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Murder in Chincoteague, 1885: The Sensational Crime of a Lovesick Man Who Lost His Grip

    Do you remember those scenes in “The Shining” when a maniacal-looking Jack Nicholson would be typing and typing and typing like, well, mad, and in the end we see that he’s been typing the same insane few words over and over again? Those scenes popped into my head recently while I was reading up on the story of a sensational murder case that…
Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Cape Charles Milkman Remembers-“That Horse’s Name Was Frank”

    History lovers in Cape Charles, Virginia rounded up some grant money a few years back and conducted oral history interviews with some older residents there. Here is David Mitchell, remembering his days of delivering milk aboard a horse-drawn carriage through Cape Charles. At an early age my Uncle Jesse had me working. He used to do a little gardening and he would sell butter beans…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Chesapeake Oystermen, 1887: “One of the Most Depraved Bodies of Workmen in the Country”

    This is from a report by the federal government written in 1887, at the height of the craziest and most violent oyster boomtimes that the Eastern Shore has ever seen. And hey, Somerset County, when you get to the end here, I am thinking that the writer is talking about you as the rare "respectable" and "honorable" exception to the rule--congrats! VERY STRICT…
Good Times & Fun Events

Setting the Stage: Music & Theater on the Eastern Shore in February 2016

  Lots of interesting music and theater coming up on the Eastern Shore in February. Here are some highlights I rounded up for you. THEATER • On Feb. 6, the John Bell House in Dover has a theatrical presentation about the life of Delaware writer and civil rights activist Alice Dunbar Nelson. It's called "Mine Eyes Have Seen." • Also on Feb. 6 at the Dorchester…
Miscellany

The Eastern Shore Secrets that Everyone Loved in 2015

  When I launched the Secrets of the Eastern Shore website in spring of 2015, it was with fingers crossed and uncertain expectations. I never in a gazillion years imaged that more than 100,000 people would visit before the year was out. Here are the half dozen stories that drew the biggest and most viral audiences along the way--the Most Popular Eastern Shore Secrets of 2015, if you will…
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16 Delmarva Events to Get on Your 2016 Radar Right Now

  If you're anything like me, the batch of resolutions you make for each new year always includes getting out and about more often on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware. So get your calendar out--here come 16 Delmarva Events to look out for in 2016 First, one bit of fair warning. Official 2016 dates have not been formally announced for some of these events. You…
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2016 New Years Weekend: Muskrat Drops, Magic Shows, 1st Day Hikes, and More

  When it comes to time to greet the New Year, I am in a mixed marriage. Jill Jasuta Photography is an out-on-the-town gal. I am a stay-at-home guy. It's my turn this year, so the only thing I will see dropping when 2016 arrives is my head on the pillow. That said, don't let me spoil your fun! Here is your handy dandy 2016 New Years Weekend Guide…
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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…
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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…