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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. •…
A Longwood Christmas Photo
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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…
Christmas Caroling
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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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QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Know Nothing Election of 1855 in Onancock, Virginia

Election day is coming up on Tuesday, and folks seem to be pretty excited and upset on both sides of the aisle. It was like that back during the Know Nothing election of 1855, too. John Sergeant Wise was a child then, living along Onancock Creek on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He would have been 11 or 12 during that gubernatorial election campaign, which…
October 28, 2018
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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
Panoramic Skipjacks
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QUOTE OF THE DAY, 1907: Those Newfangled Skipjacks “Are as Cheap as Anything in the Form of a Boat Could Be.”

    Back in 1907, the Baltimore Sun published an essay lamenting the disappearance of an old sailing vessel called the pungy from the Chesapeake Bay sailing fleet. The business of oystering was in transition in those years, and the pungy was a bad fit for the new way of doing things. With the infamous Oyster Wars well under way, watermen were looking for vessels…
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Secrets on the Road: Events & Talks

Below are the events in and around Delmarva that are currently on the Secrets of the Eastern Shore calendar: • On Saturdays (11ish-7ish) and Sundays (11ish-5ish) up until Christmas, either Jill or I or both of us will be at the Secrets of the Eastern Shore Holiday Pop Up Shop inside of Jimmie & Sook's Restaurant, 527 Poplar Street in Cambridge, Md. More info on…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You slide your feet around in the mud like you’re dancing a Bojangles sand-dance”

    “I am, like my daddy was, and his daddy was, a waterman.” So begins Chincoteague Summer of 1948: A Waterman’s Childhood Stories, a little wisp of a book that is both odd duck and fun read. It presents itself in quite authentic fashion as the recorded childhood memories of waterman Thurston Watson. But then the author, Ed Waterhouse, a Chincoteague native who had…