Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Going For An Apple a Day

It’s the right time of the year for apples!! Can you help us identify the young ladies in this Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection 1949 photo taken at a poultry show somewhere in Talbot County.

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The Kaleidoscopic Memoirs of Will Howard

While Will Howard should feel great satisfaction that he is able to document some of the great highlights of a life spent in Talbot County, it will be future local historians who will be the most grateful for his recollections.

Will’s memoirs, which starts in 1936, when his future parents first met at a boarding house on Harrison Street when Will’s father became the manager of the Avalon Theatre at the same time his mom became a public school music teacher, span over the opening of the family-owned bowling alley, the start of the fine dining movement in Easton with the opening of Chambers, the saving of the Avalon, all the way up to the present day.  But he also talks about the darker sides of living on the Eastern Shore with his early news reporting of the Cambridge riots in the 1960s and his own experience with racism in Talbot County when the bowling alley first opened its doors.

Scheduled for release starting this Saturday, October 21, with a book signing at the News Center in Easton, A Kaleidoscopic Memoir has over forty stories that shed a special light on a unique life well lived.

The Spy caught up with Will at Bullitt House last week to share some of those memories with us.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about A Kaleidoscopic Memoir please go here

Spy Eye: Twenty Years of Art, Faith, and Friendship on Harrison Street

What has a Russian name, a Christian foundation, just turned twenty years old, and represents over thirty of the region’s best artists? If you answered the Troika Gallery in downtown Easton, you are correct.

In fact, Troika Gallery Fine Art Studio has been one of Talbot County’s most successful art galleries for most of that time. Humbly started in 1997 when it opened up in the Talbottown Shopping Center (now where Jo-Jo’s Cupcakes resides), Troika has matured to the point where it now offers art from less than a $1,000 to over $50,000. It is a remarkable case study of working artists coming together to build what Laura Era, one of the c0-founders, has called a special ministry, combining the talents of professionally trained artists and sculptors with a clear spiritual component.

The Spy has always been interested in this landmark art center on Harrison Street for some time, and finally had the chance to sit down with Laura and Jennifer Heyd Wharton, two of three co-founders (Laura’s mother Dorothy Newland retired in 2012) to talk about some of the history and personality of this popular art showcase, as well as their profound sense of faith, after twenty years of showing art as well as using the space to create their own work.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about the Troika Gallery please go here

Talbot County Notes: NPR Interviews Local Farmer Chip Councell

The Spy noted over the weekend that Talbot County farmer Chip Councell was the subject of an interview the National Public Radio. Councell was asked to respond to the Trump Administration’s effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, a.k.a. NAFTA.

Please read the full story here.

Spy Eye: Barking in the Park

At 9:00 AM Saturday morning the Hair O the Dog Parade Dog Walk formed in Easton’s Idlewild Park and off went friendly dogs and friendly owners for a walk around town. All part of the Talbot Humane’s Bark in the Park. The parade returned to the park where their were dozens of enthusiasts selling products. Dogs competed in competitions throughout the morning.
The Spy had a dog in the parade to learn more about just what this event is all about!

Ace….a rescue dog marching with Hair of the Dog (Sponsor)

Maggie meeting other dog…

Humane Society banner with dogs in parade…

Dog with water bottle


Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Getting Help with the Truck

This Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday photo of the George H. Thompson Auto Repair Truck shows an interesting truck configuration from a number of decades back! The first customer dialed direct call using area codes was made on Nov. 10, 1951 so phone number 912 dates this truck back before that date! Fact: Wikipedia “ When was the first area code used?”

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Taming the Monster at St. Mark’s for Fifty Years with Dr. Bill Wharton

There are very few examples of a partnership that has lasted 50 years where one partner speaks of the other as a “monster.” But that’s what Dr. Bill Wharton says about the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church’s 1962 Tellers organ that he has worked to master since he arrived in Easton as the Church’s principal organist in 1967.

In Bill’s case, however, the use of the word monster is one of great affection and respect. In his interview with the Spy to celebrate his fifth decade not only playing the organ there but also a lifetime career in teaching music on the Mid-Shore, the Centerville native talks about harnessing the power that comes with this colossal instrument with its 2,437 wood and model pipes.

By his own admission, Bill does not put himself in the 1st tier of organists but is extremely grateful that he studied with some of them. The first being Clarence Waters, his college organ tutor and mentor at Trinity College. And it was through his relationship with Waters that he gained access to the famed Marcel Dupré in Paris, considered one of the finest organists of the 20th century.

Bill also talks about the exceptional spiritual connection that music provides a church and its congregation, as well as his personal experiences of sensing the divine when witnessing the masters perform in the World’s great cathedrals.

In celebration of Bill’s 50th anniversary, St. Mark’s has commissioned a unique composition that will be performed by Bill in late November one of a series of official acknowledgments by the Church of how valuable his service has been to the music on the Mid-Shore.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about St. Mark’s and its music programs please go here.

Spy Intern Minute: “Wind and Oyster Jack” with Marcia Moore and Heather Crow

After years of preparation, Talbot County’s Marcia Moore, author of “Wind and Oyster Jack”, is ready to present her story to the world. With the help of her sensational illustrator, Heather Crow and her beautiful imagery, Oyster Jack’s story will inspire children from the Eastern Shore to hop on a Skipjack and set sail! “Wind and Oyster Jack” will premiere on October 28th at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest in Saint Michaels. This is Marcia Moore’s first children’s book but hopefully, not her last.

For more information on Wind and Oyster Jack, click here

Tori Pack is the Talbot Spy intern for 2017-18. A graduate of Easton High School, Tori has spent the last year as a mentor in the non-profit organization, Talbot Mentors. Tori’s interest in writing and film have ushered in a young voice for the Talbot Spy that still has much to say.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Catches the Last Train

This Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00am – 4:00 pm, is the last day to visit the Talbot Historical Society’s “Trains and the Development of Talbot County” Exhibit at the Galleries of Neall House on the Talbot Historical Society Campus on Washington St. Easton, Maryland! Come and bring your family! Enjoy this Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection aerial view of a train going through the countryside!

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Easton Sidewalks: A Donut Chaser on North Street

While much could be said about the special beauty of a late 1920s Packard Motors Eight, one of which was spotted by the Spy on North Street the other day, nothing can compete with its exquisite hood ornament that signals a stately arrival on any road in America.

Sadly, Packard’s “Goddess of Speed,” which is heavily sought after as a rare collectible, even without the car, is now referred to in the trade as the “donut chaser.” Hardly the kind of respectful name worthy of such a striking and dramatic emblem.