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The Eastern Shore Bridal Tour

Bridal Tour LogoThe Eastern Shore Bridal Tour

A Day Brides-to-Be Will Cherish Forever

The Eastern Shore has become a sought after destination for brides, and The Eastern Shore Bridal Tour is the ideal way to explore our local wedding services and experience our treasured venues. Scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 from noon – 5:30 pm, The Eastern Shore Bridal Tour is headquartered at Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, where attendees can enjoy a bridal show at one of the Eastern Shore’s most picturesque settings with over 20 area vendors and an array of samplings. Brides can then tour other area venues and enjoy stops at Cascia Vineyards, Hemingway’s Restaurant, Bridges Restaurant and Matapeake Clubhouse, where there also will be additional wedding vendors, displays of bridal fashion, door prizes, tastings and bridal swag with samples.

Brides and guests purchasing VIP tickets will be given an itinerary upon check in at Kent Manor Inn and will then tour our four other bridal stops in style with champagne and limo transportation. VIP tickets cost $25 each and must be purchased by March 28, 2014. VIP bride and VIP guest tickets include the show at Kent Manor Inn, limo transportation with champagne to the four other bridal venues, a total of over 40 bridal vendors and their offerings, food tastings, multiple door prize entries and guaranteed bridal swag with samples at each stop.

Brides who prefer a self-guided tour can do so for only $10 each if tickets are purchased online by April 4 or for $15 each when tickets are purchased the day of the event. Self-guided tours include the various vendors and offerings at all five locations, tastings at the venues, multiple door prize entries and bridal swag with samples while supplies last.

The Eastern Shore Bridal Tour offers everything to brides in a day they will cherish forever and is headquartered at Kent Manor Inn, 500 Kent Manor Drive, Stevensville, Maryland. The show and tour will be held April 5, 2014 from noon – 5:30pm. Advance tickets are available at www.EasternShoreBridalShow.com and day-of-event tickets can be purchased at Kent Manor Inn. For more information, contact Becky Groff of Inspired Events, LLC at bgroff@inspiredeventsllc.com or 410-739-6943 or Cheri Hoffman of Hoffman Publishing, Inc. at cheri.update@atlanticbb.net or 443-262-1143.

**If you offer a bridal service and would like to become part of the event, The Eastern Shore Bridal Tour offers you a means to shine in this fiercely competitive market. We have a limited number of vendor spaces available. Please contact Becky Groff of Inspired Events, LLC at bgroff@inspiredeventsllc.com or 410-739-6943 or Cheri Hoffman at cheri.update@atlanticbb.net or 443-262-1143. 


Jailed Eastern Shore Robber Charged With Threat to President

Federal authorities say a Maryland inmate has been charged with threatening President Barack Obama and a federal judge in letters. Forty-year-old Willie Ray Bryant was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. According to the two-page indictment, Bryant mailed a letter on October 12 with a threat to Obama. The indictment says he also mailed a letter in September to U.S. District Judge William Quarles that included a threat to mail an explosive device to the judge. Authorities say Bryant is serving a 40-year sentence for a string of robberies on the Eastern Shore.

Eastern Shore Delegation Against Oyster Plan

Members of the Eastern Shore delegation met last week and reportedly came out against the plan to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Eastern Shore Senator Richard Colburn was among those who came out against the plan, saying it would cause substantial harm to the livelihood of area watermen. The Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan would increase the amount of oyster sanctuaries in the Bay from 9-percent to roughly a quarter of the quality oyster habitat. It would also encourage the adoption of aquaculture by increasing leasing areas and streamlining the permitting process.

Farmers Must File Soon for Spring Crop Damage

Farmers who were unable to harvest spring-planted crops because of adverse weather should immediately file a notice of crop damage with their crop insurance agent, according to Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. Crop insurance policies require that a notice of loss must be filed within 15 days of the end of the insurance period, which is December 10 in Maryland for grain corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. Farmers have until December 25 to report losses for these unharvested spring-planted crops. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 25-percent of soybeans and 10-percent of corn in Maryland had not been harvested by December 6.

Colburn Hopes to Solve Eastern Shore Septic Contractor Pay Issue

As septic system vendors and installers attempt to track down millions of dollars owed to them in state grants, Senator Richard Colburn, R-37-Mid-Shore, has pre-filed a bill he hopes will correct the problem moving forward. The Maryland Department of the Environment provides selected homeowners with funding to install denitrification units to older septic systems, an upgrade that costs about $10,000. In many instances, however, the vendors and installers do not end up getting paid, except for Talbot County where the money goes directly to the businesses rather than to the homeowner.

According to J.O.K. Walsh, executive director of the Caroline County Economic Development Corporation, the money does not make it to the businesses for various reasons: the Maryland Comptroller’s Office withholds payments to homeowners who owe the state money; banks seize a part or all of the payments to compensate for overdrawn accounts; homeowners simply take the money and run; or, homeowners demand additional work. Towers Concrete Products of Denton is now owed $1.2-million in payments for completed septic system work, according to Walsh.

To prevent businesses from abandoning MDE’s Onsite Sewer Disposal System program, Colburn has pre-filed a bill that would require the government to disburse the grant funds directly to the contractors. Legislation is not actually needed for the change, Colburn said, but MDE has failed to make the change on its own accord. Colburn said he had three concerns with the program: that small businesses are not getting paid; that people are not using the money intended for replacing septic systems to actually replace septic systems; and, that taxes collected for the Bay are not supposed to go to the comptroller to settle someone’s debt to the state.

Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, R-37B-Talbot, will cross-file the bill in the House of Delegates, Colburn said. Walsh sent a letter to MDE Deputy Secretary Robert Summers requesting that MDE change its policy on its own. Since MDE tells the vendors what to do, the problem cannot be ignored by the department, Walsh wrote. Talbot County, meanwhile, has managed to avoid the problems experienced in other counties because of the way the program is administered in Talbot, according to Ray Clarke, director of the Talbot Department of Public Works.

Talbot County was one of the first counties to apply for the program and has upgraded 111 septic systems, Clarke said. Talbot’s Public Works Department paid contractors directly rather than ever sending the money to homeowners. John Wolfe, chairman of the Talbot County Public Works Advisory Board, said the advisory board is very pleased with the way the public works department has handled the program. Talbot County has provided funding to people who applied to participate in the program. Starting in January, the grants will be available only for failing septic systems inside the critical areas (within 1,000 feet of tidal waters). Additionally, the grants will be awarded on a sliding scale based on income. In July, other homeowners may be eligible for the program if there is money left.

Talbot County has 4,600 septic systems in the critical areas. Due to the Chesapeake Bay Nitrogen Reduction Act of 2009, any new or repaired septic system in the critical area must have nitrogen removal technology. For the system to qualify as failing, Clarke said, there must be raw sewage backing up into house or sewage on the ground. This criteria basically will shut down the program, Clarke said, but most of the Bay Restoration Funds are now going to cover crops and MDE is running out of money for the program. Additionally, homeowners have to assume the cost themselves for updating their drain fields, which can cost thousands.

The payment system still needs to be resolved, Walsh wrote in his letter to MDE, or there will be a full-fledged crisis when the economy recovers and the state cannot find vendors willing to participate in the program. Talbot County has a backlog of 120 to 140 property owners who have applied for the program and await approval, Clarke said.

Eastern Shore Soybean Farmers Hurt by Rain

Wayne Tull, an Eastern Shore farmer from Whaleyville, said he brought in 850 bushels that he harvested earlier in the week, but he says the soybeans should have been harvested more than two weeks ago. Rain prevented Tull and other Delmarva farmers from being able to bring in their soybeans and earn a profit.

Eastern Shore Holiday Shopping Hot Spots

Handmade From the Heart
Friday, December 04, 2009 – Saturday, December 05, 2009
Historical Society Auditorium, Easton
Friday Preview Party, 5-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Features original works by more than 20 local artists. Preview party offers wine and refreshments for a donation of $20 per person or $35 per couple. Proceeds benefit Evergreen Cove, Holistic Learning Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that encompasses personal and spiritual growth, health and wellness, creative self expression, and more.

Midnight Madness
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Downtown St. Michaels


Shops open `til midnight, special sales, refreshments. Midnight prize drawing. First Saturday in December.

ARF’s Second Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 05, 2009 – Sunday, December 06, 2009
ARF (Located in the Kent Narrows Center)
61 Piney Narrows Rd., Chester


December 5th and 6th is ARF’s 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar. Don’t forget to bring your favorite four legged friend for a picture with Santa! We are looking for vendors. If interested please email Dottie Vandegrift at bumbayena@aol.com. Space is limited so act fast. $20.00 for 1 day or $30.00 for both days. Tables will not be available so please bring your own. IF electric is needed it will cost $7.00 for one day or $10.00 for both.

Holiday Greens Sale
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely
10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Fresh local greens, decorated wreaths, swags, roping, boxwood trees and other natural materials for sale.