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The Great Eastern Shore Deep Freeze in the Winter of 1976-77

Perhaps the deepest of all Eastern Shore deep freezes set in before Christmas, 1976, and it didn’t let up until well into February, 1977, two full bone-chilling months. Back then, only older folks on the Shore could remember anything like it—and those memories went clear back to 1918. In order to top the Eastern Shore deep freeze of 1976/77, you pretty much have have to go back…
Miscellany

Delmarva/Eastern Shore Christmas Gift Ideas 2015

  There is no rhyme or reason or rules about my list here. It's just folks I know and folks I like who are here on the Shore and in Southern Delaware and who do what I consider first-rate work. If you know folks who fall into that category, give them a plug in the comments! • The great photographer Dave Harp is partnering again with writer Tom…
Good Times & Fun Events

Holiday Wild Cards 2016: Trains, Caroling, Crafts, Festivals, & More

  Here are few fun Holiday Wild Cards coming up in the 2016 Christmas season on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, as well as in Southern Delaware: • The Rescue Fire Company in Cambridge will have its Christmas Train Garden up and running for the 80th straight year, starting Tue., Dec. 1. You can also catch train displays in Sudlersville on two different December weekends and…
Good Times & Fun Events

Holiday Nights Out 2015!

  • The "Festive Fridays" series of events in Cape Charles Nov. 28-Dec. 18 includes holiday movies at the Palace Theatre ranging from "White Christmas" to "Elf." • The Glenn Miller Orchestra has a holiday show at the Avalon in Easton on Fri., Nov. 27. • The Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach presents a musical take on  "A Christmas Story" from Nov. 27-Dec. 13.…
Good Times & Fun Events

Christmas Parades 2016!

Here is your handy-dandy guide to Christmas Parades on the Shore and in Southern Delaware. Click on the parade title and you will head to a link with details. Did I miss a parade in your town? Let me know in the comments section below, and I will update the main page when I can! Sat., Nov. 26 • Kent County (Md.) Christmas Parade in Chestertown. •…
Good Times & Fun Events

Finding Halloween Frights & Fun, 2015 Edition

Happy Halloween, all! Here is your little guide to enjoying the season on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware. Don't forget to check out this online version of the MONTH OF FUNDAYS e-newsletter for October for non-Halloween events. Also, you can sign up to get Secrets e-mails in the pretty pinkish box up top of every page on the SECRETS WEBSITE. HAUNTED TOURS AND PLACES…
Road Trips

The Lighthouse Tour: Six Beacons of History on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware

  Something in the sight of an old lighthouse makes many people go weak at the knees. The stately and iconic old beacons evoke wistful, romantic feelings tied to the beauty of waterfront vistas, the stately masts of old-time boats, the rugged lifestyle of keepers and their families—all mixed in with a touch of the danger, with legends of storms and shipwrecks also coming to mind. This…
DestinationsNatural WondersWay Back Machine

Why is the Town Played by Berlin in the Movie “Runaway Bride” Called Hale?

    Welcome to Hale Sign Since the subject at hand is peaches, we might as well start with the bit of "Runaway Bride" trivia highlighted in the headline here. The name Hale, you see, is actually a sly tribute to a tasty little slice of Eastern Shore history. Released in 1999 and starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, “Runaway Bride” was filmed in Berlin. Berlin, in turn, was…