Ever drive past a place a hundred times and think, “I wonder what the story is?” That’s the case with St. Martin’s Church. I’ve looked at this simple little church so many times and knew nothing about it… except that once my Aunt Ellen said it was haunted when I was a little girl.
I’m a sucker for architecture and history. After years of passing this building, I finally pulled a U-turn and stopped yesterday to check out the place and do some research! The church building is located off of Route 113 in Showell, MD.
The church was built around 1692 and the congregation prime was between 1750 and 1799. Currently, St. Martin’s Church is closed for the season (they do tours in the Summer months – I’ll have to check out the inside of the building then) but open for weddings, baptisms, vow renewals, and christenings. Sounds enchanting to me! How neat would it be to get married in a 1-room church built in the 1600′s?
The original Flemish bond brick structure is original (to a renovation in 1764). The interior is preserved to accurately imitate the original. The windows were huge! Wavy, pressed glass that caught the beautiful rays of the afternoon sunset.
Oh, and no signs of the place being haunted. I was there for about a half-hour and nothing spooky happened. There are only 2 gravestones on the site and I’m sure that they have to be peaceful spirits if they were laid to rest at such a beautiful, rich site.
Glad that I finally stopped to check things out and do some investigating. I’m going to make myself some kind of local historian or something soon!
Last night, Scott and I headed out for a night in the city! After work, we drove to Washington D.C. to meet up with some friends, relax, and enjoy some great music. We started the evening at DC9, said hello to one of his good friends, and drank a chilled beer. I thought the interior of this bar was pretty sweet. Lots of old wooden frames with mirrors hung on opposite walls and neat screen-printed shades hung off of each pendant lamp.
We went to Axum for Ethiopian cuisine… A last minute decision seeing as we every other restaurant was bustling and we were in a bit of a hurry. We then met up with our friends and headed to the 9:30 Club to see Wanda Jackson perform!
The Queen of Rockabilly. Even at 74 years old, she killed it! Her personality is warm, her spirit is fun, and her performance was radiant. She performed with The Lester Kings, whom also opened the show. I can see why Elivs Presley has such a thing for this witty woman!
We heard her classics, like Fujiyama Mama, Honey Bob, some of her new songs (written with Jack Black), and she brought down the house with Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going’ On. We did a whole lotta shakin and dancing, too! Now I can say that I danced to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-er live!
It’s refreshing to get out of our little town and venture into a big city every now and then. I’m still a beach-loving country girl at heart and seem to always feel a little out-of-place in the city. Anyways, great times with good friends, and moving music! Loved Wanda and her fast-paced rockabilly!
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I’m spending the rest of the day finishing up some on-going jewelry projects and Spring cleaning. Sounds like fun, right?
Yesterday, the weather cleared up (Only for about an hour, crazy coastal storms. Geesh.) and it was beautiful outside. I took advantage of the afternoon and went into town with my camera to snap some picture for work. People love this sign in Ocean City that hangs above our pretty drawbridge. 3,073 miles across the country via Route 50.
I’ve been shopping for a house for months. I’m doing lots of research and budgeting to save for my future home. After searching some listings I saw a house for sale in town and went to check it out. I was overly excited when I saw a for-sale sign in front of this lovely pink house! Isn’t it charming? Too bad the for-sale sign was for the little yellow cottage directly behind this one. They share a driveway. Needless to say, I was heartbroken (& uninterested in) the yellow house. I’ll be keeping my eyes on this pink one. I could make it look just like a vintage doll house with lots of work. Pink house, please go on the market soon (& be in my price range)!
I also stumbled upon this fun mail box! Have you seen any of these lately? I know that I haven’t. I mean, I’ve seen the ordinary, updated, blue and red boxes – but none of these old seafoam greenish ones. I think it was forgotten about. I haven’t seen one like this in Ocean City for years. It’s hidden in a little tiny nook in town on a ‘no-outlet’ street. I loved the colors of it and its worn look.
Just wanted to share this fun pictures.
Finally… Friday! I’m looking forward to a weekend of traveling, good music, and some time to relax. This time next week, I’ll be in Chicago. Hooray!
I’ve retired my sunglasses today (& Scott has, too). It’s a rainy, windy, foggy, 58 degree Friday in Ocean City. On the brighter side of things… Spring is right around the corner!
Those are my baby irises! They’re a sprouting! That means Spring, sunshine, and Summer are closer. I get so excited when my garden starts blooming and becoming colorful after a cold, harsh winter. Can’t wait for these pretty little sprouts to look like this again…
They’re gorgeous little flowers that come back year after year to make me happy. Purple & green goodness. Scott and I are headed to D.C. tonight to see Wanda Jackson. Couldn’t be more giddy about this show! I’m planning on getting dolled up and wearing a little vintage-inspired number that I haven’t worn yet. I’m sure Ms. Jackson is still the Queen of Rockabilly. I’ll post pictures tomorrow!
Have a delightful Friday!
My yard was overtaken by blackbirds today. For almost 2 hours…
I guess that I kind-of invited them to my home, actually. I put bird seed outside almost every day for the birds and squirrels to feast on. Recently, I started putting deer corn out for the squirrels to pick at and gobble up. The swarm of hungry blackbirds took full advantage of my generosity this afternnon. One bird quickly plucked all of the corn off of the cob while the others hovered around and dug the fallen corn off of the ground. Team work, right?
|(these aren’t actually before & after pictures… the birds destroyed the cob before I even knew what was happening!)
They flew in and made themselves right at home. They squawked the whole time they were visiting. I hope they were saying “Sweet! Corn jackpot!”
I think that most of my neighbors avoid attracting these birds into their yards. I think they’re pretty swell. Sandi & Slater loved watching them… and I did, too. Just like the blackbirds from old childhood story books.
Come back anytime you silly little blackbirds! Glad I could put some food in your stomachs after a snowy winter.
A few weeks ago, I scoped out the historic, and abandoned, Shore Drive-In in West Ocean City. Everything on the lot is trash (especially considering that most things on the property are rotting away, rusted, and unusable).
It seemed like things were just left there for me to stumble upon. While there, I picked up this rusty old fan cage knowing that it had potential. The cage has an emblem on it with the makers brand name, from the 1960′s, that I thought was pretty cool.
Well, this is what I made from this icky, rusty, fan housing:
Ta-da! It’s a nifty new necklace chandelier! It serves a purpose and is old, has a story, and brings back some great memories from my experience at the Shore Drive-In. I washed and sanded the cage, clear coated the metal, strung it from 6 pieces of nylon coated stainless steel, attached it to a ceiling hook, & carefully hung all of my pretty beaded necklaces from it that were previously just tangled in a bunch.
One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure! I think it beats other necklace holders I’ve seen while shopping around.