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Features: About the Cover Artist: Mark Hiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Getting Carded: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Plein Air-Easton! 2011: Ann Dorbin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Looking to Steal a Kiss: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Contemplating the Labyrinth: Bonna Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Island Hopping: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

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About the Cover Artist Mark Hiles Mark’s paintings are reaching an increasing audience and increasing interest in collectors. His paintings are enjoyed in many private and corporate collections. His landscapes and still life are very popular, and although rarer, his portraits and figurative paintings are being increasingly coveted. His participation in shows, competitions, art leagues, galleries and art education continue to bring wider popularity and recognition. Mark’s work is currently on exhibit locally at the Troika Gallery in Easton. You can view more of his work on the internet at www.

Mark began his art career at the early age of 5. His passion was evident through the hours spent drawing and painting. By high school graduation, he was receiving offers of commissions for artwork and garnering awards at local art shows. In 1984, Mark attended the renowned Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore where classical training in painting, sculpture and drawing began to hone his natural talent. Upon graduation from the school, Mark taught watercolor and oil painting at local art schools and continues painting demonstrations and workshops at various art leagues, in addition to private instruction. In a style uniquely his own, Mark paints figures, landscapes, still life and portraits with a confident flair and a delicate touch. His bold brushwork combines the relationships of beauty, color, form and light. Inspired by both Classical Realism and Impressionism, the artist’s influences include Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Henri Fantin-Latour, Edgar Payne, Ann Schuler and Will Wilson. Equally adept at pastel, watercolors and oils, Mark was also trained in sculpture and anatomy. A love of draftsmanship is evident in his work and sparks the creations in his oil, pastel, drawings and watercolors.

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Getting Carded by Helen Chappell

Not too long ago, a friend celebrated his 70th birthday with a surprise party at a local pizzeria. What in the world do you get for a man who is not only the big 7–0, but, when he needs something, goes out and hunter-gathers it for himself? It seemed as if the celebrants, aged 9 to 93, were united on the Card Question. Kemp must have gotten about 20 greeting cards from his many

friends, neighbors and family members. As he read them, he just beamed. Then he passed them around for everyone else to enjoy. I have to admit, I looked at the pictures on the front, read the copy inside and checked the signatures, just having a good old time. “It took me forever to pick out a card,” a friend confided. “I just go in the store and start looking




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do, and God help you if you fail to acknowledge someone’s milestone without a folded piece of paper. There’s a card for everything. And I do mean everything. I once sent a friend a sympathy card for the death of his dog. He loved it. There’s a reason none of the card companies are going broke. The fact that many of these cards are very entertaining and clever doesn’t hurt. Who doesn’t like a picture of a well-muscled, well-oiled dude or a gaggle of naughty old ladies on their birthday? What kid doesn’t love SpongeBob or a Star Wars card of his or her very own? Which Disney princess will please your

at everything, and once I start, I can’t stop. It’s not just that I want the perfect card for the person and the event, it’s that once you pick one card, you have to keep reading them all. I thought I could run into the store and pick something out in five minutes. I was in there for two hours, and I had to drag myself away from the racks.” As most women, and some men, can tell you, greeting cards are addictive. Someone has a birthday or an anniversary or is in the hospital, so you decide to send a card. It’s what the industrial glurge complex wants you to


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cards, and many ladies buy them by the dozen. These same ladies also buy a dozen Harlequin Romances every month. They file the cards neatly away under Event, and are never without an appropriate card for any person or occasion, be it attached to a funeral casserole or a cousin’s new job. When I used to wait on these ladies, I noticed two things. They were always happy, and I suspected their homes were so clean you could eat off their floors. Sales clerks like happy customers; so much easier to deal with, so pleasant. Alas, the unpleasant buy greeting cards, too. And their choices

three-year-old niece? Which of your more surly and iconoclastic friends would appreciate a Simpsons greeting? (Writer waves hand wildly!) If humor isn’t your thing, maybe you’d like a tasteful die-cut bouquet of lavender flowers with a trailing blue ribbon? A script font in Lucida Calligraphy italic announces that your spouse loves you beyond all reason. Usually you get this one if he forgot a present. Trust me. I used to work in a book and card store. Now, in the normal course, women are the ones who buy



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guys browse the cards, especially the day before a holiday like Valentine’s or Christmas when they knew they were going to have to swallow their manly pride and do something as girly as buy a Valentine. They also knew that if they did not, their lives would be a silent, frosty living hell for the next two months. In general, I’ve found men aren’t very good at expressing their feelings, unless the Ravens are losing in the last quarter. So it was sort of fun to watch them browse the cards. Of course, they loved all the funny stuff with the hot babes and the copyrighted cartoon characters and the suggestive artwork. They could get

are the ones that make you wince. Drippy, die-cut florals with verses full of cheap sentiment and even cheaper rhymes (times/ limes, heaven/leaven, praise/ raise, etc.). So let’s heave a sigh of relief that they paid and left without any ugliness or threats to call the manager. This time. And we move on to a much more interesting card buyer. Men. With the exception of a few gay friends of mine, I don’t know a lot of men who have a stock of greeting cards for every event. Or any event, for that matter. It was always fun to watch the


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for it that counts. Yes, these cards cost a fortune. Every once in a while, we’d get a highly upset young man. The same young man came in the evening every time he’d had a fight with his girlfriend. I never asked what the fights were about; who knows what teen angst triggers spats these days? Instead, I’d almost take him by the hand, help him pick out a stuffed animal, a couple of balloons and two or three cards, the more syrupy the better. By the time I moved on, that girl must have had the biggest collection of stuffed animals, balloons and glurgey cards in the five-county area.

sucked into looking at that section for an hour, shifting from one foot to the other and chuckling to themselves at some of the funnier cards. Of course, they’d look around to make sure no one saw them actually enjoying greeting cards, then reach for some more. Eventually, they’d come up to the checkout counter with a couple of the biggest, fanciest, die-cut, padded, be-ribboned hearts and flowers cards they could find. One would be for the wife, a slightly plainer one for the mother and maybe something very ingénue for a daughter or a daughter-in-law. Sometimes, they’d actually ask us female clerks for an opinion. I’d always say, “Oh, I’d be thrilled to get a card like that,” which wasn’t quite a lie. After all, if a guy handed me a card like that, no matter how overwrought and frou-frou it was, it’s the thought and the six bucks he shelled out

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Three Exceptional Artists Have 7-Year Streak at Plein Air-Easton! by Ann Dorbin

Now entering its seventh year, Plein Air–Easton! has become the premier plein air festival in the country. Each year the festival has evolved and expanded as scores of painters descend on Easton and Talbot County, bringing with them an up­‑close‑and‑personal look at the excitement and spontaneity that surround art created en plein air (French for “in the open air”).

This event has become one of the hottest art sales of the year in the Mid-Atlantic region and well beyond. A fundamental key to the event’s unprecedented success is the ever-increasing quality of the art being produced. As organizers have continued to constantly raise the bar, the intensity of the contest has increased to the point where the competition

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is extremely fierce. Over the last several years, Plein Air–Easton! has seen a distinct shift in the caliber of artists submitting to the competition. Submissions increasingly come from well-known artists from across the United States and around the world. This year, almost 100 percent of those who applied have established careers, gallery representation, and professional websites. Among the increasingly daunting prospect of becoming a judge at this prestigious competition, only three artists have the distinguished record of having qualified for all seven years (2005-2011). They are

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professional art organizations, including the National Arts Club, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Cumberland Society of Painters, and Oil Painters of America (OPA), of which he is a signature member. He regularly participates in solo shows, national exhibitions, and paint-outs. Many of his paintings have won awards in prestigious exhibitions. Honors include the Gold Medal of Honor for the Hudson Valley Art Association at the National Arts Club in New York, and Best of Show for the 39th Annual Central South Juried Art Exhibit. Brown conducts workshops throughout the country, teaching a

artist who spends countless hours, both in his studio and on location, capturing sights and scenery throughout America with his style of expressive realism. He is also known for his evocative figurative and still life works. An ardent outdoorsman, he has traveled and studied across the United States, and says his paintings are inspired by his travels, combined with his love of history, nature and architecture. He has an exceptional ability to capture atmosphere in his paintings. Brown actively participates in

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ity, reflective and refractive light, as the sun sets over a marsh. He will also explain his technique and thought process throughout the painting process. Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison St. in downtown Easton.

variety of subjects. He has regularly conducted demonstrations during Plein Air–Easton! Brown is Troika Gallery’s featured artist for the month of July. He will present a demonstration, “Capturing Atmosphere Plein Air Style,” to be held at Troika Gallery on July 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. during the Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival. Brown will demonstrate how he paints the humid-

Michael Budden Chesterfield, New Jersey It’s the light that grabs you. Makes you stop and look and want to paint. Michael Budden won awards

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Easter Egg representing New Jersey, and two awards at the Salmagundi Club in New York City: the 2008 Purchase Award and the 2009 Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional Landscape in Oil. His paintings are found in three major museums that focus on wildlife art, and in many private and corporate collections. Barbara Hughes, of Hughes Gallery in Boca Grande, Florida, says, “The first time I saw a Michael Budden painting, it took my breath away. There are simply some painters who paint so tenderly that we know we’re in the presence of a great artist. For me, Michael is one of those. For an artist to rise above and paint in a manner com-

for 2005 Best Marine for “Marina Morning” and 2010 Honorable Mention for “Easton Evening.” Budden’s paintings are characterized by strong design, confident brushwork, and a superior quality of light. He says, “The challenge of painting on location emphasizes what truly excites me as an artist. Plein air painting is derived from the heart, very challenging, but fun and freeing up of one’s art spirit. Although I also work in the studio, nature is the best teacher and inspiration.” Budden has won many awards, including the 2006 White House


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Honorable Mention for “Dudrow Farm,” 2007 Best Marine for “Crabbers,” and 2007 Quick Draw Second Place for “Academy.” Griffin is best known for portraits and landscapes, especially of Chesapeake Bay and New England boats. His landscapes capture the distinctive light caused by the high humidity of Maryland summers. He says, “The light has to go through the haze and it sets up beautiful screens of atmosphere. I am trying to paint what I see in nature, capturing the emotion of that day in a way that will move the viewer.” Originally from Pennsylvania, Griffin studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine

manding our attention, it takes the heart to paint what we all feel when in the presence of beauty.” Budden continuously strives for excellence, stating, “I continue to search and to get better as an artist. I feel my best is yet to come.” Stephen J. Griffin Easton, Maryland To paint a landscape you have to be out there, having a relationship with it, seeing and feeling it to get it right. Stephen J. Griffin won awards for 2005 Third Place and People’s Choice for “Morning Work,” 2005 Quick Draw Third Place, 2006

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tice” for the Hatboro, Pennsylvania, District Court, and a portrait of Edward F. Burns, Mayor of Bensalem and member of the State of Pennsylvania Legislature. He also has completed numerous portraits of children and adults. Griffin is a member of Classical America, the Maryland Society of Portrait Artists and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). He won both the People’s Choice and Best Marine Painting in MAPAPA’s Paint Annapolis 2002 exhibit and has gone on to win numerous plein air painting awards in subsequent Plein Air–Easton! and Paint Annapolis events. He was selected as an Artist of Recognition in 2001 by the Portrait Society of America. He exhibited his work in the 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition in 2003 at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Griffin was honored to be juried into the 2004 “Sunlight and Shadow” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausaw, WI. “We have only just begun!” he says. “Come, watch, and see where we go.” July 18-24: Seventh Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival Fifty-eight artists will compete in the Seventh Annual Plein Air– Easton! competition, to be held

Arts in Philadelphia. His studies have included classical painting and architecture with Alvin Holm AIA, Impressionism at the Cape Cod School of Art founded by Henry Hensche in 1931, and classical drawing and design at Barnstone Studios in Coplay, Pennsylvania. He moved to Maryland to study with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli. He says studying with the Egelis, in particular, shaped his Impressionist style. “I started seeing things as they really are, not the way we think they should be.” Griffin’s recent portrait commissions include “Mural of Jus-


ist); the very cool Quick Draw: The Next Generation for emerging artists, features a paint-out, art sale, an opportunity to gain credentials, and art sale, along with the chance to win a top cash prize of $1,500, with winning painting featured on the cover of Attraction magazine (open to artists age 25 and younger); and the popular Children’s Quick Draw. Other attractions include gallery shows, art talks, workshops, and demos by outstanding artists and photographers. The Winners’ Paint‑Out & Brunch with Live Art Auction, and self‑guided Studio Tour across Talbot County offer even more opportunities to view and purchase great art. Take in

July 18-24. This week-long event produces some of the best representational art in America today, created by the nation’s top plein air painters. Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts alike come together for the hottest art sale of the year. Event features national competition, museum exhibit featuring sales of freshly made paintings, and an exclusive Collectors’ Preview Party. As paintings sell, replacements will be added, so be sure to stop by several times throughout the weekend to see this evolving wealth of plein air artwork. Three “Quick Draw” events: the exciting two‑hour main Quick Draw competition, followed by art exhibit and sale (open to any art-


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by various corporate, media, and community sponsors, including the Talbot County Arts Council. Donations from Friends of Plein Air–Easton! support the event while promoting conservation and tourism through the arts and a distinct sense of place. Strong community support and sponsorships have been key components in the great success of this event. For full itineraries, artists’ bios, registration for ticketed events, and more, visit www., e-mail info@ or phone 410822-7297.

performing arts with live music, three performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta The Pirates of Penzance, and a screening of the film The Art of the Steal, sponsored by the Chesapeake Film Festival. Most events are free and open to the public. Plein Air–Easton! is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improve the quality of life in the Mid-Shore region. The competition exhibit is held at the Academy Art Museum, which is an accredited museum. Plein Air–Easton! is supported





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Carl Langkammerer’s hooded blue eyes sparkle as he plays a jazzy rendition of “Till There Was You” on his piano in the l iving room of hi s son’s home overlooking the Wye River. His fingers move quickly across the keyboard with the ease of a long-practiced skill. He started playing the piano when he was 20. That means he has practiced

his musical skills for 86 years. “My wife didn’t like sloppy jazz,” he says with a grin. “But she had to live with it.” Langkammerer, who retired af t er m or e t han 6 0 y e a rs a s a DuPont Company chemist and translator, has become a central figure in the lives of the Sportsman’s Hall community and others along Bennett Point Road in

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live. Everyone knows me.” Karen Catron, Langkammerer’s granddaughter, says he would sometimes be gone for hours. “He would stop by homes and go in and play the piano, talk, have a drink,” Catron says. Neighbor Mickey Boersma says that after a while, area residents started putting chairs next to their mailboxes so Langkammerer would have a place to rest during his local sojourns. “A friend asked me, ‘What’s with the chairs? Is that something new in this neighborhood?’ and I told her about Carl and his walks,” she says. Langkammerer’s quick wit and seemingly boundless knowledge

Queen Anne’s County. “He’s done a good job of bringing this neighborhood together,” says his friend and neighbor, Fielding Lewis. “It wasn’t a dysfunctional neighborhood, but he got people talking to each other, mostly about him.” It all started when Langkammerer moved in with son, Carl Jr., and daughter-in-law, Carol, in 1999. Still fit and always inquisitive, Langkammerer soon struck up acquaintances during his threemile daily walks. “They treat me like a civilized being,” Langkammerer says with a chuckle. “This is a great place to



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made him a welcome visitor and fascinating conversationalist. He was born in rural western Illinois in 1905, the son of German immigrants. His father was a Lutheran pastor who ministered to German farm communities in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. “Preachers move around a lot, you know,” he says. German was spoken in the home and was his first language, a factor that would do him well in his later professional life. “When (World War I) came along, we couldn’t listen to much of that German stuff anymore,” he says. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa and went on to

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1992.) He taught chemistry at Concordia College in Minnesota before he was recruited by DuPont and moved to Wilmington to be part of the company’s Nylon research team. “That turned out pretty good,” he says, with a bit of intended understatement. “It made some money.” He holds 58 patents, m os t ly f or s ci e nt i f i c m e t h o d s, he says. While his primary duties at DuPont were in laboratory sciences, he also translated technical journals and reports from German to English, a job he continued to perform into his early 90s. “That gave me an advantage over others,” he says.

graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. “It took me 10 years to get my doctorate,” he says. “I had to work my way through.” He worked as an office boy in a Minnesota engine factory and taught college students in chemistry labs. “All the doctoral candidates taught in the labs,” he says. Along the way, he taught himself to play the piano. He says he had an early interest in music and played the snare drum in his high school marching band. He and his college sweetheart, Reba, were married in 1929 by his father. (His wife passed away in

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“They were 64 and 63 and suddenly they found themselves with two kids, ages three and two,” Karen says. Langkammerer smiles and says, “I had two families. They were peachy kids.” Karen, an American Airlines 767 pilot, says that three years ago, he wanted to fly with her and she arranged for him to be in first class on one of her trips between Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. He says the flight attendants made a fuss over him when they found out he was 103 and his granddaughter was the pilot. “That was a good time on the company’s money,” he says. He says that when he moved to

Music continued to be his passion, and he was one of the founders of the Rhythm Doctors orchestra, a jazz ensemble made up of DuPont PhDs. He was the orchestra’s pianist for two decades. A photo from the family album shows Langkammerer at the keyboard with the Rhythm Doctors during a 1940s performance at the Delaware Shrine Club. In 1970, as Langkammerer approached normal retirement age, his daughter and son-in-law were killed in a car crash, leaving two young children. He and Reba stepped in to raise their grandchildren, Karen, and her brother, Bill.

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merer and he has not been able to continue his long walks through the neighborhood. To resolve that problem, Fielding Lewis picks him up at the house in his golf cart three or four times a week and they drive around the area visiting friends. “We tour all around and stop at various houses,” Lewis says. “He likes to get out in the cart so all of the girls can give him a kiss.”

the Wye River, he enjoyed sailing and boating. His only other experience with boating was as a teenager in Iowa when he built a canoe out of barrel staves and canvas based on a plan from The Boy Mechanic magazine. “They don’t take me out much anymore, but we had a lot of fun,” he says. Other than music and his friends, Langkammerer says he is a “goofy stamp collector,” a hobby he started as a child with German stamps on letters sent to his parents. In the past few years, age has started to catch up with Langkam-

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Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Walking slowly, head bowed, seeing only the grass path lined with stones and the feet of my companion in front of me, and then really seeing nothing but my thoughts, I traveled on the labyrinth circling round and round. Slowly, silently, rhythmically, hearing only birds and my heartbeat, I moved along the circuit within the circle. I felt the heat of

the sun, a slight breeze on my face. I knew that a blue sky and cloud puffs watched over me. Quietly I entered the innermost circle. I took a deep breath. I contemplated where I had been and where I was headed. I looked up at the blue blanketing me and down at the green supporting me. I touched the earth with my hand, said a prayer of thankfulness

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Baltimore County chapel. And, in the last few years, several times, I have walked the labyrinth created in the grass on the waterfront of the Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center in Easton, one of the 52 labyrinths in Maryland officially registered with the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator. The Labyrinth Society defines a labyrinth as a single path used for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation that is also thought to enhance right brain activity. You enter a labyrinth at an opening and travel a weaving path inward toward the center. Edges delineate the path. In the center, many walkers pause, contemplate, pray, some leave a gift, and then turn and follow the winding path back out.

and moved out of the inner sanctum onto the outward path, creating space for the next pilgrim. I finished the walk the same way I had started. Slowly. Silently. Rhythmically. I felt a sense of peace as I left the labyrinth. Over the years I have repeated this intriguing hypnotic practice, first meditating on a labyrinth at a spiritual retreat in Western Maryland. And then I walked on an historic, elevencircuit stone labyrinth installed on the floor inside the Gothic Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France, built around 1200. Next I walked a patterned, painted canvas labyrinth arranged on the floor of a northern

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religious practices. Mandala is Sanskrit for circle that contains the Essence. A labyrinth is distinguished from a maze because it is a unicursal (that which can be passed over in a single course) path, one way in, one way out. A maze has many paths, and dead ends leading to confusion, not enlightenment. From ancient times, the labyrinth has intrigued us. All of those famous ancients – the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans – included labyrinths in myths and used them for worship, meditation and decoration. Labyrinths have even been found dating back to prehistoric times on petroglyphs. The Greeks have a myth that you might remember about an elaborate labyrinth designed by a legendary

The Labyrinth Society created a World Labyrinth Day on the first Saturday in May to celebrate the joy of walking the labyrinth. A labyrinth is also defined as an ancient symbol relating to wholeness and combining the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path ( Walking the labyrinth symbolizes a journey to our own center and back again, out into the world, an initiation to awaken the knowledge encoded in our DNA and a path to our soul. Labyrinths have been linked to mandalas, familiar to us as a concentric configuration of geometric shapes representing the cosmos, an icon in both Buddhist and Hindu

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enlightenment or salvation. I have traveled labyrinths singly, with a friend and with a group. Even with a group, I found it easy to quickly focus on the process. The walk. Contemplation. Meditation. Connection to inner self. Connection to the earth. Connection to the soul. It can be a profound experience. I have taken friends who needed some quiet time to think about challenges in their lives, and they felt better physically and mentally after a labyrinth experience. During the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries, elaborate medieval labyrinths were created on the floors of European Roman Catholic cathedrals, perhaps as symbols of pilgrimages to the Holy Land or for repentance. Some sources suggest

architect, Daedalus, for King Minos of Crete at Knossos to contain the Minotaur, a creature half man, half bull. Cretan coins, as early as 430 BC, featured labyrinths. Throughout prehistory and history, labyrinths have appeared on the walls of caves and religious structures, on pottery and basketry, in mosaics on walls and floors, on coins, on the ground, and even in body art. They have been used for decoration, group ritual, private meditations and alternative pilgrimages. Prehistoric labyrinths may have been used as an attempt to trap evil spirits or to walk a sacred path to connect with lost ancestors. Other purposes may have been to attain

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Wheel and the Celts described it as a Never Ending Circle. In mystical Judaism, or Kabbalah, the Tree of Life has been likened to a labyrinth. The Muslim faithful make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, and amongst several rituals is the meditative walk counterclockwise seven times in a circle in homage to Muhammad. The Buddhists practice a meditative walk imagining their feet kissing the earth. Circles, squares, octagons, all with coiled patterns, labyrinths come in a variety of geometric shapes; the most common is the classic circle. The labyrinth is found in many sizes, from a small design on paper to be “walked” or traced with a finger, to others large enough for multiple

that pilgrims without the means or time to travel to Jerusalem during the Crusades instead traveled to cathedral labyrinths, sometimes on their knees, in prayer, to the symbolic center representing the Holy City or a sacred path to God. Examples of labyrinths and labyrinth symbols are found in many cultures at some point in time throughout the world. From Scandinavia to South America, from native North America to Australia, from Europe to Asia, the symbol is found in various forms, designs, patterns, textures and materials. The Native American culture called the labyrinth the Medicine

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practice can lower blood pressure and breathing rates and reduce chronic pain, as well as help with conflict resolution, grief, emotional pain and depression. Labyrinths have been built in parks, religious structures, hospitals, hospices, wellness centers, retreat centers, schools, colleges, prisons, retirement homes, private homes, in urban areas and suburban towns around the world. The outdoor labyrinth in Stevensville was installed at Christ Church, founded in 1632, and located at 830 Romancoke Road. Everyone is invited to walk the labyrinth to meditate or just for fun. The ornate labyrinth, constructed from pavers and measuring 35 feet in diameter

people to walk a serpentine circuit at the same time. Some have a five-circuit path and some eleven or more. Materials can include anything from paper, wood and canvas to grass, concrete, stone, mosaic, brick, pavers, mulch and painted asphalt. Modern times have brought a resurgence of interest in building and walking labyrinths. During a wave of spiritual hunger in the 1990s, people began taking an interest in labyrinths again. Medical professionals and religious leaders are touting the healing effects of these intricate walkways. Even Harvard Medical School has studied the labyrinth and determined that the

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and nearly 1,000 square feet, was designed and constructed by Garrett Fulmer for his Boy Scout Eagle project in 2009 with help from the community. The classic circular labyrinth at the Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center, Inc. in Easton was built outdoors on the grass by Evergreen Cove volunteers. The project was led by Sarah Sadler, Evergreen Cove’s founder. The seven circuits are lined with bricks. The labyrinth sits in a clearing on the waterfront at the headwaters of the Tred Avon River and is surrounded by beautiful old trees. The setting is peaceful and magical. The labyrinth is always open to the public. If you want to get away from it

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Rathbaun Farm in County Galway, Ireland. Here the Connolly family operates a sheep and horse farm. Our driver, John, opened the coach door and, from his right-hand-drive position, waved and shouted, “Good afternoon, Frances!” F r a nc e s C on nol ly c ont i nue d strolling toward the bus, wiping her hands on a full-length print apron.

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not help it – all I can think of is “Mary had a little lamb...” You know the rest, except that it’s Frances instead of Mary, and this lamb is black instead of white. Our hostess informed us that we had arrived just in time for afternoon tea, which was served with freshly baked scones; homemade jam; sweet, fresh cream butter and porter cake. To reach the dining room where tea was to be served, we passed through a room in the thatched stone cottage. Someone remarked about the unusual, sweet aroma, seemingly coming from a fire glowing in a large open fireplace. “Oh, that smell is from the turf,” said Frances. Turf?

Tottering along beside her, at first glance, appeared to be the shadow of a small dog; it was, instead, a black lamb, its head not as high as the lady’s knee. F r a nc e s c l i mb e d t he c oac h’s three steps, as did the black lamb. She welcomed us to the farm and began telling a bit of its history, but the little black lamb stole the show completely and was finally introduced to us as Shannon. Shannon, we learned, was less than two weeks old, is being bottle fed and has been trailing Frances since taking her first awkward steps. I will apologize now – I just can-

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in areas known as peat bogs and will burn as long and as hot as any oak-wood fire. Observing our fascination with turf, John assured us that we would alter our plans a bit for the next day and he would take us to a peat bog to see sods of turf being harvested. We proceeded to the dining room and were seated for afternoon tea. The scones were incredible! The homemade jam and butter were spectacular! The tea – was tea. Follow ing af ternoon tea, Fintan Connolly led us through the farmyard to the sheep barn, where we saw dozens of ewes watching over their young. It seemed that each sheep and lamb had a different voice, all bleating to plead for

Tea and scones could wait! Everyone gathered toward the hearth to have a look. On the fire grate were four small chunks glow ing with short f lames licking upward. In a basket at the left side of the hearth were pieces of a dark, hard substance, resembling sun-dried clumps of animal dung. Not heavy when lifted and appearing to have tiny plant f ibers embedded, the brownish material was not quite as dense as charcoal. Turf? “But, what is turf?” asked someone. A brief explanation followed, and we learned that the turf burning in the fireplace is also called peat or sod. It is dug from the ground

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our attention. Fintan showed us through the barn and out the back to be introduced to Mollie, a young Border Collie. Mollie the Collie could hardly contain herself waiting for the gate to be opened so she could perform her afternoon duties. As soon as her nose made it through the opening, she was off like a shot across the pasture. Grazing lazily at the far corner of the pasture were about a dozen adult sheep. When they detected Mollie’s first movement into the pasture, they appeared to panic and started running in the general direction of the barn. They seemed to know where to go. Mollie zig-zagged and circled

Chunks of peat ready to be burned in the fire. frantically as the f lock raced across the pasture toward an open pen at the end of the barn. The first sheep to arrive at the pen did so with such

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Next day, true to his word, John pulled the bus off the narrow road and into a dirt lane. “Here it is,” he said. “This is a peat bog.” Stepping off the coach, I saw what looked like an idle field – not swampy – not muddy. There was a wild grassy covering and, to the casual tourist passing by, there was nothing spectacular there to be seen. But this land, for as far as the eye could see, was said to be filled with tons and tons of the energy-producing substance known to the Irish people as peat, turf or sod. To me, it looked like mucky dirt. About a quarter of a mile away we cou ld see a mecha nic a l sod harvester. The huge piece of equipment removed sod to a depth of about fou r feet, cut t i ng it i nto manageable-sized chunks and using a conveyor system to deposit

speed and ent husiasm t hat she overshot her destination, jumping a four-foot stone wall at the back of the pen into the open barnyard. Once all the sheep were where they belonged, Fintan apologized for Mollie’s demeanor, indicating that she was new to the job and had not yet developed the maturity of her predecessor who had recently passed away. Fintan chose an unsuspecting candidate from the flock and, for the next ten minutes, sheared away the entire fluffy layer of wool, leaving it in one connected piece. The visit to Rathbaun Farm ended by passing back through the thatched cottage where, again, special attention was given to the turf fire. More questions – lots of pictures – time to go.

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like f irewood. The dehydrated, cured product seems not as dense as wood, but locals tell me that sod will burn long and hot. It can also be ground or milled into pellets or briquettes for home or commercial use. Some electric generating stations are fueled with sod. While the rest of the world experiments with, and debates the pros and cons of, green energ y versus fossil-based fuels, it appears to me that the folks of southeast Ireland are years ahead (or centuries behind) in heating their homes, churches, castles and pubs. One of the rewards of escorting groups of travelers is being able to obser ve which local customs attract their attention. Of all the fascinating things to experience in the beautiful Irish countryside, who might have guessed that chunks of dried mud burning in a fireplace would have attracted so much attention from the American tourists? From that day forward we noticed that sweet aroma in every pub we visited. Burning dirt!?! Really!?! May all of your travels be happy and safe!

the harvested peat in piles where it would be covered and allowed to dry or dehydrate for a few weeks. For centuries, peat has also been harvested manually using a spadelike tool to cut the sod into bricksized portions. Once the peat dries, it will not reabsorb moisture and remains a convenient, ready fuel for fireplaces, stoves and furnaces. Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation, usually, but not always, in marshy areas. As I understand it, after thousands of years and tons of pressure, peat will become coal. For household use it is cut into chunks. Once the clods have dried, they are handled much

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Not Too Late to Vegetate! While many people take their vacations during this month, there is still plenty to do in the garden and landscape. Planning and planting the fall garden should be done now. Most folks consider vegetable gardening a spring and summer activity. With a little bit of attention and care, an excellent fall garden is possible in this area. In fact, many of our cool season crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage do better as a fall rather than as a spring crop on the Eastern Shore. Start your broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seeds now so you can set them out as fall transplants in August. It is difficult to locate fall vegetable transplants in this area as most greenhouse growers are oriented to the spring season. Mid to late July is a good time to direct seed lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots and turnips into the garden. They may be a little slow in germinating because of the high tem-

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mulations. The insecticide Sevin® is well known to burn foliage if applied at air temperatures above 85º. Watering is a particularly important activity now to offset the effects of mid-summer heat. By now the root systems of the annuals and perennials have completely developed and require lots of water. We usually have dry period in mid-summer, broken only by an occasionally late afternoon thunderstorm. If you happen to be in the area of the storm, you might get a nice shower while the rest of us stay hot and dry. It is important to water correctly. What seems to be a simple task is really quite important. The best watering method is also the easiest:

tle has found them. These insects are very difficult to control in the home garden. I would suggest that you start with either hand-picking or using a botanical insecticide. If all else fails, two bricks are very effective. The leaf containing the pest is placed between the two bricks and sufficient pressure is brought to bear to render it into a semi-liquid state. If you do apply an insecticide or fungicide to your vegetable garden, apply in the early morning. Application in the high heat and sun during the middle of the day can actually result in the burning of the plant’s foliage by some of the pesticide for-

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this encourages the development and spread of foliar diseases. The gardener who goes out after dinner and spends 15 minutes spraying the lawn and the flowers is wasting time, water and causing disease problems. I would also encourage gardeners, if they have the space, to hook up a rain barrel or two to their downspouts. There are many different styles and sizes available to choose. A simple device that I bought last year from the Gardener’s Supply Company allowed me to directly hook my rain barrel into the downspout. A major soil borne disease that starts to show up in the landscape in July is Phytophthora. As the soil

an occasional but generous soaking in the early morning. If possible, run the hose into the garden or flower bed and leave it in a spot where a slow, constant flow will do a thorough job of watering. The soaker hoses made out of recycled car tires are excellent for this purpose. When you water in the mid-day heat you run the risk of scorching plant leaves. Plus you loose upwards of 50 percent or more of the water to evaporation. The objective of watering is to provide moisture to the root system rather than soak the foliage. Watering in the evening should also be avoided as

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warms up, this disease becomes apparent in many azalea and rhododendron plantings. Sections of the plant and in many cases the plant itself just up and dies in a matter of weeks. Many gardeners move here from the western shore and find that they just can’t grow these plants like they did in their former location. The Phytophthora disease organism thrives and spreads in soils that are warm, wet and have a pH range of between 4.5 and 6. You can prevent the spread of this disease and protect you azaleas and rhododendrons by following a few recommended and approved cultural practices. First, always plant these plants in a well-drained soil where water

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of ornamentals dying. Root damage caused by the exclusion of oxygen to the roots usually does not become apparent until long after the rain subsides. Damaged roots will fail to keep the plant alive during the heat and drought stress during July and August. Symptoms of drowning roots are yellowing, browning and premature leaf fall of trees and shrubs. Some plants even show fall coloration which generally does not occur until mid-fall. The plants will often lose all their leaves. The best solution to this problem is to not plant in poorly drained areas. Sometimes you can improve the soil drainage with raised beds and drainage tiles, but this can be-

the plants. Peat moss holds too much water and can contain the Phytophthora disease spores. Last, test the soil and try to maintain a pH of 4.5. Poorly drained soils, in addition to encouraging Phytophthora, can also result in the death of many woody ornamentals just from drowning of the roots. This is especially true in areas where the soil drainage is borderline; not too good but not that bad. Under normal conditions, ornamental plants have been able to survive without difficulty. Excessive amounts of rainfall that occur on occasion will result in a number

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come an expensive cure. July is the time when your bearded iris should be divided and replanted. Dig them up carefully and throw out – do not add to the compost pile – the diseased and borer infested rhizomes. Separate the rhizomes and dust the cut ends with sulfur to reduce potential rot problems. Plant the iris with the top of the rhizome barely showing above the ground. Direct summer sunlight can be a problem for the roots of many perennial plants and bulbs, particularly lilies. Lilies do marvelously in sunny spots, so long as their roots are shaded. For this reason, many gardeners plant lilies amid a perennial ground cover or in the peren-

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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


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 100-foot 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 or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August, Crabtoberfest in October and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s


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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton — The county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, Historic Downtown Easton is today a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Treelined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, historic Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” 1. TALBOTTOWN, EASTON PLAZA, EASTON MARKETPLACE, TRED AVON SQUARE and WATERSIDE VILLAGE- Shopping centers, all in close proximity to downtown Easton. 2. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1912, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 3. THE BRICK HOTEL - Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. It is now an office building. 4. THE TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times over the years. 5. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING - Now Lanham-Hall Design & Antiques, is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877-1881-1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 6. FIRST MASONIC GRAND LODGE - The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783, to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. 7. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - In an attractive building on West St. Hours open: Mon. & Thurs., 9 to 8, Tues. & Wed. 9 to 6 and Fri. & Sat., 9 to 5, except during the summer when it’s 9 to 1 on Saturday. For information call 410-822-1626 or visit Currently under renovation. 99

Easton Points of Interest 8. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses and a Museum with changing exhibitions, all of which surround a Federal style garden. Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Museum hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10-4 p.m. (winter) and Mon. through Sat., 10-4 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more information, call 410-822-0773. 9. AVALON THEATER - Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and Vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. The Avalon has a year-round schedule of entertainment and cultural events. For information on current and upcoming activities, call 410-822-0345. 10. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Talbot County Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information

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St. Michaels Points of Interest On the broad Miles River, with her picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful landlocked harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. Today the shipyards are still active, and the harbor is used by oystermen, fishermen, clammers and pleasure seekers in large numbers. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking ma108


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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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest shanty. 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 or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. 410-745-2900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor.


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when 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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest St. has recently been remodeled. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper 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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled 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 123

St. Michaels Points of Interest district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. Open May-October, Fri., 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Other days on request. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children with children under 6 free. 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to the St. Michaels Winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. BOB PASCAL’S ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Located at 101 N. Harbour Road, was newly constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. It has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Pascal’s Restaurant & Tavern.





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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already in existence for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow.

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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 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 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580.

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5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the 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) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 3 09 N . M or r i s S t . T h e g r a p e vine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “ S ara h a nd Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. 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


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

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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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Island Hopping by Gary D. Crawford

“Island hopping” is a curious phrase, when you think about it. It brings to mind a particular type of excursion, whereby the traveler moves quickly from one island to another. That, by the way, is a fine adventure, one I have enjoyed in several parts of the world – in Greece, Hawaii, Polynesia, Micronesia. Travelers can become confused, of course. I fondly recall standing on the upper deck of a cruise ship at dawn with a friend of mine who was a native of Tonga. We were young then, hitchhiking back to his home from Pago Pago. The ship was approaching the harbor of Nuku’alofa, the Tongan capital, carefully traversing the curving channel between islets and coral heads. We had spent the previous afternoon at Vava’u, the northernmost of the three Tongan island groups. At dusk we set sail again and headed south, slipping past Ha’apai, the middle group, during the wee hours. Now I was eager to land on the fabled main island of Tongatabu, where the last Polynesian king still reigned. As the captain threaded his way toward the wharf, the colors of the island emerged from the dawn twilight, catching my friend and me

quite spellbound. We were joined at the rail by another early riser. “Oh, my, Fiji is quite beautiful!” exclaimed the woman. “Actually, this is Tonga,” my friend pointed out. “Oh, no, Tonga was yesterday. Today is Fiji. The schedule is quite clear.” We said no more, leaving her to enjoy the glorious sunrise of “Fiji.” That was many years ago. Now here on the Chesapeake, again I am on an island. Can’t stay away from them, I guess. Each seems to have its own curious history. Our subject here, however, is real island hopping – specifically with the islands themselves hopping


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Island Hopping about from one county to another. We bring this to the attention of the Gentle Reader because there is much confusion – and some misinformation – as to when our various off-shore lands became part of which county. It all goes back to the way the English people came to this part of the world. The settlement of the upper Eastern Shore began in 1627 when William Claiborne of the Virginia Company set up a fur trading post on the southern tip of what he referred to as “the Kentish Isle.” When the Calverts arrived in 1634, they first established St. Mary’s County on the western shore. Then,

despite the presence of the Virginians, the Lord Proprietor created a second county on the Eastern Shore, all lands as far south as the Great Choptank River. It is interesting that, despite the difficulties he was having with Claiborne, the Land Proprietor kept his name for the island, indeed, referring to the entire region as the “Isle of Kent.” In 1642, Kent County was established. The sole administrative center on the right side of the Bay (geographically speaking, of course) was at Fort Kent. All business was conducted there — land grants, wills, civil disputes, criminal trials, everything. Accordingly, anyone with official business to transact

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Island Hopping had to travel to Kent Island, timing their visits by wind and tide. As more immigrants flowed into the area, spreading along the shores of the many creeks and rivers and, by the 1660s, into the Great Choptank River itself, the single county seat on far-off Kent Island became increasingly inconvenient. The obvious solution was to subdivide and establish a second administrative center. That was accomplished in 1662 with the creation of Talbot County. The northern reaches of the Eastern

Shore remained in Kent County, with everything south and east of the Chester River as far as the Great Choptank going to the new county. In fact, Talbot administered both shores of the great river until Dorchester County was set up in 1669. Here, then, we have the first instance of island hopping. The several islands in the southern region—notably Poplar, Sharp’s, and Choptank (Tilghman’s) Islands, but also including Wye and Bruff’s Islands—all of them hopped from Kent County to Talbot County. 140

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Island Hopping Two further Eastern Shore counties were created before the close of the 17th century. Cecil County was created in 1674, relieving Kent. of its northern regions. Only Poole’s Island was affected this time, hopping from Kent into Cecil. The islands elsewhere stayed put, as proper islands ought to do, well, except for Kent Island. In 1695, this largest island in Chesapeake Bay hopped into Talbot County. Then, early in the new century, more island hopping occurred. The General Assembly developed a sweeping plan to regularize the boundaries along the principal rivers and establish a fourth county.

Known as the Act of 1706, the law made clear that the changes were

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Island Hopping in response to petitions from the citizenry who complained “of the Irregular Situation of their Counties and the seats of Judicature within the same, to the great Ill conveniencys of the suitors thereunto.…” The new county was dubbed Queen Anne’s, and it became official when the law went into effect on May 1, 1707. To avoid misunderstandings about the new county boundaries, the Act spelled out each of them, beginning with Talbot County. The wording here is important, as we shall see later; I have added some punctuation and notes for clarity. “The bounds of Talbot County

shall Containe Sharp’s Island, Choptank Island, and all the Land on the North side of Great Choptank River; and Extend itself up the said River to Tuckahoe bridge; and from thence with a streight line to the mill Commonly called and known by the name of Swetnams mill [Wye Mills]; and from thence down the south side of Wye River to the Mouth thereof; and from thence Down the Bay (including Poplar Island) to the first Beginning; also, Bruffs Island in Wye River.” To avoid any possibility of confusion about which county had jurisdiction over the various islands, they were each named in the Act. Almost as an afterthought, even

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little Bruff’s Island, at the confluence of the Wye and Miles Rivers, was mentioned. Unlike Wye Island, Bruff’s was to remain part of Talbot. To reiterate, none of these four named islands hopped on May 1, 1707. A great many young people may have done so, of course, it being May Day. The Act stated that “the Island called Kent Island” was to be in the new county. The new border with Talbot County meant that it would lose Wye Island as well. So both Wye and Kent Islands hopped from Talbot into Queen Anne’s County that day. No later changes in Maryland’s counties, such as the creation of Caroline County in 1773, involved

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any of the islands. The Act of 1706 should have closed the book on island hopping. Why then do we find references to Tilghman’s Island being “admitted” to Talbot County in 1707? Listen to what the official Talbot County website says: “Tilghman Island was admitted to Talbot County in 1707. Originally called the “Great Choptank Island,” it was known also as Foster’s Island, and later Ward’s Island.” Until recently, even Wikipedia — and this revered magazine, the highest of authorities — said much the same. It’s all wrong, of course. Choptank Island, like the rest of Bay Hundred, was part of Talbot the day the county was founded


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Island Hopping in 1662. Indeed, the island’s then owner, Seth Foster, was one of the first county commissioners. Some commission meetings were held in his home on the island, as Easton didn’t yet exist. So, even though the Act of 1706 lists Choptank Island, by name, as being part of Talbot County, we still find that Tilghman’s Island was “founded” in 1707. It says so on house plaques, realtors’ adverts, tourist brochures, even on T-shirts and caps. Where is this coming from? I have discovered the source of the muddle. The first published history of the island was The Til-

ghman’s Island Story, written in 1954 by Mr. Raymond Sinclair. On page 16 of this splendid book, we find: “[Tilghman’s Island] was admitted to Talbot County at a court session in May of 1707, and at that time was known as Great Choptank Island.” So the Talbot County website is quoting Sinclair, almost verbatim. Others have, too, apparently, without checking. What could have misled Mr. Raymond, otherwise so careful a researcher, to mistake what happened back in 1707? Didn’t the Act specifically say that Choptank and the other three islands were not affected by the new law and were to stay in Talbot County? Certainly that’s what the drafters intended it

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pened, however, Mr. Raymond’s little sentence, in the only published history of the island for nearly 30 years, has been picked up by all and sundry. Like the phragmites, that pesky “1707” date just keeps coming back despite my best efforts. You can help. Put your foot down. Stop this island hopping, once and for all. It’s disconcerting to those of us who live on them. We thank you. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawford’s Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Crashing Into Sunrise by Gerald F. Sweeney. Mayfair publishers. Soft cover or eversion at www.booklocker. com or from the author in Trappe, MD. $19.95. With this book, the fourth in his saga of the Irish immigrant Mahoney family, Gerald Sweeney has passed the mid-mark in his planned seven books in the Columbiad series. Spanning three generations, the early arrivals debarked in New Orleans, moved on to homestead a farm in Iowa, thence to Chicago with a family branch locating on Long Island and New York City. The young man whom this story, Crashing Into Sunrise, is about is Jim Mahoney during his high school and college days. Sweeney subtitles the book The Emotional and Artistic Upheaval of a 1940s Youth. Any reader who has raised adolescents will recognize the authenticity of Jim’s teenage years. He is, to describe it briefly, a goof off. Think of an

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Crashing Into Sunrise his last two years at Manhasset High School. He stayed out late and neglected his education. He partied relentlessly, got drunk frequently and acquired his first tuxedo. Madly attached to music, he took the train to Manhattan to see and listen to all the big bands of the era and polished his piano playing. Three exceptionally wellwritten sections of Sweeney’s book relate vacation jobs of the postwar era; Jim’s experiences (and temptations) as a soda jerk with leadership qualities, his introduction to the big city as a deliverer of holiday flowers and his hapless foray into seamanship and the

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Crashing Into Sunrise Jim swallowed whole the work of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Eliot and e.e.cummings. He began to think of Greenwich Village as the American Culture nurturer that Paris had been after World War II. Instead of a Christmas break job, Jim spent his time mostly alone prowling lower Manhattan. Back at college, he realized that he was, indeed, changing. He met and fell in love with a young librarian who had read even more than he, and discovered that his antisocial submersion in books and silence was melting. To be close to his new love, he decided to

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To the Good Life! We usually pick a drink after we have our meal planned, but how about making the drink the focal point of the meal? Without adding a whole lot of time or extra ingredients, you can make a very enjoyable drink with some ideas I have selected. You can easily give your favorite iced tea or lemonade a splash just by adding some fresh fruit, mint, or even some of your favorite soda. Cocktail hour can be a special time, but you don’t have to have alcoholic beverages. I have some fun recipes so all ages can enjoy. Sometimes I will have a bottle of something stronger there in case an adult wants to add it for themselves. Drinks and some healthy snacks can easily hold you over while you are making dinner or waiting for it. Smoothies are a great snack, or a very nutritional start to your breakfast. I always like to add chia seed or flaxseed for the omega 3s. I also like to keep frozen organic ber-

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The Good Life 1 whole orange, washed and halved 1 lemon, sliced 8 orange tea bags boiled in 6 cups water 1/2 cup organic sugar 1/2 cup dark rum (or orange juice) 2 cups ice cubes 6 sprigs of fresh mint and orange slices for garnish Squeeze the fresh orange and lemon juice into the steeping hot tea. Mix in the sugar until it dissolves. Let the tea come to room temperature, then put it in the refrigerator. Remove the tea bags and stir in the rum. I like to fill each glass with

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2,9,16,23,30 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. 2,9,16,23,30 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. 184

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Fountain Park, Chestertown. 7 to 8:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring something to sit on.

F o r m o r e info. tel: 410-9011000. 2 Guided Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. Free for members, free with admission to the general public. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 2,9,16,23,30 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@ 2,16,30 Music in the Park at


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3 Kent County Watermen’s Day at the Rock Hall bulkhead. 1 p.m. A tradition of this small fishing village, Watermen’s Day celebrates the men and women


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July Calendar of Rock Hall who have made and still do make a living fishing local waters. Most Patriotic Workboat contest, anchor toss contest, workboat docking contest, cash prizes. Food, music, dunking booth and fun for the entire family. For more info. tel: 410-639-7733. 3 Oxford Fireworks - Dusk on the Strand. (rain date, July 5). 3 4th of July Fireworks over Rock Hall Harbor. 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-1342. 4 Easton’s July 4th Celebration!

at 4 p.m. The carnival and local vendors open at the carnival grounds behind Target on Marlboro Road. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. an awesome Patriotic Program will be presented. This will include local recognitions as well as Maryland Sky Divers of America, US Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and flyovers. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. the Landsharks will perform two sets: one with Jimmy Buffet favorites and the other with popular Beach Boys songs. At dusk the fireworks, choreographed to popular music, will begin. Rain date for fireworks is July 5. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299.

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July Calendar 4 Annual Rock Hall July 4th Parade down Main Street. This old-fashioned parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street, then heads for the Rock Hall Community Center for a taste of local food, festivities, music, crafts and more. For more info. tel: 410-639-7611. 4 Independence Day Commemoration and Ceremony at The Aspen Institute beginning at 11 a.m. Gregory A. Stiverson, author of William Paca, A Biography, will give the keynote address. There will also be a wreath-laying ceremony

at William Paca’s gravesite, a procession and Presentation of Colors, and music by the Chesapeake Bay Community Band. Free. For more info. tel: 410-758-3010. 4 Georgetown Harbor fireworks and boat parade. Boat parade begins at 5 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. For more info. tel: 410-275-1200. 4-8, 11-15, 16,17, 18-22, 25-29 Summer Sailing Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. There are two levels of instruction, basic and intermediate. To find out more about the pro-

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5,12 First Step Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For children 3 and under with an adult. 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 5,6,30,31 Boater’s Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. $25 per person. Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972, are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 6,13 Preschool Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For children 3 to 5, no adult required in program. 10 to 10:45 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 6,13,20 Read The Lightning Thief with “the library guy,” Bill Peak, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For ages 8 and up. 1 to 1:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 6,13,20 Book Friends: Readers entering grades 1 to 3 will read with a student volunteer at the 194

Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 4 p.m. (28712 Glebe Road) For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists meet each Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ or 410-463-0148. 6,13,20,27 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7456073.

6,13,20,27 Pre-School Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 2:45 p.m. for 3- to 5-year-olds, no adult required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 6,13,20,27 Trivia at NightCat is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. If you’ve got three friends with triple digit IQs, test yourselves against Talbot’s brightest. Prepare to be humbled! For more info. tel: 410-690-4544. 6,20 Plant Clinic offered by the U n i ve rs i t y o f M a r y l a n d C o operative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at

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July Calendar the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 7,14,21 One World, Many Stories - stories and crafts for children entering grades 1 through 4 at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton (28712 Glebe Road). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 7,14,21,28 Main Street Farmer’s Market in downtown Cambridge. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit

7 Concert in the Park featuring D ’ Vi b e & C ong a at M usk r a t Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-6073. 9,23 Country Church Breakfast 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 also


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every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 9 Taste of Cambridge and Crab Cook-Off sponsored by Cambridge Main Street. The biggest event of the year in downtown Cambridge! Come out and enjoy a free street festival with music, kids activities, a professional crab-picking contest, souvenirs, gallery openings, late shopping and more. $25 ticket to taste all entries in the Crab Cook-Off that has top chefs competing in categories of best crab cake, crab soup, crab dip and crab specialty dish. For more info. visit www. 9 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.

9 Workshop: Nature Prints at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join Dawn Malosh to learn the basics of printmaking while exploring the principles of art and composition using natural objects. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 9 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. 9 Gilbert Byron Annual Birthday Celebration and “tour” of the house built by the “Chesapeake Thoreau.” 6:30 p.m. at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. Refreshments; free. For more info. tel: 410-822-0328 or visit 10 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.

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performed by Jim Getty in Thompson Park, Harriet Tubman performed by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand at The Manor House at Londonderry and Jefferson Davis performed by Doug Mishler in Idlewild Park. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit programs/chautauqua.

11 Learn to Cartoon! at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Aspiring cartoonists, ages 8 to adult, are invited to attend this program offered by PLB Comics. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 11 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Poplar Island Tour. 9 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410745-2916. 11-13 Chautauqua 2011 - The American Civil War: A House Divided sponsored by the Avalon Foundation, Easton. 7 p.m. Free. Abraham Lincoln

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12,26 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371.

13 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 MidAtlantic region. Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299.

12,26 Meeting: Tilghman Chess Club of Talbot County at the St. Michaels Community Center. 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more

13-16 Talbot County Fair begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and runs through Saturday evening at the Talbot Agriculture

more info. tel: 410-221-6044. 11,25 Movies at Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. A family movie for all ages. Bring your lunch or a snack and enjoy a film. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.


and Education Center, Easton. There will be livestock shows, local entertainment, contests, amusement rides, good food and more! For more info. tel: 410-822-8007 or visit www.

diseased plant samples, get ideas on managing your vegetable garden, find out how your approach to gardening can help improve the health of the Bay and more! For more info. tel: 703-328-6322.

14 Concert in the Park featuring Bay Jazz Project at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-6073.

16 Historic Houses Open House Wright’s Chance in Centreville will be open to the public. The patio and gardens of Tucker House will also be open, weather permitting. For information, call 410-758-3011.

15 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.

16 Concert: Electrodubparty 2 at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 9:30 p.m. doors, 10:30 p.m. show. $20. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299. 17

16 Ask a Master Gardener at both the Easton and St. Michaels Farmer’s Markets. Bring your

Workshop: Nature Collage Portraits at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Represent yourself through fruits, nuts, grasses, flowers and leaves in this fun abstract collag e p ortraiture class. 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0.



July Calendar 17 Three Penny Opera to perform in Town Park, Oxford. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 3 p.m.

19 Summer Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Multicultural crafts for the whole family. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.

17,25 Tot Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For children 5 years and under accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.

20 35th Annual Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield from noon to 3:30 p.m. Bus trip from St. Michaels Community Center is $67 and includes round-trip bus fare and all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets are limited. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073.

18-24 Plein Air-Easton! 7th annual competition and arts festival will be held in Easton and surrounding communities. For more info. visit

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business in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. The doors open at 7 p.m., featuring Tim Miller. The show starts at 8 p.m.$20. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 21-23 Kent County Fair at the Kent Agriculture Center, Tolchester. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. For more info. tel: 410778-1661. 22-24 Local Color Art Show and Sale at the Historic Tidewater Inn, Easton. The show and sale will feature studio finished paintings from artists of the Delmarva Peninsula. For more info. visit or pleinaireaston. com. 23 Chesapeake Folk Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Celebrate the Bay’s people, food, music and traditions. Enjoy live music, a variety of food items and wines from Maryland vineyards, maritime demonstrations, boat rides and craft vendors. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 23-24 Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta sponsored by the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association. Check out the



July Calendar thrills ‘n spills on the Choptank River with world-class hydroplane and flat-bottom boat races. The action will happen at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge and the event is free. Food and drinks will be available. For more info. visit www.cpbra. com. 26 Dance Around the World with Miss Mary Magpie! at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Stomp, shout and twirl along with would-be gypsy and bold adventuress Miss Mary Magpie. Ages 5 to 8. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.

27 Workshop: The Marvels of Milkweeds at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 to 11 a.m. Explore the marvels of milkweeds with ecologist Dr. Sylvan Kaufman. To be held both indoors and outdoors. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 27 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 MidAtlantic region. Verdi’s Don

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30 Concert: U.S. Navy Cruisers at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. shtml. 30-31 An Arboretum Campout at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Enjoy a midsummer campout under the stars with your family. Beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your own snacks and tents; light supper and breakfast fare are provided. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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