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Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers
“Dickens of a Christmas” House Tour
Features Eight Homes on December 8
Circa 1860, the Nelly Mills House
originally was two small, connect-
ed homes with two rooms per resi-
dence and a common coal stove in
the center of the first floor for heat.
Today this charming abode of Tom
and Sharon Herz features a mix of
modern amenities and period fur-
niture, with the two original front
doors offering visitors a double
Built in 1857, the fully restored
Captain James F. Taylor House
is one of the best Italianate style
houses in Chestertown and retains
its detailed cupola, series of orna-
mental brackets under the eaves,
lyre pattern balustrade, and bold
double doors with sidelights and
transom. The interior is furnished
with WilliamCreager’s collections
of antique and vintage furniture,
art, glassware and ceramics.
Fannie Shenk’s circa 1740 Levi
Rodgers House once was the
site of the Cape May Saloon oys-
ter house, where - according to
Chestertown legend - the late jazz
singer Ella Fitzgerald once sang.
Current restoration and additions
were designed by Virginia archi-
tect Peter Wren, direct descendant
of Sir Christopher Wren, famous
century English architect of St.
Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The eighth house on the tour is a
renovation of a structure that has
stood since the early 1900s in an
area known as Scott’s Point, once
home to a large free African Amer-
ican community. Today Marjorie
and Walter Adams’ home has a
modern floor plan, kitchen with
wood-burning oven (featured
in “Better Homes and Gardens”
magazine), original floors upstairs,
exterior workshop, and a porch
constructed of 200-year-old hand
hewn timbers found on the prop-
The house tour is part of a three-
day “Dickens of a Christmas” fes-
tival inspired by Charles Dickens’
beloved novella
A Christmas Caro
and sponsored by Main Street
Chestertown, whose volunteers
work to foster an inviting, diverse
and prosperous downtown. Set in
Chestertown’s historic district, the
festival will celebrate the season
with live music, carriage rides, Vic-
torian food and drink, costumed
characters, strolling performers,
and more. For information, visit
The owners of eight historic homes
in the heart of Chestertown’s His-
toric District will welcome visitors
from 10am to 2pm on Saturday,
December 8
. Custom wreaths by
the Chestertown and All Seasons
Garden Clubs and live music at
several homes complete the festive
atmosphere of this house tour. Fol-
lowing the tour, participants will
have ample time to partake of the
other fun, food and festivities of-
fered during Chestertown’s Dick-
ens of a Christmas event.
Reservations are required for en-
try. Tickets are $30 and are avail-
able only through the online tick-
eting service Eventbrite at
ast year’s tour
sold out, so get your tickets early!
Here’s a description of the homes:
Commissioned by Charles H. Bak-
er in 1876, the home of renowned
artist Mary Pritchard is unlike its
Victorian contemporaries, with a
stylistic simplicity reminiscent of
an earlier age. An eclectic mix of
modern art, antique furniture, ori-
ental rugs and old quilts make this
house a home, and the tour also in-
cludes a small barn that houses the
artist’s studio.
Patricia and Vic Pfeiffer’s thought-
ful 2007 renovation of this late
century house incorporated
many green building features, in-
cluding control and capture of all
rainwater runoff. The side yard
with garden leads to a shared barn
and welcoming porch entrance to
the contemporary interior, which
features an open floor plan and
unique decor of antique and Asian
furniture and accessories.
One of the oldest houses in Ches-
tertown, the Bedingfield Hands
House, was built around 1750 on a
property that ran from High Street
to Cannon Street. The woodwork,
staircase with “fancy” bannister,
fireplaces, wood walls, stunning
wood floors, and magnificent 12-
over-12 windows all are original to
the house, now the home of Pam
Jenn Laucik Baker and John
Laucik are two modernists who
swapped their mid-century glass
and concrete home for this 100+
year old house, which they have
lovingly restored while having
fun with lighting, art, and color in
a bright and bold balance of old
meets new.
of Hospice Care, How Can Grief
Support Help; Urogynecology
and Pelvic Health; Cardiovascu-
lar Health; Diabetes: Strategies for
Lowering Your HA1C; Pain Man-
agement During the Opioid Epi-
demic; and Stress Management.
“This is an event people shouldn’t
miss, according to Wayne Benja-
min, M.D., event director. “It is a
once-a-year opportunity for free
screenings and a huge variety of
useful information- something for
everybody. I especially want peo-
ple to know about and take advan-
tage of the classroom information
sessions led by health care experts
on 12 different topics. Everyone, I
guarantee, will come away with
new information and be better pre-
pared to manage their own health
and their family’s health.”
The school gym will be trans-
formed into a large exhibit hall,
with tables staffed by profession-
als offering a wide variety of in-
formation and guidance on local
services. For information on exhib-
iting, contact Greer Davis at 410-
708-2993 or
In addition, at 12:30pm there will
be a forum with candidates for
Kent County Commissioner, who
will address topics of communi-
ty concern. For more information,
Annual Kent County Health and
Wellness Expo on October 18
HomePorts, Inc. and Kent County
Public Schools, in partnershipwith
the Kent County Health Depart-
ment, the University of Maryland
Shore Regional Health, and Anne
Arundel Medical Center, will hold
the annual Health and Wellness
Expo on Thursday, October 18
8am to 12pm at Kent County High
School in Worton.
This year’s Expo, which is free and
open to the public, is the largest
ever held in this area. The event
will highlight over 75 community
resources offering the latest health,
wellness and safety information. It
is a one-stop opportunity for busy
individuals and families of all
ages. Features include: free health
screenings, free morning refresh-
ments, flu shots, twelve talks by lo-
cal medical professionals; over 75
exhibitors, both non-profit organi-
zations and local businesses, lunch
available for purchase.
Expert talks, by physicians from
both Shore Regional Health and
Anne Arundel Medical Center and
other health care practitioners, will
include: Mental Health In Later
Life; Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s and
Dementia; Sleep Problems; Hor-
mone Replacement Therapy: Risks
and Rewards; Exercise/Physical
Fitness Programs in Kent Coun-
ty; Chestertown Orthopedics and
Sports Medicine; Facts and Myths
2018 Rider Cup
tion’s Western Shore supporters to
play. Following a lunch provided
by Pasta and Murphy Ameriprise,
the golfers teed off at 1pm and
began the competition for longest
drive, closest to the tee, and low
net. The day concluded with din-
ner and prizes.
Talisman Therapeutic Riding is
the only year round PATH certi-
fied therapeutic riding facility on
the Eastern Shore. After beginning
with one horse and 2 riders in 2011,
the organization’s instructors and
therapists now provide more than
3,500 lessons a year to veterans
returning from Iraq and Afghani-
stan and children and adults with
physical, emotional, and cognitive
For more information about Tal-
isman Therapeutic Riding visit
org or call 443-239-9400.
Talisman Therapeutic Riding Golf
Tourney Raises Funds for Heroes
Golfers met at the Eisenhower golf
course on Tuesday, September 11
to commemorate the heroic deeds
of the first responders on that day
17 years ago and our wounded
vets who are fighting for us every
This is the first time that the golf
tourney, the “Rider Cup,” spon-
sored by Talisman Therapeutic
Riding, Inc. in Grasonville was
held on the Western Shore. This
year’s location did not dissuade
the Eastern Shore golfers from par-
ticipating but it did, in fact, make it
more convenient for the organiza-
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