Get out & go! Your November Guide to Good Times on Delmarva ...
Secrets of the Eastern Shore presents a Month of Fun Days!

sails force!

Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown, Md. is the biggest annual gathering of tall ships on the whole East Coast.

From Nov. 1-3, you can sign on for public sails, take dock tours, watch the fireworks show, enjoy bluegrass music galore, and hear fascinating talks, all in town chock full of colonial charms. Details.

oyster tales!

Visit the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Md. this month to see a pair of interesting oyster exhibits. One looks at the art & design of the region's old oyster cans, while the other tells stories from the infamous Oyster Wars era on the Chesapeake Bay. The gift shop there is worth a look, too! Details.

There are lots of cool cans to choose from to illustrate this, but how could I resist the King himself sailing out of Crisfield, Md.?


• Bethany Beach (Del.) Books is putting on a Wizards & Witches Festival Nov. 1-3 that should be tons of fun for the little ones in your life. Details.
• The Sailwinds Kite Festival in Cambridge, Md. that I plugged in last month’s issue got rained out. They will try again on Sun., Nov. 10. Details.

in the cards

Hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the bend!

Why not send greetings to loved ones that come from both heart and home? The two cards you see here are among three newbies in our lineup of 11 Delmarva-flavored options. Whole collection here.

waterfowl fest & more! Nov. 8-10 in Easton

• The gigantic Easton (Md.) Waterfowl Festival will have scores of events, demonstrations, exhibits, parties, and more during the weekend of Nov. 8-10. Details.
• On that Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9, yours truly will be at Vintage Books & Fine Art on Washington Street signing books and holding court. Details.

Just up the road during that same weekend in Oxford, Md.:
• The 52nd annual Oxford Antique Show & Sale is Saturday and Sunday at the firehouse. Details.
• Nearby on Saturday only is a Model Boat Show featuring the work of more than 40 craftspeople from all over the Delmarva Peninsula. Details.

• In the three days before the Waterfowl Festival, Nov. 5-7, there will be a Decoy Tailgate Show with 150 vendors at the Talbot County Community Center north of Easton. Details.

GET craftY!

Head to Dover, Del. on Sat., Nov. 2 if you want to do a little time traveling through the world of arts & crafts.

• The 18th Century Marketplace on the Green in the state capitol complex re-creates the sights & sounds of a 1700s outdoor bazaar. Details.

• A short stroll away at the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Delaware By Hand Artisan Market will feature the creations of modern craftspeople. Details.

hoot Sweet!

On Monday evening, Nov. 4, biologist Zak Poulton will be leading a free Owl Walk through the Nature Conservancy's beautiful Brownsville Preserve in Nassawadox, Va.

Advance registration is a must. Details.

story time!

Come hear yours truly spin memorable tales from Delmarva days gone by:
• On Friday, Nov. 8. I will be sharing “Tales from Delmarva” at a historic church in Milford, Del. Details.
• On Thursday, Nov. 14, I will be recounting “Underground Railroad Journeys” at a coffee shop in Greenwood, Del. Details.
• Both talks are based on the work I put into my three books, and I will have copies in tow to sell & sign.


• In Chincoteague, Va., the Holly Day Market & Wildlife Art show is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30. Details.
• The Artisans Guild of the Eastern Shore of Virginia has its 17-stop studio tour Nov. 29-30. Details. (Image by artist Carole Boggemann Peirson.)

November tunes: soul, classical, jazz, more

• Go Mexican with the Natalya Arroyo Ensemble at Salisbury (Md.) University on Tue., Nov. 5. Details.
• Get with the beat at the World Drum Experience show on Wed., Nov. 13 in Salisbury, Md. Details.
• Get soulful with Chaka Khan (pictured) in Dover, Del. on Fri., Nov. 15. Details.
• Tap your toes to the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra in Salisbury, Md. on Fri., Nov. 15. Details.
• Horn in on the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band’s act when they play all Louis Armstrong tunes in Chestertown, Md. on Sat., Nov. 16. Details.
• Get in the Christmas spirit with Manheim Steamroller in Salisbury, Md. on Wed., Nov. 20. Details.
• Go classical with “The 10 Tenors” in Ocean City, Md. on Fri., Nov. 29. Details.

beacon & boats

• Jack Messick, the son of the last live-aboard keeper on the Choptank River Lighthouse, used to spend parts of his summer vacations with his dad out on that beacon. He will share stories about “Life on the Lighthouse” on Sat., Nov. 2 in Cambridge, Md. Details.

• Pres Harding, grandson of famed Eastern Shore boatbuilder Bronza Parks, will share memories on Sat., Nov. 16 in a multimedia stories-and-songs-and-photos presentation titled, “A Boy in the Boatyard.” Details.

screen shots

• “Harriet” hits area movie theaters starting Fri., Nov. 1. Fingers crossed that Hollywood’s take on a Delmarva hero for the ages does justice to the life of Harriet Tubman. Here’s a trailer.
• The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival runs Oct. 31-Nov. 11. The lineup looks fantastic, as always. Details.
• The one-night Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Easton, Md. on Fri., Nov. 15 features short films set in the great outdoors. Details.

secrets santa!

Happy news! Over at the website, we now have fun Delmarva-themed items perfect for hostess gifts and under-the-tree joys. Think canvas blocks, curved metal photos—fun stuff, and more in the works! See them here.

• If you’re in or around Cambridge, Md., you can see most of these items in person at the shop Maiden Maryland—tell Tammy & Tracy we sent you!

more oysters!

• There are 10 November oyster roasts and festivals listed on my annual bivalve roundup over on the website. I’ve added two in Delaware since first putting this out there last month. Here it is.

• On Thurs., Nov. 14, writer and historian Kate Livie will give a presentation in Cambridge, Md. titled “The Towns that Oysters Built: The Boom, Bust and Comeback of the Great Chesapeake Oyster” Details on the talk.  She is the author of Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future.” Details on the book.

christmas classics on the horizon

• The big Winter Wonderfest lights show and Christmas village and ice skating rink has a new location this year—Hudson Fields in Milton, Del. Nov. 16 to Dec. 30. Details.
• The Winterfest of Lights is still in Northside Park in Ocean City, Md. Nov. 21-Dec. 31. Details.
• The 77-room Nemours mansion in Wilmington, Del. will be decked out for the holidays Nov. 16-Dec. 29. Many ornaments date to the 1800s. Details.
• The annual “Holidays at Hagley” displays at Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Del. run Nov. 23-Jan. 1. Details.
• “A Longwood Christmas” runs Nov. 22-Jan. 5 at Longwood Gardens in the countryside north of Wilmington. Del. Details. (The Longwood photo here looking up a tree and into the lights is by Jill Jasuta Photography.)
• Yuletide at Winterthur happens in that same Brandywine Valley countryside above Wilmington. This year’s dates are Nov. 23-Jan. 5. Details.
• FYI, I will be doing my usual roundups of tree-lighting ceremonies, small-town parades, and lots more holiday fun in the next issue—it’ll come out a little earlier than usual, before Thanksgiving.

find refuge

Waterfowl Weekend is the only time all year the public is allowed to explore the otherwise off-limits Service Road at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Thursday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Details.

distaff skipper

Lauren Morgens will talk about her experiences as the female captain of the replica tall ship Kalmar Nyckel on Wed., Nov. 13 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Details.

for the birds!

Join an ornithologist as he catches birds in mist nets and then bands them so as to track their movements and learn about their lives and travel habits. Sat., Nov. 23 at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center near Milford, Del. Details.


Reminder: My December issue will land in your inbox earlier than usual—before Thanksgiving. It’ll be all Christmas joy. In the meantime, please forward this to anyone you think might be interested—thanks as always for spending time here, and for supporting Secrets of the Eastern Shore!
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