Great follow-up on mule team
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.