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This Rug Tells a Bedtime Story: When Pittsville Was “the Strawberry Capital of the World”

"The Strawberry Capital of the World:" That's the title of the artwork above by a famous "rug hooker," Mary Sheppard Burton. The setting is our own Pittsville, Md., one of the towns just off of Route 50 between Salisbury and Ocean City. (The artwork is below here as well, in a bigger size at the end of the story.) Burton was born in Salisbury in…
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Month of Fundays Newsletter

Month of Fundays! June 2023

Time for summer fun! You will find more than 100 options to do just that here in the latest issue of my Month of Fundays newsletter. Highlights: • Bathtub races down Main Street! • High-flying aeronautics • Lavender beauty! • The running of the bull (not Pamplona, Dewey Beach)! • Cruises on the Bay! • Tall ships! • Music, music, more music! • Carnivals, circuses,…
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Shore Fun Sampler: Going Natural on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Welcome to my first Shore Fun sampler—something I’ll do once in a while if you all seem to like it. My 2023 book, Shore Fun! The Wanderer’s Guide to Delmarva, is an all-in-one travel guide that connects you with more than 150 annual events and more than 125 destinations. The three outdoorsy destinations below come from a 25-item chapter on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.…
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Sail Away! Nine Easy Ways to Get Out on the Water

You don't have to own a boat to get out on the water on the Delmarva Peninsula. Here are a few easy options, available in ticketed fashion rather than by putting a group together and chartering a vessel. • THE STEAM FERRY: The Patriot is a replica 1930s steam ferry that offers narrated cruises on various themes along the Miles River, sailing out of St.…
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What This Old Building Says About Salisbury–and all of Delmarva

In 2022 The City of Salisbury, Md. received a big state grant to help get started on a plan to rescue and revitalize the dilapidated old Union Station building on Railroad Avenue. Seeing those headlines inspired me to put together this bullet-point look at how that old structure fits into the fabric of the history of Salisbury—and, in fact, the whole of the Delmarva Peninsula.…
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“Tales from Delmarva” in Denton, Md. on Mon., May 8

Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will share some of his favorite “Tales from Delmarva” in a lunchtime talk and discussion on Mon., May 8 at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton, Md. The occasion is an open-to-the-public meeting of the local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. The author of five books focused on travel and…