Woman’s Club plans Holiday House Tour

Submitted to Dorchester Banner
Trinity Church will be on this year’s Holiday House Tour.

CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge Woman’s Club cordially invites you to enjoy our Holiday House Tour, Dec. 8, 1:30-4:30. Six homes have been prepared to welcome Holiday visitors. Members of The Woman’s Club have been busy baking their delicious holiday cookies for your enjoyment, and two excellent musicians will be performing for your enjoyment.

Bob Merkley is an excellent violinist and will perform Christmas melodies to enhance your holiday season. Paul Lewis is also scheduled to play a variety of instruments, from piano to harmonica, to further celebrate Christmas.

Tickets for this event are available from any Club member or from the Dorchester Center for the Arts for a donation of $20.

Visit historic Sycamore Cottage at 417 High St., directly opposite The Robin Hood Shop anytime between 1:30 and 4:30 to savor these renowned delicacies and relax to traditional tunes. Be sure to explore the parlor of Sycamore, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The cottage is decorated with furniture used during the period of the original home.

If you have not purchased a ticket for our Holiday Tour, tickets are also available the day of the tour, beginning 1:30 p.m. at Sycamore Cottage for a donation of $20.

The Cambridge Woman’s Club at its beginning is responsible for the establishment of Dorchester Public Library. To honor this accomplishment, the Woman’s Club seeks to donate $1,000 of the funds received from this event to the library.

Trinity Church
The Town of East New Market is awarded the honor of a National Historic Landmark. Trinity UM Church is the oldest Methodist group in Maryland still meeting outside of Baltimore. The pastor of Trinity is David Rice.

Trinity was initially built in 1848. Beautiful colored glass lancet windows tint the sunlight shining throughout the sanctuary. The bell tower appears to have been a later addition. The interior is largely reflective of a major 1904 remodeling.

Pressed metal sheeting was added to the walls and ceiling above decorative wainscoting. The Gothic Revival pews, located to each side of the center aisle, are slightly curved.

The Trinity Church is important to the Town of East New Market because of its prominent location at the south end of town within the fork of the roads, serving as an important visual anchor. The spire is also the tallest structure in East New Market; making it an important architectural landmark for several miles. The various features of the church offer an interesting blend of Greek Revival and Gothic Revival design.

Appreciate this historical structure both for its history and for its influence in the Dorchester County area. Most importantly, remember the true meaning of Christmas in this lovely, historic place of worship.

Home of Linda Chandlee
In 2016, when Linda retired, she purchased this home in Longboat Estates in Cambridge, which features beautiful, large open lawns and spacious homes. The home features a foyer within an atrium with a beautiful stairway access to the second floor. Many precious collections from Linda’s travels accent the décor, and are artfully displayed throughout her home.

Linda’s five bedroom, four and a half bath home sits on a substantial property where the landscape is bordered by a wooded area which can never be developed. This provides an endless parade of turkeys, deer, birds, and undisturbed nature.

Linda enjoys her view and sounds of nature, particularly the humming birds, from the sunroom, deck and large rear window. Cloe and Luna, 2 black standard poodles romp freely about this back enclosed playground, especially maintained for their enjoyment.

Being a volunteer for the Backwater Reserve is a love that allows Linda to readily access suggestions for a healthy environment. A backyard rain garden was installed last year by The Chesapeake Foundation.

The rain garden provides proper drainage for the area and includes natural plantings, rocks, and a shallow dry well for that purpose. Also, note the Bee Box established to encourage preservation of bees for pollination.

Christmas gives Linda the opportunity to welcome visitors with festive greetings and to extend her best wishes for a bountiful new year.