7:00 to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Won't you please tell our troops we are thinking of them this season? They will appreciate it.
Thanks from Salisbury Soapbox, the USO, and all the folks in uniform protecting our freedoms.
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Operation USO Care Package enables the public to express their support of our men and women in uniform. Sponsoring a care package and including a personal message provides individuals with a way to touch the lives of our deployed troops around the world. For every $25 donation you make, the USO will send a care package with both needed and requested items valued at approximately $75 to a deployed service member.
Please note: Each USO Care Package is $25. Please enter your donation amount in $25 increments.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2009
7:00 A.M. UNTIL 1:00 P.M.
SALISBURY MARYLAND KENNEL CLUB
31663 WINTERPLACE PARKWAY AT NEW TRAINING CENTER
Setup will be allowed Friday night between 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.
$15.00 FOR 6’ X 12’ SPACE
$25.00 FOR 12’ X 12’ SPACE
BRING YOUR OWN TABLE
*** RESERVE NOW***
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 410-430-6113
Or Mail your check to:
SMKC - P.O. BOX 1881 - SALISBURY, MD 21802
Thursday, November 12, 2009
From the bottom of my heart and theirs----THANK YOU!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The number of engines in this building is staggering and the beautiful restoration wok is really breathtaking. If you have ever appreciated the time and effort of restoring an old automobile you can only imagine the amount of work that had to go into one of these works of art. Everything from steam driven locomotive to diesel-electrics has been returned to the shining glory of their age. Easily, the work performed here is a passion for those involved. There is also an out side display area where many locomotives and cars sit on track waiting for restoration work to begin and also on display are more restored cars for you to see.
There is so much more to the museum as well. There are all kinds of programs and special events held there and all this information can be found by visiting the museum website which you do by Clicking on the title of this post. To see some other example of their fine work, visit the site and click on the “Rail Road Equipment” button and then the “Restoration Achievements” button for a brief slide show of some of the restored cars and engines at the museum. Admission to the museum is $10.00 per person, $9.00 for seniors, ages 3-11 is $8.00, and under 2 is free. Group rates are available on request. The Pennsylvania Rail Road Museum offers a whole lot of history and some great Americana artifacts for your enjoyment. Inexpensive and well worth the trip!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
CHOCOLATE! Certainly got my attention! Across the street is a parking lot that is shared by several small businesses but there is usually a space or two to be found. The gift shop/museum is open to the public and I believe the opening time is 10:00 am. There is no factory tour per say but the gift shop and museum offers many displays on the history of chocolate and the Wilber Chocolate Co. Antique candy molds are everywhere and there is a huge display of oriental porcelain chocolate jars. Behind a glass partition you can watch chocolate artisans work their magic making confections for the gift shop and the special orders placed for birthday, anniversaries, graduations and other special events.
Of course the gift shop is abundant with Wilber products including cocoa, candy bars, and my favorite— dark chocolate “Wilber Buds”, tasty little morsels without the foil wrapper to contend with. Buds also come in milk chocolate but I prefer the dark.
Monday, September 21, 2009
When we purchased our tickets we chose the open air car and the ticket agent directed us to the first or second car in the station. When we got the second car the staff was assisting a wheelchair patron board the train car with a lift designed for that purpose. (they are very accommodating here) so we went to the first car. I thought this might be a good idea because I would be able to see inside the locomotive cab and watch the working of the engine has it happened. Bear in mind when we boarded the train the locomotive was well behind us on the switch track. When the locomotive came along beside the train to switch over to our track I noticed it was facing the cars instead of away from them. So much for watching the engineer and fireman do their work! Instead we had the pleasure of all the clanking, and banging, and chugging of the engine, not to mention the fact we were very close to the steam whistle and all the smells of smoke and burning wood. It was really wonderful!
Once we arrived in Paradise the locomotive disconnected from the train and used another switch to get on a parallel track. Then he moved to the opposite end of the train and re-coupled for the return trip. This put us on the last car and the ride was much quieter but now I was 7 cars away from the engineer and still did'nt get to watch the operation in the cab of the locomotive. It's a beautiful ride through the Lancaster countryside where the old meets the new. You pass real Amish farms and modern housing. Cornfields and tobacco fields and barns, horse drawn farm apparatus and tractors, and if your lucky, while you are waiting for the antique locomotive do it's switch in Paradise a modern Amtrack will come roaring by with the engineers of each train saluting one another with whistle blasts. We missed the Amtrack on this trip but we did get to see one on a previous ride.
There are shops and a small cafe at the station back in Strasburg and barely 1 1/2 miles away is historic Strasburg with Lancaster just a few mile more. Directly across the street from the Strasburg Railroad in the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. It is a huge building and it's easy to spend hours there if you wish. The museum is always a work in progress so there is always something new to see. Well worth trip anytime. I have also ridden the Strasburg Railroad in the winter when snow was on the ground and that gives all the sights an entirely different perspective. Going to Lancaster to shop the outlets? Figure in an extra day or even half a day for the railroad. You won't be sorry.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
First a little background on the real Zouaves. The original Zouaves were from the North African natives of the Zouaoua Tribe mixed with French settlers and served with the French army in the 1830’s. Their native dress of baggy trousers, short, tight jackets, and fez became the benchmark of the Zouave uniform and changed little over the years even up to the first world war when the conspicuous uniforms attracted more than their share of enemy ordinance. The bravery and courage of the Zouaves was legendary and they were the subject of many paintings and illustrations of the era.
At the onset of the Civil War Ellsworth headed to his home State of New York with the idea of raising the first Zouave unit to serve the United States in the war. He felt that the bravest of the brave should compose this unit and he promptly began a recruitment of the fireman in New York City. The response was overwhelming and in 48 hours the rolls for the 11th N.Y. were full. In May of 1861 the Fire Zouaves were in Washington and ready for action which occurred on the night of May 23. The 11th entered Alexandria VA. in order to seize the town. Seeing a Confederate flag flying from a local tavern, Ellsworth entered the establishment to remove the banner from its place of prominence and as he descended the stairs he was shot dead by the tavern owner who in turn was dispatched by a Zouave corporal that had also entered the building with Ellsworth.
It seems that many Zouave units were formed around a common denominator. There were a number of units consisting mostly of fireman as well as units being formed around Irish, German, or English ethnicity. The 10th N.Y. National Zouaves boasted mostly members of the Masonic Fraternity and were nicknamed “Machesney’s Zouaves” after their drillmaster.
No less than three Zouave units fought at the battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. The 44th New York Infantry, whose Gettysburg monument is shown at the right, helped defend Little Round Top on the second day of the battle while the 73rd N.Y., also known as the second fire Zouaves fought in the Peach Orchard.
A noted Southern Zouave unit was “Wheat’s Tigers” officially know as the 1st Special Battalion Louisiana Infantry. This may well be the subject of a future post as General Roberdeau Wheat has a unique history all his own.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
On Wednesday Sept. 2, 2009, Patrolman Chad Spicer of the Georgetown Police Dept., Georgetown DE. was violently gunned down while on patrol and in the performance of his duties. Patrolman Spicer is the first officer in the history of the dept to be killed in the line of duty.
Two of the suspects in the shooting were apprehended immediately while the third suspect escaped until Friday Sept. 4th when he turned himself in.
Patrolman Spicer was 29 years and old leaves a daughter aged 3. Services for Patrolman Spicer will be held on Tuesday September 8th at Crossroads Community Church located at 20684 Forrest Road, Georgetown DE. beginning at 2 p.m. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Interment will be in Cokesbury Cemetery on Cokesbury Road and Seashore Highway.
A fund has been set up for Patrolman Spicers daughter. If anyone should wish to contribute you may do so by mailing you contribution to:
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Back on August 16th I put up a post about my good friend Jimmy Gladwell and his family being involved in a terrible accident while on their way to Gettysburg. Jim's wife is pregnant and of course a great deal of concern was for the baby. I am not sure if the current situation is a direct result of the accident but there has been some bad news concerning the pregnancy.
During some test it was determined that the unborn child is a son. These tests also reveled a life threatening situation which must be addressed soon. The procedure is dangerous and quite frankly for Jim and beautiful wife it is extremely frightening.
Jim and I have been friends for quite a while and he and I have have had many discussions about our supreme being. About that that let's just say Jim has some unanswered questions. None the less he has asked that my family, and many other friends say a prayer for his son, wife and himself. With that I extend to you my readers the same request. Jimmy has been a firefighter for a great many years and I have personally witnessed his courage and compassion for the citizens he serves. Now it is time for us to help him in the manner he asks. He asks for prayers.
I extend to you, my readers, a request to please remember Jim and his wife and son in all your prayers until this crisis is over. Please do this for me and my friend Jim and his family.
I will keep this post updated as information becomes available. Thank you in advance from myself and the Gladwell family.
On Wend. Sept 2 Jim and his family will travel to University Hospital for testing and possibly a procedure to ease the situation. The test results will determine the next steps to be taken. Jim has now assured me this is not a result of the terrible accident they were in a couple of weeks ago. However because of the accident this problem was discovered sooner than it may have been otherwise. Kindly continue your prayers and thoughts for the Gladwells through this difficult time.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tickets are $60.00 in advance and are not available at the door. They include the dinner and a Horizon of Hope Basket. For more information contact Joyce Hickman at 410- 749-2147, or http://firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at Women Supporting Women, 106 West Circle Ave., Salisbury, MD 410-548-7880.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
My good friend, Assistant Chief Jim Gladwell, and his beautiful wife were on their way to Gettysburg this past week when they were involved in a horrific accident in Cambridge MD. The story is they were stopped at a red light when a vehicle struck them from behind causing them to hit the vehicle in front of them. The impact than shoved them through the intersection and beyond. It was said the driver causing the accident never touched his brakes and that he struck Jimmy at hi-way speed.
Mrs. Gladwell is currently hospitalized and is about 12 weeks pregnant with their first child. Jim suffered a back injury but I am told he was treated and released.
I ask for you prayers for Jimmy and his family. They are wonderful folks and great friends.
I will update this post as I get more info. Thank You! for your thoughts and prayers.
(Thank you Wayne Barrall for the photo)
UPDATE 1:oo pm 8/16
We just left PRMC visiting w/ Jim and his bride. She is doing better but will remain at the hospital for a few more days. The baby is O.K. Jim looks quite tired and is some discomfort w/ his back but seems to be doing well.
UPDATE 9:00 am 8/18
Mrs. Glawell has returned home. Plese check the comment section of this post for an update from Jim. His words are better than mine. Thank all of you for prayers and thoughts.
Friday, August 14, 2009
We arrived early and visited the gift shop and generally just did a “people watch”. There is a discount for showing up in costume so there were many, many people dressed for the occasion. One family, pictured here, stood out among all others. They had beautiful costumes and I believe they were homemade. If I remember correctly the family name was “Rholer”, but since I forgot my notebook I just wrote the name on a scrap of paper that was in my wallet and naturally I can't find it now. Perhaps if they read this one of them would kindly let us know for sure and tell us a little about themselves and their costumes.
There was also a gentleman in costume who proclaimed himself a “Bubble Wright”. He had a marvelous homemade bubble machine that produces a myriad of bubbles with little effort. Now this may seem a little strange for a Renaissance Faire but he assured us that bubbles did indeed have a place in the period portrayed by the faire and he was one of few true bubble wrights to be found. He also proudly proclaims that being a bubble wright is not a job but a lifestyle.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The wife and I returned to Gettysburg this year for our vacation. Not so much to see the battlefield again this time but to see the new Visitors Center and to view the Cyclorama since it has been restored. While in the motel lobby we looked at the rack containing all the brochures of the attractions around the town with restaurants and museums first on the list and we had some favorites to revisit as well. Almost immediately one little brochure for a battlefield tour caught our eye. Tour the battlefield on a Segway! This was new since the last time we visited and we thought we would give it a try.
I was a little apprehensive at first because I had never ridden one of these contraptions and I was pretty sure that before it was all over a hospital stay was in the works. We called the number, made a reservation and soon enough all my worries were put to rest. Let me assure you, Mr Bob Velke and his staff the absolute greatest! They asked that we arrive a little early so that we could practice on the machines and learn all about riding a Segway. They were extremely patient with everyone and made absolutely sure we were ready for the streets before starting the tour. The learning process takes about 15 to 20 minutes and even though you may not be an "expert" in that time you can be proficient enough to take the tour and totally enjoy yourself.
Safety is a key issue with the these folks and I promise you will reminded the entire tour of the safety practices. I was very impressed with the way they kept a sharp eye out for hazards and traffic and their diligence in making the tour safe and enjoyable. Two tours are available and we took the longer of the two, the western tour. Each rider is given a radio receiver and during the tour we listened to a recording by a licensed battlefield guide of the highlights of the battle for the areas we were covering. The recording doesn't run constantly and information is intermixed with your live guide riding with you. Live guides ride in the front, middle and rear of the tour in order to watch all the riders carefully and to assist with traffic. On the western tour four rest stops are factored in and the tour guides carry snacks and water for the riders.
Now there is a down side to this tour but it is a slight one and really is no different than any other guided tour. That being the tour is done with a bit of a time constraint which means that a lot of monuments are passed by and you just get a fleeting glance of them. On the other hand, this tour does tend to point out most of the highlights of the battlefield and many of the monuments that mark the major events of the battle. It is not possible to see the battlefield in one day anyhow so if you have but a few hours hours to spend then the Segway tour is the a great way to go. Even if you have been before, this tour gives new flavor to the battlefield and a great new perspective of the events there in July of 1863.
You can get more information on the Segway Tour of Gettysburg by clicking on the tile of this post. Doing so will take you to their site for a brief explanation of the tours and a short film on the ride. Trust me! We had a blast riding the tour and would do so again in a heartbeat.
A real tip of the hat to Mr. Velke and his staff! Thanks for a great tour!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Dukes and Duchesses
Lords and Ladies
Peasants and Common Folk !
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
THE FAIRE APPROACHES!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
America's Civil War, The War Between the States, The War between the North & South, The War of Northern Aggression, The War of Secession and other titles are all names associated with the conflict fought on American soil between 1861 and 1865. Another reference to this war is the War of the Blue & the Gray. This of course in a reference to the color of the uniforms worn by the two factions with the Blue being the Northern Federal Armies, and the Gray being the Southern Confederate Forces. Often overlooked and often unknown are some of the other color of uniforms seen on the battlefields. The differing colors held great significance to the units they were associated with and held much meaning if nothing more than distinguishing a certain expertise. Such is the case with the Berdan Sharpshooters.
Hiram Berdan, pictured at right, was known as the county's best marksman for at least 15 years before the war. He invented a musket ball and a repeating rifle. He apparently was a well educated man and was of some financial stature within the community. Mr Berdan has a long and colorful history all his own but what is of importance here is his service to the Union during the war. In the summer and fall of 1861 Hiram Berdan, with the blessings of General Winfield Scott and President Lincoln, form two sharpshooting regiments and he himself was named Colonel of the units. In order to gain admission to the sharpshooter corps Colonel Berdan had stringent requirements that must be met. One such requirement was that the shooter must place 10 consecutive shots in a 10 inch bulls eye at 200 yards. Not impossible but not an easy feat for the rifles of the day. When enough recruits were available the 1st USSS (United States Sharpshooters) were mustered into service with companies from New York, Michigan, New Hampshire and Vermont. Enough recruits to the corps soon followed to make the 2nd USSS a short time later. The uniforms for USSS regiments were of similar tailoring to the regular army but the frock coats, trousers, and forage caps were a distinctive green instead of the traditional union blue. These men were promised a bounty payment for supplying their own gun of sufficient quality to snipe with. The bounty was never paid. These men were promised additional pay for their expertise. This pay was never realized. The recruits were promised the new Sharps Breech Loading rifles. These rifles eventually were made available but only after the issued colt revolving rifles proved not to be as effective as promised. Still, the USSS regiment performed their duties with great precision and pride.
The 2nd USSS was sent to the Fredericksburg area in 1862 while the 1st USSS was tested the same year at the beginning of General McClellans Peninsula Campaign. The sharpshooters were called upon to man picket lines and forward rifle pits with the purpose of "picking off" unfortunate confederates, especially officers, that dared to expose themselves to the eyes of the green clad snipers. As the Union Army moved up the peninsula the sharpshooters proved their worth over and over again. Often their mission was suppress artillery fire from the confederates by "dissuading" the artillerymen from exposing themselves to load their cannon. At Yorktown a siege operation was used to take the city. The sharpshooters were called upon to protect the troops creating trenches and earthworks around the town while at the same time keeping Confederate artillery quiet and to dispatch any opposing snipers. The siege continued for several weeks with the Union constantly inching forward as the southern troops withdrew largely in part to the effectiveness of the USSS. On the morning of May 4th, the confederate defenses, many less than 50 yards away were empty. Six USSS men occupied that abandoned defensive works and that effectively marked the conquest of Yorktown.
Berdan corps was also used at Chancellorsville, Seven Days Battle, Second Bull Run and Gettysburg to name a few and remained active through-out the war.
Colonel Berdan's service however is not without controversy. He was apparently a very egotistical person and his contemporaries often refereed to him as a liar and as a coward. The Colonel chose to lead from the rear and was rarely seen at the front. He resigned his commission in 1864 and died in 1893 while playing a game of chess in Washington D.C. Colonel Berdan is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
And so, should you see a print or colorized photo of a Union soldier wearing a green uniform, look close to see if he carries an colt revolving rifle or a Sharps Breech Loading rifle both of which are pictured below. If so you are probably looking at one of Colonel Berdans Sharpshooters. These were men of exemplary shooting skill.
Colt Revolving Rifle
Sharps Breech Loading Rifle
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Phat Boyz BBQ stayed busy after the ride was finished.
Bill Reddish of Delmarva Broadcasting was the guest auctioneer for the day.
Jennifer of Women Supporting Women assists Bill with items for sale.
Special thanks to all who contributed to the cause and made the event a success was displayed on the back of this years souvenir T-shirt.
All in all a little over $8800.00 was raised in this years event and once again, all money raised by Women Supporting Women stays in the local area and benefits local patients. All of the services provided by WSW is 100% free to those in need of their assistance. Click on the title of this post to be taken to the Women Supporting Website in order to learn more about their programs and to donate to this great grassroots organization.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
DONT FORGET THIS SATURDAY!!
Plan now to attend and ride in the 5th annual Poker Run Sponsored by Women Supporting Women. This year promises an 80 mile, 3 hour ride and the poker ante is just $20.00 and for an additional $10.00 a passenger can enter too. Prizes are listed on the poster to the right.
This years event is once again starting it's run at the Redmen's Tribe #149 on Clyde Ave. in Fruitland. Registration starts at 9:00 am and the last bike must be on the road by 11:00. There will entertainment, door prizes, a live auction, T-Shirts for sale and food and drink to enjoy all day. Kindly mark your calendars for this event and plan to attend.
Please remember, all the money raised in this event, and other Women Supporting Women events, stays in the local area to support local women who have or are suffering from this terrible disease.
Click on the title of this post to go the the Women Supporting Women Website for more information about this wonderful Ladies and their organization.
See Ya There!