Archives for August 2013

Cowboys, Cowgirls, Cattle, and Thoroughbreds to Cut Loose at Pimlico

When the Retired Racehorse Training Project announced that 26 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses would appear at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland to demonstrate their talent for second careers, nobody envisioned a western invasion of Maryland hunt country.

Barown Slew and Trish Bosley of Royal Oak, one of the 26 teams of trainers and thoroughbreds in the project.

Barown Slew and Trish Bosley of Royal Oak, one of the 26 teams of trainers and thoroughbreds in the project.

The majority of the demonstrations at the October 5 and 6 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium will feature the traditional English sports that Thoroughbreds have excelled in for centuries, but today RRTP announced that the western disciplines will move in on Pimlico in a big way.

“When one of our trainers, Dale Simanton, requested some cattle for his demonstration at Pimlico, we all thought he was kidding,” said RRTP president Steuart Pittman. “We didn’t think our friends at Maryland Jockey Club would let cattle anywhere near their racetrack, but we were wrong. So we had a conference call with Dale and his crew and decided he should not bring just one ranch horse, he should bring as many as he could fit in his trailer so we could host a full ranch rodeo demonstration.”

Dale’s South Dakota ranch is home to Gate to Great, a program that retrains Thoroughbreds off the track to do the ranch work typical of western cattle operations.  The ranch is also home to what may be the only all-Thoroughbred ranch rodeo team in the nation, a team that will now be making an appearance at the RRTP Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium.  In addition to his Makeover horse, Drake’s Dancer (aka Duck), Dale will bring four off-track Thoroughbred geldings that are fully trained in ranch work and rodeo competition to wow the crowds at Pimlico.

Dale won’t be alone in bringing a Makeover horse that knows how to work cattle.  To top off the western flavor of the weekend, Saturday will also feature an off-track Thoroughbred barrel competition that includes Thoroughbred Makeover contestant Nikki and Symphonic Cat. Like Dale, Nikki also hails from the west, she is a native of Paso Robles, California.  And while she is training Symphonic Cat for barrel racing and gymkhana, she has also done a cattle drive and a team penning competition with him. “It’s what we do with our horses out here,” said the twenty-two year old Nikki, “and Thoroughbreds off the track are my horse of choice.”

Baron Slew

Baron Slew

The barrel race will also feature the winner and four runners-up from this summer’s Extreme Retired Racehorse Makeover Barrel Race held in Ohio.  “These girls have more fun with their Thoroughbreds than should be legal,” said Jackie Harris, the founder of the Dreaming of Three Foundation and barrel racing promoter who organized the event. “We plan to light up the race track and show the East Coast what their Thoroughbreds can do.”

The western invasion will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening during the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Racecourse. More information and tickets are available online atwww.retiredracehorsetraining.org.

The RRTP Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium will be held October 5 and 6 at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.  The event will feature two full days of educational seminars, meetings, demonstrations, and the culmination of the Thoroughbred Makeover. 26 trainers from 15 states in ten equestrian disciplines will demonstrate what their horses have learned in just three months of second career training. Polo, dressage, eventing, barrel racing, cattle work, police work, hunters, jumpers, natural horsemanship, and tricks will be featured both by the Makeover horses and in special demonstrations from top horses in many of these disciplines. The weekend includes a trade fair and an evening celebration with Thoroughbred Storytelling by very special guests.

The Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) is a 501©3 charitable organization working to increase demand for retired Thoroughbred race horses as pleasure and sport horses through public events, clinics, training publications, videos and internet tools. Our mission is to facilitate the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by educating the public about the history, distinctive characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of the iconic American Thoroughbred. More information may be found at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org .

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Green Jobs For Youth In The Chesapeake Bay

Suzanne Sullivan

Suzanne Sullivan

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is delighted to announce that beginning in September we will increase our staff of conservation advocates to nine, adding a new Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer for a one-year internship. The Chesapeake Conservation Corps program is designed to engage young adults (18 – 25 years old) in environmental and energy conservation projects, accomplishing bay restoration and developing valuable career skills at the same time.

MRC participated as a host in the program last year for two Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers, Tim Rosen and Elle O’Brien, both of whom will be staying on as full-time MRC employees. With such great success in the program, MRC will host Suzanne Sullivan this year!

Suzanne graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in Biology. With a background in both environmental restoration work and environmental education, she will make a perfect fit with the MRC team! The Chesapeake Conservation Corps program is funded by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  Suzanne selected MRC as her first choice out of seventy competing non-profit programs.  In her own words, she explains why:

I am thrilled to be joining MRC this year as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps fellow.  Having grown up on the Boston waterfront, I understand the environmental and cultural impact a major waterway can have on a community.  While studying Biology at UMass Amherst, the Chesapeake Bay was often used as an example of a regional and national resource.  I am very excited for the opportunity to move to Maryland and work towards the conservation of one of the nation’s largest watersheds.  I chose to work with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy because of their unique combination of restoration, education, and their partnerships with local landowners and legislature.  I have always been passionate about the environment and I cannot wait to begin a career in conservation.

Suzanne is an enthusiastic, committed individual who will add a new dimension to MRC. She will contribute to our broadening programs as we work to protect and restore our rivers at all levels. As a community, please welcome Suzanne Sullivan to Easton and our mission!

 

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Food Friday: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

_FF_themostwonderfultimeoftheyear“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s not exactly fall yet, we have a few more weeks according to the calendar before things start to cool down. School has started, and it is the season of the lunch box. I can remember mornings staring grimly into the refrigerator, trying to devise clever lunches for our two. Sometimes I would post magazine or newspaper columns with a magnet to the front of the fridge, willing creativity to visit my pathetic precaffeinated brain. But, as in art, divine inspiration does not come by mere humble beseeching of the gods. One must plan. Or if planning is impossible, one must at least have a stock of good leftovers. Or a realistic crib sheet…

Lunch is my favorite meal, because it sometimes includes potato chips or French fries. Since I work from home I do not go out to lunch with any regularity, or at least, any guilt-free regularity. And there are the budget constraints. How can I possibly justify spending $8.00 on a BLT when I have half a pound of sliced turkey in the cheese drawer? I am far too lazy to cook bacon for myself for an individual meal – but if I remember to cook a few extra slices on Sunday, the bacon warms up nicely in the microwave come Wednesday. There is always a tomato in the fruit basket, and there is half a loaf of rye bread in the breadbox. There is a jar of pickles and a bag of Lay’s potato chips and a can of Diet Coke. I need to quit my bellyaching and step away from the computer and trot off to lunch bliss. There is even a new New Yorker to read.

In the eight grade, Sheila brought a baloney and ketchup sandwich every day for months. Last week we noted that Harriet the Spy carried tomato sandwiches for her school lunches for 5 years. When he was shorter, The Tall One carried an American Cheese Food Product sandwich with French’s day-glow yellow mustard on white Pepperidge Farm bread for a grade or two. He has confided to me that on Sundays now he grills a few chicken breasts to have for his box lunches during the week. Eureka! It only took 21 years!

It is practically chic to bring leftovers in your lunch even to your fancy office. Everyone is concerned with carbon footprints and saving a few dollar. When you are planning lunches I would warn you away from anything that needs re-heating, since school kids don’t have access to microwaves, and you really don’t want to scare your co-workers away with your heady aromas of broccoli or garlic. Stinky second-hand Chinese food will not win you any friends, I am sad to say. Keep the more odoriferous stuff for midnight snacks. Do not take Lean Cuisines to the office! Look for items that can fit between two slices of bread and be eaten cold or at room temperature and go from there.

Cold Lunch bag sandwiches:

Bacon (on buttered white toast)
BLT (get fancy – add a slice of avocado and some sprouts)
Baloney (it’s been years, but I used to love this on rye with spicy brown mustard, then there is the Sheila Way, with catsup)
Bruschetta (tomatoes, feta, garlic and olive tapenade on toasted French bread, and many, many napkins)
Cheese (American, Gouda, Swiss, Provolone, Laughing Cow; you name it)
Chicken (fancier: chicken & marinated zucchini) (try a wrap with black beans and tomato)
Chicken salad (add some apple, red grapes and celery)
Chickpea salad (in a pita with onion and hummus)
Corned beef (on rye)
Crab cake (on a sandwich roll, dusted with Old Bay and a light wave of the mayo spoon)
Cucumber (sliced thin, on crustless bread, with the best butter, please)
Egg salad (add crunchy lettuce and tomato)
Elvis sandwich (Peanut butter, banana, bacon)
Fluffernutter (you need no instruction)
Ham and cheese (fancier: ham, brie and apple and a baguette or a croissant)
Ham salad (add thin slices of cucumber and use a nice dark bread)
Hero (I think everything in your deli drawer would be appropriate here – ham, cheese, salami, pepperoni, onion, lettuce, tomato, Italian dressing – a veritable cornucopia of cold cuts!)
Lobster roll (a schmear of mayo – don’t mess with perfection)
Meatball (we usually fight with the dog for the leftover meatballs – he usually wins)
Meatloaf (add olive tapenade, dill pickles and sliced sweet onion)
Mozzarella and Tomato (line the bread with lots of basil leaves or lettuce)
Pan-bagnat (fancier: tuna nicoise)
Pastrami (rye bread with some cheese and good mustard)
Peanut butter (as a tot I would add a layer of potato chips; I never liked jelly on mine)
The Pilgrim Sandwich (it comes but once a year – so enjoy it! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, stuffing on left over crescent rolls if you are lucky or just fine on white or rye)
Pimento cheese (the song of the South – can be spread on crackers or bread, be sure to trim the crusts especially if you are entertaining golfers)
Ploughman’s lunch (Bread, pickle, cheese – hold the beer!)
Prosciutto and cheddar (on crusty peasant bread)
Roast beef (fancier: with cucumber, pickles and mayo) (horseradish sauce, parsley & watercress)
Salami (add roasted peppers, provolone and more arugula) (cream cheese, spicy brown mustard and arugula)
Smoked salmon (dill, of course, with capers and cream cheese)
Spinach and artichoke (with roasted red pepper and provolone in a wrap)
Tomato (read last week’s Food Friday: The End of the Vine)
Turkey (add avocado and pickled chiles) (or – add ricotta, red peppers & arugula) (Or my favorite way, that I had first in London in a pub as part of a free lunch – can you imagine? Fresh turkey on a warm, sliced baguette with lashings of Colman’s mustard – which permanently cleared my sinuses)
Tuna salad (try a wrap to be different, with some honey mustard and grated carrot, add pesto)
Veggie Sandwich – cucumber, radish, carrot, goat cheese, avocado, sprouts, hummus
Watercress (on white bread, with unsalted butter – for adventure add radish slices)

Here is a rabbit hole for you:

http://www.thrillist.com/food/nation/national-sandwich-day

http://xray-delta.com/2013/08/05/earl-of-sandwich-best-sandwich-lists/

http://www.food.com/recipes/sandwiches

“One consequential change is that people used to get most of their calories at breakfast and midday, with only the evening top-up at suppertime. Now those intakes are almost exactly reversed. Most of us consume the bulk–a sadly appropriate word here–of our calories in the evening and take them to bed with us, a practice that doesn’t do any good at all.”
― Bill Bryson, “At Home: A Short History of Private Life”

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New Gifts Move Phillips Wharf Closer to New Center

Kelley Cox in St. Michaels with PWEC’s traveling aquarium, the “Fishmobile.”  --

Kelley Cox in St. Michaels with PWEC’s traveling aquarium, the “Fishmobile.”

The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s campaign to purchase the Harrison’s Oyster House property beside the Tilghman bridge just got a big boost with two new gifts totaling $25,000.  One donation was for $5,000 and another was for $20,000, both from local residents.

“We believe the Phillips Wharf project can become an important educational center for Tilghman Island and all of Talbot County,” wrote the major donor.  “Our hope is that this donation will help call attention to this project and move others to contribute toward the goal of purchasing the Harrison property.”

Kelley Cox, PWEC’s executive director, was most appreciative.  “We’re especially grateful because this is the moment when support is most needed,” she said.  “Every gift right now encourages others to step forward to secure the property before the mid-October deadline” for raising the requisite amount.

Cox says they are within sight of that goal.  “We’re getting close, and I know many people are hoping we’ll have the chance to make the Oyster House Project a reality.” When the project comes to fruition, “It will be very good for our area and for our watermen.”

Asked if she thought the money will be raised in time, Cox replied, “I think because of our recent outreach, our campaign is gaining momentum,” she said with a smile.  “This has been a good week, and we really appreciate all the support.”

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St. Michaels Commissioners Reevaluate Ethics Policy After Commissioner Thomas “Tad” duPont Resigns

In response to the onerous new ethics regulations forced upon Maryland towns by the General Assembly in 2010, Commissioner Tad duPont resigned from his post on Friday, August 23, 2013. He had said in public on several occasions that if the town was forced into adopting the State Ethics Commission’s “Model B” (specifically, the financial disclosure and conflict of interest standards offered by the state for smaller jurisdictions), he would be unwilling to continue his term as a Commissioner.

At the Commissioners meeting on Wednesday evening, August 28th, Commission President Mike Vlahovich read aloud Mr. duPont’s letter of resignation, in which Mr. duPont said that he found the ethics requirements under the new law to be a huge invasion of privacy. He also said that he believed it would severely limit the town of St. Michaels from attracting qualified persons to serve on the town Commission. In the interests of protecting the privacy of his own business patrons and family members, his letter said that had no choice but to resign his post.

After reading the letter, Commissioner Mike Vlahovich said that the resignation “leaves a huge hole in this Commission.”

The next steps for the Commissioners will be to appoint a replacement by majority vote to serve out Mr. duPont’s term, which continues through June of 2014.

After 3 years of debate, discussion and action after the 2010 state ethics law was put in place, the town of St. Michaels has not yet formed a final response to the state ethics commission.  Town Attorney Chip McLeod was present at Wednesday’s meeting, and offered a recap of the present standings of the town and the State Ethics Commission.

The town initially asked for a full exemption from the law, as did hundreds of small towns in Maryland. St. Michaels was granted an exemption to the state law requiring regulation of lobbyists, but not regarding conflict of interest or financial disclosure.

The Commissioners met a number of times since 2011 to address the issue, and even drafted a new ethics ordinance with the assistance of the town’s ethics commission. That ordinance was never introduced, because the Commissioners decided in 2012 to pursue a different strategy suggested by McLeod. That strategy was to offer the state’s “Model B” with an additional paragraph granting specific rights to the town’s ethics commission to grant exemptions in individual cases. That request was denied by the state. After that denial, the Commissioners met twice and revised the ordinance that was created in 2011 with even more stringent financial disclosure requirements than the current ethics policy in place.

The state has asked St. Michaels to either submit their new ethics ordinance or a report on their progress by September 12, 2013.

Commissioner Ann Borders said that she had done homework on the issue, and found that some 80 jurisdictions were granted full exemptions to the ethics law. Oxford, Trappe and Rock Hall are among the 80 granted exemptions. The exemptions are granted based on size of population relative to town budget and payroll. It is believed that factors such as St. Michaels’ police force and public works department size, as well as funds for Miles Point are among the reasons that St. Michaels was not granted the full exception, in spite of the town’s relatively small population. The fact that the town requires a larger staff in response to the tourist trade puts it in a different position than towns of similar population in Maryland.

Acting upon the advice of Attorney Chip McLeod, the Commissioners may ask the state to re-consider a full exemption to the ethics law, given that the issue has been such a philosophical dilemma for the town, including the fact that the issue has resulted in an action as serious as the resignation of a Commissioner.

McLeod reminded the Commissioners that they have had an ethics ordinance in place for some time, including an ethics commission and a procedure through which anyone could pursue an ethics complaint against a public servant.

The Commissioners introduced both the revised town ordinance and the state’s Model B ordinance into the record, so that they will be able to vote upon either one of those options at a subsequent meeting. Attorney McLeod is preparing a response to the State in which an update of the town’s progress will be ready by the September 12th deadline.

Several members of the public spoke at the meeting. One of them was Ted Doyle, representing  the Talbot County Taxpayers Association, who wrote a letter to the state against the town’s request for the initial exemption. Doyle said that his group did not believe that it was necessary for the town to have to go to the extent of “Model B”, but that public officials should be required to disclose any ownership in property anywhere, not just in Maryland, and that all sources of income (but not amounts) should be disclosed as well. He said that with the inclusion of those two items in the town’s ethics code, his group will support the town’s request for a full exemption from the state law.

Commissioner Vlahovich asked members of the public to participate in the process by writing letters to the State Ethics Commission. The public can reach the State Commission at: 45 Calvert S., 3rd floor, Annapolis, MD 21401.

The Commissioners will take up the issue again at their next meeting, on September 11, 2013.

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Julia Child Author Offers Free Seminar on Kitchen Design

Pamela Heyne believes she is the only architect ever to have interviewed Julia Child about kitchen design. Pamela is currently writing a book focussing on Julia’s last two home kitchens,  providing tips and showing how those old fashioned kitchens just might be relevant today.  (One of those kitchens is currently on display in the Smithsonian.)

Julia’s home kitchens were anti-glitz and designed to be easy for the cook….from materials, access to tools, lighting. They required minimal walking.  They also  were eat-in kitchens….the table was smack in the middle of the action. Pamela remembers how pleasant it was to sit down at Julia’s table, rather than teetering on a high stool at an island,  and have a delicious cup of French coffee as Julia expounded on her ideas.

Eat-in kitchen designed by Pamela Heyne, AIA

Eat-in kitchen designed by Pamela Heyne, AIA

Pamela is a graduate of Smith College, as was Julia.  She also has a degree in architecture from Yale School of Architecture and is author of two previous books on design.

Pamela will host a seminar on “The New Old Fashioned Kitchen” at her studio in St. Michaels, October 11 at 10:00. She will convey some of Julia’s tips and show how a kitchen inspired by Julia does not have to look like Julia’s. She will also discuss the latest energy efficient appliances, lighting and care for materials such as Julia’s favorite butcher block. French coffee (naturally) and a Julia Child nibble will be provided.  free. Reservations required.  (410-714-9040 or pam@pamelaheyne.com)

Julia Child & Pamela Heyne

Julia Child & Pamela Heyne

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David Douglas Exhibition Opens at Academy Art Museum

Contemporary artist David Douglas has the ability to portray people in imaginary spots and place them throughout interior and exterior environments. These Places That I Know: David A. Douglas, will be on display through October 13, 2013 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.  The exhibit offers curator-led tours on Friday, September 6 at 12 noon and Wednesday, September 25 at 12 noon.

Douglas has created a powerful collection of works within a hyper-real universe where floors and walls radiate with jewel-like intensity and doors in rough industrial spaces give abruptly onto pastoral scenes. His spatial compositions are visual feasts that lead the eye in and out of doors to observe the scenes. The content of the atmospheres created by Douglas are varied, but coherent. In the works of David Douglas there is a silent solidarity reminiscent of the work of Edward Hopper, and at times the relationships of objects and the spaces remind us of the magic of Magritte.

Douglas’s most recent project brings him to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. His large scale pieces explore the unique beauty and haunting landscape of this special place. David Douglas work is in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler Museum, and the Academy Art Museum.

David-Douglas-Still-Life-with-Tulip-Magnolia-and-Onancock-House-(782x1024)David A. Douglas, Still Life with Tulip Magnolia in Bryan Library, 2009 Artist’s proof printed with Ultrachrome archival ink

on Epson Enhanced Matt archival paper, AAM 2012.014.3  Gift of the artist.

The exhibition is made possible by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and Talbot County Arts Council. The Museum is located at 106 South St., Easton, MD, 21601. For further information, call 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.

 

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Illicit Drug use Continues to Increase

Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention reports that an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 8.7 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month, according to a report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This is up from 8.3 percent in 2002. According to the report, the increase mostly reflects a recent rise in the use of marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug.

Marijuana use has increased since 2007. In 2011, there were 18.1 million current (past-month) users—about 7.0 percent of people aged 12 or older—up from 14.4 million (5.8 percent) in 2007. Cocaine use has gone down in the last few years; from 2006 to 2011, the number of current users aged 12 or older dropped from 2.4 million to 1.4 million. Prescription drug use and more recently, heroin, however have increased.

The primary reason for the growth in heroin use is the increase in the number of people who have switched from abusing prescription drugs to heroin. Adults and teenagers who became addicted to prescription drugs are now buying heroin from drug dealers.

In Talbot County, statistics from the Talbot Health Department show that alcohol abuse continues to be the primary reason for treatment for our adults, however 50% or more of those treated use 2 or more drugs and 30% use 3 or more.  In our adult (18 and over) population, we are seeing an increase in heroin use, particularly intravenous use.

Talbot County has had 21 unintentional intoxication deaths in the time period from 2007 – 2012.  Fourteen of these deaths were related to opoid use; 6 of them heroin.  Our rates had declined in 2008 through 2011 but increased sharply in 2012.

Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers. There were just over 3.0 million new users (initiates) of illicit drugs in 2011, or about 8,400 new users per day. Half (51 percent) were under 18. More than half of new illicit drug users begin with marijuana. Next most common are prescription pain relievers, followed by inhalants (which is most common among younger teens).

After alcohol, marijuana has the highest rate of dependence or abuse among all drugs. In 2011, 4.2 million Americans met clinical criteria for dependence or abuse of marijuana in the past year—more than twice the number for dependence/abuse of prescription pain relievers (1.8 million) and four times the number for dependence/abuse of cocaine (821,000).

For further information on illicit drugs, contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067 or info@talbotpartnership.org. Please also visit our website atwww.talbotpartnership.org or find us on Facebook.

Greet Skipjack Race Captains & Crews September 20

On Friday, September 20, the public is invited to welcome the captains and crews of the skipjacks participating in the 2013 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race in Cambridge. The reception will be held at Snappers Waterfront Café in Cambridge from 6 to 8 p.m. the evening before the race.

Craig’s Drug Store is sponsoring the Captains & Crew Reception, which will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception and race are coordinated by volunteers of the nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee and the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester.

Reception tickets are $25 if purchased in advance and $30 after September 14 or at the door. Tickets are available online through the current-race page of the Nathan’s website, www.skipjack-nathan.org. All proceeds benefit the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race, which takes place on Saturday, September 21, beginning at 10 a.m. off Long Wharf in Cambridge.

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SnappersLineUp.jpg: Some of last year’s competing skipjacks line up at the bulkhead near Snappers Waterfront Café,

where the Captains & Crew Reception will be held on Friday, September 20. [Photo by Cyndy Carrington Miller]

Copyright © 2013 by Dorchester Skipjack Committee, Inc. Permission is granted to use any photos within this Press Release only for publication and not for sale or resale. All other rights reserved.

For tickets or more information on the reception or race, call 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org.

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Salisbury Film Festival Begins Sept, 8

Quartet-Poster-(1)The Salisbury Film Society presents four unique, critically acclaimed features in its fall film series. Screenings are 2:30 p.m. Sundays in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium at Salisbury University.

The series begins September 8 with the comedy Quartet directed by award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman. The rumor mill at Beecham House is stirring when retirees get wind that the home for retired musicians will soon host a new guest. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson this sort of talk is par for the course. But they’re in for a surprise when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner and super-diva Jean Horton. Her solo career and superstar ego had long since ruined their friendship and her marriage to group member Reggie. Can time heal old wounds? Can the friends mend their relationship in time for the Beecham House’s gala concert? TheWashington Post calls it “one of those movies that looks so effortless, it’s easy to forget just how much could have gone wrong.” The cast includes Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins.

October 6 brings the Oscar nominated documentary Pina. Few choreographers have had more influence in modern dance that Pina Bausch. Follow along as the film explores the life and career of this talented artist as her dance company performs some of her most notable works creating a remarkable visual experience with earthly elements and dance. “This meditation on movement and space, transportation and transcendence is not to be missed.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

The series continues November 3 with Side by Side, an innovative documentary on the history, process and work flow of digital and photochemical film creation. After almost 100 years of making movies only one way the emergence of digital filming over the last two decades has challenged the photochemical process. The film features interviews with renowned filmmakers from Martin Scorsese to James Cameron. “Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.” – New York Daily News

The series culminates December 8 with Much Ado about Nothing, a modern-day take on the Shakespearean classic. Oscar nominated writer/director Joss Whedon’s contemporary makeover of the battle-of-the-sexes comedy stars Salisbury native Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker from the award-winningCatch Me if You Can. The story unfolds as budding love between Claudio and Hero encourages the couple to assist in a plot to help their friends fall in love. Whedon is known for his direction of The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods.

Tickets are $9, $8 for Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council members, $4 for non-SU students, free to college students with ID. For more information or to purchase season tickets call 410-543-ARTS (2787) or visit the SWAC website at www.543arts.org.

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