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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Nancy O. Henry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Eric Mills Swashes and Buckles: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Watching the Life Cycle of Osprey: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Substance Abuse ~ Recovery & Prevention: Michael Valliant . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen ~ Football Season: Pamela Meredith . . . . . . . . . . 57 Memories Still Alive: Tom Horton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Hundreds: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Changes ~ Driving: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

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grinned. That’s what every writer wants to hear. “Conspiracy of the Crimson Cult is a great escape read that moves swiftly, outrageously and stylishly,” I say. “Nice work!” “I conceived it as Book 1 in The Lawless Chronicles,” Eric says. “A series of fantasy-adventure novels, Conspiracy of the Crimson Cult takes place in 1914 ~ a time when the world is awash in occultism, spiritualism and the like. Roger



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Lawless, Ph.D. is a consulting supernaturalist for hire, a footloose adventurer of sorts whose mantra is, ‘Some sought fame. Some sought fortune. I sought the weird.’ And he gets way more of that than he bargained for in this book. “An old school chum of his, a well-heeled New Yorker, has lost his wife to the clutches of a nefarious cult headed by a satanic madman. She and the rest of the deranged flock have headed off for parts unknown. The husband hires Lawless to find them and retrieve the wayward wife. It seems like a relatively routine errand at first but quickly turns into a crazy, peril-filled trek


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Swashes and Buckles and, often, very, very funny, as if Eric is winking at the tradition. There’s never a dull moment. I couldn’t put it down. But let the critics speak! “One Amazon reviewer described it as ‘a combination of Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter all rolled into one,” Eric says. “I was thinking more along the lines of Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter meets Jason and the Argonauts, but I’ll take the reviewer’s description,” he adds with a grin. Asked about a projected Lawless series, Eric replies, “Oh, yeah, I’m up to my elbows in it and having a blast! I hope to have it out there very, very soon, because in the epublishing fiction sphere, it’s good to keep those sequels coming out at a fairly decent clip. Plus, the more it’s taking shape, the more excited I’m becoming working on it. “Book 2, Zombies of the Lizard God, starts out with Lawless in the French Foreign Legion, where he meets up with an Englishman who’s come into possession of a document fragment, the remainder of which is housed in one of the ancient libraries of Timbuktu. The old forgotten text tells of a miracle curative and describes its disparate components. Since the document deals in matters magical, Lawless makes for a natural ally in the ensuing quest.

Eric Mills “Without divulging much more, I can say that the narrative quickly propels the reader from the Sahara to Timbuktu to Druid ruins in rural England to Outer Mongolia and to the Amazon jungle, with plenty of stops in between, and encounters with undercover agents, a seductive British witch, a mad Russian scientist, Mongolian death worms, the hidden temple of the titular deity and a plot to enslave mankind in a medicinally induced state of mass submission and obeisance.” And if that doesn’t catch your attention, you’re not paying attention. “As for the overall series, The Lawless Chronicles books take place in what I like to call ‘the Lawless Universe,’ a fictitious setting that looks and sounds just like our reality, but in which everything ever cooked up by the feverish imagination of the human mind is actually true: Magic is real. 16


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between the purely factual and a more creative form of storytelling. I’ve come to think that writing nonfiction hones very helpful skills for writing a novel. The methods of historical research requisite to the nonfiction are just as crucial to the fiction. And whether it’s history or a novel, that all-important research stage of the operation is crucial. It also can take up more time than the actual writing itself! But I think a lot of writers would agree that this initial hunting-andgathering phase is, in many ways, the most fun part of a project. “As for the impetus behind this novel and its forthcoming followups, I’ve been a rabid devourer of high-adventure fiction since I was a kid, and writing this book really allowed me to cut loose and go full-tilt with the nonstop slam-bang action, plot twists, horror elements, exotic locales ~ all the story ingredients I’ve always found irresistible.” We poke at our food and talk shop about writing for a while, then get back to Roger Lawless, who almost seems to be lurking impatient and unseen around us. “You’ve drawn from a lot of occult sources, mostly from the late Victorians, but also from many other cultures and times, which make this book a great read. Where did you find your inspiration and research for this? Clearly, you’ve done an enormous amount of re-

Monsters are real. UFOs are real. Witches, warlocks and sorcerers are all real. Ghosts are real. Every moonbat conspiracy theory is true. Every cryptozoological creature actually exists. But for all the fantastical elements, the stories are completely rooted in a recognizable world where the period details, the geography, etc. are all as scrupulously authentic as I’ve been able to make them. And as sequel follows sequel, the saga unfolds as this sort of imagined Hidden History of the 20th Century ~ revealing all these occult underpinnings roiling beneath the surface of actual historical events.” Since Eric is known to his readers for Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War, Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties and The Spectral Tide: True Ghost Stories of the U.S. Navy, fairly serious histories, I asked what inspired him to write a novel, specifically this novel, which deals so much in magical realism and swashbuckling adventure. Eric’s friends know this book has always been in him, and we’re pleased it’s become a reality. “While I’ve had those books of nonfiction published, I’ve always worked in the fiction sphere as well. And the ghost story collection, while gathered from actual naval lore and all based on actual occurrences, serves as sort of a bridge 20

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When I first met him, he was a reporter for the Star-Democrat. Being a reporter means getting a story, writing a story and turning in copy on an often unforgiving deadline. As Eric points out, journalism is great training for any writer. It teaches you to work fast, be accurate and work with a lot of different people. “Working as a features reporter at the Star-Democrat back in the day was a great training ground ~ having to crank out decent copy on a deadline is, in many ways, a better teacher than any writing program you could pay for. Various stints as an editor in one capacity or another ~ from Chesapeake Publishing to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to the U.S. Naval Institute and on the freelance circuit ~ have taught me vital skills as far as editing my own work goes. All these things have helped sharpen my work, and I’m grateful to have had a variety of jobs that have kept me involved in the world of words,” Eric points out. As for his own favorite inspirations? “I’ve got different idols in different genres, but in terms of adventure fiction, let’s see: Rafael Sabatini ~ for my money, the best author for swashbuckling excitement. Arthur Conan Doyle ~ particularly the Professor Challenger stories. Ian Cameron ~ he wrote these great classic-style adventure novels in

search on world religions, cultures and beliefs,” I note. “It’s been a real education,” Eric says thoughtfully. “People who’ve been to my place can tell you what a ridiculously overstuffed book collection I have, and it always has included the random beat-up UFO paperback, Bigfoot book, paranormal book. But when it came down to actually steeping myself in such arcana, I delved in deeply, gathering up and reading numerous histories of the occult and the otherworldly and the bizarre. I had to know as much about all this esoterica as the novel’s protagonist would ~ and he’s a guy who pursues it for a living. You’re right ~ in addition to the Western occult traditions, I’ve immersed myself in related material from all corners of the world. Conspiracy of the Crimson Cult has a section that goes into a whole lot of Taoist magic and mysticism, for one example. In researching the sequel, I’ve been getting up to speed on everything from West African sorcery to 20th-century British witchcraft to Mongolian shamanism to Amazonian ethnobotany. You could say my reading list has become somewhat eclectic lately.” To say the least. But a good writer is interested in everything and everyone. And Eric’s background as a writer prepared him to write this novel. 22



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the ’60s. Robert E. Howard ~ for all his occasional blood-and-thunder excessiveness, he pioneered the ‘weird adventure’ subgenre and showed how to mix two-fisted action with eerie elements. Alistair MacLean ~ more of a thriller author, but masterful edge-of-your seat stuff. I also love the nonfiction travel writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries ~ they wrote in this sort of pithy, old-school gentleman-adventurer style that I’m definitely attempting to pay homage to in The Lawless Chronicles: Colonel Francis Younghusband, Roy Chapman Andrews and all.” “Adventure movies,” he adds, “have been a huge inspiration as well. I’m 11 years old again whenever I take one down off the shelf and pop it in to watch. I think I have almost every single significant adventure flick (in English, at least) in my DVD collection, from 1931’s East of Borneo to 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. All the classic swordplay films, action movies, Bond films, all that stuff. I’m also a fan of a lot of Asian swordfight movies, from Chinese wuxia with all its fantasy elements to Japanese chanbara samurai cinema.” We both surrender to no one in our love of swordplay, especially the cinematic duels between Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone, both classically trained fencers. There was 24

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Watching the Life Cycle of Osprey through a Long Lens by Dick Cooper

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cocked it slightly, as if putting body English on her evil eye. With a sudden burst of power, she vaulted out of her nest, gliding low over Oak Creek in a tight, sweeping circle before flapping her wings and turning straight for me. My pulse quickened as I brought her into focus in the viewfinder of my camera and fired off a burst that would freeze her aerial charge in a sequence of splitsecond intervals. She passed within a few feet of my head, banking away

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saying “good morning” to each other for years. I have been an observer of ospreys for decades, watching them fish the rivers and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay every spring and summer. But most of my earlier osprey-watching was done from a boat, either sailing close to a nest on top of a daymark or at anchor in a quiet cove. Living on the Eastern Shore opened a new opportunity to get closer by land. Mama’s nest is about five minutes dow n t he road f rom my house. Somewhere in her life, she lost a middle tail feather, and this gives her a recognizable flight profile. Some of

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their grow th as they move from babies to adolescents to teens, all in the compressed span of eight weeks. When I first started sailing the Chesapeake in the late 1970s, the osprey were just starting to make a slow recovery from a man-made, near- ex tinction encounter w ith DDT. The w idely used pesticide had crept into their food chain. The chemical weakened their eggs to the point that they were crushed during incubation. DDT was banned in the United States in 1972, but not before it reduced the osprey population on the Bay by almost 85 percent. Now, most successful clutches produce two to three, and sometimes four, chicks a year. Mama’s nest is one of three on a circuit I now cruise looking for a candid, 20-megapixel insights into Ospreyland. Usually, the first stop on my circuit in March is the massive complex of sticks on the end piling of the old ferry wharf in Claiborne. After a hard winter, it looks more like a failed game of Jenga than a summer home. The nest was big when I saw it 12 years ago, and it has continued to grow with each passing generation. The Talbot County dock less than 50 feet away is a great platform for setting up camera equipment. In previous years, I have watched the Claiborne nesting pair take turns sitting the eggs and later successfully raised their newborns as they morphed from awkward bundles of down with black beaks and orange

The big nest at the old ferry wharf in Claiborne. to find a high branch to feast on its catch of the day. A nother major factor in their popularity is their parenting skills. They are very nurturing and protective, spending a lot of time doting on their little ones. They tear fish into little bites and feed their chicks by mouth. On a hot summer day, mothers stand over their chicks, wings spread and feathers splayed, to form a sun shade. In a storm, the chicks climb under mom for shelter. Any observation of a chick’s early life makes it easy to anthropomorphize 34

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she wasn’t giving it up,” he said of the goose. Mama greeted me at her nest with her usual displeasure, making several threatening passes before settling down in her nest. But I was the least of her worries this year. A construction crew demolished an old private dock and rebuilt a new one about 100 feet from her nest. The pounding of the pile driver kept her and mate out of the nest for long stretches at a time. I moved on to the third local nest, this one on a platform on top of Oak

eyes, into soaring hunters of the sea. But on my initial trip to the landing this year, I was surprised to find the big nest firmly occupied by a resident Canada goose. Not only had she taken over the nest, she had totally remodeled it, covering the sticks with a thick layer of mud. Claiborne waterman Norm Haddaway reports that when the returning osprey tried to reclaim the nest, the goose reared up and wacked the raptor with its wing. “That’s an 18-pound bird, and

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to the couple to make out the subtle body language married couples use to communicate in silence. For the nex t several weeks, I stopped by to check on their progress. The female was spending a lot of time alone incubating her eggs, occasionally getting relief from her mate so she could hunt. On one such early-morning trip in late May, I detected movement in the nest and realized the chicks had hatched. They were low in the nest, and every few minutes a downy angle of a wing or a small orange-eyed head would pop up above the jagged rim of the nest. That’s when my osprey-watching became more obsessive.

Creek Daymark “7” just south of the St. Michaels Road bridge. There, I found a younger couple setting up house. I had photographed their nest last year but was not impressed with the reach of my zoom lens. Over the winter, I bought a new lens with a 600-millimeter reach that looks more like a mortar tube than a piece of photographic equipment. That, and my new Nikon with the ability to shoot 10 frames a second, upped my game. I set up my tripod, firmly secured my new photographic gear in place and pushed the auto-focus button. BAM, I was close enough

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turned out to be the chicks’ down floating in the air like clouds of dandruff. The root of the phrase “don’t foul your own nest” also become very clear when I saw the chicks toddle to the edge of the nest and shoot their poop overboard. Potty training seems to come easier for osprey parents than for their human counterparts. The teen weeks were the most entertaining to watch as sibling rivalry began to emerge in the Daymark “7” nest. The dominant chick, which I started to think of it as “Number One,” was jumping and flapping its wings long before the others. Then “Number Two” began to challenge it for space, while “Number Three” just wanted to be left alone in its quiet corner of the nest. I could almost imagine it with headphones, staring at its phone. Seven weeks after hatching, the three chicks were almost as big as

I began slipping out of bed before dawn and getting my gear in place before the first rays of the sun broke through the tree line on the Miles River. Frequently, the new dad was already out fishing while mom stood guard. Watching the growth of osprey chicks is like watching a stop-action movie of childhood. Almost every day, they showed some form of progress as they began to explore their environment. Their unsteady use of their wings and legs became more fluid as they gained control of their bodies. For a few weeks, their morning personal hygiene routines took up the start of the day as they constantly groomed themselves. When I edited a batch of photos from that period, I was initially upset because of what appeared to be dust on my camera’s sensor. Under closer scrutiny, it

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having to pay rent. Finally, more than a week later, and with what appeared to be some strong words for both parents, it, too, flew. By the first week in August, the sky was alive with osprey as chicks from other nests began to fly. One morning, I counted three in the nest and seven overhead. Back in Claiborne, the goose family finally moved on and the ospreys gave parenthood another shot. They had two chicks that appear healthy but won’t be big enough to fledge until the end of August or early September. The osprey females generally start their trips south in late August. The males hang around the Bay giving life lessons to their offspring before they all head off later this month to follow the warmth of the sun and the ready supply of fresh fish. On a sad note, Mama managed to hatch one egg this year. I was able to get a photo of her and her mate feeding it for a few days, but then it disappeared into the nest. Maybe next year will be better and her only concern will be finding new ways to ward off my 600-millimeter stare.

First flight. their parents. When dad would come home with a fish for breakfast or some new grass bedding for the nest, it was clear the platform was not big enough for a family of five. Throughout this period, One and Two kept getting in each other’s way and were constantly vying for their mother’s attention. Number One was a showoff, hopping into the air, flapping its wings and occasionally lifting a few feet in the air before landing right where it started. At 6:47 a.m. on July 12, I was staring through the viewfinder of my camera when Number One stepped up to the edge of the nest, just as it had countless times before. I began shooting as it opened its wings and lifted up off the nest and out over the water taking flight for the first time. I panned along with it as it flew low over the creek, making a wide circle and sticking a perfect, two-point landing back in the nest. I had my shot, and it was thrilling. Number Two waited a few days for its first flight, but Number Three was content in its corner, getting fresh meals dropped in regularly without

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Recovery and Prevention: Two Views of Substance Abuse and Success by Michael Valliant

are caught up in their own struggles, it can be a story of hope. As Talbot County and the entire Mid-Shore “go purple” in September to bring awareness to substance abuse, it’s worth knowing Stephanie Meredith’s successful recovery story, as well as the efforts and message

There are comeback stories, and there are stories about staying out of trouble. Both are real, and both are personal. When it comes to substance abuse, hearing someone’s recovery experience can be a cautionary tale that warns some not to go down the same path. For those who

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Stephanie was social and outgoing and looked to have fun. “She started partying with the ‘in’ crowd, hanging with the cool people,” Tawney said. “It always starts with drinking and marijuana. It was just for fun, and everyone else was doing it, in the spirit of partying and having a good time. But she had a friend from college who was always introducing something new. It became pills, cocaine, heroin, needles.” Stephanie overdosed and had to be brought back to life. She tried to get into rehab during the summers, but she struggled and ultimately lost her teaching job. She lived in her car and drove people for money until her car was repossessed and she was homeless in Baltimore. In August 2015, Tawney and her now fiancé, Bruce Strazza, went to visit Stephanie. They both know a lot about recovery. Tawney has been clean since January 15, 2014, and Bruce has been clean since July 11, 2013. “We pulled into McDonald’s and there was a rough-looking girl sitting on a parking curb. It took Taw-

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Stephanie and her twin sister Tawney grew up in Cambridge. They took swimming lessons, sang, did theatre and drama camp. Grades were important and the two did well in school, graduating from Cambridge South Dorchester High School and then going on to graduate from Salisbury University with Bachelor’s degrees in communications. Stephanie continued her education and got her teaching degree, graduating summa cum laude, and became an elementary school teacher. She was a talented and passionate teacher, teaching first and second grade in Salisbury and Hurlock.

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Through the efforts of Joe Kettinger and others, Bruce, who is a sponsor for a number of people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and an active community speaker on recovery, began singing at the church’s “Alive at 5” Saturday service.

ney a minute before she said, ‘Oh my God, that’s my sister,’” Bruce said. “She was living in a patch of bushes beyond a hotel, shower curtains on the ground to keep the bugs out, clothes in the bushes, and she would go to work waiting tables and come home there. I know homelessness, and that was real homelessness.” They brought Stephanie back to the Eastern Shore. She struggled for a time until, on Dec. 28, 2016, she gave sobriety another try. She moved into the RAD (Rising Against Disease) house in Easton in January 2017. It was the first time she moved into a recovery house and stayed clean. As opioid use and substance abuse became more prominent around Talbot County, Christ Church Easton looked for ways to help.

Bruce and Tawney invited Stephanie to church, and the sisters signed up for the Alpha Course, which introduces people to Christianity and a personal relationship with God. The first steps in a 12-step recovery program involve admitting that you are powerless over drugs or alcohol, believing that a higher power can restore you to sanity, and turning your will and life over to the care of that higher power. This was a new concept for Stephanie, but one that made all the difference. “I’d been trying to get clean for a little over three years, and I couldn’t figure out what I was missing or why I was having such difficulties,” Stephanie said in an interview last year. “I never really had a connection with God, and Alpha changed everything for me.” “It was easy in our Alpha group to 48

talk openly and honestly about our struggles,” Tawney said. “Stephanie talked about staying clean and finding God.” It was during Alpha that former contemporary music minister Jana Leslie heard Tawney and Stephanie singing and asked them to sing in the church’s Alive at 5 band with Bruce. Once the two sisters started singing, it was as if someone flipped a switch. Stephanie put the pieces back together. She had a job and was paying her bills, but there was much more. She became part of her family again and grew her relationship with her nephew Ethan, Tawney’s son. Stephanie focused not only on her recovery, but also on helping people. She attended meetings religiously and worked hard on her 12 steps. She also volunteered at a mediation center and stayed once a week in a women’s recovery house, building relationships, offering support and helping others in recovery. Her smile, her humor, and her passion were obvious and contagious. She and Tawney worked

Stephanie poses with her nephew Ethan, Tawney’s son. to help people in recovery and to encourage them to connect with a higher power. Stephanie then met her boyfriend Peter Cornwell, who brought out in her a love of the water, paddleboarding and being on boats, and her friends and family could see a spark in her: having fun, singing

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log canoe Mystery, on which Peter sails, has a giant “SLM” sewn into its mainsail. She inspired people. “It made me really look into her life and see her working with so many different addicts; she had a quiet ministry going,” Bruce said. “She never wanted recognition for it. Maybe she wasn’t even aware, and she just thought it was the right thing to do. Stephanie never wavered from her faith. There was a belief system that no matter what, she was good with God.” Stephanie, Tawney, Bruce and others sharing their experiences with recovery have put faces, names, and stories to substance abuse. They have made connections and built relationships that have inspired both youth and adults in the church and beyond.

Peter Cornwell and Stephanie enjoying the afternoon. and helping others. She was living the life she dreamed of living. Stephanie’s success story ended early. In July of this year, she died in a log canoe accident outside of Centreville. She was 35. Her love of life, love of God and desire to help others inspired and connected communities ~ with more than 700 people from the faith, recovery and log canoe communities coming together to celebrate her life with songs, stories and food at Christ Church. Stephanie’s legacy and her love live on. There has been an SLM (her initials) fund established within the recovery ministry at the church. The 50

Stephanie’s story is one of hope, forgiveness, redemption, and love. Not everyone finds the right path to success that Stephanie came to find. There are far more stories of people who aren’t able to make it. Talbot Goes Purple got its beginnings in the hope of educating youth to be aware of substance abuse and to have a chance at pre-

venting them from starting down that dangerous path. It was hard to miss the purple that took over Talbot County last September. Talbot Goes Purple wasn’t trying to be subtle. The organizers wanted people to talk. They wanted families to talk. They wanted kids to talk. And they got things started, setting the table for this September,

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prescription drugs; many of these young people have no idea these pills are basically synthetic heroin.” TGP is an initiative of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and MidShore Community Foundation. The goal is to empower youth and the community to “Go Purple” as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. Other goals are to encourage conversation, get TGP into the schools themselves and show youth that they can meet life’s challenges without drugs or alcohol. “At the core of this, it’s an education and awareness campaign to get people to understand what this is and to address it,” said TGP and Tidewater Rotary’s Lucie Hughes. TGP also works with the local faith community, creating prayer walks, holding roundtable discussions, distributing materials and making people aware of resources.

The Hoopers Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum goes purple. as each county on the Mid-Shore goes purple as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. “Every week I meet with families who have kids addicted to heroin,” said Sheriff Joe Gamble, one of the spokespeople and faces of TGP. “All of the people I’ve interviewed started with alcohol, marijuana and then a ‘friend’ introduces them to

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purple; more than 50 government buildings went purple; and TGP coordinated more than 100 speaking engagements. For 2018, TGP is aiming for even more programs, events, and awareness. They have established TGP clubs in both Easton and St. Michaels high schools. Students are making more than 20 athletic events go purple. Schools are hosting a TGP video/PSA contest for Homecoming. And, they are developing prevention activities with local health departments. This year, there is an online store for TGP materials and purple lights. On September 25 and 26, TGP will show the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennial Health

Easton Utilities employees show their support by going purple. In 2017, TGP had more than 63 sponsors and raised $100,000, all in private donations, so no public dollars were spent. They saw more than 900 lights sold to individuals; more than 100 businesses went 2018-2019


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film If Only, a short film intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of kids. James Wahlberg, co-writer and producer of the film ~ and Mark and Donnie’s brother ~ will be on hand to discuss the film and its message and to answer questions. TGP promotes a message of prevention, education and awareness. And their message continues to resonate and spread across the Eastern Shore. Taken together, recovery and prevention can tell a story of hope

and a story of communities coming together. Stephanie found a way to use her experience to encourage and help others find help and hope. TGP brings the community together to help educate young people to make decisions to avoid starting down a dark path. In both cases, people come together, and a light shines. Michael Valliant is the Assistant for Adult Education and Newcomers Ministry at Christ Church Easton. He has worked for nonprofit organizations throughout Talbot County, including the Oxford Community Center, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.



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It’s Football Season Again! Football fans and food lovers alike are already gearing up for fall and another tailgating season. Some of the folks have built quite a reputation for their tailgating events, so I am sharing some of my favorites for when we pack up and go to a game. The secret to a great tailgating recipe is simple: Go short on ingredients, long on f lavor, make it easy to prepare and hard to forget. Oh, and of course, it must pair well with a cold beverage. Whether you are setting up for a local football game or an NFL game, these recipes are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Rub chicken with extra virgin olive oil. Rub spice mixture over the entire chicken. Open and insert a can of beer (your choice, but cheap or out-of-date beer will work) in the lower cavity of the chicken, between the legs. Set chickens on the grill, resting on the base of the beer can and the two drumsticks. There are also racks made for this purpose. Cook for 2-1/2 to 3 hours on medium heat, until the wings almost fall off to the touch.

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Break the broccoli and caulif lower into pieces. Add cheese, onion and bacon. Mix mayonnaise and sugar together and pour over salad. Serve cold. CHINESE CABBAGE SALAD Salad: 1 head Napa cabbage 1 bunch of spring onions 1 pkg. of ramen noodles 1 small pkg. of sliced almonds 2 t. sesame seeds

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in butter until the onions are tender. Bring to a slow boil for five minutes. Stir in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Leaving the rolls connected, slice the entire pack of rolls in half. Repeat with second package of rolls. Place bottom halves of bread on a baking sheet. Spread the sauce over the tops and bottoms. Place the ham and cheese evenly over the bottom halves of the bread and replace the top halves. Slice each pack into individual rolls. Bake at 350° for about 7 to 10 minutes ... Yummy!

TAILGATE DIP 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese 1 jar of salsa 1 pkg. of shredded mozzarella cheese 1 can black olives, drained

CHESAPEAKE BAY GRILLED SHRIMP 2 lb. large shrimp, peel and devein but leave the tail Butter - ½ stick 1-2 T. Old Bay Put a seafood cooking grill on the regular BBQ grill so shrimp don’t fall through. Melt butter and add spice. Put shrimp on grill. Baste with a bit of butter and spice

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Memories Still Alive and Thriving at Horton Homestead by Tom Horton

The smell of the piney woods and the call of bobwhite quail; tracks of my toy wagon in the soft sand road bordered by ditches alive with tadpoles; the warm odors of the grain bin where Mom stashed me as she rolled it through the chicken houses

at feeding time; racing to pick up bloody squirrels as they tumbled to the ground after echoing blasts from Dad’s shotgun. These are some of my earliest memories ~ from the 1940s ~ of the old log cabin where we lived

Betty Lou Davis has lived 60 years in the cabin where the Horton family was living when Tom was born. She and Rob dug deep to buy adjacent woodlands to save them from imminent logging. (Photo by Dave Harp) 67

Memories when I was born, eight miles outside Salisbury on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore. And you may suspect that I’m about to spin another variation on a theme all too familiar: of better, greener times past, and returning, dismayed, to find all that was dear has been steamrollered by “progress.” But sometimes you really can go home again. The log cabin 72 years later stands square and sturdy amid blooming shrubs and f lowers. The forest has reclaimed several acres of what was open, scrubby field in my childhood. Some of the pines are becoming giants, up to 14 feet around; woodland orchids, sweet magnolias and ferns abound in the understory. Luckily, the cabin’s current tenant has taken a shine to me. Across the fireplace mantel, in a pine-pan-

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eled living room that has changed little, is a wooden board inscribed: “Birthplace of Tom Horton, environmentalist.” A Washington Monument would not be as pleasing. Betty Lou Davis greets me at the door. Going on 89, she’s just back from her regular hourlong swim at the Salisbury YMCA. I’ve learned when calling for a visit to let her phone, a landline with no answering machine, ring “about 13 times” because she’s always outside working in the yard, and that’s how long it takes her to pick up. The real monument here is the modest, well-maintained cabin and the opulent nature surrounding it, testament to the long and caring stewardship of Betty Lou and her late husband, Rob, a nationally noted bowhunter. Rob once told a local newspaper it was the sight of an eight-point buck munching acorns behind the cabin that sealed its sale to the Davises in 1958 (for $6,800). The cabin was built on 18 acres in 1934 for a New York man, Robert Cleland, who put $5 as down payment and moved here thinking he might “get a foothold in a small place,” his widow told Betty Lou. The logs were cut from the property and hauled out by mule team, skinned of bark and creosoted, then chinked w ith mor tar and brick. My parents bought the place from Cleland in 1945, “lucky to get it,” my mom told me, as housing after World War II was scarce.

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years she spent earning her degree. (She is no slow learner, but life was busy ~ and she and Rob had different views on women and education, she said.) Some changes: The bobwhites that I recall fondly, and the whippoorwills whose night calling terrified me, are both heard no more, their species in ser ious decline because of environmental degradation. “The bird sound when we came here was just thunderous,” Betty Lou said. “Now, not nearly so much.” Recently, we have been figuring out how she can arrange her affairs to permanently protect the old cabin and its surrounds, a fitting legacy

After almost 60 years at the log cabin, Bet t y L ou says she can’t imagine being anyplace else. She and Rob dug deep to buy adjacent woodlands to save them from imminent logging, expanding the property to its present 45 acres. Betty Lou and her son maintain trails throughout, with benches placed at scenic points, sharing the nature there with visitors year-round. The resplendent greenery here is far more beautiful and diverse than in my childhood. Betty Lou took every course on botany offered at Salisbury University during the 18

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for a remarkable woman and her late husband. And selfishly, it would mean I can keep going home again, and again. In 1986, when I left off fulltime environmental reporting at the Baltimore Sun to move to tiny Smith Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, I wrote that after trekking the Amazon and following famines across Africa, I was feeling “a need to shrink my prospects, narrow my horizons, move on to smaller endeavors.” I have happily maintained that course, living now three blocks from the hospital where I was born, biking to teach at Salisbury University a

Reprinted with permission from the Bay Journal. Tom Horton has written about the Chesapeake Bay for more than 40 years, including eight books. He lives in Salisbury, where he is also a professor of Environmental Studies at Salisbury University.

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

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


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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 Kent’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 area’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 nation’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. or e-mail For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit For information specific to Chestertown visit 81


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clean up what is there and to prepare for winter. You can brighten up the bedraggled annuals in the late summer landscape by planting fall f lowering plants like chrysanthemums, pansies, ornamental f lowering cabbage and kale, dusty miller, sedums and snapdragons. The ornamental cabbage, kale and pansies will withstand a hard frost. September also calls for a quick clean-up of the annual and perennial f lower beds. Remove dead and diseased leaves, cut off old f lower stalks and remove any annual plants that have run their course. Now is a good time to plant and divide perennials. There are a few



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pepper, squash and tomato won’t mature correctly if stressed due to lack of water. If you are growing winter-type pumpkins and squash, such as acorn, butternut and spaghetti, harvest and keep for several months in a cool, medium-dry basement, garage or tool shed. Allow the fruit to ripen fully on the vine and cure in the sun to form a hard rind. Harvest before frost and leave a piece of stem on each when they are cut from the vine. If the f loor is damp, elevate them to reduce the possibility of rot. The best storage temperature is about 60°F. Near the end of the growing season, pick off all tomato blossoms that won’t have time to bear

disease problems next spring. Cucumber beetles, squash bugs, Colorado potato beetles and European corn borers pass the winter in debris left in the garden. Remove dead plant material and dispose of it in the trash. I do not recommend that diseased and insect-infested vegetable plants be composted because most home compost piles do not reach the high temperatures required to kill disease spores, overwintering insects and insect eggs. The same applies for adding weeds to the compost pile. Better to put them in the trash. During the fall, be sure to water the remaining vegetables adequately; crops such as corn,

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izer that is higher in these two elements as compared to nitrogen. The standard 5-10-5 and 5-10-10 chemical fertilizers work well. So does an organic equivalent, but the organic sources will probably have a lower fertilizer ratio. Lots of spring bulb fanciers swear by bone meal for fertilizing their planting beds, but the phosphorus in bone meal is almost completely unavailable to plants until the soil temperature reaches about 50° F. Bone meal might aid your bulbs late in the growing season, but it does not aid flowering appreciably. Adding a more soluble phosphorus fertilizer will provide a quick source of nutrients for the bulbs in spring. It is important to plant the bulbs at the right depth to get the best flower display. A good rule of thumb is that large caliber bulbs (tulips, narcissi and hyacinths) 2 inches or more in diameter should be planted 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 inches deep and spaced 1 to 2 inches apart. If you are not sure which end of the bulb is the top, plant it on its side. The stem will always grow upright. Plant bulbs as soon as possible after bringing them home or when you get them in the mail. If you can’t plant them right away, store them in a cool, dry place. Bulbs are not dormant like seeds.

fruit so that plant nutrients go into existing tomatoes.

Keep basil, parsley, garlic, mint and sage producing by pinching off the f lowers. Herbs can be used fresh, frozen or dried. When the morning dew dries off the plants, cut a few stems, tie a strong cord around this little bouquet and hang in a cool, dry place until fully dry. Place in a jar for use during the winter. We can’t talk about September gardening without mentioning planting of spring f lowering bulbs. Spring bulbs are easy to plant, require minimal care and reward us with beautiful displays of color in spring. Good drainage is essential for spring bulbs. Well-drained sandy loam soils are the best, but if you have a heavy clay soil, don’t lose heart. You can amend heavy soils with organic matter like compost or aged pine bark to improve drainage. When planting bulbs, understand that they are heavy feeders of phosphorus and potash, so use a fertil90

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of color. Second, plant low growing bulbs, such as grape hyacinths, in front of higher growing bulbs such as tulips. Third, plant your bulbs like a painting. Group pleasing colors together and draw the eye with spacing and color. Finally, create your planting with an eye to how they will look from both far away and nearby. As you select flowering bulbs to plant this fall, remember that larger caliber bulbs give big, showy displays but cost more. Smaller caliber bulbs usually are less expensive, with a smaller show, but are great for brightening nooks and crannies in your yard. As you plant your spring bulbs, remember that a mass planting of one flower type or color will produce a better effect than a mixture of many colors. Flowers of bulbs stand out more vividly if displayed against a contrasting background. For example, white hyacinths among English ivy, yellow daffodils against a ‘Burford’ holly hedge or red tulips towering over a carpet of yellow pansies. Happy Gardening!

Bulbs are living plants, and too much heat can kill them. Too much moisture can cause rot or fungus problems. They should be planted before the first hard frost, but if you find yourself with unplanted bulbs after the cold weather has arrived, plant them anyway. They won’t keep indoors, but, in the ground, they’ll probably surprise you and flower come spring. After planting, it’s important to water generously to get growth started. For bed plantings, it’s good to add two to three inches of mulch, like pine bark, in late November. This keeps the bulbs cool in the event of uneven temperatures and helps prevent frost heave (soil movement caused by successive freezing and thawing). The mulch will also help keep the soil from drying out. Most homeowners plant their bulbs in straight lines like soldiers, but to get the best effect in the landscape, there are a few design pointers to keep in mind. First, group bulbs together to achieve masses

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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


DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called 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. 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 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; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 97

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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. 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 HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affi liated 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 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


Dorchester Points of Interest 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 BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a 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. 100


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 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 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 LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit 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 102

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

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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 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 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.



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

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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 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 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. LODGE AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. (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 4. INN AT PERRY CABIN BY BELMOND - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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

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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, 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 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors 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 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper

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

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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 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,

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St. Michaels Points of Interest constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. 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 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 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.


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

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


10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry

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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. 139

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The Hundreds by Gary D. Crawford

In Talbot County, a region west of St. Michaels is known as the “Bay Hundred.” It’s an odd term. Notice that it isn’t “Bay 100” or “Bay One Hundred,” and it is never said that way. It is simply Bay Hundred, or, more properly “The Bay Hundred.” The region begins where Route 33

turns west and then sharply south, to run all the way down the peninsula to Black Walnut Point at the tip of Tilghman’s Island. As such, it encompasses seven villages: Claiborne, McDaniel, Wittman, Sherwood, Tilghman, Bar Neck and Fairbank. (Oh, and also Hynsontown and Avalon, the ones the county has forgotten.) But why call it a “hundred”? What’s up w ith that? Sounds like a club of some sort, or a football team. We know that it now refers to this western subdivision of Talbot County, but is that a new term? Is it unique? How is it different from a district or a township? After all, enquir ing minds want to know. As usual, the answer is surprising and has led me on a merry chase to bring it to you. It seems the term “hundred” is not peculiar to the Bayside. Indeed, at one t ime a ll of Ta lbot County was divided into hundreds ~ nine of them.


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Nowadays, some people refer to everything west of St. Michaels as “Bay Hundred,� including the Broad Creek neck with its villages of Bozman and Neavitt. Some go so far as to include the town of St. Michaels in Bay Hundred, and they named their swimming pool thus. None of that is historically correct, of course, for St. Michaels and Broad Creek Neck were in another hundred, the Mill Hundred. Of course, that was then and this is now. We who live in Bay Hundred are amused but not angered when people elsewhere wish to be considered part of our home territory. Talbot was not the only county with hundreds, of course. There is a map by Edward M. Noble that shows the hundreds in Caroline County, formerly the eastern portion of Talbot County. The neat map shown here (drawn

As of 1697, they were: Bay Hundred Bolingbroke Hundred Chester Hundred Island Hundred Lower Hundred of Kent Island Mill Hundred Tredhaven Hundred Tuckahoe Hundred Worrell Hundred

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The Hundreds by Jon Harlan Livezy) shows that by the late 1700s, Cecil County was cut up into 14 hundreds. The number undoubtedly had increased over time, as suggested by East (and We st) Not t i ng ha m, Nor t h (a nd South) Milford, and so on. This cer tainly was the case in other counties, too. The history of Prince George’s County illustrates how the hundreds proliferated as the population expanded. When established in 1696, PG County encompassed all of that present county plus what are now Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties, as well as bits of present-day

Carroll and Charles counties. Very few Europeans had settled in those western frontier areas by 1696, however, so only six hundreds were established: Mattaponi Hundred, Mount Calvert Hundred, Collington Hundred, Patuxent Hundred, P isc at t away Hu nd red a nd New Scotland Hundred. All were (more or less) within today’s boundaries of PG County and the District of Columbia, and apparently six were enough. As settlement moved nor thward and west ward, additional hundreds were created by dividing up the existing hundreds. By 1745, PG County had a whopping 23 hundreds. It didn’t last, of course, as the county was carved up to make new counties.


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But this multiplication of hundreds as the population expanded into new areas gives us a clue as to the use of hundreds. Clearly, they were not simply chunks of land, like townships in Ohio. Because the hundreds were used to administer public affairs, when the population densit y in a given hundred increased, it needed to be split into two hundreds. Okay, so now we know that the practice of div v ying up a county into “hundreds” ~ like many of our Maryland roots ~ goes back to colonial times. Not surprisingly, then, tracing the term leads us back to England, where shires (counties) were divided up in various ways at various times.

The British divided their counties up into “parishes,” and so did colonial Maryland. By 1750, for example, Talbot County was divided into three parishes ~ St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s and St. Michaels. Here are the verbatim descriptions from the State Archives: “St Pauls Parish begins at the head of Chester River & Extends to the Court House, and from the Court House along the North side of Brewers branch to the Head of the sd branch and from thence to Judwins branch being the North part of Tuccohoe.” “St Peters Parish begins at John Judwins branch and Extends to Oxford Town.” “St Michaells Parish Consists of

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The Hundreds Mill & Bay Hundreds and part of Island Hundred that is to say from the Court House Downward.” But parishes served a different purpose from the hundred. A parish is a portion of a diocese (Anglican or Catholic) with its own church and priest. Later, the parish was useful in dividing up an area’s charitable responsibilities.

So, when did the hundreds first appear in English history? Well, actually, they may have existed before England. The Roman historian Tacitus mentioned regions in Roman Britain he referred to as “centimes.” But the first recorded “hundreds” appear during Anglo-Saxon times (410-1066). The hundreds appear to have been useful in administering justice and enforcing the law, for many local disputes were resolved in a “hundred court.” By the 12th century, the hundred court was held twelve times a year, though this was later increased to once every three weeks. The hu nd re d ser ve d a not her pur pose as well. When it c a me time for a county to collect taxes for the Crown, each shire’s magistrate (known as the reeve) selected two knights from each hundred, and together they reviewed each landowner’s wealth, land holdings and tax liability. The word reeve is nearly gone from our language today, but it does survive as shirereeve ~ or sheriff. It seems, then, that these county

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subdivisions were both ancient and useful. But that still doesn’t explain why they are called “hundreds.” A hundred what? The answer to our riddle may be found by examining an even smaller unit of English land terminology ~ the “hide.” We are not talking about animal skins here ~ this is a different and very old word. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon “hid,” which derives from “hiwan” (family). Curiously, this ancient term still survives here and there. For example, a property out in Colorado is called the Hiwan Ranch. An oilman named Buchanan established a 10,000-acre ranch near Evergreen in 1938, and his wife, Ruth, chose t he na me. She picke d “Hiw a n” from an Anglo-Saxon dictionary that stated its meaning to be variously as “land let to members of a household,” or “members of a king’s household.” Good choice, Ruth! D o c u ment s f r om t he A ng lo Saxon period suggest that the word “hide” originally meant a parcel of

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The Hundreds land sufficient for the support of a peasant and his household, or “family” ~ though that may have referred to the immediate family or a more extensive group. One historian says that a hide is the land of one family, worked by one plough. What is clear is that a hide was defined not by its acreage, but by the number of people it could support. Surely the actual size of a hide would have varied considerably, depending on the soil, water and arable land. One expert said that ownership of a hide conferred the status of a freeman. In Old Engla nd, each count y was assigned a round number of hides. For instance, early in the 11th century, a document called the “County Hidage” listed 500 hides for Staffordshire, while Northamptonshire was assigned 3,200. This number then was divided up between the hundreds in the county,

100 hides each, though this often varied because of changes in the hundreds or when the actual cash liability was perceived as being too high or too low. So, a “hundred” ~ in its original and conceptual sense ~ was a region made up of 100 “hides.” Later, it came to mean a portion of a county with some significant number of households, useful for administer ing local justice and for levying taxes. And if the King needed to raise an army, and each family was expected to supply one fighting man, then a given hundred could supply 100 soldiers to the Crown. By the time of the Maryland colony, the hundred was a useful and familiar way of dividing up the counties into manageable units. Today, sadly, they are gone. All of Maryland’s hundreds were done away with in 1800 and replaced by voting districts. Well, almost all. Maryland still has at least one “hundred.” It is e a s y to rememb er, for it ha s a proud and fitting name. It is the Bay hundred. Come visit us! Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.


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by Roger Vaughan The most harrowing drive of my life was between Heathrow Airport and Southampton back in the 1970s. After f lying all night, I was clueless enough to think I could rent a car and drive the 60-odd miles to England’s south coast. I’d been to the UK but had never spent time behind the wheel. It never occurred to me I’d be driving on the wrong side of the highway, on a

road called the M3. Only later did I learn that among locals, the Mdesignation in the UK stands for “Madness” or “Mayhem.” Look up the route on Google Maps and it reads, “heavier traffic than usual” ~ all the time. At 9 a.m., very jet lagged, I stepped into my rental and drove casually into some of the worst, most hostile traffic on the planet. Driving on the

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other side of the road isn’t too bad as long as you are going straight. It’s making turns that are problematic, especially right turns. The roundabouts present a special hell of their own to those used to keeping right. The first five to ten miles out of the airport were brutal, complicated by Heathrow’s habitual construction. Only the expertise of the Heathrow drivers, especially the cabbies, saved me from several pileups. Those drivers not only managed to miss me, they were so good they had time to lean on their horns with one hand, shake a fist at me with the other and curse at the same time. I’m not sure how ~ no GPS in the ’70s ~ but a frantic

hour and forty-five minutes later I managed to find the Avis lot in Southampton, pull in, and slump over the wheel with blessed relief ~ I was a nervous wreck, but somehow unscathed. I was on my way to Southampton to join Kialoa for the 1979 Fastnet Race that encountered a storm of legendary proportions. Fifteen sailors died in that race. When people ask me about the ’79 Fastnet, I admit it was one very wild and scary night, because it was. What I don’t tell them was how driving from Heathrow to Southampton was the scariest part of the whole trip. That we all blithely drive around in 2,000-pound machines, cruising quietly and comfortably on the highway between 60 and 80 miles an hour, never ceases to amaze me. It’s lucky that it all started 135 years ago with cranky vehicles that averaged 10 miles an hour, and developed slowly but surely over the years into the space-age, computer-assisted vehicles of today with their jack-rabbit acceleration and

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f lat cornering capability. Because if the car had been invented five or even ten years ago, it would have triggered one of the great controversies in social history: The proposal is that everyone should have one of these vehicles. They would share the pathways with pedestrians, carts and bicycles? You would put everyone over the age of 16 behind the wheels of 2,000-pound “cars” capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour, potential killing machines being operated by people who can’t even maneuver their supermarket shopping carts in an orderly fashion…people who get in each other’s way just walking on sidewalks? Okay, so there is a plan to build paved “roads” for these cars, with traffic controls like signs and lines and lights, and there will be a bunch of rules, but a lot of these roads will be two-lane, meaning the cars will often be coming at each other at closing speeds of 100 to 150 miles

In 1885, when the first automobile was invented, there were 50 million people in the USA. Today there are 327 million of us. With such a crowd roaming around, it’s a lot easier to hit someone with a car. In 1900, there were 8,000 cars in the United States. In 1913, there were 1.1 million cars. In 1932, 20 million. Today there are 376 million cars (and pickup trucks), more than one for every citizen. That means it is also a lot easier for cars to hit other cars. If the car were a recent invention, you can bet getting a license would be as rigorous as the license


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Driving required for f lying an airplane. Perhaps more so, given the tangle of traffic it will be necessary to negotiate. But the theory seems to be that because your 3x greatgrandfather drove a car, and you’ve experienced a lot of driving by watching your parents (who just might be terrible drivers), you can take a quick “drivers ed” course offered by your school or some commercial outfit, memorize the rule book, take a test proving nothing and become a licensed driver. It’s very misguided logic, leading to a blasé American guy being able to rent a car in the UK and become an accident waiting to happen.

In 2017, 4.57 million Americans were injured badly enough in automobile accidents to require medical treatment. Nearly 40,000 were killed. Given what’s going on out there on the road, those seem like amazingly low numbers to me. I can’t understand why it isn’t a whole lot worse. Driving has become disturbingly casual. How can it not when the average person racks up 15,000 miles every year? For many people, it’s several times that. At an average speed of 30 miles an hour (got to account for all those slow, in-town miles), that’s at least 500 hours behind the wheel annually. The oh-so-comfortably-appointed car has become a rolling office, study,

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Driving dressing room and entertainment center. It’s a place where you can pick your teeth, apply makeup, trim your beard, talk on the phone, vape, tune the radio, indulge in other more private activities, or eat and drink constantly. All while driving.

Multitasking aside, for many people just driving seems to be enough of a challenge. Driving at its highest level (Formula I) is a very demanding and dangerous sport. Driving at the amateur level (on America’s highways) is equally dangerous because of the wide range of driver ability. Driving is a considerable test of one’s reactions, hand-to-eye coordination, concentration and judgment. But those behind the wheel are confoundingly casual about all this. A friend who gives talks to sailors always asks his audience how many of them think they are good helmsman. Usually around 75% raise their hands. If he asked how many were good drivers, it would be much closer to 100% of hands

going up. Men’s hands especially. It’s been said that a man would sooner admit he was not so good in bed than admit he was not such a good driver. Then there’s that last extracurricular activity mentioned above: drinking. A fast-food drink can cause a problem for the driver if the top is loose and it is cradled between his or her legs. On a more serious note, people normally drive their cars to restaurants, parties or bars and partake of stimulating beverages. Or maybe they are using drugs, even a prescribed remedy. The essential capabilities ~ handeye coordination, concentration and judgment ~ of those imbibing have been compromised. That’s a potentially dangerous situation, especially if those capabilities weren’t very good to start with. Driving becomes a different experience in different places. The Midwest’s miles of f lat straightaways that encourage sustained high speeds are more a test for vehicles than for drivers, though fatigue from boredom can be a problem. Cities put their own personalities on driving. Los Angeles’ five-lane high-speed freeways with exits you desperately need to take that appear all-too suddenly, present an acid test for precision driving. The rumor that many LA drivers, famous for having advanced degrees of road rage, keep loaded handguns in their glove compart-


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Driving ments, makes precision even more critical. New York City is a frustrating place to drive because the whole city is gridlocked with cars, trucks, buses, and construction. And the roads in Manhattan will ruin your car. Never take your car to Manhattan. But Boston is surely the worst. Boston streets were laid out by cows, meaning that even with GPS, finding your way around is a nightmare. But it’s the Boston drivers who will get you. I’ve seen less aggressive drivers in demolition derbies. They know where they are going, hell-bent. If you don’t, you’d better get out of their way.

Many of these United States have their own driving peculiarities. There should be a roads app to let travelers know what to expect when they cross the border into a new state (maybe there is one?). Driving on the interstates really isn’t too difficult, although some people still don’t understand the safest way to enter a throughway is with speed. And those #%#!!* left-lane bozos should be severely dealt with. But where most drivers get lost in space is in and around towns, in that 20-to-50-mph range that involves having to maneuver their vehicles. Here are some examples you might recognize, all of which make me wish I could be a traffic cop for a day:



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Hesitation Blues: you see this driver half a mile ahead, waiting to pull out into the lane you are traveling in at 50 mph. It’s a straight stretch. No vehicles are coming from the other direction. But the person with the Hesitation Blues waits, and waits some more. Finally, when it’s no longer advisable

to pull out, here he (or she) comes, slowly, causing you to brake and utter a string of curses, upsetting your passenger(s). Oops!: Same situation, different approach. You are much closer to the car waiting to pull out into your lane. He (or she) should wait, but no, he is either really competitive or in a big hurry, so he steps on it and zooms out in front of you. You figure no worries, this joker will get up to speed. But then he settles in, 10 mph under the speed limit, causing you to brake and utter more curses. Truth or Dare: It’s amazing to me how many of today’s late-model vehicles don’t have directional signals. That’s not true, of course. The

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Driving problem is the signals are so difficult to use. You’d think the car manufacturers would make using them a no-brainer, but no, a driver has to move one finger of his left hand an entire inch from the wheel to engage the signal. No wonder so many drivers can’t handle it. Not all of us have the manual dexterity of a concert pianist. The fact is, Truth or Dare is the no-brainer. TD is a danger to us all, trending right and then turning left, or vice versa, with no warning. Recently a man going 10 mph in a 25 mph zone slowed to almost a stop in front of me and faked left before he snapped a right into a side street.

Head Faker: This motorist may or may not engage the turn signal, but his physical activity with the vehicle overrides whatever direction he might be indicating. If he’s signaling left, his initial swerve to the right is alarming. But then darned if he doesn’t actually turn left! Seems he was just trying to make sure he had space for his compact car to make the turn. He thinks he’s driving an 18-wheeler. If he’s signaling a right turn, he will first swerve to the left. When he doesn’t signal at all, one can only brake and await the outcome. A variation of Head Faker is making left turns from the right-hand side of the lane, and right turns from the center of the lane without


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Driving the swerves. This is totally maddening for the person behind him. Green‌Really? At a light, you are the fifth or sixth car in line. The light turns green. The first car doesn’t move. Three, four seconds go by. An eternity. Still nothing. Finally, with some hesitation, car #1 slowly moves across the intersection. The driver can be seen peering cautiously left and right. By the time the tires of the car in front of you cross the white line, the light has turned yellow. Baby Tender: The light has turned green, and the first few cars are moving across the intersection. But the SUV in front of you remains

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motionless. There is activity in the car. Through the back window, it is possible to see the driver, usually a young woman often wearing a sun visor, reaching into the backseat to retrieve an item (a bottle, a pacifier) that has been misplaced by an infant who is predictably upset. Often the driver is also talking on her cell phone. The driver behind the woman tending the baby is also upset, having missed the light. Slow Loris: Fear of the accelerator causes a problem for the Slow Loris. That and fear of the car rolling over in a turn taken at more than walking speed; fear of speed, fear of driving itself. The Slow Loris should not have to drive. If you know one, please offer your services whenever possible. Pusher: Ahh, the tailgater. We

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all know this person. He (or she) gets in so close behind you that you can see the Pusher’s eye color. He appears to be sitting in the backseat of your car. People often suggest a smart hit on the brakes as a good way to handle the Pusher. But then there would be broken glass, some dents, maybe a stiff neck, the need to be in close contact with this fool while exchanging information, and a hassle with the insurance company. The best solution: pull over smartly and let the Pusher go by. Short of being a traffic cop for a day, only one thing is an appropriate response to all of the above driving misdemeanors: the horn. While cars have changed a

lot over the years, the basic package still includes a horn. But next to the directional signal, the horn is the least-used accessory in the vehicle. That should change, because the horn has several important messages. A little tap of the horn is a friendly way to say hello. But a proper honk of the horn says “Watch Out!” And a sustained blast of the horn says “Wake Up!” Both of those messages are in dire need of being delivered.

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Thru Sept. 2 The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. This year’s festival will feature Monty Alexander, Dominick Farinacci, Shenel Johns, Matthew Whitaker, Chuck Redd, Dave Robinson, Harr y Allen, Maucha Adnaet, Brianna Thomas and many more. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit

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Thru Sept. 3 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers free admission for military families through the Blue Star Museums program. Free general admission to all active-duty military personnel and their immediate families. For more info. tel: 410745-2916 or visit Thru Sept. 30 Exhibit: Endless Summer featur ing the works of the St. Michaels Art League at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. For more info. visit Thru Oct. 14 Exhibition: Edvard Munch ~ Color in Context Prints from the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. In the second half of the nineteenth centur y, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in Edvard Munch: Color in Context, an exhibition of 10 prints on loan from the National Galler y of Art, that considers the choice, combinations and meaning of c olor i n l ig ht of spi r it ua l i st principles. Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or

Thru Oct. 14 AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition II at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. In 1958, the Academy Art Museum opened its doors to the public as the Academy of the Arts. In 2018, the accredited Museum invites all audiences to celebrate its 60th anniversary, honoring the past and celebrating the future. Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Thr u Nov. 11 Exhibition: Jay Fleming ~ Island Life at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fr iday night A r tist Talk and Book Signing on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Kent’s Carvers and Clubs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition shares stories of Maryland’s


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up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Three-day clinics are also available for $75 throughout the summer. For more info. visit

Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs and other artifacts. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Ex plor ing the Chesapeake ~ Mapping the Bay at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition will view changes in maps and charts over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake. For more info. visit 1 Poor Boy Open Fishing Tournament sponsored by C omposite Yacht. 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All fish must be caught on the Choptank River, but there is no limit as to where in the river they are caught. In fact, you don’t e ven ne e d a boat; fish from land or bridge. Cash prizes, fun after party at Portside Seafood Restaurant. For more info. visit events/142840933254970/. 1 Eastern Shore Community Rowers is a new masters (adult) rowing program offering free learnto-row sessions, 9 to 11:30 a.m., the first Saturday of each month until December. For ages 14 and

1 21st annual Charity Boat Auction at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Auction begins at 11 a.m. More than 100 donated boats and watercraft ~ ranging in size and performance from luxury boats to dinghies ~ will be in the water and on land to be auctioned off to the highest bidders. The event also includes a f le a m a rke t- s t yle t a g s a le from 9 to 11 a.m., when guests can purchase a variety of used boating gear. Proceeds from the rain-or-shine event benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programming. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 1 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford C om mu n it y C enter. 1 s t S aturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). For more


at the Oxford Community Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Get your tickets early. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, so you can make a night of it. Catered by Doc’s Sunset Grille. $30 per person. This event is funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council and Maryland State Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

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First Sat urday g uided wa l k. 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

1 Sunset sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 5 to 7 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $75. Light fare and nonalcoholic beverages included. BYOB is permissible. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan. org or tel: 410-228-7141. 1 Concert: The Fabulous Hubcaps

1-2 Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale featuring artwork by more than 30 artists of the St. Michaels Art League at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Many of the framed

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designs for the Celebrate St. Michaels banners w ill be for sale. This year’s event features demonstrations by SMAL members in watercolor and oil. Joan Cranor will show her approach to creating an abstract painting in watercolor, Judy Bittorf w ill focus on aerial perspectives in landscape oils and Lee D’Zmura will demonstrate basic watercolor techniques used to create botanical art. The event is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council.

1-30 CBMM to participate in Talbot Goes Purple. Look for the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse to be lit in purple during the month of September. The project promotes education and awareness, including the creation of purple clubs in our high schools, through which students learn they do not need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges. For more info. visit 1,7,8,14 ,15 ,21,22 ,28,29 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit 1,8,15 , 22 , 29 Easton Fa r mers

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Ma rket ever y Sat urday f rom mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. to noon. Town parking lot on Nor t h Har r ison Street. O ver 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 1,8,15,22,29 The St. Michaels Farmers Market is a communitybased, producer-only farmers market that runs Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April-November, at 204 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. For more information contact: We do accept SNAP. 1,8,15,22,29 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7458979 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours on Saturdays, sp on s or e d by t he We s t E nd Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or

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visit 1,8,15 Sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $35, children 6-12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at or tel: 410-228-7141. 2 Oxford Artists’ Studio Tour from noon to 4 p.m. At least a dozen artists’ studios and studio gardens will be open. Tickets are $5 and are available only at The Treasure Chest, 111 S. Morris St., Oxford. For more info. tel: 610-331-6540. 2 Bull and Oyster Roast ~ A Stayin’ Alive Event ~ to benefit Baywater Animal Rescue at the Cambridge Yacht Club from 5 to 8 p.m. $50 per person, $10 for children 12 and under. Music, food, live and silent auctions. For more info. tel: 410-228-3090 or visit 2 ’80s in the Vines at Lay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 5 to 8 p.m. Journey back to the ’80s with local band Gary & the Groove for an afternoon of ’80s New Wave tunes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Prizes for best dressed. $15 per person advanced tickets. Food available

3 PigaFigaLicious fundraiser to benefit the Oxford Museum at the Oxford Fire Hall from noon to 2 p.m. All-you-can-eat roast pork and BBQ chicken with all the fixins, special dishes created with figs, DJ Chris Startt, 50/50 cash raff le and other surprises. $35, children under 10 $17.50. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191 or visit 3 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 3 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 3 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter,


Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit

to 2 p.m. Open to a ll Ta lbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 4

3,10,17,24 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. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 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. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Food Distr ibution at the St. Michaels Community Center on Mondays a nd Wed nesdays f rom 12:30

Creepy Crawlers class (Caterpillars, Butterf lies and Moths) at the Chesapeake Bay Env ironmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit

4 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Tuesday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center.

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September Calendar Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

4,11,18,25 Open Jam Session 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

4 ,6,11,1 3 ,18, 20, 25 , 27 Steady a nd St rong exercise cla ss at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

4,18 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit

4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

4,18 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks ser ved. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

4,7,11,14,18,21,25,28 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge.

4,18 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit

4,11,18,25 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410-2285511, ext. 2140.

4,18 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 4- Oc t. 2 (no class Sept. 25)


Class: Printmaking Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. $100 members, $120 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) building with Legos and Zoobs. For children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 5 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cam-

br id ge. 7 to 8 p.m. Supp or t group for families and friends of addicts. For more info. tel: 800477-6291 or visit 5,12,19,26 Intermediate Tai Chi with Nathan Spivey at the Oxford Community Center. 8 a.m. $37.50 per month or $10 drop in. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5,12,19,26 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. tel: 410-463-0148.

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September Calendar 5,12,19,26 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 5,12,19,26 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 5,12,19,26 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 5,12,19,26 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

8-week grief support group is for anyone who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether or not they were served by Talbot Hospice. Registration is required. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 6681 or e -ma i l 6 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit 6 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 6 Film Screening of High Tide in Dorchester with Tom Horton, Sandy Cannon-Brown and Dave Har p at t he Chesapea ke Bay

5,12,19,26 Open Jam Session at the Oxford Community Center at 8 p.m. Bring your instruments and join in the fun. Free. For more info. visit 5-Oct. 24 Looking Ahead ~ This 178

Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. W it h a fo c u s on Dorchester County, the film aims to foster a conversation about climate change and related impacts of sea level rise and erosion and leverage that conversation into action. $10 per person with a 20 percent discount for CBMM members. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 6 Lecture: Urban Gardening with Talbot County Master Gardeners Missy Corley and Neoma Rohman at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

6 Pet Loss Support Group on the 1st Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 6,13 Class: Mosaic Evening ~ Wall P iece w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. $80 members, $96 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6,13,20,27 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from Call Us: 410-725-4643

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September Calendar 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 6,13,20,27 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 6,13,20,27 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursd ay s at 1 p.m. Th i s ongoi ng we ek ly suppor t g roup i s for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 6,1 3 , 20, 27 Fa r mer ’s Ma rket at L ong W h a r f, C a mbr id ge , Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit events/215283019051530. 6,13,20,27 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit

6,20 Meet ing: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Provide your own lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 6,20 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit 6,23 Guided Kayak Trip at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 5:30 p.m. on the 6th and 1 p.m. on the 23rd. $15 for CBEC members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit 6-Oct. 11 Class: Foundations of Portrait Drawing with Bradford Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $170 members, $235 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6-Oct.25 Looking Ahead ~ This 8-week grief support group is for anyone who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether or not they were served by Talbot Hospice. Registration is required. Thurs-


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.

days from 6 to 8 p.m. at Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ 7 Fall Native Plant Sale at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the many native plants that will be for sale, there will be community workshops. Monarch Butterf ly Rearing from 10 to 11 a.m., and Seed Stewards for Monarchs ~ Collecting Milkweed Seeds from 11 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to register tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 7 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows

7 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Join us for our monthly progressive open house. Our businesses keep their doors open later so you can enjoy gallery exhibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit

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September Calendar 7 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets 1st Friday 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: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 7,14,21,28 Class: Botanical Drawing I with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This introduction to botanical drawing will focus on the development of the skills and techniques necessary to capture the essence of flowers, fruits, pods and leaves. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $125 members, $155 non-members. For more

info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 7,14,21,28 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 7,14,21,28 Aunt Jeannie’s Soup Kitchen at the St. Michaels Community Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu changes weekly. Pay what you can, if you can. Eat in or take out. All welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 7,14,21,28 Patio Party at the Oxford Community Center. 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music. Beverages and baked goods for sale. For


more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 7,14,21,28 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 7-9 Fall Open House and Native Plant Sale at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Shop the region’s largest and most comprehensive selection of native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and ferns, all ready for fall planting. The weekend includes a fun and festive evening to shop, a FREE program with landscape designer Chris Pax to help you select the best plants for your garden and a wild food/foraging program with ecological advocate Shane Brill. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 7-Oct. 12 Home School Art Class for ages 6 to 9 years with Constance Del Nero and ages 10+ with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester 183

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September Calendar Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit 8 Used Book Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. All are welcome to enjoy a wide selection of gently used books at very affordable prices, and meet author Robyn Brown , who will be selling and signing her book Ben. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 8 Music of Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. The Front Porch Orchestra will play selections from Daniel Rosenfeld’s Minecraft soundtrack. Fun for the whole family. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 8 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

Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 8 Main Street Gallery in Cambridge celebrates their 7th anniversary with a reception featuring the works of Kathy Flament ~ “Nourish.” 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit 8 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 8 Ferry Party aboard Talbot, the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, to benefit the John Wesley Preservation Society and African American Museum. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $50 per person, advance tickets only. Food and drink will be available onboard. For more info. tel: 410-310-8765 or visit 8-9 Wild Goose Chase Women’s

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September Calendar Bike Tour through Dorchester County and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A weekend bicycle festival with self-guided bicycle rides and kayak rentals on Saturday, with the original Wild Goose Chase bike ride on Sunday. Established as a fundraiser to help protect the refuge, the Wild Goose Chase has generated more than $150,000 for the Friends of Blackwater. For more info. tel: 443-521-5894 or visit friendsof 8-9 The Richardson Maritime Museum is excited to welcome the

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be down from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Tours of the ship will be open to the public. Donations will be accepted. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit 8-9 Class: Photographing the Log Canoe Races with Jay Fleming at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Times TBD. $300 members, $360 non-members (includes boat fees). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8,22 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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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.


Me e t i ng: C a r ol i ne C ou nt y A A R P Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. For more info., tel: 410-482-6039.

10 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite

8,15 ,16 L og Ca noe Cr uises at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Enjoy a river cruise to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River from our buyboat, Winnie Estelle. Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime, and from a shady spot onboard Winnie’s deck you’ll get an up-close and exciting look at the action. Call for times. $28 CBMM members, $35 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 187

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September Calendar project with a group. Limited instructions for beginners. Newcomers welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l. org. 10 Book Discussion: Bloodsworth by T im Junk in at t he Ta lbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. “Library Guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of this year’s One Mar yland One Book. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 10 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. Suggested theme: The Grind. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ 10 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Guest speaker: Burke Seium on the State of the Camera Industry. 7 p.m. For more info. visit 10,24 The Spanish Club at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. This program is designed for low/medium Span-

ish language adult beginners. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 10-Oct. 15 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Pot ter y w it h Pau l Aspell 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 10-Oct. 15 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 11 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 to register. 11 Concert: Tinsmith from noon to 1 p.m. at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. Tinsmith is a high-energy folk band playing traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and


Appalachia. They will perform as part of the Carpe Diem Arts lunchtime programming series @ Brookletts Place. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this FREE concert. For more info. tel: 410-822-2869. 11 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Dec orate back-to school folders. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 11 Navy League Dinner at the Talbot Country Club, Easton, with keynote speaker Capt. John P. Eckardt USN (Ret.). on The Price of Our National Defense. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with din-

ner at 6 p.m. and speaker at 7 p.m. Non-members are always welcome. $40 per person. For more info. tel: 410-819-8029 by Sept. 7. Payment at door will be accepted. 11 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit 11 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8226471 or visit

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September Calendar 11,25 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 11,25 Meeting: Buddhism Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 11-Oct. 2 Class: Introduction to Basic Drawing with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 11-Oct. 16 Class: Drawing the Human Figure with Bradford Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $170 members, $235 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 11-Nov. 27 (excluding Nov. 20) Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For ages 5 and under

accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 12 Meeting: Bayside Quilters, 2nd Wednesday 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 mhr2711@ 12 We Are Makers at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Enjoy art and creativity ~ drawing, painting and collage. For ages 6 to 12. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 12 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ 12 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Talbot Par tnership, 28712 Glebe Rd., Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved






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September Calendar one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e -ma i l mar 12 Meet ing: Bay water Ca mera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 12 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 12,19,26 Class: Sharpening Skills and Techniques with Katie Cassidy at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $165 members, $198 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 12,26 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit 12,26 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competi-

tion and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 12,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, C a mbr id ge. Ever yone i nter ested in w riting is inv ited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 12 ,26 Dance Classes for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person, $20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit 12-Oct. 17 Class: Beginning and Inter mediate Pot ter’s Wheel with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Class is limited to 5. $205 members, $246 non-members. A ll materials included. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 12-Oct. 17 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Hand Building with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Class is limited to 6. $205 members, $246 nonmembers. For more info. tel:


Society at Christ Church, Easton. 6 p.m. Speaker: Jim Reinhardt of Nature’s Garlic Farm. Potluck dinner theme: Maryland Immigrants (herb blends, oregano, garlic, rosemary, mint). For more info. tel: 410-310-8437 or visit

410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 13 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 13 Book Discussion: Bloodsworth by T im Junk in at t he Ta lbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. “Library Guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of this year’s One Maryland One Book. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 13 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb

13 Talbot DSS hosts Conversation about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resiliency with Tonier “Neen” Cain at the Easton High School Auditorium. 6 to 8 p.m. Cain lived for 20 years on the streets filled with hunger, brutality and substance abuse. Incarcerated and pregnant in 2004, someone finally took the time to ask: “what happened to

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September Calendar you?” instead of “what’s wrong with you?” Free and open to the public. The first 200 participants will also receive a copy of the book, Healing Neen. For more info. tel: 410-770-5750. 13 Book Discussion: Tradition, Speed and Grace ~ Chesapeake Bay Sailing Log Canoes by John C. North II at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Pete Lesher of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum discusses the new book on the joys and thrills of log canoe racing. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 1 3- O c t. 25 (No Cla ss Oc t. 18) Cla ss: Int roduct ion to D igital Photography with Stephen Walker at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

13-14 Work shop: Int roduct ion to Alcohol Ink Paint ing w ith Marilee Taussig at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 13,22 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 13th and 1 p.m. on the 22nd. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit 13,27 Ask a Master Gardener at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get free gardening advice from Talbot County’s University of Ma r yla nd E x ten sion Ma s ter Gardeners. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 14 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public L ibra r y, Ca mbr idge. 10 a.m.

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to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410690-8128 or visit 14 Concert: The Dirty Grass Players in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 14-16 GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews & BBQs in downtown Cambridge. Featuring a weekend-long series of events, including a fun open air street festival in downtown Cambridge on Saturday night. Music includes Hoppie Vaughan & Ministers of Soul, Josh Christina, SoulTET and local gospel

choirs. For more info. and tickets tel: 443-477-0843 or visit 15 Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Cr uise: v isit si x lig ht house s on the Chesapeake Bay, learn about their history and folklore, and get close-up photos during a lighthouse cr uise aboard a premier Chesapeake Bay charter boat with Sawyer Charters. The cruise will stop at Smith Island for a fa mi ly-st yle mea l w it h seafood and non-seafood items. The cost is $125 per person and includes the cost of the meal. The boat leaves from Rippons Harbor on Hoopers Island. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance reservations a

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emy A r t Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Instructor’s Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and so much more. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

must. For reservations and more info. tel: 410-397-3743. 15 Easton Airport Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Red Star Team Formation Flyover is the highlight of the show. With 28+ aircraft, it is rare to witness, and now one of the largest formation f lyovers in the U.S. There will be a jet-pull contest, public access to show aircraft, world-famous rubber chicken drop and so much more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. visit

15 5th annual Antique and Art Festival at Linchester Mill, Preston. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event features more than 20 quality antique and art dealers, plus music, vendors, hayrides and mill tours. Ad mission is $5 per person; proceeds support the Caroline County Historical Society. 15 Academy A r t Museum 60th Bi r t hd ay Pa r t y a nd A n nu a l Members’ Meeting at the Acad-

15 Saturday Speaker Series: Fake News and How to Spot It with Ry a n O’Gr ady at t he Ta lb ot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. This workshop provides you with strategies for evaluating information sources, spotting fake news, and recommendations that you can use for yourself and with your friends and family. For more info. tel: 410-745-2178 or visit 15 Wet and Wild Auction at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 6 to 9 p.m. CBEC’s largest event designed to raise funds to fuel operations. Event includes cocktails, buffet dinner, live music and silent/ live auction. For more info. visit 15 The Forest of Arden comes alive i n Brow n Box The at re P roject’s 8th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour, As You Like It. Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For a full list of



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September Calendar dates and times, visit 15 Concert: Pete Kilpatrick Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 15-16 Workshop: Frame Raising with VMI professor Grigg Mullen at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mullen will focus on the theory involved in raising a timber frame building by hand, followed by putting that theory into action. $190, with a 40 percent discount for CBMM members. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 15-16 Native American Festival at the Vienna ballfield, Vienna. Traditional dancers, singers, drumming, crafts, artists’ demonstrations, authentic Native American food, a large silent auction and more. This powwow is organized by the Nause Waiwash Band of Indians, made up of descendants of local Nanticoke Indians. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280216 or visit 15-16 Outstanding Dream Farm’s

10th annual Alpaca Festival in Preston. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event features farm tours, fiber arts demonstrations, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, live music and, of course, lovable Alpacas and their products. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more info. tel: 410-673-2002. 15,22 Continuum Dance to perform fall concert Open Up at Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg on Saturday, September 15 and at the Prager Family Auditorium in Easton on Saturday, September 22, with each day featuring two shows at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. A reception will follow each performance, prov id ing a n oppor t unit y to meet with Continuum dancers and board members. T ickets can be purchased in advance at or OpenUpSept22, or at the door for $20 adults or $15 students and seniors.



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16 Corsica River Day from noon to 4 p.m. at the Corsica River Yacht Club, Centreville. A free family event. Family activities include f ree k aya k ing and c anoeing, fishing derby, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin art, live bluegrass band and food vendors. For more info. tel: 410604-2100 or visit 16 Wine and Unwind at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. Sip wine and enjoy live music with Anna Burgess. No fee, no reservation. 1 to 4 p.m. 16 Concer t: Cellist Denise Nathanson, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford, at 4 p.m. This concert will feature music of British composers, including William Lloyd Webber, father of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also featured are the beautiful cello selections from the recent wedding of Prince Harry. An offering will be taken for artist expenses.

17 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (The Seasonal Garden) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or ar ts and craf ts, and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 17 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit 17 Read w ith Latte, a cer tif ied therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Jane Dickey and her dog Latte. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 17 Easton Library Book Group to discuss Bloodsworth by Tim Ju n k i n. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 18 Homeschool Day at the Chesa-


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peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Homeschool students and their adults are invited to come to CBMM’s fa l l Home school Day, selecting either a morning or afternoon program to explore what it means to “follow the water” in every season on the Chesapeake through the eyes of a waterman. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. $5 per person, accompanying younger siblings 5 and under are free. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit

19 St. Michaels Library Book Group to discuss Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin. 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

19 Special Craft Show Class: Saturn Jewel Earrings with John Dynan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

19 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail

19 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.

20 Lunch & Learn: Chair Exercises to Do While Watching TV at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Noon. For ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

19 Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Mu l b e r r y Pap e r w it h Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 2 to 4:30 p.m. $45 members, $54 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

20 S t roke Su r v ivor ’s Supp or t Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410228-0190 or visit pleasantday. com.


If you’re grieving the death of a loved one, Talbot Hospice 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 Looking Ahead: 8 week Grief Support Group Registration Required Wednesdays: September 5–October 24, 1–3 p.m. Thursdays: September 6–October 25, 6–8 p.m. Navigating the Holidays in the Midst of Grief Registration Required Friday, November 2, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Every Thursday, 1–2:15 p.m. Monthly Grief Support Group 4th Tuesday of the month, 5–6:30 p.m. September 25, October 23, November 27 Shattering the Silence: 4 week Grief Support Group Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Registration Required For families impacted by suicide or overdose. Child Loss Support Group 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30–8 p.m. September. 19, October. 17, November 21, December 19 Pet Loss Support Group 1st Thursday of the month, 6–7 p.m. September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6 203

September Calendar 20 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 20 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 20-Nov. 29 After School Art Club for grades 4 through 8 with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

gourmet food, classic wooden speed boats, fashion and casual elegance on Mar yland’s Eastern Shore. There will be a gala and dinner dance on Saturday evening at Inn at Perry Cabin to benef it t he Cla ssic Motor Museum’s budding educational program. For more info. and a full schedule, visit 21-Dec. 1 Li’l Kids After School Art Club for grades 1 through 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 22 Oxford Garden Club f lower arrangements on display at the Oxford Community Center. Free. For more info. visit 22 Children’s Art Day at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. Sponsored by the St. Michaels A r t L eag ue. 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and

21-23 11th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance will once again be held on the famously idyllic waterfront lawn of Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. A n elegant weekend of grand classic motorcars, fine wines and 204

open to all children K-8th grade. The St. Michaels A r t L eague supplies all materials needed. Old clothes are suggested. This year the Fishmobile, a traveling aquarium from Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, will be on hand. For more info. visit or e-mail jjcranor@ 22 22nd Annual Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race at Long Wharf, Cambridge. This event features the traditional oyster dredging boats t hat are unique to the Chesapeake Bay. About 26 actively sailing skipjacks exist today. The Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race expects 10 to 12

to participate in this year’s race. The event begins with a parade of boats at 9 a.m., followed by the race at 10 a.m. For more info. visit Events/race. 22 7th annual Artisans’ Fair at Symphony Village Clubhouse, Centreville. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For t y ar tisans expected to offer a wide variety of handcrafted creations for sale. Box lunches available. Free admission, rain or shine. For more info. tel: 410-758-3194 or visit 22 Frederick Douglass Day , sponsored by the Frederick Douglass


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Honor S o c ie t y, t he Tow n of Easton and the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. The celebration will be held in downtown Easton (Dover, West, Glenwood & Federal streets) and will feature a variety of activities to educate and inspire the community. The guest speaker is Dr. Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University and Assistant Curator at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. For more info. visit 22 Oxford Fire Company Auxiliary Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Drop-off is on 9/21 from

22 Magic in the Meadow at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, from 5 to 8 p.m. As twilight falls, sip a signature cocktail while exploring meadow and woodland paths on foot or by tram. Savor scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, enjoy hoop dance performances by Baltimore artist Melissa Newman, and peruse a tantalizing array of silent auction items. World-class jazz by the Peter Revell Band and a moonrise over golden meadow grasses will set the stage for dancing and add to the allure of an unforgettable equinox. $75 per person. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 22

Aut umn S oire e: O p e n the Doors is an annual party to raise funds for the continued restoration of Handsell, an important Dorchester County historic site. The venue for the party will be Garden of Eden, one of the finest early 19th century houses in Dorchester. 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required, invitations a nd reply c a rd s ava i lable at

22-23 Workshop: Greenland Paddle with Jenn Kuhn and John A iken at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $200, with a 20 percent discount for CBMM 206


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members. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 22-23, Oct. 6,7 Class: Take the Plunge! How to Paint in Oil with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Two weekends - Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $150 members, $182 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

23 41st Annual Dorchester Center for the Arts Showcase is a free outdoor street festival on historic High Street in Cambridge. From noon to 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy

22-Oct. 27 Children’s Ceramics for ages 3 through 13 with Dawn Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays from

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September Calendar more than 75 artist and artisan booths featuring painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, photography a nd wo o dwork i ng. Her it a ge arts such as blacksmithing and model workboat building will be featured as well. There will be live music, theater and dance performances, and interactive art projects for all ages, not to mention plenty of food, including traditional Eastern Shore cuisine. For more info. tel: 410-2287782 or visit 23 FALL FLING Designer Purse Bingo at the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, to benefit the Federalsburg Historical Society. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., games begin at 1 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance. Purchase one of the first 100 tickets for special draw ing (there are still some left). Tickets may be purchased by PayPal or tel: 410-829-1225 or 410-714-0588. 24 Oxford Book Club meets the 4th Monday of every month at the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. to noon. This month’s book is The Chillbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

24 Lecture: Fighting Fraud and Identity Theft with the staff of Shore United Bank at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. Learn tips on how to prevent identity theft and protect your privacy. For ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 25 Mov ie@Noon at t he Ta lbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit 25 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the SunTrust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 4th Tuesday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit 25 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ 25 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlew ild Ave., Easton. 4th Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit


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September Calendar 25 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 26 Sensitive Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. For sensitive children 5 and under who prefer a calm, comfortable environment with little distraction. One caregiver per child is required. If you plan to attend tel: 410-822-1626 or e-mail 26 We Are Builders at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Build with LEGO and Zoobs. For ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 26 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 26 Open Boatshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Have an idea for a woodworking project, but just don’t know where to start or don’t have the tools you

need? Come to the boatshop to work on these projects under the guidance of one of CBMM’s experienced shipwrights. $35, with a 20 percent discount for CBMM members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit 26 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Tilghman United methodist Church. 4th Wednesday from 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 27-Oct. 11 Class: Watercolor ~ Rocks, Waves and Spray! with Steve Bleinberger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $175 members, $210 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 28 Pull! for the Arc Clay Shoot Classic at The Point at Pintail, Queenstow n. 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit The Arc Chesapeake Region. 8:30 a.m. registration, 12:30 p.m. lunch. For more info. tel: 410-271-5348 or visit 29 Ironman Maryland 2018 tri-



September Calendar athlon ~ tr iathletes f rom all over the world take on one of the most grueling endurance events around: a 140.6-mile triathlon in and around Cambridge. For more info. visit 29 42nd annual Book Mart book sale outside the library on Market Street in Oxford. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be thousands of books for adults and children. Rain date Sept. 30. 29 Watch the 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race aboard Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.

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The race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and CBMM. The Elf Classic Yacht Race spectator cruise will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. so that passengers can v iew the beginning of the race. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed at watchelf. 29 Sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 10 a.m. to noon from the Count y Boat Basin, Cambridge. Adults $35, children 6-12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan. org or tel: 410-228-7141. 29 Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 4 p.m. Get hands-on with our campus! Your family will have a chance to explore CBMM through hands-on activities and family-friendly exhibits, perfect for a day of family fun. All activities included with regular museum admission. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit


29 Harvest Moon Party at Hooper’s Landing from 4 to 9 p.m. to benefit the Nanticoke Senior Center. Full buffet, cash bar, Chinese and silent auctions. Dancing to Chasin’ Time. $50 per person or $95 per couple. For more info. tel: 302-629-4939 or visit 29 Introducing...”Casino Royale,” a new twist on the Oxford Community Center’s traditional cabaret event. Same great glamour, but now a chance to play your hand and win fantastic prizes! $150 per person ~ all food and beverages are included. Dress is casual elegance. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit

30, Oct. 2 Swing Fore Our Seniors Golf and Tennis Tournament to benefit the Talbot County Senior Center in Easton. This event will be run on two separate days with the tennis tournament on Sunday, September 30 and the golf tour nament on Tuesday, October 2. Online registration information for tennis is available at http://mscf.givezooks. c om/e v e n t s/c op y - of- s w i n gfore-our-seniors-tennis-tournament-2018 and for golf at: http:// m scf.give zo ok s.c om/e ve nt s/ swing-fore-our-seniors-golftennis-tournaments-2018.

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