Thursday, May 22, 2014

June Events in Talbot County

Two perennial favorite Talbot County events are taking place in June. Plan to come for one or both and then stay overnight with us. During the weekend of June 13-15, the 27th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival comes to St. Michaels. More than 100 antique boats and vintage race craft are docked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s campus. This year, the festival will feature Chesapeake Bay-built workboats. The CBMM will be offering boat rides through the festival. There will also be boatbuilding demonstrations and workshops and a maritime-themed market. There’s also a juried art show, and, of course, plenty of food and drink. There’s even a rum bar. But don’t let that last tidbit worry you. This event is completely kid friendly.There is an admission fee, which includes entrance to the fabulous CBMM. Right now, you can take in a timely exhibit about the War of 1812 (the British attacked these parts in 1814).

On June 21st, newer, less-durable watercraft are the stars of the show at the 26th Annual Oxford Cardboard Boat Races. The event is held along the shores of the Tred Avon River so that contestants can navigate their creations in shallow water (as they are likely to sink at some point). Featured races include the Fast Race; the Battle of the Brave (the longest race); and the Funny Race, where oddly-shaped craft compete for a coveted trophy. There's also a children's race, where kids compete on a shortened course.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Calling All Francophiles

The wine dinner menu is ready! Come to our special event on May 30 and enjoy all of the food and wine listed below for a mere $100. Special guests will be on hand to help you experience Burgundy wines in a completely new way.


Hors d'oeuvres 
Whipped Goat Cheese Canapé with Orange
Foie Gras with Honeydew
Gougères – French Cheese Puffs
Le Grand Courtâge

First Course 
Trout Paupiette

Second Course 
Salad of Poached Pear
Goat Cheese Custard and Brioche Croutons 
 Meursault Domaine du Pavillion

Third Course 
Sautéed Herb Gnocchi with Chanterelle Mushrooms
 Beaune Clos de L’Ermitage

Fourth Course 
Painted Farms Fillet á la Bourguignon 
Pommard Clos des Ursulines

Fifth Course 
Cherry Sauce and Dark Chocolate Glacé

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Taste of France in Easton

Our Peacock Restaurant and Lounge will be hosting its next wine dinner on May 30. The wines of Burgundy are being featured and we are inviting a very special guest to complement the fine food and wine.

In his career as a diplomat, William Shepard served as Consul General to Bordeaux, France from 1983 through 1985. During that time, he visited numerous wine chateaux throughout the region (lucky guy). Due to his wine expertise, he was made a member of the Ordre des Chevaliers Bretvins. While stationed in Bordeaux, Shepard lectured at the Universities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Poitiers and Limoges.Shepard is a member of several Bordeaux wine societies, including the Commanderie de Bordeaux. His e-book, Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines, has been a best-seller in the USA and the UK. Shepard regularly presents French wine tasting seminars and is the wine editor for French Wine Explorers.  

Chef Doug Potts is working on a menu right now that is inspired by the flavors of the region. We expect a sell-out, so reserve soon to guarantee your spot.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Art in Easton

Here in Easton, we are very proud of our Academy Art Museum. It may be small, but its collection is high quality. Plus, the downtown gallery often hosts one-of-a-kind exhibits, like those happening now. 

“From Bierstadt to Wyeth: American Landscapes from a Private Collection” is on display through July 13. The exhibition showcases the development of American landscape painting from the 19th to the 20th century. Many of these works have never been seen by the public, since they come from private hands. Among the well-known artists represented-- Albert Bierstadt, George Inness, Leon Kroll,, Childe Hassam, Eastman Johnson and N.C. Wyeth.
For art aficionados, there will be curator-led tours on May 28 and June 20.

Since the museum is small, there likely will be time to take in another exhibit. Check out “Wood Transformed: The Art of Vicco von Voss”. It's also on display through July 13 Von Voss was born in Germany. His art is informed by his grandfathers, one of whom was a forester and woodcarver, and the other an architect. The exhibition contains 20 new wood sculptures created in a free-form style. The use of innovative materials like bendable wood has allowed the artist to create shapes outside of the normal realm of woodworking.