Announcing the Seven Locations on Oxford’s Holiday House Tour

On Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, as part of Oxford’s “Christmas on the Creek” weekend of activities, Oxford Community Center presents the Holiday House Tour.  This year there are seven homes, featuring the highly anticipated, historic, Bonfield Manor and its adjacent Counting House owned by Marianne Haug and Andres Rigo. In 1767 Samuel Chamberlaine, Sr. of “Plaindealing”deeded 950 acres of arable land and 350 acres of woodland to his youngest surviving son Samuel Chamberlaine, Jr. The land spanned from the Tred Avon River in Oxford along Boone Creek and the Choptank to Clora’s Point and Island Creek and included additional lands in other Talbot County areas such as Peck’s Point.The present owners bought the property in 1996.

The Counting House was built in 1772 as the office (downstairs) and sleeping quarters (upstairs) of the plantation overseer. It is said to be the oldest building on the property. Early maps show an inlet that ends on the side of the house. Plantation records mention that hogs of tobacco were loaded on barges here, counted and shipped out from Boone Creek onto the ships anchored in the Choptank. Workers would assemble on the porch of the Counting House waiting for barges, instructions and pay. Thus, the outside chimney to keep warm or cook as needed. Several of the original, colonial features remain such as the two fireplaces, the brick floor on the ground floor and selected clapboard siding. A brick above the original porch fireplace indicates the year of construction – 1772.

710 South Morris

The next house on the tour is 710 S. Morris Street, owned by Margaret and Ray Munsch. In 1960 Carroll S. Brinsfield, Jr. and his wife Ruth purchased what is now 708–712 South Morris Street from the Harrison family. They subsequently divided the property into three lots, retaining the center lot and building a house on it in 1967. In 1981 their son, also named Carroll,and his wife Debbie purchased the house from his father. The current homeowners purchased it from Carroll and Debbie in 2007.

Moving on to 704 S. Morris Street owned by Kathleen and Megan Hauck, is now a five bedroom, five bath open, inviting residence with an amazing Tred Avon River view from almost any room. Construction took place during 2015 and 2016. Both sides of the drive leading up to the house are lined with dozens of holly trees. Just in front of the porch,Kathleen’s perennial garden is color-filled – in season, of course. On the waterside, a screened-in porch,a lap pool, a deck, a sandy beach and a firepit/BBQ invite warm weather activity.

202 North Morris Street–The Parsons House is owned by Beth Trujillo. This house was built circa 1880 and named after the family named Parsons who lived there. It was renovated in 2004 by former Oxford resident and renowned architect George Pillorge. The current interior design was done by Oxford resident Suzanne Hanks Litty. Antiques throughout the downstairs date from the 1780s; some are from Hale Manor, England. A French boardroom table is used as a dining room table. There are two antique Italian chairs in the living room. Other items to notice are paintings by favorite artists – Oxford artists Howard and Diane Lapp are both represented. Also throughout the house are paintings done by the homeowner’s brother.Don’t miss the landscaped side yard and pool!

207B North Morris Street owned by Marjorie and Jim Robfogel is next on the tour. Although built in 2000, this is a traditional long, narrow Oxford house with tall two-over-two windows. From the entryway it is apparent this is the home of racing and cruising sailors. The front hall houses trophies won by the owners and her parents and a model of the Chesapeake Bay Log canoe Island Blossom which was built for her grandfather in 1892. The small reading room displays half-hull models of the owners’ various boats through the years and some memorabilia from races that they participated in. In the dining area are mementos from the family farm outside Oxford—two paintings of the farm, one from the late 1800s and one by John Moll in the 1960’s. The hall also has a print of the farm by another Oxford native, David Lockhart. The living room with its maritime art opens out onto the sun porch on the Tred Avon River and affords a daily view of the Oxford sailing scene. The waterfront bedroom displays family photos and paintings by Rochester artists.

The sixth house on the tour is located at 200 The Strand–A Historic Captain’s House is owned by Lelde and Heinrich Schmitz. This historic captain’s house dates back to the second half of the 19th Century. Originally it consisted of a symmetric façade with a centered entry facing the river, and inside chimneys running up each gable wall. The house had many owners. It acquired the name Chaminade (a female French pianist and composer, 1857-1944) in the 1980s. Over one and a half centuries, this simple 4-room building turned into a whimsical, larger home of Victorian style, as several additions were built in five phases. The oldest rooms display original wood flooring, original glass windows and low ceilings. The furnishings contain antique German dowry chests, cupboards, and a secretary, all from the 17th and 18th century. The owners enjoy collecting boat models and art. Art works from all over the world also include local artists.

302 East Strand

Last but not least is the 302 E. Strand house is owned by Julie and Brian Wells. “United We Strand” formerly known as “Fairview,” is a home built approximately 1877. In 1872 the property was leased for 99 years from Thomas B. Stewart and Charles F. Stewart to John B. Tull. We believe John Tull built his home on this property in 1877 following the size and styles of similar homes on Front Street, now known as The Strand. Located on the property is a WWII Plane Spotting Station. For more information on the plane spotting station see “Recollections and Recipes,” p. 60. The Spotting Station was relocated to the backyard and is currently used as a garden shed. This home was significantly damaged by Hurricane Isabel. The previous owner began restoration immediately in 2003. The high-water mark is still visible in the garage. The house received a whole new look outside and lots of interior upgrades. This restoration was completed by the new owners, the Wells family, in 2017.

Tickets are $30 can be purchase at the OCC or online at oxfordcc.org. For more information, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904 or email oxfordcc@verizon.net.

5th Annual Model Boat Show Was a Success

The Oxford Community Center was thrilled to see many attendees enjoying the model boats and activities at the 5th annual model boat show this year!

The model boat show at the OCC began in 2012 when Ed Thieler brought his models in for display and visitors began to flock. Each year Ed continued to bring in more modelers and work with excellent committee leadership to grow the event from 13 modelers in 2013 to 42 modelers in 2017. The previous attendance high was in 2015, when 602 visitors came. In 2016, the attendance dropped off a bit to 550. So, this year was up almost 24% from last year and 13% from the previous high in 2015.

“Our 5th annual MBS had its best year yet!” exclaimed Jon Lillard, co-chair. “Attendance was higher than last year.” Jon continued, “The modelers said that not only was it the best show where they exhibited, but better than any other show they have been to.”

Photo Credit: Norman Bell

The exhibitors came from all over Maryland, plus Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. The show is popular with modelers because it is the only one in the area where the ship models are the main attraction. Not only do the modelers enjoy displaying their craft, it is an opportunity for them to share the camaraderie of talking amongst themselves, discussing models and differing approaches to solving problems.

Co-chair Ray Munsch said, “OCC’s free Model Boat Show has also proven popular with the public. This year, attendance set a new record over the previous high. The attendees not only enjoyed seeing the models and talking to the modelers, but they also viewed full size boats built by the YMCA’a “Take the Helm” and CBMM’s “Rising Tide” after school programs.”

The event utilized two additional locations where visitors could see boat building in action. The historic Cutts & Case Shipyard opened their boat yard highlighting the history and current trends. Across the street at Bruce Beglin’s Wooden Boat Workshop people saw his current project, a 26 foot American FolkBoat sailboat in mid-build.

Ed Thieler shared that he was happy to see a member of the Nautical Research Guild attending.

Jon Lillard added, “We are indebted to our sponsors and volunteers for making this the largest one-day event for the OCC. They are a major part of its success.”

The event is sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as Community Sponsors Cutts & Case Shipyard, Miles River Marine, Brewer Oxford Boatyard & Marina, Campbell’s Boatyards, Mathews Brothers, LLC, The Oxford Market, Beth Trujillo, Ken & Wendy Gibson, Ron & Sandy Kaufman.

For more information, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, email oxfordcc@verizon.net, visit their website at www.oxfordcc.org or their Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

Model Boat Show in Oxford on November 11

Come experience maritime in miniature at the Oxford Community Center’s Model Boat Show on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10am to 4pm. The event, now in its fifth year, is free and open to the public. It has become one of OCC’s most popular events.

There are as many as 40 model builders from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with their work on display. Visitors to the show are treated to diverse and detailed models, which include Chesapeake Bay workboats, classic yachts and historic vessels of all kinds.  Modelers from the Washington Ship Model Society and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Model Guild are attending. Take this opportunity to talk with modelers and learn about this rewarding craft.

Special this year will be real skiffs built as part of the YMCA of the Chesapeake’s “Take the Helm” boat building program and the CBMM “Rising Tide” Program. “Take the Helm” is a boat-building program designed to engage high-school students in a hands-on, skill-based enrichment program that utilizes the art of wooden boat building to strengthen student’s self-confidence, sense of community and teamwork, and to empower them to achieve their dreams. “Rising Tide” teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitates mentorships that provide guidance and support. Boat builders and participants from the programs will be on hand to share their experiences.

This free event includes a Kid’s Corner with children’s activities,  a scavenger hunt, and a demonstration on how to caulk a leaky boat!   The Oxford Radio-Control Laser Fleet will display boats and materials.  Items for sale include books from Mystery Loves Company and models and related materials. And take a chance on one or more of the three raffle items —a carved skipjack half-hull under sail created by local shipwright and modeler Jeremy Smith; a model kit for beginners; and a model kit for experienced modelers.

A nearby wooden boatbuilder’s workshop will be open so visitors can see his latest project, a 26 foot American FolkBoat sailboat, and talk with him about the rewards and challenges of building your own wooden boat.

Cutts & Case Shipyard, Oxford’s renowned wooden boat builders, will be hosting an open house. A short drive through the historic town of Oxford will bring visitors to Cutts & Case for self-guided tours of a working boatyard and the world of wooden boat building.

The Model Boat Show is supported in part by a grant from Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. The show is sponsored by Cutts & Case Shipyard, Brewer Oxford Boat Yard and Marina, Campbell’s Boat Yards, Mathews Brothers, LLC, Miles River Marine, The Oxford Market, Ron and Sandy Kaufman, Beth Trujillo, and Ken and Wendy Gibson.  OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road. For more information about the show, call OCC at 410-226-5904 or Ray Munsch at (215) 356-2481.

Fine Arts @ Oxford Welcomes Seven New Local Artists

Constance Del Nero

The 33rd annual Fine Arts @ Oxford, a juried exhibition and sale, kicks off with a gala celebration on Friday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Mary 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oxford resident and well-known artist Howard Lapp is the 2017 featured artist; his striking and distinctive “Morning Shadows” will grace the event poster and other promotional pieces. New local artists include Constance Del Nero of Easton, MD, Kevin Garber of St. Michaels, MD, Kathy Kopec of Bozman, MD, Carol Meers of Denton, MD, Sheryl Southwick of Trappe, MD, Carol Wetovich of Annapolis, MD, and Paul Winters of McDaniel, MD.

Del Nero has been enchanted by the visual arts since childhood, and has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field. She serves as Director of ArtReach and Community Programs at the Academy Art Museum and displays her work at the Green Phoenix Gallery, both in Easton. Garber has been in the art business since the mid-1970s. Following nine years of teaching and collaborating with artists, he began painting in watercolors upon his return to the East coast in 2008. With birds as his favorite subject, Kevin is able to address environmental issues and to continue his love of drawing and painting. Kopec has experienced a lifelong love of art. She has studied locally with Nancy Tankersley, Ed Cooper and Sara Linda Poly; has memberships in the Academy Art Museum, Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League; and is a SMAL board member. She has also participated in the Arts in Easton banner program for several years.

Meers grew up in Chicago and had the great good fortune to attend classes at the famed Art Institute from elementary through her high school years. She earned a B. F. A. from Bradley University, and went on to teach art at elementary and middle school levels in Iowa, Missouri and California. She is now able to pursue her own endeavors in art. Southwick, a native of the Baton Rouge, LA area; grew up within an artistic, creative and musical family which provided much opportunity for exploratory discovery both indoors and out. She has taught and/or facilitated numerous classes and community programs locally (Academy Art Museum, Pickering Creek, Arts by the Park, etc.); and has been on the MD State Arts Council approved-instructor/program list. Following many successful years as a camera operator in the television and film industry (“The Wire,” “Spin City,” the Academy Awards, etc.), Wetovich switched it up to pursue her true passion: creating art. She is a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Annapolis Watercolor Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore. Winters’ love affair with glass began in 1974 when he discovered the scrap heap at a stained glass studio in North Carolina, and he has been working in the medium ever since. He opened The Caledon Glass Works, his studio in St. Michaels, in 2000; church windows, public installations, and numerous doors, sidelights and transoms for area private homes resulted.

Kevin Garber

Additional artists completing the full roster of exhibitors include David Aiken (Weems, VA), Norm and Paula Bell (Oxford, MD), Carole Boggemann-Peirson (Townsend, VA), Katie Cassidy (Easton, MD), Fred Craig (Ruxton, MD), Gerry Czajkowski (Grasonville, MD), Lois Engberg (Salisbury, MD), Beverly Ford Evans (Franklin, TN), Ned Ewell (Cockeysville, MD), Rae Hamilton (Parkton, MD), Mary Ellen Mabe (Bozman, MD), Diane DuBois Mullaly (Easton, MD), Stephanie Nadolski (Shady Side, MD), Steve Rogers (Lewes, DE), Bradford Ross (Easton, MD), John Schisler (Georgetown, DE), Douglas Sefton (St. Michaels, MD), Nick Serratore (Lewes, DE), Sharon Stockley (Easton, MD), Nancy R. Thomas (Ridgely, MD), W. Robert Tolley (Cambridge, MD), Nick Vincent (Westminster, MD), Betsey Von Dreele (Harbeson, DE), Sean Wells (Philadelphia, PA), C. Keith Whitelock (Salisbury, MD), M. Joyce Zeigler (Denton, MD) and Barbara Zuehlke (Easton, MD).

The Oxford Community Center is especially pleased to announce Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury as the Fine Arts @ Oxford Presenting Sponsor.

Advance purchase of Fine Arts @ Oxford Preview Gala tickets ($80 per person) is recommended. In addition to that first glimpse of quality art; an evening of savories, sweets and full bar offerings; each ticket includes event entrance for the whole weekend. All are welcome at the gala; visit www.oxfordcc.org to buy directly or call/e-mail the Oxford Community Center (410-226-5904/oxfordcc@ verizon.net) to receive a mailed invitation. Otherwise, the cost of admission is $7 per person/per day on both Saturday and Sunday; raffle tickets ($10/book of 6) may be purchased throughout the weekend. The OCC is located at 200 Oxford Rd. in Oxford, MD; it is a 501c3 organization and 30% of all art sales directly benefit the Center and its programs.

The Fabulous Hubcaps Rock the OCC on Nov. 18

It will be a sock hop at the Oxford Community Center on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., as the Fabulous Hubcaps take the stage. Performing together and wowing audiences since 1974, the Hubcaps have played everywhere from Miami to Detroit, including The White House and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tickets to the show are $25, purchasing ahead of time is recommended.

fabulous-hubcaps-2What began forty-two years ago as “Harvey Hubcap and the Do Ron Ron” has evolved into The Fabulous Hubcaps, one of the nation’s most sought after nostalgia show bands.  Their career has been as diverse and colorful as the bowling shirts they wear. Whether a black-tie formal affair for the Northern Virginia Hospital, a 50’s Sock Hop for the ASPCA or the Annual Blow-Out at the Nantucket Yacht Club, the Fabulous Hubcaps have been the choice of entertainment for decades. The darlings of the country club circuit, they are also recruited by American Legions, VFW’s, fire companies and numerous civic organizations.

The band has performed on the South Lawn of The White House for the Press Corps Picnic, and sang The National Anthem in Orioles Park at Camden Yards.  They have performed at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio for The Goodguys/PPG Nationals, and were mentioned in the Collector’s Calendar Issue of Street Rodder Magazine.  The group has performed at Inaugurations for Governors Wilkerson and Patton of Kentucky, as well as the Inaugural Ball for Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  The Hubcaps were personally invited to appear at The Kentucky Derby.  Hubcaps fans include Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, the late Louis S. Goldstein, former Comptroller of Maryland, and Coach Joe Gibbs of The Washington Redskins.  They have performed with Masters of Ceremonies and guest speakers that include Bob Dole, Colonel Oliver North, and David Hyde Pierce of “Frasier.”

With sounds of Do-Wop, Country, Motown, Group Harmony, Rockabilly, Classic Rock and Roll, The Hubcaps will take you back in time on a journey you won’t forget.

Tickets can be purchased by calling OCC at 410-226-5904 or online at their website at www.oxfordcc.org.The event will include a cash bar and light fare, including sliders, will be available for purchase. OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, Md., 21654.

Model Boat Show Returns to OCC on Nov. 12

Visitors to the Oxford Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 12 will have a model day, as OCC’s Model Boat Show returns for its third year. The free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features 30 model builders from throughout the region, model-making demonstrations, and kids’ activities.

boat-show-2015-5This year, the expanded model boat show and sale features model builders sharing their craft and history through an even more diverse selection of model boats, talks, and demonstrations. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to talk with modelers, hear stories and ask questions.   Every model boat has a story to tell—you can learn about the history of original vessels, such as a crab scrape bateau, bugeye, dinky skiff, bar cat, drake tail and more, as well as boat-building techniques and maritime culture.Roughly 30 model builders will display diverse models, including half-hull models of Chesapeake Bay boats and classic yachts; scratch-built models of Tangier Sound workboats; tall ship rigging; early modern sailing ships; a local radio-controlled Laser fleet; workboats and sailing ships from members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum model sailing club; and ships in bottles and Bay schooners.

Don Willey, from Fruitland, Md., will be among the modelers at the show. Willey started building models in 1980, with his first being a four-masted schooner. He has built more than 700 models since, which are included in collections around the world—France, Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, and Fiji. All the work Willey does in commissioned, and there is more than a year’s wait for him to start new work.

“I have been behind ever since I started and I am still behind, about a year, used to be two,” said Willey. “But people have seen my work and said they will wait. I have never had anyone dissatisfied, they have always given me great praise. Even personal boats that I have built from old photos, they say it looks just like it and are amazed by the details.”

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Willey will be bringing models of a skipjack, drake stern workboat, fishing skiff, ducking skiff, buyboat, and a tugboat, as well as doing knot-tying demonstrations.

There will also be an opportunity to visit a local shipwright’s boatshed and see boat building in progress.  Cutts & Case, Inc., the world-renowned wooden boat builders in Oxford, will be hosting an open house providing Model Boat Show visitors behind-the-scenes access to the world of wooden boat building. A short three minute drive through the historic town of Oxford will bring visitors to Cutts & Case for self-guided tours.

Visitors to OCC will be treated to a “Dock Sale,” will feature miscellaneous model-making tools, supplies, and kits for sale. An expanded kids’ corner provides several hands-on activities, including a chance for children to build their own boat models.New this year, there will be representatives from the Washington Ship Model Society.

Mystery Loves Company bookstore will be on hand with maritime books, art, and novelty items for sale. The show boasts things to do for all ages: there will be a kid’s activity area where children can make and race their own models and an ‘I SPY’ scavenger hunt.

The Model Boat Show is sponsored in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

For more information on the Model Boat Show @ OCC, please call 410-226-5904, visit www.oxfordcc.org, or like their Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

OCC Hosts Former CNN Correspondent, Ralph Begleiter

The Oxford Community Center is hosting a lecture by Ralph Begleiter, former CNN world affairs correspondent and Emeritus Professor at the University of Delaware. The lecture is Thursday, October 27 at 530pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or prior to the event.

begleiter-ud-2011Begleiter’s talk, “Media Earthquake: The New Business of News,” will explain how social media and Internet communication revolutions have overturned a century of mainstream information media economics, ethics and standards, thus affecting the information voters are consuming during the 2016 election cycle. He will discuss this media upheaval and its implications for a free society that depends on informed voters for good governance.

Ralph Begleiter has more than thirty years of broadcast journalism experience. During two decades as CNN’s world affairs correspondent, Begleiter was the network’s most widely-traveled reporter, traveling to 100 countries on all seven continents. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, when CNN was the world’s only global, all-news television channel, he covered U.S. diplomacy, interviewed countless world leaders, hosted a public affairs program called “Global View,” and co-anchored CNN’s “International Hour.” In 1998, Begleiter wrote and anchored a 24-part series on the Cold War.  He covered historic events at the end of the 20th century, including virtually every high-level Soviet/Russian-American meeting; the Persian Gulf Crisis in 1990-91; Middle East Peace efforts; and many UN and NATO summit meetings.

As a University of Delaware Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Rosenberg Professor of Communication, Ralph Begleiter traveled with students to Cuba, South America, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Antarctica. He taught a course, “The Road to the Presidency,” during election years, bringing students into the “situation room” during both major party political conventions. He is the founder of the University’s Center for Political Communication, a research, teaching, and public service organization that explores the effects of emerging communication technologies on elections and policy debates.

Tickets can be purchased by calling OCC at 410-226-5904 or online at their website at www.oxfordcc.org. OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, Md., 21654. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The Begleiter lecture is sponsored in part by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging.

 

Upcoming Programs at Oxford Community Center

Summer is winding down, but the events and programs at the Oxford Community Center are still heating up. From show and tells with classic boats, to blues bands, to military intelligence talks and a gardening workshop, there are activities for diverse interests.

On Thursday, Aug. 18 at 4pm, it’s a classic boat show and tell with Ebby DuPont. Take a look at his 1928 Chris-Craft “Dear Friend,” and see DuPont’s handiwork up close.”Dear Friend” was awarded best in show at last year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show, held Father’s Day weekend every year at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. The boat will be at OCC and DuPont will give a presentation about how he found her and the process of restoring a true classic boat.The program is free and open to the public. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

OCC’s Free Movie Night continues on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., with “Winchester ’73.” This 1950 drama/western shares the journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another, paralleling a cowboy’s search for a murderous fugitive. The film stars Jimmy Stewart and directed by Spy featured image proportionsAnthony Mann and was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2015. Beer and wine will be available to buy. Movie Nights are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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Back Porch Blues

On Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m., the Back Porch Blues bring their signature style of easy blues to Oxford. Back Porch Blues is an all-star down-home acoustic trio consisting of the incredible guitar and vocal work of Eleanor Ellis, the blues harmonica virtuosity of Jay Summerour, and the percussion talents of Eric Selby. Together, they deliver real deal acoustic blues, from the Piedmont to the Hills to the Swamp, blues without compromise in a relaxed, fun musical atmosphere, just like sittin’ with friends having a jam session on the back porch. Back Porch Blues has performed at various venues throughout the country including the Greenwood Blues Cruise in South Carolina, The Music Center at Strathmore, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Tickets are $15 and beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Come learn about “Information Dominance – Military Intelligence in the Information Age,” on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m., as Earl Sheck and Marcia Loverdi give a talk on a topic that has more and more bearing on daily life around the world. Their presentation is free and open to the public and will provide an overview of the of U.S. foreign intelligence community with an emphasis on the evolution of military intelligence and the opportunities and challenges facing military intelligence in the information age.  It will cover all aspects of military intelligence including: setting of intelligence requirements; the sources of intelligence data and the means by which it may be collected; the challenges facing intelligence analysis; and the various ways intelligence data are disseminated to, and used by, the military and its leadership.

Sheck spent over forty years in military intelligence – six years on active duty with the Navy, thirty years as a government civilian with Navy and Defense Intelligence, and another six years as a consultant.  A member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, Earl held positions as: the Executive Director, Navy Maritime Intelligence Center; Executive Director/Deputy Command of the Office of Naval Intelligence; Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence; and Deputy Director for Intelligence of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

LoVerdi spent 34 years in government service working for the defense department and national intelligence agencies in a variety of senior positions.  She spent 8 years on active duty in Army intelligence, and commanded a technical intelligence unit.  Her civilian life included policy, crisis management, and a variety of managerial roles for WMD, cyber warfare, and threat finance.  She also served with the first Director for National Intelligence as his first liaison to defense intelligence, and worked with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on nuclear weapons monitoring with Russia.  She spent five years in overseas assignments as part of her career.  She is a graduate of the National War College and holds two Masters degrees.

On Sept. 14 at 12 noon, there will be a “Town Talk” by Oxford Town Administrator Cheryl Lewis and Oxford Commissioner Carole Abruzzese highlighting the state of the town for Oxford. OCC’s “Town Talks” are free and designed to highlight different organizations, businesses, people, and topics that are a part of and of interest to the community.

On Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., come learn about, “Preparing Your Garden for Fall and Beyond,” with Master Gardener and Oxford Garden Club member Phyllis Rambo. Fall is an amazing season filled with colorful leaves, crisp air, and the anticipation of the winter to come. Then as winter ends, you long for the beauty and color of spring.But wait! What has happened to your beautiful gardens? They’re full of weeds, your dahlias are dead, and your evergreen shrubs are brown and shriveled. You go to the toolshed to find that your tools are rusty and your pruners are too dull to cut tissue paper. You ask yourself, “How did this happen?”  The answer is simple; you forgot to winterize your garden and care for your tools. As fall beings and the weather cools and the daylightdwindles, there’s still gardening to be done. Rambo will lead a a discussion on fall garden tasks and tricks to maintain and enhanceyour gardens with minimal effort and prepare for a beautiful spring.

For more information on OCC or upcoming programs or events, please call 410-226-5904, like them on Facebook as “Oxford Community Center Inc.,” or visit their website at www.oxfordcc.org.

A Dramatic June at the Oxford Community Center

Laura Menzie Brilliant TracesJune is filled with drama at the Oxford Community Center as Shore Shakespeare presents “Macbeth” on June 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and Brown Box Theatre presents “Brilliant Traces,” on June 16 at 8 p.m. Both productions bring unique opportunities to catch summer plays at their only Talbot County venue.

Shore Shakespeare Company presents its Spring 2016 tour production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Shelagh Grasso. This most infamous of plays explores the darker side of the human soul as the title characters confront ambition, prophecy, temptation, and murder.

OCC is the last weekend and final venue for Macbeth with performances on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 7:00 pm. Weather permitting, the show will be outside on the lawn, in the event of bad weather, the play will take place inside the community center. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated, with proceeds benefiting the Shore Shakespeare Company and OCC. There will be hot dogs, chips, light refreshments, soda, water, and beer and wine available for purchase.

In the title roles, Greg Minahan and Avra Sullivan anchor a talented and experienced cast, including Chris Rogers as Macduff, Juanita Wieczoreck as Lady Macduff, Will Robinson as Banquo, Nick Roetzel as King Duncan, Adam Brome as Malcolm, and Brian McGunigle as Ross. Chelsea Clough, Sally Borghardt, and Jane Jewell appear as the three Weird Sisters, along with Christine Kinlock, Jane Terebey, and Samantha Davis. The ensemble also showcases the talents of Paul Briggs, Nic Carter, Andrew Mimms, John Terebey, Richard Smith, John Feldman, and Dane Long, along with Josh and Sam Hansen.

Director Shelagh Grasso presents an environmental production, performed in three-quarter thrust and without a stage, taking advantage of each venue’s unique situation and qualities. Actors move in and through the audience, integrating them into the action of the play.Brilliant Traces

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, a nobleman and a celebrated general in King Duncan’s army, has soundly defeated the invading Norwegians. On their way to the King, Macbeth and his friend and fellow general Banquo are confronted by a coven of witches, who hail them with prophecies: Macbeth shall become king; Banquo’s heirs will succeed to the throne. The prophecies seem to bear immediate fruit when Macbeth learns that he has been promoted. But the two men handle their prophecies very differently, with two very different outcomes. Events unfold which eventually lead Macbeth to question “the fiend that lies like truth,” and to his tragic, self-inflicted demise.

For more information about Shore Shakespeare and/or the production of The Tragedy of Macbeth, please visit http://www.shoreshakespeare.com/.

OCC is the only Mid-Shore venue for Brown Box Theatre’s “Brilliant Traces.” Thursday, June 16 at 8 p.m., is your one chance to see a show that opens in Boston, Mass., and goes to Ocean City and Salisbury. Tickets are $16. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Written by Cindy Lou Johnson and directed by Kyler Taustin, “Brilliant Traces” is set in a remote cabin nestled in the Alaskan wilderness, where Henry Harry sleeps alone as a blizzard rages outside. When he is awakened by a pounding at the door, a stranger stumbles in, dazed, and provides no explanation for her full bridal attire before falling asleep for two days. As Henry Harry cares for her, Rosannah dissects her reckless nonstop drive from an Arizona chapel, and the two are forced to navigate each other and reconcile their loneliness as they grapple with wounded pasts, gnawing regrets, and desperate fears in their struggle for survival in whiteout conditions.

Shore Shakespeare MacbethBrown Box Theatre’s mission is to bring high-quality theatre to communities that otherwise lack access to the performing arts. The constant goal in all their programming is to bring down barriers that separate potential audiences from live theatre and to introduce the performing arts to the widest audience possible.

Brown Box works with Boston based talent to develop a diverse range of high quality theatre. These productions serve the Boston community and then tour in order to share all that the Boston Theatre Scene has to offer with audiences in Maryland, Delaware, and other communities that crave the performing arts.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit http://www.brownboxtheatre.org/traces.html “Brilliant Traces” is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council. For more information on OCC or upcoming programs or events, please call 410-226-5904 or visit their website at www.oxfordcc.org.

 

Fine Arts @ Oxford Celebrates 32 Years

A flurry of able volunteers and dedicated staff are putting finishing touches on the Oxford Community Center’s 32nd annual Fine Arts @ Oxford, a juried exhibition and sale which benefits the OCC. The event will open with its traditional Preview Gala (May 20, 6 to 8 p.m.), featuring a generous medley of scrumptious specialties from Latitude 38 and full bar offerings to showcase the first glimpse of quality art. Advance purchase of Preview Gala tickets ($80 per person) is recommended and includes, of course, event entrance for the full weekend. FA@O continues on Saturday (May 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with $5 admission, and optional purchase of raffle tickets ($10/book of six). Forty artists will exhibit this year, a wide majority of whom have generously donated work to the Sunday afternoon raffle. Visitors need not be present at the hourly drawings to win, and have the option of choosing the piece(s) they’d most like to own.

Pictured is work by featured artist Chris Wilke’s, “Two on a Branch,” which will grace the 2016 Fine Arts @ Oxford poster.

Pictured is work by featured artist Chris Wilke’s, “Two on a Branch,” which will grace the 2016 Fine Arts @ Oxford poster.

Participants hail from four states and the District of Columbia; six are brand-new to the event, and two others (Diane DuBois Mullaly/Easton and Kurt Plinke/Greensboro) were recently juried into the prestigious and highly-competitive upcoming Plein Air Easton. Additional artists offering a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional subject matter and media on display and available for purchase include David Aiken (Weems, VA), Norm and Paula Bell (Oxford, MD), Carole Boggemann-Peirson (Townsend, VA), Katie Cassidy (Easton, MD), Elizabeth Casqueiro (Washington, DC), Fred Craig (Ruxton, MD), Lois Engberg (Salisbury, MD), Beverly Ford Evans (Franklin, TN), Ned Ewell (Cockeysville, MD), Nancy B. Galvin (Middle River, MD), Rae Hamilton (Parkton, MD), Carla Huber (Woolford, MD), Linda Kirvan (Bethesda, MD), Howard Lapp (Oxford, MD), Mary Ellen Mabe (Bozman, MD), Stephanie Nadolski (Shady Side, MD), Larry Ringgold (Chesapeake Beach, MD), Steve Rogers (Lewes, DE), Brad Ross (Easton, MD), Erick Sahler (Salisbury, MD), John Schisler (Georgetown, DE), Nick Serratore (Lewes, DE), David Stevens (Easton, MD), Sharon Stockley (Easton, MD), Nancy R. Thomas (Ridgely, MD), W. Robert Tolley (Cambridge, MD), Nick Vincent (Westminster, MD), Betsey Von Dreele (Harbeson, DE), Nancy Richards West (Chincoteague Island, VA), Heidi Wetzel (Easton, MD), C. Keith Whitelock (Salisbury, MD), featured poster artist Chris Wilke (Easton, MD), Karen Wood (Easton, MD), M. Joyce Zeigler (Denton, MD) and Barbara Zuehlke (Easton, MD).

Regular FA@O attendees who have come to expect fresh, homemade luncheon fare for sale over the weekend won’t be disappointed. Grilled hotdogs, salad and sandwich choices will be available, accompanied by OCC’s traditional and stellar strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream.

All are welcome at the Preview Gala; visit www.oxfordcc.org to purchase tickets directly or call/e-mail the OCC (410-226-5904/oxfordcc@verizon.net) to receive a mailed invitation. The Oxford Community Center is located at 200 Oxford Rd. in Oxford, MD; it is a 501c3 organization and 30% of all art sales directly benefit the Center and its programs.