Issue: March 2005

This Old House . . . The staff at St. Michaels’ Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is happy to be back on Navy Point after three years of exile on Railroad Avenue. They were relocated while the museum renovated its three historic homes: Eagle House, Dodson House and Higgins House. The houses have gone through an extensive renovation process, including raising the foundations to keep them above the floodplain.


You Can Cook For Me Anytime . . . Baltimore gourmands showed well at the 25th Annual National Oyster Cook-Off, held in Leonardtown, Md. Kari Beim of Baltimore placed third in the hors d’oeuvres category with her recipe for margarita oyster skewers with gazpacho sauce; and Baltimoreans Marty Hyson and Dawn Brown won second and third, respectively, in the main-dish category for their zucchini oyster fritters (Hyson) and pan-fried oyster salad. For the winning recipes, e-mail Noreen Eberly at


You Light Up My Life . . . The Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society recently won the award for the “Best New or Improved Event” for its 2004 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. The event, which takes place in September, challenges participants to visit all of the Bay’s lighthouses in a single weekend [see “Charge of the Light Brigade,” September 2004].


Captain John Smith, Prom King . . . Well, he would be if he were still alive. Either way, Captain Smith sure is getting the popularity vote this year on the Bay. Word has it that Chestertown’s John Swain isn’t the only one building a replica of the “shallop” Smith used to explore the Bay almost 400 years ago [see “A Shallop is Born,” Channel 9, January 2005]. The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, it would seem, is working on a similar replica. It’s still in the early stages of planning, but the museum’s boatbuilders will be discussing their progress on March 21 during one of the museum’s spring lectures. 


Who Needs Reality TV? . . . Not when Microsoft and Dell computers have offered you a technology makeover! Fawcett Boat Supply recently won $75,000 worth of Dell and Microsoft products, plus IT consulting services from RelianceNet IT Experts in Annapolis, in the Microsoft small business technology makeover contest. The prize was awarded to an “American small business dedicated to delivering the best for its customers and community.”


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