Good Times & Fun Events

Go Green! St. Patrick’s Festivities on the Delmarva Peninsula, 2019

Here is your handy dandy guide to this year's St. Patrick’s Day festivities on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware: PARADES O'nancock (Va.) Parade Sunday, March 10 The parade kicks off at 2pm. The festival on the grounds at Ker Place runs 11am-4pm. DETAILS. Milton (Del.) Parade Sunday, March 10 Before the parade kicks off at 2pm, there is a walk/run for charity. The…
Way Back Machine

When a Bunch of Birds Lost their Minds and Attacked Hog Island Light in 1900

The scene that unfolded on a February night back in the year 1900 on Hog Island, Va. was straight out of the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic “The Birds.” A flurry of unusual avian activity was in the air along the Atlantic Flyway in those weeks. A long and unseasonable stretch of warm weather had set a whole bunch of birds off on their northward spring…
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Chincoteague Character of the Day: Thomas Downing, the ‘Oyster King’ of NYC

Growing up in Chincoteague, Va. in the 1790s and the first decade of the 1800s, Thomas Downing spent much of his time fishing, oystering, digging up clams, and catching terrapins. He must have spent a good bit of time around the kitchen as well, considering the way he grew up to become one of the most famous restaurateurs in New York City—the “Oyster King of…
Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

Month of Fundays: February 2019 Fun Events & Happenings

The February 2019 edition of the MONTH OF FUNDAYS newsletter connects you with lots of great events coming up on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. We are talking music, food, muskrats, oysters, Valentine's, history, and more. Click here to see the February 2019 issue. Here’s hoping it inspires you to get out & go! Thank you for reading! PS: The photo up top here…
Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Ladies would not go out in their carriages” if “that horse frightening machine” was on the road …

The first automobiles to appear on the Eastern Shore of Virginia apparently caused quite a ruckus among the horse-and-carriage set. Here is an account of those early automotive days from The Eastern Shore of Virginia: 1603-1964, by Nora Miller Turman. You can find the book in area bookstores that carry an extensive collection of local titles, or here online. Some people had seen horseless carriages, called…
The Newsroom

Secrets of the Eastern Shore Featured on WBOC-TV’s “Delmarva Life”

Secrets of the Eastern Shore co-founder Jim Duffy had some fun recently gabbing with Lisa Bryant and Jimmy Hoppa on WBOC-TV's hit regional news & lifestyle show, "Delmarva Life." Duffy chatted about his recent wintertime wanderings on the Delmarva Peninsula; shared some gorgeous shots by his photographer wife, Jill Jasuta; and told the incredible story of "Lady Eglantine," a lowly chicken from Greensboro, Md. who…
Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

Month of Fundays: January 2019 Events & Happenings

The January 2019 edition of the MONTH OF FUNDAYS newsletter connects you with lots of fun events coming up on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware. We are talking music, food, ice festivals, hikes, bird watching excursions, and more. Click here to see the January 2019 issue.  Here's hoping it inspires you to get out & go! Thank you for reading! PS: The photo up…
The Newsroom

Our 10 Most Popular Delmarva Stories of 2018

Here are the 10 most popular Delmarva stories of 2018, as judged by the number of unique page views on the Secrets of the Eastern Shore website over the course of the year. • A Monument to Man's Stupidity at the Hooper's Island Bridge. • How a Big Hurricane in 1933 Created the Ocean City We Know Today. • The Ghost Ships of Kiptopeke. •…