Radcliffe Creek School Launches Founders’ Fund with $1 Million Goal

In front of an enthusiastic audience attending its Fall Soirée on Friday, October 20, Radcliffe Creek School  announced the establishment of The Founders’ Fund and its goal of raising $1 million to create an endowed scholarship for students  needing financial assistance.

The Founders’ Fund honors the final year of Radcliffe’s Founding Director, Molly Brogan Judge, as well as the other dedicated original  advisors and investors of the school. Opening its doors 22 years ago with 13 students in grades one through seven, Radcliffe’s goal has  always been to create a learning environment where bright children, who learn differently, could succeed. The school today thrives under  Judge’s visionary, dedicated leadership and with the support from a committed group of staff, parents, grandparents, and friends the  vision continues. The kindergarten through eighth grade program currently enrolls 82 students, while Little Creek, Radcliffe’s preschool,  serves 52 students from infancy through pre-kindergarten.

Radcliffe Creek has truly changed the educational landscape of the Eastern Shore, and beyond, with students traveling from seven  different counties in Maryland and Delaware to attend the school. Many students come to Radcliffe unsure of themselves not just as  students, but as individuals. Because of the small class sizes, compassionate teachers, and hands-on learning, these students leave  Radcliffe Creek with an understanding about what it takes to succeed. And succeed they do.  Radcliffe alumni go on to college, the  military, graduate school, and beyond. Many alumni point to their Radcliffe Creek School education as the turning point in their  academic career.

“This is the most significant fundraising effort ever undertaken by the School,” said Radcliffe’s Board of Trustees President, Susan  Newton-Rhodes. “The Board of Trustees knows the goal is high, but believes it is only fitting. This new fund will address the Board’s  highest priority – financial aid for worthy students – by creating a lasting fund for those families and children who need Radcliffe the  most.”

For the last 22 years, Radcliffe’s Board of Trustees has allocated as many financial resources as possible to families who cannot afford a  Radcliffe education without assistance. This year alone, $350,000 has been distributed in financial aid to kindergarten through eighth  grade students. As the school continues to grow, so will this need.

“This effort will be a big challenge, but I’m passionate, as well as confident, that we can accomplish this goal to establish a $1 million  legacy in honor of the many creative minds that united together to build Radcliffe Creek School,” said Judge. “My hope is that others will  learn more about our past, embrace the goal of the fund, and continue to develop this endowment for years to come.”

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school with the mission of empowering children in a dynamic environment that celebrates  unique learning. For more information about Radcliffe Creek School or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for  children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or click here.


Academy Art Museum Presents Lecture on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

On Friday, November 17 at 6 p.m., the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD is hosting a lecture, “Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello,” by Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation as part of its Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series. These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature.

Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello — the home of Thomas Jefferson. She has spearheaded the Foundation’s vision to engage a global audience in a dialogue to Jefferson’s world and ideas. She earned her Bachelor of Philosophy in American history and art history at Miami University, and her Master of Arts in Early American Culture as a Winterthur Fellow at the University of Delaware. She has spent her 35-year career in museums, and served at the highest levels – Director of the Winterthur Museum, Assistant Director of Exhibitions and head Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, and board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. While in Los Angeles, she enjoyed academic appointments with both USC and UCLA, where she taught American decorative arts history.

She is the author of American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, and co-author of American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament, each amplifying scholarship on important eras in American art history. She is a trustee emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2014 President Obama appointed her to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she previously served under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Pre-registration is suggested. The cost for individual tickets is $24 for Members and $29 Non-members. Register online at academyartmuseum.org.

Caption: Pictured is Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, who is presenting the lecture, “Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello,” on Friday, November 17 at 6 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

ShoreRivers: The Shore’s Uncompromising Voice for Clean Rivers by Jeff Horstman and Isabel Junkin Hardesty


The Eastern Shore’s rivers weave through farmland, forests, marshes and towns on their way to the Chesapeake Bay. Each river is unique, with its own character, but they share in common the fish, crabs, waterfowl and people that depend on them.

Much as these individual rivers ultimately come together as part of the Bay, three great Eastern Shore conservation organizations are uniting. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Chester River Association and Sassafras River Association are merging into a single nonprofit, ShoreRivers, Inc., to serve as a leading voice for healthy waterways on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Through science-based advocacy, restoration and education, ShoreRivers will protect and restore Eastern Shore waters that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. We will work collaboratively with our communities, yet maintain an uncompromising voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.

Our three legacy organizations each have a deep history of working collaboratively to improve the health of the waters in our communities, and that mission will continue. By joining together, we become more than just the sum of our parts – we will be one committed voice with more influence on policy, more capacity to enact programs, and more potential to undertake large restoration projects that directly reduce pollution.

We will need that influence to tackle the major issues affecting our environment. ShoreRivers will now be a statewide leader on conservation issues so that when we travel to Annapolis to meet with elected officials or to testify for legislation, we will have the backing of our 3,500 supporters who care about our waters and our Eastern Shore quality of life.

We will also have increased capacity to implement bigger, better projects. That means expanded work with our agricultural partners, broader funding to encourage innovative technologies that reduce pollution, and region-wide restoration projects that capture polluted runoff before it enters our rivers.

From Kennedyville to Kent Island, from Cambridge to Crumpton, ShoreRivers staff, partners and volunteers will work together across the Eastern Shore. You’ll see us out on the rivers and creeks as well as in farm fields and forests. Our leadership, staff and board of directors are comprised of members of the three legacy organizations.

The main headquarters for ShoreRivers will be in downtown Easton at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. We will also maintain regional offices in Chestertown and Georgetown, the former offices of the Chester River Association and Sassafras River Association, respectively. And we will heavily rely on watershed advisory boards for each major river to continue our strong local connections.

An important part of our mission is our Waterkeeper program. Waterkeepers are full-time advocates who regularly patrol and monitor their local bodies of water. Including the ShoreRivers merger, there are now 17 Waterkeepers working in the Chesapeake Bay region – 11 in Maryland. Waterkeepers focus on their individual waterbodies, but frequently work together with other “Keepers.” ShoreRivers will have four Riverkeepers: Jeff Horstman is the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper; Emmett Duke is the Sassafras Riverkeeper; Matt Pluta is the Choptank Riverkeeper and Tim Trumbauer is the new Chester Riverkeeper.

Despite encouraging signs of clearer water and more grass beds in recent years, the waterways of the Eastern Shore remain polluted – they are still threatened with excess nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment runoff. At ShoreRivers, we believe there are real solutions to these threats, and we are committed to developing projects and programs that will improve the health of our waters and keep them robust and beautiful for all of us – now and in the future.

Jeff Horstman is the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper and Executive Director of ShoreRivers and Isabel Junkin Hardesty is the former Chester Riverkeeper and new Regional Director of ShoreRivers.



Letter to Editor: Time to Wake Up our Gateway

With brilliant autumn colors of the Eastern Shore giving way to the somber approach of winter, gardeners are putting their plants to bed. We trim and mulch, add leaves and compost to feed the soil, and await the wonder of warm weather and spring blooms. Does anyone remember when the three traffic islands at the intersection of St. Michaels Road and the Bypass had plantings?

Some years ago, the State Highway folks decided to remove the plants and install grass. What we have been left with is dull, often dead, and uninteresting streetscape at a prominent point of entry to both St. Michaels and Easton. Surely this gateway deserves a more welcoming and attractive statement.

While not a safe area for local gardeners to tend, because of the traffic, the state should do better. Many diverse plants can tolerate the environment of this intersection. Perhaps too dangerous for attracting some pollinators, like butterflies, the location could still showcase native plants with color and interest.

The Eastern Shore has amazing biodiversity, and promoting it at this unique site would cheer residents as well as the many visitors passing through. I have found only deaf ears.

Ann Hymes
St. Michaels

Popular Spiritual Medium Returns to Easton with Remarkable Purple Papers to Easton

Roland Comtois, Internationally acclaimed Spiritual Medium, Grief Specialist, best-selling Author, and Inspirational Speaker returns to the Eastern Shore after Sold Out      Channeling events in June here. He returns on Nov. 17th and Nov. 18th and will be offering 2 channeling/messaging events and a Free Meet & Greet event in Easton and St. Michaels for the public to attend. Attendees to the events in June were amazed with his abilities to connect to loved ones and share powerful messages with specific information that the attendee could understand, and oftentimes clearly changed people’s lives after hearing the messages. Everyone who attended left with a greater understanding of the afterlife and communicating with your loved ones.

Many attendees at the June events received one of Roland’s signature Purple Papers with unique documented messages he receives daily in meditation from those who have passed for the people they left behind. These pretranscribed messages bring peace and comfort beyond words to the recipients. The Purple Papers truly set Roland apart from others in his field.  Roland brings the “Purple Papers” with him to all channeling events, and oftentimes it can be months or years before he connects the recipients to the papers through his events or Facebook. This is such a compelling experience to help those who have suffered loss to find strength through the love they share.  Roland is dedicated to helping people recognize that life – and love – do not end when someone passes from this plane.

Roland will again be providing channeling messages, address how to remain connected with your loved ones who have passed and overcoming grief, and the eternity of love. Roland’s following includes a global audience of all faiths and ages who look to him for affirmations that love is eternal and heaven exists, and that spiritual connections are possible in every moment of time. Random attendees to the events will receive sacred messages from their loved ones, and some may also receive a Purple Paper.

To view the Avalon Theatre interview with Roland, go to https://vimeo.com/240888222.

The schedule for the channeling “Validating the Afterlife: Messages of Hope and Love” events are as follows:

Nov. 17th Friday, at the St. Michaels Inn, from 7 PM to 9 PM, tickets $45 at www.rolandcomtois.net under Events. Note: This event was moved from Nov. 14th, all tickets purchased for Nov. 14th are honored for the Nov. 17th event. St. Michaels Community Center is the sponsor.

Nov. 18th Saturday , a free Meet and Greet at Simpatico, Italy’s Finest in St Michaels from 11 AM to 1 PM, Roland will sign books, introduce the 2018 annual Spiritual and Cultural Italy Group Trip: A Personal Spiritual Experience & More:  St. Francis, Food, Wine, Art & Culture, that he co-hosts with Bobbi Parlett of Simpatico, and will talk about the Purple Papers. For information call 410-745-0345.

Nov 18th The Avalon Theatre, The Stoltz Listening room, 8 pm to 10 pm. Tickets for reserved seats are $45 at www.avalonfoundation.org  

Roland will also be signing copies of his page-turner books: ‘And Then There Was Heaven’, and ’16 Minutes’ after all events.  For questions about the events call Bobbi Parlett on 610-209-5409. 


The events are open to the public. The tickets are $45 for all events and can be purchased at www.rolandcomtois.net and click the Events tab for pre-registration in advance (dinner on the 17th at Scossa will be billed separately the night of the event). Roland will also be signing copies of his page-turner books: ‘And Then There Was Heaven’, and ’16 Minutes’ after all events. For questions about the events call Bobbi Parlett on 610-209-5409.

Easton Point Marina and Port Street Corridor Plan Advance

Early this week, the Easton Town Council was presented with the most recent proposed zoning for Easton Point and the Port Street Corridor. Coming next is a November 20th public hearing held by the Easton Town Council to receive public input on the Port Street Small Area Plan, a document well worth careful review as it describes how an important area of the community would be developed over the next few decades.

Details on the November 20th meeting and additional information on changes under consideration can be found on the Town of Easton’s official site here

Scrolls for Troops Event Set for November 11 at Applebee’s

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, local Easton resident George Jackson is holding a Scrolls for Troops event to obtain messages of thanks for deployed members of the military. George takes huge rolls of paper to local events and businesses to have community members sign their name and leave a message for those who cannot join their families during the holiday season. He then send them overseas, one scroll to each branch of the military, so they can feel the warmth and gratitude shared by the Easton community.

George has been doing this for several years, and has found that his scrolls do indeed have an impact on those who are overseas. He will be at the Easton Commons Applebee’s on 11/11 this year, in advance of Thanksgiving and we’d really appreciate any help you can get sharing this event so we can get as many signatures as possible for these scrolls. No purchase is necessary, we just are asking for folks to come out, sign the scrolls, and help send warm wishes and appreciation to our deployed troops.


Mid-Shore Food: Perry Cabin Partners with Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Oysters

Just in time for OysterFest weekend, Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center are serving up a most delicious commercial partnership.

Beginning this week, Chef Ken MacDonald will feature in Stars restaurant and Purser’s Pub a variety of oyster specials sourced directly from Phillips Wharf’s new 5-acre oyster farm just off of Black Walnut Point.

“Phillips Wharf’s oyster farm sits right where Harris Creek meets the Choptank River,” says MacDonald. “The convergence of fresh river water with the Choptank’s brackish, saltier water offers a unique, incomparable flavor in these oysters that simply belongs at the Inn.”

“Right out of the water, these oysters are to die for,” says the Inn’s Food and Beverage Director Samir Dhir, “but we look forward to working with the team at

Phillips Wharf to create a signature flavoring and a truly proprietary line of Inn at Perry Cabin oysters. Alongside the Harris Creek Oyster Company products we continue to feature on our menus, the two taste profiles are distinct and complementary—perfect for discerning palates.”

Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond’s flagship restaurant Stars has long offered one of the finest dining experiences on the Eastern Shore. It is the only Forbes-rated establishment in the area and recently earned the Distinguished Restaurants of North America’s (DiRōNA) Award of Excellence.

“This new endeavor with Phillips Wharf is a natural extension of our commitment to local, sustainable, organic and seasonal cuisine,” says Inn at Perry Cabin’s General Manager Michael Hoffmann. “Almost every ingredient on our menus in Stars and Purser’s is sourced within 150 miles of St. Michaels, and with the Farms at Perry Cabin up and running, that radius is rapidly shrinking. Every day we’re harvesting herbs and vegetables right here on property.”
Hoffmann adds that this partnership also reflects the Inn’s commitment to the Chesapeake Bay. “Our guests benefit from the health of this beautiful, bountiful body of water, and so many of our neighbors here in St. Michaels thrive off of it. So it’s essential to our business to be environmentally conscious and to support organizations like Phillips Wharf that work so hard to protect the Bay.”

“For Phillips Wharf, the oyster farm represents a steady stream of much-needed revenue to support our educational and conservation programs,” says Executive Director Kelley Cox. “We’re thrilled to partner with Inn at Perry Cabin, and eager to build on this model with other organizations in 2018.”
The Inn also will be receiving this week its second delivery of oyster spat—an annual tradition for the Inn in conjunction with the Marylanders Grow Oysters program—and an extension of its partnership with Phillips Wharf and the Midshore River Keeper’s Conservancy.

Stars is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. It’s located at 308 Watkins Lane in St. Michaels, Maryland, and reservations can be made at www.opentable.com/stars or on (410) 745-2200. Purser’s Pub opens daily at 3 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends, and features an eclectic small plates menu.


St Michaels Resident Receives National Maritime Society Award

Philip J. Webster of St. Michaels, Maryland received the National Maritime Historical Society’s Sheet Anchor Award last Thursday (October 26) at a sold-out black-tie awards dinner at the prestigious New York Yacht Club. The award is given annually for extraordinary service to the American maritime heritage community.

The National Maritime Historical Society’s mission is to educate Americans about our nation’s extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance in shaping America’s national prosperity and cultural vitality, and to promote the work of its national maritime heritage community.

The award was presented “in recognition of [Mr. Webster’s] vision, unwavering dedication, extraordinary leadership and talent promoting the significance of our maritime heritage, and advancing the greater cause of America’s maritime heritage organizations.”

Philip J. Webster (left) is presented the National Maritime Historical Society’s Sheet Anchor Award by NMHS Overseer and Awards Dinner Chairman George W. Carmany III at the New York Yacht Club

Mr. Webster is the Founding Chairman of the National Maritime Awards Dinner, which next April holds its 8th annual dinner in Washington, bringing together leaders from the entire American maritime universe. He is a past Governor, and Public Affairs and Marketing Chair, of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels; and a Trustee and past Vice Chairman of Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown, which operates a replica 1768 British merchant schooner, along with extensive educational programming for students on the Chesapeake Bay. He was a founding member of the USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee which saved the World War II battleship and established Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts, and President of the USS Sequoia Preservation Trust, working to preserve the Presidential Yacht. He also was a founding Trustee of the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, granting funds to over 20 nonprofits that offer swimming and boating programs for Chesapeake Bay youth.

On the Eastern Shore, Webster is also the Founding Board Chairman of the Avalon Foundation; Founder and Chairman of the Aspen Wye Fellows and on the Board of Advisors of the Aspen Institute Wye River Campus; past Trustee and Development Chairman of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy; past Vice President of Chesapeake Music; past Development Chairman of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation; Planned Giving Co-Chair of Christ Church, St. Michaels; and Development Committee member of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.

In a 45-year business career, Webster was a principal of two international communications consulting firms, and the chief public affairs and communications officer of three New York Stock Exchange-listed companies – Damon Corporation, Brunswick Corporation and Scott Paper Company. He has served on some 25 conservation, maritime, business, arts, foundation, hospital and educational non-profit Boards, often as their chairman. Educated at Cornell University and

Boston University, he has written extensively on historical, business and musical subjects, and lectured at Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, Fordham University, Boston College and Neumann College.

Webster is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Europe, Mexico and the United States. He was cited by President Ronald Reagan for his Private Sector Initiative in establishing The Helping Hand Program.

The Night I Won the Raffle or How We Can Make a Difference by Suzanne Price

Brothers are the hardest to shop for – but last year I nailed it.

He and his wife are cooks, so I bought them some esoteric olive oils from Olivins of St. Michaels. I knew that my mother and sister would love the jewelry I found for them. Over the next half hour I bought more delightful gifts for other members of my family and friends. As I sat down for dinner with new sisters and old sisters, I realized that I had a lot of my Christmas shopping done…in early November!

I didn’t come to the Soroptimist Gala to shop, I came here for the party and the camaraderie of 100 women from Talbot County, so this was a bonus!

I was simply having a great time at “Girls’ Night Out”, the annual fundraiser for the Soroptimists of Talbot County… But, more on that later.

As I surveyed my loot, I saw the two bottles of wine I had gotten from the “Wine Pull”. This is where Soroptimist Members contribute a bottle of wine valued between $20 and $50 all wrapped up so you can’t see what it is. You then pay $20 for a wrapped bottle. You can’t lose if you like wine. Well, the first time I sort of lost, because my $20 only got a $25 bottle. So, I tried again and my next $20 got a $37 bottle of French Cabernet. Perhaps, tonight was my lucky night.

Anyway, I was polishing off a delicious surf and turf dinner at a table with eight women who are my friends from Soroptimist and others who I had just met, when all Hell broke loose.

Suddenly, lots of my friends starting looking at me. Some even pointed. Uh, oh, what had I done wrong? Had I taken the wrong bottle of wine, had I not paid for one of my gifts, did I have gobs of crab dip spilled on my blouse?

Then, the Soroptimist MC on the podium announced my name…and everybody looked at me again! But, she said it with a kind smile. She summoned me up to the stage. Before I got there, my old friends and my new friends started clapping… and, then I heard the Speaker say that I had won the Soroptimist Raffle! No way, Not me! I have never won anything like this before in my life!

But, yes it was me. And, I won $772.00!

So, I went to an event with my Sisters, bought almost half my Christmas presents, got two bottles of wine at a total bargain, and had dinner with my old and new friends. And, then I won the Raffle!

I have had worse nights.

But, the best thing about that evening was that I got to bond with women from all walks of life in Talbot County… Women who care for their families and their peers, but who also care and make a difference for others.

This year’s Girls’ Night Out event is being held next week, on Friday, November 3, at the Milestone in Easton. The proceeds go towards programs that help women and girls in Talbot County and the surrounding areas. In fact, they’ll be awarding checks to four organizations who work directly with women and girls right here: Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, Ladies of Nia, Hunger Coalition, and Foundation of Hope.

I am just telling a simple story. But, there are 50 incredible women at Soroptimist who also have other delightful stories to tell.


There are 50 exemplary women in Talbot County who would like to meet you and bond with you next Friday. November 3. It is a party the likes of which you will not see anywhere else… and it is just for we women.

This is not a stiff fundraiser.

This is about women taking care of the women and daughters behind us.

This is where you will meet and make new friends

This is just a really fun event

Join us for the fun. You can buy your ticket at: www.talbotsoroptomist.org

Suzanne Price is a nationally acclaimed Interior Designer, and the Director or Training and Education for Decorating Den Interiors America’s largest franchisee of design studios. The worldwide Headquarters of Decorating Den is located in Easton, but Suzanne, and her male dog, are located in St. Michaels. Suzanne is an enthusiastic member of the Soroptimists. Her dog, due to gender reasons, is not allowed to attend this event