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Good Times & Fun Events

Holiday Nights Out 2015!

  • The "Festive Fridays" series of events in Cape Charles Nov. 28-Dec. 18 includes holiday movies at the Palace Theatre ranging from "White Christmas" to "Elf." • The Glenn Miller Orchestra has a holiday show at the Avalon in Easton on Fri., Nov. 27. • The Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach presents a musical take on  "A Christmas Story" from Nov. 27-Dec. 13.…
Good Times & Fun Events

Christmas Parades 2016!

Here is your handy-dandy guide to Christmas Parades on the Shore and in Southern Delaware. 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 main page when I can! Sat., Nov. 26 • Kent County (Md.) Christmas Parade in Chestertown. •…
Good Times & Fun Events

Finding Halloween Frights & Fun, 2015 Edition

Happy Halloween, all! Here is your little guide to enjoying the season on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware. Don't forget to check out this online version of the MONTH OF FUNDAYS e-newsletter for October for non-Halloween events. Also, you can sign up to get Secrets e-mails in the pretty pinkish box up top of every page on the SECRETS WEBSITE. HAUNTED TOURS AND PLACES…
Road Trips

The Throwback Joys of Chincoteague and Its Famous Ponies

  I write about lots and lots of different places on Facebook and for the Secrets website, so I’m speaking from long experience when I say that there is one town in particular on the Eastern Shore that generates the most passionate and enthusiastic response from people. The winner, hands down, is Chincoteague, Virginia. What is the secret to the town’s success in winning over…
Way Back Machine

The Day an Elephant Marched Through the Marshlands of Saxis

    Over the centuries, several enterprising characters have tried to turn remote little Saxis on the Eastern Shore of Virginia side of Pocomoke Sound into a tourist destination. One such dreamer was Lloyd Drewer. Back in the early years of the 20th century, he built bathing houses, organized fishing trips, and sponsored various fairs and festivals. His most memorable exploit dates to the late 1930s,…
Road Trips

The Lighthouse Tour: Six Beacons of History on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware

  Something in the sight of an old lighthouse makes many people go weak at the knees. The stately and iconic old beacons evoke wistful, romantic feelings tied to the beauty of waterfront vistas, the stately masts of old-time boats, the rugged lifestyle of keepers and their families—all mixed in with a touch of the danger, with legends of storms and shipwrecks also coming to mind. This…
DestinationsWay Back Machine

How This Amazing Old House in Chincoteague Beat the Odds and Came Back to Life

  Why is it that one building manages to survive for centuries while all the others built at about the same time fall victim to the ravages of time? One of the experts who has spent some time with what is believed to be the oldest house in Chincoteague—it’s still standing after 200-plus years—chalked its survival up to a magical mix of being “well built, unusual,…
DestinationsWay Back Machine

Tracing the History of the Famous Pony-Penning Party in Chincoteague

    Before I did a little research, I assumed that the Chincoteague’s big annual pony-penning festival became a big deal only after 1947, the year Marguerite Henry published “Misty of Chincoteague.” That story, of course, became a children’s classic and then a Hollywood movie. But it turns out that the story of pony-penning day actually dates back centuries, not decades. Local historians say that…