Dorchester residents inducted into Waterfowl Hall of Fame

Dorchester Banner/Gloria Rojas C.A. Porter and Patricia Hopkins, a Cambridge couple, have recently donated their extensive collection of rare and beautiful decoys to the Ward Museum, and were honored at the Waterfowl Festival.

Dorchester Banner/Gloria Rojas
C.A. Porter and Patricia Hopkins, a Cambridge couple, have recently donated their extensive collection of rare and beautiful decoys to the Ward Museum, and were honored at the Waterfowl Festival.

EASTON — Cool, sunny weather was perfect for 46th Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton. Among the thousands spread out at the many festival sites were gifted exhibitors, essential volunteers, and some visitors.

The guests came from near and far, and Dorchester County people were represented in every category. At the opening ceremony last Thursday, Kim and Ron Newcomb of Church Creek were inducted into the Waterfowl Festival Hall of Fame. The couple met at the event 30 years ago and since then, they have shown the outstanding commitment recognized in the award. The Newcombs also had a display of artifacts at the High School, which was the venue of the Ward Museum also.

A new donation to the Ward Museum took center stage at the High School. C.A. Porter and Patricia Hopkins, a Cambridge couple, have recently donated their extensive collection of rare and beautiful decoys. Porter Hopkins became a collector as a result of his heritage and lifetime interest in Chesapeake duck hunting.

The variety of carvings donated to the museum included a decoy made of cork to float in the sea, another decoy with a head that bobbed in greeting the flying ducks, and a rare, early one carved by an African American. The collection also includes a Canada Goose decoy with a speaker inside. (That speaks for itself.)

Madison resident Vicky Mullaney was also at the festival. She knows how to butcher a deer but this festival was about waterfowl, and at the family lodge in Madison, the Lodge at Black Pearl, she has cooked the goose and duck for many notable guests. That’s the same fare she prepares for her family and her book is subtitles “Raising and Feeding a Hunting Family.”

Other Cambridge artists, like Eddie Wozny, my favorite heron-carver, may have also been at the festival but we will have to meet those artists elsewhere … soon. They are right here in Dorchester County.

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