Cambridge Woman’s Club hosting 32nd holiday homes tour
CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Woman’s Club is hosting its 32nd annual Holiday Tour of Homes from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Cambridge.
The featured stops on tour this year are located in the general area of Cambridge, Bonnie Brook and East New Market. The locations are within a four-mile radius and share the distinction of being in quiet, private communities, spacious building lots and exceptional splendor. Tickets are available from any member of the Cambridge Woman’s Club or from The Dorchester Center for the Arts for a donation of $15. For more information, call Kay at 410-228-4755. Dorchester County Historical Society DCHS is happy to support the Cambridge Woman’s Club, which helped start the Historical Society in 1953, by opening both the Meredith House and Neild Museum to tour guests.
The Meredith House is a beautiful circa 1760 brick Georgian Home sited on the property. The home was purchased by the Historical Society in 1959 and was the original home of the Society. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts three stories, two, open to the public, with original windows and period rooms all decked for the holidays — in keeping with the colonial time frame. Many exhibits are available for viewing, including miniature furniture, quilts dating back to the 1700’s, and a special East New Market room.
The Neild Museum was dedicated to J. Stapleforte Neild in 1981 and houses a broad collection of artifacts representing farm life in Dorchester County from colonial times to the present.
The Neild museum will host our refreshment of homemade cookies and cider, and Bob Merkley, talented violinist, will play for your musical inspiration this Christmas. Bob is a professional violin and viola player who moved from Pennsylvania to the Eastern Shore last year.
He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Masters degree in music and has completed subsequent graduate work. Over the last 40 years he has played violin in numerous orchestras.
He conducted the Boyertown Junior High and Senior High Orchestras from 19992008. Under his direction, both groups won numerous awards and consistently took 1st place in many adjudicated festivals. During three overseas music tours with Boyertown High School, Bob conducted concerts in England, Scotland, France, and Italy.
We are so very pleased that Bob has agreed to honor us with some Christmas music. Sit back, relax and enjoy the mellow tones of violin music filling the air with joyous sounds of the season.
Mowbray’s Garden Center, 3009 Old Route
50, Cambridge The Cambridge Woman’s Club is excited to include Mowbray’s Garden Center in the tour this year. A small business locally owned and operated by Rusty and Brit- tany Mowbray, their vision started with a love for plants and expanded to a business profile which complements Rusty’s thriving landscaping business. The Garden Center was a goal of the couple’s for a long time. They enjoy meeting members of the community and listening to all their advice and knowledge about plants as well. As Brittany said,
“We like to think we learn something new everyday and enjoy every moment of it,” said Brittany Mowbray.
Stop in during the tour because Brittany has promised a demonstration for tour ticket holders as well as refreshments to enjoy.
Singer Home The shingle-style house reminiscent of one you might see in a historic Cape Code seaside town, sits on eight acres cradled between a pond and the Choptank River.
“The property was key,” said Paula Singer. She said she and Curt spent years looking for the ideal waterfront view. Drawing inspiration from the New England homes of their childhoods the Singers envisioned a tranquil refuge where they could unwind from hectic schedules, and family could come to relax surrounded by nature.
Architects Christopher Frank and Robert Hammond of Annapolis-based Hammond Wilson Architects helped bring that vision to life. After a year refining details of the plan, Gary Smith Builder of Queenstown broke ground the fall of 2008. The 6,500-square-foot house was completed in January 2010.
A view of the water distinguishes almost every main room in the house, but there’s none quite so striking as when one comes through the great room, where floorto-ceiling windows span the back of the house, perfectly framing the river beyond. Bold classical arches and columns replace doorways, opening the interior space and allowing light to penetrate, while creating a sense of flow through the house. Despite the home’s impressive size, coffered ceilings and detailed moldings, such as the three-tray ceiling in the great room and kitchen, keep the rooms defined and intimate.
Soft whites, sandy beiges, and sea-glass tones create a soothing coastal palette, adding to the home’s light, airy atmosphere. The stone fireplace, oak floors, bronze wall lanterns, and natural wood décor convey a sense of warmth and coziness. Ocean- inspired artwork and textiles, sea glass seahorse, and octopus prints in the stairwell, and a hand-embroidered sand dollar pillow in the great room, among others- add touches of seaside whimsy throughout the house.
Visitors staying in one of three second-floor guest rooms can relax in “the loft,” a spacious barrel ceilinged family room that leads to a deck overlooking the river, or in the sitting room, which faces the pond, home to fish, terrapins, bullfrogs, and muskrats. On the second floor, above the breezeway between house and garage, experience a bit of mystery as you push to open a bookcase/hidden door, revealing a glamorous music room complete with a grand piano where talented musicians are invited to perform. Board members of Paula’s business often enjoy the relaxing extravagance provided in the music room.
Sometimes the couple simply bring folding chairs down to the dock with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset. Curt enjoys watching three crab boats out on the water each morning, the heron family that frequents the docks, and the ducks that buried their eggs beneath the pergola by the pool. Feel free to explore the grounds, descend the stone stairs to
of the Choptank, the Singer home, and nature during this Christmastide.
Immanuel Church The first meeting of Immanuel Church took place in a small schoolhouse and church on Maple Dam Road in 1894. The congregation then consisted of 12 families and was soon joined by another church. The first Congregational Meeting at Immanuel in the historic district of Cambridge took place in 1895 with the first full-time pastor serving from 1900 to 1904. Immanuel was instrumental in establishing the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter in Cambridge. The church continued to progress through its leadership and commitment at its location in Cambridge.
In 2005, land on White Hall Road was purchased and ground broken for a new modern facility. Foresight in planning is evidenced throughout the building, but especially in the construction of a modern kitchen and dining room where the church sponsors meetings and dinners for the purpose of acquiring funds for the many missions and needs in today’s world.
A large well-designed narthex welcomes visitors and affords a beautiful space for church fellowship just inside a wide entryway from the parking lot. The sanctuary is open and bright, lit by large windows through which nature is seen. Upholstered pews provide comfort. A church office and various meeting rooms complete the facilities.
The Rev. Dale Krotee was affirmed as the new “settled pastor” at Immanuel in March 2013 and continues to serve. Rev Dale, his wife and two daughters are instrumental in the continued life mission of the church.
Immanuel is a ver y dedicated and active congregation providing a weekly worship ser vice, children’s’ Sunday school, a music program and choir led by the professional and talented Choir Director/ Organist, J. Curtis White, and Lynne Breil, Pianist.
Please enjoy your time spent here and cherish the blessings of Christmas. May they continue to flow not only during this special time of celebration, but throughout your life.
Clara Mae This warm, gracious home is tucked away on a private cul-de-sac in East New Market just 2 miles off Route 50, Cambridge. The home was built in 2007, on a two-plus acre wooded lot and boasts the finest of upgrades. Bamboo floors glisten throughout the house upon entry from a wide, welcoming front porch.
The first vista to greet the visitor is a wall of floor- toceiling windows and doors leading to a spacious deck and quiet woods offering endless entertainment by birds and small visitors which nature provides. Two white leather couches gracing a gas burning fireplace invite guests to linger in this open, sunny room featuring a 17-foot vaulted ceiling. The décor of the room is such that one will immediately feel not only welcome, but comfortable. A gentle blend of sophisticated Queen Anne and casual Country furnishings in the dining room, spacious country kitchen with granite countertops, connecting hallways, and foyer are evidence of the creativity and naturalistic interests of the owner, Clara Mae.
The use of fresh winter greenery provides a fragrance indicative of the season and beauty of Christmas celebration. Several Christmas trees, each with unifying themes, continue this celebration within the rooms of the home. An extensive collection of tree ornaments depicting Dorchester County landmarks is featured.
Three comfy bedrooms are cleverly situated to open from an expanded portion of the passage to the left wing of the house. This separates the private area of the home for quiet and relaxation.
Clara Mae is a past president and talented member of the Dorchester Garden Club. She is a dedicated facilitator for the AARP Tax Prep group at the Dorchester Public library, and an active member of The Cambridge Woman’s Club. We are honored to have her share her home with us during the Christmas season. Her wish is that you have experienced a time of joy, love, and peace as a guest in her home. May your Christmas be blessed.
Scotto The contemporary home of the Scotto’s is within the water access community of Springdale Farms. It is located on a gorgeous 3.4 acres of rural property with both upper and lower wide balconies across the entire front of the home. A tree-lined driveway leads to a spacious patio overlooking a private back yard.
A large open floor plan, bright with the sunlight from an extensive arrangement of large windows brightens a beautiful modern kitchen, dining room and living room combination. Elegant contemporary furnishings complement the size and beauty of the rooms.
There are 6 beautifully appointed bedrooms and four and a half exceptional baths will impress guests with their graciousness and comfort. A two-car detached garage and shop provide protected parking and extra workspace.
The long, extensive roof of this home looks like just the place for Santa to park his sleigh, slide down the chimney with his bright red pack, and spread Christmas joys for all.
Dorchester County Historical Society
Mowbray’s Garden Center