Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Goes to Court

The first Talbot County Courthouse was built in Easton, Md. on this site in 1712. In 1794 a new wooden Court House was built that more closely resembles this pictured one. In 1898 a brick facade was added in a major renovation. Facts: “Images of America Easton” by Dr. Laurence G. Claggett. 1905 postcard image from the postcard collection of John Dodson, owner of Easton Antique and Art Gallery. Love the carriages!!

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Calling All Runners for Adkins Arboretum Arbor Day Run

Last call for runners! Adkins Arboretum will hold its twelfth annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 8. Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy an early-spring morning while hustling to support the Arboretum’s goat herd, used for targeted grazing of invasive plants.

Advance registration for the 5K and 10K runs, family-friendly one-mile Fun Run/Walk and 100-yard Healthy Kids’ Dash ends Sun., March 26.

Visit adkinsarboretum.org for registration and information.

Photos by Kellen McCluskey

Talbot County Department of Social Services Seeks Faith Community’s Help

The Talbot County Department of Social Services recently shared information about its Foster Care Program with parishioners with First Baptist Church in Easton. Foster care provides safe, stable and temporary out of home placement for children who can no longer remain in their own homes. On the average each year, there are 20 Talbot County children in foster care. Of these, 86% of children are placed in Talbot, Dorchester or Caroline counties.

Staff with the Talbot County Department of Social Services discussed “out of the box” ways people can support this population of children in Talbot County, as well as introduced participants to the foster care process. Linda C. Webb, LCSW, Director of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, comments, “Caring for children is a community effort, and we rely on community partnerships to fulfill our mission of protecting children and promoting the safety and well-being of Talbot County citizens. The faith community is an important partner in achieving that mission.”

Photo: Back row – Drew Jensen, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Easton; front row, left to right – Karen Martins of Easton, Paris Quillet, Special Projects Coordinator with the Talbot County Department of Social Services; Christine Montague, Coordinator, Option Respite with the Talbot County Department of Social Services; and Crystel and Thomas Cheney of Federalsburg. The Talbot County Department of Social Services is sharing information about its Foster Care Program with members of the faith community in Talbot County. 

For further information about becoming a foster, respite or adoptive parent or to schedule a foster care presentation for your church, call Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Takes Time to Go Shopping

Two buildings that are no longer there may make this a difficult place to locate on Washington Street Easton, Maryland! There are a number of pictures of this brand new Acme grocery store in the Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection. Now there is a parking lot and a different grocery store in that spot! Do you have memories to share about the Calvary Methodist Church next to the Acme? Perhaps basketball memories?? The church was built in 1830 and sold in the late 1950’s! Facts: “Easton Album” by Norman Harrington 1986.

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Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Goes to Church

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Project Rewind-Talbot County: Thank you Juliet Caruso for sharing your family Collection photo taken c. 1925 of an Easton, Md. Methodist Church group! Juliet’s Mother , Eleanor Lee Tarbutton was about 6 years old and is the cute girl on the front row seventh from the right! Notice the knickers on the boy to the far left! The church is unidentified but maybe the photo was taken behind the past Ebenezer M. E. Church on Washington Street? The upper floor housed the Talbot Historical Society Auditorium until a couple of years ago. Can you help us identify this church?

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Psst….The Bartlett Pear is Totally Open for Business

The Bartlett Pear has been one of those special gifts that a small community rarely is the recipient of. A beautiful historic downtown building is reactivated by a “from here” young couple who converts it to a first class boutique hotel and dining venue.

After years being mentored by some of the top chefs in America, Alice and Jordan Lloyd returned to their native home of Easton in 2009 to develop their own vision of what hospitality means regarding food and lodging. And throughout a particularly painful economic recession, the Bartlett Pear persevered by offering locally-sourced culinary delights from the morning until the late hours of the night.

But even with that remarkable track record, the “BP” has had to reset its business model to more accurately calibrate what the owners do and when they do it with the realities of being a young family with two children.

The result of this hard-nosed evaluation led to a different approach for the current Bartlett Pear. Jordan, at the height of his earning power as a chef, decided to commute to DC during the week and return to the extremely high-end dining scene there while Alice would operate the hotel and bakery.

The Spy had a brief chat with Alice about these changes as well as her gratitude for the Pear’s very loyal patrons for quickly adapting to its pivots over the last nine years.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about the Bartlett Pear please go here

Shore United Bank contributes $10,000 for ESLC project in Cambridge

Shore United BankShore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies headquartered in Easton, Maryland recently contributed $10,000 towards the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s (ESLC) Phillips Packing Plant revitalization project in Cambridge. The check was presented by Shore United Bank’s President and CEO, Pat Bilbrough, to ESLC’s Executive Director Rob Etgen and Center for Towns Director Katie Parks (pictured).

A joint venture between ESLC and Baltimore’s Cross Street Partners, the project aims to repurpose the last remaining structure (referred to as ‘Plant F’) of the famed Phillips Packing Company empire into a hub for creative food production, retail and small business, and entrepreneurial initiatives that build off of the Eastern Shore’s agricultural resources and growing local food economy. The 60,000 square-foot building has been renamed The Packing House.

For decades, the Phillips empire employed thousands in Cambridge while also purchasing millions of dollars in product from Delmarva farmers annually. The building, while neglected and vacant since the 1960’s, features an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, and the opportunity to retain many historic architectural features that will impart the space with an authentic, Eastern Shore manufacturing aesthetic.

“Things are looking up for your project,” said Bilbrough. “We believe it is a great thing for your organization and the local community. Land conservancy does not need to be mutually exclusive to placing conservation easements or economic development, and this project proves that in a way very similar to the McCord/Conservation Center project.”

The Cannery reuse plan is building around a food and farming exchange, which includes a microbrewery, kitchen incubator and market, shared use office innovation hub, oyster bar, and event space.

For information about The Packing House project and/or ESLC, please contact ESLC Center for Towns Director Katie Parks at kparks@eslc.org 410.690.4603, ext. 155. More information can also be found at thePackingHouseCambridge.com.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit land conservation organization committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them. ESLC helps save land and promote sound land use planning from the C&D Canal in Cecil County all the way to the Nanticoke River in Dorchester County. More at www.eslc.org.

Maryland 3.0: St. Michaels Very Own ‘Click and Clack’ Mike Kealy

For those who still mourn the departure of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio and its beloved hosts, the”Click and Clack” brothers (Tom and Ray Magliozzi), Spy readers might find it comforting to know that perhaps one of their long lost brothers can be found in St. Michaels at Bay Hundred Automotive.

While it’s not a total match, Mike Kealy, the owner of the repair shop, comes pretty darn close despite being younger and possessing a Long Island accent rather than a Boston one.

And like the Magliozzi brothers, Mike entered into the world of car repair with a college degree in engineering. In fact, Mike was drawn into the auto mechanics world in the early 1980s when manufacturing just started to use such things as fuel injection and other technologies that made it enjoyable for him. He also shares with the ‘Click and Clack’ boys an uncanny curiosity about cars, motors, and the incredibly sophisticated software that is now baked in our cars these days.

With family members moving to the Eastern Shore over the past few decades, Mike eventually decided to leave Long Island for St. Michaels without knowing a soul in town, but with a potent combination of entrepreneurship and a passion for working in a small town. With the help of such people like Buck Duncan, the president of the St. Michaels Bank at the time, and the devotion of a growing number of satisfied customers, Kealy was not only able to grow his business, including a new venture with his brother serving boats, but also built commercial rental properties alongside his shop on St. Michaels Road.

The Spy sat down with Mike to talk about the challenges that come with being a small repair shop in a world of well-financed car dealerships, including the need to have full access to critical software from car manufacturers. He also makes a compelling case to service your vehicle locally, regardless of age, as he unveils the hidden truth about car parts and dealer service departments.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Bay Hundred Automotive please go here

Ecosystem: Midshore Riverkeepers in Talbot County Classrooms as well as Rivers

No doubt, the most visible and every present sign of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s work is when one spots their clearly-identified patrol boats on the Choptank, Miles or Wye Rivers. For almost ten years, the MRC has made it their mission to advocate and protect those rivers through careful monitoring and partnerships with farmers and watermen in the region.

But that is only half of the story of what the MRC does in Talbot County. As an organization committed as much to education as to conservation, the Riverkeeper Conservancy has been working for the last four years with Talbot County Public Schools to bring a unique awareness and appreciation to its students.

The Spy wanted to see firsthand what kind of educational programming this looked like and quickly jumped at an invitation to observe MRC education coordinators Elle O’Brien and Suzanne Sullivan at St. Michaels Middle High School last week on oyster harvesting. Hosted by science teacher Lauren Greer’s 9th-grade environmental education class, the two MRC staffers work with students in the classroom, as well as outside, to learn the importance of sustainability over the semester.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information on the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy please go here.


Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Heads off to High School

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This charming Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo of Oxford, Md. High School students circa 1928-1929 was a “Star Democrat” Mystery photo Oct. 1, 2001. Identified are left to right: Elizabeth Lewis, Mabel Greenhawk, Sara Newnam, Miriam Bringman, ? unidentified man with cap, Lester Gibson and Roland White. The Oxford High School students were moved to Easton High School in 1938. Fact: “Oxford Treasures Then and Now” by Douglas Hanks, Jr. with the Oxford Museum. Are you a relative of any of these pictured Oxford High School Students?

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