Calling Customs by Helen Chappell
You know you’re old in the South when young men and women start addressing you as Miss “Christian Name.” We may be bumping up against the Smith and Wesson Line on the Eastern Shore, but for better or worse, many Southern customs prevail here. “But I want to be Mrs. Smith, not Miss Mary!” a friend of mine complained when her music students addressed her as they had been taught. She was from New Jersey, and thought the kids were somehow being fresh or disrespectful when, in fact, they were displaying their best home training manners. Read More . . .
The Play’s the Thing for Local Troupe by Dick Cooper
The first few minutes of the rehearsal for The Comedy of Errors looks more like Richard Simmons than William Shakespeare as director Greg Minahan leads the cast and crew of the Bard’s play through a series of calisthenics. The two dozen members of the company are gathered in the classroom at Adkins Arboretum on this late winter’s eve to learn their places on stage. But before they can emote, express or emulate, they form a circle and work it all out. Read More…
Legends of the Steel Road by Cliff Rhys James
The boy was nine years old and living his dream, or at least the first act. Each day he’d wake up fast in the pre-dawn, jump into worn clothes, then run outside to breathe in a deep charge of Western Pennsylvania. Each day was fresh, even if the air wasn’t ~ polluted as it was by the bellowing steel mills strung along the river from Pittsburgh to Youngstown. But that was no matter. The boy had more important things on his mind. If his timing was good, and it usually was, he’d hit the Winslow Avenue sidewalks just after the milkman left an extra bottle of chocolate milk on his neighbor’s porch, and just before a bathrobed Mrs. McPeak swung open her door to pick it up. Read More…
The Preventorium by Gary Crawford
Tuberculosis is an ancient disease. Traces of TB have been found in mummies dating back 6,000 years. Known by a variety of names, such as phthisis and scrofula, in the English-speaking world the disease came to be called “consumption” because the body appears to be progressively consumed by it. The emaciation, death-like pallor, and draining of energy also gave rise to the terms “the wasting disease” or “the White Plague.” Literary references to TB abound. Shakespeare said “‘T’ is called the evil” and described sufferers as “all swol’n and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye.” Read More…
Dorchester House & Garden Pilgrimage
Special Project: An eighteenth-century plantation house known as Handsell, located on Indiantown Road just north of historic Vienna, will will receive the proceeds from the 2015 MHGP Dorchester County tour. Handsell stands on the site of the Native American Chicone village, later a trading post and Indian reservation. It is believed that the existing dwelling house was built by Henry Steels’ family, once the largest landowners in Dorchester County. The house suffered a devastating fire in the early 1800s and was rebuilt to its current form. Read More…
Bountiful Breads by Pamela Meredith-Doyle
The smell of fresh bread baking calls back warm childhood memories. When you have the time, I feel it is so special to mix and knead your own dough. Sometimes I make an extra batch to keep in the freezer so we can enjoy fresh bread on a weeknight, or sticky buns on Saturday morning.
I have included some of my favorite bread recipes ~ from a healthy grain bread to my grandmother’s delicious cinnamon buns. I still remember enjoying them at her house when I was a child. The muffins are great to make ahead and freeze for later. You never know when those muffins might come in handy. Read More…
Banners Make You Look Up! by Jason Wilford
Whether you’ve strolled the streets of Easton on a muggy July morning, a crisp autumn evening, or any part of a dreary winter Monday, perhaps you’ve passed by a downtown lamppost with a placard at eye level, commanding you to “Look Up.” If you heeded the call of the placard, you would have noticed an original, one-of-a-kind piece of banner art hanging from the lamppost, created by a local artist. There are 88 of these banners around town, painting Easton as a place where the arts have come to thrive.
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