennial garden. Concentrate on overcrowded beds of cannas, day lilies, violets, and Shasta daisies.
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Spread a liberal amount of organic matter, such as compost or bulb fertilizer, evenly over the area. Mix this into the soil, at least 6 to 8 inches deep. Space divisions at least 1 foot apart in all directions so that root competition will not be a problem for several years.
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Tidewater Gardening become established in the soil before winter. Dig a hole 18 inches across and 18 inches deep for each tuber. Space the holes so that the plants will be at least 3 feet apart. Make sure the roots are buried only 1½ to 3 inches below ground level. Deeper planting keeps the plants from blooming. If you haven’t done so 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 basis for salads later in October. Don’t forget to seed root crops like beets, carrots, turnips and parsnips. They might not get very big in the fall, but they will overwinter if you cover them with some straw, for harvest in spring. Make sure you get some of the small ones before winter, though. They don’t get very big, but they are very tender. If you let beets get too big they become rather woody. If you didn’t try to control poison ivy in the spring, September is a good time to take care of it. If you are one of those unfortunate individuals who are very susceptible to poison ivy, now is the time to get revenge on this pest. In late summer and early fall, the plants are slowing down their growth and putting carbohydrates from the leaves down into the roots for winter. By taking advantage of this
process, herbicides applied to the plant will also be absorbed into the roots. This also works well for other tough weeds like Canadian thistle and mugwort. If the poison ivy is growing in landscape beds or along fence rows, carefully apply a non-selective herbicide such as Round-Up, or a specific poison ivy herbicide to the vine. Always be extra cautious about possible spray drift with these herbicides. Take extra precautions not to get any on the foliage or green stems of f lowers, trees and shrubs. If the poison ivy is found in the lawn, apply a broadleaf lawn weed killer that has poison ivy listed on the label. Do not do this, however, if you plan to overseed the lawn. And remember, never, EVER, burn poison ivy vines. Dispose of them in the trash or landfill. Poison ivy blisters are no fun! It is September, so we should at least mention spring flowering bulbs. They are easy to plant, require a minimum of care, and reward us with beautiful displays of color in the spring. Good drainage 90
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inches deep and spaced 1 to 2 inches apart. Another rule that I have read is to dig each hole three times as deep as the bulb is tall. There should be twice as much soil over the tip of the bulb as height of the bulb, so if your tulip or daffodil bulb measures 2Â˝ inches tall, dig your hole 8 inches deep, so youâ€™ll have 5 inches of soil above the bulb. Here are a few design pointers to keep in mind when designing your garden. Group bulbs together to achieve masses of color. Plant low growing bulbs, such as grape hyacinths, in front of higher growing bulbs like tulips. Arrange your plantings like a painting ~ group pleasing colors together and draw the eye with spacing and color. Create your planting with an eye to how they will look from both far away and nearby. By planting small, low growing bulbs right above large, higher growing bulbs, you create a double-decker effect with a lush carpet of one color underneath another, taller color. You can also plant bulbs in interesting containers to provide colorful accents to drives, sidewalks and terraces. Happy Gardening!
is essential for spring bulbs. Sandy soils are the best, but if you have a heavy clay soil, donâ€™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 phosphorus 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. It is important to plant the bulbs at the right depth to get the best f lower display. A good rule of thumb to follow is that for large caliber bulbs (tulips, narcissi and hyacinths ~ 2 inches or more in diameter) plant them 8 inches deep and 3 to 10 inches apart. Smaller bulbs like crocus, grape hyacinth, scilla or galanthus (1 inch or smaller in diameter) should be placed 5
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Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. HERITAGE MUSEUMS and GARDENS of DORCHESTER - Home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, Heritage Museum offers a range of local history and gardens on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.
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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 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 www.visitdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called
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Dorchester Points of Interest Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April;
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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide 100
so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman_visitorcenter.aspx.
Dorchester Points of Interest BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTONâ€™S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Laytonâ€™s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit www.restorehandsell.org. 102
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Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and 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 academyartmuseum.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. Founded in 1692, the Parish’s church building is one of the many historic landmarks of downtown Easton. The current building was erected in the early 1840’s of Port Deposit granite and an addition on the south end was completed in 1874. Since that time there have been many improve-
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Easton Points of Interest ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or christchurcheaston.org. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410822-0773 or visit hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times.
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Easton Points of Interest 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick
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Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Eastonâ€™s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private)
Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. 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. shorehealth.org. 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. thirdhaven.org. 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 pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by
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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 oldwyemill.org. 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 dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp. 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 wyeparish.org. 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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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 www.harbourtowne.com. (Now under renovation) 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly
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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when
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St. Michaels Points of Interest acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 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 www.hambletoninn.com. 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. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors would
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St. Michaels Points of Interest come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper
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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and
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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 128
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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseum.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence)
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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 141
Eliza - A Founding Mother by Gary D. Crawford
The early years of the Jamestown settlement were just plain awful. When Capt. Newport arrived with three ships in early 1607, he had the first 108 settlers aboard ~ all men. All but 38 of them were dead when he returned the following spring with 200 more settlers, including the first two women: Mrs. Forrest, the wife of a settler, and her young maid, Anne Burras. The first marriage in Jamestown was in 1608, when Anne married John Laydon. Conditions deteriorated. There was starvation and disease; they had few crops, little fish and game, and no hope. There were too many “gentlemen” and not enough workers; basic survival skills were lacking; they drank unclean water. The Virginia Company continued to send out more emigrants but few supplies.
When another 300 arrived in August of 1609, Capt. John Smith was furious. After being injured by
an accidental gunpowder explosion in his canoe, Smith sailed back to England in October, never to return. Those who were in Virginia at that time, an estimated 500, were woefully unprepared for the brutal winter of 1609-10. It came to be k now n as “ The Star v ing Time,” for only 60 pitiful souls were left alive the following spring. The few survivors decided to abandon the blighted settlement and, in June, set sail down the James River toward the Chesapeake Bay ~ and home. To their surprise, they met William De La Warre coming up the river, leading an expedition with supplies and fresh colonists. He persuaded everyone to return to Jamestown and try again. With additional provisions and new leadership, the colony managed to survive, but just barely. In 1612, John Rolfe arrived from Bermuda, bringing with him the key to their economic survival ~ some tobacco seedlings from the Caribbean. South American tobacco was vastly superior to the rough leaf used by Indians here in the Chesapeake. Soon they were exporting leaves as good as those the Spanish and Portuguese were bringing into Europe, at exorbitant prices,
Eliza to satisfy an insatiable upper-class market. At last the desperate colonists had something to export ~ not gold and silver as they had expected, but lowly “sot-weed.” Gradually the Virginians learned to protect and sustain themselves. They also were fruitful and multiplied. Sometime during the 1620s, a baby girl was born in Jamestown to the Lucas family. Her given name was Elizabeth, though there are indications that her friends and family called her Eliza. We shall do the same. The exact date of her birth is unknown, but as we shall see, the year 1623 seems about right. About her childhood, we also know noth-
ing other than (miraculously) she survived it. Indeed, we will learn that Eliza was a strong and remarkably resilient woman. Not that she was the only such hardy female in these early days, of course, though in the histories they appear much less often and vividly than the men they supported. So, we offer a sketch of Eliza as an example of our Founding Mothers. In order to understand her, we must understand the times. Tobacco was not the only profitable export. There was also bartering w ith the Indians for animal pelts, especially beaver furs, then so much in dema nd in Europe. This was known as “the bay trade.” Unlike the plantation owners, the
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bay traders were a different breed. They didn’t require large tracts of land and lots of workers to help grow crops. What they needed was regular access to the right Indian tribes, a supply of desirable trade goods, but most of all they needed to learn the Indians’ ways and win their trust. Piles of beaver hides were not lying around in Indian villages waiting for Englishmen to stop by. On the contrary, traders needed to persuade Indians to trap for them in the next season and to hold furs for them until they returned. Beavers tend to live in heavily forested areas with hills and freshwater streams, so even in the 1600s, they were not plentiful on Delmarva south of the Sassafras River. The real supply was farther north, which meant dealing w ith the Indians who controlled the head of the Bay and the great river that feeds the Chesapeake. The Susquehannocks were a strong and aggressive tribe, with links to the great Iroquois nation; the Indians of the Chesapeake feared them. The French dealt with them quite successfully throughout
the north, but the English had a different attitude toward Indians. Most found trading difficult, and few Virginians developed the knack. In 1627, an enterprising Virginian by the name of William Claiborne came up the Bay looking for a good place, in what was then “North Virginia,” to engage in the bay trade. He wanted to be close enough to the Susquehannocks to be in frequent contact, but not too close. He also wanted a location he could defend if necessary. The offshore islands noticed by Capt. John Smith in 1608 caught his attention. He took a good look at Sharp’s Island, then moved on to the next island to the north. He named that
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Eliza one for his friend Popeley; we know it today as Poplar Island. Beyond Poplar lay a larger land mass, twenty times the size of Poplar. It was not quite cut off from the mainland, but nearly so; the connecting marshland, now Kent Narrows, was known by the Indians as “the wading place.” Claiborne named it the “Isle of Kent,” after his home in England. He had found the place he was looking for ~ the outpost for his bay trade. Returning to Jamestown, Claiborne obtained rights to Kent and Poplar and enlisted others to join him there. By 1630, Claiborne’s trading post on Kent Island was well established. Poplar Island he gave to a relative, Richard Thompson, who settled there with his wife, son, and several ser vants. Soon they had homes built, farms laid out, and livestock in the f ields. These islands in mid-Bay seemed much more pleasant and healthy
compared to Jamestown and the southern villages. Indians were on the nearby mainland, of course, and they did threaten the island settlements from time to time. Indeed, it may have been a hard-fought battle with some Nanticoke on the south end of Kent Island that gave rise to the name Bloody Point. Suddenly, in 1634, ever y thing changed. Two ships, the Ark and the Dove, arrived in Jamestown. The commander of the expedition, Leonard Calvert, announced that his older brother Cecil, Lord Baltimore, had been granted a province in the New World by King Charles I. This new colony encompassed the entire upper half of the Chesapeake Bay and the land on both sides, from the Atlantic Ocean to the far Pacific. It was to be known as Maryland. Calvert said he hoped for a cooperative relationship with the Virginians and, after buying some provisions, he and his party set off to establish the provincial capital somewhere on
the north side of the Potomac River. Not many Virginians had settled up north, but Claiborne was thunderst r uck . This mea nt t hat his settlements on Kent and Poplar islands were no longer in Virginia! As we might expect, he was unwilling to accept Lord Baltimore’s authority over his islands, and, as we know, 20 years of conf lict ensued ~ on land, on water, and particularly in court. Claiborne ultimately lost his dispute, but the Calverts allowed most of the established settlers to remain if they pledged loyalty to Maryland. Many did so, including the Thompsons on Poplar. Now for a bit of geography. Imagine it is the summer of 1635 and we are sailing up along the western
shore of the Bay. At the mouth of the Potomac, we turn in. That great river is now the boundary between Virginia and Maryland, for Leonard Calvert’s provincial capital (St. Mary’s City) lies up a small tributary river not far away.
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Eliza Keeping to the Virginia side, we sail past Coles Point and across the mouth of Machodoc Creek. There, just around the next headland, is our destination, Nomini Bay, in Westmoreland County. Several Virginians have settled there, including a Mr. Robert Selfe. That summer, Bob was expecting company. He had paid the cost of transpor ting six new settlers to Virginia, for each of whom he could claim 50 acres of land. When Thoma s Hawk i n s, Sr., Thoma s Hawkins, Jr., Abigail Hawkins, William Harper, Jonathan Stepping, and Daniel Stepping arrived, Selfe received a tidy 300 acres. These new folks settled in the Nomini Bay area. Two years later, in August of 1637, terrible news spread throughout the Bay. While Richard Thompson was on a trading expedition up the Bay, a raiding party of Nanticoke landed on Poplar Island and massacred his wife, son, and servants. When he returned and discovered the tragedy, Thompson packed up and left, never to return. Ownership of the island reverted to the Lord Proprietor. Meanwhile, young Eliza Lucas had grown up. Somehow she met Daniel Stepping, one of the men brought in by Robert Selfe, and they decided to marry. The ceremony may have taken place in Jamestown around 1643. Eliza, now 20, became Mr s. Da n iel Steppi ng. A s later
events would indicate, it is likely that they made their home in the Nomini Creek area.
Thomas Hawkins was another of those transported by Selfe. With the Indian threat much lessened, he wanted to try the bay trade and became interested in the islands off the Eastern Shore. In 1650, the Provincial Governor of Maryland, Thomas Green, granted him 500 acres on Kent Island and all of Poplar Island, then about 1,000 acres. Hawkins invited friends and associates to join him in the resettlement of Poplar Island and the development of his estate, called “Babbing,” on Kent Island. One who came up with him was Seth Foster, who arrived from England around 1645, when he was in his twenties. Foster’s name appears in various Westmoreland and Northumberland court records, so it is
reasonable to assume he also lived in the Nomini Creek area. And what of our Eliza? If she and Dan also moved up to the islands, there is no record of it. Daniel may have died only a few years after their marriage. What we do know is that on March 1, 1653, Thomas Hawkins married the widow Elizabeth Stepping. There is no indication that she brought any children into the marriage. The following year, she presented Thomas with a son, Thomas Hawkins, Jr. All in all, Hawkins was doing very well. The inventory of his estate ~ the first recorded in what would become Talbot County ~ added up to an impressive 27,864 pounds. Their happiness did not last long, unfortunately. Hawkins may have 149
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Eliza become ill in the summer of 1656, for he made out his will in August and died in October. He left half of Poplar Island to his baby son and everything else to his wife, Eliza. He also mentioned his three “beloved f r iends: Rober t Vaughn, Henr y Carline, Seth Foster, Overseers.” Once again, Eliza’s life had taken a hard and unexpected turn. Now 33 years old and twice widowed, she had a little boy to raise and several plantations to run. To top everything off, she found she was pregnant w ith Hawkins’ second child, one he never knew of and who is not mentioned in his will. Although Eliza had wealth, she was badly in need of help. Seth Foster, the trusted family friend, stepped up and asked for her hand. Our Eliza became Mrs. Elizabeth Lucas Stepping Hawkins Foster. When her second son was born in 1657, he was given the name John Hawkins. Eliza and Seth decided not to remain on Poplar Island, however. Instead, they moved to nearby Great Choptank Island, rea lly t he tip of a long peninsula but separated from it by a narrow watercourse ~ known today as Tilghman’s Island. There they built a home and began clearing fields. The island had good timber and rich soil. Eliza presented Seth with his first child, a daughter, the following year.
On February 19, 1658, Elizabeth Foster became the first European child born on Great Choptank Island. The Fosters found that the place suited them, and in 1659 they asked for and were granted rights to 1,200 acres. When the remaining 300 acres were obtained in 1661, it became “Foster’s Island” in its entirety. This was a time of growth as new Marylanders explored the Eastern Shore mainland, sailing up rivers and creeks in quest of good locations for their homes and farms. To expedite the legal processes, a second administrative center was created on the Eastern Shore when the Lord Proprietor created Talbot County in 1662. When the first Commissioners were appointed, they
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Eliza included William Coursey of Wye, Thomas Hynson of Bay Hundred, and Seth Foster. There was no courthouse at the time ~ indeed, there was no town ~ so Council meetings were held at the Commissioners’ homes in turn. William Coursey hosted the first meeting, and the Commissions came to Foster’s Island for their fifth meeting. Coursey had a son, William Jr., about the same age as Elizabeth. We can’t be sure the families came along to the meetings with the men, but it’s certain that Elizabeth and William, Jr. would have met from time to time as they grew to adulthood. This same year, 1662, also saw the arrival of Eliza’s fourth (and last) child, Sarah Foster. W hen t he l a s t D utc h gover nor in North America, Alexander D’Hinajosa, was run out of Delaware, he asked for refuge in Maryland. He had been helpful to the province from time to time, and the Provincial Governor granted his request. In 1669, D’Hinajosa purchased Poplar Island ~ from Eliza and Seth Foster. The following year, a man named Vincent Lowe arrived from England. His family was very close to the Calverts, so he had immediate influence in the province and soon made use of it. He filled several offices and acquired several valuable properties.
Four years later, in early 1674, Vincent Lowe, 42, married young Elizabeth Foster, just 16. Within days, on March 12, her father, Seth Foster, amended his will, leaving all of Great Choptank Island to the new bride, now Mrs. Vincent Lowe. He may have had a premonition. O n D e c e m b e r 2 , 16 74 , S e t h Foster passed away. Elizabeth was well taken care of. Her younger sister Sarah received a handsome bequest ~ “Standish Woods” on the Chester River and “Green’s Plantation” on Kent Island ~ about 1,000 acres in all. To his stepson John Hawkins, Foster also bequeathed 1,000 acres on the Chester River, “Tully’s Delight.” To Eliza, Seth left one-third of his entire estate, both real and personal. She was now 51, thrice widowed, and the mother of four. Her economic situation was secure, for her home on Great Choptank Island was now safely in the hands of her inf luential son-in-law. Cecil Calvert passed away the follow ing year, in 1675, and his son Charles became the third Lord Baltimore. Charles had arrived in Maryland in 1661 and soon married a local girl, Mary Darnall. When Mary died in childbirth three years later, Charles quickly remarried, this time to Jane Lowe, Vincent’s sister. In ot her word s, Vincent Lowe was now brother-in-law to the Lord Proprietor of Maryland. Eliza’s younger daughter Sara h
married well, too, when she became Mrs. Michael Turbott. Eliza must have been proud to see her daughter mov ing in the highest ranks of society. All her children were moving on with their lives and prospering. We can hope that Eliza was content when she passed away the following year, early in 1677 at the age of 54. It had been quite a life. Eliza may have felt one disappointment ~ never knowing any of her grandchildren. We know that daughter Elizabeth had no children by her first husband, Vincent Lowe. When he died in 1692, she soon marr ied again, this time to her childhood friend William Coursey, Jr. But again, no record of any
children has turned up. Nor have I discovered whether either of her sons, Thomas and John Hawkins, had issue. Sarah and Michael Turbott, however, would make up for this lack. Little Foster Turbott made his appearance in 1679 ~ just two years too late for Eliza to enjoy meeting him. Six more Turbott children would follow. So Elizaâ€™s line did go on. We wish a portrait of her had come down to us through the years! Elizabeth Stepping Lucas Hawkins Foster truly was a Founding Mother. Recently I happened to spend an hour or so with a fellow resident of Tilghmanâ€™s Island. Although she insisted she was getting up there in years, I am much her senior. As she
told me about her life, some parallels with Eliza came to light. Rosa L ee was a L ar r imore, a name that also goes back to the founding years of Talbot County. She, too, has been married three times. And her life has been disrupted unexpectedly several times. A nd cer t a in ly, t here wa s much hard work. In the 1980s, to help out, Rosa Lee began trot-lining with her husband. They went out four days each week, Monday through Thursday. She loved the crabbing and before long was an accomplished waterwoman. In the process, she became a good boat handler and even a skillful boat mechanic. She told the following story with some pride. One d ay, t he eng i ne i n t hei r
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The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the only symphony orchestra on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is celebrating 20 years of bringing enchantment to audiences from Ocean City to Wye Mills. This year’s tour will take them to a special performance at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Other venues include the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills; the Avalon Theatre, Christ Church, and the Church of
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“State of Exception” (a review) by Roger Vaughan
We spend a lot of time trying to figure out what’s going on in our society, in this runaway culture. It’s far too easy to get sidetracked by specific, unpleasant issues and conf licts of the he-said/she-said variety because, thanks to the internet, we are inundated with them on an hourly basis. What the evermore pervasive media misses, Mr. or Mrs. Jones fills in with a phone camera. One thing is for certain: it’s a mess out there. Why, is the question. How did we get here? To figure that out, we need to look at the Big Picture.
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Changes: Minds Gessen provides a slew of examples of galvanizing events, but let’s stick with the ones in the USA. Her point is that America’s Reichstag fire has already happened. “The thinking that transforms tragedy into crackdown is not foreign to the United States,” she writes, going on to cite the Alien and Sedition Act (early 1800s), when opposition newspapers were shut down by the courts. She cites Abraham Lincoln suspending the right not to be imprisoned without civilian judicial review (habeas corpus), an edict later ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. She reminds us that during World War I, speech critical of the war effort could be punished with long jail
sentences. Then there was President Wilson’s repressive Sedition Act in 1918, which curtailed free speech. During WW II, thousands of Japanese citizens were interned in prison camps in the name of national security. Many of us remember the Communist paranoia engendered by Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s that ruined life after life. And
Senator Joe McCarthy the secrecy and mixed intentions of the Vietnam War years produced a president (Nixon) who wire-tapped his opponents. “For Americans in the 20th Century,” Gessen writes, “a state of exception came close to being the rule. “The current state of exception rests in part on the national state of emergency [The National Emergencies Act] that George W. Bush declared three days after the September 11 attacks, which he renewed every year of his presidency, 164
and which Obama renewed every September of his.” Congress, Gessen explains, is supposed to vote on that renewal, but that has never happened, which lets us know how much power our president wields. Gessen: “The state of exception also rests on the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was passed by Congress three days after the attacks in 2001. It gives the President sweeping power to ‘use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons…to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States.’” As for the war on terror that began (under the Authorization for Use of Military Force) in 2001, Gessen
writes: “The enemy is not a nation or an army, but a tactic, one that has existed for millennia. This war cannot be won because a tactic cannot be eradicated. A war that cannot be won cannot end. And so it has not. Nor have the liberties surrendered by Americans in response to 9/11 been restored.” Gessen writes that mobilization is a key characteristic of the most frightening regimes that have developed from a state of exception. “[Mobilization] is what distinguishes the merely authoritarian regimes from the totalitarian ones. Authoritarians prefer their subjects passive, tending to their private lives while the authoritarian and his cronies amass wealth Call Us: 410-725-4643
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Changes: Minds and power. The totalitarian wants people out in the square [mobilization]; he craves their adulation and devotion, their willingness to fight and die for him. “To totalitarian watchers,” Gessen writes, “Trump’s campaign rallies, which segued into his victory rallies, including his ‘America First’ inauguration, have looked familiar… To historians of the twentyfirst century, however, they will likely look like logical steps from the years of war rhetoric that preceded them, not quantum leaps. “Trump does not have to declare war. This has already been done… But he has already shown that he can deftly use the coercive power of the state of being at war ~ this is, possibly, the only political tool of which the president has instinctive mastery.” According to Masha Gessen, we live in a state of exception, and have for a while. Our leadership ref lects that, and as history has taught us, leadership usually makes the most of it. “Autocracies thrive on and engender fear, ignorance ~ and their combined product ~ conspiracy theory…A sense of living under siege, popular mobilization and an epidemic of conspiracy theory are already in place.” Gessen gives us a lovely joke about conspiracy to ponder, a conversation in heaven, Hitler (who was thought to have or-
ganized the Reichstag fire) to Moses: “Is it not true you set the bush on fire yourself?” What to do? Unlike so many Big Picture essayists, Gessen has some suggestions. On the positive side, she quotes the political theorist Hannah Arendt, who observed that Americans felt more responsible for public life than any European population she had experienced. Writing in 1941, Arendt used the internment of the Japanese as an example of how the American psyche responded to authoritarianism: “[Ordinary Americans] declared that if something like that could happen, they no longer felt safe themselves.” A current example given is the great popular and institutional resistance to the current administration’s travel ban imposed on seven Muslim countries (several elements of which have since been allowed, awaiting argument before the Supreme Court). Gessen is not high on protests, saying they share a fundamental f law: “They project the fiction that the threats of the Trump presidency are not only grave but also new. His
war against the national press is a grotesque blowup of many years’ worth of growing regimentation of access, concentration of power, and government opacity. Trump’s war on immigration builds on the mass deportations of the Obama years, which were themselves built on the siege mentality of the Bush years. Trump’s casual bomb throwing is enabled by the forever war begun sixteen years ago. “To confront the threat we face,” Gessen continues, “it is not enough to advance the national argument that an American has a lesser chance of dying in a terrorist attack carried out by a refugee than of being struck by lightning…To be worthy of the lofty name ‘resistance,’
the opposition must aim to break the post-9/11 trajectory. It must question the very premise of the war on terror, challenge the very fact of a perpetual state of emergency, and confront not only the Trump presidency, but the legacy of the Bush and Obama administrations.” Gessen suggests we don’t wait for the next Reichstag fire, but battle the one we already have. In my opinion, it’s definitely food for thought. Roger Vaughan’s latest book, The Medal Maker - A Biography of Victor Kovalenko, whose sailing teams have won the most Olympic medals, will soon be available in the United States.
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Cambridge Packing House A Future for the Past by Michael Valliant
Cambridge doesn’t need to be torpedoed. But much like Alexandria, Virginia’s, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Cross Street Partners are envisioning a reimagined and repurposed Packing House in the heart of the town. From the end of World War I through the end of World War II
in June 1945, what is now Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center was an actual torpedo factory. In the late 1960s, the City of Alexandria bought the buildings from the federal government. Marian Van Landingham proposed a project that would renovate the building into working studio spaces for artists. Today, the Torpedo Fac-
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tory Art Center is home to over 165 professional artists who work, exhibit, and sell their art. Drawing over half a million visitors a year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center attracts artists from across the region and around the world. The Torpedo Factory brings people to Alexandria’s waterfront. It re-imagined an industrial space and something new for the city, while retaining the character of what the building was used for historically. Enter The Packing House in Cambridge. The Phillips Packing Company, Factory F is a 60,000 square foot vacant warehouse
building in an industrial section of Cambridge. Originally built in 1920 for the Cambridge Furniture Company, The Packing House stands as the last remaining factory from the Phillips Packing Company. “The reasons for preserving our existing building stock aren’t strictly cultural and sentimental,” said Liz Dunn of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab. “Preservation should be understood as a land-use tool and as an economic tool that can be used to build denser, more attractive cities.” The building has been vacant for decades, but remains a great example of 20th century design. It boasts historic masonry, it has large warehouse-style windows, and industrial doors, each of which lend themselves to being reused. “The goal is to redevelop this historically significant building in a manner that celebrates its distinctive heritage while simultaneously filling needs for the residents of Cambridge ~ especially those communities who live and work near The Packing House,” said ESLC
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Communications Manager David Ferraris. “Residents need access to healthy foods that are within walking distance of their homes. Taking advantage of our Eastern Shore agricultural resources, The Packing House will partner with local farmers to provide steady access to fresh foods, while also creating jobs, an environment for entrepreneurs, job training, and businesses that attract those living on and visiting the Eastern Shore.” In a recent public lecture, Cambridge native Ray Stevens discussed the agricultural and industrial history of the town and talked about the packing company. The Phillips Packing Company employed thousands of people in the town, and was responsible for supplying K and C rations to U.S. troops during World War II, but the company closed in the 1960s. Cambridge is embracing downtown revitalization, trying to bring new businesses, events, and interest to the town, while celebrating its history. Cambridge Main Street
is an active organization, which follows the National Historic Trust’s main street model of economic development. Businesses such as RAR Brewing, The High Spot, and Stoked, as well as retail shops and galleries have all helped put downtown Cambridge back on the map, while events like the Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon have established the town as a destination. The Packing House is the kind of project ESLC was founded to help champion. Established in 1990 to preserve the rural landscape of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, ESLC has assisted landowners in protecting approximately 60,000 acres on over 300 properties, leveraging upwards of $50 million in private and public funds. Working in concert with preserving the landscape, ESLC’s Center for Towns was conceived in 2011 to ensure that the best possible land use planning tools are used to protect the region’s towns and villages. The organization’s vision for the future is “an Eastern Shore where towns are vibrant and well-defined, our farms, forests and fisheries are thriving, and our scenic, historic, and natural landscapes are maintained.” “With a legacy of protecting rural lands, ESLC believes projects like The Packing House are critical to creating a sustainable future for us all,” said Ferraris. “From working farms and open land, to places in our
small rural cities for green spaces and local food markets, ESLC works simultaneously across all landscapes, because they are interconnected, and ultimately, land, towns, and people must all thrive together.” ESLC is working with Baltimorebased Cross Street Partners to realize The Packing House. Cross Street is a real estate company focused on re-building communities by creating vibrant urban mixed-use neighborhoods. They specialize in adaptive reuse of historic properties, brownfield remediation, sustainable design and building practices, and transit-oriented development. The vision for The Packing House includes a fresh foods market and butchery, craft brewery, oyster bar, commercial-grade kitchen incubator, an “innovation hub” of shared office and lab space, and a public events space, which would be available to rent and be used to bring the community together for lectures, demonstrations, concerts, and more. The project has garnered wide-
spread support. On July 31, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented ESLC with the “Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” The award, “pays tribute to businesses and nonprofit leaders and organizations that foster innovation in their fields, recognizing and celebrating innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue, and develop new ideas that more effectively deliver services and products within the marketplace.” Also in July, the Maryland Department of Planning announced a $90,000 grant to ESLC for the stabilization of The Packing House’s iconic factory
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smokestacks, visible to all traveling in both directions on Route 50. But there are still challenges ahead. ESLC still has a funding gap of almost two million dollars, which they are trying to raise funds for through crowdsourcing. They are also looking for tenants to anchor the project, which could include an academic institution; an oyster aquaculture business; and/or a
craft distillery or microbrewery. Architect I. M. Pei said, â€œYou only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the ref lection of society.â€? The Packing House as conceived by ESLC and Cross Street creates a positive way to build that notion into the future, with a presence of the past. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.
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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 177
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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 www.qac.org. 179
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Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kentâ€™s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the areaâ€™s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nationâ€™s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. kentcounty.com or e-mail email@example.com. For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit www.kentcountyhistory.org/geddes.php. For information specific to Chestertown visit www.chestertown.com. 181
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Thru Sept. 4 Annual Members’ Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. This exceptional ex hibit represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thr u Sept. 29 Exhibit: Close to the Big Pond, paintings by Kathryn O’Grady at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Throughout her paintings, O’Grady has a knack for capturing the vivacious energy of birds and plants, amiably conveying her awe of the indomitable spirit and incredible
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. 1 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.
complexity of the natural world. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. Thru Oct. 1 Exhibit: Endless Summer at A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. Endless Summer is a juried show featuring members of the St. Michaels Art League. Reception on September 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 1 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows
1 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 1 Karaoke Happy Hour at Laytonâ€™s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 1 Dorchester Sw ingers Squa re Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 1-3 The Mont y A lexander Jazz Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Featured artists are Bria Skonberg on Friday night, RenĂŠ Mar ie, Sean Jones, the Nav y
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Jazz Commodores, and Monty Alexander. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or v isit chesapeakejazz.org. 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’
1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 1,8,15,22,29 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. 1,8,15,22,29 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer
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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 Classic Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (weather dependent). For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 2 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2 Sunset cruise aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester from 5 to 7 p.m. Long Wharf, Cambridge. $50. Lite fare provided, BYOB permitted. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan.org. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141. 2 Concert: The Fabulous Hubcaps at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 8 p.m. The Fabulous Hubcaps captivate audiences w it h high- energ y tr ibutes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Ray Charles and more. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland
2-3 St. Michaels Art League Art Show and Sale Under the Tent at St. Lukeâ€™s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. The show is free and open to the public. Art will be available for sale. Many exhibiting artists will be on site to discuss their art and answer questions about their work. For more info. tel: 410-310-8382 or visit smartleague.org. 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24,30 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 2 ,9,16,23,30 Easton Far mers
Ma rket ever y Sat urday f rom mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. to noon. Town parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 2 ,9 , 1 6 , 2 3 , 3 0 St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market is one of the loveliest market settings in the country. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and pastured eggs, honey, locally roasted coffee, cut f lowers, pot-
ted plants and more. For more info. v isit f reshfarmmarkets. org/st-michaels. 2,9,16,23,30 Intermediate Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 2,9,16,23,30 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 classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Centreville Farmer’s Market. Law yer’s Row from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. visit
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the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. Noon. Classes consist of Leadline, Novice, Amateur, Semi-Pro and Professional. Open to the public. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-0565.
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3 Oxford Artists’ Studio Tour from noon to 4 p.m. At least a dozen studios and gardens will be open, featuring some of Oxford’s best artists. Rain or shine. Tickets are $5 and available only at The Treasure Chest in Oxford. For more info. tel: 610-331-6540. 3 ’80s in the Vines at Lay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 4 to 7 p.m. Live music with Shots Fired! $15. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 3 Stayin’ A live Bull and Oyster Roast at the Cambridge Yacht Club from 5 to 8 p.m. to benefit Baywater Animal Rescue. $50 per person, $10 for children 12 and under. Music, eats, live and
silent auctions. For more info. tel: 410-829-1518 or visit baywateranimalrescue.org. 4 7th annual Piga-Figa-Licious at the Oxford Fire Hall from noon to 2 p.m. to benefit the Oxford Museum. In addition to roast pork and chicken barbecue with all the fixinâ€™s, there will be entertainment by DJ Chris Startt, a 50/50 cash raff le and silent auction. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets include choice of non-alcoholic beverages. Highland Creamery ice cream, beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the Oxford Museum. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191.
4 Meeting: Live Playwrightsâ€™ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 4 ,11,18,25 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis,
September Calendar first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410-770-9400. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 4,11,18,25 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 5 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 5 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410820-9695. 5 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 evergreeneaston.org.
tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5 ,7,1 2 ,1 4 ,19 , 21, 2 6, 2 8 Adu lt Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 5,12,19,26 Acoustic Jam Night at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,19 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 6 ArtsExpress bus trip to the Brandy w ine R iver Museum of A rt to see Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect. Trip sponsored by the Academy Museum of Art, Easton. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $72 members, $87 non-members. This exhibition will explore how the artistâ€™s
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work evolved over the decades and will connect him more fully to traditions in American and European art. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
6,13,20,27 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 stmichaelscc.org.
6 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.
6,13,20,27 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 stmichaelscc.org.
6,13 Class: i Phone Cla ss w it h Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
6,13,20,27 Centreville Farmerâ€™s Market. Law yerâ€™s Row from 2 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit marylandsbest.net/producer/ centreville-farmers-market/.
6,13,20,27 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.
6,13,20,27 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 7 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or
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Intelligence Officer, CIA (Ret.) at the Talbot County Free Library, Ea ston. 6:30 p.m. Hunt w i l l draw on 32 years’ experience in the CIA’s Clandestine Service (including field tours in Vietnam and Somalia) to illustrate the types of cases that routinely occurred during the Cold War. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
visit adkinsarboretum.org. 7 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7 Pet Loss Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 7 Cambridge Woman’s Club Line Dance Shindig at the clubhouse on High Street in Cambridge. 6 p.m. $15 includes supper. For more info. tel: 571-217-3874.
7-8 Workshop: Butter f lies and Insects w ith Lee D’Zmura at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. D’Zmura introduces the techniques used to document a preserved butterf ly or insect specimen. Each participant will receive an insect, draft a detailed drawing of that
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Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
insect, and complete the colored pencil study on Mylar film. $105 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 7,14,21,28 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum,
7,14,21,28 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.
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7,14,21,28 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice at 1 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7,14,21,28 Cambridge Farmer’s Market at Long Wharf Park. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail email@example.com. 7,14 ,21,28 Kent Island Far mer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm. 7,14,21,28 Open Mic & Jam at R A R Brew ing in Cambr idge. Thursdays f rom 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 8 Workshop: Monarch Rearing at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 8-9 Native Plant Sale at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Environmental Concern’s Nursery division seeks
8-10 Fall Open House and Native Plant Sale at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Shop the region’s largest selection of landscape-ready native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for fall planting. Discount for members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 8-24 Play: Doubt - A Parable by Joh n Pat r ick Sha n le y at t he Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill. Set in a church school in the Bronx in 1964, the play examines how far one is willing to go in the name of truth. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or visit churchhilltheatre.org.
For ages 6 to 9. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $90 members, $108 non-members, sibling rates. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
8-Oct. 1 Exhibit: Artworks for Freedom/Easton in the Waterfowl Building, Easton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Freedom/Easton is a multimedia exhibit that uses art to inform, educate and transform public perceptions about the rapidly growing crime of human trafficking and modern day slavery, and to give a voice and support to survivors. For more info. tel: 410-714-0403 or visit artworksforfreedomeaston.org. 8-Oct. 13 Home School Art Class with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 10 and up. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $90 members, $100 non-members, sibling rates. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8-Oct. 13 Home School Art Class with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton.
9 Class: Photographing the Log Canoe Races with Jay Fleming at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spend the day photographing the Labor Day log canoe races on the Mi le s R iver. $335 members, $402 non-members (includes boat fees). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9 Bird Migration Walk from 8 to 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This walk is free for members and free with admission to the Arboretum for nonmembers (payable on the morning of the walk). For more info.
tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 9 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 9 Workshop: Late Season Nectar Sources for Monarchs at E nv i ron ment a l C onc er n, St. Michaels. 10 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 9 Craft and Used Book Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. Wide selection of gently used books at affordable prices and crafts created by local artisans. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 9 Academy Art Museum Instructors’ Open House at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come meet the Museum’s
instructors. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9 DelMarVa Postcard Club’s 4th annual Postcard Show and Sale at the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company, Cheswold, Delaware. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse through hundreds of thousands of postcards offered by more than a dozen postcard dealers. Admission $3. For more info. tel: 302734-9259. 9 Workshop: Earth-Friendly Floral Designs with Samantha McCall at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2 p.m. Register early; space limited. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 9 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org.
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9 Out of the Dark ness Suicide Prevention Walk in Hurlock. 2 to 5 p.m. from the Hurlock Train Station. Funds raised to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more info. tel: 443-521-2253 or register at ht t p://afsp.donordr ive.com/ event/dorchesterco. 9 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info.
9 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org. 9 9th annual Run4Shelter at the Chesapeake Bay Business Park,
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Stevensville. 10K race starts at 5:30 p.m., 5K starts at 6 p.m. All proceeds to benefit Haven Ministries shelter services. Afterrace party will include food and beverages from area restaurants, and a DJ for dancing. For more info. tel: 410-739-4363 or visit run4shelter.net. 9 Shakespeare in the Park performance of Hamlet in Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 7:30 p.m. Free. Shakespeare’s pivotal work ~ murder, treason, intrigue, and betrayal culminate to form this harrowing and timeless theatrical masterpiece. 9,23 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel and 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.
10 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. 10 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast at A mer ic a n L eg ion Post 70 in Easton (behind Wal-Mart). 8 to 11 a.m. $9. Carry-out available. For more info. tel: 410-822-9138. 10 Watermen’s Rodeo at the P.L. Jones Boatyard in Fishing Creek to benefit the Hooper’s Island Volunteer Fire Company. Admission is free. Food, T-shirts,
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September Calendar drinks and raff les available for purchase. Doors open at 11 a.m. No coolers allowed, please. For more info. tel: 410-397-3631 or 443-521-5118. 10,21,24 Guided kayak tour at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. No experience necessary. An estimated 2 hours of paddling time is scheduled. September 10 and 24 at 1
p.m., September 21 at 5:30 p.m. $15 for CBEC members and $20 for non-memb er s. For mor e info. tel: 410-827-6694 or visit bayrestoration.org. 11 Meeting: Caroline County AARP #915 at noon at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Come join the fun! For more info. tel: 410482-6039. 11 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Speaker TBA. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 11 Open Mic Night at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m.
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Open Mic is a supportive space for our community to share and cultivate the creativity and talents that thrive here. The theme for this month is Changes. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 11 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 11,18 Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
11,28 Teen Board Game Night at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your own tabletop board game or use the library’s. For grades 6 to 12. Light refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 11-Oct. 16 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Potter’s Wheel with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11-Oct. 16 Class: Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell
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September Calendar at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681.
Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $135 members, $162 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12-Oct. 10 Class: Beginning Watercolor Painting with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
12-Dec. 5 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 12 ,1 4 ,19, 21 Cla ss: P r int making Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $80 members, $96 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12,14,19,21 and Oct. 3,5 Class: Beginning Painting ~ Studies in Color with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum,
12-Oct. 17 Class: Introduction to Basic Drawing with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $185 members, $220 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12-Oct. 17 Workshop: Harmony
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 email@example.com.
on the Bay female a cappella chorus to teach solo and group singing for women of all ages. Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion in Centreville. Free. For more info. tel: 301-512-3288. 12,26 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 evergreeneaston.org. 12,26 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com. 13 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 1 3 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunterâ€™s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 13-Oct. 4 Class: Still Life in Pastel w ith K atie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-
13 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. 13 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ 204
If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, we can help. All groups meet at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, and are free of charge and open to the public. For additional information contact Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or email@example.com. Looking Ahead: 6 week Grief Support Group Wednesdays: Oct. 18–Nov. 29, 1–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: Oct. 19–Nov. 30, 4:30–6 p.m. Finding Hope & Healing through the Holidays Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Every Thursday, 1–2:15 p.m. Monthly Grief Group 4th Tuesday of the month, 5–6:30 p.m. September 26, October 24, November 28 Shattering the Silence For those who have lost someone to suicide, drug abuse or addiction. 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6–7:30 p.m. September. 13, October 11, November 8, December 13 Child Loss Group 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6–7:30 p.m. September. 20, October. 18, November 15, December 20 Pet Loss Group 1st Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m. September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7 205
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13-Oct. 18 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Hand Building with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13-Oct. 18 Class: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13,20 Monarch butterfly tagging at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Witness the incredible migration of the monarch while
exploring the trails on the 410acre wildlife sanctuary. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Register by calling 410822-4903. 13,27 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 14 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonv ille. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 14 Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14 Lecture: Adolescence and Substance Abuse - The Times They Are A- Changing w it h Jay ne Fitzgerald at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Fitzgerald, director of the Talbot Partnership, talks about adolescence and how it is one of the most extraordinary and positive of times, but also the most risky. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 1 4 , 28
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at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, of fer e d i n pa r t ner sh ip w it h Picker ing Creek. Day One at Adkins Arboretum will focus on native plants in the landscape, including woodland, meadow, and wetland habitats. Activities include hands-on potting at the nurser y, a work shop on bird habitats, research by Doug Tallamy, and an introduction to bird language. Day Two at Pickering Creek Audubon Center includes a tour of Peterson Woods to make c on ne c t ion s b e t we en bi r d s , insects, and native plants, bird la ng uage mapping, mona rch m ig rat ion i nt roduc t ion, a nd tagging. Bring your lunch and water, and dress for the weather. Limited to 20 participants. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Craft Show Luncheon with Bennett Bean at Scossa Restaurant in Ea ston, sponsored by t he Academy Art Museum. Noon to 2 p.m. $140 per person. Be the first to meet Bennett Bean, the renowned ceramicist who is the Honorary Chair and Visionary Award Winner of the 2017 Academy Craft Show “Fired Up!” For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 15 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 midshoreprobono.org. 15-16 Master naturalist, docent, and volunteer training program
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September Calendar from kindergarten to 8th grade. Mater ials and guidance pro vided. All children should wear old clothes. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League, the Talbot Arts Council, and the Maryland State A r ts Council. For more info. tel: 410-310-8382. 16 4th Annual Antique and Art Festival at the historic Linchester Mill, Preston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sponsored by Tandem Antiques. $5 admission includes three free appraisals by Charlene Upham and Steve Blumenauer. Featuring 40 + quality antique and ar t dea lers. Proceeds to benef it t he C a rol i ne C ou nt y Historical Society. Enjoy a day filled with antiques, history, art, food, music and fun. Rain date September 17. For more info. tel: 410-829-3559 or visit tandemantiqueseaston.com. 16 Sunny Meadows and Bluebirds Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Walk the meadows in search of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple f lowers while watching for bluebirds and dragonflies. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nut r it ion. $20 members,$25
non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 16 Talbot County Relay for Life at Easton High School. Survivor reception begins at noon, opening ceremony at 1 p.m., survivor and caregivers laps at 1:15 p.m., luminaria ceremony at 8:30 p.m. and closing ceremony at 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-227-2345 or visit main.acsevents.org. 16 Concert: The Ten a cappella men’s group at St. Paul’s Church, Oxford. 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 16 Music on the Nanticoke at the waterfront pavilion in Vienna. 4 to 7 p.m. Free summer concert. 16 Summer Send-Off Blues, Brews and BBQs in downtown Cambridge from 5 to 10 p.m. For more info visit cambridgemainstreet. com. 16-17 2017 Fall Home Show - Kitchens, Crafts and Collections at the Talbot County Community Center, Easton. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-239-0307. 16-17 25th annual Nause-Waiwash American Indian Festival at the Vienna ballpark in Vienna. Traditional dancing, music, drum-
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ming, crafts, food, vendors and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets at the gate. For more info. tel: 410-228-0216. 16-Oct. 7 Class: The Next Step - Oil Painting for New or Returning Painters with Diane Dubois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16-Oct. 28 Class: Painting Birds in the Landscape with Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $190 members, $228 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16 -Nov. 5 Exhibit: Be Caref ul What You Fall in Love With by Bennett Bean at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Bean is an American ceramic artist best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing. Curator-led tour on Wednesday, September 20 at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
16 -D e c . 31 E x h ibit: Rene wal and For m, Recent P r ints by David Driskell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Driskell is a noted scholar and artist of African-American art. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Corsica River Day sponsored by the Corsica River Conservancy. Free event from noon to 4 p.m. at the Corsica River Yacht Club in Centrev ille. Family entertainment with environmental activ ities and exhibits, along w ith pony rides, petting zoo, fishing derby, vendors, food and more. For more info. tel: 410-
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604-2100 or visit corsicariverconservancy.org. 17 Eastern Shore Jousting Association Ridgely joust at Martin Sutton Memorial Park, Ridgely. 1 p.m. start. Classes consist of Leadline, Novice, Amateur, SemiPro and Professional. Open to the public. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-0565. 18 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Lecture: Amazing Grace - Slave Ships, Their Captains, Crew, and the People Who Survived Them with Dr. John H. Miller at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Dr. Miller explores the history and heroic stories of slave ships and the valiant people who,
despite being taken as â€œcargo,â€? rose above their circumstances to display amazing courage and grace. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Meeting: Preston Historical Society at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Katie Barney, cookbook and travel guidebook author, will give a presentation on Chesapeake Bay cooking. For more info. tel: 410-924-9080 or visit prestonhistoricalsociety.com. 19 Read w ith Latte, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 20 Workshop: Mulberry Paper Col-
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September Calendar lage with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 2 to 4:30 p.m. $45 members, $54 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 20 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. For more info. tel: 410-
822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 20,27 Class: Organizing, Taking, Stor ing and Shar ing Photos w it h you r Sma r t Phone w it h Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20-Oct. 25 Class: Intermediate Drawing - Interiors and Still Life with Daniel Riesmeyer at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays f rom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (No class Oct. 18). $175 members, $210 non-members.
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September Calendar For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 21 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 pleasantday.com. 21 S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineer ing, A r t, and Mathematics) Program at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 4:45 p.m. Take a virtual reality field trip with Google Expedit ions, enjoy Ma ke a nd Ta ke, Build w ith Legos, Minecraf t,
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September Calendar Shore Riverkeeper Conservancy. 1 to 4 p.m. at Miles Creek in Talbot County. $40 for non-members, $25 for members. For more info. tel: 443-385-0511 or visit midshoreriverkeeper.org. 22 Welcome Fall Campfire at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wagon ride to the fire pit with s’mores and a short program. Register by calling 410-822-4903. 22-24 11th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance - This grand event, which benefits the Classic Motor Museum, will take place along the waterfront lawn of The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Friday registration from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by a welcome reception and Hinck ley Boat Show. On Saturday, there will be a motor tour followed by a cocktail reception, silent auction and gourmet dinner. On Sunday,
the vehicles will be on display at The Inn. For more info. and event schedule, tel: 410-745-8979 or visit smcde.org. 22-24 Workshop: Botanical Watercolor with Hillary Parker at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $225 members, $270 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22-Dec. 1 Li’l Kids After-School Art Club for students in grades 1 to 3 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 23 Choptank Heritage Skipjack R ac e of f L ong W ha r f, C a mbridge. Parade of boats begins at 9 a.m., race from 10 a.m. to noon. Food, vendors, exhibitors, kids’ activities. Host boat is the Nathan of Dorchester. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or visit skipjack-nathan.org. 23 Frederick Douglass Day at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers, parade, food vendors, great mu sic , a nd mor e , a l l i n t he celebration of Talbot County’s most famous native son! For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or
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September Calendar visit tcfl.org. 23 Harvest Festival at Lay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 11. a.m. to 6 p.m. This family-friendly day-long event kicks off with the Vineyard Dash 5K . Food a nd cra f t vendors, hayrides, agricultural demonstrations, grape stomping, moon bounce, fishing derby and more. Live concert with Justin Ryan f rom 3 to 6 p.m. $7 advance ticket, $10 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com.
23 25th anniversary Sail-A-Bration at the Richardson Maritime Museum, Cambridge. 6 p.m. until... The Museum will mark the anniversary with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and musical entertainment. $65. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit richardsonmuseum.org. 24 Eastern Shore Jousting Association Pre-Championship joust at the Tuckahoe Equestrian Park, Tuck a hoe State Pa rk , Queen Anne. 10 a.m. start. Classes consist of Leadline, Novice, Amateur, Semi-Pro and Professional. Open to the public. Free. For more info. tel: 410-364-5172. 24 Tuckahoe Multi-Use Trail Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely.
23 Magic in the Meadow at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 5 to 8 p.m. Set against an elegant backdrop of the Arboretum’s majestic forest and meadows, the Magic in the Meadow gala celebrates and showcases the enchantment of nature. Signature cocktails, full mezze table, desserts, wine and local craft beer, world-class jazz by the Peter Revell Band, live auction and more. $125. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 218
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Join Master Nat ura list Mike Quin la n for a steady 5- to 6-mile walk to explore the new Tuckahoe State Park trail. We’ll follow the trail to the end, double back until we reach park headquar ters, and then head west to pick up the Tuckahoe Creek Trail to the Arboretum. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 24 40th annual Dorchester Center for the Arts Showcase in Cambridge. Noon to 5 p.m. Festival featuring regional artists and artisans offering their work for sale. Food, music and fun for the kids. This signature event is
designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation for the arts in Dorchester a nd sur round ing communities, and to showcase t he area as a pr ime cult ura l destination. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. 25 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 26 Tuesday Movie@Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Bring your lunch and enjoy the film on the big professional screen. For more info. tel:
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September Calendar 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail email@example.com. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Horn Point Laboratory 2017 Chesapeake Champion Jim Brighton to lear n about t he Mar yland Biodiversity Project (MBP) he co -founded w it h Bill Hubick to build a vibrant nature study community. They have cataloged more than 17,000 species since their start in 2012. Jim will lead a walk afterward to see what we can find in our own backyards. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
26 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. 26 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. 27 ArtsExpress Bus Trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibit Black, White & Abstract - Callahan, Siskind, White. Trip sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $55 members, $66 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Maryland Biodiversity Project at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely.
27 Meet ing: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 27 Nature Trivia Night at the Eastern Shore Conservancy Center, Easton, and in conjunction with
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28 Blood Bank donation dr ive f r om no on to 7 p.m. at I mmanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 800-548-4009 or visit delmarvablood.org.
29 Workshop: Paw Paw Fruit with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Create a small botanical watercolor painting of this interesting and little-known fruit. $90 members, $110 nonmembers. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
28 Lecture: Thinking About Your Stuff - Estate Planning for Genealogists with Mary Mannix at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. How to best preserve your accumulated facts, figures, and artifacts for future generations. For more info. tel:
29 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting ~ Inspiration and Rivalry with Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art, at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m.$24 members, $29
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September Calendar non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 29 Concert: High Voltage at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 30 41st annual Oxford Book Sale outside the library on Market Street f rom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and see what authors are available for your reading pleasure. There will be thousands of books for adults and children, all in good condition and all priced to sell. Rain date Oct. 1.
30 Oxford Rummage Sale at the O x ford F i rehou se. 9 a.m. to noon. Drop-off is on 9/29 from 9 to 4 p.m. 30 Chicken BBQ and Bake Sale to benefit the Preston Historical Society at 144 Main Street, Preston. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Half a bbq chicken, baked beans, roll and drink for $8. For more info. tel: 410-924-9080 or visit prestonhistoricalsociety.com. 30 Monarch Tagging at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Arboretum naturalists for tagging as monarchs stop for rest and nectar during their migration south to Mexico. Participate in the University of K ansas w idespread Monarch Watch t ag g i ng prog ra m a nd learn how to protect monarch habit at i n you r back y a rd or community. Advance registration is required. For more info.
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