Well friends, the time has come to bid adieu to 2014. At ShoreBread, we have had a fantastic year. From exploring all that Delmarva has to offer, to discovering (and rediscovering) local businesses, to forging new friendships with you, our loyal readers…this year truly was a special one. We decided to spend the past few days browsing through our 2014 articles and we quickly realized that we sure took advantage of all the fun to be had on the Eastern Shore this year, from the Dew Tour in Ocean City to taking a tour of the new Lyon Distilling Co. in St. Michaels. After looking at the numbers and reviewing our reader’s feedback, we’ve compiled our Top Ten Stories of 2014. Enjoy!

1. Behind the Scenes with Maryland State Police Aviation Command

Taking a trip to Salisbury for a private tour of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command Unit was a fascinating and humbling experience. We quickly learned that we are fortunate enough to live in an area with some of the best paramedic aviation equipment and services in the country! These guys do amazing work and we had an awesome time taking a peak behind the scenes.

2. Day Trippin’: Historic Downtown Lewes

Lewes is one of our favorite little towns in Delaware, and we hate to admit it, but we simply don’t get there enough. This summer we decided to carve out a day dedicated entirely to exploring Downtown Lewes…including their dangerously delicious collection of restaurants and sweets shops. Needless to say, we’re seeing another Day Trip to Lewes in our near futures…

3. ShoreBilly’s Swill: Confessions of a Restaurant Guy

Our dear friend Syd Nichols keeps us entertained all year long with his stories. Whether he is sharing his observations on the unique breed of customers that pop up in the bar scene in Ocean City at various times of the year or taking us along through his wild ride of parenthood, we look forward to seeing what Syd is up to from week to week. This is one of SO many favorites.

4. Behind the Scenes with Downtown Salisbury’s Latest Addition…The Brick Room

We’ve been excited about the transformation of Downtown Salisbury for some time now, so when we heard about this new gem, we quickly scheduled an interview on location to check it out. This story was wildly popular amongst readers so we think it’s safe to say that our readers are just as excited as we are about the overhaul of downtown. These guys were a blast to interview – it’s always a pleasure to speak with a business owner that is so genuinely enthused about opening up shop.

5. Local OCMD Chef to Star in Food Network’s, Cutthroat Kitchen

With 1,921 shares, this article definitely takes the cake for most popular. Dead Freddies Island Grill Chef Mitch Cook took to national television on August 17 as he competed in the Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ and people were eager to share in the excitement. Cook was kind enough to give us an interview on his experience – thanks again Mitch!

6. National Scrapple Day

On a whim one Friday, we decided to throw together a fun piece on the upcoming National Scrapple Day. We quickly learned that our local crowd LOVES scrapple. The story was a pretty big hit on our Facebook page and as diehard scrapple fans, we were delighted to learn that we are not alone in our love of the Delaware breakfast meat.

7. OCMD is Free! The Best Free Family Fun at the Beach

After realizing how many amazing, free offers are available in Ocean City in the summertime, we decided to throw together a list to share with everyone. From locals to out-of-town visitors, our readers were appreciative to discover some of the free events and activities available in Ocean City.

8. Behind the Scenes with Local Movie Star, Quinn McColgan

When we found out that local Worcester Prep student Quinn McColgan was prepping for her latest big screen debut, Non-Stop, we were eager to get an interview with the young star. Quinn was generous, friendly, excited, and an overall joy. Quite a well-spoken young lady, thanks again for taking the time to chat!

9. ShoreBread Meets the Snowy Owl!

Oh the snowy owl. We sure did fall hard for these beautiful birds in 2014. The snowy owl irruption brought an unusual number of snowy owl sightings to our area, particularly along Assateague. We spent more time than we would like to admit trying to catch a glimpse of one, so when we did, we were ecstatic!

10. Printing Inventively: Local OC Company, Plak That, Raises the Bar in Custom Prints

We always enjoy interviewing budding new businesses in our area, but it’s a real treat when we happen to know the local entrepreneur. Wyatt Harrison took us on a tour of his Plak That workshop, where his massive printing machine churns out custom prints that make for unique gifts and home décor. We even walked away with a few of our own;)

Phew! When we look back at all the fun we have had this year, it feels bittersweet to say farewell. Fortunately, 2015 is looking bigger and brighter for us here at ShoreBread and we look forward to sharing it with you all! Happy New Years!