Archives for November 2015

Finding a Use for Difficult Memories: Lehr Jackson’s Vietnam War Films

With his wife and children out of the state to participate in the horse show circuit, real estate developer Lehr Jackson was a bit bored one night at his home in Bozman and ventured up to the attic to look at old memorabilia from his time serving in the Vietnam War. The former fighter pilot had purposely avoided this sizable memory box for over forty-five years. But that night, for reasons not entirely known to him, he spent hours looking at photos and reels of film of him and his comrades flying jets during the day and coping with the absurdity of the war by starting a surfing club in their time off.

The instantaneous release of memories that evening was bittersweet. After literally being canned up for more than four decades, Jackson experienced once again the horror of war but also how he and his friends responded to this surreal experience. In fact, those years in Vietnam reminded him so much of the then popular movie, M.A.S.H., which he had first seen in London in 1970 and returned to the war zone and started documenting for himself the intense, irrational reality of battle and survival.

That evening of recollections quickly turned into a one man campaign to find an important use for these remarkable images. In his Spy interview, Lehr talks about his efforts to work with filmmakers and producers to use this footage for new documentaries on the Vietnam war as well seeking out a way for his particular story, and those of his fellow pilots, to be told.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. Additional video provided by Shawn Thompson of MO’z Art Pictures. Jerome Gary of Visionaire Media is Mr. Jackson’s collaborator. Additional video support from  Cass Lubberts MICA Film School  and Tim Weigard at the Avalon .

Good Stuff: Oxford’s Holiday House Tour is Back on Dec 6

Oxford’s Holiday House Tour is back on Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with seven houses and one in historic church in the town’s historic district. The house tour is a part of Oxford’s “Christmas on the Creek” weekend and is sponsored by the Oxford Community Center. Tickets are $30 and provide a look inside some of the town’s beautiful homes. Tickets and programs are picked up at the community center to begin the tour.

Suzanne Hanks Litty’s house dates back to 1890 and was a small waterman’s cottage like many of the houses in Oxford. It had a lean-to kitchen in the back that was turned into a family room. Many renovations were done when Litty moved in, including a studio that was added with a garage in the rear of the property. Litty’s talents as an interior designer are evident throughout the house—soothing colors and appealing furnishings enhance each room. The family room provides casual dining space as well as comfortable areas for seating and relaxation. The Hanks Family is well known for their artistic abilities. Three generations of Hanks art work is displayed in the family room: three carvings by Ted Hanks, a carving by Doug Hanks, a painting by Peter Hanks and a pencil etching by Ted’s father, Fletcher Hanks, Sr.

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 10.57.43 AMSuzanne Beyda’s house has evolved over centuries. In 1862, Margaret Delahay paid $20 for a 99-year leasehold from William H. and Mary F. Valliant, consisting of two building lots. Her “I” house was constructed facing west on Morris Street and is one of the few original structures remaining on the south side of town. Attached to the “I” house is a story and a half wing showing evidence of having originally been a cottage. It may have been one of many moved from the disappearing islands in the Bay. The resulting ell-shaped home has two additions: a small kitchen (1940s), and a first floor bedroom and bath (1974). Simple “I” house features evident today are low brick foundation exposed brick chimneys and firewall on both gable ends, square posts with decorative corner brackets to support the flat roofed porch, four-panel door with two-light transom and central front entrance flanked by two-over-two windows. The interior exhibits its Early American “I” house/ell house origins in its floor plan and woodwork. The original square baluster stair leads up to a bath flanked by two bedrooms. Below the stair the original back entrance mudroom has been reconfigured into a small powder room. The cottage addition is now a dining room with the ceiling replaced by supporting structural beams.

As the first Methodist Church built in the town of Oxford, the story of St. Paulʼs Church is the story of the growth of the denomination in a region known as the “garden of American Methodism.”

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 10.58.04 AMThe older, rectangular structure dating to 1856 shows Greek Revival-styling including the low pitch gable roof, dentil cornice molding, beaded trim around the rectangular windows, and wide corner pilasters. The Gothic front addition to the church, which has a one and a half story elevation with lateral wings and a front vestibule, was constructed in 1882 when the steeple and bell were also added. St. Paulʼs began another major building campaign in 1906. The distinctive floor-to-ceiling pressed tin work on the interior is the most impressive result of this remodeling. The renovations also included 16 stained glass windows and nine new ceiling chandeliers lit by acetylene gas. In 1940 St. Paulʼs Methodist Episcopal church and Methodist Protestant church combined and the congregation worshipped at the Methodist Protestant Church located on the park in Oxford. In 1947 the Pilgrims’ Holiness congregation bought St. Paulʼs. In the fall of 1968 the Oxford congregation changed its name to St. Paulʼs Wesleyan Church. The church closed its doors in 1977 when the congregation, down to about 15 attendees, joined the Easton Wesleyan Church. In 1979 Jennifer and Ted Stanley bought the church on the condition they would maintain the building for at least five years.

The “Mary L. Sibley House” is the winner of the 2005 Douglas Hanks Jr. Oxford Preservation Award. Owned by Dick and Susan Deerin, this late 19th century home is a well-preserved example of a side passage, two-story, two-bay frame house popular throughout Oxford. The walls of the house are sheathed in narrow rounded edge weather boards (Deutsch siding). The front gable end is covered with pointed fish-scale shingles. In 2005 the Deerins and architect, Jack McCartney of Washington DC, renovated the home, including an addition with a new first floor family room/kitchen and a second floor master bedroom and bath. The renovation successfully retains the overall Victorian style and design. Original hardwood floors were matched with reclaimed flooring from an old warehouse of the same period.Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 10.57.54 AM

“Maplehurst” was built in 1880 by Edward John Stevens (1882-1898) and Margaret Ann Markland Stevens (1824-1924). The family first lived on Anderton, but sold it and lived on Sharp’s Island. In 1877 they returned to Oxford and built a Victorian home on land inherited from Mrs. Stevens’ father, William Markland. Similar to other homes during the same era, the architectural style is “Gothic Farmhouse.” In 1900 sisters Nellie, Ida and Sarah inherited Maplehurst. There is no record why it was named Maplehurst. Presumably, Nellie and her sister Ida came across the name in their travels. They were school teachers in Oxford, and they traveled widely and were well known for their well-tended gardens and numerous species of trees. Joining the Talbot County Garden Club, they gave talks on various gardening topics. Maplehurst remained in the family for nearly 90 years and was purchased by the Malones in 1968. Ted and Jennifer Stanley purchased it in 1979 and kept the integrity of the original floor plans of the house.

The Gaffney’s home was built in 1995 on the site of a waterman’s cottage dating from 1900. Many of the home’s interior details were designed to showcase the owners’ collections.—a mix of antiques and primitives. Tobacco tins, framed Buzza cards and advertising items are located in the family room. A quilt collection and antique clocks are displayed throughout the house. In searching for authenticity, reclaimed antique heart pine flooring was installed as well as reproduction period lighting. The living room and dining room are furnished in Colonial Williamsburg style. The paneled wall in the dining room conceals the powder room and furnace. A Pennsylvania cherry corner cupboard (c. 1840) is a family piece. Upstairs, a Pennsylvania curly maple tall post bed from the same period stands in the master bedroom. Stained glass windows of much later vintage in the powder room and master bath were salvaged from East Baltimore row houses.

Built in 2007, the Egan family’s home was designed to quietly blend into an historical Oxford neighborhood. Purchased by the Egans in 2010, the family worked with architect Michael Hall, and Bob Jackson Landscaping to bring forth the original intent of comfortable village living by applying cheerful, colorful and inviting touches both inside and out. Finished and furnished with an assembly of old and new, the setting on most months sees the dock full with boats, the yard teaming with dogs, the kitchen in high gear and the house bustling with family, friends and neighbors. For art lovers, this home holds a collection reflective of the owner’s support of Maryland artists as well as pieces that celebrate life on the water.

The “Virginia Stichberry House” dates to the late years of the 19th century and is not on its original location. According to local knowledge, in the late 1800s it was moved to the current location. “Virginia Stichberry bought the house and lot from Ormond Hammond in 1893 and after her death in 1905 her heirs sold the property to Carrie Ella Harrison.” At some point in the 1950s or early 60s, Sarah Crockett and her husband purchased the property and lived there for several years. Her husband, a well-known boat builder, had his boat shop out back in what has now been turned into a garage. The Brakefields purchased the home from Sarah Crockett in the mid-1980s. Ryck and Karen Walbridge have owned the home since 2004. The house went through a renovation in the 1980s when the Brakefields added a major addition.

Tickets for the Oxford Holiday House Tour are $30 per ticket and may be purchased the day of the event at the Oxford Community Center, or ahead of time by calling 410-226-5904 or e-mailing oxfordcc@verizon.net. Programs and directions are picked up at OCC to begin the tour. There will be beautiful, fresh seasonal table arrangements donated by the Oxford Garden Club for sale at OCC as visitors begin the tour. Proceeds from the house tour and table arrangements benefit the programs of the community center, a private 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Painting the Chesapeake in Watercolor:  A Free Video Course with Willie Crockett

Beginning Jan 14th, 2016 and continuing for 5 Thursday mornings to Feb 11th, 10:00 to noon, the St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library will present Willie Crockett’s video course:  Painting the Chesapeake in Watercolor.

The course focuses on drawing and painting work boats, and birds (particularly ducks and geese), and landscapes and skies.  Students will learn what to look for in understanding the basic components of boats, how to draw birds at rest and in flight and how to create vivid skies and landscapes.

Each week viewers will be able to follow along with Crockett who will present a lesson using watercolors.  Artists should bring their pencils, sketch books, paints, brushes and paper and follow along, or if you prefer, just watch!

The course is free and open to everyone.  No previous painting experience is necessary.

 About the artist:

Born and raised on Tangier Island, Willie Crockett embodies a unique waterman’s perspective of the Chesapeake Bay environ.  His unique perspective is expressed through matchless watercolor and oil works.  Best known for his wildlife art, Willie transmits to his paintings an ever fresh view of the greater Chesapeake Bay, its wildfowl, the marsh and boats and docks for which he is so well known. View his work at www.williecrockett.com.

This event is partially sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council. For more information, go to www.smartleague.org  To pre-register contact Camille Woodburycwoodbury@tilmac.com or 410-886-9860   

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UM Shore Regional Health Events for December

ASK THE EXPERT

“Ask the Expert” Podcasts – To listen to informative interviews with UM SRH specialists on diabetes, childbirth and parent education, men’s health, women’s health, stroke awareness and interventional radiology, visit umshoreregional.org/ATE.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 12/17, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, assistant director of nursing, UM SN&R Center at Chestertown. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Find information about skilled nursing, inpatient rehab and respite care in Chestertown online at umshoreregional.org/about/facilities/rehabilitation.

CANCER SUPPORT

Breast Cancer Support Programs – Transition to Wellness: Free workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment. Survivors Offering Support (SOS): Free program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866. Look Good … Feel Better: Mon, 12/15, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Breast Cancer Support Group and Cancer Patient Support Group Holiday Program – Thurs, 12/3, 5-7pm,
Cancer Center, Easton. Topic:  Managing Expenses, followed by a potluck dinner. (This event will take the place of the regularly scheduled meetings this month.) Contact: 410-820-6800.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 12/8, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.
Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Cancer & Prostate Cancer Support Groups – Mon, 12/21, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center, Potluck Holiday Dinner. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Find more information about cancer treatment and support services online at umshoreregional.org/cancer-program.

CHILDBIRTH & NEW
PARENT EDUCATION

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 12/1 & 15, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

Labor & Delivery Class – Sat, 12/5, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of maternal reproductive health; signs, symptoms and stages of labor, including pain management; techniques for a successful birth experience; cesarean delivery; and recovery after the birth. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Sat, 12/12, 9-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Baby topics (feeding, taking the baby’s temperature, circumcision and cord care); mother topics (postpartum care, handling emotions and stress, returning to work and birth control); and, safety topics (childproofing your home, immunizations, car seat safety, infant security, poisoning prevention and when to call the doctor). Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Preparing for the Arrival of a New Baby – Designed to help parents with children ages 3-8 prepare them for their new sibling. Includes a tour of the Birthing Center. Free. Sat, 12/19, 9:30-11:00am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Find more information about The Birthing Center’s programs and services online at umshoreregional.org/ programs/birthing /services.

DIABETES EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

Carb Counting Class – Tues, 12/1, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Weds, 12/2, 6:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, lead educator, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self-Management Classes – Easton (two sessions): Tues, 12/1-8-15, 9am-12pm; and Weds, 12/2-9-16, 1:30-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Chestertown: Thurs, 12/3-10-17, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling
patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 12/21, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to improve their self-care. Referral and preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton – Mon, 12/21 5:30pm, new location: Talbot County Senior Center-Brookletts Place. Led by diabetes educators Karen Hollis and Karen Canter. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Thurs, 12/17, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Dorchester Board Room. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. For location and other details, contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195 for location and other details.

Please note: The Diabetes Support Group in Chestertown will not meet in December. Find more information about diabetes treatment and support services online at umshoreregional.org/programs/endocrinology.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – By appointment, Mon-Fri, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. New location: Suite 300, 522 Cynwood Drive, Easton. For information about providers and services, visit umshoreregional.org/programs/integrative/about, or call 410-770-9400.

SCREENINGS

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Easton: every Mon & Tues, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center. Cambridge: every Tues & Fri, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays).

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 12/3, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Information and support for stroke survivors, family and caregivers. Potluck Holiday Luncheon  including “white elephant” gift exchange. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Please note: The Queenstown Stroke Support Group will not meet
in December.

For more information, go here.

Spying on Talbot: Council Decides Talbot Boys will Stay in Place; Union Veterans to be Honored

In a somewhat lengthy, and at times moving, statement by the Talbot County Council President Corey Pack, the Council announced last Tuesday night that it was their unanimous decision that the Confederate Veterans Memorial, a.k.a. the Talbot Boys, will remain on the County Courthouse lawn indefinitely but supports a plan to honor Union veterans.

Here in its entirety is Mr. Pack’s statement:

This video is approximately ten minutes in length

A Good Day for Walking by George Merrill

It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving and one of those fall days in which the sky is cloudless and deep blue as far as I could see. As I walked I looked up and was sure I was seeing into infinity, the great firmament of heaven Genesis speaks of in the creation narrative. On fall days like this, when the air has a cool bite to it, my senses grow more alert and although I may see nothing that I had not seen before, I see many as if for the first time.

I live on the outskirts of St Michaels. Its rural ambience is filled with ordinary wonders.  On days like the one I recently walked, I reckoned that nature was just showing her stuff. I took an easy stride and enjoyed the show.

Most of the trees along the road had already shed their leaves.  Of those leaves still lingering on the trees, some were russet, others gold. Nature’s blue sky had showcased the leave’s colors in the way artists present their works by placing them in mats and frames. Presentation is important.

In the middle of the road I saw a tiny wooly bear caterpillar. It was maybe an inch long. Wooly bears have a dark brown stripe and another stripe that’s more tan or orange. He wiggled along. Where he was headed, I have no idea. I do know this; he is looking for a place to winter. Hunkered down inside the bark of some tree or under a rock, he’ll chill out for the winter (actually freeze solid) and come spring he’ll thaw and be transformed into what we know as the tiger moth. Nature manages her transformations by helping her critters be cool.

Are Wooly Bears prescient? Some folk tales tell us that if the dark brown stripe is wide it will be a mild winter, and if it’s narrow, we’re in for a severe one. Such prognostications are about as reliable as the Farmer’s Almanac, but still it’s fun to just wonder which wooly bear may have hit it right on the money.

When I walk this road down and back, I clock about two miles.  On my way back I saw the same woolly bear again, but this time just near the edge of the macadam. How does he know the proper place to winter? So tiny, so vulnerable and yet come spring he will warm up, and come to life as though he’d been born again. Nature is all about fresh starts.

Fall has distinctive sounds. Wind rustling fall leaves sounds different from summer ones. In summer, leaves are slightly moist and pliable and so the wind blowing them has softness to it, like a whisper. In fall the leaves are dry and brittle. As wind disturbs them, they sound crispy, like barely audible static.

As walked, I recall how some years ago turkeys showed up. I’ve counted as many as ten in one flock. Walking this same road one day, I heard rustling in the brush alongside the road. I stopped and listened. I saw four turkey chicks. I’d never seen chicks before. As I moved closer, mom darted out from the brush and headed for me. She scared me witless. I jumped back. She fussed some. She was intimidating me.  It worked. Then seeming satisfied that she’d made her point, with her chicks in tow, she returned to the thicket.

When I came home I told my wife of the incident, adding, “The turkey was humongous,” while spreading my arms to emphasize its size. I told her the turkey attacked me and that she stood about as high as my chest. My wife smiled indulgently, as if tolerating a child’s exaggerations and I know she treated the account of my confrontation as a case of hysteria.  Both she and my children thought I was only “blowing smoke.” Make sport as they will, I don’t care. I know this turkey was huge.

Once I saw a male turkey displaying its feathers. A little like the peacock, it’s a grand display.  I understand that male turkeys spread their feathers to interest females. Seeing no other turkeys around I thought perhaps this one was an adolescent, preening himself while anticipating meeting his date for the first time. He was eager to make a good impression by adding a little fan fare.

I rarely see foxes but when I do, I’m surprised how nonchalant they appear. Raccoons, squirrels or groundhogs, when I catch their eye, will scamper off at top speed. Not the fox. The fox trots along unhurriedly; single focused, cool, determined, and appearing unconcerned about any of the goings on in the neighborhood. Foxes are sly; always up to no good. I’ve often wondered if they wiped out the quail population that once lived in the underbrush along the road. I miss the quails’ cheerful call “bob white.”

A neighbor told me that an albino deer had been spotted in our neighborhood, but I’d not seen her. That day, I saw her among her friends foraging in the field. She was the one white deer among the several brown and tan ones. I was happy to see that among deer there were no separate tables. Color did not seem to segregate her. There they were, acquaintances all going out for a bite together, just as it should be.

It was a good day for a walk.

717 Gallery Shows Works by Louis Escobedo and Chri Wilke in December

Visit 717 Gallery for “Art Treasures,” an exceptional duo show featuring small paintings by renowned artists Louis Escobedo and Chris Wilke, who are exclusively represented by 717 Gallery. The show runs through December 31.

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“Nightscape” by Louis Escobedo

Louis Escobedo is a national-known artist whose masterful work has been featured in exhibits across the United States, including galleries in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland. He has received many awards, most recently the 2014 Gold Medal in the 23rd Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition Master Signature Division.

Chris Wilke is an Eastern Shore native and longtime artist who works in watercolor, graphite, and oils. She is a collector of art and antiques. “Art has always been part of my life,” she says.

“For Tomorrow’s Catch” by Chris Wilke

“For Tomorrow’s Catch” by Chris Wilke

These two extraordinary artists have captured quintessential depictions of fruits, vegetables, landscapes, people, and objects on small canvases (10×10 and smaller).

Although Escobedo and Wilke make it look easy, they admit that creating small, distilled paintings is a challenge. “Small paintings require a total change in technique,” Escobedo explains. “You have to make more with less on the canvas.”

Wilke agrees. “Painting small canvases requires an artist to take an image to its essence,” she says. “You are forced to determine what to keep and what to take out while preserving the integrity of the final piece.”

Stop by 717 Gallery and see the remarkable results. Located at 717 Goldsborough Street (across the street from the Country School), 717 Gallery is the gateway to the arts in Easton from Route 50—stop here first! Additional parking is available across the street at The Country School. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment. More information is available at www.717gallery.com and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda  Escobedo by email, info@717gallery.com, or phone 410.241.7020.

 

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Eastern Shore Writers Offers Course in “Flash Fiction”

The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) will present a workshop on Flash Fiction on January 16 at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton on Washington St. from 9:30 until noon. Lynn Stearns, who currently leads the Flash Fiction and Memoir workshops at the Bethesda Center, will share her expertise with the Delmarva’s writing community. The workshop is open to the public.

Flash fiction, according to Wikipedia, “is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity.” Although there is no accepted definition of the length of the genre, flash fiction, micro fiction or short-short fiction is part poetry, part narrative and deceptively complex. It forces the writer to pay close attention to every word and detail that is put to paper. Whether you are a novelist, poet, or short story writer, all writers can benefit from the lessons learned in flash fiction writing and how it impacts the reader.

Lynn Stearns has taught a variety of classes at BlackRock Center for the Arts and Strathmore Hall as well as Bethesda. She has helped edit several publications including the Potomac Review. Attendees are invited to bring their own short work to the workshop for critique.

The workshop fee is $30 for ESWA members and $40 for non-members. To register, write Kathy Winfield at kathykwinfield@gmail.com or call 240-375-1305.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and sponsors the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website www.easternshorewriters.org.

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Handel’s Messiah To Usher In The Christmas Season On The Shore

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, and internationally acclaimed soloists usher in the Eastern Shore’s Christmas musical season with a complete traditional performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30PM.

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Edward Polochick is the conductor of the ensemble. He is also the artistic director of the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Mr. Polochick is now in his 18th season as music director of the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony Orchestra. He was also director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 has been director of choral ensembles and opera conductor at the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Polochick is an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist and has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The soloists are American soprano and Peabody Conservatory graduate Jennifer O’Loughlin, who has performed with major orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe. Bass Soloman Howard recently graduated from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and has garnered high praise for his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera and l’Opera national de Bordeaux. Tenor Sean Panikkar appears this season at Michigan Opera Theater as Rodolfo in La boheme , Kurt Weil’s Lost in the Stars, and the world premiere of JFK at the Fort Worth Opera. In 2013 he was seen by millions singing with an operatic group on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Mezzo –soprano Nancy Maultsby has developed a repertoire in demand by opera companies ranging from Monteverdi and Handel to recent works by John Adams. This season she’ll be singing with the San Antonio Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and later she’ll be at Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Dvorak’s Rusalka.

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering, but it has become a fixture of the Christmas season. Here on the Shore numerous amateur community performances can be found around the holiday. But none will offer the grandeur of this performance featuring a 70 voice chorale, internationally acclaimed soloists all backed up by the renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Mid-Shore Symphony Society is now in its 45th season of presenting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake College to Eastern Shore audiences. This season the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary.

These concerts are supported in part by ticket sales, the Maryland Arts Council, Queen Anne’s Arts County Council, Kent County Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and generous contributions by friends of the Baltimore Symphony.

Tickets are $40, students $10, and are available at the door, or call 410 827 5867.

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The Green Phoenix Gallery Hosts Work by Laura Rankin December 4

The Green Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk on December 4, from 5-8 pm, the much-loved felted works of artisan and children’s picture book author/illustrator Laura Rankin. The public is invited to meet and talk with Laura, and watch her demonstrate needle felting. Her lively miniature felted creations include tiny garden cottages and gingerbread houses; Nativity scenes, Santas, gnomes, and mice bearing gifts; cheery foxes, winter birds, jewel-toned felted acorns, and some fun surprises!

“This medium is a perfect extension and complement to my work illustrating children’s books,” says Rankin. She taught herself needle felting about five years ago while recovering from hip replacement surgery, and when the first batts of wool arrived by mail, it was love at first sight. “I look at a soft, fluffy handful of gorgeous, dyed wool and I see a 3D character or an object come to life for me in a way I wasn’t expecting.It’s a very joyful way for me to create. I love the rich colors – the palette is endless, and the texture and scent of the wool are very soothing to me.”

The Green Phoenix Gallery always features a unique and beautiful selection of fine, one-of-a-kind handmade crafts by local artists, and Fair Trade gifts from around the world. You will find interesting items for all ages — from charming wooden toys to lovely sea glass jewelry, from elegant scarves to whimsical clocks and mobiles– something for everyone. There is also an impressive collection of attractive ceramics, quilted wall hangings, woven baskets, fragrant soaps and lotions, and an excellent array of seasonal items for your special holiday shopping needs. There is an exclusive, ongoing exhibit of original plein air and studio oil paintings by award-winning local artist, Diane DuBois Mullaly, with new works fresh from her easel added each month. In addition, FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, (now located inside The Green Phoenix) will be featuring a beautiful, new collection of gorgeous, hand-spun, and hand-dyed yarns…!

The public is invited to The Green Phoenix Gallery for all ‘First Friday Gallery Walks,’ from 5 pm until 8 pm each month to meet the featured local artist, enjoy some wine, ‘finger foods,’ good company, and conversation. We hope to see you there! The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm. www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery