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Mark your Calendars for September 3!


1st Annual Nautical Festival and Flea Market Crab Feast

Tickets are now on sale for the Crab Feast the evening of the Nautical Festival to benefit the Maryland Watermans’s Association. Tickets are $35.00/adult and $15.00/child under the age of 12.

The Crab Feast will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. Music will be provided by Three Penny Opera.

To purchase tickets for the Crab Feast – please e-mail You can also call Lisa Gowe (Maryland Waterman’s Association) at 410-745-5011 or Susan Campbell at 410-310-9922.

Mystery Signing this weekend in Oxford, MD

This Sat Augt 20, 1:30 - 3:30pm Mystery Loves Company welcomes Ellen Crosby signing her new wine mystery THE SAUVIGNON SECRET. Virginia vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery goes to Napa where she is reunited with her former vintner Quinn as they try to unravel the mystery on behalf of Lucie’s Grandfather. We’ll have wine to share. Reserve your signed copies now. 410-226-0010

Too Many Tomatoes in your Garden? Make PIE!


Three Cheese Tomato Pie



1 deep dish pie crust

2 large tomatoes, sliced

1 large Vidalia onion, sliced

Salt & pepper to taste

1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

¾ cup mayonnaise

½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

½ cup provolone cheese, shredded



Bake pie crust at 350 until barely brown

Combine the three shredded cheeses with the mayonnaise

Layer the sliced tomatoes, onions, salt & pepper

Top with basil and then the cheese spread

Bake at 350 about 35 minutes, or until golden brown


May serve at room temperature


Oxford, Maryland named #1 Yachting Town... in the WORLD!

The votes are in and scenic Oxford, Maryland, has won YACHTING’s first annual contest as the world’s best waterfront town.  Over 2,000 votes were cast online for the small, former colonial port on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The runner-up was Charlevoix, Michigan, with over 1,500 votesyachtingsbest resized 600

Cardboard Boat Races this Weekend in Oxford, Maryland



This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Cardboard Boat Races in Oxford, Maryland to be held on the shores of the Tred Avon River on Saturday, June 25th. Race Registration starts at 9:00 am and the races start at 11:00 am. The first race will be in memory of Doug Hanks, Jr. and will feature the Smith Island Crab Skiffs which are the only gas powered boats to race for the day. Following that the creative boat constructions made from corrugated press board will be tested for buoyancy. Every year a few sink and the contestants swim to shore. The event is held along the Strand in shallow water so all contestants can push their sunken sodden creations around the course. But with the crafty skills of some of the builders their exhibits of construction are most durable. Some of the crafts have been racing for over five years.


The event is held to have fun and raise money for Special Olympics of Maryland, and awareness for the host of the event, the Oxford Pool Committee. See: Admission is free to the public.


The featured races are: Iron Man, the longest race course, Battle of the Brave, where the Coast Guard, local police and firemen will compete. These races will be followed by the Corporate Challenge where local businesses have sponsored a boat, to be followed by the only trophy-eligible entrants, the Funny Race, where crocodiles, corn husks, battleships, etc. all compete to finish a figure eight race in memory of Police Chief Wally Jones. Chief Jones was an 18-year veteran to the Oxford Police force whose favorite charity was Special Olympics of Maryland. The Kids Race, an all-parents favorite, where only the young not the young at heart, provide the mirth for the end of the races.


In past years this event was brought to you from the volunteers of Boat Bums International (BBI) whose generosity for being allowed on boats, which did not belong to them, extended to the Cardboard Boat Race. As Chief Wally Jones mediated between two of Oxfords finest as to who was the better boat builder, he challenged that a boat could be built from old seafood boxes. The gauntlet that he threw was picked up and a course was set from the town parking lot on Town Creek to end at the waterfront restaurant off of Atlantic Avenue formerly known as Railroad Avenue, today known as South Morris Street.


Today this lively and colorful event is co-hosted by the Town of Oxford and the Oxford Pool Committee. The Committee brings awareness to the much needed necessity of a community swimming pool for Oxford, with the jelly fish rendering the waters surrounding Oxford a stinging reality during the hottest times of the year. The Pool Committee hopes everyone will stop by the concessions during the race as one hopes not to be last in line for the good hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by Oxford Meat and Seafood or to miss a few scoops of the delicious ice cream from the Highland Creamery, both supporters of the Race day's activities. Special thanks also go to Tom’s General Services, Easton, for his continuing support of this event. All events are open to the public with plenty of viewing area along the Strand and free parking in town. Guests are reminded to obey the 25 mph speed limit while in Oxford. For registration, please go online to or contact Skipper Marquess, Cardboard Boat Fleet Admiral, at (410) 924-3212 or For information on official construction rules and suggested construction plans, see below.

10 Things Coming Up in Oxford, Maryland!

1. Music in the Park Sunday @ 3:00 pm
2. Historic Walking Tour on Sunday, June 12 @ 10:30 am
3. Beneteau Rendezvous this Weekend
4. Karaoke tonight @ Masthead
5. Live music @ Schooners
6. Ice cream Cones!
7. Friday night races!
8. Beautiful Sunsets!
9. Cardboard Boat Races-June 25!
10.Do you really more reasons to come to Oxford?

Oxford, Maryland 2011 Summer Events Schedule

Fridays Evening Sailboat Races
Don't miss the sailboat races off of Sandaway Beach and the Tred Avon Yacht Club.
Book your rooms soon!

Wednesday Afternoon Farmers Market at the Oxford Community Center
Through mid-October from 4-6 pm
Experience fresh summer vegetables and yummy treats at Oxford's Farmers Market. (The Blackberries are the largest you will ever see)

Sunday, June 5-Mid-Shore Community Band in Town Park-3 pm 
Join us in Town Park for a free concert by the Mid-Shore Community Band. The Band is made up of local musicians and is 45 members strong!

Sunday, June 12-Historic Walking Tour of Oxford-10:30 am 
Meet at Oxford-Bellevue Ferry to begin a short walking Tour of Oxford and its history. Your tour guide will lead you through the Town pointing out historic places and stories of Oxford's history. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 25-Cardboat Boat Races 
Join in the fun at The Strand for a great day benefiting the MD Special Olympics. Be a participant or just a spectator in the Cardboard boat Boat Races! The event begins at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 3-Oxford Fireworks at Dusk! 
Some of the best seats for the fireworks show are on Sandaway's lawn and beach. Be sure to book your rooms well in advance! 

August 12-14-Oxford Regatta
Tred Avon Yacht Club hosts the annual Oxford Regatta which will include sailboat races. Live music will be at the Yacht Club Friday and Saturday nights. 

Saturday, September 3 - Nautical Festival
The Oxford Business Association invites your organization to take part in our first annual Port of Oxford Nautical Festival. It takes place on September 3, 2011 and is an all day event that includes a nautical flea market where businesses, non-profit organizations and private residents can sell their nautical goods such as arts and craft themed items, boats, new and used marine parts, fishing gear, dock accessories, nautical clothing and marine services.

Saturday, Sept. 10-Historic Walking Tour of Oxford-2:00 pm 
Meet at Oxford-Bellevue Ferry to begin a short walking Tour of Oxford and its history. Your tour guide will lead you through the Town pointing out historic places and stories of Oxford's history. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 8-Auction of Oxford's Picket Fences-4 to 6 pm
The 3rd Annual Auction of Oxford's Picket Fences will be held this year at Combsberry Inn's historic barn. The public is invited to this free event, featuring an auction of the 18 picket fences for 2011-plus food, drinks and live music! 

Oxford, Maryland 2011 Tour of Picket Fences - Memorial Day weekend through the end of September-pick up an Oxford picket fence map of our walking tour of the 18 picket fences. These picket fences, painted and designed by local artists, are displayed throughout Oxford for the summer season. Be sure to see this Eastern Shore event!

April 30, 2011 - Oxford Day, Maryland


On Saturday, April 30, 2011, Oxford will celebrate its 17th Annual Oxford Day. All of the organizations and businesses in town will be working hard to prepare for this all-day family celebration. So invite your friends and family to visit, plan on staying home, put aside the yard work and errands. Just relax, walk around our wonderful town and enjoy all the activities. And, this year's Oxford Day participants will be asked to add an environmentally friendly element to their floats, displays, and events to show that as a community Oxford is committed to making a difference in our world today and tomorrow.


Oxford Day Parade will run from 11:00 AM until noon. Please note that Morris Street will be closed to ALL traffic from 10:45 until noon. Please allow extra time to travel in and out of town all morning and especially during the parade. There will be bands, many floats, various cars and trucks, a bagpiper, walkers, and some new entries in the parade.


 Join the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory who will have plenty of hands-on, marine science activities and exhibits, including many fun activities for kids. See some of the “critters” that live in the Bay, learn about the Bay and oceans from local scientists and science professionals. Located at the end of South Morris Street, it can be accessed by walking or catching the shuttle to and from Causeway Park.


Flower Basket Competition is being held in conjunction with 2011 Oxford Day. All residence and business owners are encouraged to display fresh flowers in welcome and celebration of Oxford, spring, families, and town visitors. Displays can include traditional flower baskets on doors, fences, posts, hanging basket displays, flowers displayed on porches - be creative!  Contact the Oxford Town Office for more information or to sign up.


The Oxford Bellevue Ferry, believed to be the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service, crosses the Tred Avon River between Oxford, Maryland and Bellevue, Maryland. Established in 1683, the ferry is celebrating its 327th birthday this year, so take a ride and help celebrate history!  Note: the ferry will open 1 hour early at 8:00 AM for Oxford Day.


This year's Oxford Day 10K race and 5K fun walk will benefitSusan G. Komen for the Cure®MD.  The Oxford Day 10K Run will start from the Oxford Community Center at 8:00 AM and 5K fun walk at 8:30 AM. Online registration may be done  On site registration starts at 6:30 AM.


The Dog Show and Dog Walk will give you a chance to let your favorite pooch shine. These events are sponsored by Talbot Humane Society, and all proceeds will benefit the activities of the society.


As usual, there will be music after the parade, including the US Navy’s “Country Current” Bluegrass Band, the Mid-Shore Community Band, and Old Friend’s Gospel Band!    Food is available around town, provided by several non-profit groups, the Oxford Market and our local restaurants.  Fun activities for kids occur throughout the day and in several locations.  Watch the schedule as it develops between now and April 30th.

Quick, Easy & Delicious Hollandaise Sauce


Anytime I make something with Hollandaise Sauce in the morning, my guests Oooooh and Awwww over it.  Usually at least one of them will ask if it is homemade.  Well, if you know me well - you KNOW that I believe anything "made" out of a packet is practically a sin!  The following recipe I made up a few years ago.  I came up with a few shortcuts on how to perfect my own version of Hollandaise Sauce, and to the true Cordon Blue trained chef - they would consider this blasphemy.  However, everyone I have served it too simply thinks it is yummyyyy!


Hollandaise Sauce


2 whole Eggs

2 whole Lemons

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 stick Butter

1/8 cup Water

pinch of Cayenne Pepper (if you are afraid of heat, Paprika may be substituted)


  • Fill a sauce pan 3/4 of way with water, bring to a boil. (If you have double boiler, use it!)


  • In a glass or metal pan, that fits securely over the sauce pan - combine eggs, mustard, the juice from two lemons and water.  Whisk well.


  • Melt butter in seperate saucepan, being careful not to scorch it.  Once melted, add the butter slowly to egg mixture making sure to keep whisking so as not to curdle the eggs.


  • Place this bowl on top of sauce pan, and heat/whisk until mixture becomes thick.  If it becomes too thick, thin with a little more water.  Once thickened to your desired consistency, whisk in the cayenne pepper and serve.


My favorite version of Eggs Benedict (and many of Combsberrys regular guests) consists of two eggs poached atop English Muffins smeared with fresh Basil Pesto.  Top with pancetta, tomato and avocado slices - then a good drenching of hollandaise.... Heaven on a Sunday morning!

Guest Review, courtesy of Trip Advisor - Oxford, Maryland


The staff at Combsberry are always gracious to receive feedback from our guests.  We strive to ensure that every guest is well taken care of and leaves the property with a smile on their face.  Your feedback ensures that everyone has a positive experience, and lets us know what we are doing right and what you would have liked us to do better.  Below, please find a review dated February 13, 2011 that was posted on Trip Advisor.  If you are a former guest, we encourage you to leave us your feedback.


"I am actually writing this review from the combs berry's library, seated on a comfortable leather couch by the fire with an outstanding view of the water. This b&b is precisely as described on the web page; a well-maintained 18th century manor house with several outbuildings. The inn's public spaces are inviting and charming. Our room was cozy, with a working fireplace and breathtaking water views. Breakfast was delicious and fresh, and Abby was a delightful innkeeper. One of our better b&b experiences on the eastern shore. Highly recommended, and we will return soon."

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