Features

Phlox offers a little bit of everything

Phlox offers a little bit of everything

At the turn of the 20th century, phlox was a mainstay in most gardens for its numerous varieties, soft colors and versatility. Its popularity faded after World War II as perennial gardens became viewed by many as too old-fashioned but has since made a comeback with...

Technology helping us to connect in pandemic

Keeping in touch in current times can be difficult with restrictions, but the pandemic has also shown the importance of reaching out to your loved ones. From the elderly living alone or in assisted living, college kids who aren’t able to easily travel home as often,...

Creativity hanging on by a thread

Creativity hanging on by a thread

Before the trees at the Adkins Arboretum naturally show their color this year, a group of creative people are giving some an early burst through the center’s yarnstorming event. With aliases like yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting and “kniffiti,” yarnstorming is a form...

Displays say: ‘Love thy neighbor’

February on the Eastern Shore can be bleak; the sparkle and excitement of the holiday season have passed, and the dreary, gray winter days fade quickly into dark, chilly evenings. An uplifting sight, however, can be found on Talbot Street in St. Michaels every year...

Gardening witnessing resurgence of interest

With 2021 well under way, the new year for gardeners is right around the corner. Each year, Garden Media Group issues a trends report, discussing what’s popular and emerging on the gardening scene. “This year, we had to scrap many trends we had identified and examine...

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...