When Will It Happen?

By Susan Yaruta-Young Crossing The Bridge from Downeast Maine onto Deer Isle is more than traveling up, up, up, then down, down, down, 2,000 feet over the salty waves of Eggemoggin Reach. Many people claim it is a journey back in time into a world where the past lives beside the present, where winds through trees whisper the future. August 12, 1985, Max, age twelve, and Charles, age nine, are on a vacation to Little Deer Isle, a place they’ve never been before. On first entering their cabin they find a warm blueberry pie and a note: “Enjoy!” But when they turn this note over, they see a riddle: “It will happen at some time Be it when the sun is bright Or on a starry night.” “What does that mean?” asks Charles. Neither boy knows, but something will happen. Will it be while walking in blueberry fields at dawn? …

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New book shows how to live off the land and enjoy a healthy lifestyle

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Award-winning outdoor writer Bruce Ingram and his wife Elaine have authored a new book explaining how they have enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle for many years by hunting, fishing, raising heritage chickens, growing fruits and vegetables, and foraging in the forests around their Southwest Virginia home. The word “Locavore” combines the Latin roots for local and devour, referring to a lifestyle choice in which people obtain as much of their diet from local sources as possible. The Ingrams live on 38 acres near Troutville, in Botetourt County. They write wild game food columns jointly, and Bruce is the author of fishing and paddling guides to several major Virginia rivers, including the James, the New, the Potomac, and the Rappahannock and Shenandoah. In a series of 25 explanatory chapters, the Ingrams explain how to hunt, field-dress, and prepare wild game, ranging from deer to wild turkeys to squirrels and rabbits; …

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Chesapeake People

Chesapeake People looks into the lives of a variety of intriguing citizens who call the Eastern Shore home. Among them are scientists, watermen, an educator, a world class sailor and a minister. Their fascinating stories are not only entertaining but offer insight into a special lifestyle. Except for four years in the military, Don Parks has lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland his entire life. The son of a waterman, Parks began to seriously explore the Chesapeake Bay and its people following his retirement. The Chesapeake has always been one of his passions. Praise for Chesapeake People “From his literary kitchen Don Parks serves a savory oyster stew of memorable characters who enrich, and whose lives are enriched, by their comings and goings on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.”  —  Jack O’Brien. Retired editor of weeklies in Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. A former AP writer, …

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The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cookbook

In his ninth book, Whitey Schmidt – the man dubbed the Blue Crab Guru by Chesapeake Bay Magazine – delivers pleasure on the half shell. His unique take on popular Bay country oyster dishes like stew, oysters Rockefeller and fritters will electrify your palate and delight your guests. Join Whitey as he explores not only great recipes, but the vibrant ways of life surrounding the oyster in Chesapeake country. Through original photographs, vignettes and historic prints along with 210 mouth-watering recipes – Whitey weaves a wonderful tapestry of food, pop culture and history that will leave you hungry for more.






New River Guide

“Great news for river rats and nature lovers who want to deepen their knowledge of home waters. Bruce Ingram’s companionable river guides have been updated. Now in their third incarnation, the guides contain new, expanded information on float trips, fishing spots, angling techniques and lures, access points, portaging hints, and bird-watching tips. Best of all, readers reap the benefits of Ingram’s outdoor wisdom and advice.” — Virginia Wildlife * * * The New River is one of the most changeable and fickle rivers on the East Coast and also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. It attracts anglers, canoeists, kayakers, rafters, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who simply enjoy the great outdoors. Bruce Ingram’s New River Guide provides an indispensable overview of this untamed and scenic waterway as it winds through three states, including the bucolic South Fork in North Carolina, the ridges of Virginia, and the gorges of West …

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James River Guide

“Great news for river rats and nature lovers who want to deepen their knowledge of home waters. Bruce Ingram’s companionable river guides have been updated. Now in their third incarnation, the guides contain new, expanded information on float trips, fishing spots, angling techniques and lures, access points, portaging hints, and bird-watching tips. Best of all, readers reap the benefits of Ingram’s outdoor wisdom and advice.” — Virginia Wildlife * * * The James River is Virginia’s premier river for recreation – and Bruce Ingram’s James River Guide is the key to enjoying it, whether you are an angler, kayaker, rafter or bird watcher. 29 locator maps provide vital information on the river, all the way from its headwaters near Iron Gate to the dramatic fall line at Richmond. The longest river in the Old Dominion, the James offers the best smallmouth bass fishing in the state. Muskies and flathead catfish also abound, …

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Bruce Ingram

Bruce Ingram has spent a lifetime exploring the woods and waterways of his native Southwest Virginia. He is a devoted fisherman, birder, hunter, and paddler, sharing his love of the outdoors in five books and more than 2,000 magazine articles. A high school English teacher by day, Ingram lives with his wife Elaine in Troutville, Virginia. They have two children and two grandchildren. The Outdoor Writers Association of America has honored Bruce six times for writing excellence. Follow Bruce’s blog and keep up with his writing and speaking engagements at https://sites.google.com/site/bruceingramoutdoors/home.






Done Crabbin’

In his nationally acclaimed The Lord’s Oysters, Gilbert Byron told the story of a young boy growing up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the early twentieth century. Noah Marlin is older now, as Byron takes up his tale of Chesapeake watermen and their families in this sequel to his beloved classic. In Done Crabbin’ Noah discovers his fifth grade teacher, the yellow-haired Miss Bertie, parked in a buggy on a back road with Doc Beller, but keeps his discovery secret when he remembers Doc’s profession.  (“I could imagine myself going to him for a small filling, and then he would strap me in his chair – it wasn’t worth the chance.”) He hears William Jennings Bryan speak beneath the leaking canopy of a Chatauqua tent during a raging thunderstorm, and remarks in passing that a young man on the tent crew would be killed a year later when his biplane …

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Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths

Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths is a motivating, informative guide for nature lovers of all kinds. The book delves into river bass fishing with easy-to-use tips on everything smallmouth, from lures and flies, types of cover to target, to strategies for cold and warm seasons, and much more. The book suggests thrilling family-friendly river hobbies like canoeing, bird watching, river camping, and introducing children to the outdoors. This book also leads landowners, farmers, and adventurers in their efforts to protect our nation’s waterways. From conservation easements to blueways, the author describes profitable and environmentally-enlightened government conservation programs. About the Author Bruce Ingram has spent a lifetime exploring the woods and waterways of his native Southwest Virginia. He is a devoted fisherman, birder, hunter, and paddler, sharing his love of the outdoors in five books and more than 2,000 magazine articles. A high school English teacher by day, Ingram …

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