Not necessarily in that order.
For lunch we wanted to buy something from the St. Mary’s area, and so Em and I had delicious Stuffed Ham sandwiches. I am not positive as to how authentic they were, which is to say, I’m not positive the ham was corned as it is apparently supposed to be, according to some websites I looked up to understand more about this traditional recipe. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/429966/southern-maryland-stuffed-ham.
But whatever ham it was, it certainly was delicious and reminded me of wonderful ham from my childhood. But my stuffed ham sandwich also had kale and onions mixed in with a lovely subtle sauce. I’ll certainly try this sometime! Kale is one of my favorite vegetables.
The music! I sat down for a while to listen to the group which was singing wonderful songs with ecological lyrics. They were nearly my age, but so good! (Hmmmm. Wonder what point I’m trying to make with that last sentence.)
Folk music is one of my favorite styles and these two people were as good as it gets. I thought they were a remarkably excellent local group, but when I was back in Ohio I discovered they are a group called Magpie which began in 1973 in Kent, Ohio, about a half hour from my home, though in 1973 and ’74 Paul and I were living near Stuttgart in what was then West Germany. The two artists who began this group (and who performed at River Fest) are Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. I know I heard something about them in the last few months and feel a little crazy that I cannot recall what, when, where, with whom! It will probably pop into my mind in a few days, but I can’t wait that long.
I’ve ordered one of their CDs and you can listen to them on youtube or visit their website at
http://www.magpiemusic.com/. They’re really excellent.
Friday update – I now realize that I hear their music often when I listen to folk music on WKSU in Kent on the weekends……….But I never put it together with the name of the band…….I don’t listen to this station as often as I ought to, or pay enough attention when I do….
After listening to them for a time, I wandered over to the renovated Old State House – we were on the grounds of part of St. Mary’s City, an historical site.
And then I was drawn toward “the million dollar view” where I sat down for perhaps 15 minutes and was filled with the beauty of the site, and the peace. There were occasional people wandering by, but not that many. It was much much more beautiful than my pictures can show you, but I’ll offer them anyway.
I wish I could have let you experience the joy of simply sitting there on the grass, watching the little boats sail about. Down below -where I didn’t go but could see through the trees – is a replica of The Dove. one of the two ships from England which landed here in 1634 with settlers for the new colony of Maryland.
And the last thing I want to mention in this post is an encounter with a poet and children’s book author who was one of the few vendors at River Fest. His name is Mick Blackistone and I bought two books from him, one for Sofia and Clara – The Day They Left the Bay – and one for Em – Just Passing Through – a beautiful book of photographs from the area and poetry for each picture.
His website is http://www.mickblackistone.com/
Parents are often looking for books for children that have an ecological slant, and I can recommend these, even if you don’t live in Maryland.
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