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DestinationsNatural Wonders

The Deal With Seals: What Brings Guys Like This To Our Beaches?

  Seals tend to live farther up in the North Atlantic—off of Massachusetts, Maine, and Canada—but every year in the colder months between about January and April a good number of them embark on a hellacious journey to points south in search of more temperate waters. That’s when they land on our beaches—mostly on the Delaware coast and in the lower Delaware Bay, but sometimes in…
DestinationsWay Back Machine

The Great Throwback Arcade on the Boardwalk in Ocean City

    What will strike you most when approaching Marty’s Playland are the old familiar sounds from back in the day—the rumble-rumble-ka-thunk of skee-ball, the thwick-ding-ding of classic pinball, the spooky monotone of The Fortune Teller, and the pop-clack-THWACK-clack of an air hockey game. We are talking here about a veritable symphony of old-school childhood fun. There are quite a few fun arcades in Ocean…
Road Trips

Chestertown, the Colonial King of the Eastern Shore

  Chestertown sure knows how to make a swell first impression. As you cross the Chester River from the south on Church Hill Road, keep your eyes left to soak in a scene that seems to come straight out of the 1700s—a spectacular run of dripping-in-history brick homes rising up on the waterfront. Make that crossing at the right time of day, and you will have…
Road Trips

Cambridge, the Comeback Kid of the Eastern Shore

    Cambridge is the comeback kid on the Eastern Shore these days. The restaurant and bar scene is hopping. The waterfront is getting spruced up. And best of all the town just seems to have character to spare these days—it’s the kind of place where they build downtown Christmas trees out of crab baskets, compete in crazy tricycle races while wearing goofy costumes, and throw…
Miscellany

Strolling Talbot Street in Search of That Old St. Michaels Magic

  Stroll past the lush resorts and swanky shops along the quaint main drag in St. Michaels, and you might never guess that for most of its life this town was a hard-working, hard-drinking place full of shipbuilders, watermen, crabpickers, and oyster shuckers. Shipyards began to spring up hereabouts in the 1600s, more than a century before the town officially existed.By around 1800 there were…
CharactersDestinations

The Freedom House in Cambridge

The story of this fabulous piece of folk art begins with my friend Branden Spear. A young home-improvement contractor in Cambridge, he got locked up in a dispute with the officials on a local historic-preservation board about whether he could use a certain type of window on the hard-to-see back side of this house. First, the decision got delayed over and over and over again.…
December 5, 2014