Central Florida by Helen Chappell
I was really looking forward to getting out of the cold, gray, dead Chesapeake country and getting on the blue and orange bird headed for Florida. I’ve covered the waterfront here on the Eastern Shore for on to forty years now, sometimes passionately, sometimes with the great detachment of a really good anthropologist. I’d like to say I know my beat pretty well, but a chance to visit my family in Florida is a great opportunity to take a look at another culture entirely.
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Local Foundation Teaches Kids to Swim, Not Sink by Dick Cooper
Finley Carter loved to splash and play with his parents in the shallow end of the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels, but until last summer those were the outer limits of the six-year-old’s aquatic adventures. Now, thanks to a new program, Finley and 274 other area children can swim the length of the pool on their own, a skill that gives their parents some peace of mind and could save lives. The program called “SOS: Sink or Swim” is sponsored by the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation and has the goal of teaching every child in Talbot County how to swim.
Paul Reed Smith – Blows Against the Empire by Cliff Rhys James
Carlos Santana and Ted Nugent probably don’t see eye to eye on much when it comes to life, religion or politics, but these two famous guitar slingers do agree on one thing: Paul Reed Smith designs and builds the slickest playing, best sounding, most aesthetically pleasing guitars money can buy. The play list of legendary ax men who insist on PRS as their main ride is long and illustrious.
New Horizons by Gary Crawford
Having been interested in astronomy since childhood, I have followed our exploration of the solar system with delight and wonder. NASA has a wonderful website called “APOD” (at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html), which stands for “astronomy picture of the day.” Make it the opening page for your web browser and every morning you will be presented with a brief paragraph explaining a picture. And what pictures!
Through the Eyes of a Waterman – The Art of Bill Cummings by Kathi Ferguson
An easel stands in the corner of Bill Cummings’ sunroom displaying a detailed sketch of several fishermen who appear to be going up against some pretty rough water. “Believe it or not,” Cummings explains, “this picture still has a ways to go. Takes me awhile before I get everything the way I want it, but it will turn out to be a nice painting.” Working entirely from memory, this talented, yet humble, Tilghman, Maryland, native has captured history and life as a waterman through his art for more than 45 years.
The Charms of Chicken by Pamela Meredith-Doyle
The dishes we make again and again are like old friends ~ familiar and reassuring. Foods like chicken cordon bleu and sweet and sour chicken have become classics because they appeal to nearly everyone, and they are easy to make. You could cook chicken every night for a year and never have to repeat a recipe. It’s amenable to all kinds of seasonings, from spicy to herbal. Without the fatty skin, chicken is very lean. Four ounces of uncooked chicken breast has about 3 grams of fat, and the same amount of leg meat has about 7 grams.
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.
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