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Evaluating antiques using UV light

Ultraviolet light, or UV, also known as “black lights” are used to evaluate the hidden world of antiques. Materials fluoresce under UV lighting, producing light that the human eye cannot see, making the unseen seen. One can tell age, repairs jobs, authenticity and fakes using this technique. Wavelengths of light can all be seeing using modern tools in the antique world. Black lights fluoresce using light wave lengths, or energy if you will. Materials in the antiques you are examining react in different ways when hit with the waves. Sometimes the energy makes glow, and other times they appear...

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Fireworks celebrations in Mid-Shore towns

• Easton Carnival and 4th of July Celebration: June 28 to July 4, Easton. Easton’s annual carnival and 4th of July Celebration. Located between the Easton Bypass and St. Michaels Road (near Target). 410-822-0345; • Fireworks in Rock Hall: Tuesday, July 3, 9 p.m., over Rock Hall Harbor. Rain date is July 5. 410-639-7719; • 4th of July Firework Celebration-Kent Narrows Waterfront: Tuesday, July 3 (all day), Chester. Rain date is July 5 with fireworks only. Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center 425 Piney Narrows Road; 410-758-0835. • Fireworks in Oxford, Tuesday, July 3, 9-10 p.m., Oxford. Fireworks celebrating the 4th of July in Oxford at the Strand will be starting at dusk, usually between 9-9:30 pm. For more information, visit • Independence Day Celebration, Wednesday, July 4 at 11 a.m., Queenstown at1800 Carmichael Road. For more information, visit • July 4th Parade and Civic Center Event: Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m., Rock Hall. Parade participants will line up at 9 a.m. at the ball field on North Main Street. Located at Main Street and the Battlefield to the Civic Center. For more information, call 410-639-7719 or visit • Mid-Shore Forth of July Concert, Wednesday, July 4 at 7 p.m., Cambridge. This outdoor event on the waterfront is free to the public and will take place at the Sailwinds Amphitheatre. • Children’s Parade and Old-Fashioned...

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Thinking outside the (planter) box

I don’t like to use the word “nag,” so I’ll say this- I asked my husband on a frequent and consistent basis to get our old barns cleaned up because they were full of junk. Absolute junk! One morning, pigs started to fly and he started this project while I was out in the yard, trying desperately to find a spot to plant some flowers that I had impulsively bought without a sure place to put them. And as my husband schlepped out some old tires, well, the tires started turning in my mind. So many odd things can...

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