the Heart of
News on visiting, living in, and doing business in Dorchester County, Maryland SUMMER 2009
Without entrepreneurs, downtown
Celebrate Cambridge wouldn’t move forward.
summer in What inspires them to take the risk?
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Saving heritage, one
piece at time.
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Downtown Ian Campbell,
Chef/Owner, Bistro Poplar
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“Smart Site” in
PHOTO BY JILL JASUTA
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Ian Campbell had a dream. He wanted to open a French
Calendar bistro with fine cuisine, attentive service, and a welcoming
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atmosphere. But where to open it? There was no question:
Only in downtown Cambridge. Yes, Cambridge.
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THE DOWNTOWN “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of downtown
ENTREPRENEUR Cambridge. Without them, it wouldn’t happen.”
—FRED SMYTH, EASTERN SHORE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER
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The idea of opening a French bistro in a revitalizing down- it’s true; but despite the current
town that had made its fortunes on the seafood industry economy, there has still been a
seemed unlikely to some. But for chef Ian Campbell, there net gain of eight businesses and
was no question. He grew up in Cambridge. It was here he roughly 50 jobs at a time when
first caught the bug, washing dishes in local restaurants. And the unemployment rate in
since he opened the bistro on December 31, 2007, he’s Dorchester County is rising.
gained attention. Chesapeake Life magazine named the bistro But why are entrepreneurs
one of 20 hottest restaurants on the Bay earlier this year. It drawn to Cambridge? “There’s
was recently the reader’s choice for favorite French restau- something about Cambridge
rant in What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine. On top of that, the that seems to attract these real-
bistro has created 30 jobs. ly passionate risk-takers,” says
“I always wanted to do it,” is the straightforward explana- Jim Duffy, executive director of
tion from Campbell. After graduating from the Culinary Cambridge Main Street. “Part Amanda Bramble, Jimmie &
Institute of America in New York and working at top restau- of it is the gorgeous waterfront Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill.
When a bank turned her
rants in Maryland, Florida, and California, he came home. and our beautiful old buildings, down for a loan, this former
He and local without a doubt. But I suspect bartender turned to friends
investors pur- the magic really happens when and family for help.
chased an people meet some of the fasci-
1895 building nating entrepreneurs we have here, and they catch the Cam-
on Poplar bridge fever.”
Street, spent a
Many paths to entrepreneurship
So who are these men and women who take the risk of
opening their own businesses? Among downtown’s entre-
ing it, and
preneurs there is a former biologist, a farmer, a chief finan-
cial officer at a big-city law firm, a correctional officer, a non-
Jeff Pelayo, Chesapeake Classics. profit executive, a bartender, an architect, and an advertising
Former duck biologist who took his Eve, 2007.
executive. Some are following lifelong dreams; others are
passion for decoys to a whole new level.
turning hobbies into commercial ventures; others are seeking
to fill a gap in the marketplace.
One storefront at a time When Michelan Gibbs was growing up in Cambridge,
Today, it’s downtown entrepreneurs like Ian Campbell
people found all they needed in a few square blocks. But then
who are revitalizing downtown Cambridge. One shop, one
downtowns across the country struggled as malls and big
restaurant, one gallery at a time, they’re redefining the expe-
box stores took over. Michelan and her mother, Oceanious
rience of Main Street America.
Gibbs, saw that women’s clothing—particularly clothing for
“They’re the lifeblood of downtown Cambridge. These lit-
plus-size women—was hard to find in Cambridge. For two
tle start-up businesses that employ a couple of people,
years, they attend-
they’re the key. Without them, it wouldn’t happen,” says
ed seminars and
Fred Smyth of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center.
classes and got
“They’re the backbone of the country,” adds Smyth, pointing
advice from the
out that entrepreneurial ventures make up 80 percent of
Despite a shaky economy, despite a devastating fire on
ter and other agen-
Race Street, entrepreneurs have been busy in downtown
cies, then devel-
Cambridge. In the past 18 months, downtown has seen the
oped a business Michelan Gibbs, Ceanie’s Apparel.
opening of more than a dozen new businesses. Cambridge
plan. They Correctional officer with a flair for
AMANDA BRAMBLE PHOTO BY DAVE HARP. OTHER PHOTOS BY JILL JASUTA. fashion who worked on a business plan
for two years before opening.
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opened Ceanie’s perhaps its lowest in late 2000—with many stores shuttered—
Apparel on Wash- Staniforth decided to open an art gallery. A native of Wales,
ington Street in she studied textiles in university and had been creating work
November 2008 from home and selling it around the Eastern Shore. When a
with a range of coffee shop on Race Street closed its doors, she jumped at
plus-size clothing the opportunity. Her friends gave the gallery no more than
and accessories at six months. Nearly eight years later, her gallery is an
affordable prices. attraction for residents and visitors alike. She represents
Joy Staniforth, Joie de Vivre Gallery. “Every day is about 100 artists, all of whom she knows personally. “I felt
Textile artist with a keen imagination. a learning experi- that we were starting something,” she says. Indeed, other
ence,” says businesses did follow.
Michelan, who continues her full–time job as a sergeant cor- There are also entrepreneurs who have remained in
rectional officer with the Talbot County Correctional Center. Cambridge through decades of ups and downs. Lednum’s
Then there are those entrepreneurs who have a vision like Jewelers, for one, has been selling fine jewelry in downtown
no one else. Growing up in California, Jeff Pelayo did a lot of Cambridge since 1937. Family-owned Simmons Center
fishing and hunting, and began collecting duck decoys. He Market opened the same year. They started during a very
went on to pursue a career as a duck biologist and began sell- different time in Cambridge; before malls and Wal-Marts
ing decoys over the Internet on the side. He moved to the existed. Now it’s a differ-
Eastern Shore, where he ran into Gail Bowen, an antique ent reality, and today’s
shop owner whose husband has a vast collection of decoys. entrepreneurs must be
Fast forward several months, and suddenly Pelayo’s hobby more innovative. “In an
became an all-consuming venture in the form of Chesapeake economy like this, it
Classics, which opened in August 2008 in a stunning early takes constant creativity
20th century storefront newly restored by historic preserva- to figure out how to
tionist Victor MacSorley. This combination gallery, retail attract people,” Smyth
store, and museum showcases thousands of decoys and says. “And I see a
hunting and fishing collectibles. Plans call for turning the sec- glimmer of light in
ond floor into an auction house for decoys, a move that Cambridge thanks to Sam Owings, Scoop Station.
Pelayo says could draw hundreds to downtown. Main Street. I see Farmer from Chestertown who
transformed a former gas station
All entrepreneurs need imagination, but Joy Staniforth attempts that are mov-
into a coffee/ice cream shop and
needed a little more than most. Just when Cambridge was at ing forward.” music performance space.
Support for would-be downtown Cambridge entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs thinking about down- spring, 37 men and women completed Development Visions, a firm hired by
town Cambridge now have more the center’s first entrepreneurship pro- Cambridge Main Street to conduct a
resources to turn to. “There are people gram at Chesapeake College, Wye market analysis. That analysis,
with fire in their belly. They have the Mills. In September, the center will completed in early 2009, is available on
idea and the will to start, but they don’t offer two Shore Venture entrepreneur- the Main Street website at www.
have the funding or knowledge,” says ship training programs, one in Cam- cambridgemainstreet.com.
Fred Smyth of the Eastern Shore Entre- bridge and one at Wye Mills. (For Both the city and county economic
preneurship Center, which helps new details, go to www.esecfund.org.) development departments also serve
entrepreneurs find funding and pro- Another initiative related to entrepre- businesses, as does a vibrant county
vides ongoing “brain capital.” This neurship is coming from Economic Chamber of Commerce.
Since Jan. 2008, these 15 businesses opened or expanded downtown.
(Does not include
lasted fewer than
Arlene’s Avé Backfin Bella Bistro Ceanie’s Chesa- Dorch. El Fibre Jimmie Main Steppin’ Trumpeter Wrap
Antiques salon Antiques Luna Poplar Apparel peake Ctr. for Sol Cafe & & Sook’s Street In Style Swan Me Up six months.)
spa (formerly Classics the Arts Crab- Raw Bar Gallery Antiques Boutique
Shore- catcher’s and Grill
Tourism and Heritage
SHORELINES SUMMER 2009 PAGE 4
Watch free movies under
the stars this August
Enjoy films under the stars on the banks of the Choptank
River this summer throughout the month of August. Bring
your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket of goodies.
In the event of inclement weather, the movies will be shown
at the Dorchester YMCA at 201 Talbot Street, Cambridge.
Here’s the line-up:
August 1: Jurassic Park August 22: Holes
August 8: Casino Royale August 29: Kung Fu Panda
PHOTO BY AMANDA FENSTERMAKER
August 15: Spiderman
Heritage Day. For the first time, guided cycling tours
were held during the Heart of Chesapeake Country Her- All shows start at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Come early to get
itage Day, held annually in May throughout Dorchester a good spot! Entry is free to all, thanks to our sponsors
County. One of the tours began and ended here at the
Vienna Heritage Museum, 303 Race Street, Vienna. On Her-
including Bay Country Bakery, Dorchester County Friends
itage Day, museums and historical attractions highlight of the Library, Wise Oil & Fuel, Hubbard’s Pharmacy,
their ongoing work and projects. The event also featured Tri-Gas & Oil, Craig’s Drug Store, and Pizza Ziya. Movies
walking tours, food, kids’ activities, and more. are shown by Moonflicks.
Dorchester represented in 2009 Shore Leadership
Among this year’s Shore Leadership region, allowing them to develop a Eastern Shore faces,” Fenstermaker
participants are Amanda Fenstermaker, more in-depth understanding of the said.
director of Dorchester County region’s interrelationships and com- Shore Leadership participants came
Tourism, and Keasha Haythe, director plexities. to Cambridge in June to discuss
of the county’s Economic Develop- Each session focuses on a topic community. Participants listened to a
ment Office. of regional interest including legacy, panel that included Mayor Victoria
For a dozen years, Shore Leadership technology, economic development, Jackson-Stanley, a city commissioner,
has been helping community leaders community and arts, environment, and leaders of the Dorchester County
develop a regional approach to com- education, and government. Chamber of Commerce and Cam-
munity issues. Over the course of nine “Shore Leadership gives you bridge Main Street. They also toured
months, participants meet monthly to an excellent opportunity to become the Main Street and Maple Street areas
talk with leaders and experts from educated and enlightened by the and made a visit to Delmarva Commu-
organizations and institutions in the challenges and opportunities that the nity Services.
Hooper’s Light remains Dorchester treasure
Off the coast of Hooper’s Island sits a part of It is now managed by the Chesapeake
Dorchester County’s maritime heritage that Chapter of The U.S. Lighthouse Society, a
will soon be restored, hopefully through a nonprofit that restores and preserves light-
joint effort between residents and a national houses.
organization. Later this year, the Chesapeake Chapter will
Last year Dorchester County, with the sup- hold a public meeting to discuss plans for the
port of residents, applied for ownership of the lighthouse restoration and several volunteer
Hooper’s Island Lighthouse. Ownership of the opportunities. This meeting will be announced
lighthouse was eventually awarded to The through the local media.
United States Lighthouse Society, but the For more information, contact 410.228.1000
structure will remain in its current location. or info@TourDorchester.org.
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Saving heritage, one piece at a time Tourism & Heritage
Heritage Area honors efforts to preserve history IN BRIEF
With passion, dedication, and hard Colonial-Georgian house on Indian- New Dorchester County
work, there are many volunteers in this town Road near Vienna. Handsell was Visitors Guide
county who go beyond the call of duty nominated for and accepted on the The new Dorchester
in efforts to promote, preserve, and National Register of Historic Places and County Visitors Guide
research local heritage and history. was selected as one of Maryland’s Ten is now available. This
year’s guide was
Three such efforts were highlighted Most Endangered Places.
designed by Janette
and honored during the Heart of The Outstanding Project Award Jones of Cam-
Chesapeake Country Heritage Area was presented to John Creighton and bridge, and 50,000
awards celebration this spring. Pat Lewis for the Many Rivers Commu- copies were print-
The Individual Achievement nity History Project/Harriet Tubman ed by Delmarva
Printing of Salis-
Award was presented to Chief Sewell Underground Railroad Discussion bury. Dorchester
Winterhawk Fitzhugh of the Nause Group. The purpose of this project is to Tourism uses the
Waiwash Band of Indians for his dedica- research, organize and disseminate guide to market
tion in promoting the heritage of the historical information related to Harriet the county to visitors and to
help drive traffic to www.
native peoples of Dorchester County. Tubman, the Underground Railroad,
TourDorchester.org. As always,
Some of Fitzhugh’s achievements and other aspects of 19th-century the guide is free to the public and
include the annual Native American Fes- African-American history. Creighton is available at all Maryland
tival, now in its 16th year, his leadership and Lewis’ work has educated and Welcome and Visitors Centers.
in regaining ownership and restoring informed the public and helped to build
a former church on Maple Dam Road knowledge and pride about community
New water trails guide
for the local Nause Waiwash Band of history. Dorchester Tourism is developing
a new water trails guide. Funded
Indians, and his activities with other The awards were presented during by a grant from the National
regional and state organizations. a celebration at the Dorchester Center Recreational Trails Program, the
Nanticoke Historic Preservation for the Arts in historic downtown guide will include information on
Alliance was honored with the Organi- Cambridge. The Heritage Awards are kayaking, canoeing, sailing,
power boating, and other water
zational Excellence Award for their made possible through the Heart of
activities in Dorchester County.
strong and effective leadership in cham- Chesapeake Country Heritage Area The guide will be available later
pioning the preservation and restoration with support from the Maryland this year.
of Handsell, the 18th century brick Heritage Area Authority.
East New Market begins
At the annual Heart community visioning
of Chesapeake Coun-
try Heritage Awards East New Market is about to
celebration were embark on a community vision-
(back row) Sen. ing process in partnership with
Richard Colburn, the Eastern Shore Land
John Creighton, Linda Conservancy (ESLC) and Urban
Prochaska of Sen. Dialogues (UD). The goal is to
Barbara Mikulski's provide a practical but insightful
office, Pat Lewis, and process for the town to consider
Chief Sewell its most pressing issues related
Winterhawk Fitzhugh; to growth, identity, community,
(front row) Jackson and quality of life. The idea is to
help the town retain its distinct
Cline, Del. Addie
sense of place. UD and ESLC facil-
itate the process, with the focus
Ingersoll, and Amanda
Fenstermaker. on community participation.
The process will occur during
the next few months.
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BUSINESS B&G Foods
Econ. dev. officials tour
Officials from Dorchester County’s Economic Develop-
ment Office held their 2009 Spring Business Blitz on May
11–15. The face-to-face outreach visits were designed to
gather insights and information from business leaders about Delmarva
their challenges and opportunities. Community
“Businesses seem optimistic about the future, despite the Services
national gloomy economic picture,” said Keasha Haythe,
director of Dorchester County Economic Department.
“Generally speaking, business leaders felt that Dorchester disabled and
County possessed a trainable workforce that could be poised the elderly.
to staff existing and future businesses.
“Business leaders also voiced their desire to see technical
training opportunities increase, as traditional manufacturing
processes become more automated,” she noted. “The visita-
tion team was excited to learn that many Dorchester Coun-
ty companies are pursuing non-traditional product and serv- GKD
ice offerings as a way to increase revenue, and that R&D Producer of
investment is on the increase.” Companies said they may woven metal
consolidate secondary locations into Dorchester County, fabrics used
which could potentially create new jobs. in architec-
The Economic Development Office will continue its visi- ture and
tation efforts throughout the year. Businesses interested in
becoming part of the visitation program may call the office
optimistic about the future,
despite the national gloomy
economic picture.” Marvesta Shrimp
—KEASHA HAYTHE, DIRECTOR OF Farms, Waterland
DORCHESTER COUNTY ECONOMIC Fisheries
DEVELOPMENT Marvesta harvests
SHORELINES SUMMER 2009 PAGE 7
Cambridge hosts statewide
economic development event
Northrop Grumman. There was also a
MEDA conference luncheon panel with members of
draws more than 260 O’Malley’s cabinet, plus information
about drawing businesses to sites in the
Engaging in discussions that ranged region and small support counseling.
from Maryland’s competitiveness to Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the con-
multi-state partnerships to the federal ference keynote speaker, talked about
stimulus package, more than 260 the importance of partnerships—between
Hyatt economic development professionals public and private organizations and
Regency from around the state gathered in within the various levels of government
Chesapeake Cambridge this spring for the annual local, state and federal agencies—in
Bay Resort conference of the Maryland Economic attracting and retaining businesses.
Resort, spa, Development Association (MEDA). He also said that economic stimulus
The conference, “Responding to efforts by the federal government serve
Challenging Times; Solutions for as a partnership that will help protect
Maintaining Our Economic Base,” existing jobs and create up to 90,000
Economic happened May 31 through June 2 at new jobs in Maryland, through infra-
the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay structure improvements (such as road
Development open Resort in Cambridge. repair and creation) and through ener-
The focus was on issues that impact gy-saving efforts such as home weath-
house is July 31 job creation, business retention, and erization.
The Dorchester County Eco- small business assistance. Members of Mr. Brown concluded with a quote
nomic Development Department Governor O’Malley’s cabinet respond- from President Barack Obama’s inau-
will hold an open house 2–5 p.m., ed to questions concerning how the gural address. “The challenges we face
Friday, July 31. This is an opportu- federal stimulus package will affect are real, they are serious and they are
nity to meet the staff and get an Maryland’s present and future. many. They will not be met easily or in
update on projects that the depart- “This year’s MEDA conference pro- a short span of time. But know this
ment believes will transform the vided statewide economic developers America: They will be met.”
county’s economic future, such as the means to better assist their business MEDA also presented awards,
the proposed technology park, the customers and help them cope with including recognition of the Main
county’s revolving loan program, today’s economic challenges,” said J. Street Maryland program as the Eco-
the county’s strategic plan, and the Thomas Sadowski, president of nomic Development Redevelopment
county airport expansion project. MEDA, whose members include more Program of the Year. Dorchester
“We want to get together with than 500 economic development County is home to one Main Street
people to talk about how Dorch- professionals in Maryland. “Ultimately community, Cambridge.
ester County can continue to be a the hope is to promote policies and A surprise presentation from new
great place to live, work, and play,” programs that foster valuable and Cambridge restaurant owner Amanda
said Keasha Kaythe, director of the sustainable economic growth.” Bramble, who was recently highlighted
department. Highlights of this year’s conference on Tom Brokaw specials on national
For more information, contact included remarks from Congressman TV, prompted a standing ovation by
the Economic Development Frank M. Kratovil Jr.; University of the audience. See the Today Show clip
Office at 410.228.0155. Maryland basketball coach Gary at www.cambridgemainstreet.com
Williams; and James F. Pitts of (click on “Media/In the News”).
Historic Downtown Cambridge
SHORELINES SUMMER 2009 PAGE 8
Marketing downtown Cambridge
From the traditional to social media, marketing raises city’s profile
One of Cambridge Main Street’s core tinues to send out media releases and to to Main Street News,” to office@
missions is to help promote downtown do limited advertising with local media cambridgemainstreet.com.)
as a destination for both residents and outlets in print, radio, and television. Weekend Update: This spring, Main
visitors. Over the past year, Main Street Last summer we tapped into the Street started the Weekend Update, a
has been stepping up efforts to generate expertise of Boyd Tamney Cross, a digital guide to each weekend’s down-
interest in downtown. According to marketing and public relations firm to t o w n ’s
state officials and marketing experts help us spread the word about Cam- events,
who work with other Main Street com- bridge beyond the Eastern Shore. s p e -
munities, Cambridge is ahead of the V i s i t o r ’s cials,
pack with this work. Over the past year, guide: For the and art exhibits. We email it to local
volunteers have implemented several second year, hotels, B&Bs, the visitor center, attrac-
marketing initiatives. Here are some of Main Street cre- tions, and merchants to share with their
them: ated a down- guests and customers. Some of the
Website: In the past year, traffic town guide that area’s largest employers also distribute
to the Cambridge Main Street website highlights busi- it to their employees; at least one firm
(www.cambridgemainstreet.com) has nesses, restau- includes it in their payroll envelopes.
increased 70 percent, with more than rants, and attrac- Arts and Entertainment: Because
14,000 unique visitors. We’ve put an tions. This guide part of downtown has been designated
emphasis on continually updating the is available at an Arts & Entertainment District, Cam-
site with news, events, and evolving area hotels, attractions, visitor centers, bridge was able to secure a grant from
content. The site also includes informa- and more. It also goes out to those the Maryland State Arts Council to
tion for visitors and residents, with coming to town for special events, such help market downtown as an arts desti-
a descriptive directory of businesses, as the more than 1,200 athletes and nation. Work is now under way with
museums, attractions, and lodging their families who were here for the the marketing and public relations firm
options. Eagleman Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Boyd Tamney Cross to help unify and
Social media marketing: Cam- Download a digital version of the guide improve the way galleries promote
bridge Main Street recently developed at www.cambridgemainstreet.com. themselves. Cambridge is also one of
a presence on Facebook, which has E-newsletter: nine communities in the new “Eat.
more than 200 million users worldwide. Cambridge Main Drink. Buy Art.” campaign that launch-
Through Facebook, “fans” of the page Street’s colorful, es in September as a project of Mary-
keep up with news big and small. As of informative, and land Life magazine (See the website at
press time, close to 500 people were entertaining e- www.eatdrinkbuyart.com).
fans, and every day, new people from newsletter now
Cambridge and goes out to more
beyond join on. than 2,000 sub- Keep up with media
Main Street has scribers each
also experi- month—a six- coverage of Cambridge at
mented with fold increase cambridgemainstreet.com.
“pay-per-click” ads on Facebook to over last year. The content has also
promote downtown events. expanded, with the number of pages in Click on “Media/In the
Traditional marketing: The online issue doubling over the past year. (If News.”
marketing efforts don’t replace tradi- you’d like to subscribe for free, send an
tional marketing, so Main Street con- email, with the subject line “Subscribe
SHORELINES SUMMER 2009 PAGE 9
City comprehensive plan
released in draft form
The draft of the City of
Cambridge’s comprehensive plan
is out. This plan could mean a lot
of improvement and growth for
downtown. Download it and read
it at www.ci.cambridge.md.us.
For more information, contact
city planner Anne Roane at
improve building facades
PHOTO BY JILL JASUTA Downtown businesses have been
Governor Martin O’Malley (blue shirt and red tie) walks down Pine Street in Cam- taking advantage of Cambridge
bridge June 28 with city and county officials, community leaders, and residents. Main Street’s Facade Improve-
ment program, which gives own-
Cambridge becomes Smart Site ers up to 50 percent off certain
building improvements. Bistro
Poplar, for one, improved its
Downtown’s Maple Street area becomes only entrance with a new awning.
To learn more, go to cambridge
site on the Eastern Shore for new program mainstreet.com and click on
Governor Martin O’Malley walked The specifics of how Smart Sites will “For Businesses.”
through downtown Cambridge June work in Cambridge will be determined
28, checking on revitalization projects, by city officials in the weeks and
attending a church service at historic months ahead. Cambridge Main Street relies on
our members and their generous
Bethel AME on Pine Street, and “What a beautiful, proud, historic support to continue the work we
announcing that Cambridge’s Maple place Cambridge is,” Governor O’Mal- do in making downtown a better
Street area is one of 15 new “Smart ley told the crowd. “Up from the ashes place to live, work, and enjoy.
Sites” in Maryland—and the only one on of the fire has come more renewal. This summer, we launch a new
“Family Membership” program
the Eastern Shore. “Smart Sites initiative means growing
designed to get residents
Named after a program created by in and renewing our city cores,” he said. involved. This comes on top of
the state Department of Housing & “We’re planting a flag of opportunity the traditional Main Street mem-
Community Development, the Maple here. . . and becoming a model of smart, bership, which has targeted local
Street area covers key blocks of Gay, green, and growing.” businesses and organizations.
To learn more or to donate online,
Muir, Pine, and High streets that are During his visit to Cambridge, the go to cambridgemainstreet.com.
adjacent to the main downtown com- governor also joined in a tree planting
mercial corridor. The Smart Sites ini- at Waugh Chapel on High Street. As he Cambridge Farmers’
tiative will focus specially targeted state walked through downtown, he chatted Market bigger than ever
resources on capital projects that mix with residents and business owners, and The third season of the Main
the concepts of Smart Growth and even helped place a few pieces of Street Farmers’ Market has more
Green Growth, such as green building mosaic on the new mural taking shape than a dozen vendors filling the
parking lot near Academy and
practices, energy efficiency projects, in Cannery Way on Race Street.
Muir Streets downtown. The
and the revitalization of older residen- In related news, the Maple Street area market continues every Thursday,
tial neighborhoods—especially ones will soon launch a visioning project 3:30–6:30 p.m.
near Main Street commercial corridors. with an emphasis on community input.
Calendar & In the News
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IN THE NEWS CALENDAR
ONGOING SEPT 19: Summer Send-Off Beer & Wine
Block Party. Fun-loving street festival in
Main Street Farmer’s Market. Thursdays, downtown Cambridge. Wine, beer, music,
3:30–6:30 p.m., Academy Street near Muir food, and the hysterical Main Street Mile
Street, historic downtown Cambridge. relay race. www.cambridgemainstreet.com
Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. Public sails SEPT 19-20: Native American Festival.
most weekends. Charters available. Visit Traditional dancers, singers, drumming,
www.skipjack-nathan.org. Long Wharf on crafts, artists’ demonstrations, food, a
High Street, Cambridge. 410.228.7141. tomahawk throw, silent auction. Vienna
ballfield. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 410.376.3889.
Walking Tour of Historic High Street
One-hour tour, 11 a.m. Saturdays, weather SEPT 26: Choptank Heritage Skipjack
Cambridge media buzz permitting. Long Wharf at the end of High Races. Watch historic Chesapeake skipjacks
Street, Cambridge. Adults $8, children from around the Chesapeake race on the
goes national on TV under 12 free with adult. 410.901.1000. Choptank. Races start at 10 a.m.; coffee
and close-up looks at 7 a.m. at Snapper’s.
• Cambridge was in the national spot-
JULY 2009 SEPT 26: ChesapeakeMan Ultra Triathlon
light this spring when segments featur-
JULY 25–26: 99th Annual Cambridge Triathlon, aqua velo, swimfest. 2.4-mile
ing restaurant owner Amanda Bramble swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run.
Classic Powerboat Regatta. American
of Jimmie & Sook’s, Jack Brooks and Powerboat-sanctioned World Class of www.tricolumbia.org
the J.M. Clayton crab house, water- inboard hydroplane and flat-bottom race SEPT 27: Dorchester Arts Showcase
boats at Great Marsh Park, Cambridge. Fine arts and crafts fair on High Street in
men, and others aired nationally. After
410.228.1000. Free. Cambridge. Plus free sails on the Skipjack
Tom Brokaw’s visit to Cambridge in
JULY 31: Dorchester County Economic Nathan of Dorchester at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30,
April, segments aired on the Today Development Open House. Meet the staff 3:30 p.m. 410.228.7782.
Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, and and get an update on projects that affect
USA Network. Watch the videos at the future of the county. 2–5 p.m. 5263 OCTOBER 2009
Bucktown Road, Cambridge. 410.228.0155.
www.cambridgemainstreet.com (click OCT 3: Hurlock Fall Festival. Parade, train
on “Media/In the News.”) AUGUST 2009 rides, craft tables, line-dancing, live music,
pony rides, games and plenty of food.
• Bicycling in Dorchester County was Movies in the Park. Bring your lawn chair. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.hurlockmd.net or
the cover story of the June issue of August 1, Jurassic Park. August 8, Casino 410.943.4181.
Royale. August 15, Spiderman. August 22,
Spokes magazine for bicyclists. Holes. August 29, Kung Fu Panda. Free. OCT 3: Blackwater Annual Refuge Open
• WBOC-TV aired a story in June about Sailwinds Park East, adjacent to the Visitors House. For the whole family. Includes bird
Center, Cambridge. 8:30 p.m. walks and eagle prowls, nature talks and
how a group of residents saved a his- management demonstrations, wildlife
toric High Street home in Cambridge AUG 8: 30th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val exhibits and programs. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
All-you-can-eat, entertainment, craft sales. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
from demolition. In the American Bus Association’s top 100 410.228.2677.
• Cambridge restaurant Clearview at group tour events for 2009. Governor’s Hall
at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 1-6 p.m. OCT 10: Horn Point Laboratory Open
Horn’s Point made the cover of the House. Exhibit, science tours, presenta-
Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the gate, $10
June issue of What’s Up Eastern Shore. for ages 3-11. www.seafoodfeastival.com tions, hands-on activities, games, free
t-shirts for kids. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 2020 Horns
Cambridge businesses were featured AUG 8: Peach Festival. Peaches, pies, Point Road, Cambridge. hpl.umces.edu.
in the “Best of the Eastern Shore” list- fritters, cobblers, crab cakes, vendors. Anti-
och United Methodist Church, Town Point OCT 10: Cambridge Second Saturday
ing: Bella Luna, Chesapeake Classics, Gallery openings, late shopping hours,
Road, Cambridge. 410.228.4723.
and Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill. entertainment, and fine and casual dining
AUG 8: Cambridge Second Saturday options. 5–9 p.m. Downtown Cambridge.
• The Baltimore Sun ran an April 13 Gallery openings, late shopping hours,
story about a free house in Dorchester entertainment, and fine and casual dining OCT 11: Sailwinds Park East Kite Festival
options. 5–9 p.m. Downtown Cambridge. Free festival features kites of all shapes
—if the buyer could move it from the and sizes, stunt kite competitions,
spot of the planned Harriet Tubman AUG 22: Wings-N-Wheels demonstrations. 12–4 p.m. 410.228.1000
Underground Railroad visitor center. Aircraft, cars, motorcycles, boats. Live or TourDorchester.org.
entertainment and food. Cambridge
• Cambridge shops and restaurants and Regional Airport, Bucktown Road. OCT 17: Beckwith Apple Festival & Neck
410.221.8009, 410.221.0606. Rain date District Day. Flea market, crafts, face paint-
the Harriet Tubman driving tour were ing, apples, apple dumplings and pies, oys-
August 23. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
highlighted in a travel story on the ter sandwiches, more. 9 a.m.–noon. Rt. 343,
Washington Times website in April. Cambridge. 410.228.7725.
• Maryland Life ran a one-page feature OCT 17: Crabtoberfest
SEPT 12: Cambridge Second Saturday Oktoberfest, Dorchester County-style at
on the Antique Fly-In in Cambridge in Gallery openings, late shopping hours, Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park,
the May/June issue. entertainment, and fine and casual dining Cambridge. Doors open 12 p.m. $5.
options. 5–9 p.m. Downtown Cambridge. 410.228.SAIL.
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