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The Great Eastern Shore Deep Freeze of 1976-77!

NOTE: This is one of the fun stories from my book, You Wouldn't Believe! 44 Strange and Wondrous Delmarva Tales. You can find more information about the book--including how and where to buy it--at this link. Deep freezes used to be commonplace affairs on the Delmarva Peninsula. Newspapers and diaries from the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s are stippled with reports of cold spells so deep…
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Month of Fundays! January 2022

Hello there, 2022! The January Month of Fundays newsletter is here--it delivers both a guide to wintertime fun (ice festivals!) on Delmarva and a sneak preview of the warm-weather events to look forward to in the new year. Plus, some fabulous stories from days gone by--murder mystery, shipwrecks, and more. Here is the link. Here’s hoping it helps inspire you to get out and go!…
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Tis the Season! The 15 Most Popular Stories of 2021

Without further ado, I present to you the 15 most popular stories on this website during 2021, as measured by the number of page views each got during the year. 15: Love Point on Kent Island: A Valentine’s Memory from Days Gone By Here's the link. 14: The Fall of an “Ancient Warrior:” The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse Collapses, 1926 Here's the link. 13: The St.…
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Merry Christmas, Joe Taylor! An Old Black Man Gets His 15 Minutes of Fame, 1955

We’ve all met someone like Joe Taylor. He’s that old guy who wanders the streets. He’s poor, but he’s not homeless, and he’s not begging. He just loves to talk with other people. He’s always on the lookout for a mark who might listen. He’s convinced that his life story is fascinating. He believes deep down that his memories make for spellbinding conversation. Make eye…
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Fruitland’s Accidental Auctioneer: A Christmas Holly Tale

NOTE: This is an excerpt from my book, You Wouldn't Believe! 44 Strange and Wondrous Delmarva Tales. Find out more about that (and my other books) here. Another chapter in this book, “When Delaware Delivered the ‘True Spirit of Christmas,’” tells the story of how the seasonal holly wreath industry took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s, starting in Southern Delaware and then…
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Month of Fundays, Nov. 2021: Fall Fun, Plus Your Christmas Planning Guide!

November is here, and Christmas is nigh! The November Month of Fundays newsletter is here! • Lots of fun November events--think Waterfowl Fest and oyster bashes ... • Plus, your handy dandy Christmas planning guides--civic tree lightings, parades, artsy shopping events, downtown parties, and ... • Our homegrown collection of Christmas cards, too--they're already selling like proverbial hotcakes :-) Happy fall to you and yours!…
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CHRISTMAS 2021! Music & Theater

Here is your guide to the Christmas concerts and theatrical shows during the 2021 holiday season. If I missed a big affair by your favorite group or troupe, please put a link to event details in the comments or send that link to me by email: SecretsoftheEasternShore@gmail.com. I will be updating and adding to this list as I learn of more shows. "Scrooge the Musical"…