Archives for September 2011

Protesters gather in Centreville to petition for overpass

On Tuesday, September 28, a peaceful band of demonstrators, identifying themselves with paper banners marked SOS (Support Overpass for Students) marched from QAC high school to the Liberty building in downtown Centreville.

Their cause was to raise awareness of the deadly 301/304 interchange, the traffic hotspot where 15-year-old Connor Rice lost his life less than two weeks prior. Rice’s has been the fifth death at the interchange since 2005.

Met by the board of commissioners, the one-hundred strong crowd of students and parents’ chants of “over-pass” eventually died out as Vice President Phil Dumenil called for a moment of silence for the Rice family.

Dumenil emphasized the board’s sympathies with the community, particularly their demands for the overpass. Dumenil was quick to add, however, that the county currently lacks the authority to create the desired overpass, sufficient funds or not, because the highway in question is state owned, thus requiring approval from the State Highway Administration. This, the commissioners said, would involve taking the case to Annapolis.

“Even if we had the $50 million, we couldn’t— because it’s not our road,” said Dumenil.

According to the Queen Anne’s Record-Observer, SHA spokespeople have estimated that constructing an overpass at the site would currently cost at least $60 million.

Meanwhile, as a $1.5 million stopgap solution, the SHA has been working on a J-turn at the intersection since last week. It will be completed sometime in the spring, according to reports in the Record-Observer.

“It’s not the overpass we wanted, but it will help,” said one of the commissioners.

“But other J-turns don’t have truck stops so close!” said a women in the crowd.

On Nov. 1 officials from the SHA will be present for a hearing at the county commissioners office at the Liberty Building in downtown Centreville. One particularly active member of the community, Barb Burkhardt, has been leading a petition to make the SHA build the overpass. She will be presenting the petition, which she hopes will obtain 5,000 signatures, on this day. She is also responsible for a Facebook group, Support Overpass 4 Students.

“Are you doing to be behind us, do we have access to you, to point us in the direction we need to go?” Said one crowd member to the commissioners, referring to the Nov. 1 hearing.

“This is the unity we need to bring to this building on November 1,” said Dumenil to a warm applause. “We don’t want to be pushed down this priority list any longer. I will be there to make sure our voices are heard in Annapolis regarding this.”


Pet of the Week – Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas is a 1 year old, white and brown brindle, neutered, Pit Bull mix.

Michael Douglas

Please don’t let my name stop you from coming on down and meeting me! It’s a crazy name but I’m not a crazy boy. Actually I’m a Marmaduke wanna be – just not quite as large, but I’m certainly not tiny either! I’m a real lover boy, scratch me under my chin and I’ll follow you anywhere. I love to play, as most dogs do, but I’m also a couch potato. Long naps are right up my alley but I’m ready for a nice long walk any time you’re ready to go. So come to the shelter and ask to see “the big boy” – that would be me and I’m waiting!

Talbot Humane
410 822 0107
Talbot Humane|7894 Ocean Gateway|P.O. Box 1143, Easton, MD 21601

Tug Delaware’s Historic Restoration Underway at CBMM

In recognition of her upcoming centennial, the tug Delaware is now being restored to her 1912 appearance in full public view at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Delaware is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug.

Coming up on her centennial birthday, CBMM’s tug Delaware is getting some much needed restoration work, all in public view for museum visitors. The museum’s shipwrights are replacing six bottom planks on the port side all the way forward. Structural floors and frame ends will also be replaced, along with repair to the 1912 tug’s keel. The museum’s shipwrights are also replacing the lower guards on the hull in the original configuration.

Built in 1912 in Bethel, Delaware by William H. Smith, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s tug Delaware measures 39’8” x 11’4” and is now a floating exhibit at the museum’s waterfront campus.

Delaware is a product of Bethel’s great age of wooden ship and boatbuilding and apart from the 1900 ram schooner Victory Chimes (formerly Edwin and Maud), may be the only survivor. In 1929, the tug was bought by James Ireland of Easton, Maryland, who was in partnership with John H. Bailey in a marine construction business. Later, Bailey acquired sole interest in the tug, when she became a common sight around the Upper Eastern Shore, engaged in building bulkheads and docks until she was laid up in the late 1980s.

Delaware hauled scows on Broad Creek, often laden with lumber, and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River.

Coming up on her centennial birthday, Delaware is getting some much needed attention at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The museum’s shipwrights are replacing six bottom planks on the port side, all the way forward. That will also allow the shipwrights and apprentices to replace structural floors and frame ends, as well as repair the keel. The planking will all be yellow pine. They are also replacing the lower guards on the hull in the original configuration. The guards are 2- 1/2″ square and 25′ long, and have been steam-bent to the shape of the hull.

Work will also include pulling up some of the side deck and replacing a broken fore- and aft-deck carlin that runs the entire length of the cabin house. And finally, any broken or rotten tongue-and-groove beaded, vertical cabin-siding will be replaced. The custom siding has to be milled on-site. Restoration work will be done over the fall and winter months, in full public view in the museum’s harbor side boat yard.

The museum’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels includes new art and decoy exhibits, the historic restoration of the skipjack Rosie Parks, a floating fleet of historic vessels, a museum store, and many hands-on exhibits sharing the stories of how people live, work, and play along the entire Chesapeake Bay. The museum is open 9am to 5pm seven days a week, with picnickers and dogs welcome. For more information, visit the museum, online at, or call 410-745-2916.

12th Annual Artworks Studio Tour Announced

Artists from a vibrant Kent County Artists Community will open their studio doors for the 12th consecutive year of the Artworks Studio Tour, October 29th and 30th and November 5th and 6th, 10am-5pm, rain or shine. This fascinating, self-guided journey will

Robert Ortiz - Madar Hall Table, walnut & African mahogany

lead you to discover amazing art by artists, many of whom are known and recognized for their achievements throughout the art world. Nearly 50 professionals will open their studios to demonstrate their craft and display their work. This self-guided tour is free and open to the public.

The art is as diverse as the artists who create it, with styles ranging from traditional to the avant-garde, expressed in a variety of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass and more. Every bit as joyful of seeing the magnificent art is meeting the individual artists who create the work.

Visitors have the options of walking through the 18th Century village of Chestertown and visiting the studios “downtown”. Or tour the countryside around Chestertown and Rock Hall and visit the studios in the outlying areas of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. Metal working, fine woodcraft, weaving, as well as painting overlooking the Chester River or the Chesapeake Bay, the options are numerous and all described in the Artworks Studio Tour Guide and the Artworks Studio Tour web site.

Examples of each artist’s work will be on display at the Artworks Gallery, 306 Park Row, providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one’s interest. Brochure maps may be found at the Gallery and at

Karen Hubacher in her new Rock Hall studio

restaurants and shops throughout Kent County, which provide a brief description of each artist along with directions to the studio. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday noon -3pm. During the Studio Tour, Gallery hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-5. In addition, there will be wine receptions on Fridays, October 28 and November 4, from 5pm -8pm.

With so many artists opening their studios to the public, Artworks is inaugurating three opportunities to travel through Chestertown, Worton and Rock Hall….with lunch on the beach or in historic Emmanuel Church, and wine and hors d’oeuvres waterside in Rock Hall.

The first weekend of open studios, October 29th and 30th, while you are touring the outer ring studios, which include Worton and Rock Hall, you can have a  Box Lunch on the beach at Arts at Still Pond Station.   Then, later in the day, after touring the Rock Hall studios, you may enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn of the Osprey Point Inn, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

The second weekend, November 5th and 6th, tour the inner ring studios in Queen Anne’s County and Downtown Chestertown and visit Historic Emmanuel Church in the center of town for a delightful lunch.  Chestertown is a wonderful 18th century town where you can view many historic homes as you visit the studios.  The outer ring option is also available during this weekend.

All lunches and the wine tasting require reservations no later than October 9th. Both groups and individuals are encouraged to participate in this offering..

Combine your Studio Tour with Chestertown’s Schooner Sultana Downrigging weekend October 29-30. Sultana is joined by many historic tall ships and Chesapeake Buy-Boats. Many interesting art studios are within easy walking distance of the ships. All this makes for a fun family outing.

For more information go to or call 410-778-6300.

12th Annual Artist Studio Tour Information:
WHEN: Two Weekends: October 29-30 and November 5-6,
Rain or shine; 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Kent County, Maryland
We suggest beginning at Artworks Studio at 306 Park Row in Historic Downtown Chestertown.

WHAT: Nearly 50 professional artists open their art studios, on this free self-guided tour. Wander Maryland’s Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties’ picturesque back roads and be greeted like an old friend at the studios of successful painters, jewelers, sculptors, metal and wood workers, photographers, potters and more.

Brochure maps may be found at Artworks in Chestertown and at restaurants and shops throughout the county.. These brochures provide a brief description of each artist along with directions to the studio, which can be located on a fold-out map. You may also download the brochure and learn more about the tour by visiting The 12th annual tour allows visitors the opportunity to see a variety of places in the County, receive a warm welcome from artists, and buy pieces at studio prices.

Sunday Cooking — Fall is Soup Time

If you already know why you should know how to make soup stock, you can skip this first paragraph and go on to the soup rhapsodizing beneath it.

OK, now that I’ve culled the cognoscenti, let me make a quick case for one of the best ways to save money, make good use of every last bit of food you’ve paid for, and make great soup. AND make the house smell like you imagined your grandmother’s home should have smelled and didn’t. Stock. Yes, you can buy it in boxes these days, but buying it should be a choice based on time and energy constraints, not because you don’t know how to make your own.  Soup stock in the freezer is like money in the bank. Chicken, meat – what remains of a ham bone, beef roast or shank, lamb shoulder, chicken or turkey or duck carcass, whatever — fish, and vegetable stock all make use of the last stalk of celery, a single carrot, half an onion, a few seasonings, and water. Leftovers that might be thrown out (or composted, which could bring me to another mini-rant, but won’t).   Freeze stock in pint containers (be sure to label them) and you can come home, pull out one or two, put it into a pot set on low to defrost while you pull a few things out of the frig to add – a potato and some cheese, peppers and leftover rice, a can of beans and some garlic and parsley and a squeeze of lemon. In no time flat, you have a real meal that costs, depending on ingredients, as little as a buck or two for a couple of people. (We’re not including in either the ‘people’ category or the financial equation growing teenage boys, who are voracious and need food that upholsters their insides for more than an hour.). OK, think it over. There’s a link below that will give you something of a soup stock tutorial.

Now, for the soups. Soup not only makes terrific use of leftovers and stretches your dollar, but is virtuous too since it can help to edit the waistline as it fills you up without being heavily caloric. Additionally, it usually offers about half of your daily recommended veggie requirement in one go.

Fall (once we’re through our current Amazon Forest Period) is soup time. It’s the homey, turn-of-the-season, days-closing-in warmth we’ve been longing for in our imaginations since the dog days and those 100-degree temps. And right now there’s still a variety of fresh local ingredients available at the farmers’ market and coming out of unruly season’s-end gardens.

Mulligatawny with an apple and the last of the tomatoes, which never taste quite right after August. Oxtail, gumbo, boullabaisse, split pea, albondigas with pork and beef meatballs, stracciatella, an Italian egg drop soup that you can make in about 10 minutes and throw in some kale or spinach for greenery, harvest corn chowder with bacon, Scotch broth with barley, oyster stew with thyme and sautéed onions, clam chowder, salmon and potato chowder, duck and tortilla soup, green bean and bacon with orzo and herbs, minestrone, Thai shrimp and noodles, old-fashioned chicken noodle.

For the vegetarians: Roasted sweet potato soup with poblanos, peasant lentil vegetable, leek and potato, Ghanian peanut soup, vegetarian minestrone, Swiss cheese and onion, Hungarian mushroom (you can use tamari sauce to add the kind of umami flavor that a beef stock imparts), vegetable chowder, cauliflower with mushrooms and stilton, creamy roasted parsnip, carrot and turnip with aged Edam, Gumbo Z-Herbes, eggplant and mushroom with sautéed sweet pepper, Tuscan bean with tomatoes and kale, roasted tomato-and-onion – the fresh tomatoes may not taste like much this time of year, but roast them on a cookie sheet for about an hour at low heat along with an onion and you have something sweet and magical. It’s great pureed for pasta sauce, and is a lovely coulis with broiled salmon slathered in curried mustard.

For  Rosh Hashanah, which begins today: artichoke potato, beef and barley, chicken with matzo balls, creamy sweet potato, Hungarian vegetable and more.

Sometimes, it’s just a help to meander through cookbooks or the internet with the ingredients you have on hand looking for new combinations to try.

Here are some options.


Mexican Squash Soup

2 tblsp butter or olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

¼ cup chopped celery

¼ cup sweet pepper, chopped

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 dried red Mexican chili or 1 fresh Serrano or other hot pepper to taste, whole or omit.

1 ½ cups peeled, diced winter squash (acorn, hubbard, butternut, etc)

1 cup frozen or fresh corn

Melt butter or heat oil in saucepan. Sauté vegetables until soft, about 5 minutes. Add stock and bring to boil. Add squash and simmer until tender.


Roasted Sweet Potato and Poblano

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 tblsp smoked paprika

1 tblsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tblsp olive oil

1 shallot minced

1 med poblano, chopped

1 tblsp olive oil

4 cups chicken stock or 4 cups water and a large chicken bullion cube

3 tblsp fresh cilantro

Toss cubed potatoes with spices and olive oil. Roast on a cookie sheet at 325 for about 3o minutes or until semi-tender.  Sauté shallot (or onion) and pepper in olive oil until onion is translucent and some of the peppers have some browned edges.  Put all into a soup pot with stock or water and bullion and simmer for about 15 minutes. Puree with a hand blender or cool a bit before putting it into the blender.  To serve, top with chopped fresh cilantro.



½ lb meaty bacon

3 tblsp olive oil

2 carrots, chopped

1 turnip, chopped

2 onions, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 large tomatoes or 1 15-oz tin chopped tomatoes with juice

1 cup green beans, chopped

½  cup sweet pepper. diced

3 tblsp fresh oregano, minced

3 tblsp fresh parsley, minced

1 15-oz. can cannellini beans or 2 cups of dried beans that have been plumped and simmered until al dente

1 cup elbow macaroni

7-8 cups beef stock

salt and pepper to taste

Use a large heavy pot for this – enameled iron works well. Heat olive oil in pot while you slice bacon into inch-long pieces. Sauté in hot olive oil until crisp-ish. If there is too much fat in the pan, spoon some out. (You can also substitute ham if you don’t want bacon.). Meanwhile, cube/dice the carrots turnip, onions, celery and add to the hot fat/oil.  Sauté for about 10 minutes until starting to brown slightly on edges. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Then add tomatoes, sweet pepper, green beans, herbs and stock. If using plumped dried beans, add them now.  Simmer for about 40 minutes. Add canned beans and macaroni. Cook, stirring to keep things from sticking on the bottom for about 15 minutes or until pasta is done. You may need to add liquid by this point; this soup is thick.  Serve with crusty garlic bread and robust red wine.*

Kosher soups:

*This is my last Sunday Cooking column for the ChestertownSpy and TalbotSpy.  But I’m sure it won’t be the last word from either Spies about food. Thanks to you all.


Panel to Find Way to have Highway User Funds Come Back to Counties

Recommendations on how to get highway user revenues back to county and municipal governments – and how much money is really needed – dominated discussion as the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding worked toward finalizing recommendations for the governor and General Assembly.

Commission Chairman Gus Bauman said that the final report will be a sort of “second chapter” to the recommendations it sent in February. Meeting in Frederick Tuesday, members looked over some drafts of policy suggestions gleaned from previous discussions and written up by commission staff.

But problems arose from the very beginning. The first recommendation on the draft was that the General Assembly pass legislation that would allow local jurisdictions to create their own taxes to use for road construction.

“It seems to me if we are doing this, we’re waving the white flag,” said member Lon Anderson, director of government and public relations for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “The state is never going to come up with enough money, so we’re letting the municipalities go.”

Judith Davis, the mayor of Greenbelt representing the Maryland Municipal League on the commission, said that while local governments are desperate for more funds, the state should meet its obligations. Local governments received millions of dollars from the state to use on road projects in less critical budget times, but those funds have lately been taken to meet other government needs.

Bauman said that the recommendation was not intended as a method to give up on state funding, but as a way to give local governments more flexibility. However, he said, it is clear that the commission does not exist to make recommendations to local governments. He recommended deleting the recommendation.

“We’re going down a path that could undercut our core mission,” he said. “This raises more complications than necessary.”

Regardless of whether creating local funding mechanisms are included in the commission’s recommendations, members started talking about how much money might be needed in order to meet the state’s transportation needs and return funding to local governments. The commission initially recommended the state raise $800 million in new transportation funds through new revenues and bonds. Factoring in legislative changes made during the General Assembly session, that recommendation goes down to $520 million.

Several commission members didn’t think $520 million in new revenues would be enough to give some money to local jurisdictions for projects. Figures were not formally discussed on Tuesday, but some members recommended that the commission increase the new revenue target to $870 million.

“That’s possible, but is it probable?” asked Del. Tawanna Gaines, who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee dealing with transportation.

Commission members left the finances of the recommendation – and whether it should be conservative or extremely optimistic – for a later meeting. Other items discussed by the commission include:

  • Requiring an extremely quick timetable for the legislature to approve any public-private partnership for transportation. The draft recommendation at the end of Tuesday would be that all review and approval take no more than 10 days.
  • Ending subsidies for transit ridership that come out of the transportation trust fund. Currently, subsidies – mostly for people involved in social services programs – come out of money that would otherwise go to the trust fund for transportation. Commission members agreed that subsidies are valuable, but should be paid for by the agencies that sponsor them.
  • Doing assessments to determine if transportation loans for local governments are a good idea.
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    State to Use Tracking Devices on Boats to Fight Poaching

    A pilot program to install tracking devices on some commercial fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay may go into effect next year.

    The program – which will be discussed at two open houses next week along with proposed fishing regulations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service – would be voluntary for commercial fishermen.

    But vessel monitoring systems may ultimately be required to discourage illegal fishing in Maryland, said Tom O’Connell, director of DNR’s fisheries service.

    “The objective is to get greater compliance in the ability to enforce our fisheries management rules,” O’Connell said about the pilot program, which may apply to the striped bass fishery, oyster fishery, or both.

    This winter, Maryland Natural Resources Police discovered more than 13 tons of poached striped bass, also called rockfish, in illegally anchored nets in the Chesapeake Bay.

    The poaching finds led fisheries agencies to close rockfish season early. Natural Resources Police served search warrants related to the poaching but have made no arrests.

    Vessel monitoring systems discourage illegal fishing by allowing agencies to track commercial fishing boats that go into closed areas or operate during restricted times. They are being used increasingly across the United States and Canada but would be new to Maryland, O’Connell said.

    “The idea is, before even considering this being a requirement in any of our fisheries, we should do a small-scale pilot program that’s voluntary so that we have the opportunity to experiment with different types of vessel monitoring systems,” O’Connell said.

    The program would also give watermen the chance to experiment with having a GPS tracking device installed on their boats.

    “I think that watermen in general have some concerns with the government being able to track their vessels’ movements,” O’Connell said.

    Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, said he is not bothered by the idea of being tracked.

    “Nobody wants to have the government on your back all the time, but if we don’t do something, two or three bad apples are going to ruin the whole fishery for us,” Simns said.

    Most law-abiding watermen will be fine with vessel monitoring systems as long as it does not cost them anything, Simns said.

    “The ones that are breaking the law are going to raise the devil about it,” he said.

    But the cost of vessel monitoring systems – which could be $1,500 to $3,000, according to O’Connell – concerns Simns. “If we have to pay for it, we just can’t do it,” he said.

    For the pilot program, DNR is looking at buying the devices for participants using grant money, O’Connell said. But if tracking devices ever become a requirement, the industry will likely have to pay for them.

    O’Connell said the increased cost of the vessel monitoring systems could be offset in other ways, such as relaxing regulatory constraints on the industry. For example, participants in the pilot program may receive an individual quota, or allotted amount of fish, giving them the flexibility to fish when the market is best for them, he said.

    Open houses will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 4 and October 6 to discuss a set of proposed regulations on commercial striped bass, and the pilot program will be introduced for initial feedback.

    The first open house will be held at BG Louis G. Smith Armory, 7111 Ocean Gateway in Easton; and the second will be held at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 161 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.


    Listeria-Linked Deaths Reach 16; 72 Affected

    Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.

    The death toll released by the CDC Tuesday — including newly confirmed deaths in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas — surpassed the number of deaths linked to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts almost three years ago. Nine people died in that outbreak.

    The CDC said Tuesday that they have confirmed two deaths in Texas and one death each in in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Last week the CDC reported two deaths in Colorado, four deaths in New Mexico, one in Oklahoma and one in Maryland.

    Read more:

    Ed. According to the news on channel 13 Baltimore this morning:

    listeria has an incubation of up to 4 weeks.

    Listeria is most dangerous for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

    1 out of 6 Americans is affected with food-born illness each year, and we know that partly because tracking is getting better all the time.

    The link below is to the Center for Disease Control with listeria facts.


    Best Bets This Week

    Plenty of history and heritage celebrations on tap this weekend in Talbot, and the weather looks promising, if a bit cooler than usual. Grab a sweater in lieu of an umbrella.

    Two family friendly festivals on Saturday; the Talbot County Historical Society presents its first annual Traditional Crafts Fair, complete with artisans who still make things the old-fashioned way, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels hosts one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft – the 29th Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival.

    How about a haunted bus tour on Sunday afternoon? Halloween is coming up, here’s a great way to add new material to your spooky story collection. Finish up Sunday evening with master storyteller and  folk troubadour Ramblin’  Jack Elliott, performing at the Nightcat in Easton.

    Saturday, October 1 – 10 am to 3 pm: Traditional Crafts Fair at Historical Society of Talbot County’s Garden Traditional arts and crafts displays and demonstrations, living history entertainment. Check out the ‘Clues Cruise’ historical scavenger hunt, info on their website. 25 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD  21601. (In case of rain the event will be held inside the Auditorium at 17 S. Washington) Admission Free

    Saturday, October 1 – 10 am to 5 pm: 29th Annual Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout this family-oriented event. Music, scenic river cruises, and food and beverages will be available to round out the weekend festival. Free for museum members and children five and under – otherwise admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. Continues on Sunday with the same hours. Read more here.


    Sunday, October 2 – 1 to 5 pm:  Explore the Haunted Eastern Shore Want to know the real story behind some of the most haunted places on the Eastern Shore? Join author Mindie Burgoyne and Chesapeake College on a spine tingling journey aboard our haunted bus tours.  Stories will include – Big Lizz and the Decoursey Bridge, Cosden Murder Farm, Kent Manor Inn,  the Grave of Tallulah Bankhead,  Bishops Head rocking man, the Indian Massacre at Bachelor’s Point, the Hanging Tree, Tidewater Inn, Avalon Theater, and many more!  Passengers will travel to many of the haunted locations in the county, including stops to walk around. Each bus tour is $32 per person and the virtual tour is $24 per person.

    Please note: Space is limited to 49 attendees and all three bus tours sold out early last year (2010)

    Tallulah Bankhead's Grave

    Passengers please meet at the Cambridge campus of Chesapeake College

    contact Marci Leach at Chesapeake College (410) 827-5833 or


    Sunday, October 2 -6:30 pm:  Ramblin Jack Elliott at the NightCat in Easton

    Ramblin' Jack Elliott

    One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. Tickets $35.

    read the article here

    NightCat Cafe, 5 Goldsborough St, Easton, MD  21601

    Tilghman Island’s Only Food Store is Keeping it Local

    For the owners of the Tilghman Island Country Store, Patricia and John McGlannan, taking the helm of this Tilghman Island institution has been a joy since reopening it in January. A big reason, they claim, has been community appreciation.

    “They’re the only place in the area that provides the basics, milk, eggs, cheese,” said Buddy Harrison Jr. “It’s essential to have a store on Tilghman. It’s a hardship for locals to have to run to St. Michaels for bread.” Harrison is one of the proprietors of Harrison’s Chesapeake House, a hotel/restaurant that also organizes chartered fishing trips out of Tilghman.

    Built in 1895, the building where the store is located has always been a commercial space, and although it has undergone a few name changes. John McGlannan said “The Tilghman Island Country Store” was its original name.

    As such, short of a series of minor renovations which took place while the store went on hiatus from April of 2010 until January 2011, very little has changed structurally. With red siding, an inviting front porch, and a high gabled roof, the building invokes the elegant carpentry of a bygone era on the Eastern Shore. Inside, pleasantly low slung ceilings and the warm glow of the deli case, chock full of savory salads, salted meats, and rib-eye steaks contribute further to this sense of being transported backward in time.

    In many ways, the store feels like a nexus to a different kind of America, one that may have been much more common fifty years ago, but still exists in little pockets depending on where you look in the tidewater region. Around the corner from the deli counter are walls of simple canned goods, corned beef hash, pickled onions, Worcestershire sauce.

    “Planning what to stock the store with was easy for us,” said Patricia. “We just thought, ‘well, what are the kinds of things we like to eat?'”

    Since reopening at the beginning of this year, The Tilghman Island Country Store obtained a class E liquor license, allowing the sale of beer, wine, and liquor.

    The McGlannans are particularly pleased to feature wines from local vintners, including The St. Michaels Winery, and a wine from Dorchester County’s Lingan Ore Vineyards. They also carry Sloop Betty vodka out of Blackwater Distillery in Kent Island, where Patricia McGlannan is from.

    “We’ve put a big focus on getting local products in our store,” says John.

    In addition to local wines, the McGlannans have made a point to feature the work of local decoy carvers, Oxford-based Highland Creamery ice cream, and seafood, a local favorite being their crab cake. They also offer fresh baked goods such as Tilghman Island Apple Walnut Muffins, fresh maple syrup, a full carryout menu, and of course the various sundries that you might find in any store that dares to call itself convenient.

    What’s perhaps an even greater source of contentment for the McGlannans, who have owned the store since 2003, is that their store made it through hurricane Irene with nary a scratch.

    “Just a couple pools of water,” said John, “We stayed open throughout the storm with a generator, sold a lot of ice and grilled outside.”

    The Tilghman Island Country Store is located on the Tilghman Island Road just beyond the firehouse, and is open seven days a week, rain or shine.