Supervisors Overrule PSA, Spend $10,000 for New Study

Cape Charles Wave

December 1, 2014

Northampton County Supervisors have approved spending up to $10,000 for a study on whether commercial sewage should be piped to the Cape Charles treatment plant or, instead, to a much closer, smaller facility owned by the county at Bayview. The action came November 24, less than a week after the county’s Public Service Authority had voted to go with the Cape Charles treatment plant. Only Supervisor Granville Hogg voted against spending the money.

The new engineering study would be performed by the firm of Hurt and Proffitt, already the beneficiary of a $70,000 contract to study constructing a pipeline from Route 13 to the Cape Charles wastewater plant. That contract was executed by the PSA in 2013 with county tax money (although then-Board of Supervisors chairman Willie Randall said he thought they were spending grant money).

At last Monday’s meeting, Supervisor Granville Hogg raised concerns that Hurt and Proffitt might have a conflict of interest. He noted that the PSA had just authorized execution of a contract with Hurt and Proffitt for a wastewater collection and conveyance system from the Route 13 commercial properties to the Cape Charles wastewater plant, pending approval and funding by the Board of Supervisors. [Read more…]


Museum Oyster Roast Sells Out on a Perfect Night

Oysters, clam chowder, fried chicken, potato salad, 3-bean salad, rolls, and yes all kinds of dessert too at (Photo: Marion Naar)

Oysters, clam chowder, fried chicken, potato salad, 3-bean salad, rolls, and all kinds of dessert too.  (Photo: Nancy Dalinsky)

Cape Charles Historical Society

December 1, 2014

Over 200 people attended last Saturday’s 17th Annual Oyster Roast at the Cape Charles Museum — a sellout. After a rough week of weather, the evening was perfect (and so were the Plantation Creek oysters — roasted or raw, your choice).

With years of experience, the volunteer cooks know how to roast oysters right — position the rack just the right height over the smoky fire, and keep the burlap wet but not soggy. After about 10 minutes, samples are taken to check if the oysters are ready (a tough job, but there’s no shortage of volunteers).

Bill and Jan Neville prepared two kinds of clam chowder this year — the traditional Eastern Shore variety, and a thicker version with lots more vegetables, which won praise. [Read more…]


Anti-Western, Texas Plays Kick Off Theater Season

Christy Iverson, Mellisa Stein and Sherri DeMarino on a hot Texas porch in "Laundry & Bourbon." (Photo: Chris Roll)

Christy Iverson, Mellisa Stein and Sherri DeMarino on a hot Texas porch in “Laundry & Bourbon.”
(Photo: Chris Roll)


December 1, 2014

In the early 1960s, novelist Larry McMurtry studied writing as a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. In that same class was Ken Kesey, Peter S. Beagle, Robert Stone, and Gordon Lish. While Kesey was taking his trip across America (with his band of Merry Pranksters) in a day-glo-painted school bus, McMurtry returned to Texas to begin creating the desolate, anti-western motif found in his novels. The adaptation of his novel Horseman, Pass By into the film Hud, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Patricia Neal, Paul Newman, and Melvyn Douglas, sealed his reputation. McMurtry’s anti-western motif reached its apex with Peter Bogdonovich’s adaptation of his novel The Last Picture Show, starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, and the debut of Cybil Shepherd (whom McMurtry described as a beautiful scoop of vanilla ice cream).

Last week, the Palace Theatre brought to the stage a giant swig of that same anti-western, north-Texas motif with the production of James McClure’s set of one act plays Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon (together, also known as 1959 Pink Thunderbird). Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star are set in the small, rural town of Maynard, Texas. Mclure’s scripts for both shows cling to McMurtry’s recurring themes of discontent, distorted memory, and the ultimate acceptance of your life, one way or another.

Laundry and Bourbon, deftly directed by Clelia Sheppard, takes place in the back yard of Elizabeth (played by Christy Iverson). Her AC is broken, and as it’s way too hot on her front porch, she retreats to the back where she does her very best to avoid a basketful of laundry that is ready for folding. She has a lot on her mind since her husband Roy, a restless Vietnam veteran, has been missing for two days, out somewhere in his beloved 1959 pink Thunderbird. Soon enough her closest friend Hattie (Mellisa Stein) arrives to shoot the breeze, as well as some bourbon, a refuge and respite from her three challenging children. [Read more…]

Out-of-Towners Win Both Prizes in ESSO Golf Cart Raffle

MAYER & MAYOR: Hank Mayer assists Mayer Proto in Thanksgiving Day golf cart raffle drawing.

MAYER & MAYOR: Hank Mayer assists Mayor Proto in Thanksgiving Day golf cart raffle drawing.

Eastern Shore Spay Organization

December 1, 2014

The winner of the Eastern Shore Spay Organization golf cart raffle is Steve McCready of Willis Wharf.  The 2nd place prize of a night at a participating Cape Charles B&B and a $50 gift certificate at Aqua Restaurant is Des Moore of George.  The drawing was held on the steps of the Cape Charles Civic Center on Thanksgiving morning, with Cape Charles Mayor George Proto drawing the winning tickets. Mayor Proto explained to those present at the drawing how ESSO provides funds and subsidies to pet owners for spay and neuter services for cats and dogs on the Eastern Shore to prevent over-population.

ESSO is a non-profit organization incorporated one year ago in November by four local residents, and is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. ESSO also provides: trap, neuter, release service for feral/community cats; safe, healthy maintenance of small adult feral colonies that have been left behind by others, and trapping of abandoned kittens and puppies. ESSO provides medical check-ups and transportation to the SPCA in Virginia Beach or Norfolk to be placed in permanent homes. [Read more…]

Mary Miller, David Handschur Closing Eastville Gallery

Mary Miller and David Handschur in their Eastville gallery. (Photo: Artisan Guild)

Mary Miller and David Handschur in their Eastville gallery. (Photo: Artisan Guild)


December 1, 2014 

After decades as nationally known designers, Mary Miller and David Handschur, artisans and owners of the Gallery At Eastville, are retiring. “It’s been wonderful running a business, and working as artists on the Shore,” said David. The pair are founding members of the Artisans Guild of the Eastern Shore, and frequent exhibitors at national venues like the Smithsonian. With their experience, they have been happy to mentor new Guild artisans. “We’ve helped with setting up businesses, finding reliable suppliers and markets, even showed how to photograph art work,” said Mary.

Renowned Shore Folk Artist MAMA Girl is one of their favorite stories. After buying one of Mary Onley’s first works at a street fair in Cape Charles, they helped her believe she had a bright future as a folk artist. “We just put a little wind in her sails, the rest is her story,” Mary says. [Read more…]

SATURDAY 12/6: Santa Train, Lighted Boats & Golf Carts, and Grand Illumination in Central Park

Celebrate the holidays with these festive events Saturday, December 6:

Santa Train — Santa Claus Comes to Town by Train! Departs 9 a.m. from Railway Stop on Mason Avenue. Tickets required.

Lighted Boat Parade –- The Cape Charles Yacht Club will again host a lighted boat parade, and will serve refreshments at the Bath House beginning 4:30 p.m. At around 5:15 p.m. boats will leave their slips and will make a few laps around the outer harbor in front of The Shanty. Cape Charles Town Harbor will then be illuminated and the golf cart parade will begin to leave the harbor and go to Central Park for the Grand Illumination. [Read more…]

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SATURDAY 12/6: Surplus Furniture, Vehicles, Equipment at Town Auction

The Town of Cape Charles will hold a Silent Auction 12-12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6, at the Public Works Maintenance Building located at 716C Randolph Avenue (behind Rayfield’s Pharmacy) to sell surplus furniture, vehicles, and equipment. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Items for sale include: [Read more…]

NOV 28/29: Eastern Shore Artisans Guild Holiday Tour Stretches from Cape Charles to Onancock

The Eastern Shore Artisans Guild Holiday Tour will be held Friday/Saturday (November 28-29) from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. There are 10 stops in Accomack and Northampton counties for this self-drive tour, stretching from Cape Charles to Onancock, hosting 21 juried guild members who will exhibit their work. Stops include artisan studios, historic buildings, an alpaca farm, and one vineyard/winery, and offer a wide variety of high-quality handmade items, most of which are one-of-a-kind pieces. Jewelry, decoys, and wildlife carvings, ceramics, art quilts, pottery, metal sculptures, wearable fiber, Windsor chairs, are available. The tour is free, self-directed, and self-driven tour. Light refreshments will be available at most stops.

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