Archives for October 2011

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Guitar aficionados should not miss the Blue Rhythm Boys this Friday at the Avalon – Tom Mitchell is one of the best in the Mid Atlantic; together he and Jim Stephanson put on a fabulously swinging show.  And thank goodness the weather looks better for this Saturday, as we are planning on eating at least a dozen oysters, maybe two…at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Oysterfest.  If we’re not too full, we plan to do a little shopping at the Christmas Bazaar at Wye Mills. Or maybe  shop early, and then have oysters for lunch ?  So many decisions !

Friday, November 4 –  8pm: Blue Rhythm Boys at the Avalon Theatre The Blue Rhythm Boys have made quite a name for

Blue Rhythm Boys, l to r, Jim Stephanson & Tom Mitchell

themselves in the DC area for their swinging blues style and tight vocals. The two guitarists, Tom Mitchell and Jim Stephanson, have individually played with the likes of Dan Hicks, Elvis Costello, and rockabilly legend Billy Hancock. Together the duo’s musical blend is guaranteed to knock your socks off, as a critic for the Washington Post put it. Or, as Dan Hicks says, “Swingin’ Acoustic Guitars, southern-tinged vocals, and the best repertoire East of Bucks County all combine to float your boat up the mighty Miss-i-sip!” – $20  Avalon Theatre 40 Dover St. Easton, Md 21601. 410 822 7299

Saturday, November 5 – 10am to 4pm;  Oysterfest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime

Oysterfest

Museum Celebrate the Bay oyster with live music, great food, family activities, skipjack and buyboat rides, oyster aquaculture and restoration demonstrations, oyster tonging, and cooking demonstrations. Admission to OysterFest is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Children five years and under and CBMM members are admitted free. Food and boat rides are an additional cost.

Saturday, November 5 – 9am to 3pm: 48th  Annual Christmas Bazaar at  Old Wye Church, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Hand-crafted holiday decorations, many made from natural materials, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and boutique items,and homemade baked goods and lunch, can all be enjoyed while listening to beautiful choral music sung by the Wye Choral Scholars. FREE.  Old Wye Church, 14114 Old Wye Mills Road, Wye Mills, MD  21679

 

 

New Work by Robert Manning at Easton’s Promise

Easton’s Promise Art Gallery will host a new exhibit of paintings by Robert Manning during the month of November.“The artist laureate of Eastern Shore farm life” is probably best known for his paintings of local bins and barns; the rapidly disappearing

Summer Harvest, Robert Manning

landscape of the Eastern Shore. He paints regularly with the Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore, and has won numerous awards at local art shows and completed many commissioned paintings for local farm owners.

 

Receptions each First Friday, 5-9pm.
www.eastonspromiseartgallery.com

107 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD  21601

Artworks Studio Tour is Bigger Than Ever

Artworks will be continuing its free, self-guided Studio Tour on November 5-6, 2011, 10am-5pm, rain or shine. Participating on the tour this year are some 50 artists in Chestertown and throughout Kent County and parts of Queen Anne’s County who work in a full range of

Moonlight Rendezvous, Evie Baskin

art and craft including painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass and more. Examples of each participant’s work will be on display at Artworks Gallery, 306 Park Row, providing a chance to plan an itinerary that makes the most of your time and takes you to the artists that most interest you. Artworks is known for its festive atmosphere on First Friday so stop by to plan your weekend tour. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon-3. During the Studio Tour hours will be extended this

Sci-Fi Wildflowers, Angela Ranzoni

weekend with Saturday hours being 9-5 and Sunday hours 10-5. To follow the Studio Tour route pick up a brochure at Artworks, or at restaurants and shops

throughout Kent County. These brochures provide a brief description of each artist along with directions to the studio which can be located on a fold-out map. Full information about the Studio Tour including route maps is also available on Artworks website, www.artworkschestertown.org.
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Mid-Shore Pro Bono Honors Attorney Volunteers

Mid-Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) recently honored the volunteer attorneys who enable the organization to assist low-income residents of five Mid-Shore counties with civil legal matters. Its annual Pro Bono Awards Reception was held on October 27 at The Milestone in

Left to right, Mid-Shore Pro Bono 2011 Award recipients Kevin Joyce and Christine Joyce, representing the law firm of Joyce & Associates; Judge Karen M. Jensen; attorneys Chris McGrady, Jimmy Persels and Peter Cotter; with Executive Director Sandy Brown and Board President Jesse Hammock.

Easton, hosted together with Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence.

Executive Director Sandy Brown and Board President Jesse Hammock presented plaques to the Mid-Shore Pro Bono award recipients, along with citations from local legislators.

Joyce & Associates received the Law Firm of the Year Award, recognizing a firm that has materially improved the delivery of legal services to financially disadvantaged residents of the Mid Shore. The firm has provided more than 280 hours of free or reduced-fee legal services through Mid-Shore Pro Bono since January. Hammock noted that MSPB had received repeated compliments from clients whose cases have been referred to Joyce & Associates for the firm’s “attention to detail, their thoroughness and their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure adequate representation.”

Young Attorney of the Year honors went to Peter Cotter. Since moving to the Mid Shore this past spring, when he was still awaiting notification of passing the Maryland bar exam, Cotter has donated more than 50 hours of service to MSPB’s legal clinic in Easton. He has contributed numerous additional hours assisting other attorneys and staff on legal cases and administrative issues, while also finding time to serve as an assistant football coach at Easton High School.

Recognizing the work of an individual who not only accepts clients for pro bono representation, but also actively assists MSPB in expanding its work and accomplishing its mission, attorney Jimmy Persels received the Volunteer of the Year Award. A volunteer at the Easton clinic since July 2010, Persels helped expand its reach into Queen Anne’s County, serving as the resident attorney at the clinic established there. He also was commended for providing countless hours of support for the staff on administrative and non-legal matters.

The Attorney of the Year Award is presented to a lawyer demonstrating exceptional contributions to the public good not only by accepting cases, but by the highly professional resolutions of those cases for the clients and legal system. Chris McGrady was honored for his work in expanding the Bankruptcy Court’s Debtors Assistance Project (DAP) to the Mid Shore. Few local attorneys were qualified in that area of the law when DAP was introduced. McGrady was the first attorney from the western shore who volunteered to come to Easton each month to staff the project.

More than a year later, McGrady continues to assist DAP clients while also accepting direct referral cases from MSPB. “His dedication to our program has enabled us to offer bankruptcy assistance that was not before available to the population we serve,” added Hammock.

At the reception, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence presented its own awards to the Caroline County District Court; attorneys Michael-Anne Mundy and Richard S. Phillips; Clerk Dawn Cordrey and Legal Assistant Lynn M. Wefelmeyer; and State’s Attorney William H. Jones.

The two organizations jointly recognized the Honorable Karen M. Jensen, Circuit Court Judge in Caroline County, with their Above & Beyond Award. Presented to an individual whose contributions have been exceptional, it recognizes work that ensures the growth, visibility and accomplishment of both agencies’ missions.

Jensen was commended for her understanding of the dynamics and devastating effects of domestic violence and support for the two organizations’ efforts to assist its victims and others who cannot afford legal services. “Her constant encouragement of the organizations,” said Hammock, “and her willingness to reach out to all persons in the legal field on behalf of those organizations, clearly go above and beyond to ensure that the programs succeed and grow.”
In addition to the award recipients, Brown thanked all of the Mid-Shore Pro Bono volunteer attorneys for their contributions to the young organization’s rapid growth and success. She noted that they had donated over 2500 hours of free legal services to the community during MSPB’s latest fiscal year, assisting more than 500 clients in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

For more information, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

The Arts In Easton Banner Program Marks 10th Anniversary, New Online Bidding

Enjoy Easton as an outdoor gallery.   One of the most distinguished art opportunities is on display again this year with fresh artwork in downtown Easton, MD.  Artists, art enthusiasts, locals and visitors may stroll through downtown Easton and enjoy the original works of art hanging from the lampposts.  Each banner has two sides of unique art for all to enjoy.  Placards are located at eye level on the lampposts to help identify the artists and their banners.

Celebrating its 10th year, The Arts In Easton Banner Program has 45 artists participating who have created 88 pieces of fine original artwork on banners of canvas material.  Whether amateur or professional, their work adds depth to the experience and enjoyment of this charming small town.

The artists who participate in the program are representative of the hundreds of working artists in the area.  This year we have expanded the program to include new banner artists to better demonstrate the talent in the community.  There are artworks available this year from artists who have never participated in the program as well as returning artists.

Posters with all of the banners represented are available at the Avalon Theatre (40 E. Dover St.), Banner & Auction Guides (with map) will be available early November at the Avalon Theatre, Talbot County Visitors Center (11 S. Harrison St.) and the various galleries in Easton.  Pick up a free guide to help you identify the banners and corresponding artists.

Banners may be bid on in advance of the auction!  Visit the newly developed website, theavalonfoundation.com/bannerprogram/ to learn all of the details about this fun and exciting community program.  Follow the simple instructions to start bidding on your favorites!

The banners will be auctioned at a lively free event with light fare, drinks and music, at the Waterfowl Festival Building, on Saturday, December 10th from 7pm to 9:30pm.  Most of the artists attend the auction offering a great opportunity to talk shop with the creators of your favorite works.  Kathy Hanna, Avalon Foundation Events Manager, said, “This is a most exciting and fun community event with exhilarating art available for purchase…a happening you do not want to miss.”

The banners are 30” x 40” and may be displayed or framed with or without the wording at the bottom (examples on website).  They can be used indoors or outdoors and make great gifts.  Patrons purchase banners for many reasons, the civic pride element, a chance to own unique original artwork, they are collectors and for gifts.  Don’t miss the opportunity to support the community and own one or more of these fine pieces.

The Arts In Easton Banner Program is the work of the Avalon Foundation and is designed to help promote local artists, the arts in Easton and Easton as an arts destination.  Proceeds from the auction benefit participating artists and support the work of the Avalon Foundation.

Banners may be previewed in advance of the auction (see website for times).  Stopping by to see the banners prior to Saturday’s bidding frenzy is a great idea. People are often surprised by how many banners they have never seen before.  Silent auction bids may be made during preview hours.

For all the particulars about The Arts In Easton Banner Program & Auction, visit theavalonfoundation.com/bannerprogram/…open 24 hours a day.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Honors Attorney Volunteers

Mid-Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) recently honored the volunteer attorneys who enable the organization to assist low-income residents of five Mid-Shore counties with civil legal matters. Its annual Pro Bono Awards Reception was held on Oct. 27 at The Milestone in Easton, hosted together with Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence.

Left to right, Mid-Shore Pro Bono 2011 Award recipients Kevin Joyce and Christine Joyce, representing the law firm of Joyce & Associates; Judge Karen M. Jensen; attorneys Chris McGrady, Jimmy Persels and Peter Cotter; with Executive Director Sandy Brown and Board President Jesse Hammock.

Executive Director Sandy Brown and Board President Jesse Hammock presented plaques to the Mid-Shore Pro Bono award recipients, along with citations from local legislators.

Joyce & Associates received the Law Firm of the Year Award, recognizing a firm that has materially improved the delivery of legal services to financially disadvantaged residents of the Mid Shore. The firm has provided more than 280 hours of free or reduced-fee legal services through Mid-Shore Pro Bono since January. Hammock noted that MSPB had received repeated compliments from clients whose cases have been referred to Joyce & Associates for the firm’s “attention to detail, their thoroughness and their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure adequate representation.”

Young Attorney of the Year honors went to Peter Cotter. Since moving to the Mid Shore this past spring, when he was still awaiting notification of passing the Maryland bar exam, Cotter has donated more than 50 hours of service to MSPB’s legal clinic in Easton. He has contributed numerous additional hours assisting other attorneys and staff on legal cases and administrative issues, while also finding time to serve as an assistant football coach at Easton High School.

Recognizing the work of an individual who not only accepts clients for pro bono representation, but also actively assists MSPB in expanding its work and accomplishing its mission, attorney Jimmy Persels received the Volunteer of the Year Award. A volunteer at the Easton clinic since July 2010, Persels helped expand its reach into Queen Anne’s County, serving as the resident attorney at the clinic established there. He also was commended for providing countless hours of support for the staff on administrative and non-legal matters.

The Attorney of the Year Award is presented to a lawyer demonstrating exceptional contributions to the public good not only by accepting cases, but by the highly professional resolutions of those cases for the clients and legal system. Chris McGrady was honored for his work in expanding the Bankruptcy Court’s Debtors Assistance Project (DAP) to the Mid Shore. Few local attorneys were qualified in that area of the law when DAP was introduced. McGrady was the first attorney from the western shore who volunteered to come to Easton each month to staff the project.

More than a year later, McGrady continues to assist DAP clients while also accepting direct referral cases from MSPB. “His dedication to our program has enabled us to offer bankruptcy assistance that was not before available to the population we serve,” added Hammock.

At the reception, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence presented its own awards to the Caroline County District Court; attorneys Michael-Anne Mundy and Richard S. Phillips; Clerk Dawn Cordrey and Legal Assistant Lynn M. Wefelmeyer; and State’s Attorney William H. Jones.

The two organizations jointly recognized the Honorable Karen M. Jensen, Circuit Court Judge in Caroline County, with their Above & Beyond Award. Presented to an individual whose contributions have been exceptional, it recognizes work that ensures the growth, visibility and accomplishment of both agencies’ missions.

Jensen was commended for her understanding of the dynamics and devastating effects of domestic violence and support for the two organizations’ efforts to assist its victims and others who cannot afford legal services. “Her constant encouragement of the organizations,” said Hammock, “and her willingness to reach out to all persons in the legal field on behalf of those organizations, clearly go above and beyond to ensure that the programs succeed and grow.”

In addition to the award recipients, Brown thanked all of the Mid-Shore Pro Bono volunteer attorneys for their contributions to the young organization’s rapid growth and success. She noted that they had donated over 2500 hours of free legal services to the community during MSPB’s latest fiscal year, assisting more than 500 clients in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

For more information, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Mark Your Calendars- Waterfowl Festival Nov 11-13

Billed as, “The ultimate weekend for the sophisticated sportsman or art lover,” Easton’s 41st Waterfowl Festival, November 11,12,& 13 is held in twelve historic venues throughout the town and at the surrounding ponds and scenic areas. Exhibits feature world-class wildlife paintings, sculpture, carvings, photos, collectible decoys, sporting gear and adventures to delight every outdoorsman.

Also scheduled are World Championship Calling Contests, decoy auctions, retriever, fly-fishing and stunt dog demonstrations, and kid’s activities. Great food and music make this event a must each November.

Proceeds from each Festival benefit wildlife conservation Waterfowl Festival, Inc. is dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the celebration of life on Maryland”s Eastern Shore.” In its 41 years, the Festival has become a leader in the conservation of waterfowl and wildlife habitat. More than $5 million has been raised and donated to projects throughout the Atlantic Flyway, and in particular the Chesapeake Bay.

Free parking and shuttle service.

Admission is $10 for all three days – children under 12 free.
www.waterfowlfestival.org or call 410/822-4567.

Adkins Offers Talk on Climate Change & Accelerated Tree Growth

There is evidence that trees in the Eastern United States are growing faster than they have in the past 225 years. Small changes in their growth rate can have significant effects on weather patterns, biodiversity, and climate change. Geoffrey Parker, senior scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, has tracked the growth of 55 stands of mixed hardwood forest plots in Maryland for more than 20 years. Dr. Parker will discuss this research, why it might be happening, and the possible ramifications of increased forest growth.

Registration required. Limit: 35

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$15 members, $20 general public

to register, click here

Adkins Arboretum 12610 Eveland Road,  Ridgely, MD 21660

Folk/Rockers Lever & Rail at NightCat Tuesday

The Lever and Rail, comprised of LA based songstress Lael Neale and veteran road dog Trevor Garrod, best known as the principal singer/songwriter for Tea Leaf Green, perform Tuesday, November 1 at the NightCat in Easton. These two habitually homeless singers

Lever & Rail

have been crossing paths and untying tunes for years. With his experience matching her prodigal vitality, they float somewhere between folk and rocks and feathers. The haunting combination of their voices conjures forlorn yearnings of a past that never was and a future found at the song’s end.

After the release of his debut solo effort, Miss Fortune, critics hailed Garrod as the contemporary answer to Randy Newman and a peer to modern troubadours like Rufus Wainwright and Josh Rouse. Deemed one of America’s 21st century songwriters “ready to be seen and heard” by Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal, Trevor Garrod has established himself as one of the most talented emerging singer/songwriters in the business.

Trevor Garrod

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Lever and Rail

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
8 pm
$12

NightCat Cafe
5 Goldsborough St.
Easton, MD  21601

 
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Robert Murray to Speak at Nov 7 Brown Bag Lunch

Robert Murray of the SMFD will be the guest speaker for the Brown Bag Lunch on Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at noon. The lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the library and will be held at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library.

Robert Murray

Mr. Murray will speak about the past and current St. Michaels Fire Department.” The Department has served the town of St. Michaels and Talbot County for 110 years. It has evolved from a hand drawn hose cart to a modern fully equipped Emergency Services provider, covering 120 square miles of land area and 130 square mile of coast line and adjoining waters. Robert L. Murray grew up in St. Michael, his father was the Chief of the SMFD and his Mother was a member of the SMFD Ladies Auxiliary. His is currently the Treasurer and Historian of the SMFD and is an Active Engineer, Firefighter and EMT”.

Patrons are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy coffee and sweets provided by the library.  Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.