The Sights, Sounds and smells of the Wicomico County Fair

There was gunfire, a lot of it, but no screaming or running. In fact no one even flinched. Kids and adults alike posed before antique tractors, ate popcorn and generally wandered around taking in the county fair. If you’ve never been, let this serve as fair warning. There is gunplay, and everyone there is fine with it. Art Williams of Felton, Del. galloped on horseback, executing balloon after balloon in a demonstration of horsemanship. He

Salisbury’s 3rd Friday goes to the, well, you know…

Gill Allen and Kathryn Saller White look on as Madelyn Benn  feeds Sandy during 3rd Friday’s ‘Dog Days of Summer.’  Photo by Tony Russo Each 3rd Friday seems to attract more people than the last. And although that can’t possibly be true there always are plenty of folks Downtown enjoying the event, participating in the event and people watching. This month, they also were dog watching.  The Dog Days of Summer theme brought out plenty

From Western Sussex to Eastern Asia

Rick Dickerson poses in front of his Route 13 farm stand.  Dickerson recently returned from an economic development  mission to China and Vietnam to build business for the American  Soybean Market. He was selected from hundreds of applicants  to take the trip. Photo by Tony Russo “The first thing they tried to feed me was jellyfish.”  Rick Dickerson is a Laurel farmer and doesn’t eat much jellyfish when he’s not in China. But he’s a good guest and

Delmar may begin to make downtown revival inroads

Sandy Rose,  Patsy Bridge, Misty Fields and Cindy Dayton want  to help transform the Delmar downtown into a viable, occasional,  destination for local and regional artisans to show off their talents  and bring Delmar a little more recognition in the region. Downtowns all over the Eastern Shore are having revivals, capitalizing on a combination of the buy local movement and depressed rents for underpopulated city centers. A decade ago, Berlin, Md. began holding a monthly “Second Friday”

Three good signs of an amusing week

I love knowing that this used to just say: “Free Samples Try Me!” At the end of a long week, it always is nice to spend a Saturday morning running what might be called pleasant errands. We do this occasionally in the Russo household, but not nearly as often as we ought. The way it works is that we have a short list of things that we’d like to pick up and all morning to

Learning to appreciate the natural wonders of Trap Pond

Fritz and Elsbeth Whal look on as naturalist Diane Twining  shows them the field guide she prefers to use when identifying species of birdat Trap Pond State Park. Photo by Tony Russo Diane Twining stood under the portico at the entrance to the Baldcypress Nature Center talking to the few people who had assembled there. There were two couples, the Mehalyaks (John and Pat) and the Whals (Fritz and Elsbeth) each there for the Saturday Morning Bird

Local barbecue phenom goes regional

Dillon Booth ran the table at the inaugural Boss Ross Smokeout in Seaford, Del. this weekend, picking up top honors in the overall competition as well as taking first place in the chicken competition and third in ribs. In his short career, the 17-year old, has racked up a couple of grand championships on the minor circuit and may have to begin competing at the pro level, something that no one thought likely or possible

‘Torches’ could be a boost for culture

 On the face of it, the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce’s replacement for the Salisbury Festival seems to be, well, not. In its heyday, the festival was a massive draw to the riverwalk park. It drew from Ocean City’s Springfest as well as from the Salisbury University student population. It was a reason for locals and visitors alike to go to Salisbury. But then it wasn’t. In recent years, for a host of reasons the Salisbury