Great time at Bay Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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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

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