Great fol­low-up on mule team

Record Observer - - Opinion -

That was a great fol­lowup to my col­umn and pic­ture of the Bo­rax 20Mule Team in last week’s Bay Times and Record Ob­server (which re­minds me: I must ask what­ever hap­pened to the hyphen that used to be in the Record Ob­server mast­head when I was editor).

Any­way, the ap­pear­ance of the famed mules to Queen Anne’s County as they were on their way to Washington to ap­pear in the 4th of July pa­rade was made pos­si­ble by the Stutz­mans out of Grove Creek Farm, who hosted the team and mule­skin­ners that came with them.

I was glad I was able to get hold of a copy of the mag­a­zine that was put to­gether for the big day and learn more about the 20Mule Team and also what the Stutz­mans are do­ing out at Grove Creek Farm. It said Donna and Garon will be hold­ing events such as mule clin­ics for 4-H’ers so they can learn first-hand about the “in­cred­i­ble, ver­sa­tile and in­tel­li­gent mule.” The mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle also said the Stutz­mans are em­bark­ing on a new breed­ing pro­gram by ac­quir­ing two im­ported Hanove­rian males that have been bred to two jacks. They say that hope­fully they will sire the first off­spring at Grove Creek Mules Farm, and these fu­ture mules will com­pete against horses in dres­sage events all over the coun­try.

Well, if the fu­ture mules are any­thing like the two beau­ti­ful and well-trained mules rode by Re­becca Evans in the 4-H horse show ring that day, it will be well­worth it for the Stutz­mans. Ac­cord­ing to the mag­a­zine, Re­becca Evans, the trainer, was born and raised in Bishop, Cal­i­for­nia, which has been called the Mule Cap­i­tal of the World. She has worked with the 20-Mule Team in var­i­ous roles and has par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous pa­rades in­clud­ing the 2017 Rose Pa­rade in Cal­i­for­nia.

If any of my reader-friends who saw the demon­stra­tions on July 2 and did not get one of the pro­grams you may have mine. Also, I know there were a few left over, and Ed­wards Phar­macy had them on sale for $2. I am not sure if there are any left. ••• 75 YEARS YOUNG!

••• LOOK FOR IT! Also glad to see the Record Ob­server gave a nice story and pic­ture of the col­or­ful mo­saic which was done by a num­ber of young girls and boys on the side of the news­pa­per’s build­ing next to the county’s dis­trict court­house. You must go around the side of the build­ing to get a good look at it.

••• THAT UNIQUE CAL­EN­DAR I al­most for­got I wanted to men­tion some­thing each month about the unique cal­en­dar that Bill Lamp­man put to­gether for the Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life. On the July page, Bill found a very old photo of Wa­ter Street in town, also a shot of Broad­way in 1915, ex­cept to me it looks like Ch­ester­field Av­enue might have ap­peared years ago. He also has pho­tos of the Ford deal­er­ship, which I be­lieve was in the build­ing on South Com­merce across from Ed­wards Phar­macy and now houses Ash­ley In­surance.

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