Emily Wittstadt, Dorchester’s ‘Bear Lady’

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper Emily Wittstadt with her latest muskrat fur bear creation. It takes 14 muskrat pelts to make one bear, and they all have different personalities, according to Ms. Wittstadt.

Every year, the National Outdoor Show in Golden Hill has a live auction to help fund the event, and each year the signature item in the auction is a handmade muskrat fur teddy bear. If you’ve never been, it’s easy to make jokes about a muskrat fur plush toy, but when you get up close […]

LeCompte wins Miss Outdoors

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan From the left, 2018 Little Mr. Outdoors Mike Willey, 2018 Little Miss Outdoors Evelai Hurley, and 2018 Miss Outdoors Jordan LeCompte were presented to a full house at the beginning of Saturday’s evening show.

GOLDEN HILL – Facing stiff competition in a field of nine girls, 17 year-old Jordan LeCompte danced her way into the title of Miss Outdoors for 2018 on Friday night, in the opening pageant of this year’s National Outdoor Show. Jordan displayed style and beauty in the casual wear and evening gown competitions, as did […]

Van Hollen visits Hoopers Island Oyster Co.

Dorchester banner/Paul Clipper Senator Chris Van Hollen stands with Johnny Shockley of Hoopers Island Oyster Company, and Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley during a visit to the oyster company’s manufacturing facility in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE – U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen came to Cambridge on Feb. 16, to visit and take a tour of the Hoopers Island Oyster Company manufacturing plant on Chesapeake Drive. There to greet him were business partners Ricky Fitzhugh and Johnny Shockley, along with HIOC employees and county and city representatives. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and […]

‘High Tide in Dorchester’ debuts March 9

Dorchester Banner/Dave Harp Tom Horton, Sandy Cannon-Brown, and Dave Harp are set to release their latest film, High Tide in Dorchester, to debut locally at 447 Race on March 9.

The film team of Horton and Harp is well known in this county. It seems like every month, you can see their names on MPT, or Delmarva Outdoors, crediting them with production of a short film on some aspect of the Eastern Shore’s waterline. The team, writer Tom Horton and photographer Dave Harp, and filmmaker […]

Cannery Park construction begins

Dorchester banner/Paul Clipper From left, Margaret Norfleet-Neff of Cross Street Partners, County Council President Ricky Travers, Katie Parks-White of the ESLC, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, and Dennis Carmichael of design firm Parker Rodriguez gather for the kick-off of the design phase of the new Cannery Park in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE – Representatives from Eastern Shore Land Conservation and Cross Street Partners gathered on Jan. 23 to announce progress being made on the construction of Cannery Park, and to hold the first community charette to gather public input prior to creating a master plan for the park. The project so far includes redevelopment of the […]

First Womanless Pageant is a big hit

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper Buddy Foxwell tries to defend himself while the contestants take the stage at the first annual Miss Nature Girl pageant. Held as a fundraiser for the National Outdoor Show, the organizers plan on making the “womanless pageant” an annual event.

CAMBRIDGE – When Buddy Foxwell breaks down laughing, and says from the stage, “I don’t really think I can do this … ”, you know it’s going to be a crazy evening. The occasion was the first “Miss Nature Girl” pageant, put together by the National Outdoor Show Committee as a fundraiser for this year’s […]

Groove City Lady rings in the New Year

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper Downtown Cambridge saw a lively, if chilly, crowd on New Year’s Eve, as locals and visitors welcomed the arrival of 2018 with the city’s new tradition, a “boat drop," featuring the "Groove City Lady".

CAMBRIDGE — Hundreds of Cambridge residents shivered on Poplar Street just a few minutes before midnight on New Year;s Eve. They were there to celebrate this city’s second annual “boat drop” to ring in the new year. Groove City Lady is the name of a 4-foot replica of a traditional waterman’s deadrise workboat, a common […]

Comptroller Franchot visits Cambridge, urges local shopping

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper From the left, Calvin Travers, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Ricky Travers Jr., Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Ricky Travers Sr. met at Simmons Center Market during the comptroller’s visit to Cambridge. Mayor Jackson-Stanley is displaying a plaque in honor of the market’s recent induction into the Maryland Food Industry Hall of Fame.

CAMBRIDGE—Maryland state Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Cambridge on Friday, Dec. 15, promoting local shopping for the holidays. Mr. Franchot visited Simmons Center Market, the Hooper Island Oyster Company pop-up shop at their manufacturing facility on Chesapeake Drive, and RAR Brewing on Poplar Street. “Our local stores rely upon local business,” said Mr. Franchot. “The money […]

Linkwood-Salem VFC celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Major General Jim Adkins and Linkwood-Salem Fire Company President Tracy Whitby-Fairall hosted the celebration.

LINKWOOD – Linkwood-Salem Volunteer Fire Company celebrated its 60th anniversary this past Saturday, with an events hall packed with firefighters, emergency service personnel from throughout the county, and visiting dignitaries delivering congratulations. Major General James A. Adkins (retired) acted as emcee for the event. “Today provides a great opportunity to reflect back on those individuals […]

BBQ and Blues comes to Cambridge Sept. 16

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Main Street is busily planning a new event for the city, with a plan to drive away your blues by playing the blues! On Sept. 16, the Downtown Groove Fest will present a fully packed day of blues, funk and soul bands on multiple stages, a friendly BBQ competition, and a street […]