Peace and Quiet by Helen Chappell
When you’re young, you can’t wait to be grown up. You can’t wait until you’re old enough to drive and be independent and come and go and wear what you choose and act just as you please without any adults telling you what to do. When you’re a kid, being an adult seems so easy. And when you grow up, you realize you could not have been more wrong.
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The Legend of Two Johns by Dick Cooper
On the Eastern Shore, where most places are named for the English hometowns or close relatives of Colonial settlers, the etymology of the Caroline County crossroads neighborhood of Two Johns stands apart: way, way apart. Unlike the academic high-brow names of Oxford and Cambridge, Two Johns’ name has its origins in a joke, a fast-paced, two-hour-long string of jokes played out for decades on stages across America.
Aluminum Overcast by Cliff Rhys James
The prayer of utter desperation is the most earnest prayer of all, and through the hellish days and nights when England stood alone against the Nazi war machine, Winston Churchill whispered many such petitions. Then, on that providential afternoon in the smoking aftermath of Pearl Harbor, when he looked up and saw the first squadrons of American B-17 Flying Fortresses locked and loaded on English soil, he knew that his prayers had been answered.
The Story of Chincoteague by Harold W. Hurst
Located off the Eastern Shore of Virginia, only a few miles below the Maryland border, lies the island town of Chincoteague. This charming resort embodies the natural beauty of the surrounding beaches and woodlands, as well as the quaint presence of churches, homes and shops found in the downtown business district. The neighboring island of Assateague, where the famed wild ponies graze, adds further enchantment to the surroundings.
The Chamberlaines by Gary D. Crawford
Three hundred years ago, two young Englishmen came ashore at the Port of Oxford in the colony of Maryland. John Chamberlaine was 24; his brother Samuel was just 17. They had come from England in their father’s ship to seek their fortunes in America. The Chamberlaines prospered, and their story sheds some light on our early history that I hope you may find of interest. Moreover, if you stay with me on this, I have a nice surprise for you a bit later.
Emerald Surf by Bonna L. Nelson
Our family takes turns planning family trips and it was our son-in-law Randy Travers’s turn to plan. The basic requirements were warmth, a beach, a pool and three bedrooms. We were surprised when, after doing some research, he picked Destin, Florida. After all, Florida has a reputation for being unbearably hot in summer. Plus, because of work schedules, we would have to fly, not drive, thus increasing the costs. We were further surprised when he said that he picked Destin because, in addition to meeting our basic requirements, it is a major sports fishing center.
Tidewater Times was established in 1952 as a specialized monthly magazine which would appeal to the tourist, the prospective land buyer, and others for whom the Eastern Shore has a special allure. It was created to be small enough to fit into a woman’s purse or a man’s coat pocket. Today it has blossomed as a vital symbol of our thriving community.
Our award-winning group of Feature Writers include Helen Chappell, Dick Cooper, Gary Crawford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, Bonna Nelson, Anne Stinson and Marc Teffeau. Distribution covers an area including Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties.
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