Stop by and see the trains
Everyone is busy this holiday season, but if you have young children, try to make a special effort to take them down to the Kent Narrows Outlet stores where the fellows of the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society and directors of the Museum of the Eastern Shore Life have set up an amazing layout of model trains that you have ever seen.
They will be open only two more days, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. and admission is free. They will be happy to accept donations. But it is just grand the many different layouts from the tiny Z gauge trains to the larger ones and the towns you will see Tabler Publishing Co. on the top of one of the buildings. I tried to get a picture of it, but my camera went on the blink, so you will have to look for it. I wanted to set off this week’s visit with that shot.
Oh, yes, they tell me Santa will be there both days, from 1 to 3 p.m., so the kids will want to see him.
It is really one of the highlights of the season, so make an effort to get down to see it. ••• DIFFERENT GIFTS While you may have done all your shopping, here’s an idea of something different if you get the chance to finish up on a high note!
The Old Wye Mill, down at Wye Mills, has a special holiday shop open two more sale days, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are all types of unusual items on sale, including the Old Wye Mill pewter ornament, that is just right to hang on your tree. There is also plenty of maple syrup and other things you can buy to help the Friends at the Mill raise funds to continue replacing the roof of the old mill. ••• THE UP-COUNTRY LIBRARY Had a call the other day from Ann Campbell, up Sudlersville way, asking if I had any history of their library, which is next door to the church and is outgrowing its space, she tells me.
I thought I might have something in my files, but could not find it that day, telling her there was stories I did when it opened while I was editor of the Record-Observer but I did not know any dates. Later on, I did find information about the library and will be sending it along to her.
She was telling me it is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays now. The Monday hours are 4 to 8 p.m.; the Tuesday times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It used to be part of the county’s library system as I remember stopping by the take books or exchange books when I was on the library’s bookmobile with Shirley Walls and Althea Stubbs. ••• WWII MEMORIES My old newspaper friend from Frederick, George Delaplaine, sends out a monthly letter to his friend and relatives, and this latest is a reminiscence of Pearl Harbor 75 years ago on December 7, 1941.
While I also remember that date, although I was still in school at Centreville High, I go back to another memorable date in WWII, that occurred on June 6, 1944. That was the invasion of France and I was in Camp Lee, VA, serving in the public relations office. We had one of those Associated Press teletype machines in the office that rang a bell whenever the AP had a big news story come in. That day, the bell on the machine started ringing and kept on ringing. We all ran over to the machine and the story unfolded and it mentioned that the 29th Division was part of the troops hitting the beaches of France. I remembered the 29th Division, so I figured a number of local soldiers were probably right in the thick of it. ••• FAREWELL, MY FRIEND Sorry to end the column on a sad note, but we have said goodbye to another good friend and neighbor, Bob Williams.
He fought the good fight until the Lord said it was time to come home.
He joined the state police while I was still editor of the Record-Observer. I have met a lot of police officers dealing with incidents, but never met one as fine as Bob Williams. He was always more than helpful whenever I had to find out any information about a crime he might be working on, whereas many officers just wanted to put you off. The family moved just down the street from us here in the Heights.
Rest in peace, my friend.
The shiny, pewter Old Wye Mill ornament is back, this time done by Salisbury Pewter from a design that came from the mill’s stationery when the museum was first set up. Ornaments will be for sale for purchase at the Old Wye Mill during the opening of their holiday shop, Dec. 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.