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Coming Attractions: Find Who’s Playing at the Top Music Venues on Delmarva

Every month my Month of Fundays newsletter gives you some tantalizing highlights from the slate concerts in the coming months, but it doesn't list every show in every venue. If it did that, the newsletter would stretch on as long as War and Peace. For those readers who are interested in digging deeper into concert-going options near the town they live in or plan on…
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The Charles Tindley Playlist

You could spend the whole rest of your day--or week, of month--wandering about the internet listening to various artists perform songs by Charles Tindley. Here is a little playlist of various YouTube versions of Tindley songs that I enjoyed while taking that tour myself. I found it helpful to search for lyrics of each song and read along while listening. "The Storm Is Passing Over"…
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The Storm of ’62: “This Was ‘God’s Country’–Until Last Night”

Knowing what happened, it's hard not to shake your head upon finding the weather forecast for Mon., March 5, 1962: "Snow beginning this afternoon continuing tonight and accumulating 2-4 inches or more. High temperature this afternoon 34-40 and lows tonight 25-30. Tuesday cloudy early in the morning but partial clearing during the day with high 28-32. Outlook for Wednesday fair and cold." That Wednesday would…
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“Depraved,” “Unscrupulous,” “Vile”–Our Oystermen, 1887

Those headline words all come from a federal government report about the state of the oystering on the Chesapeake Bay in 1887. This was, as many regular readers here will know, the height of the “Oyster Wars” in our region. Just in case you need it: Here is a 200-word refresher of an introduction to those wild times. Fear and greed fueled the Chesapeake Oyster…
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Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva TOWNS 1 St. Michaels, Md. 2 Onancock, Va. 3 Laurel & Seaford, Del. 4 Elkton & North East, Md. 5 Accomac, Va. 6 Snow Hill, Md. 7 Wilmington, Del. Riverwalk 8 Eastville & Savage Neck, Va. ISLANDS 9 Kent Island, Md. 10 Smith Island, Md. & Tangier Island, Va. 11 Hoopers…
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Launch Days in Bethel

This is a free excerpt from my book, Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. In a trip focused on visiting the Southern Delaware towns of Laurel and Bethel I write a bit about how Bethel was a famous shipbuilding center focused on building the gargantuan ships known as "Rams." This fun little anecdote appears as an afternote at the end…
November 20, 2022
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Road Trip! Kent Island, Maryland

This is a free excerpt from my book, Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. More info here about that and my other books exploring the history, travel, and culture on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. Every year, millions of travelers looking to get away from their busy big-city lives catch their first glimpse of the Delmarva Peninsula in the shoreline of…
August 14, 2022
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Revisiting the Glory Days of Summertime “Camp Meetings”

Though much of the 1800s and well into the 1900s, "camp meetings" ranked as a summertime joy for families on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware on the level of our beach vacations and downtown block parties. Sponsored by local churches, these religious revivals were conducted out in forests and fields, mostly in the dog days of August. The preaching and singing and soul-saving stretched…
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The Delaware City Book Signing! Oct. 2, 2021

The award-winning writer Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will be in Delaware City for a book-signing event on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2021. The affair will take place downtown at the Delaware City Trading Company, 60 Clinton Street, 1-3pm. Duffy is the author of the bestselling Eastern Shore Road Trips series. Subtitled “One-Day Adventures on Delmarva,” the two books in the…