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Ocean City Character of the Day: Rosalie Tilghman Shreve & the Plimhimmon Hotel

A century ago, the Plimhimmon Hotel was the most famous and iconic structure in the then-fledgling resort town of Ocean City, Md. Old pictures of the place, with its elegant oceanfront porches, expansive decks, and swooping, cone-shaped tower, have a way of leaving us modern folks weak at the knees from yearning for the splendor of yesteryear.  But there is much more than nostalgia to…
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Christmas Classics: The Biggest Holiday Light & Decor Displays, 2018

    Eastern Shore Christmas Cards: Click the image to check them out! These six displays of holiday lights & decor for the Christmas season rank as the biggest and best in (and nearby) the Delmarva region. Winterfest of Lights Through Dec. 31 in Ocean City, Md. More than one million holiday lights on 58 acres filled with hundreds of animated light displays at Northside…
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Out on the Town: The Best Delmarva Christmas Events of 2018

    The towns, backroads, and museums of the Eastern Shore and Delaware are chock full of fun Christmas events. Nearly 70 of those affairs are rounded up here in one convenient place, organized by date. • Fri, Nov. 30: The Easton (Md.) Moonlight Madness shopping event will have caroling, live music, raffle prizes, and more. • Fri., Nov. 30: Pocomoke City, Md. has the Mayor's Old…
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Christmas Performances, 2018: Song, Dance, Theater, & Film

    There are lots of Christmas performances coming up on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. Here are fortysome music shows, theatrical productions, dance performances, and film screenings. SONG & DANCE • Nov. 30-Dec. 1: The Chester River Chorale presents a Chester River Christmas in Chestertown, Md. • Nov. 30-Dec. 1: A Holiday Cabaret (with lots of sing-a-longs) will take place at the Everett Theatre…
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Delmarva Christmas Parades, 2018!

    Here is your handy-dandy guide to more than 30 of this year's Delmarva Christmas Parades. Just 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 page when I can. Click on Santa for info on this book of Eastern…
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The Secrets of the Eastern Shore Holiday Pop Up Shop, 2018!

The Secrets of the Eastern Shore Pop Up Shop is returning to downtown Cambridge! Open weekends through Christmas, the shop is located inside of the popular Jimmie & Sook’s restaurant, 527 Poplar Street. Designed as a celebration of the Delmarva region in images, words, and products, the shop is the creation of a local husband-and-wife team, the writer Jim Duffy and the photographer Jill Jasuta.…
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PICTURE THIS: The Story Behind the Twin Bridges of Dorchester County

    You know how the traffic goes on Kent Island come summer weekends? The backups begin many miles before from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A legion of goofballs make it worse by looking for shortcuts when they don’t have a clue where they’re going. The poor local people end up trapped inside their houses, afraid to even run a little errand. Things used to be…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY, 1922: “Mainland folk have been prone to think their kinsmen on the islands of the Eastern Shore a bit barbaric …”

In 1922, Edward Noble Vallandigham wrote a book full of interesting essays about the towns, churches, and people of the Delmarva peninsula. Delaware and the Eastern Shore has a great subtitle: Some Aspects of a Peninsula Pleasant and Well Beloved. Here, Vallandigham gives his views about the people who inhabit the remote islands of the Eastern Shore.   Surnames are so few on some of the…
September 23, 2018
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The Best Oyster Festivals of Fall 2018

Summer is gone, and that's too bad. On the other hand: WELCOME TO THE SEASON OF OYSTER FESTIVALS! Here are the October and November oyster events I've been able to round up so far. If I missed one in your town, please let me (and everyone else) know about it in the comments. • The 46th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival is coming up on Sat.…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: In an Old Tomato Cannery, “the Satisfication of All Our Work Done Right”

One day last winter I drove out to St. Michaels to hear a presentation at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by a panel of local folks whose families were involved in various old canneries that used to be so central to the economy in the mid-Shore region--and all around the Delmarva Peninsula. One of the presenters passed around a copy of this poem, written during the…
September 16, 2018