are holding their Christmas Pageant this year on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m., turn out to see their performance.
••• BIG TREES HERE The latest issue of Shore Home and Garden that I usually pick up at Edward’s Pharmacy has a grand story with pictures of a few of Maryland’s champion trees, mainly here on the shore. Maryland state forester from 1906 to 1942, Fred Besley, initiated a Big Tree project, which set out to locate, photograph and measure as many of the states’s big trees as possible.
In his pamphlet, “Big Tree Champions of Maryland, a Record of the Largest Trees of the Principal Species” published in 1957, Besley recalled that the first grand prize overall champion was a pecan tree located in Princess Anne, measuring 14’ 8” in girth, owned by H. Filmore Lankford, and reportedly grown from a nut planted by his grandfather in 1800.
I am sure most of my “senior” reader-friends will remember our own Wye Oak, down in Wye Mills, which was the national grand champion WhiteOak for a half-century and was lost in a strong thunderstorm in 2002. Its site — probably the smallest state park in the