Just north of St. Mary's City on Route 5, there is a house with a little garden. Guarding the garden is a scarecrow. Originally when the scarecrow was put up in 1993, he was just an ordinay scarecrow. But over the years, the gardener has improved the appearance of the scarecrow and improvised interesting poses. The scarecrow was named Ross because his ears stick out like Ross Perot.
The scaring away of birds became almost secondary to the posing of Rossinthegarden in many appropriate and current poses. During the Olympics, he was by turn an equestrian, a gymnast, and a swimmer.
Now he has his own website (below).
The picture is of him surfing. The next day he had wiped out. Today (July 26th) he was riding a bicycle wearing the yellow jersey of Lance Armstrong and waving an American flag.
In the second picture he is using a saw.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
- Arts and Culture
They have almost completed reconstructing the "Good Brick Chapel" of the 1667 St. Mary's City site on the foundations of the original. Traditional timber scaffolding was used (see second photo), and the bricks that are visible are wood fired from local clay just as the originals were. The mortar that was used has been made from oyster shells just as in the original Bricks are being hand carved to form windowsills, pilasters, a piscina.
The underground construction isn't as authentic, as heat and electric lines are being embedded under the stone floors.
Eventually the lead coffins found at the site will be display at their original location.
This construction went on a long time - for awhile it looked as if every night they tore down what they did during the day.
The chapel is mostly finished, and I finally got a chance to visit it.
- Historical Travel
The Governor's Cup
The Governor's Cup is a sailboat race which is run every year on the first weekend in August from the present capitol in Annapolis to the first capitol in St. Mary's City. After the race (which is open to almost any kind of sailboat) the cruiser's anchor at Horseshoe Bend and either party or sleep or both. The race is usually over by Saturday morning, and all the boats are gone by Sunday morning.
The race is run in classes, and the overall winner is calculated using a complicated formula which take the size and maximum possible speed into account.
- Sailing and Boating