The Talbot Spy continues our tradition of listing the top ten articles from our public affairs, the arts, regional culture and our Point of View section to highlight the interests of our readers.
Public Affairs and Local News
Our top ten articles for public affairs and local news ranged from the horrific tragedy at the Easton YMCA and the death of John Cassidy and the repugnant appearance of KKK leaflets in St. Michaels to growing anxiety about the third span across the Chesapeake Bay. But completing the list at number ten is a sign of hope with the news of the opening of the brand new Perkins YMCA in St. Michaels and plans for similar projects in Denton and Centreville and the acceptance of transgender youth in Talbot County.
1) KKK Rears Ugly Head in St. Michaels
2) A Community Unites to Remember John Cassidy
3) Kent and QAC Leaders Back Third Bridge at Kent Island
4) Eastern Shore Travelers Face Two Roads; One to BWI, Another to SBY
5) One Man Dead; Suspect Charged After YMCA Stabbing
6).WC President Landgraf Responds to Cancellation of The Foreigner
7) Fluharty Named Director of Clinical Care and Emergency Services at UM-SRH
8. Tragedy on the Mid-Shore: Seven Bald Eagles and Great Horned Owl Fatally Poisoned
9) Coming to a Small Town Near You: The YMCA Perkins Model
10) A Shore Mother Navigates the New World of Transgender Policy in Talbot County
In Arts, it seems that everyone wanted to know about the Avalon Foundation building a 7,500 seat Performing Arts Center. Problem is it wasn’t true! Speaking of Avalon, Elf the Musical, which just closed, was an interesting topic for many of you, as you explored places to take the kids during the holiday. Oxford Community Center, continues to expand their programs and their reach into the community. Artists Nancy Tankersley and Howard Lapp made it on the list, as did the ‘golden’ donkey sculpture in Easton. Highlighting the importance of art in our area was the video of the Art Academy’s Member’s Exhibit. New to the area this year was Easton Business Alliance getting approval for the Arts & Entertainment District in February, which saw fruition when Cultural Crossing was set into motion in August.
1) Avalon Foundation Moving Forward with 7,500 Seat Performing Arts Center
2) Avalon Theater Presents Elf the Musical
3) Plein Art Easton Founder Nancy Tankersley Looks Back Fifteen Years
4) Cultural Crossing Comes Together in Easton
5) The Grounded Perspective of Artist Howard Lapp
6) Easton Sidewalks: Surrealism on Goldsborough
7) One Year Later: The Liza Ledford Touch at the Oxford Community Center
8) At the Academy: Reconnaissance Report on Annual Members’ Exhibition
9) Easton Business Alliance Moves forward on Arts & Entertainment District
10)Avalon Foundation Unveils Spectacular Renovation Of Its Historic Theatre
In the Culture section, no mention of 2019 would be complete without acknowledging one of the biggest stories of the year—the Galloway Mansion move. As always, our House of the Week series remains popular, and the Georgian home in the heart of Easton’s Historic District took the top spot. Also, of interest to you was having to say farewell to the town cobbler. But it was the foodies in the area who followed the new openings this year which included the Four Sisters Food Truck, Jordan Lloyd’s Eagles Café venture, Momma Maria’s opening in Trappe, Sprout’s opening in St. Michaels, and all the new dining opportunities in Cambridge, which was also highlighted in Arts as a top place for tourists to visit. Rounding out the top ten is two reviews of local favorites, Bas Rouge and Doc’s Sunset Grille in Oxford.
1) Four Sisters and a Food Truck
2) Galloway Mansion Move from the Air
3) Maryland 2.0: Trappe has Found an Angel in Tom Mitchell
4) House of the Week: Georgian Splendor in the Grass
5) Spy Diner: Cambridge Foodie World Lives On
6) Food Minute: A New Sprout Sprouts Up in St. Michaels
7) Spy Diner: Bas Rouge in Easton Hits the Mark
8) The Town Cobbler to Close His Doors
9) Mid-Shore Food: Jordan Lloyd Takes Over Eagle’s Cafe
10) Spy Diner: Happy Spying at Doc’s Sunset Grille, Oxford
Point of View
And last, but not least, the Talbot Spy continues its tradition of honoring free speech with our Point of View section, where Spy columnists and Op-Ed writers opine on the topics of the day.
1) My Racial Autobiography by Gerson Martinez
2) Quiet, Please! by J.E. Dean
3) Out and About (Sort of): Contentious Crossing by Howard Freedlander
4) A Daring Miles River Rescue by Angela Rieck
5) Focus on Talbot: Thank God, Talbot County Is Immune To Climate Change by Dan Watson
6) Angels Among Us by Jamie Kirkpatrick
7) The Invasion Of The K-Cups by George Merrill
8) Bridge Closed! Peril Ahead by Al Sikes
9) Memories Are Meant to be Shared by Craig Fuller
10) Bees, Quail Disappear While Ticks Spread by Al Sikes
We’re so grateful for all of the interest our readers have shown us this year. We wish you a very Happy New Year from the Talbot Spy team!
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