Great time at Bay Music Festival
What a grand music festival we had out at the 4-H Park last Saturday — It was the Lions Club’s 36th annual and a good crowd was on hand. It was a beautiful day, with a nice breeze most of the afternoon, so it did not get too hot.
I left before all the 12 bands performed, but cheered and clapped enthusiastically for the Jones Boys when they cranked into the “Orange Blossom Special” highlighted by Tom Kaufman on the fiddle. That was really something; it stopped most of the folks walking around outside the pavilion to listen in. A fine Delmarva group, the Jones Boys have been a part of the music festival lineup for the past few years, if I am not mistaken.
I was selling raffle tickets for the very fine Paul Reed Smith guitar, that is donated yearly and we were doing real well when I left. I did not hear who won it as it was given away as the festival ended.
The Lions Club is happy to have this big fundraiser each year and have been told it could be the longest continuous music festival of its type in the state. We will have to start planning No. 37 for 2018 and look for an even larger crowd.
••• SHS ALUMNA IS 110 I am indebted to my faithful reader-friend Mildred Casey, up Crumpton way, who sent me along a wonderful bio of Sudlersville High School’s oldest alumna member, Helen Graham Turner, who turned 110 on April 1, at the Brandywine Senior Living Estate in New Jersey, where she has lived since turning 100.
Mrs. Casey said Mrs. Turner was born on April 1, 1907, on a farm near Barclay, in a family with two other brothers. She attended Barclay Grammar School and drove a horse and buggy to attend Sudlersville High School graduating as Valedictorian in the Class of 1924. She entered then-Towson Normal School at age 17, and later took summer college classes at the University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Wisconsin and Columbia, New York. She started teaching at Stevens School on the Queen Anne’s County-Felton School Road, grades 1-7.
The school was heated by a coal stove. She had one of the bigger 7th grade boys take care of the stove. He also went to a neighbor’s house to get a bucket of drinking water, and they had a big dipper that all the students used. When winter set in, she stayed all week with a neighbor. Her uncle drove a milk cart and would give her a ride Monday morning and pick her up after school Fridays. Her salary was $1,000 a year and she taught there two years. She went to New Jersey to live with an uncle and taught school for $1,400 a year. She taught in New Jersey from 1928 to 1972. She made her own dresses while in college, and at age 16 when getting her driver’s license she bought herself a Ford car.
She married Authur Turner in 1938. One son lives in California, a daughter lives in North Carolina and a granddaughter in Washington, D.C. After her husband died she lived alone until turning 100 and moving to Brandywine Senior Living in New Jersey. She retired in 1972, has voted for 20 presidents and wants everyone to vote at election time.
Please send her a card or letter at Brandywine Senior Living, Brandywine Estates, 432 Central Ave., Linwood, New Jersey, 08221.
••• A FIRST EDITION That was a fine-looking first edition of the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society magazine I received recently, and it was mighty interesting. The Society holds its annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. June 28 at Wright’s Chance, next to the Library; and members hope all will attend the annual 4th of July service at the William Paca Memorial at Wye Plantation at 10 a.m. The magazine said Dr. Robert Elliot Chiles, University of Maryland History Department, will be guest speaker.
The Historical Society is one of the county’s major organizations and Barb Pivec, president, says if you wish for more information or to get involved with the group, call her at 410-827-4132 or you can email her at bpivec.@ gmail.com