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On WBOC-TV, the fun story of the Great Poplar Island Black Cat Fur Farm of the 1840s

Secrets co-founder Jim Duffy recently went on WBOC-TV’s Good Day Delmarva to tell the tale of The Great Poplar Island Black Cat Fur Farm--a strange and ill-fated business venture in the 1840s. You can watch the segment here: Poplar Island Black Cat Story on Good Day Delmarva This is one of the scores of stories from days gone by that you can find in my…
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About That 1945 Day When Baseball Hall of Famer Branch Rickey Went Fishing on the Choptank River

Fred “Fritz” Lucas was a baseball man through and through. The New Jersey native toiled for teams in nine different minor-league cities during the 1920s and 1930s. He had a proverbial cup of coffee with the big-league Philadelphia Phillies in 1935, getting 34 at-bats as a pinch hitter and reserve outfielder. He returned to the minors the next year, but his time on the playing…
Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

Month of Fundays March 2020: Good Times & Fun Events on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware

The March 2020 MONTH OF FUNDAYS newsletter connects you with lots of fun events and cool happenings on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. We are talking chocolate festivals, St. Patrick's Day, an eagle festival, music, history, beer, cocktails, and much more. Click here to see the March 2020 edition. Here’s hoping it inspires you to get out & go! Thank you for reading!
181 Great Events ExcerptFrom the Books

181 Great Events Book Sample: Delmarva Heritage Days in Pocomoke City, Md.

The new Secrets of the Eastern Shore book, 181 Great Events on Delmarva, celebrates the annual celebrations of the Delmarva Peninsula. Most chapters are devoted to a single event, like this one. Others combine similar events that happen around the same time into one section. Most chapters (also like this one) included a suggested side trip as well. Publication date: April 2020. Delmarva Heritage Days…
181 Great Events ExcerptFrom the Books

181 Great Events Book Sample: Two Chocolate Festivals in March

The new Secrets of the Eastern Shore book, 181 Great Events on Delmarva, celebrates the annual celebrations of the Delmarva Peninsula. Most chapters are devoted to a single event. Some, like this one, combine two similar events that happen around the same time into one section. Publication date: April 2020. Two Chocolate Festivals Rehoboth Chocolate Festival When: Early March Where: Rehoboth Beach, Del. Region: Lower…
Good Times & Fun Events

Go Green! St. Patrick’s Festivities on the Delmarva Peninsula, 2020

Here is your handy dandy guide to this year's St. Patrick’s Day festivities on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware: Milton (Del.) Parade Sunday, March 8 Before the parade kicks off at 2pm, there is a walk/run for charity. The events has raised more than $20,000 for local causes in previous years. DETAILS.  (The Milton Theatre has free live music all day long to boot,…
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A Marydel Whodunnit, 1909: Amateur Actor Fatally Poisoned on Stage during Show for Charity

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 11, 1909: “The little town of Marydel, , was thrown into an intense state of excitement this morning when it became known that Charles L. Pippin, a local businessman, was dead. The cause of his death was poison in a glass of wine which he drank during the amateur performance of a play in which he was one of the actors on…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Maybe we needed a whole building because we had so many liars.”

Lots of towns have had famous “liar’s benches” over the years--a corner in a store or post office where old men gather and tell tall tales from days gone by. But in Trappe on Maryland's Eastern Shore, they had much more than a bench--a whole building there was set aside for the fine art of small-town storytelling. The description below of what days back in…
Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

Month of Fundays February 2020! Good Times & Cool Events on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware

The February 2020 MONTH OF FUNDAYS newsletter connects you with lots of fun events and cool happenings on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. We are talking black history, ice sculptures, beer, gumbo, muskrats, birds, and much more. Click here to see the February 2020 edition. Here’s hoping it inspires you to get out & go! Thank you for reading!
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On WBOC-TV, Secrets of the Eastern Shore talks about the Prohibition Era

Secrets co-founder Jim Duffy recently went on WBOC-TV’s Good Day Delmarva to tell stories about the era of Prohibition on the Delmarva Peninsula. The 100th anniversary of Prohibition taking effect landed on Jan. 17, 1920. Have you heard the one about the guy in Wachapreague who set up a secret compartment under his kitchen floorboards so that booze would pour out of one of his…