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Choptank River 1930s for Poem The Choptank Is a River FEATURED PHOTO
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A POETIC INTERLUDE: “The Choptank Is a River/That Is in My Dreams Today”

The below tribute to our Choptank River was published in 1931 by Folger McKinzey (1866-1950), who grew up on the Eastern Shore in Elkton, Md. and became something of an adolescent prodigy. He became editor of the weekly Shore Gazette newspaper in Ocean Grove, N.J. at age 17 and then, at 20, returned to Elkton as assistant editor of the Cecil Whig. While there, he…
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MiscellanyWay Back Machine

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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Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

MONTH OF FUNDAYS! The February 2024 Newsletter

Fun Things to Do on Delmarva in February 2024! The Month of Fundays newsletter is here, and it's chock full of options to get out and go--yes, even in February! Here is the link. Among the good times ahead: • Muskrat madness! • Valentine's fun! • African American history galore! • A big ice festival in Easton! • Music, theater, and artsy fun! • A…
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Good Times & Fun Events

Drama on Delmarva: Our Professional, Community, and College Theaters

I created a handy-dandy list of links to our theater troupes to make it super easy for you for figure out what's playing on stages in your area or during your visit to the Delmarva Peninsula. Break a leg! MARYLAND • Bobbi Baron Theater Program in Salisbury, Md. (Salisbury University) • Church Hill Theater Company in Church Hill, Md. • The Community Players of Salisbury,…
Chesapeake Oyster Wars Depraved Workforce FEATURED PHOTO
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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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Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

Month of Fundays! The January 2024 Newsletter

50 Fun Things to Do on Delmarva in January 2024! The Month of Fundays newsletter is here, and it's chock full of options to get out and go--yes, even in January! Here is the link. • Two big ice festivals • Two stargazing-by-campfire sessions • A "Story Swap" night with local watermen • Mixology night: A winter-cocktail contest • The big "Winter Birding Weekend" •…
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Most Popular, 2023: The Classics

First--hey, thanks: Year-over-year website traffic jumped a whopping 55.9 percent in 2023! I have divided my annual list of the year's most viral stories into two categories--the most popular newish stories, written recently and posted for the first time (those stories are here), and the most popular year-in-and-year out classic stories that are always popular on the site. Here goes with the classics: • “Now…