Queen of the Jello Molds

April 06, 1994|By HELEN CHAPPELL

OYSTERBACK, MARYLAND — Oysterback, Maryland. -- Fresh dispatches from the Oysterback Bugeye, Helga Wallop, Editor:

If God is in the details, then He was certainly in the Devanau County Jello Mold Contest at the Wallopsville Volunteer Fire Company last Saturday. Not a detail was spared as Oysterback's very own Mrs. Annette (Nettie) Leery came down to the finals with Patamoke Champion Mrs. Louisa (Sister) Gibbs for the coveted Title of ''Jello Mold Maker of the Year.''

Judges were hard pressed to chose between Nettie's Harlequin Fantasy Delight, whose ingredients included walnuts, cream cheese, Cool Whip and Mandarin oranges in an alternately layered base of Black Cherry and Key Lime, and Sister's Praline Surprise, which used pecans, Miracle Whip, fruit cocktail and miniature marshmallows in a special blend of Strawberry Surprise and Banana Delite.

Judges included Patamoke Fire Chief Aldredd (Sheppy) Rackham: Ms. Viola Durkee, dietary superviser of Memorial Methodist Hospital; Wanda Wingo, Devanau County extension agent, and Mr. Narthax Tutweiler, head of food services at Devanau County Consolidated High School. All are experts in Jello.

After several taste testings, Nettie Leery was proclaimed the winner. Her recipe will be published in a future issue of The Bugeye, and she plans to spend the winner's weekend in Ocean City at Lennie and Fern Skinner's rental cottage with her close friend Captain Elmo Rainbird, the retired skipjack owner.

Nettie will be competing in the Regional Jello Mold-Off in Baltimore next month. Good luck, Nettie! And special praise to Sister Gibbs for being such a good sport.

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We were all very excited and happy for Hudson Swann and Duc Tran, the daughter he didn't know he had from Vietnam, when they were reunited recently at a cookout at the Blue Crab Tavern. Desiree took videos of the event, and Jeanne Swann made a sheet cake to celebrate the happy event with Huddie, Jeanne, Duc Tran and the twins Amber and Ashley very tastefully portrayed in the icing. Duc is the one who painted that great mural of Elvis Ascending a Staircase on the west wall of the Blue Crab.

A recent School Of Visual Arts graduate from New York City, she is accepting mural commissions for houses, businesses and workboats. She will also be playing shortstop for the Jimmies this summer, replacing Alonzo Deaver, who has been dismissed from the team after that incident with the stolen bases. Welcome to Oysterback, Duc Tran Swann!

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In P.O. News, Hagar Jump wants everyone to know that the Waterman's Gazette and everyone's postcards from Omar and Isobel Hinton's vacation to West Virginia are in and have been gotten up. Sounds like Omar and Isobel are having a good time going to the flea markets and auctions and visiting the grandchildren. Incidentally, Ray Bob Whortley, and Bubba Clash, your box rents are due.

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Beth and Paisley Redmond report that they saw Chessie off Log Cabin Point last Sunday. He says to say hello to everyone down to the Blue Crab, Beth says. Just kidding, aren't you, Beth? (Ha Ha!)

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Professor Shepherd, who lives on his boat in the harbor since he lost his tenure at the college, has finally found a new job as a clam checker for the DNR. He says the best thing about his new job is there's no commute, since he can just roll out of his bunk and be at work. He can still give out grades, so all you clammers be good and keep those manoes iced down to 60 degrees or less for the prof, you hear?

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Murilla Meekins and Sudie Fairbank presented a Ree-Veel Christian Bridal Lingerie Shower over to the Blue Crab in honor of their cousin Wytnee Watkins. Wytnee received many fine pieces of Ree-Veel Christian Lingerie from her family, friends and co-workers at the View'n'Chew Video and Sub Shop.

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Parsons Dreedle over to Dreedle's Funeral Home and County Produce, reports a special offer this week. For every funeral, the bereaved family will receive a bushel of homegrown Big Beef tomatoes and a jar of West Hundred Marsh Mallow honey. Things must be slow over there.

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All the action was over to Patamoke last weekend when Mr. Earl's Party Farm presented a Rush Limbaugh wet T-shirt lookalike contest. Dittoheads from all over the tri-state region came to share their phobias on almost every subject. Winner of the contest was Boo Boo Dyott whose prize was a trip to New Jersey. Boo Boo's wife Illona is filing for divorce.

A book of Helen Chappell's ''Oysterback Tales'' will be published next month by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

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