Cool Outdoor Stuff with Andrew McCown – Winter on the Shore

Editor’s note: It is with unusually great pleasure for the Spy to publish the latest installment of Cool Outdoor Stuff with Andrew McCown. After a rather lengthy sabbatical, the naturalist, musician, Chesapeake storyteller, and director of the Echo Hill Outdoor School, has once again returned to celebrate the natural world of our region and we, like his countless fans, could not be happier.

It seems particularly fitting that Andrew picks up the ongoing series by celebrating the remarkable natural wonders found locally even in the dead of winter.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the Echo Hill Outdoor School, please go here.


Talbot Community Connections Honors Ruth Sullivan for Service

Talbot Community Connections (TCC) recently honored Ruth Sullivan of Oxford for her years of service on its Board of Trustees. Sullivan served as President of the TCC Board for five years, from 2012 to 2017, and has been a member of the Board since 2004. The Board presented Sullivan with an engraved tray and Delegate Johnny Mautz presented her with a proclamation from the Maryland House of Delegates and Linda Webb, Director of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, presented her with a proclamation from the Governor. Senator Addie Eckardt also presented Sullivan with a proclamation from the Maryland Senate.  Amy Blades Steward was installed as the new President of Talbot Community Connections.

Pictured L-R are Delegate Johnny Mautz, Ruth Sullivan, past president of Talbot Community Connections, and Linda Webb, Director of the Talbot County Department of Social Services.

The mission of Talbot Community Connections is to raise and distribute funds to answer unmet needs that are fundamental to the safety, security, health and well-being of Talbot County’s vulnerable children and adults. To date, TCC has raised over $250,000 in support of programs of the Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS). Some funds are specifically designated to support the Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center (TCCAC), a collaborative effort of several Talbot County agencies with the Talbot County Department of Social Services being the lead agency that coordinates care for the child victims of sexual assault and their families.

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Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Checking on the Mail

The Cub Scouts enjoyed a visit to Easton, Md.’s Post Office circa 1953! There are so many children and adults to identify in this Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection photo! Tom Hill identified the mailman as Mr. Robinson and the man to the right is Porter Matthews. Other possible identifications made are Billy Pritchard and Richard Matthews. Do you recognize anyone in this photo? Contact: Cathy Hill to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

Bringing Fun to Mental Health: Eddie Bishop, Hot Tub Limo, and Channel Marker Come Together

While it is sometimes hard to connect fun and good times with the challenges that come with mental illness, or the organizations that support those afflicted with brain disease, it may, in fact, be an essential bridge for better mental health for everyone.

Study after scientific study is showing documentation that the feeling of joy is an essential part of a human’s defense system against numerous conditions that wreak havoc on thinking and behavior.

So it should come as no surprise then to hear that Channel Marker, the region’s primary nonprofit organization providing essential support services to those in our community with severe and persistent mental illness, was using fun as part of their theme for their major fundraising event of the year.

And with that goal in mind, the organization could not find a better person to chair this venture than Easton native Eddie Bishop. A commercial airline pilot by day; devoted fan of local music scene when back home, Ed loved the idea of organizing a party with that theme in mind.

Eddie also knew the perfect band to headline the event. With a early exposure to the Hot Tub Limo band out of Kent Island, he felt there was a perfect match.

The Spy sat down with Eddie and Channel Marker executive director Debbye Jackson for a short chat about this decidedly “fun” event.

This video is approximately minutes in length. For ticket information please go here



Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Getting a Better Look from the Sky

Maryland photographer H. Robins Hollyday took a number of aerial photographs of an oystering fleet working a newly opened oyster bar on Dec. 1, 1949. Perhaps he took this amazing photo that day on his way out to photograph the sailing fleet visible just past Poplar Island?! Photo from the Talbot Historical Society’s H. Robins Hollyday Collection.

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Lynch Estate Establishes $2 Million Scholarship Fund at Community Foundation

The Mid Shore Community Foundation has announced a bequest from the estate of Mary Lynch of approximately $2 million to establish a scholarship fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the Mid-Shore Community.

A native of Wicomico County, Mary Lynch was born on October 21, 1924.  Mary, the youngest of four children, was raised on a farm in Quantico, Maryland and graduated from Wicomico High School.

After the death of her husband, Mary relocated to Caroline County and began working for James H. Lynch in his oil distribution business.  Mary and James married in 1969. Together they traveled extensively and enjoyed traveling to Europe and China via merchant ships.

Mary had one daughter, Sarah Bradbury, who died in 2008.

Mary moved to Londonderry in 2005 and died on April 12, 2017.

Buck Duncan, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, noted the significance of this bequest: “Through the establishment of this fund, Mary Lynch has generously expanded the capacity of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to support students pursuing higher education.”

The Mary B. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually to students graduating from Caroline County Public High Schools. For more information on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, visit

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Powering Up the Snow Plow

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning so 6 more weeks of winter fun! Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church South was built on the corner of Goldsborough and Harrison Streets, Easton, Md. in 1866 and was demolished when St. Marks Methodist Church was built in 1958 and unified the 3 Methodist Churches in town. This Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo envelope identifies the image as a snow plow in front of the Church! Beautiful!

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Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Checking out the New Cars in Easton

Interesting how every automobile in this Easton, Maryland’s Washington Street photo backed into their parking space! Hoping some of our automobile experts can date and identify some of these cars! Washington Street was as beautiful then as it is today! Photo from the H. Robins Hollyday Collection at the Talbot Historical Society.

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Spy Notes: “Cover Your Chin for Charity” Grows More than Beards with Record Contributions

A unique charitable initiative caught our attention last year as it began on October 20th. With a Spy growing a beard, we followed with interest a local fundraising initiative that that concluded on January 20th and raised over $31,000 to beat last year’s numbers. Almost 570 people donated contributions with funds going to:

Care Packs of Talbot County

Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore’s Veterans Assistance Fund

Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary

Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary: Phase One!

The Spy congratulates this year’s winner Ron Venner and all who participated.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Heads Out for a Cup of Coffee

It is fun to see everything at this unidentified soda fountain from the past! Look carefully, they had pie, fig bars, root beer, Hershey Bars, ice cream and butterscotch sundaes! Can you help us identify the location or people in this Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection photo?

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