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HUNTING CREEK In the Miles River Neck area of Talbot County. Highly detailed 4 bedroom, 5 bath home w/10’ ceilings and lots of waterside glass to capture the sunset views. Waterside pool and deep water dock. Boat to St. Michaels in 15 minutes. Just Listed. $1,595,000

LE GATES COVE In the established Oaklands community between Easton and Oxford. Surprisingly spacious Cape Cod w/downstairs master and 4 guest bedrooms. Kitchen, family & dining rooms all on the waterside. Sparkling swimming pool and private dock. $849,500

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 59, No. 12

Published Monthly

May 2011

Features: About the Cover Photographer: David Harp . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Best Laid Plans: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Kent County House & Garden Pilgrimage . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Sailing for Fun & Charity: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Gelatinous Gems: Mary Syrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Oxford Fine Arts Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 The Copy Book: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Departments: May Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Queen Anne’s County Invites You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Tilghman History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 May Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer David Harp of the Chesapeake” exhibit on sea level rise and its effects on communities on the Shore. Dave has recently upgraded his website, www.ChesapeakePhotos.com, into a searchable database of thousands of his images. Fine art prints of his photos are available (see Galleries section). This month’s cover image, Queen Anne’s Lace, was photographed on the Nanticoke River in Wicomico County. To contact Dave, tel. 410-901-1300 or e-mail dharp@ChesapeakePhotos. com.

David Harp operates a commercial and editorial photography business in Cambridge, MD. He has produced, with writer Tom Horton, four books on the Chesapeake Bay: Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, Swanfall: Journey of the Tundra Swans, The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, and most recently, The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River. He currently serves on the Maryland State Arts Council. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is featuring Dave’s Photographs and audio visual presentations in the “Rising Tide in the Heart

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The Best Laid Plans by Helen Chappell

If my writer’s block were an object, it would be a giant block of marble sitting right in the middle of my creative path. Day after day, week after week, the hulking thing just sits there, right in the middle of the path that leads me to my next book. Someone who is wiser than I could ever hope to be suggested I try fifteen minutes of meditation every day. You know, just sit there, empty your mind out and become one with the universe. And chip-by-chip, maybe the writer’s block of marble will be destroyed, so I can work on that book. Easier said than done, of course. My mind runs like a gerbil in a wheel, and getting it to slow way down isn’t that easy. But I try, Lord knows, I try. Today is a lovely spring day, and I am sitting under the ancient crepe myrtles in my backyard, breathing in deeply, breathing out deeply, eyes closed, focusing on emptying my mind of thought so it’s like a big blank blackboard. Breathe in, breathe out. Empty, empty, empty. And in a tiny corner of my brain, tiny thoughts begin to in-

trude. Like dust bunnies, they dance almost unnoticed across my mind. “If I’d known I was going to live this long,” the gentleman on the machine next to mine at the Y huffed, “I’d have taken better care of myself.” It’s comforting to know that I fit into the Talbot County demographic, at least in some ways. I’m not rich or relocated, but I am sort of retired. And I’m at the age where I can feel every ache and pain of a life lived intensely, if not always intently. As a middle-aged woman with white hair, I’m pretty much invisible, which suits me just fine. If they don’t see me, they can’t make me do anything I don’t want to do, like speak at their ladies’ club or their fundraiser. There’s a lot to be said for being retired from public life. Old people always seem to get some kind of religion. Either that or they buy a red sports car and find a young cutie pie arm candy, which I couldn’t afford. Suddenly, I snap to and remember to focus. For about five seconds. You would think meditation 9


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Best Laid Plans would be reasonably easy when you get to be my age. You’re supposed to sit still and empty your mind of all the static buzz that fills the day. With my shortterm memory loss, this should be easy. But noooooo. The sun was shining and the neighborhood was reasonably quiet. I took a deep breath and again began to breathe in through my nose, out through my mouth, doing my best to empty my mind out. Which you would think would be easy, considering that very little seems to be going on in my mind in the best of times. I en-

vision shutting down all my systems, erasing my mental blackboard, breathing in, breathing out, exhaling thought, inhaling spiritual thought. I picture myself floating through the universe, which in my imagination is dark blue and spangled with the twinkling little lights of stars and planets. Ahh, this is more like it. Suddenly, the theme from Star Trek earworms its way into my subconscious. Well, this floating through space is a lot like the opening of that show ... it’s interesting, how William Shatner has kept a career going all these years by parodying himself ... stop that! You’re supposed to

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Best Laid Plans be meditating. I firmly focus my mind on nothing again. This reminds me of growing up, when I used to spend the weekend with friends who were Quakers, and we all used to go to meeting on Sundays. I like meeting, even as a child, I was hoping the spirit would move me to say something, but every time I was moved, some elder would stand up and start to ramble on about how she was having a new well dug, and they found garnets in the dirt. I was never sure how this related to God. She was an old, old lady and often rambled off topic.

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Like me, she couldn’t quite hold on to spirit long enough. Like the weekends I went to my friend’s Methodist church, where the minister’s wife stood up and sang modern gospel with a baby spot trained on her. I hate the syrup of modern religious music. Give me some rousing old hymn from my childhood like “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” – now that has a good beat and you can dance to it. Then I’d go to mass with my Catholic friends, and I loved the smells and bells and the statue of Mary in her own niche with all the candles burning in front of her. And synagogue and Seder, and even Santeria with all the spirits and candles and shells

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sitting under must be a hundred years old. The bees just love it. And I just love the bees. We need them so much to keep things growing. Why don’t people use more native planting in their landscaping? There’s so much great stuff you can plant that doesn’t come from abroad or zone 9. Adkins Arboretum is a great place to get inspiration for native plant landscaping ... I need to plant more native trees in this backyard ... whoa! Snap to it, Chappell! Meditate! Deep breaths, that’s it, erase all thought from the mind, deep breath, inhale, exhale ... “Miss Helen?” My eyes snap open and I see Tavon, a neighbor

and the quietude of Buddhist meditation.... Which snaps me back from the worldly thoughts I had drifted into. Ran my mind right into a ditch by the side of the path. I inhale, cough, sit up straight and try again. The kids down the street are getting off the school bus. The sound of their laughter is music to the universe. Bees buzz among the pink blossoms of the crepe myrtle over my head. Slower Delaware is the farthest northern reach of the crepe myrtle. It doesn’t do all that well in colder winters. The one I am

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Best Laid Plans kid who cuts through my yard on his way to the convenience store out on the highway. “You okay?” It’s sweet of him to be concerned. He’s a nice kid and I like him. “I’m fine, honey. Just resting my eyes,” I reassure him. How do you explain meditation to a ten-year-old? At his age, sitting still all day in class is a form of torture. “You going to the store?” He nods. “Gonna get myself an ice cream sandwich.” “Well, can you pick up a quart of skim milk for me? Hold on, I’ve got some change in my pocket.”

Slowly, I haul myself out of the Adirondack chair, and dig into my jeans. I hand Tavon a bill. “Your ice cream sandwich is on me, honey, but bring me back the rest of the change. I’m saving it for my old age.” Tavon gives me a look as if he cannot possibly imagine me being any older than I already am. Since I start most of my old school stories with “Back in the day, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was your age...” He takes off down the driveway, and I sit back down in the chair. Meditation is done for the day. And while I may not have chipped that marble writer’s block or gotten any closer to

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Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage Kent County Saturday, May 14 Special Project: Kent has two special projects this year – The Kent Center Garden and the Horsey Road Area Park. These projects address the needed establishment of a garden for the intellectually and physically disabled and the creation of a public park featuring native plantings in an area once used as truck storage. Lunch: A delicious luncheon buffet will be served between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cross Street, Chestertown. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are requested by May 9 through the church website at www.emmanuelchesterparish.org or by calling the church office at 410-778-3477.

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Kent Pilgrimage THE EMMANUEL CHURCH, Chester Parish, 101 N. Cross St., c. 1767. On November 9, 1780, a convention of clergy and laymen met here at the call of the rector, the Rev. William Smith, D.D., to proclaim the Anglican church in the Province of Maryland independent of the British Crown. This convention first proposed and adopted the name Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The first church to occupy this site was completed by 1707; the present nave gives an idea of the impressive dimensions of that Colonial building. GEDDES-PIPER HOUSE, The Historical Society of Kent County, 101 Church Alley, c. 1784. After leaving his home in Princess Anne in 1755, William Geddes came to Chestertown and served as the King’s Custom Collector. He bought lot No. 26, which he later sold and which was eventually purchased by James Piper, the builder of the 1784 part of this brick house. The rear extension was built in 1834 and connected the earliest part to the freestanding 1730 building on the lot. The Federal area of the house has a basement with a Colonial kitchen, laundry and keeping room.

At the start of eight decades of Wescott ownership, c. 1833, the formal dining room, winder stair and room above were built. After it left their ownership in 1912, the house had various uses, most of which did not work to its best interest. Salvation came in 1958 when savvy Historical Society members purchased it to use as their headquarters. THE HOUSTON HOUSE & GARDEN, N. Queen St., c. 1771 The Houston House, built in Flemish bond for William Houston and his wife, Susannah Wickes, is a simple three-bay, double-pile, two-story brick residence. Over the years, the house was heavily modified. More recent owners restored the home to reflect its original design. The dormers are of a later time, however, and the brickwork at the left front predicts an early addition to the structure of this 240-year-old home. The boxwood, azaleas and rhododendron flanking the front entrance are intentionally simplistic embellishments to the home’s design. THE NICHOLSON HOUSE & GARDEN, N. Queen St., c. 1788. The Nicholson House, a handsome Federalist design, was built for Continental Navy Captain John Nicholson, who served on several vessels during the Revolutionary War and was ultimately Com26


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Kent Pilgrimage mander of the Continental sloop Hornet. The first owner’s American commitment included the American or common bond brickwork of his home. Of note is the elaborate cornice detailing and the molded water table running across the front of the house. A century later, a two-story wing added more spacious living quarters to the sophisticated and elaborate original interior – an escape from simpler design seen in Federal interiors. The present owners acquired the house in 1991 and have upgraded the interior extensively. A

carriage house and borders of native shrubs and perennials frame a peaceful outdoor sanctuary. WALLIS-WICKES HOUSE GARDEN, High St., c. 1780. The Wallis-Wickes House, a substantial two-and-one-half-story house at the foot of High Street, was built by Samuel Wallis in 1769. The house, which also may have been a place of commerce, passed from Samuel Wallis to the Chambers and Wickes families. This five-bay, double-pile Georgian structure has a gabled roof with dormer windows and massive chimneys that accommodate flues for 15 fireplaces. Like the Custom House across the street, this house was built

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Kent Pilgrimage primarily into a rise of land to allow for a stone basement and a kitchen. The brickwork is laid in Flemish bond with a molded brick water table. An addition to the original structure was added in the early 1900s. A section of the original smokehouse wall can still be seen behind this addition. Upon passing through the garden gate, visitors enter a verdant

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paradise that was originally cultivated over 250 years ago before the house was built. Recently renovated, the garden’s design was created by landscape architect Charles Owen of Sterling, Virginia. THE SARVIS HOUSE & GARDEN, South Water St., c. 1890. Situated in the heart of Chestertown’s Historic District, this home’s location offers sweeping views of the Chester River. This updated turn-of-the-century Victorian gem features English antiques and classic modern artwork, as well as landscapes by contemporary Maryland artists. The capstone of the property is an award-winning garden designed by Miles Bernard. What began as a new pool and spa in the backyard with an off-street parking spot in the front blossomed into a complete transformation from property line to property line. The garden space invites you in and provides charming views and privacy. THE HYNSON-RINGGOLD HOUSE & GARDEN, South Water St., c. 1740. The Hynson-Ringgold House was first constructed by surgeon Dr. William Murray in 1743 on property purchased by Nathaniel Hynson, an important Kent County landowner. 30


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Kent Pilgrimage The seminal structure was one room deep with all header Flemish bond brick walls and a hip roof with plaster cover cornice. The paneling in the Washington Room (south parlor) dates from the Murray occupancy. Original hinges and bars remain to this day, and many windowpanes are of 18 th century hand-blown glass. In 1767, Thomas Ringgold I, a wealthy merchant, bought the house while living in the nearby Custom House. Ringgold remodeled the house over time, extending the main block and installing a beautiful paneled parlor in the front section and an elaborate ant-

ler stairway to the rear. The Ringgold Room (north parlor) is attributed to acclaimed Colonial designer and carver William Buckland, who had come from Scotland to build Gunston Hall for George Mason. Wilbur Ross Hubbard bequeathed the Custom House to Washington College in 1995, and Hynson-Ringgold House is now home to the president of Washington College, Dr. Mitchell Reiss, and his wife, Elizabeth. FORT BELVEDERE HOUSE AND GARDEN, S. Water St. c. 1857. Dating to 1857, Fort Belvedere is an excellent example of mid-19 th century Eastern Shore architecture.

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Kent Pilgrimage It was built by Captain James Frisby Taylor in a very “modern” style (Eastern shore homes from the pre-Civil War period typically were built in styles considered outmoded elsewhere). This large rectangular house combines elements of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. It retains its original features, such as entrances, bracketed cornices, tall paneled pilasters at the corners, verandas, and a belvedere or lantern on its low-pitched roof. Inside is the classic foursquare plan with a gracious entry hall and double parlor with a wide archway, plaster cornices and matching marbleized slate

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pergola adorned with kiwi vine, and a raucous paulownia tree - which is cut down every year to keep it in bounds. Several varieties of Japanese maples and dogwood add contrasting height, texture, and color. The abundance of roses, Knockouts as well as hybrid teas, bring Monet-inspired dabs of color to the garden portrait. Thematically important, assisting with transition throughout the garden, is the whimsy. Watch out for the chickens and the Indians! Is that wooden mask really wearing a beanie copter? What fun!

a melding of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures is an important feature of this garden’s design. In this, a serene simplicity is accentuated with several structural focal points. Entering under an arbor draped with wisteria and a thornless climbing rose, Zephirine douhin, the eye is drawn to the generous terrace alive with potted Japanese maples and Meyer lemons. Steps lead down to a maze of winding paths bordered with Sedum spectabile and Razzle Dazzle, a dwarf crepe myrtle. A natural balance of movement and depth in design is amplified with the waterscape area - a fishpond, the

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Sailboat Racing for Fun & Charity New Events Build on Area Traditions by Dick Cooper

The planners of the inaugural Elf Classic Yacht Race and the first American Red Cross One Design Cup couldn’t find two more disparate sailing ideas. Th e E l f C l a s s i c i s p at t e rne d after leisurely weekend pointto-point races by gentlemen yachters of the late 1800s. The racers will row to their boats anchored off the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis and set sail

f or S t . M i chaels . On c e i n t h e Eastern Shore harbor, they must anchor, row to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and sign in at the Tolchester Bandstand in the heart of the Museum campus. By contrast, the American Red Cross One Design Cup is a two-day flurry of intense racing on small boats manned by one or two sailors who jockey for the finish line in tight formations, often winning

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Racing for Fun by split seconds, only to start over and do it again. The one thing that the two races have in common is that their proceeds will go to help local institutions. The Elf Classic on May 21 is raising money and increasing membership for CBMM and the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, and the One Design Cup on August 6 and 7 benefits the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. Elf is the restored 1888 gaff-rigged, topsail cutter berthed at CBMM and owned by the Restoration Guild. Her captain, Rick Carrion, said he got the idea for the race from a 1890s Forest and Stream magazine article. Boston

yachtsmen would slip out of work at noon on Friday and take the train to Marblehead. “The race started when the train doors opened,” Carrion says. “They would row to their boats, tip their hats in salute and the race would be off.” He says he hopes to have several classic yachts involved in the race, including the schooner Martha White from Chestertown and the Bull and Bear from the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Owners of other classic boats have also expressed interest. He says the race will be less formal than the win-or-die-trying competitions that are typical of Annapolis-based events. There will be no handicaps, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, “we will

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Racing for Fun take note of our positions, turn on the engines and motor to St. Michaels. This is intended to be fun.” The Red Cross One Design Cup got its start last fall when Frank DeBord, the incoming commodore of the Miles River Yacht Club, asked the club’s activities committees to look for a way to reach out to the community. “Some of our members are active with the Red Cross,” says Marshall Patterson, chairman of the club’s Sail Committee. The Red Cross had never been involved in a sailing event and agreed to work with the club. Sail Committee member John Gargalli, who is working with the Red Cross to organize the regatta,

says they hope to draw 125 boats in seven to eight classes for the two-day event that will be highlighted by a fund-raising dinner August 6. “We are thrilled to be working with the Miles River Yacht Club,” says Betsy Tuttle, director of development for the Delmarva Red Cross and member of MRYC. Both races carry on the long history of competitive sailing on the Eastern Shore. Pete Lesher, chief curator at CBMM, says that the earliest recorded local sailboat race was recounted in an 1859 newspaper account. “It was a log canoe race,” Lesher says. “It shows they were racing sailboats here on the eve of the Civil War.”

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Racing for Fun While the interest in sail races has waxed and waned over time, taking breaks during World Wars and economic turndowns, local enthusiasts say it remains a strong part of local life. The log canoes, with their sheer beauty and grace, have long been the icon of the Eastern Shore’s sailing heritage. In their original form, they were the workboats of the shallow bay waters. Watermen crabbed or oystered from them during the workweek. But come the weekend, they became fast-sailing sport boats as their owners battled for the right to brag about having the quickest craft in the fleet. Lesher says by the late

1880s, log canoes were designed and built for racing. This season, the log canoes will race on eight weekends, four on the Miles River, two on the Tred Avon and one each in Rock Hall and Chestertown. The first races will be the Miles River Yacht Club 4th of July Series on June 25 and 26. The best way to watch the races is from a small boat on the water, but a good spot to watch the Miles River races is Seymour Avenue Park off Riverview Terrace. The Tred Avon races can be viewed from the Strand. By the 1920s, one-design racing had taken hold, with Stars one of the more popular boats. Lesher’s great-uncle, C. Lownes Johnson of Easton, was a Star racer and builder.

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worked long and hard to outsmart them. The old Cruising Club of America rules measured sailboats on their waterline. Hence the gracious lines of boats designed to that rule with their short waterline and sweeping bow and stern overhangs. But not all area yachtsmen are members of yacht clubs, and three area organizations were formed to handle their needs. The Herring Island Sailing Fleet was founded in 1976 by cruiser/racers from the St. Michaels, Claiborne and Easton areas to run weekly handicapped races on the Miles River and Eastern Bay. The fleet has about 50 members and runs about 20 races during the year. The Wednesday Night Races in

He designed the Comet, a class still actively raced. Over the years, the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford and the Miles River Yacht Club in St. Michaels have been the primary sponsors of regattas in the area. They each sponsor major handicapped races from Annapolis to their homeports each year. After World War II, as the pleasure boating industry evolved, sailors found that they did not have to be a Newport, R.I., railroad baron or member of the landed gentry to afford a boat. As the number of recreational sailors increased, so did the human desire to compete. Racing rules were drawn up, and designers and builders

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Racing for Fun St. Michaels have been run for about 25 years with a dozen Stars and two classes of handicapped cruiser/racers starting on the Miles River on 18 to 20 Wednesdays a year. On Fridays, the boats of the Oxford Amateur Race Series set their sails at 6 p.m. on the Tred Avon River. Tot O’Mara, a former commodore of the Tred Avon Yacht Club and one of the founders of the Oxford race series, says the group started out in the late 1990s on Thursday nights but their membership grew when they moved the starts to Friday. Now, she says 20 to 25 boats, ranging up to 41 feet, compete off the Strand. She says the races usually

include a turn around the Choptank River Light and finish off the Tred Avon Yacht club. O’Mara, a lifelong resident of Oxford, says she grew up sailing small boats on the Tred Avon. She taught sailing on the river, as did her mother and sister. Her father and husband have also served as commodores at TAYC. “It is just part of our lives,” she says. To keep that sailing spirit alive, TAYC, MRYC and CBMM sponsor junior sail programs every summer to train kids as young as six years old how to handle a boat. Several oneor two-week sessions are scheduled through the summer and are open to non-members as well as members of

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the organizations. John Stumpf of the MRYC Junior Sail Program says the club’s program has expanded from three to four sessions this year and expects to train about 85 children with varying skill levels. “It is great watching these kids who have never been in a sailboat before,” Stumpf says. “After two weeks, they are sailing standing up just like ‘Joe Cool.’” For more information about the Elf Classic Yacht Race, go to www. cyrg.org. To become a sponsor of the American Red Cross One Design Cup, contact Betsy Tuttle at btuttle@redcrossdelmarva.org. For information about the Herring Island Sailing Fleet, go to www.hisf.

org. The Oxford Amateur Racing Series website is www.oxfordars. org. For information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum sailing classes, go to www.cbmm. org. The Tred Avon Yacht Club’s website is www.tayc.com. The Miles River Yacht is on the Web at www.milesriveryc.org. St. Michaels Wednesday Night Races are on the Web at http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/sm-wns/. Dick Cooper, a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at dickcooper@ coopermediaassociates.com.

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Gelatinous Gems by Mary Syrett

Fascinating creatures with amazing adaptations, the Tidewater’s jellyfish are more than just stinging threats to swimmers. They are pulsating, gossamer jewels of the sea; brainless creatures; kings of sting; plankton drifters. There are more than 200 known species, and yet they remain phantoms to most people, including Atlantic Coast residents. They can live for one to

ten years, depending on the species. The fragile, luminous beauty of jellyfish makes them a popular subject for underwater photographers. That they are variously known as edible delicacies, threats to fisheries, beach nuisances, household pets and dangerous killers adds all the more interest. “Jellyfish” is the name given to any organism that is pelagic (lives

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Gelatinous Gems in the open ocean), consists mostly of water and has a jelly-like consistency. Actually, jellyfish are not made of jelly at all. Their gelatinous appearance comes from protective skins filled with a substance that is approximately 95 percent water. Muscle fibers laced throughout the jellyfish’s strange body hold the creature together. These creatures are not really “fish.” Rather, they are invertebrates that are related to sea anemones. A jelly has no head, brain, heart, eyes, ears or bones. But that’s no problem for them. Jellyfish might seem capable of melting away on a Maryland beach, but

actually they’re not all that fragile. These marine organisms can, in fact, survive long sea journeys and considerable wave battering. Jellyfish are marvelously well adapted to a drifting, predatory life in the ocean, gulf, sound, bay or saltwater inlet of any kind. Jellies get around by means of a unique pulsating action. Long ago, people called the creatures “sea lungs” because their rhythmic movements through water somewhat resemble human breathing patterns. Their habitat is usually coastal waters, but they also live in the open ocean as well as freshwater lakes and streams. Jellyfish drift individually dispersed, or in aggregations called “smacks” that are measured in

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Gelatinous Gems acres and sometimes square miles. Many of these creatures resemble floating mushrooms, with long tentacles reaching underwater like weeping willow branches. Most true jellyfish have brightly colored tentacles – elongated, flexible protrusions that contain poisonous, stinging cells known as nematocysts that can pierce the skin. Other creatures with nematocysts include sea wasps, anemones and fire corals. These stinging organs continue to function long after the animal has died. The person who once described jellyfish as “little more than organized water” had his or her facts

about right, but could have been a bit more positive about these fascinating creatures. Found in all the world’s oceans, jellies often are seen near the surface of the water during times of diminished light. Individuals range from fingernailsized to creatures that would overflow a bushel basket. Jellyfish can be useful. Some species are harvested and dried for human consumption, mainly in Asia. Many sea turtles feed heavily on jellyfish. Several fishes, including salmon, Atlantic mackerel and cod, also eat jellyfish. Maryland’s Jellies Jellyfish have long inspired individuals who have seen them up close in the wild. Explorer Wil-

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Gelatinous Gems liam Beebe, who in the early 1930s dived deeper than anyone ever had before, had great affection for the jellies that he saw and studied. In his book Nonsuch: Land of Water, Beebe describes a group of what are known as moon jellyfish: “I swiveled half a circle and entered a galaxy – an entire constellation of great jellyfish all around me. Moons they were, all more than a foot across throbbed around me, set at various angles, each with bright pink loops at its center – egg masses. There came to me a profound feeling of the permanence of the evanescent: these [creatures] filling the ocean in great numbers, each jelly perfect.”

The moon jellyfish is named for its moonlike shape and translucent white colors. Often found in enormous smacks, the moon is the jellyfish most commonly seen washed up on beaches. It thrives in Maryland waters from April to early November, depending on water temperature and currents. The moon jellyfish has short, fine tentacles descending from the rim of its body. That body, known as an umbrella, may be as much as 18 inches across and gives the creature the appearance of a flying saucer. Visible on top of the moon’s umbrella are purple horseshoe shapes that are part of its reproductive system. Four frilly oral arms hang underneath its body, surrounding the

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Gelatinous Gems mouth. The arms help manipulate food and serve as a home for developing larvae. The sea nettle is about the same size as a moon jelly, but its umbrella may be ale white and resembles the spokes of a wheel. It is also found along the Maryland coast during the summer months. The mushroom jellyfish is found in Maryland waters between July and November and occasionally enters sounds and estuaries. The mushroom can grow as large as 14 inches in diameter and is quite fragile, breaking easily if lifted out of the water. It has no tentacles on its umbrella. Instead, its fingerlike

oral arms extend down from the center of its umbrella and contain hairlike cilia that sweep plankton into its mouth. Have you ever thought about eating a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich? The cabbage head jelly is a popular menu item in parts of the world. According to some people, the cabbage head is not only delicious, but also low in fat and calories. Other diners claim it tastes remarkably like rubber. The cabbage head is also known as the cannonball or jellybomb. Like the mushroom, it has no tentacles. Its short oral arms extend just below the edge of its umbrella, which reaches 8 to 10 inches in diameter and is bordered with

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Gelatinous Gems brown pigment. It is abundant during summer in both Maryland sounds and ocean waters. Not only is the lion’s mane jelly famed as the world’s largest jellyfish (its bell can measure eight feet across and its tentacles reach lengths of 100 feet), but the creature played a role as the villain in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story The Adventures of the Lion’s Mane. Luckily for swimmers stung by this creature, outside the pages of Doyle’s tale, death rarely results. The lion’s mane, which feeds on plankton, fish and moon jellyfish, is found around the Tidewater from October to May.

When are jellies not really jellyfish at all? When they’re comb jellies. These creatures are distantly related to true jellies and have a solid, egg-like body rather than a bell and tentacles. Unlike their pulsating cousins, comb jellies use their rows of cilia – microscopic hairlike features that resemble tiny combs – to paddle through water and move food towards the mouth. The much-feared Portuguese man-of-war is not a true jellyfish, but a colony of specialized creatures related to the fire coral. It is a gasfilled floating bladder that supports three types of polyps, each with a different function – sensing and capturing prey, feeding and reproduction. The polyps trail tentacles

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in his home would be well advised to research the topic thoroughly. That said, the moon jelly is perhaps the easiest species to maintain. Primarily a cold-water species, moons do best at the low end of room temperature. If your home is located in a fairly cool clime, or is air-conditioned during the summer, these creatures generally can survive. The chief obstacle facing a person who is considering a jellyfish aquarium involves obtaining them. With a few exceptions, you can forget about purchasing jellies from a tropical fish dealer. You may possibly encounter several species for sale at well-stocked aquarium shops. With a boat and the proper tools,

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right, they collapse into a gelatinous glob that may not recover when returned to a suitable aqueous environment. The ideal way to collect is to gently scoop the creature from the sea into a water-filled jar. Cups, beakers, strong plastic bags or buckets can all be used if you surround a jelly with the container and then slowly lift it out of the water. This is easier to accomplish when a jellyfish is on the surface. After collection, the animal can be placed in a large container. Aquarium Setup and Feeding Successfully maintaining captive jellies requires abandoning preconceived ideas you may have about keeping fish. If you had a tank with limitless volume and no solid

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Queen Anne’s County Invites You! Old workboats putter out of fog-shrouded marinas at dawn; birdwatchers keep eyes peeled for migrating wildfowl; friendly shopkeepers peddle ripe produce or showcase fine antiques. This is Queen Anne’s County, a world of scenic shoreline and fertile farmland. Start your journey at the Chesapeake Exploration Center on beautiful Kent Narrows, home to “Our Chesapeake Legacy”, a hands-on interactive exhibit providing an overview of the Chesapeake Bay region’s heritage, resources and culture. The exhibit explores man’s relationship with the Bay, covers the early history including the settlement, importance of tobacco as a monetary staple, and explores the importance of the key industries of agriculture, commercial fishing, and current efforts to preserve the Bay. While at the Chesapeake Exploration Center, pick up a free copy of our award-winning Heritage Guide Map. Visitors and residents can explore the entire span of Maryland’s history, and spend the day, or just a few hours, touring the historic treasures, from watching the heavy stones turned by a waterwheel at the Old Wye Mill, to helping uncover history in an archaeological dig. Those historic doors are tossed open during the Historic Sites Consortium’s Open House Weekends on the first Saturday of every month May through October, (second Saturday in July), when docents conduct tours of 14 of the county’s historic gems from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also at the Exploration Center is the free map, Explore Our Great Outdoors, which directs you to our nature preserves and parks and helps you to identify native species of birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles. Chesapeake Exploration Center is also a great starting point for the highly acclaimed Cross Island Trail that spans Kent Island from the Kent Narrows to the Chesapeake Bay. Bike, blade, walk, or jog through canopied trees, marshland abundant with wildlife, and fields that reap sweet corn. Hungry? Our fabulous waterfront restaurants line the Kent Narrows, where the catch of the day moves from workboat to skillet. Enjoy a restful night in a charming B&B or comfortable hotel, and treat yourself to some casual outlet shopping or antiquing in our slowpaced, small towns. Queen Anne’s County invites you! 77


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and animal sources). There is much confusion over the terms organic, natural, inorganic and synthetic when applied to fertilizers. A basic principle of soil chemistry is that nutrients are available to plants in only one or two forms, regardless of the source. Plant roots do not distinguish between nitrogen in the nitrate form that come from a synthetic 10-6-4

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fertilizer, or from an organic form such as blood meal. The benefits of using natural organic materials go beyond just the simple provision of a specific element like nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium. There are some guidelines that need to be followed in the use of these materials, and you need to understand their characteristics. One major advantage to using natural organic fertilizers is that the nutrients in most organic fertilizers aren’t very soluble, so they’re released gradually. For example, rock phosphate contains about 32% total phosphorus, but only about 2% is available at any

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natural organic fertilizers, and green cover crops (especially in the vegetable garden), homeowners can create and enhance a vibrant soil biological component which will decompose the organic fertilizers and reduce their need for artificial chemical inputs, while still getting an abundance of production. Natural organic fertilizers can come in a solid or liquid form. Solid fertilizers, which you apply dry, may be fine powders, large granules, or something in between. Fertilizers you apply wet may come as powders that you dissolve in water, or as concentrates that you dilute with water. Dry fertil-

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izers work more slowly but last longer. You can spread a dry fertilizer evenly over a large area or apply it to a plant, or beside a row of plants. To get the nutrients to the roots faster when you side dress, lightly scratch the fertilizer into the soil, being careful not to disturb the roots or stem of the plant. Another way to use dry natural source fertilizers is to put them in the hole at planting time. This is a benefit in using natural organic fertilizers because most of them aren’t very soluble and do not have a high salt index, so the possibility of burning the plant roots is less. To apply a liquid fertilizer, first dissolve or dilute it according to

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however, to raise the pH on acidic soils. The phosphorus is available more quickly in bone meal than with rock phosphate. Apply before planting when the soil temperature is above 55°. Fish meal is dried and ground fish parts. It serves as a good source of nitrogen and its analysis is usually 6‑3‑3. This material will last one season. Apply at planting and broadcast 3 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. on poor soils, 2 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. on moderately fertile soils, or 1 lb. on fertile soils. If side dressing, use the same rates per 100 foot of row. One disadvantage of any fish based products is that the smell may attract cats into the garden. Granite meal, also called granite

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als, and silica. It helps loosen clay soils. Apply this material in the autumn. Broadcast 10 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. on soils low in potassium, 5 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. on soils with moderate potassium, and 2.5 lbs. on soils with adequate potassium. Kelp/Seaweed comes as solid or as liquid concentrate. It is high in potassium and micronutrients. The solid form adds organic matter to the soil. For the solid material, work about 10 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. into the soil. For the liquid, follow the label directions for dilution. No matter what nutrient source you use it is recommended that you have a soil test done to determine fertilizer needs before applying. Warm season crops can be

dust, is made from ground granite. It contains 3‑5% potassium, 67% silica (sand), and micronutrients. It is a slow-release material and one application can last 10 years. Granite meal will improve soil structure. A general recommendation is to broadcast 10 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. on soils low in potassium, 5 lbs. on soils with moderate potassium, and 2.5 lbs. on soils with adequate potassium. Rake into the soil surface. Greensand (also called glauconite) is a sand-based fertilizer mined from dried ocean deposits. It is a slow-release source of potassium where an application can last up to 10 years. Greensand contains 5‑7% potassium, trace miner-

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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. LAGRANGE PLANTATION - home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, LaGrange Plantation offers a range of local history and heritage on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county, a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys, and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 800-522-8687 or visit www.tourdorchester.org or www. tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August, Crabtoberfest in October and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www.sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called

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Dorchester Points of Interest Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a

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collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour; pick up a brochure at the Dorchester County Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401. 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.

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Dorchester Points of Interest HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.hpl.umces.edu. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. 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

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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 Tubmanera buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, Blackwater Refuge is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. In addition to more than 250 species of birds, 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. The refuge features a full service Visitor Center as well as the four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of

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Dorchester Points of Interest Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The Vienna Heritage Museum displays the Elliott Island Shell Button Factory operation. This was the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturer in the United States. Numerous artifacts are also displayed which depict a view of the past life in this rural community. The Vienna Heritage Museum is located at 303 Race St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., opened in 2010 as Dorchester County’s first winery. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com.

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Easton Points of Interest Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. For more information, please call (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.art-academy.org. 15. INN AT 202 DOVER- Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion reflects 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. It is now home to a beautiful inn and restaurant. 16. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison Street. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit Granite. 17. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - Established in the early 1900s, with several recent additions to the building and facilities, and now extensive

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Easton Points of Interest additions and modernization under construction, making this what is considered to be one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. 18. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 19. EASTON POINT MARINA - At the end of Port Street on the Tred Avon River. 20. BOAT RAMP - At Easton Point, end of Port Street. 21. TALBOT COUNTRY CLUB - Established in 1910, the Talbot Country Club is located at 6142 Country Club Drive, Easton. 22. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - Only the ruins remain, but the churchyard contains the grave of the elder Robert Morris, who died July 22, 1750. The parish had a rector of the Church of England in 1690. 23. FOXLEY HALL - Built about 1795 at 24 N. Aurora St., 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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St. Michaels Points of Interest Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course and tennis courts. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. The Inn is now a member of the Orient Express Hotels. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot

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St. Michaels Points of Interest St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1874, Dodson, along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for “the old Parsonae house.” 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, he 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.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. 410-745-2900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson,

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St. Michaels Points of Interest a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,� underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry Street near Locust Street). 14. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest Lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Located at 106 S. Fremont St. has recently been remodeled. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 (the vault presently serves as a cooler), a newspaper office, post office and telephone company. 17. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street in a central but secluded part of the historic district of town. 18. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 19. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. 20. THE INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled

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St. Michaels Points of Interest by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the tree tops to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. Result: The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the attic stairway. This town “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 22. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 23. 125 MULBERRY STREET - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through com123

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Oxford Points of Interest Lt. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580.

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5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the memories and tangible mementos of Oxford, MD. Open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 10 to 4 and Sundays from 1-4. The Museum is open April through November. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a Maryland Military Academy built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 3 09 N . M or r i s S t . T h e g r a p e vine o v er the en tran ce a r b or w as b r ou ght f r om t he Is l e o f J e r s e y in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “S ara h and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand.

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Oxford Points of Interest Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court ‘pitcht upon’ to run a ferry at an unusual

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Oxford Points of Interest subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures.

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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. 135


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berry Pie or Strawberry Shortcake. Begin preparations for the meal a day before by making the strawberry shortcake. Don’t add the berries until you are ready to serve it. While the cake is baking, mix together the ingredients for the congealed salad and cool in the refrigerator. Next, start the chicken

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Cooking for Mom casserole and put that in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it on Mother’s Day. Whipping the sweet potatoes is the next step. Then refrigerate them. If you decide to make the strawberry pie, that should be made on the morning of Mother’s Day. The baby peas can be cooked at the last minute. As you can see, all dishes that need to be baked are baked at the same temperature and require the same amount of time. Add the final ingredient, LOVE, and just remember – mother’s don’t expect perfection.

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Cooking for Mom CHICKEN CASSEROLE with WILD RICE Serves 6-8 3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 1 6-oz. pkg. Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice - cook according to pkg. directions 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded 1 can mushroom soup 1 onion, finely minced 1/2 cup green pepper, finely mined 1/2 cup red pepper, finely minced 1/2 cup celery, finely minced Cook the long grain and wild rice according to package directions. Mix all ingredients together in

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Fold in 2 cups of strawberries or peaches (if you like more, by all means Cook the peas as directed on the add them) and pour half of the mixture package.  Meanwhile, melt the butter and fruit into each baked pie shell and in a saucepan.  Add cooked peas, sugar refrigerate. Garnish with whipped cream. and salt and simmer for another minute.  Place in a preheated serving dish.    STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Serves 6 MASHED SWEET POTATOES  When my grandmother spotted the 1 32-oz. can sweet potatoes, drained first strawberries of the season, she 1/2 cup brown sugar knew it was time to make her favorite 1/2 stick butter dessert.  She sweetened the plump 1/2 t. salt berries and then sandwiched them 1/2 t. ginger between pieces of shortcake.  More 1/2 t. ground nutmeg berries and whipped cream make it 1/2 cup milk taste as luscious as it looks.   Mash sweet potatoes with butter.  Add remaining ingredients and beat 4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced with mixer until fluffy.  Pour into 1/4 cup sugar buttered 1-quart casserole.  Bake at 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 375° for 30 minutes.   2 t. baking powder 2 T. butter STRAWBERRY OR PEACH 1 egg, beaten JELL-O PIE This is not too sweet and very good. 1 cup milk Great way to use fresh fruit. Make this 2 cups sweetened whipped cream 6 additional strawberries (optional) Mother’s Day morning.   Makes 2 pies. Bake 2 crusts in Combine sliced strawberries and ¼ an 8 or 9-inch pie pan according to cup sugar; chill. instructions on the package. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder; cut in butter with a pastry In saucepan, mix: 1 small package strawberry or peach blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Combine milk and egg, Jell-O stirring well; add to flour mixture, 3/4 cup sugar stirring just until moistened.  Spread 2 T. cornstarch mixture in a lightly greased and 1-1/2 cups water floured 8-inch square baking pan.  Bake 350° for 30 minutes.   Cook until clear and then cool. 142


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Cooking for Mom Cut shortcake into 6 pieces; slice each piece crosswise in half.  Place bottom half of shortcake, cut side up, on an individual serving plate;  top with a dollop of whipped cream and 2½ tablespoons of strawberry mixture.  Add a second layer of shortcake, cut side down; top with a dollop of whipped cream and 2½ tablespoons of strawberry mixture.  Garnish with an additional dollop of whipped cream.  Add a strawberry, if desired.  Repeat for each of the remaining five shortcake squares.   Tip:  Berries should be sorted to remove imperfect fruit before refrigerating; then wash and hull just before serving.

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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 when a company of Union soldiers stationed as guards in Denton celebrated the 4th of July with skyrockets and other explosives and set fire to a shop building. The ensuing blaze burned nearly all of the business section of town, which consisted of several stores, a hotel and a rum shop. 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 nineteenth century. During the early twentieth century the lumber and food canning industries gained importance, and the town grew and prospered. The appearance of the downtown business district has changed little since that time. During the heyday of the canneries almost half the male population of Preston was involved in the tomato canning business, and practically everyone associated with it had an income large enough to pay the new federal income tax. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southernmost 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. New industry growth is fast becoming a reality. Amidst this growth, however, oldfashioned traditions and hospitality prevail. Today, Caroline County continues to benefit from its centrality in a rich agricultural area and its location on good land and water transportation arteries. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 147


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When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud. Algonquin Books at Chapel Hill. 352 pages. $23.95. When Tito Loved Clara? When did Tito NOT love Clara? This novel, written by the head librarian at The New Yorker magazine, has all the earmarks of that prestigious publication: wit, clarity, perspicacity and graceful prose. It belongs in that rare category, “can’t put it down.” Both of the main characters have known each other since they were children in the Dominican Republic, and now both live in the United States. Both are bright, relatively ambitious naturalized citizens whose paths accidentally cross in New York. It’s the first time they’ve seen each other since they graduated from high school in upper Manhattan. Clara’s diploma came with a generous college scholarship. Tito stayed on with his first employer, the owner of a fleet of moving vans. Tito spent his high school years lifting furniture into and out of trucks on weekends and school nights. He’s

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to an unending list of chores and cruelty. She saves enough money to enroll in a school for librarians, finds a job as a reference clerk with a law firm and still lives at home. Eventually she meets a fellow librarian, a quiet, shy young man, and they marry. It’s not a union of love, but an escape from her stepmother’s hatred. Clara’s first pregnancy ends in a miscarriage, and further attempts to have a child are fruitless. It is a calm, companionable existence that deteriorates when her husband is laid off from his job. That’s when Tito and Clara bump into each other again. Complications follow, as they do in real life as well as in fiction. Long-hidden secrets

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A Tale of Two Piggies I tried to analyze the source of my inner drive to fill a small travel bag with trinkets and gadgets that would be ceremonially dispersed or displayed upon my return from faraway places. Was I bragging or boasting about my travel ventures? I went to San Francisco and you didn’t! At one point I wondered if the original source of the habit might have been ancient warring tribes who defeated enemy camps and returned home to exhibit the spoils of war. Still wondering why I had the inclination for travel-shopping, I harkened back to childhood days to recall that my mom had a collection of colorful square ceramic trivets – one for each state visited - proudly displayed in the dining room. Each road trip included the hunt for a new trivet to represent the newly visited state. An aunt had two wooden racks on her living room wall nearly filled with tiny little spoons, each representing a state or special destination visited (or gifted). Notice, I said the racks were nearly full of spoons? That is because there was always room to add more. Of course this made travel-shopping easier. When the aunt traveled she would buy a spoon for herself and a trivet for Mom; and vice versa. Stuckey became a millionaire by satisfying this need for the traveling public. Vendors (really just ordinary

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Toward the front of the raft were two large plastic buckets filled with pale greenish rocks of various shapes. The lone barefoot occupant of the raft extended both hands upward, each displaying and offering a couple of faux jade sculptures. The ladies leaning over the rail shouted over the noise of the boat engines and gestured toward the baskets of goodies. I discovered that the goal was to help Betsy find and purchase a jade pig – not real jade of course, but an adequate look alike. The ladies shouted the words pig, hog, swine, boar and piggy over and over. The rafter went through his baskets and offered up minisculptures, trying to satisfy his potential customers, but never a pig.

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The Copy Book by Gary D. Crawford

When a dear neighbor passed away at age 92, a small trunk was found in her attic. It belonged to a previous owner of their home, so her son, knowing of my interest in such things, kindly passed it on to me. This little time capsule contained fifteen old photos, a tattered copy of a National Geographic Magazine, an even more decrepit report of a Methodist conference, and a small notebook. I have always been fascinated by time—how it flows by us, or how we flow through it. Yet despite its being all around us, time is utterly beyond our reach. It flows relentlessly, in only one direction, but at amazingly variable speeds. Sometimes it is possible to return to an event or place, to revisit it or even change something, but the opportunity is fleeting. Very quickly it passes by, and then is quite gone. For example, some time ago a neighbor took down an old shed that “always” had been there. His act changed the village slightly. We now can see the fig tree behind and a small compost pile, even glimpse the Cove beyond. This change could be reversed, of

course; we could find an old shed much like the original and replace it. The old village then would be back the way it was. We won’t do this, of course, because there is no reason to. But we know we could. The old village isn’t really gone. But then one day, we look around and find that dozens of changes have occurred. Switching things back now would be a huge and immensely

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The Copy Book expensive project. And to which “back” would we change things? To that moment before the little shed came down? Only a few of us now even remember that old shed, and no one cares about it. Suddenly the reality sinks in. The old village is well and truly “gone,” having slipped away when my back was turned. It has “passed” into the past. But is that really the way it all works? Or does that old village still exist? Perhaps it is I who moved, sliding into the future somehow and leaving the old village back “there.” Relative motion can be confusing, after all. As a child, I recall looking out a train window, watching the

train on the next track drop behind as we pulled out of the station, then being astonished to discover that we hadn’t moved at all. It was the other train that had pulled out, moving in the opposite direction. In either case, it seems that a veil of some sort has fallen between Then and Now. One can see through it, dimly, but not reach through it. We can no longer connect. Once, when visiting the home where I grew up, the sense of the palpable past was a yearning certainty. My little brother could so easily have come scampering around the corner of the house from his sandbox—if only he hadn’t been in his 60s and living in California. Now, as I peer at the objects from

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the trunk, each seems to tug at me from the past as if seeking a link with me, some connection across time, that most curious of barriers… The dozen or so photographs draw me first. All are portraits—two girls on a pony, a baby, a dapper young fellow with a moustache and brilliantine hair, and so on. All these young people smile with the pleasure and confidence of youth. Are they smiling at the camera, only, or do they somehow sense that in some unimaginable future some person will be gazing at them and wondering. What I’m wondering about, of course, is How Did It All Work Out? All their hopes and dreams are concluded now; their future embedded now in our past.

Alas, nothing is written on the photos. Only the photo with the pony has a faint inscription: “June, age 5, and Beatrice, age 3, Dec. 25, 1923.” Who were they? Without last names, further inquiry may be impossible. Unable to connect to the photographs, I set them aside. The National Geographic magazine is in rough shape, but the wonderful photos remain clear and sharp. The big story in this issue of November 1909 is Ernest H. Shackleton’s “The Heart of the Antarctic.” A good issue to save! But as to who saved it, there is no clue. Again, no connections. The church report is from a generation earlier, dated 1883. In March of that year the Wilmington

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The Copy Book Annual Conference of the Methodist Ep iscop al Church was he ld in Cambridge, Maryland. It ran for a full six days, concluding late on a Monday night. That final business meeting catches the eye, setting off a flight of speculation like geese coming up off the cove. First they voted on some resolutions, such as deciding that “some relic from the old jail be procured for preservation by the Conference Historical Society.” (One wonders which poor devil they selected.) Then “the Trustees of the Riddle Board were elected and classified.” (From easy to difficult, perhaps?) A letter from J. B. Steigler, “formerly professor at

Wesleyan Female College, claiming back salary,” was referred to a special committee. (Ought we ask why the good professor might have left the College without collecting his last paycheck?) The old report gives the imagination a good romp, like throwing a stick for the dog. But it’s nothing more than that, just a bit of fun. Like the report itself in my hands, it is all quite dry. Not knowing who from this house might have attended the Conference, if anyone, we fail to connect with it. The notebook has possibilities, however, for it is handwritten. Like dessert, it was saved for last, and now I pore over it, determined to find some way to connect, to reach

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The Copy Book out and bridge the gulf of time. Inside the front cover is a date, very faint, “April 25, 1889,” but there is no name. The book, done in pencil in a rather good hand, is fairly crammed with written matter on both sides of all pages. The variety of subject matter is quite astonishing: geography, literature, poetry, history, pairs of homonyms, science, health, and much else. The first item is a list of precious stones, followed immediately by a page-long biography of James K. Polk. There are sentence diagrams (remember those?), a list of islands of the world, and a biographical sketch of John Greenleaf Whittier.

I realize now this not really a notebook, but a “copy book.” Everything in it was copied out of books or from the chalkboard. Children used to have to do that for hours, both to fix the information and to practice penmanship. It must have taken months to copy that much material. It’s a disappointment for someone trying to “connect,” however. Even so, the copy book is in hand—the hand of some student from the century before last. But whose head bent over these pages, time and time again, day in and day out? The pencil that touched those pages, the hands that held the book, the arms that carried it back and forth to school— to whom did they belong?

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I can’t tell if it was written by a boy or a girl. In vain, I search for some personal reference, a marginal “I love Mary” or “Billy put my pigtails in the inkwell again.” But there is nothing, not a scrap. No poems, no references to parents or siblings, no essay about “What I did last summer.” Disappointed, I flip the book around. There, on the last two pages, the only ones written with the book reversed, appear two items. The first item is a method for removing corns from the feet, both the recipe for the solution and the treatment method. (The recipe includes cannabis indica.) The other item is quite different from anything else in the book and

I reproduce it here in full. The Telephone James Alfred Cooper He procured some thin, common, pine boards and made a flat shallow box, 4 inches deep, a foot long, and 8 inches wide. He stained it. He bought a piece of round steel 8 inches long and a ½ in. in diameter, and wound some fine insulated wire around it. Through the wire he transmitted a current of electricity from his little galvanic battery, and made the steel bar into a permanent magnet. Then he made two bridges of hard wood and screwed them to the bottom of his box about four inches apart. On these two rests he placed his magnet with the fine

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The Copy Book insulated wire now wrapped around only one end of it. Insulated wire is made by winding silk thread dipped in paraffin around the wire to prevent the electricity escaping from the surface of the conductor. Some people think that electricity runs through the center of the wire. It does not penetrate the wire at all but remains on the surface. When Bob had finished placing his magnet on the bridges and saw that it fitted nicely he laid it aside. Then with some vinegar and a hot wire he cut off the bell-shaped top of a glass jar. This was to be the mouthpiece, and as glass is resonant, he expected to get very good results. He measured the outside diameter of it and marked a circle just a little larger on the outside of the box. He cut this out and inserted the mouthpiece. Inside this aperature [sic]he placed a flat and very thin plate of soft iron and fastened it against the end of the box with two small screws. This was his vibrator. The next thing to be done was to splice two pieces of common wire to the ends of the fine insulated wire around around [sic] the end of the steel magnet. He bought a coil of insulated wire 200 yds long. Everything was complete and he made another instrument like the first. He then placed the magnets in their places. The end of the magnet around which the wire was

coiled projected slightly and almost touched the vibrator. The ends of the fine wire he carried to two binding screws which he fastened to the bottom of the box and to each of these he attached the line wire. This was better than splicing. His vibrators fitted over the mouthpiece. The ends of the fine wire were fastened to the binding screws. He then got two pieces of copper and fixed it like the modern telephone. How very curious! The essay opens with the word “he,” without identification, but then “Bob” pops up like a jack-in-the-box. I come to the realization that this is no essay from the “Popular Mechanics” of its day, for this is hardly published material. Clearly, the writer watched this contraption being built by Bob and learned from him as the project went along. These must be the student’s own words, the only sample of the workings of his mind in the entire book. I say “his” words, for the fascination with electricity and wood-working suggest a boy. Of course, there is the name, “James Alfred Cooper,” between the title and the text. But is it about him or by him? And who is he? Cooper is an old name around these parts, one of the early antebellum settlers, so I consult the census records for our area. No “James A. Cooper” is listed in the 1860 census, though the head of one household is James H. Cooper, a farmer. In his household is listed

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a 19-year-old neighbor, “Joseph H. Cooper.” This Joseph H. Cooper appears again in the 1880 census, where he is now 39, head of the household, and his profession is “carpenter.” No wife is listed, but there are three children—the youngest of whom is—hello!—a six year-old son, “James A.” His occupation is given as “At School.” Eagerly, I flip to the 1900 census. There he is. James A. Cooper is now married to eighteenyear-old “Mary A.” and, like his father, is a carpenter. So, if he was six years old in 1880, then by 1889 (when this copy book was written), he would have been…15 years old. Zzzzzap! Like a sudden shock from that little galvanic battery,

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The Copy Book version of one of those new-fangled telephones that were spreading everywhere across America. It all fits. The first telephone line had been run down to Howeth’s Store just three years earlier. Did Jim ever imagine that one day the Cooper family might have a telephone themselves, right in their own home? Or a smart phone that would bounce signals off satellites hidden behind the sunlight in the sky overhead? From a local history, we learn that Jim’s father was known “as being the fastest and best carpenter ever.” This explains why we are given the precise dimensions of the box. Then the significance of

“he stained it” suddenly dawns on me, an entirely irrelevant fact but one which a carpenter would have noticed. I earnestly hope that all turned out well for Jim and Mary. There are Cooper families living in Talbot County. Perhaps one of Jim’s greatgreat-grandchildren is still around and could let me know the answer to the question: How Did It All Work Out? Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawford’s Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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4,18 Plant Clinic offered by the U n i ve rs i t y o f M a ry l a n d C o operative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 5 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your projects and stitch with a group. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 5 Garden Photography Lecture from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oxford Garden Club will have an open meeting with Paul Yglesias, as speaker.  He is the owner

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of Hobby Horse Photography in Easton.  Lecture on how to preserve your gardens with photography.  Oxford Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 5 Concert: Lucy Woodward in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Lucy Woodward’s show is reminiscent of the early, jazzier shows of a young Bette Midler. $25. For more info. tel: 410-8227200. 5,12,19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: T. Rex, the Crater of Doom and the Nemesis Star with Ron Lesher. 10:30 a.m.

to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Fro more info. tel: 410-745-2916, ext. 111. 5,12,19,26 Main Street Farmer’s Market in downtown Cambridge. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Weight Watchers at the St. Michaels Community Center. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7456073. 6,13,20,27 Poetry at Noon at the Oxford Community Center. Free poetry appreciation group

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meets weekly at noon. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 6 National Public Gardens Day at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free admission to the Arboretum in honor of National Public Gardens Day. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 6 First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton. 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. Raffles, gift certificates and street vendors! For more info. tel: 410-770-8350.

Chestertown’s First Friday. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout historic downtown. For a list of activities visit: www.kentcounty. com/artsentertainment.

6 Dorchester Swingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-820-8620. 6 Meeting: 4-H at the St. Michaels Community Center. 6 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-6073. 6-8

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schedule of activities and venue sites, visit www.doverdaysfestival.com or call Kent County Tourism, 800-233-5368. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Lighthouse Overnight Adventures at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Program begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. For children ages 8 to 12. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 6-8,12-15,20-21 Tred Avon Players presents the entertaining adult comedy “Social Security,” written by Andrew Bergman and directed by Patrick Fee and assistant director Zack Schlag. It’s delightfully

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May Calendar clever adult humor with a wry look at contemporary life with aging parents, rebellious college kids and baby boomers facing a mid-life crisis. All performances are at the Historical Society of Talbot County Auditorium in Easton, MD. Fridays & Saturdays, April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. Sundays May 1, 8, & 22 at 4 p.m. Thrifty Thursday May 5, at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee May 21 at 2 p.m. No shows May 13-15. For tickets and information call 410-226-0061 or visit www.tredavonplayers.org. 7,14,21,28 St. Michaels Farmers Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Muskrat Park. Local farmers and bakers, chef demonstrations, live music and more. For more info. visit www.freshfarmmarkets.org. 7,14,21,28 Easton Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harrison Street public parking lot. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 7,14,21,28 The Artisans’ Market in Fountain Park in downtown Chestertown adjacent to the popular Chestertown Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ample parking available in the city lots surrounding the park. 7,14,21,28 Historic High Street

Walking Tour in downtown Cambridge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the West End Citizens Association. $8 (children under 12 free). Meet at 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 7,14,21,28 Guided Walks at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. Free for members, free with admission to the general public. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. 7,14,21,28 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan of Dorchester, 1 to 3 p.m., Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6-12, $10; under 6 free. For reservations tel: 410-228-7141 or info@ skipjack-nathan.org. 7 Easton’s Multicultural Festival 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Idlewild Park, Easton. Celebrate the cultural diversity of our community by participating in the festival. For more info. tel: 410-829-3560. 7 Main Street Spring Fling in downtown Cambridge. For more info. visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com. 7 Forest as Muse—Walk and Reflection with Nature Journaling

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at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. public guided walk followed by journaling session - free with admission. Join one of the Arboretum’s docent naturalists for a walk through the forest. Enjoy the theme of the day and return to the Visitor’s Center to write/journal about your time in the woods. Reservations requested. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 7

Gardening Workshop. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Arming Yourself for the Battle Against Garden Pests. St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 225 South Morris St., Oxford. For more info. www. TAWaction.umd.edu.

7 EverGreen Treasure Sale: Join us at Evergreen Cove for a large yard sale.   We will have gently used furniture, lawn and garden tools, books, house-wares, artwork, and more.  Also enjoy a bake-sale and small silent auction table with even more goodies. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395. 7 The Academy Art Museum will host its Spring Gala “Paint the Town CUBAN!” at the Avalon Theatre, Easton 6 p.m. There will be a concert by the ninetime Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera and his Latin Jazz ensemble followed by cocktails and dinner at the

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Museum. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 8 Flower and Flew Market Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talbot Agriculture Center on Hiner’s Lane, Easton. The Festival is to benefit Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention. For more info. tel: 410-819-8067. 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Author with John Reisinger at the Steamboat Bldg., Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1

10 Concert: Kinky Friedman at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. “Kinky” Friedman is an American singer, songwriter, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly. $30. For more info. tel: 410822-7299. 10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 10,24 Meeting: Tilghman Chess Club of Talbot County at the St. Michaels Community Center. 1

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12 St. Michaels Library Book Club at 6 p.m. May’s title is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org.

13 Healthcare professionals from many fields will be at Homestead Manor for its Living Well Health Fair. Vendors and providers will have information for businesses and individuals on how they can provide better services for their clients and receive better care. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and healthy food from Homestead Manor’s grill will be available for sale. Doctors and healthcare-related businesses wishing to take part are asked to call Linda Evans no later than May 9 at 410-479-2273 to register.

12 Concert: The Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, is a jazz club every 2 nd Thursday. This month the featured artists are the Boilermaker Jazz Band. $20. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalontheatre.com.

13 Concert: Amy Correia at the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Correia creates hypnotic, homespun songs that draw from such influences as folk, pop and blues. $20. For more info. tel: 410822-7299.

13 Workshop: Basketry - Freeform Cracker Basket at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make a free-form rimmed cracker basket with wild jasmine vine and natural and dyed rattan using traditional melon basket technique. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. or info@adkinsarboretum.org.

1 4 , 2 8 C o u n t r y C h u rc h B r e a kfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, which is always open during the breakfast and

to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-886-2030. 11 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Waterview Grille at the Easton Club, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410770-5519.

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Participants of the WOW! workshop will spend a full day, both indoors and out, learning wetland ecology and wetland functions and values through fun, interactive activities while exploring Adkins Arboretum’s wetland. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The registration fee of $35 includes the program curriculum and all necessary workshop materials. Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.wetland.org/ education_schedule.htm, or call Environmental Concern at 410-745-9620. 

also every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 14 Second Saturday Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Come on a unique journey toward understanding native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home gardening experience. Free with admission. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 14 Join Adkins Arboretum for WOW! - The Wonders of Wetlands, a professional development workshop for teachers, environmental educators and program directors, presented by Environmental Concern.

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May Calendar Walking Tour in Chestertown. (See article in this issue). 14 The Met Live in HD at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Experience the world’s best opera as it happens - in simulcast! The Avalon is proud to be the only performing arts center in the state of Maryland partnering with The Metropolitan Opera in an effort to bring the best opera performances to the Mid-Atlantic region. Wagner’s Die Walkure. Noon. Expected running time: 3 hours. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299.

14 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more info. visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com. 14 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 14 Concert: Leo Kottke at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Leo Kottke plays the twelvestring guitar with such light-

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Meeting: St. Michaels Art League, 9:30 a.m. at the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4312.

15 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 7 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410226-5110.

17 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Clay Bakers Pottery Painting from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916, ext. 111.

15 Talbot  Mentors Spring Brunch, 11:30 a.m. Talbot Country Club. Live music, silent auction, raffle. $75 per person, benefits Talbot Mentors. For info. tel: 410-770-5999.

17-18 Boaters Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-2916.

15 Workshop: Foraging in Native Landscapes at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. This hands-on workshop will immerse participants in the exciting, sustainable and nutritious world of foraging for wild plants. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

18, 20 Workshop: Painting the Tulip Tree Poplar at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this two-day workshop, artist Lee D.Zmura will focus on the study and creation of botanical illustrations of this stately member of the magnolia family. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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May Calendar 19 Do you love jewelry? Do you love Bingo? If so, then you’ll want to be at Homestead Manor at 2 p.m. for its inaugural Jewelry Bingo, or “Blingo!” as it is called. Beautiful bracelets, necklaces, broaches, rings and much more will be won by lucky players. There is no admission fee and complimentary refreshments will be served. “Blingo!” cards are only 10 cents each with no limit as to how many you can purchase. Seating is limited and an R.S.V.P. is recommended. Please call Homestead Manor at 410-479-2273. 19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Ancient Athens and the Greek Theater with Philip Walsh. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916, ext. 111. 19 17th Annual Senior Celebration - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. Open to the public.  FREE Admission. A variety of live entertainment all day, with Shelley Abbott as emcee. Vendors with give-a-ways, senior oriented exhibits, door prizes, Eastern Shore foods priced right (including crab cake sandwiches for $5.00), f re e t o u rs of Hi st ori c C am -

bridge, white elephant sale, yard sale, health screenings and information, and more. Call 410-228-0190 or 410-4763011 for more information.  All proceeds benefit Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care. 19 Comedy at the Stoltz: Every 3 rd Thursday come see some of the hottest national comics in the business in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. The doors open at 7 p.m., featuring Doug Benson. The show starts at 8 p.m.$20. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalontheatre.com. 20 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $5 meal deal. Choose from Chicken & Dumplings, Cheese & Broccoli or Soup du Jour (either Vegetable Beef or Chili). Each meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in!! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 21 Gardening Workshop. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Responsible Pest Control and Conservation Practices. Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave, Easton. For more info. www.TAWaction.umd.edu.

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43rd Annual Horn Point Antique Fly-In in Cambridge. There will be a special Naval Aircraft Award this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Naval aviation. For more info. tel: 410-310-0159.

21 “The Secret Gardens of Oxford” Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oxford Garden Club presents 9 beautiful gardens nestled behind historic homes in Oxford. Enjoy plein aire artists and talented musicians while strolling through the gardens. Tickets are available the day of the tour at the Oxford Town Park across

from the Oxford Market. Ticket Price $15. Rain or shine. 21 Rio Vista Community Association Yard Sale (rain date May 28) starting at 8 a.m. Directions: from Easton on Rt. 33 before St. Michaels, right on Madison or Lincoln. Balloons will direct you to participating homes. 21 Inaugural Elf Classic Yacht Race from the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis to The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Participant registration is required. This event is organized by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild to rec-

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May Calendar reate the sensibilities of yacht racing of the 1880s. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 21 Soup ‘n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check out the beautiful view along Tuckahoe Creek and beyond. Scallop and vegetable soup, roasted red beets and carrots on lettuce, apple date wheat bread with cherry jam, fruity nutty oatmeal bars. $20 members, $25 general public. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0. 21 30th Annual Hospice Gala at the Talbot County Club, Easton. 6 to 10:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit www.talbothospice.org. 21 Spring Fling Dinner & Auction, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Easton, 5 to 9 p.m.  To benefit reduction of debt incurred for the recently completed “Growing to Serve” building campaign. Silent auction 5-6:30 p.m. Buffet dinner at 7 p.m. followed by live auction. Tickets $25 or table for eight, $200. Contact Jackie Dianich at 410-645-3884 or church office, 410-822-0001 for more information or ticket reservations.

21 Historic Houses Open House Wright’s Chance in Centreville will be open to the public, free of charge, during the Master Gardener’s “A Garden Affair.” The patio and gardens of Tucker House will also be open, weather permitting. For information, call 410-758-3011. 21

Friends of the Dorchester General Hospital will experience the elegance of a tropical luau while supporting services of the hospital. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Dr. and Mrs. Michael Moran will host this fundraiser at their waterfront home in Trappe. Tickets are $150 per person. To reserve your table, tel: 410-228-5511, ext. 5481.

21-22 Maritime Model Expo at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Hosted by the Museum’s model Guild and the North American Steamboat Modelers Association, this expo includes radio-controlled models powered by steam, battery and wind. Static displays of highly detailed and realistic models by the Washington Ship Model Society and others will be featured, as well as activities for children. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7452916 or visit www.cbmm.org.

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May Calendar 22 One-Hour Skipjack Sails on the Nathan of Dorchester, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $15; children 6-12 $7; under 6 free. For reservations tel: 410-228-7141 or info@skipjack-nathan.org. 23,24,25 “Realistic Watercolors Made Simple” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Michaels Art League brings James Toogood’s Realistic Watercolors Made Simple instruction at Christ Church Hall, St. Michaels. Learn a variety of techniques for everything from skies, water, buildings to landscapes. For more info. visit

www.stmichaelsartleague.org. Cost for members is $270, and $305 for non-members. 25 Concert: The Sweetback Sisters in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. $20. For more info. tel: 410-822-7200. 27-29 Chestertown Tea Party Festival in downtown Chestertown. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now in its 36th continuous year, recent additions to the festival include tours onboard the Schooner Sultana, regional wine tastings,

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30 Free Skipjack Sails on the Nathan of Dorchester, during Dorchester County’s Heritage Month, 12, 1, 2 & 3 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge. No advance reservations accepted. For more info. visit www.skipjacknathan.org. 31 After School Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Crafts for ages 7 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www. tcfl.org.

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CHANCE FARM - Fantastic 3.5 +/- acre estate features a three-bedroom home with a large kitchen, master suite, in-ground swimming pool, attached oversized two-car garage,and hardwood floors throughout. The property also features a horse stable with heated tack room, large detached shop with recreation area and two guest bedrooms, and private pier. $1,495,000

CHANCE HOPE FARM WATERFRONT - Enjoy fantastic views of the Miles River and Eastern Bay from one of the finest homes available on the Eastern Shore. Superior quality and luxury abound at every corner of this magnificent custom built home. Exterior features include lush landscaping, detached 3-car garage with guest quarters, in-ground pool, private pier and protected shoreline. $3,995,000

HARRIS CREEK - Over 5,000 sq. ft. of quality brick waterfront home on 8 +/- acres on Harris Creek with stunning views. Four bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, third floor media room with wet bar, 4’ +/- MLW, large heated pool and three car attached garage. Stunning, quality estate. $1,850,000

Chuck Mangold, Jr.

Benson & Mangold Real Estate 410-924-8832 (c) · 410-770-9255 (o) www.talbotwaterfront.com · e-mail: chuckm@goeaston.net 208


OXFORD Move in time to enjoy Oxford’s Fourth of July fireworks! For the lover of antiquity, we offer this ca. 1870 three bedroom residence retaining its wavy glass windows, wide pine floorboards, smokehouse and carriage house. The Kitchen/Family Room offers the pleasant surprise of a vaulted ceiling and modern fireplace. Screened porch, Double Living Room with two fireplaces, Dining Room. Off-street parking, private yard with ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers. Minutes from the Town Park, Museum, restaurants, marinas and village market. Offered for the first time in over 35 years. $535,000. Please call Sigrid Treat, 410-226-5632.

114 Goldsborough St. Easton, MD 21601 · 410-822-7556 www.shorelinerealty.biz · info@shorelinerealty.biz



Tidewater Times May 2011