Check out Great Out­doors Guide

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This long-time Lions Club mem­ber passes along con­grat­u­la­tions to our two Ro­tary Clubs in Queen Anne’s County for the very well-done Great Out­doors Guide of 60 pages that came in the lo­cal pa­pers the other day.

While the Lions make prepa­ra­tions for their 36th Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on June 10 at the 4-H Park, we can’t come up with the many years the Cen­tre­ville Ro­tary has been hold­ing their Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val, which will be No. 45 in Oc­to­ber this year. Ac­cord­ing to the guide­book it has been moved from the 4-H Park to Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege on Oct. 7–8.

Both fes­ti­vals are great fundrais­ers for the com­mu­nity ser­vice clubs so please put those dates on your cal­en­dar and be sure to at­tend.

If you did not re­ceive one of th­ese fine guide books of the county, I am sure any Ro­tary Club mem­ber can find one for you, they were re­ally very well­done.

••• THAT UNIQUE CAL­EN­DAR

I re­mem­bered I wanted to tell my reader-friends more about that unique 2017 cal­en­dar put to­gether by Bill Lamp­man for the Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life. There are not too many of them around so I was go­ing to tell you some of the old-time photos he has on each month.

For April he has a photo of the old Ar­ling­ton Ho­tel which stood on the cor­ner of Broad­way and Com­merce, now the home of the BB&T Bank. Then there is one of the Tem­per­ance Ho­tel, which was on the site that the Health Depart­ment build­ing stands on Com­merce Street. At the bot­tom of the page is a pic­ture of the Belvedere Play­house that was in the old Lit­tle Theatre build­ing at the head of Belvedere Av­enue. My fa­ther was very ac­tive in the group that put on plays there, and he may be one of the ac­tors on stage in this photo, but I can’t make them all out. The last photo on the April page is of Com­merce Street look­ing north at Fox’s Store in 1931.

May has some great base­ball photos — we will go over them next month when I get a chance.

••• HOUSE CLEAN­ING No, not the usual spring house clean­ing — I mean pres­sure clean­ing of the ex­te­rior of the house, which hasn’t been done for years.

Wade McKenna, whose busi­ness, Home Works, is over in Mary­del, did the job on our house the other day. He even cleaned off the shed out back, which had re­ally got­ten green­ish from mold or al­gae all over the back end. The pow­er­ful stream loos­ened up a few places on the hous­ing sid­ing, but he fixed them.

I asked him if he was in Delaware or Mary­land and he said his busi­ness is just a few feet this side of the line in Mary­land.

••• 20-MULE TEAM COM­ING There was a piece in the Tide­wa­ter Trader the other week about the 20-mule team and Bo­rax Wag­ons com­ing to Queen Anne’s County on July 2, the 100th an­niver­sary of the last time it came to the East Coast. It was here in 1917 in the pa­rade in Wash­ing­ton for the in­au­gu­ra­tion for Woodrow Wil­son.

Every­one will get a kick out of see­ing the 20-mule team and mule­skin­ners com­ing to the 4-H Park from noon to 4 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the story I read. It will be in Queen Anne’s July 2, and then will go to Wash­ing­ton for the In­de­pen­dence Day pa­rade.

Should be quite a show — be sure to bring along your cam­eras for the big day.

••• CASH BASH COM­ING Yes, I, and other Good­will Fire Com­pany mem­bers are still sell­ing our Cash Bash tick­ets for the big day on April 29 at the fire­house when we give away all kinds of cash. Yep, ev­ery 2 1/2 min­utes from noon to 6 p.m. we will be hand­ing out $3,000, $1,000, $500 and $125 to lucky ticket hold­ers. Then at 6 p.m. some­one will end up with $10,000 cash!

Ask me about the tick­ets, they are $100 each and are a heck­uva lot bet­ter per­cent­age­wise than the Mary­land Lot­tery tick­ets.

••• THANKS AGAIN Just want to say thanks again to those of you who stop me up town or in the store to say how much you en­joy read­ing the col­umn. It sure makes my day, and I will try to keep it go­ing as long as it does not be­come a chore. This weekly visit is al­ways a fun time, so thanks again for all your kind words.

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