goat in the road

I’ve seen horses, otters, foxes and even the more-than-occasional bald eagle. If it is indigenous to Maryland’s Eastern Shore I’ve nearly run it over.

Take a chance kayaking in Delaware

It might be difficult to believe, but even when a person is taking advantage of all the best a beach weekend or vacation has to offer, they still are missing out on a depth of experience that relies on storytelling. A lot of times, people are afraid to take a chance beyond the “traditional” beach experiences. People come to the beach, hit a boardwalk or two, have the ice cream or french fries that they have deemed the only one worth trying at the beach, but then what? What makes a vacation really memorable is the story that goes with it, not just a list of things that everyone does at the beach. The narrative makes a trip cogent and that begins with the will to just go out and take a chance. The appeal of a good, “What I did this summer story” is a little bit about exclusivity.Continue Reading

salad dressing secrets

The most important of all salad dressing secrets is take care and make an effort. The rest comest down to taste. With the last of the tomatoes coming off the vine and the first of the fresh fall greens, like kale and spinach just starting to come into their own it’s a good time to start to reimagine the possibilities of having something fresh every night. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to put together a fresh dressing to go with it. It also provides an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen quickly. Salad is the one thing almost everyone has time to make, even when you’re just stopping off for a pizza or burgers on the way home. Some cheats and general principles can set you loose in the kitchen before dinner in a kind of meditative state. The 10-minute investment can be satisfying all on itsContinue Reading

nanticoke watershed alliance kids

Each year as volunteers for the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) wade in at Trap Pond to measure the water clarity it is about more than just collecting information, it is about an attitude. As the nonprofit that is responsible for tracking the health of the watershed, the NWA is cultivating a culture of people who both understand and care about the ecosystem’s health. That is why it is so important to have kids involved. Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, Del. is a campground as well as a nature preserve, where people travel in to kayak, canoe, fish and even birdwatch. The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance Wade In incorporates kids as well as adult volunteers in the event as a way of recruiting conservationists of the future as much as to bring a little depth to the children’s day camp experience.  For the adults, the idea is to give them anContinue Reading

salisbury Horse Park

Walking through the stables at the Wicomico Equestrian Center at Winterplace Park, it’s easy still to get a sense of the old grandeur—lantern chandeliers light the halls and separate lines of stalls set in rich wood and cast iron bars. What’s less easy to get, is a sense of the transformation imposed on the once-great barn by the nonprofit Wicomico Equestrian Center board and membership. In the heady 1980s, the center was an absolute palace. Originally built as a monument to the upscale equestrian set, the 81-acre park boasted the finest barns, the most state-of-the-art facilities, and even a wading pool for horse relaxation and rehabilitation during events. Eventually, though, the park fell upon hard times and its glory faded. With the exception of the occasional stall rental, which did more damage than revenue production, the park fell into disuse and disrepair. Meanwhile, Rand Thaw and some other members ofContinue Reading

Girl with rabbit at Wicomico County Fair

There was gunfire, a lot of it, but no screaming or running. In fact no one even flinched. Kids and adults alike posed before antique tractors, ate popcorn and generally wandered around taking in the county fair. If you’ve never been, let this serve as fair warning. There is gunplay at the Wicomico County Fair and everyone there is fine with it. Art Williams of Felton galloped on horseback, executing balloon after balloon in a demonstration of horsemanship. He and a half-dozen or so other riders were part of a show and competition at the extreme west side of the Wicomico County Fair at Winterplace park. Held, appropriately enough, in the ring nearest the Wicomico County Equestrian center, people lined the fences watching as rider after rider shot as many balloons as he or she could while riding as fast as they dared. And it never got tedious. One riderContinue Reading

southern boys concepts Evo restaurant salisbury

For Southern Boys Concepts, which owns and operates five restaurants in the region, developing a culture of quality always has been a priority. As owners Tom and John Knorr worked with their chefs to develop the particulars of each restaurant, they retained an imprint that ran through all the company’s endeavors. Although each place specializes in a different style and presentation, respect for the guest experience and a commitment to a spectacular culinary experience is present across the spectrum. Since putting their own imprint on the Red Roost Crabhouse and Restaurant in 1996, Southern Boys Concepts has specialized in identifying a culinary niche and developing the restaurant around it. Boonies Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Tyaskin, for example, emphasizes the family night out experience both in its menu and pricing, while the upscale SoBo’s Wine Beerstro in Salisbury is a place for grownups to spend a quality night out. SpecificContinue Reading