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!

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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!!

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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, 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.

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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.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Going All In

Summer is here! Can you identify anyone in this Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection group of happy swimmers? The location is unknown but it may be Oxford, Maryland’s Tred Avon Yacht Club dock perhaps in the 1950’s or early 1960s?

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Juneteenth Moments: Carole Boston Weatherford on Wye House and Dr. Copper

The Spy loves the Academy Art Museum’s annual Juneteenth celebration every year. It’s a time when the Talbot County community comes together to not only observe the historic end of slavery in the United States but reflect on shared values and the extraordinary history of our region.

This year, the Spy was impressed that the organizing committee sought out Carole Boston Weatherford is a keynote speaker. Weatherford, a New York Times best-selling author and poet, also is a direct descendant of the Moaney and Copper families of Unionville and Copperville in Talbot County.

In her noontime presentation, Weatherford reflects through poetry her ancestors lives at Wye House, the historic estate where Frederick Douglass was raised, and channels those relatives as she honors their lives.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the Academy Art Museum please go here.

Spy Report: Sipping Vermouth at Piazza

Easton’s Piazza Italian Market offered a wine tasting with a new twist, literally!

Emily Chandler, Piazza’s founder, teamed up with Washington, D.C. friend Kat Hamidi, Capitoline Vermouth co-creator, to produce a unique tasting experience. Four different offerings were poured and the participants were, as always, treated to a plate of wonderful pairings from Piazza.

Special agent 7 (00 Section) was there to file in a report.

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