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On WBOC-TV, Secrets of Eastern Shore talks about the Chincoteague-born ‘Oyster King’ of NYC

Secrets co-founder Jim Duffy recently went on WBOC-TV’s Good Day Delmarva to tell the tale of Thomas Downing, a black man whose life journey in the time of slavery took him from his birthplace in Chincoteague, Va. to New York City, where he became an entrepreneur who opened a groundbreaking new kind of restaurant and became known as the "Oyster King" of New York. You…
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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…
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On WBOC-TV’s Delmarva Life, Secrets of the Eastern Shore talks about life in the 1920s …

Jim Duffy, co-founder of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, went on WBOC-TV’s Delmarva Life recently to talk with hosts Lisa Bryant and Corey Phoebus about life on Delmarva a century ago--in the 1920s! The conversation ranged from ponies to chickens to music and more ... You can watch the Delmarva Life segment here. PS: There is more on these topics--and lots of other aspects of…
Good Times & Fun EventsMonth of Fundays Newsletter

MONTH OF FUNDAYS January 2020: Fun Times and Cool Events on the Delmarva Peninsula

The January 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 ice skating, ice sculptures, muskrats, the rodeo, stargazing, winter birding, and much more. Plus: A preview of great events in the year ahead! Click here to see the January 2020 edition. Here’s hoping it inspires you to get out…
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Muskrat Recipes “Worthy of an Epicure” from 1943

In the introduction to a 1943 “wildlife leaflet” titled, “Recipes for Cooking Muskrat Meat,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers these reassurances: “In modern times many persons have eaten the flesh of the muskrat and relished it. Some have declared that it is game worthy of an epicure.” And: “The recipes given here are typical of the many suitable for cooking this meat. When…
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Talks & Presentations: Introducing Your Group to the Landscape & People of Delmarva

Jim Duffy is a writer and storyteller who lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The author of several popular “Secrets of the Eastern Shore” books about travel, history, and culture on the Delmarva Peninsula, he is an engaging speaker who has delivered scores of talks to civic groups and business gatherings, delighting audiences with funny, fascinating, and moving tales from days gone by on the Eastern…