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A hobby with every fiber of your being

Michelle Follett refers to her relatively new shop, in downtown Cambridge, as a “destination for the serious and the curious.” Those already involved in weaving and textile arts are summoned into Michelle Follett’s Textile Teachings with beautiful fiber of every color...

Honey, be the bees’ knees

Many hobbies that revolve around the outdoors often bring benefit to the environment and even with its truly unique qualities, beekeeping surely falls into that category. Honeybees fall prey to a full slate of issues, from tiny mites that infest hives to chemical...

The Chair Whisperer

Chairs may seem like humble functional objects. But over time, those companion pieces can feel almost like old friends. Even as we quickly glance over, they can evoke loved ones we still envision sitting there. They’re also teachers, transporting us to bygone eras of...

Candles have the ability to fill a room with mood

When the colder weather arrives with the inevitable early darkness, it is a natural cue that it is time to settle down and snuggle in. As your family begins to hibernate this year, try lighting candles to add warmth to your home. While they are a simple enhancement,...

A cheeseboard a must for party spreads

What if I told you one of the most popular dishes to bring to holiday parties is one you don’t have to bake, freeze, saute or anything else labor intensive and is practically impossible to mess up? And you could even support local business to boot? It’s not a...

Safe at home after 60

Home is where the heart is and seems to be our safe haven. But as we age, staying in one’s home can pose challenges to those living alone. For seniors in Talbot and Caroline counties, Partners-In-Care provides help meeting these hardships. The Mid-Shore’s PIC office...

Orrell’s Maryland beaten biscuits live on

Orrell’s Maryland beaten biscuits live on

If you grew up spending Sundays and holidays with family on the Eastern Shore, chances are Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits were on the menu. The company’s saga started in 1935 when Ruth Orrell began making biscuits in her Wye Mills home kitchen to raise funds for...

Sunflour Bakery dishing out lots of smiles

For Lanna Talley, making people happy with baked goods has always brought her joy. “There’s pictures of me in an apron when I was 3 with my grandmother. I just love it,” she said. “You can’t give someone a cookie without putting a smile on their face.” Moving to the...

Shop ‘small’ to make a gift special

Think about your favorite Christmas movies. There are the funny slapstick movies where the main character is having one issue after another at the overcrowded box store. Then there are those cozy Christmas movies, where the characters are strolling with paper shopping...

Events switch gears to reach public

Fall is a chance where everything turns golden outside, and the crisp air seems to bring our optimism. After a simple summer vacation, events in the community have begun to reemerge with the fall foliage in October. Kicking off the fall calendar were Cordova’s “Not...

Cooking in the great outdoors

Cooking in the great outdoors

As summer’s roasting hot temperatures come to an end, many start thinking of roasting marshmallows over a hot fire. While nothing beats a classic s’more, with gadgets both old and new, there are endless concoctions to create over a bonfire whether it’s at home,...

Sure, go ahead and play with your food

Whether it’s a normal Trick-or-Treat this year, a socially-distanced party or a special family night in the home, sweet treats will still be the main attraction for many families on Halloween. Sure, your child could eat the entire pile in two minutes or you could keep...

Violas pack a colorful punch for their size

When it comes to favorite fall flowers, mums and pansies are traditionally the stars of the cooler weather garden. But violas, the less flashy, more petite cousins of the pansy, provide a greater number of blooms per plant atop trim stems and pack an impressively...

Seed Stewards initiative promotes native plant propogation

The Talbot County-based Environmental Concern recently announced the launch of the Eastern Shore Seed Stewards initiative to teach gardeners and plant enthusiasts how to collect seed in their own backyard gardens. The non-profit’s Native Plant Nursery, operating in...

Crape myrtles entrenched as a Shore thing

Crape myrtles entrenched as a Shore thing

While they may be native to places in East Asia, crape myrtles have long been ubiquitous with Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With a plethora of color and height options among its varieties, the tree’s beauty avails itself to a lot of different situations. They line streets...

Phippins are paying it forward

As Chris and C.J. Phippin moved around from state to state, their passion for helping foster children always came with them. After moving to Maryland last fall and settling into a property with more space than they’ve ever had, they want their outreach to expand as...

In pursuit of the hot pepper

With quarantine spring underway last April, I agreed to grow a pandemic garden with some neighbors. Taking a poll of preferred vegetables to sow, I prepared to hear the old standbys requested: tomatoes, lettuce, squash, carrots, cabbage, beets. But a transplanted Nova...