Archives for August 2012

Living Shoreline Program Restores Chesapeake Bay Shorelines in Maryland and Virginia

On August 30, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment announced more than $800,000 in federal, state, and private funding for the creation of “living shorelines,” an innovative technique that combines habitat restoration with erosion control protection for coastal landowners.

“The Chesapeake Bay is an integral part of who we are as Marylanders – our heritage, our economy and our culture,” Senator Barbara Mikulski said. “I’m proud to fight for the health of the Bay and to support the lives and livelihoods of those who rely on it. Through the Living Shorelines program, we will help communities improve their infrastructure and preserve the Bay for generations to come.”

In total, 16 homeowner associations, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities were selected to participate in this program, a collaborative multi-state effort designed to encourage the installation and understanding of “living shorelines” throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. “Living shorelines” are a shoreline stabilization technique that uses natural habitat elements, instead of bulkhead or riprap, to protect shorelines from erosion while also providing critical habitat for fish, crabs, and other wildlife. Awareness and use of the living shoreline practice, partly as a result of this funding collaborative’s success, has blossomed nation-wide.

“In order to fully restore our great Chesapeake Bay, we are going to have to employ a multitude of techniques, including the creation of living shorelines,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a longtime supporter of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. “Living shorelines not only provide ecological gains for Bay wildlife and improve water quality, but they also benefit property owners by stabilizing shorelines to limit erosion.”

The Trust’s Living Shoreline program, now in its seventh year, has awarded more than $4 million and leveraged $7 million in matching funds from landowners throughout Maryland and Virginia. This high leverage rate can be explained by the fact that these types of projects truly help landowners through their dual-purpose nature – erosion control and habitat benefits.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was one of the founding partners of this innovative program which to date, has funded 68 on-the-ground projects in local communities that have created 28,000 linear feet of living shoreline and 18 acres of wetland habitat. Today’s announcement of more than $800,000 marks the largest amount ever awarded to support this ground-breaking restoration technique, and celebrates the newest partner in the funding collaborative, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. NOAA and the Trust each contributed $275,000 in funding; the Maryland Department of the Environment contributed roughly $200,000; and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources contributed $50,000.

“We are working hard to ensure that Maryland meets its Chesapeake Bay restoration goals, and we are right on track,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown.  “I am pleased to see so many great organizations taking the initiative to implement techniques like living shorelines. These programs allow us to educate our communities about restoration efforts, while at the same time providing tangible benefits to the environment.”

“Living shorelines represent a win-win solution to shoreline erosion issues,” said Eric Schwaab, assistant administrator for fisheries at NOAA. “They replace hardened structures and bulkheads—which often increase erosion—with more natural, vegetated shorelines that not only prevent erosion and protect shorelines, but also provide habitat for fish and other wildlife.”

Today’s event was held at the site of three neighboring homeowners who worked together to remove bulkheads and build a contiguous living shoreline on their properties. During the gathering, experts also provided information to educate area residents on how they can create their own living shorelines and what living shorelines mean for private residential property.

“With so much Chesapeake Bay shoreline privately owned, it is important to educate residents about the benefits of living shorelines and how they can use these kinds of ‘green’ techniques on their own properties,” said Dr. Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “Projects like the 16 we are funding here today provide excellent examples of how living shorelines work, how neighbors can work together to build them, and what kinds of amazing ecological benefits they accomplish.”

Living Shoreline grant recipients include:

MARYLAND
Annapolis Cove Property Owners Association, Anne Arundel County, $40,000
Baltimore County Department of Recreation & Parks, Baltimore County, $13,336
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Talbot County, $60,000
Chester River Association, Queen Anne’s County, $99,000
Magothy Beach Improvement Association, Anne Arundel County, $100,000
North East Isles, Cecil County, $100,000
Severn Riverkeeper Program, Anne Arundel County, $18,784
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel County, $41,931
South River Federation, Anne Arundel County, $12,880
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s County, $16,500
The Gunston School, Queen Anne’s County, $100,000
West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Anne Arundel County, $39,850

VIRGINIA
City of Norfolk, VA, Norfolk, VA, $134,082
Friends of Norfolk’s Environment, Norfolk, VA, $5,894
Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Prince William County, Virginia, $16,500
The Landings at Bolling Square Community Association, Norfolk, VA, $11,212

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Living Shoreline Program visit www.cbtrust.org. For complete descriptions of these grant projects or photos from the event, email mmullins@cbtrust.org.

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Community Supports Talbot Mentors Through United Fund

Left to right, Nakiza Freeman, Dontrell Moaney and William Johnson are three of the four Talbot Mentors students who graduated from high school this year. Not pictured, Kehinde Gibson.

Talbot Mentors is a beneficiary of community contributions to this year’s annual United Fund of Talbot County campaign. The mentoring organization has been matching Talbot County students with adult volunteers for fifteen years and has served more than a hundred children through its program.

Talbot Mentors works with the school system to identify students who could benefit from having additional adult friends and role models in their lives. The staff carefully matches each child to a volunteer to help ensure a successful relationship.

The benefits to the children are as varied as the children themselves. Miguel Dennis has seen his mentee, Javion Emory, overcome initial shyness and, in their short time together, grow into a child who makes friends easily and is doing well in school. Dennis is Chief of St. Michaels Police Department and in April celebrated one year of being matched with Javion.

“During the past year, my relationship with him has grown to one of mutual respect, trust and support,” Dennis said, describing their relationship now as “awesome.”

Talbot Mentors holds activities and events throughout the year, both for the pairs and for the mentors alone. These provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of ideas among the mentors and often new experiences for the children.

Volunteers commit to meeting with their mentees at least an hour or two each week for a year, getting together for anything from sharing some ice cream to going to a ball game. Mentors often introduce the children to a wide range of experiences that they would not have had otherwise. Most matches end up lasting well beyond the one-year commitment, some for as long as five or more years, and many expect to have lifelong friendships.

Mentors can help students see previously unconsidered possibilities in their lives. Long-term benefits for children who have participated in the relatively young Talbot Mentors program are still to be seen, but the staff and mentors are gratified at the number of mentees who are graduating from high school and going on to additional education or vocational training.

Nine mentees graduated last year, the most since the program began. This year’s four graduates—Nakiza Freeman, Kehinde Gibson, Dontrell Moaney and William Johnson—all have plans to further their education.

There is no cost to the children or their families to participate in the Talbot Mentors program. The organization is supported through the United Fund and other grants, and individual contributions. Businesses and other organizations often sponsor specific events.

The heart of its program, however, is the volunteer mentors, who give their time and friendship to the children. More than 50 mentors currently donate their time, with others also serving on the board of directors and committees.

“In my short time with this organization, I’m amazed at how this truly is a community program,” said Paige Jernigan, Talbot Mentors’ new Executive Director, thanking the United Fund of Talbot County for its continued support. “From the United Fund and other donors who make our efforts possible, to the mentors who give so freely of their time to the children, to the students’ families who allow us to be a part of their children’s lives, to the students themselves who accept and welcome the mentors as their friends, this is a program where everyone in the community comes together to give these children a better chance at a better future.”

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.
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TM-Grads_2012.jpg: Left to right, Nakiza Freeman, Dontrell Moaney and William Johnson are three of the four Talbot Mentors students who graduated from high school this year. Not pictured, Kehinde Gibson.

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On the Wing: Tiny Birds are Sensitive Environmental Indicators

By Michael Burke

We looked skyward, our futile gazes drawn by a hidden bird’s persistent, penetrating trill coming from somewhere in

Northern parulas weigh about a third of an ounce, and measure just four and a half inches from their bills to the end of their black tails.

the endless palette of greens of the tree canopy that soared 80 feet or more overhead.. The song wasn’t pretty, but it was unmistakable. The note rose in intensity until it suddenly dropped to nothingness.

We were in the National Arboretum, the 400-plus-acre oasis in Northeast Washington, DC. The path we walked led us to a break in the foliage. We craned our necks anew and were rewarded with glimpses of tiny warblers flitting about in nearby treetops.

The voice and habitat alone were enough to convince us that we were looking at northern parulas (Parula americana), but we stopped to get a better look at these colorful wood warblers.

Northern parulas are tiny. Weighing about a third of an ounce, they measure just four and a half inches from their bills to the end of their black tails. When a bird is that small and 80 feet overheard, you’d better be equipped with good binoculars and cooperative lighting. Fortunately on this day, we had both.

One of the birds stopped its aerial dance in search of insects and perched obligingly on a terminal twig. He was still far away, but he held still long enough for closer inspection.

The yellow throat and chest caught my eye first. The head and wings were a cool blue-gray, contrasting with his white belly. The wings sported two white wing bars. Arcs of white also circled his eyes. The yellow of his throat blended seamlessly into the lower bill. The upper bill, in contrast, mimicked the blue-gray of the cap. Across his chest, reddish and black bands interrupted the yellow. His back was olive green.

The females look the same; except they don’t have the chest bands and the colors are a bit more subdued.

Like other warblers, parulas are Neotropical migrants. These birds head for Central America and the Caribbean each winter. On the return trip north in the spring, northern parulas look for a specific habitat.

In the southeastern United States, they seek tall trees with Spanish moss. Farther north, when the Spanish moss gives out, other epiphytes, particularly old man’s beard lichen, serve the same function. The females use the abundant epiphytes as nesting materials. In trees with extensive epiphytes, a nest constructed of such materials doesn’t look conspicuous.

In Central America and especially in the Caribbean, loss of habitat is reducing population density. In the United States, the loss of epiphytes, primarily to air pollution, strips the forests of an essential evolutionary element. Breeding bird survey data show a distinct band in New York State and lower New England where there are no parulas successfully breeding. Acid rain has killed off the sensitive lichen. And where there is no lichen, there are no parulas.

The area without parulas coincides with the worst cases of acid rain in the nation.

Poorly regulated power plants in the Midwest have poured pollution into the upper atmosphere for decades. Prevailing winds carry these plumes of pollution to the Northeast where the sulfur and nitrogen oxides are eventually washed out of the sky, with the damage concentrated in Central New York and across a swath of New England.

The acid rain has a devastating effect on the lakes in the region, robbing them of much of their native aquatic life. The high-pH rainwater has also been lethal to epiphytes. Parulas have lost nesting habitat while humans suffer from smog and soot. Thankfully, regulators have begun to crack down.

The parula in the arboretum didn’t face those challenges. He left his perch to resume gleaning insects from the high foliage. Another trill rose to its crescendo before suddenly disappearing.

To some, the abrupt ending of the bird’s song suggests this delicate species might suddenly be eliminated by a combination of pollution and habitat loss.

I hear a different meaning. These are tiny but rugged birds built for survival as well as beauty.

They spend the summer producing another generation and then make the long migration from the Chesapeake to the Caribbean and back. They will have to work around areas that humans have destroyed or despoiled.

But next year they will be back, at the top of the tree, announcing anew their presence. It’s the song of a survivor, and I find it inspiring in spite of its noisy nature.

Mike Burke is an amateur naturalist who lives in Cheverly, MD.

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Hearthstone Health & Fitness Donates New Member Joining Fees to Pickering Creek

Dave Tuthill (right), President of Hearthstone Health and Fitness, presents check to Pickering Creek Center Director, Mark Scallion

Hearthstone Health and Fitnessrecently donated $2,250 to the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Easton. One hundred percent of the fitness center’s July new member joining fees were given in support of the center’s outdoor Challenge Course and other youth programs.

“It has always been my desire to select worthy local organizations to periodically benefit from our membership drives. Pickering Creek was a logical choice since its mission dovetails nicely with what Hearthstone is doing,” commented Hearthstone President, Dave Tuthill. “Their youth Challenge Course helps prepare young people for both the physical and mental demands of adult life. Their emphasis on holistic education and practices will help these young people become vibrant and productive adults. It is a pleasure to be helping out Pickering Creek in this way. We are very pleased to channel a significant contribution to them as a result of our membership initiative.”

Pickering Creek Audubon Center is dedicated to community-based conservation of natural resources through environmental education and outreach on the Eastern Shore. The 400-acre working farm next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County features a variety of ways the community can engage with nature and is free and open to the public 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. The center has been providing excellent environmental and science education programs to students from eight Maryland Counties and the District of Columbia for more than 25 years. Over 16,000 school children visit each year and are given the opportunity to make a physical and emotional connection to the Chesapeake Bay. The Challenge Course is just one of the many youth programs the center offers.

“We were very honored to partner with Hearthstone,” comments Center Director, Mark Scallion. “Their commitment to our educational mission and enriching the lives of the young people we work with is admirable and impressive.”

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Maryland Judiciary Seeks Public Input on Electronic Court Case Management System

The Maryland Judiciary has been moving forward with a project that will change the way the state’s courts receive, send and keep forms, filings and case records. Now, the Judiciary is asking for the public’s input on that project, Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC).

MDEC is a single Judiciary-wide integrated electronic case management system that will be used by the courts in the state court system. Courts will collect, store, and process records electronically, and will be able to instantly access complete records as cases travel from District Court to Circuit Court and on to the appellate courts. The new system will ultimately become “paper-on-demand,” that is, paper records will be available when specifically asked for.

The system will be installed county-by-county or in groups of counties starting in Anne Arundel County on or about August 31, 2013.

The Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules Committee) is developing rules to accommodate MDEC.

The Court is inviting public comments on five core policy issues and certain of the possible options identified regarding those issues:
1) To what extent should the electronic filing of documents be mandatory?
2) What should be the requirements for a filer’s signature on electronically filed documents?
3) Will the electronic version of electronically filed documents be the official record of such documents?
4) What access should be allowed to the electronic record?
5) What kinds of fees, if any, should be charged for (i) the electronic filing of documents; (ii) the filing of paper documents; (iii) remote access to electronic records; or (iv) general operation and maintenance of the MDEC system?

Comments may include other issues and suggest other options. All comments should be in writing and sent to Sandra F. Haines, Esq., 2011-D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, Md., 21401, on or before Sept 21.

The Court of Appeals will hold a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m., to consider the written comments. Oral presentations will not be permitted except by invitation of the Court.

Details, including the full listing of the five issues and their various options, are available on the Judiciary’s website, which has the full public notice: http://mdcourts.gov/coappeals/pdfs/publicmeetingmdec.pdf.

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Fredrick Douglass Society Presents “Paul Robeson” September 8

The Family and Friends of Asbury and Green Chappel, Inc and The Frederick Douglass Honor Society have joined together bringing to Easton and the Mid-Shore the powerful stage production “Paul Robeson,” staring Jason McKinney, as Paul Robeson and Christopher Bagley as Lawrence Brown.

This one evening only performance takes place on Saturday, September 8, 2012, 7:30 PM at the Todd Performing Acts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD. Tickets for this production are available through the Todd Performing Arts Center Box Office: (410) 827-5867, 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday.

A retrospective on Robeson’s triumphs and disappoints, “Paul Robeson” by playwright Phillip Hayes Dean, chronicles in word and music the life and legacy of this culture-shaping American. The epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man Paul Robeson was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist. His talents made him a revered man of his time, yet his radical political beliefs all but erased him from popular history. Today, more than one hundred years after his birth, Robeson is just beginning to receive the credit he is due.

During the 1940s, Robeson’s political activism brought him to the attention of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during World War II, Robeson was singled out as a major threat to American democracy. Every attempt was made to silence and discredit him. Of this time, Lawrence Brown, writer and long-time colleague of Robeson, states: “Paul Robeson was the most persecuted, the most ostracized, the most condemned black man in America, then or ever.”

To this day, Paul Robeson’s many accomplishments remain eclipsed by the propaganda of those who sought to silence his voice. His role as a spokesman for civil rights here in the US and around the world remains relatively unknown. Though a handful of movies and recordings are still available, they are a sad testament to one of the greatest Americans of the twentieth century. If we are to remember Paul Robeson for anything, it should be for the courage and the dignity with which he struggled for his own personal voice and for the rights of all people.

Proceeds from this performance benefit the Fredrick Douglass Honor Society’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and the ongoing restoration efforts of the Asbury and Green Chappel.

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Casting Call for New Motivational Theatre Production

The Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre is holding auditions for the winning script of the 2012 Carlton E Spitzer Excellence in Writing Award, “Ten Seconds” written by Brian Petti. Director Anita Tecce states, “’Ten Seconds’ is a powerful play which illustrates the negative effects our perceptions of, and actions toward, people with challenges can have. We need several strong actors to portray these sensitive characters.”

Needed is a cast of 4 men ages 25-35 and 1 woman, age 40-60. These roles are moving and riveting; substantial roles that offer an opportunity for actors to challenge their talent. No roles are pre-cast. Newcomers to Motivational Theatre and the stage are welcome.

In addition to casting the play “Ten Seconds’, HGGMT is casting for various short monologues, needed are men & women ages 18 and older.

Auditions are Friday September 7 at 7pm and Saturday September 8 at 1pm at the Talbot County Visitors Center on 11 S. Harrison Street in Easton.

Performance dates are in November. For additional information, contact atecce@chesapeake.edu

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Stitch & Chat @ St Michaels Library

On Thursday, September 6, at 10:00 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a quiet place to stitch with friends. Patrons are invited to bring their your own projects and stitch with a group.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Date and Time of Event:September 6, 10:00 a.m.
Location: 106 Fremont Street, St. Michaels
Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

September Skywatch: Autumn Arrives

Venus

The planets, which have been producing great views for skywatchers all summer long, begin to fade somewhat in September. Saturn will continue to be seen but only in evening twilight about 10 degrees up in the west/southwest an hour after sunset. At magnitude –0.8 Saturn is brighter than any other object in this area of the sky. It also appears about 5 degrees above +1.0 magnitude Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Both Spica and Saturn will appear to dip lower throughout the month, setting just 60 minutes after sunset by the end of September. After this, Saturn will be invisible for awhile, passing behind the Sun, but re-appearing in the eastern early morning sky in late November.

Mars may also be spotted in early September, only 10 degrees (width of an extended, clenched fist held against the sky), to the left of Saturn, and noticeably dimmer than the ringed planet. However its ruddy color contrasts nicely with with Saturn’s yellowish hue —- noticeable especially if you look at each of them through binoculars. Telescopes will reveal Saturn’s rings but not much in surface detail on Mars. It is too far away from Earth now to allow that. Mars will appear to move against the background stars from right to left (west to east) through the month, and away from Saturn. On September 19th, a thin crescent Moon may be seen just below Mars.

Brilliant Jupiter rises around midnight on September nights, appearing among the stars of Taurus the bull. But it does not get high enough above the eastern horizon to see it well until just a few hours before dawn. It is at –2.4 magnitude all month (very bright) and the last quarter Moon will be seen just one degree from it on September 8th.

Even more dazzling than Jupiter, Venus rises around 3 am local time in September among the background stars of Gemini, and later, moving into Cancer. A neat treat for sky-watchers occurs on the pre-dawn morning of September 12th, when the waning crescent Moon is just below and slightly right of Venus; while the planet itself is 3 degrees below M44, the open cluster of stars known as the “Beehive.”

Binoculars will give great views of all three individually and also collectively.

The Autumnal Equinox ushers in the Fall season as summer ends astronomically at 10:49 am EDT on September 22nd. At this time the the Sun’s apparent wandering path through the zodiac (apparent motion of Sun actually caused by Earth orbiting the Sun) puts the Sun exactly on the celestial equator. This brings equal portions of night and day —— 12 hours of each —- to most places on Earth (except the poles).

Full Moon this month is September 29th; New Moon is on September 15th, and First Quarter Moon is the 22nd.

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Chesapeake Film Festival Announces its 2012 Fifth Anniversary Lineup

The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) is pleased to announce the film schedule for the 5th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Film Festival, to be held September 21-23 in downtown Easton and Oxford, MD.  Bringing the best in independent film to Talbot County – along with wonderful music, diverse art and loads of excitement – CFF invites its audience to experience the inspiration, education and fun that films can provide.

The drama “LUV” was filmed entirely in the Baltimore area and received a lot of attention during this year’s Sundance and Maryland Film Festivals. It will be shown Sunday September 23 at the Chesapeake Film Festival.

Dozens of films will be screened day and night at the Avalon Theatre, the Academy Art Museum and the Talbot County Free Library, ALL IN Easton, and at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford. Individual film tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  New this year, a 3 for $25 ticket will be offered and a weekend pass for all films and panels can be purchased for $150.  Join the “Directors Club” for $500. And get 2 full access festival passes. For a film schedule and to purchase tickets visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com. Call the CFF office at 410-822-3500 for more information. Box office opens Sept. 17th.

The Chesapeake Film Festival has been showcasing a wide variety of films for five years. The Festival features both local independent films and award-winning films previously screened at Sundance, Cannes, SxSW, Tribeca, Slamdance and other festivals.  Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance and audience interaction with them is one of the highlights of the event.

Festival and Programming Director, Rhonda Thomson notes, “Every year, we preview hundreds of films in our effort to bring only the finest to our festival.  Just when I think we can’t possibly put together a slate better than that of the year prior, something magical happens and the programming committee creates another knock-out film schedule!”

CFF’s Opening Night, on Friday, September 21 at 6 PM, will feature the film “The Playroom,” followed by Q & A with director Julia Dyer and actor Olivia Harris at the Avalon Theatre.  “The Playroom” stars John Hawkes (of CFF 2010’s “Winters Bone” and CFF 2012’s “Arcadia”), Molly Parker (from TV’s “The Firm”) and newcomer Olivia Harris.  The film tells the story of the Cantwells, a 1970’s suburban family struggling to find their way in a rapidly changing world.  After the screening, there will be a celebration at the Academy Art Museum.

Saturday, September 22, CFF sponsor, Town Creek Foundation, will host multiple cutting-edge environmental films, including “A Fierce Green Fire” and “The Economics of Happiness,” followed by expert panel discussions.  A new venue this year, the Oxford Community Center will present the fascinating healthcare documentary “Escape Fire” and a post-film panel discussion, along with four other films (“Arise”, “Terra Blight”, “Harvest of Empire” and “The Playroom”) throughout the weekend.  Another new venue, the Talbot County Free Library, will screen a wide variety of films, from shorts for children to heartbreaking drama (“Sweet Old World”) to a documentary about Olympian Jesse Owens.

Saturday evening’s Saturday Night Shorts program at the Avalon Theatre will feature the world premiere of local filmmaker Cecile Davis’ short musical film “Jolene,” followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew including Exec. Producer Stacey Brumbaugh and Producer Tim Weigand. The shorts program begins at 7:30 PM and “Jolene” is set to begin at 9 PM.

In conjunction with the Chesapeake Film Festival, “Let’s Be Shore: A Conversation about Land and Water” will be presented on Sunday, September 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the Talbot County Free Library.  The Let’s Be Shore panelists will draw on themes and ideas presented in the short films “The Last Waterman of Wittman” and “Meet Your Farmer.”  Moderated by filmmaker Doug Sadler (“Swimmers”), a panel discussion, spurred by the films, will ask audience members to consider what is most important to them about the Eastern Shore. Panelists include noted author Tom Horton, agricultural leader Jennifer Rhodes and filmmaker Ethan Goldwater (“The Last Waterman of Wittman”). The event is free.

“We feel that film is a clear and powerful tool for educating and reflecting on issues that are important to everyone. The Chesapeake Film Festival weekend is an ideal weekend to “watch, think and discuss” both the local and national films that CFF has brought to our area.  Maryland Humanities Council is excited to bring local issues to the discussion and expand on the dialogue element of the festival,” said Beth Barbush, Producer of Let’s Be Shore at the Maryland Humanities Council.

And Liza Ledford, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Film Festival, said, “CFF thanks the Town Creek Foundation and Maryland Humanities Council for putting together such world class panel presentations as part of our festival programming.  We believe in their missions and are pleased that CFF’s vision of being a hub for important, relevant current affairs is coming to fruition.  Cheers to all involved; it’s going to be a dynamic weekend!”

The Chesapeake Film Festival’s Closing Night film, “LUV” begins at 5 PM on Sunday, September 23 at the Avalon Theatre.  Baltimore-bred director, Shelton Candis, and actor, Michael Rainey, Jr., will be on hand during a question and answer period. The drama was filmed entirely in the Baltimore area and received a lot of attention during this year’s Sundance and Maryland Film Festivals.

September 21-23Chesapeake Film Festival – Easton and Oxford – www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

 

About the Chesapeake Film Festival

The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) mission is “to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing the finest in narrative, documentary and short film to the Chesapeake Bay community.” For more information, call 410-822-3500 or visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com or email info@chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

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