Check out Great Outdoors Guide
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.