Archives for August 2015

Academy Art Museum Offers Kindermusik and Mini Masters Academy Open House

The Academy Art Museum will offer an Open House on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its new Mini Masters Academy and for its new partnership with Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center’s Kindermusik program.

Pictured left to right are Paula Snead, Production Coordinator and Treasurer with Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center, and Kimberly Stevens, Director Director/Choreographer, Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center. The Academy Art Museum will offer an Open House on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its new Mini Masters Academy and for its new partnership with Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center’s Kindermusik program.

Pictured left to right are Paula Snead, Production Coordinator and Treasurer with Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center, and Kimberly Stevens, Director Director/Choreographer, Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center. The Academy Art Museum will offer an Open House on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its new Mini Masters Academy and for its new partnership with Chesapeake Childrens Theatre and Performing Arts Center’s Kindermusik program.

With more than 35 years of experience as the leader in musical learning, Kindermusik International understands music’s unique ability to impact children and families in profound ways. Across private studios, public schools, and childcare centers in over 70 countries, children, parents, and teachers enjoy participating in Kindermusik’s fun, developmentally specific, and research-based music and movement classes. Parents also appreciate how enrollment in Kindermusik includes home materials, including their favorite songs, stories, and learning activities from class, so families can “play” Kindermusik wherever they go.

The CCT’s Kindermusik classes are available in the mornings on Mondays and Fridays at the Museum for babies through 5-year olds. Kindermusik classes are held in 4-week sessions with the tuition costing $60 per session (Digital materials included). The classes compliment the Museum’s new Mini Masters Academy held at the Museum throughout the week. The Mini Masters Academy, which is in partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, introduces young children, two through four years of age, to new ideas using the Museum’s collection and program offerings. For further information, contact Janet Hendricks at the Academy Art Museum at 410-822-2787 or visit academyartmuseum.org.

 

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CASA: Serving Our Most Important Clients – Mid-Shore Kids with Director Robin Davenport

In 1977, a judge in Seattle was asked to settle a child custody battle without any information about the parents involved, their resources, history with the law, and a host of other important bits of information that would be critical in deciding which adult was best equipped to handle parenthood. It was shortly after this experience that he help found the first chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to provide children in the court system a neutral trained volunteer to become their eyes and ears in a process that would determine their future.

Fast forward to early 1990 in Talbot County. Another judge was facing the same problem of having no serious information on the family involved in the case and quickly formed a similar CASA chapter to help kids in the Mid-Shore region navigate the family court system.

From that moment on, CASA of the Mid-Shore has grown to a caseload of almost 100 children a year and an almost equal number of volunteer legal advocates working in Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester and Kent County.

In her interview with the Spy, CASA’s first and only staff director, Robin Davenport, talks about CASA’s unique role in our community’s legal system and its special volunteers who form long term relationships with their clients as they use the courts to ensure the best possible outcomes for these young people.

This video is approximately eight minutes in length. To learn how to volunteer please use this link

Mandel: The Accidental Governor’s Achievements Outlived Scandal by Len Lazarick

Former Gov. Marvin Mandel died Sunday, ending a remarkable life that made him one of the most influential Maryland governors of the past century and one of the most colorful, with personal drama providing flourishes to his large public accomplishments.

If you live long enough in politics, all may not be forgiven, but most is forgotten, and if you’re lucky, only the good stuff is remembered, MarylandReporter.com wrote in May.

That’s certainly true of Mandel, who turned 95 in April and was feted at a birthday celebration that was an old-timers reunion for a man who left office 36 years ago. It’s nice to be able to hear your eulogies before you pass away.

A machine pol, Jewish kid from East Baltimore

A product of Baltimore Democratic machine politics, Mandel stayed relatively conservative as the Democratic Party has moved to the left.

He quietly supported both Hogan and former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich.

Mandel became Maryland’s chief executive when the last GOP governor before Ehrlich, Gov. Spiro “Ted” Agnew, was elected vice president with President Richard Nixon. Back then, the legislature chose the speaker of the House of Delegates, Mandel, since there was no lieutenant governor.

“I’ll Never Forget It” is what Mandel called his memoir published in 2010 when he turned 90 – a title that could have been applied to a thousand autobiographies. It might better have been called “The Accidental Governor.”

Based on a series of interviews conducted by Christopher Summers of the Maryland Public Policy Institute over the years, the book is “written” in the colloquial style of a plain-spoken man, a Jewish kid from East Baltimore. If you take him at his word in the book, Mandel never had ambitions to be a member of the legislature, chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, speaker of the House of Delegates (accidentally again), and then the first Jewish governor of Maryland when the first Greek governor got to be vice-president.

10 years as governor, minus 19 months

Mandel had almost 10 years as governor, though 19 months of that was spent in a federal prison camp in Florida, on a mail fraud conviction that was later overturned on appeal.

Mandel’s legal problems left Lt. Gov. Blair Lee III as acting governor. Before that there was a marital drama that had him living on the governor’s yacht while his first wife refused to leave Government House. She had found out about the affair with the woman who would be become his second first lady.

Mandel has been called “the architect of modern Maryland.” He took hundreds of disparate state agencies, and put them together under a modern cabinet system. Maryland became the first state to have a transportation department overseeing roads, mass transit, port and airports that he purchased for the state to run.

Over several years, Mandel created the current structure of the Maryland judiciary, including the district courts and judicial nominating commissions to emphasize professional qualifications over political patronage.

He instituted state funding for school construction as Maryland’s suburbs grew.

Mandel is also remembered as one of the greatest friends of the black community, and appointed many of the first African American judges to serve in Prince George’s and other counties.

U.S. House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer was a young state senator who voted against Mandel’s election but later become Senate president with his help. He called Mandel, “the best governor I’ve served with for almost half a century,” praising “the generosity of his spirit.”

Being governor harder today

Serving as governor “is far more difficult today than it was 20 years ago,” Mandel told MarylandReporter.com in an interview five years ago. “I think the legislature and the governor have done a pretty good job at keeping the state functioning, But you can’t keep raising taxes. You just can’t keep doing it.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 12.57.56 PM“We’ve reached a point where we have to reduce the size of government,” Mandel said. “I just think government is getting too big. I don’t think you should spend money you don’t have.”

When he entered the legislature in 1952, Mandel said, the budget was $250 million and today it is $32 billion. “Nobody knew what a billion dollars was,” he said.

Mandel recalled that he didn’t raise “general” taxes during his tenure, but according to historian George Callcott, the budget under Mandel rose 180% – going up double-digits all but one year.

A MarylandReporter.com analysis five years ago found that Mandel had some of the biggest spending increases of the last six governors.

At the May birthday bash, M.C. Tim Maloney, an influential attorney, said the famous epitaph for renowned English architect Christopher Wren found in the crypt of London’s St. Paul Cathedral could also apply to Mandel’s tenure as governor.

“If you seek his monument, just look around you.”

Still a visible presence at the State House

Even at the State House, just look around you. Mandel is still a visible presence on all three floors.

Besides his portraits in the Governor’s Reception Room (right) and in the House of Delegates chamber where he served as speaker (at top of page), in the large press room known as the Pit, there is heavy 3 foot by 5 foot black-and-white poster from his days as governor that was preserved by reporters when the State House was renovated in 2008.

It was re-hung in January 2009 with a brief ceremony attended by Mandel who signed the battered poster next to some small graffiti. Just his name, the date and a brief thank you. It still hangs there today.

Being governor today is a lot more difficult than it was when he had the job in the 1970s, as Marvin Mandel tells it.

But the government, at both federal and state levels, has also grown too large and taxes are too high. Those were some of the observations Mandel offered in a 90-minute interview two days after his 90th birthday last month, in the Annapolis law office where he said he still works five days a week.

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2015 Chesapeake Film Festival to Deliver Exciting Mix of Events

The 2015 Festival has something for everyone including top award winning films from the United States, South America, Italy and Korea. The newest addition to the festival is the exclusive area showing of the hit film Best of Enemies, the world premiere of the short, Blind Date and The Anonymous People that will be shown here just before the organization’s star-filled free event in Washington, D.C. in October.

Ticket costs are $10 per film for adults or a festival pass for $150 that includes all of the films and the opening/closing receptions (a $400 value). Tickets are available at chesapeakefilmfestival.com now.

On Friday at 5PM enjoy a short opening reception at the Avalon with light fare catered by Bannings and a cash bar. The festival kicks off with its first-ever CFF in-person presentation, Magnificent Movie Music (6PM). Host Rachel Franklin demonstrates just how “movie music” drives our limbic systems to create those indelible cultural memories – including the music in some of our own festival films. Following this is Landfill Harmonic (7:45 PM) –underprivileged Paraguayan kids use musical instruments built from junked scraps found in a landfill to form their own orchestra!

On Saturday, films will be screened all day at the Avalon Theatre beginning at 9AM and at Easton Premier Cinemas (Saturday only) beginning at 10AM.

Sports lovers should get up early on Sat. to catch a double-header: the elder basketball champs in Coming Back to the Hoop (9AM) and Sons of Ben (10:50 AM), chronicling the grass-roots plan to bring world-class soccer to Philly.

At mid-day Saturday, women take a front seat. The first film is Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss (12:15 PM) – an artist whose approach to art proved syntonic with her incredibly varied interests; and Women of ’69, Unboxed (1:30 PM) – unorthodox trailblazers of ‘60s subculture from Skidmore College, Class of ‘69. The trajectory to the present is complete with a trio of women millennials on a mission in a kooky misadventure called June Adrift (9PM). The producer/writer of Arc of Light, women in the film, Women of ’69,Unboxed, director of Coming Back to the Hoop and director of June Adrift will be here in person to discuss their films.

Cuba: The Past Is Living Now (6:15 PM) is a local film about a sailing excursion and exploration of Cuba. Thus, to mark the occasion the CFF is encouraging area restauranteurs to feature Cuban cuisine on Saturday night. Participating restaurants offer a 10% dinner discount off regular menu prices, excluding Happy Hour, for those who can show a ticket stub or festival pass. The restaurants will include the Washington Street Pub, Tidewater Inn, Out of the Fire and the Victory Garden Café.

Celebrate ‘50s icon Tab Hunter (Tab Hunter Confidential, 7:30 PM) with vintage ‘50s and ‘60s vehicles parked in front of the Avalon Theatre. The cars are compliments of a group of motoring enthusiasts seeking to form a classic car museum in St. Michaels.

Some excellent films from Italy, Korea, and Argentina are featured at Easton Premier Cinemas. Indulge your senses by viewing The Great Beauty (10AM) and the most popular movie ever in Korea, The King and the Clown (1:45PM). The must see film, Best of Enemies, about the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. is a must see event (12:30 PM). Wild Tales (9PM) is just that – absolutely wild and quite amusing. And don’t miss Farmland (4PM), an up close look at today’s farmers. Farmland includes a panel discussion with top names in legislation and agriculture plus free samples in the “Birthday Room” at Premiere Cinema. It Follows (7PM) is the CFF’s first horror film, guaranteed to creep you out.

Two separate rosters totaling 14 short films will be shown on Sat. at 3PM and on Sunday at 3:45 PM. Check the program for summaries of these outstanding shorts. Actors, directors and producers of these films will be here for panels and Q & A discussion. Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre, Inc. For All Seasons, Inc., Chesapeake Voyagers, Inc., Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Benedictine School and Mental Health Association in Talbot County will be hosting a panel discuss following the film Dockyard Chief to discuss the issues of single parenting and challenges of similar children portrayed in the film.

On Sunday, films start at 10AM with The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, the web savant whose cyber-exploits collided head-on with the political leviathan. Two films that follow explore cutting-edge realms of thinking and learning – An Ecology of Mind (11:45 AM) and Most Likely To Succeed (1PM) followed by a panel discussion on education.

Bring the kids to see Take a Peek at the Chesapeake (3PM) that includes a visit with the teacher and children from the film. CFF’s second in-person presentation, hosted by Prof. Drew Babb, 100 Greatest TV Spots of All Time (6PM).

Look for two other films presented by Easton restauranteurs, Life of an Ingredient (Jordan Lloyd of Bartlett Pear Inn and Anonymous People, (Bob Yabroff of Brassier Brightwell) as well as panel discussions and Q&A sessions.

The Anonymous People (4:45 on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Avalon will include a special for film goers at Brassier Brightwell following the film) are a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Laszio Jaress, on of the organizers will be here to discuss the upcoming free event, Unite to Face Addiction, being held Oct. 4, 2015 on the National Mall in D.C. The event features performances from Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler of Arrowsmith, and Jason Isbell of the Fray and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.

Sunday’s closing reception starts at 5:30 PM at the Bartlett Pear Inn Patio and will feature products from the farms shown in the film, Life of an Ingredient prepared by Chef Jordan Lloyd with wine from Triple Creek Winery and beer from National Premium Beer and music by Fox Twin Trilogy.

Check online at chesapeakefilmfestival.com for info on films, tickets and menus for receptions or call 410-822-3500. Tickets will also be for sale from Sept. 8 – 16 at the Talbot Chamber of Commerce 101 Marlboro Ave., Ste. 53 in Easton from 9-3 Mon – Fri and closed from 12-1 for lunch.

On Friday night from 5-8 PM and Sunday from 10-4 PM at the Avalon Theatre we will have a silent auction featuring entertainment and sports memorabilia, jewelry and trips.

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Op-Ed: Save the Ugly Oyster by Jeff Horstman

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has proposed new regulations to open more of the Chesapeake Bay to oyster harvesting this fall. These areas were intentionally set aside to protect and increase the Chesapeake’s precious oyster populations. Imagine if it was tree frogs, clown fish or baby seals being overharvested—the public protest would be loud, proud and effective. Just like with those animals, removing existing protections for oysters should evoke an outcry.

By all counts, today’s Chesapeake Bay oyster populations are at less than 1 percent of historical populations. There has been no significant rebound in the population and the oyster fishery is in real jeopardy. Oysters may not be cute, but each one cleans and filters up to 50 gallons of water a day. If we do the math, the impact of a devastated oyster population is startling. The oysters in the Chesapeake could once filter a volume of water equal to that of the entire bay (about 19 trillion gallons) in one week; today it would take the remaining population more than a year. Oysters are so good at cleaning water that the Chesapeake Bay Program is considering making oyster reefs a best management practice to help heal the bay.

But we do not hear an outcry to save the oyster as if it were a clown fish, tree frog or baby seal. Instead, we hear watermen and politicians calling for removing existing oyster protections as a means to short-term economic and political gains. Only 27 percent of bay oyster beds are currently closed as oyster sanctuaries. No fishery with such a decimated population should be so heavily and recklessly overharvested, particularly one with such capacity for producing clean water.

I am not the enemy of watermen, trying to deny them access to a fishery. The real enemy is twofold. Our waterways are being polluted by excess nutrients from farms, lawns, industry, and urban runoff. However, the biggest culprit is us, the Chesapeake Bay community. Collectively, we have been spectacularly unsuccessful at working together to manage a sustainable fishery. This once significant fishery could aid the bay in so many ways and provide economic benefits to so many. We have dropped the ball on being responsible stewards for a national treasure. As a result, the bay is severely impaired, and our rivers are among the most polluted in the nation.

There are many arguments, supported by valid and well-documented research, for reducing the oyster harvest, including implementing a complete harvest moratorium. It is easy to see that opening more of the bay to additional oyster harvesting is the wrong thing to do. Let’s not reduce protections for our oysters but look to increase them for the benefit of clean water, future generations and ourselves. Let’s save the ugly oyster.

Jeffrey H. Horstman
Deputy Director/Miles-Wye Riverkeeper
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

Twenty-Fifth Reunion by Barbara Crooker

25th reunion

A quarter of a century
since we left high school,
and we’ve gathered at a posh restaurant.
A little heavier, a little grayer,
we look for the yearbook pictures
caught inside these bodies of strangers.
Some of our faces are etched with lines,
the faint tracing of a lover’s touch,
and some of our hair is silver-white,
a breath of frost. And some of us are gone.
But he’s here, the dark angel,
everyone’s last lover, up at the microphone
singing Save the last dance for me;
he’s singing a cappella, the notes rising
sweetly, yearningly toward the ceiling,
which is now festooned with tissue flowers,
paper streamers, balloons.
And we’re all eighteen again,
lines and wrinkles erased, gray hairs gone,
our slim bodies back, the perfect editing.
A saxophone keens its reedy insistence;
scents of gardenias and tea roses float in the air
from our wrist corsages and boutonnieres.
No children or lovers have broken our hearts,
it’s just all of us, together,
in our fresh young skin,
ready to do it all over again.

Poem copyright ©2015 by Barbara Crooker, “25th Reunion,” from Selected Poems, (Futurecycle Press, 2015). Poem reprinted by permission of Barbara Crooker and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

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Angels Drive Junk Cars by George Merrill

I’d always thought angels were frequent flyers, winging to the jobs to which God assigns them. In January some years ago, I discovered they also work from junk cars.

Because I had a six o’clock meeting in Washington, I was on the D. C. Beltway on Friday evening at five-thirty. It had been snowing. Traffic was a nightmare. Drivers were frantic. They would zigzag, feint and dart like fish in a feeding frenzy. Even at fifty-five miles an hour I seemed to be standing still as cars shot past me on either side. I was in the middle lane, trying to remain calm. One driver would speed up and ride almost on top of my rear bumper and then back down. I think he was signaling his contempt for my conservative driving. Trying to leave a safe distance in the front and in the rear was impossible. As I slowed to make space, a car darted into the slot as if I were making the space for that driver. Motorists were predatory. If I could get out of the middle lane and into the right, I thought I’d be safe.

I sped the car up trying to position myself. The motor raced, but the car did not accelerate. The motor had disengaged from the drive. I had no power. Something was broken. My car rolled freely, but was inexorably destined to stop in the middle lane. Horns honked, cars jockeyed furiously to pass me on either side. Besieged by outraged motorists demanding that I move right, left, back, forwards – just move and get out of the way – I felt under attack. I was frightened.

My car decelerated. There was a break in the traffic. I looked for a place to pull over, but high snow banks from the recent plowing had covered the safety lanes. An opening appeared in the right lane, about two cars in length just short of the Georgia Avenue exit and I pulled over. My car, its one side pressed to the snow bank, had about three feet on the driver’s side where traffic hurtled around the beltway like the blade of a buzz saw.

I didn’t think I was in any serious danger but I did have one anxious thought. “What if I were having a heart attack? Nobody would stop to help and I would die alone.” I felt cold, angry and powerless.

A car pulled up in front of me. It looked junky as if it had been abused a lot, not like my comparatively new Taurus. My first reaction was that this was not the Good Samaritan; this was the robber. He’s stopped to rip me off. The driver got out. I watched him warily as he approached my car. I opened my window half way. “Can I do anything to help?” he asked. I can’t remember what I said, but it was something evasive and dumb. He took a friendly initiative in the conversation. “Look. If you have AAA, I could give them a call and get them to come. Give me your AAA number and I will go over to Georgia Avenue and let them know you are here. There’s a CITGO station there.” I remember giving him the number hesitantly, passively assenting and somehow feeling safer for being noncommittal. He asked if I needed anything. Thanking him, I said “No.” He returned to his car and headed toward the Georgia Avenue Exit.

Humiliated by my own suspicion and guardedness with this stranger, I also had a surge of gratitude for what had happened. The two feelings collided. I felt mean spirited. Treat the stranger with hospitality; the old biblical exhortation goes, because you may be entertaining angels unawares. As I handed him my AAA card through the half closed window of my locked door I was still thinking he might be a crook.

An hour later he appeared and pulled up. He got out and came over to my window. I rolled it all the way down. “AAA is on the way. Need anything else?” I thanked him, said no and asked his name. “Steve” he said. He went to his car and it roared away into the omnivorous traffic. Riding in the wrecker later, I thought how my car was brand new and had been serviced only recently while Steve’s looked well worn. It’s the way things work: those who have less to give offer more of themselves. I guess that’s why angels drive junk cars and stop to help strangers.

Memorial Hospital Foundation to Host Retirement Planning Seminar

Steve Ochse, chief financial officer, Easton Utilities

Steve Ochse, chief financial officer, Easton Utilities

Jim Malena, associate vice president, financial advisor and certified private wealth advisor® for The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley

Jim Malena, associate vice president, financial advisor and certified private wealth advisor® for The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host an informative seminar, “Fine Tuning Your Retirement,” on Thursday, September 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, located at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street.

Guest presenters will be Steve Ochse, chief financial officer, Easton Utilities, and Jim Malena, associate vice president, financial advisor and certified private wealth advisor® for The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley. Their topics will include: retirement planning – why it’s important and how to start; and how to use gift and charitable annuities to supplement your retirement planning objectives.

Guest presenters will be Steve Ochse, chief financial officer, Easton Utilities, and Jim Malena, associate vice president, financial advisor and certified private wealth advisor® for The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley. Their topics will include: retirement planning – why it’s important and how to start; and how to use gift and charitable annuities to supplement your retirement planning objectives.

This event is free and open to the public. However, pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews at (410) 822-1000, ext. 5792, or janet@umm.edu.

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Save the Date for “Lives Interrupted” in Oxford

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. “Lives Interrupted,” the Tred Avon Players final production of the current season, salutes our greatest generation for their sacrifices, literally placing their lives on hold to fight a war between good and evil. Opening Oct. 22 and directed by Alex Handy, it also provides an opportunity to honor the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve and protect our country through military service. Originally presented in 2010, “Lives Interrupted” played to sold-out audiences—including an added, unscheduled performance–throughout its run at the Oxford Community Center.

Theatergoers will also have the opportunity to see an extraordinary collection of never-before-seen World War II photographs taken by the late Norman Harrington of Oxford. The exhibition, “Up Close: WWII Through the Lens of Norman Harrington,” is sponsored by the Oxford Museum in partnership with the Oxford Community Center and the Tred Avon Players and will be on display at the OCC through November 8. The show premiers with a special talk on Saturday, October 17, at 4 p.m. by Lisa Harrington, Norman Harrington’s daughter.

Dates for performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 6, 7 at 8 p.m., and Nov.11 (Veterans Day) at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. “Thrifty Thursday,” featuring two-for-one tickets Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Visit www.tredavonplayers.org to buy tickets online or call 410-226-0061 to reserve seats.

Photo caption: “Lives Interrupted” dancers include: Front L to R: Peggy Ford, Roni Brandt, Diane Baumgartner, Maddie Megahan and Kimberly Dyer. Back Row L to R: Jeannie Donohoe, Angelique Wangner, Ashley Chroniger and Julia Gannon.

Music of Tilghman Concert Series Continues September 12

The Tilghman United Methodist Church is sponsoring a special two-part concert on September 12, 2015, at 6:00 PM. This fourth program in the Music of Tilghman Concert Series is a “double-header,” two concerts in one. Lawrence Tyler will sing a selection of southern gospel music and local musician Jeff Jones will provide some of his favorite country blues and gospel music.

If you have a fondness for the Eastern Shore and its culture, then local Southern Gospel music is something you need to experience. Over a century old, the Southern Gospel tradition still flourishes today in our area. Performed by soloists, quartets and choirs throughout the Mid-Shore region many of these musicians are self-taught and it is difficult to hear their music outside of a church service. They are part of a tradition in which church singers practice their craft without benefit of pay and develop their music as a part of using one’s talent for God. Capt. Tyler is one of those singers.

A native Tilghman Islander, Captain Lawrence Tyler is a waterman and owner of Diving Ducks Outfitters. During the week he can be seen out on the bay in his boat “North Star,” but on Sunday mornings he sings at the First Wesleyan Church in Easton MD. A talented vocalist, Lawrence has produced several CDs of his music. This concert is a rare chance to hear his music live.

Also appearing is vocalist and guitarist Jeff Jones. A talented musician who rarely performs publicly Jeff will be sharing a selection of country blues and gospel music.

This free concert is a great way to participate in the community, meet new friends, and enjoy the extraordinary musical talents of your neighbors. The concert starts at 6:00 pm, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Tilghman United Methodist Church. Organized to promote community and local artists, the “Music of Tilghman” concerts are sponsored by the Tilghman United Methodist Church, with support from the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, and partially sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Talbot County Council and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels. For more information, contact Debra Brookhouser at 410-886 -2881 or dbrookhouser@gmail.com