Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Catching for First Flight Out

The Easton Airport/ Newnam Field is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary this Friday July 20, at 10:00am at the airport terminal! The hour long event is open to the public and will be followed by a reception of coffee and sweets! The Talbot Historical Society was asked to create a permanent Talbot County Aviation history exhibit at the Airport to celebrate this momentous anniversary! The exhibit will be viewed by the public for the first time this Friday at the 10:00am event.

Thanks to the team of Assemble Co.’s Pat Rogan and Eric Gravley who artistically created the exhibit! Thanks to Talbot Historical Society’s Executive Director Larry Denton for researching Talbot County’s rich aviation history and providing content and to Collections Manager Peggy Morey and Cathy Hill for mining the Talbot Historical Society’s many photo collections for aviation pictures of our 3 past and present Talbot County Airports! Thanks to Airport Manager Mike Henry for providing aviation history! Also many thanks to Debbie Newnam Kudner and Cooper Towers for sharing the wonderful Collections of past Airport Manager William S. D. Newnam, Jr. Come join the celebration!


Rotarian Moments with Bruce Armistead

A few years ago, Patti Willis, the then president of the Rotary Club of Easton, described an experience that she predicted all her other Rotarian members would have, if they hadn’t already, which she labeled a “Rotarian Moment.”

This is when a Rotary member first recognizes the unique gift that comes with giving, or more precisely, when the act of their volunteerism, the primary goal of Rotary’s mission, produces a sense of contribution to one’s community never felt before. The Spy thought it would be beneficial to have members share these moments for the general public to understand more clearly the critical role the Rotary plays in the life of Easton and Talbot County.

We continue our series with attorney Bruce Armistead, who has been a major volunteer leader in the community with years of board service with the Waterfowl Festival, Country School, Horn Point Environmental Laboratory, Chesapeake College Foundation, and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about the Easton Rotary, please go here.

August 2018 Sky-Watch

August always brings us the most watched meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, which peak on the night of August 12/13. They are the most watched because the weather is comfortable in August. This year the Moon is New at this time, so there will be no interference from it when viewing the meteors. Best views will be before dawn (between 2 and 5 am) on August 13th, when Perseus, the constellation from which the meteors appear to come, is highest in the north-eastern sky. We can expect to see as many as 60 to 120 meteors per hour (1 or 2 every minute).

The mid to late summer evening nights of August provide plenty of dazzling views of planets for sky-watchers this year, whether we look with the unaided eye or through a telescope or binoculars. Looking west as dusk settles, one can’t miss Venus which brightens fro –4.3 to –4.6 this month. The only drawback will be that Venus will have lost the altitude it had earlier this summer as its orbit starts to take it now between us and the Sun. Venus will only be 10 degrees high on August 1st, so it will set only an hour or so after full darkness. The waxing crescent Moon will be 10 degrees to the right of Venus on August 13th, and 7 degrees above the planet on August 14th.

Look back east —- that is left of Venus —— to find Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in that order. Jupiter lies among the stars of Libra near its brightest star, Zubenelgenubi (I just love that name!). At magnitude –2.0, Jupiter is 100 times brighter than this 2nd magnitude star. Jupiter will be seen best in the southwestern sky at the end of twilight when it will be highest in the sky. On the 17th, the Moon will pass just 5 degrees above the giant planet.

About 50 degrees east (left) of Jupiter is Saturn, the ringed planet, at magnitude +0.3 in Sagittarius. Through binoculars or telescope, Saturn will shine in yellowish light, and will then be seen among the many nebulae and star clusters of the summer Milky Way found in this part of the sky. The star-studded area of the sky is marvelous to scan with binoculars, as we look toward the center of our galaxy.

Mars gets top-billing as the planet of the month, especially during August’s first two weeks. Mars reached opposition in late July, and is at its maximum brightness and size on August 1st. So look at it early in the month, for by the 31st, it will have dropped to –2.1 magnitude and appear 15% smaller. But even those month-end view will be impressive; Mars has not been so close to us since 2003. Through a telescope at 100 power magnification, Mars will look as big as a Full Moon looks in the sky with the unaided eye on August 1st!

Mars unfortunately is low in the southern sky, between Sagittarius and Capricornus, and its greatest altitude on August 1st is not reached until around 1 am. It reaches that altitude by 10:30 pm on August 31st, but by then, it will have dimmed. This highest altitude point is about 25 degrees above the southern horizon.

Do not miss this opportunity to view Mars this August. It will not be this close again for another 15 years.

Mercury pops up for sky-watchers before dawn, 18 degrees west of (in front of) the Sun on August 26th. This will place it 5 to 10 degrees above the eastern horizon 45 minutes before sun-up.

There is lots to see this month in our skies and with warm summer nights it is comfortable to get out and look, even though we miss a partial solar eclipse, which may be seen by sky-watchers only in northern Canada and Europe; and in much of Asia, on August 11th. Full Moon is on the 26th. Keep looking up!

Save the Monarch: Girl Scout Troop 1308’s New Project at RTC Park

Our local Girl Scouts is at it again, thankfully. Following Troop 109’s first RTC’s pocket garden now comes Troop 1308’s terrific contribution of art, plants and a word of warning that our beloved Monarch butterfly needs to be protected.

The Spy took a few photos for their file this morning.




Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: The Train Leaves the Station

We just found an interesting c1930 view of the East Dover Street Railroad Ave. area of Easton, Maryland! What is now the Bennie Smith Funeral Home was the Chen’s junk yard, a graveyard for Model T’s and other early cars! Notice the train heading north toward Easton’s Railroad Station. Also notice the Asbury AME Church to the left top of this Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo! So fun to study this view back in time!

Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Driving in at Maple Hall Inn at Claiborne

Enjoy this photo taken long ago of the dock area at the Maple Hall Inn in Claiborne, Maryland! Sadly the Inn was demolished a few years ago. The photo is from the Dr. Laurence G. Claggett Collection at the Talbot Historical Society. Perfect photo for the extremely HOT weather we are having!!

Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

Looking at Talbot County from the West: The Sun Notices the Trees of Easton and Port Street


A view of Aurora Street. Trees line the way, partially obscuring the houses. A man in a hat and apron stands on the left side of the street. Printed in the bottom center: “Aurora Street, Easton, MD.” In the bottom right corner: “Robson Bros. Stationers Easton, MD.” Wisconsin Historical Society

Editor’s note: This is a new Spy series that will be sharing historic news clippings on Talbot County from the perspective of the newspapers of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. While the Shore’s local newspapers have faithfully recorded life and times for three centuries, when this Talbot County periodically finds itself being the subject of a major daily story, it’s always been greeted, like any small community, with extreme interest. For when those occasions occur, now, or in the past,  it gives  a rare opportunity to see how the rest of the world may view it. And thanks to such powerful databases as newspapers.com, we can now able to share some of that coverage from the West of Talbot County. 

With Talbot County facing its first heat wave this week, its funny how much more noticeable and grateful for Easton’s remarkable tree canopies the cover a good bit of its downtown. Trees in particular have always been so interconnected with the life of the County’s seat to such a degree that the Baltimore Sun’s special corespondent give it the corespondent  in 1910.  It was also noticeable how the writer could also see the potential of linking downtown via Port Street to the waterfront.

Baltimore Sun 30 Aug 1908 Photo of the Wisconisin Historical Society

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Off to the Power Boat Races

Enjoy this Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday photo of a powerboat race perhaps on the Miles River! There used to be as many as ten power boat races a year on the Chesapeake Bay! The first documented power boat race was in 1906 on the Miles River in St. Michaels! Facts: “ Powerboat Racing on the Chesapeake “ by William W. Mowbray.

Do you have any power boat race memories? Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

Homage to Donald Hall: Afternoon at MacDowell by Jane Kenyon

Editor’s Note: Poet Donald Hall passed away this week at the ripe age of 89 years old. Over the course of his career, he grew to become one of America’s most gifted and respected writers of the last century. His work inspired thousands of students to begin writing poetry, as he did when he visited Washington College in the 1970s, and eventually became the country’s poet laureate.

When he married fellow poet Jane Kenyon, almost twenty years his junior, in 1972, it was assumed that Hall would be the first to pass away. Sadly, it was Kenyon who died at 47 years old. 

One of the Spy’s favorite poets, Sue Ellen Thompson, counseled reprinting Kenyon’s poem “Afternoon at MacDowell” that she wrote after one of Hall’s many health crises as a compelling way to remember both of these special American poets.

Afternoon at MacDowell
Jane Kenyon, 1947 – 1995

On a windy summer day the well-dressed
trustees occupy the first row
under the yellow and white striped canopy.
Their drive for capital is over,
and for a while this refuge is secure.

Thin after your second surgery, you wear
the gray summer suit we bought eight
years ago for momentous occasions
in warm weather. My hands rest in my lap,
under the fine cotton shawl embroidered
with mirrors that we bargained for last fall
in Bombay, unaware of your sickness.

The legs of our chairs poke holes
in the lawn. The sun goes in and out
of the grand clouds, making the air alive
with golden light, and then, as if heaven’s
spirits had fallen, everything’s somber again.

After music and poetry we walk to the car.
I believe in the miracles of art, but what
prodigy will keep you safe beside me,
fumbling with the radio while you drive
to find late innings of a Red Sox game?

Jane Kenyon, “Afternoon at MacDowell” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon.



Spying on the Tred Avon

The Tred Avon Yacht Club organized an afternoon race this weekend just off the Oxford shoreline. Three Shield Sailboats gave spectators a competitive race in light air.

Haven’t heard of a Shields….well, an online check reveals: In 1963 Cornelius Shields, one of the foremost proponents of one-design sailing in the U.S. conceived of a modern followup to the International One Design. The new boat would have the balance and beauty of the IOD while incorporating modern trends such as fiberglass construction. Shields commissioned Olin Stephens for the design. Over 250 have been built and many are actively raced in fleets around the U.S. Shields are sloop-rigged and usually sailed by a crew of three to five. No hiking straps are allowed, keeping athletic demands on the crew to a minimum.

Spy agent 7 just happened by to capture some of the action.