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Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, Maryland
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CHRISTMAS 2023: The Big Light Shows

Here is all the info you need on the biggest and best season-long light shows of the 2023 holiday season! Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, Md. Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 This is the 31st time around for Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park in Ocean City, Md. Take an outdoor walking tour through incredible light displays. Afterwards, see Santa in the gift shop.…
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Fri., April 7, 2023: Author Jim Duffy Book-Signing Event in Snow Hill, Md.

The award-winning writer Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will be in Snow Hill, Md. for a book-signing event on the evening of Fri., April 7, 2023. The affair will take place in the midst of Snow Hill's monthly "First Saturday" celebration with late shopping, gallery openings, dining specials, vendors, and more throughout the downtown area. The signing will happen at Bishop's Stock…
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The Spookiest of Swamps: Pocomoke River State Park in Days Gone By

This is a free excerpt from my book, Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. The chapter involved has lots more on the road-tripping agenda, including visits to the town of Snow Hill and the Furnace Town Historic Site. More info about this and my other books exploring the history, travel, and culture on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware here.…
September 21, 2022
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Jake the Alligator: Berlin Gets a Toothy, Six-Foot-Four Mascot, circa 1900

This is a free excerpt from my book, You Wouldn't Believe! 44 Strange and Wondrous Delmarva Tales. More info about that and my other books exploring the history, travel, and culture on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware here. Paging through a book of photos from times gone by in Worcester County, Md., I came across a crazy postcard. The legend sketched out in a brief caption…
August 28, 2022
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Storyteller Jim Duffy Will Share Fun “Tales from Delmarva” on Sat., Sept. 18 in Pocomoke City, Md.

Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will share some of his favorite “Tales from Delmarva” in a talk and discussion on Sat., Sept. 18 at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City, Md. The event begins at 2pm. Duffy is the author of two collections of Eastern Shore Road Trips, as well as Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on…
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In 1960, the ‘Labor Day Riot’ Had a Mob of 2,500 Angry Teens Marching the Streets of Ocean City, Md.

The incident that set off the Labor Day Riot in Ocean City, Md. back in 1960 seems a trifling affair. Late in the evening of Sat., Sept. 4, the owner of a boardwalk arcade and a young man from Baltimore got into a spat. The arcade owner, George J. Galkas, thought the young man was crossing the line out of teenage fun and into delinquency.…
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“The Exile’s Song:” A Poetic Ode By a Homesick Eastern Shoreman

Aside from having a beard for the ages, Littleton Purnell Bowen was a lawyer, historian, preacher, and poet. Born in Worcester County, Md. in 1833, he did his early schooling at the Berlin (Md.) Academy, graduating in 1851. He later earned a law degree, but abandoned that career to become a Presbyterian minister. Early on, Bowen served as a pastor in Lewes, Del. and Pocomoke…