Concerts, Fundraisers & Arts Events Galore this Week

Wednesday, March 25, 8:00-9:00pm (6pm workshop is sold out)

VICTORIA VOX IN CONCERT

St. Michaels Studio

933 S. Talbot St, #14

St. Michaels, MD

Victoria Vox has taken the artful sound of the ukulele into eclectic new directions. Her music ranges from upbeat and clever to honest and moving, while incorporating her signature “mouth trumpet” and occasionally singing in French. Her whimsical song-writing uses a unique palette of sounds and beats that delight audiences of all ages. Featured recently on the front page of the “Wall Street Journal,” on the cover of UKULELE Magazine, and on the Jay Leno show, Victoria is taking the world by storm! A recent highlight of her career was performing in New Zealand with 2,500 children playing ukulele and singing along on Victoria’s original “Bird Song!”

www.VictoriaVox.com

TICKETS: $10-20 (please pay what you can) / Students: $5

RSVP to Peggy Ford: pjford21@gmail.com — so we have an idea re. how many chairs to set up.

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Thursday, March 26, 6:00pm – GALA FUNDRAISER

Friday, March 27, 8:00pm

Saturday, March 28, 8:00pm

Sunday, March 29, 2:00pm

THE BEST OF HEART AND MUSIC

A Benefit – For All Seasons

These thrilling four shows benefit the Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center.
TICKETS: Gala Fundraiser, March 26, 6pm, $100
Performances, March 27-28, 8pm, March 29, 2pm
Adults $20, students $5 For reservations,
call 443-258-1230 or visit www.forallseasonsinc.org.

FOR ALL SEASONS, INC. is a private, non-profit human services agency offering outpatient mental health services, including psychiatry, for children, youth and adults, and crisis support for victims of rape, sexual assault and other traumas. The umbrella in our logo is a metaphor for the support and services we provide to all individuals, groups, organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Shore to assist, maintain and enhance social functioning regardless of race, religion, income, sex or age.

www.ForAllSeasonsInc.org

www.OxfordCC.org

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Thursday, March 26, 8:00pm (doors 6:30pm)

10 STRING SYMPHONY

Stoltz Listening Room @ The Avalon

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

The Nashville music scene is a famous home for world-class side musicians, as well as a plethora of legendary songwriters. Now it presents us with a duo that combines the best of both worlds: skilled instrumentalists with an incredible amount of soul and a love of great songs! 10 String Symphony, with their mesmerizing acoustic innovation, blends the two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices of Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, Celtic and, dare I say, punk string-chording experimentations” (The Bluegrass Situation). Only two years old as a band, Rachel and Christian have already gained recognition and attention from some major festivals, landing slots at the ROMP festival in Owensboro, KY, the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA, and a headlining slot at the 2014 Auckland Folk Festival in New Zealand.

TICKETS: $20

www.AvalonFoundation.org

http://www.10stringsymphony.com/

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Friday, March 27, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)

JIM BRICKMAN

Avalon Theatre

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

Piano sensation Jim Brickman returns to the Avalon Theatre to commemorate two incredible decades of music with The Platinum Tour: Celebrating 20 Years! Hailed by the Boston Herald as “a crowd-pleaser”, Brickman will showcase new music, along with the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist and earned him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. The Platinum Tour: Celebrating 20 Years is an experience of emotion, intimacy, warmth, and humor that’s fused together with hits like “Valentine,” “Rocket to the Moon,” “Love of My Life” and “If You Believe.”

Brickman’s performance will take you on an enticing musical journey with his romantic piano melodies and engaging wit, making this concert event the must see of the season!

TICKETS: $40

http://www.jimbrickman.com/

www.AvalonFoundation.org

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Saturday, March 28 – Two shows @ 7:30pm and 9:30pm (doors open 7 & 9pm)

HANNAH GILL BAND

Hannah Gill returns to the Stoltz stage to celebrate the recent release of her anticipated, new EP, I Feel Awake! Though still in her teens, Hannah is already recognized (both here on the Shore and beyond) for her rich, mature vocals that draw comparisons to Beth Orton, Katie Melua, and Adele (to name a few). But there’s a depth of spirit to Hannah that sets her apart. As one critic notes, “The beauty and soul in her voice place her in a category that few vocalists, young or seasoned, could ever even dream of being in.” Be sure to come out and support this local, young artist who is certainly on her way to bigger things.

TICKETS: $10

www.AvalonFoundation.org

http://hannahgillmusic.com/

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Sunday, March 29, 2:00pm

ELAINE EFF: PAINTED SCREENS “BOOK TASTING”

Dorchester Arts Center

321 High Street

Cambridge, MD

Book Talk, Signing and Reception to celebrate PAINTED SCREENS, the second edition of the book, the shore’s love of FOLK ART and all things Maryland.

It’s FREE but call to help them plan: 410-228-7782

www.PaintedScreens.org

www.DorchesterArts.org

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Wednesday, April 1, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)

THE STEEL WHEELS

Stoltz Listening Room @ The Avalon

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

They’re part of this year?s Wintergrass Music Festival line up and have a new album on the way…Yeah, the Steel Wheels have rolled a long way since the last time they visited Easton! The Steel Wheels have captured audience across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.

TICKETS: $25

www.AvalonFoundation.org

http://www.thesteelwheels.com

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Thursday, April 2, 6:00pm

FAMILY SPRING CRAFTS: POETRY COLLAGE ART

St. Michaels Library

St. Michaels, MD

For all ages

NOTE: Children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.

www.TCFL.org

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Friday, April 3, 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)

SETH GLIER

Stoltz Listening Room @ the Avalon

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He’s shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” Building on the acclaim of his Grammy®-nominated sophomore album The Next Right Thing, Glier’s subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know landed him his first Daytrotter session, was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt Magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”. His latest recording is “If I Could Change One Thing.”

As an advocate for Musicians On Call and a national spokesperson for ChildFund International who has helped over 200 children find sponsors, Seth has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both onstage and off. He participated in the 2012 ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip, and took home Best Social Action Song for his track “The Next Right Thing” at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, his second IMA win. For his 2013 Things I Should Let You Know Release tour, he teamed up with Autism Speaks and raised over $5,000 for the not-for-profit organization. The last two years have also garnered Seth musical placements on television (Lifetime and Bravo), as well as coveted slots on the Cayamo Cruise, at the Penang Jazz Festival in Malaysia, and as a performer for former House Speaker Eric Cantor.

TICKETS: $20

www.AvalonFoundation.org

www.SethGlier.com

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Saturday, April 4, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)

TOM PRINCIPATO BAND

Stoltz Listening Room @ Avalon Theatre

40 E. Dover

Easton, MD

Tom Principato is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery. For over 40 years, Tom has been setting his telecaster on fire all across the globe and making ground-breaking American blues enjoyed by fans the world over. In the ‘70s, he led the legendary band Powerhouse, a critically acclaimed East-Coast phenomenon. Today, his current band enjoys the passionate virtuosity of Jay Turner on bass, Joe Wells on drums, John Howell on congas, percussion, vocals, and harmonica.

TICKETS: $25

www.AvalonFoundation.org

http://www.tomprincipato.com/

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Sunday, April 5, 6:00pm

TALBOT CINEMA SOCIETY PRESENTS FOG OF WAR: McNAMARA

Avalon Theatre

40 E. Dover St.

Easton MD, 21601

Presented by Henry Shaw

www.AvalonFoundation.org

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Monday, April 6, 6:00pm

POETRY THAT CONFIDES

Easton Public Library

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Bill Peak hosts a discussion of confessional poetry. Copies of the poems to be discussed can be picked up at either branch of the library.

www.TCFL.org

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Wednesdays, April 8, 22, 29 @ 10:30am

STORY TIME

St. Michaels Library

St. Michaels, MD

For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

www.TCFL.org

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Thursday, April 9, 3:00pm

POETRY THAT CONFIDES

St. Michaels Library

St. Michaels, MD

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Bill Peak hosts a discussion of confessional poetry. Copies of the poems to be discussed can be picked up at either branch of the library.

www.TCFL.org

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Friday, April 10, 7:30pm

TIDEWATER SINGERS: A CAPPELLA CONCERT

Trinity Cathedral

Easton, MD

Under the direction of William Thomas, The Tidewater Singers are a select group of professional and amateur singers founded in 2001. Now in his seventh season as artistic director of the Tidewater Singers, Thomas is assistant professor of music at Chesapeake College. Previously he directed the choirs at Easton High School and has been organist and director of music at Christ Church (Episcopal) in St. Michaels since 1987. The concert will include works by the 17th century composer William Byrd, contemporary composers Ysaye Barnwell and Eric Whitacre, arrangements of spirituals by William Dawson and Stephen Hatfield, and a trio of songs by Lennon and McCartney.

The Tidewater Singers gratefully acknowledges the funding it has received from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

TICKETS: $12 advance; $15 at the door. FREE for students.

Available @ www.tidewatersingers.org and at Cracker Jacks in Easton and Reeser’s Pharmacy in St. Michaels.

www.TidewaterSingers.com

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Saturday, April 11, 3:00pm

GENTICORUM FROM QUEBEC

CARPE DIEM! MUSIC IN THE GALLERY CONCERT

Contemporary Tapestry Studio and Gallery

5592 Poplar Lane

Royal Oak, MD

(near Oxford-Bellevue Ferry)

A chance to see Ulrika Leander’s tapestries and one of the world’s largest looms.

The traditional Quebecois trio Genticorum packs a punch with its gloriously rich instrumental and vocal arrangements and its upbeat, high-energy performances. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the group’s members weave precise and incredibly intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into an irresistibly jubilant musical feast that combines raw energy with superb musical prowess.

TICKETS (suggested donation): $20-25 / $5-15 students, those with low or no income

www.ctw-tapestry.com

www.CarpeDiemArts.org

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Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm

THE TIDEWATER SINGERS: A CAPPELLA CONCERT

Christ Church

St. Michaels, MD

Under the direction of William Thomas, The Tidewater Singers are a select group of professional and amateur singers founded in 2001. Now in his seventh season as artistic director of the Tidewater Singers, Thomas is assistant professor of music at Chesapeake College. Previously he directed the choirs at Easton High School and has been organist and director of music at Christ Church (Episcopal) in St. Michaels since 1987. The concert will include works by the 17th century composer William Byrd, contemporary composers Ysaye Barnwell and Eric Whitacre, arrangements of spirituals by William Dawson and Stephen Hatfield, and a trio of songs by Lennon and McCartney.

The Tidewater Singers gratefully acknowledges the funding it has received from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

TICKETS: $12 advance; $15 at the door. FREE for students.

Available @ www.tidewatersingers.org and at Cracker Jacks in Easton and Reeser’s Pharmacy in St. Michaels.

www.TidewaterSingers.com

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Sunday, April 12, 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)

LUCY KAPLANSKY

Stoltz Listening Room @ the Avalon

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs,” according to the New York Times. Blending country, folk, and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons, or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. A Billboard-charting singer who has topped the folk and Americana radio charts, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

TICKETS: $30

www.AvalonFoundation.org

http://lucykaplansky.com/

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Tuesday, April 14, 4:00pm

SPRING INTO ORIGAMI

Easton Public Library

Easton, MD

For ages 8 and older. Pre-registration required.

www.TCFL.org

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Wednesday, April 15, 3:00pm

ST. MICHAELS BOOK CLUB

St. Michaels Library

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

www.TCFL.org

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Monday, April 20, 12:15-1:00pm

CARPE DIEM PERFORMANCE SERIES @ BROOKLETTS PLACE – FREE CONCERT

VICTORIA VOX

Talbot County Senior Center

400 Brookletts Avenue

Easton, MD

FREE ADMISSION – WELCOMING ALL AGES

Lunch is available at 12 noon for $2.75 with advance reservations.

RSVP: 410-822-2869 / cbrooks@UpperShoreAging.org

Next performance: Tuesday, May 19, 12:15pm – NICOLO WHIMSEY

The Carpe Diem Series at Brookletts Place is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, sound man Dr. Ed Klein (in-kind support) ~ and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund.

For more info contact Busy Graham at BusyGraham@gmail.com or call 301-466-0183.

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Monday, April 20, 6:30pm

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP DISCUSION:

The Oblate’s Confession by Bill Peak

In their (starred) review of the book, Kirkus called The Oblate’s Confession an “entirely spellbinding debut novel.” “Library guy” Bill Peak will attend and participate in the discussion. This program (like all library programs) is open to the public.

www.TCFL.org

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Tuesday, April 21, 12 noon

MOVIE AT NOON SERIES: MILLION DOLLAR ARM

St. Michaels Library

A film based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the first major league players from India.

www.TCFL.org

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Saturday, April 25, 12:30pm

THE MET: LIVE IN HD

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Mascagni/Leoncavallo)

Avalon Theatre

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

www.AvalonFoundation.org

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Saturday, April 25

OXFORD DAY

Saturday, May 2 – SAVE THE DATE

COME FLY WITH US! A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF FRANK SINATRA

SPRING GALA FOR THE ACADEMY ART MUSEUM

Featuring the 16-piece Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Celebrate the centennial of Frank Sinatra

The Gala will be held at Gross Coate, one of the magnificent 18th century estates of Talbot County. The glamour and elegance of the legendary Stork Club in New York will be recreated in a tent under the stars. The fun will kick off with cocktails and sign up for Artful Adventures, followed by dinner and dancing. The renowned 16-piece Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform, with award-winning Allan Harris singing Sinatra hits

www.AcademyArtMuseum.org

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Sunday, May 10, 3:00pm

BILLY NOVICK & GUY VAN DUSER

CARPE DIEM! MUSIC IN THE GALLERY CONCERT

Contemporary Tapestry Studio and Gallery

5592 Poplar Lane

Royal Oak, MD

(near Oxford-Bellevue Ferry)

A chance to see Ulrika Leander’s tapestries and one of the world’s largest looms.

TICKETS (suggested donation): $20-25 / $5-15 students, those with low or no income

www.ctw-tapestry.com

www.CarpeDiemArts.org

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Sunday, May 10, 8:00pm

WALTER PARKS

Avalon/Stoltz

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

www.AvalonFoundation.org

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Thursday, May 28, 8:00pm

LAURENCE JUBER—GUITAR MASTER

Former lead guitarist with Paul McCartney’s WINGS

Stoltz Listening Room

Avalon

40 E. Dover St.

Easton, MD

www.laurencejuber.com

www.AvalonFoundation.org

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ACADEMY ART MUSEUM

106 South St.

Easton, MD

410-822-ARTS

www.AcademyArtMuseum.org

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ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES

Saturdays, 8:30am-11:30am (mid-April to mid-October)

FreshFarm Market

St. Michaels, MD
Located in historic town of St. Michaels, MD, on the Eastern Shore, this FRESHFARM Market is directly on the harbor, one of the loveliest market settings in the country. The market is a Saturday destination for locals, weekenders and boaters. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. We also host events and activities throughout the season, including our Chef at Market events and a community cook-off.

www.FreshFarmMarkets.org

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Saturdays, 8:00am-1:00pm (reopens in April and runs through December)

FARMERS MARKET – EASTON

North Harrison Street

Easton MD 21601

www.AvalonFoundation.org

BAY COUNTRY BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY

Bay Country Chorus invites you to visit its rehearsals….singers and visitors welcome. Looking for prospective members, men of any age, to join us in our hobby. We meet every Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Talbot County Senior Center, Brookletts Avenue, Easton. Be prepared for an evening of singing, fun, and fellowship in the “Barbershop Style of Music.”

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Early Bird Registration Open for “Extreme Summer” Camp

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Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers is looking ahead to warmer temperatures with the opening of 2015 summer camp registration. “Extreme Summer 2015” includes 10 weeks of extreme fun throughout CACC’s five Talbot County sites which include two locations in Easton as well as St. Michaels, Cordova and Trappe. Weekly themed activities include swimming lessons, field trips, special guests and other fun surprises, all in a safe, educational environment with CACC’s team of MSDE accredited teachers and staff. Each camp session is one week in length and is programmed with a unique theme with sessions running from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Costs vary by program and age. Breakfast, a lunch supplement and a snack is included.

This year’s themes are: Adventure Island, Crazy Critters, Mad Scientist, Happy Birthday, America, The Great Outdoors, Little Chefs, Sports of All Sorts, Space Camp Eastern Shore, Game Show Wizard and Pirate Adventures.

“We are really excited about this year’s summer camps, which are a wonderful mix of fun themes and educational programming,” says Kristine George, Critchlow Adkins Executive Director. “Our MSDE accredited team of teachers has some exciting things in store for our campers this summer!”

CACC will offer several discounts for families registering their children from “Extreme Summer” 2015. An “early birds” who register their campers by April 15 will receive either a waiver of the $30 registration fee or a comparable tuition credit. A new referral program is also available which provides a free day of camp for each friend who is referred and completes at least one week of CACC camp.

Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC), Easton, is an accredited, educationally-based childcare program serving more than 450 children aged two through 12 in five locations throughout Talbot County. For more than four decades CACC has touched the lives of more than 8,000 children and adults. Each year it provides $120,000 in tuition assistance to more than 115 families.

To learn more about Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers summer camps or to register, call (410) 822-8061 or visit www.cacckids.org.

April BAAM Festival to Feature Mama Jama

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Pictured is Baltimore/Washington-based reggae-funk group Mama Jama, who will perform at BAAM Fest on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD.

Pictured is Baltimore/Washington-based reggae-funk group Mama Jama, who will perform at BAAM Fest on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD.

Building African American Minds (BAAM) Inc. celebrated its 10th year anniversary this past year. The organization will host a BAAM Fest on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD. The Fest will celebrate the partners BAAM has collaborated with in helping African American males become productive, confident citizens through positive academic, social, emotional, and spiritual experiences as children and young men.

Partners who will take part in the Fest include Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, the Neighborhood Service Center, Easton Utilities, the Department of Social Services, the Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Free Library, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department, the Easton Police Department, YMCA of the Chesapeake, Academy Art Museum, Freedom Rowers, and the Town of Easton. There will be informational booths, musical entertainment by the Baltimore/Washington-based reggae dance group Mama Jama and DJ Randy, dancing by Easton Elementary School Hot Tigerz, giveaways and door prizes, face painting, a clown show, fitness activities, a basketball tournament, and a rap contest.  Free food and drinks will be provided by Frase’s Meat Shop of Preston, offering hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and side dishes.

According to BAAM’s executive director Debbi Short, “In addition to celebrating our partners, we hope that the BAAM Fest will help the community to get to know us better as an organization – to  learn about the programs we are offering African American boys in Talbot County and to celebrate our successes.”

BAAM is supported by many generous donors and by the United Fund of Talbot County. Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC, is helping to support the refreshments for the BAAM Fest.   For further information, contact Debbi Short at 410-714-3838 or visit BAAM’s Facebook page.

Tilghman’s Island Starts Concert Series

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This celebration of the distinctive and varied music of Tilghman’s Island starts on March 28th at 6:00PM and opens with the “Fathers and Sons” gospel quartet.

Southern Gospel music was an early musical movement on the Eastern Shore.  Grass-roots groups flourished from the 1960s through the 1980s, with quartets traveling between churches from Delaware to Virginia.  This music was so popular that at one time there were five Southern Gospel groups on Tilghman’s Island alone.  In our first Concert of the Series we celebrate this rich heritage.

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 9.55.12 PMThe “Fathers and Sons” traces their roots back to the early gospel tradition.  David “Bunky” Miller began performing gospel music in the 1960s when he sang with the “Miller Family.”  Later, Bunky and Larry Gowe sang with the “New Creations,” which was started by Larry Gowe and Carol Lowery.  This popular gospel group toured throughout the East Coast, appearing on TV and radio, and opening for such groups as Sonny James and Barbara Mandrell.  Completing the quartet are Bunky’s son, David Miller, and Tyde Mowers.

For this concert, the “Fathers and Sons” are joined by Pat Donahue on bass, Patrick Donahue Jr. on drums, and Isaiah Embert on piano. Isaiah, now in the 11th grade at Easton Christian Academy, is a talented Southern Gospel pianist who has played in local churches his whole life.  His talent and exuberant style have earned him a following and this summer he returns to the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Nashville TN where he is a scholarship student.

Please join us at 6:00 PM on March 28, 2015 at the Tilghman United Methodist Church for this free concert.  This concert series is funded and organized by the Tilghman United Methodist Church and partially sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Talbot County Council and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Other programs in the TUMC Concert Series

May 9:   A Mothers Day Concert by the vocal ensemble “Heart & Music” playing songs and music to inspire you to sing, dance and smile.

July 11:  Brazilian ‘Choro’ Music, by multi-talented instrumentalists Susan and Bob Jones

September 12:  Country Blues  by singer & guitarist Jeff Jones  Christian Country Music by singer Lawrence Tyler

December 6December 6:  A Capella Chamber Group and Local Soloists   by the Easton High School Chamber Singers and various local artists.

For more information contact Debra Brookhouser at 410-886-2881 or email at dbrookhouser@gmail.com

 

William and Mary Choir Comes to St. Michaels

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The Choir of the College of William and Mary will be making a stop at Christ Church in St. Michaels March 21 on their spring tour this year.

The program will feature Brahms’ motet Schaffe in mir, Gott as well as two premiers: one of a Baroque choral masterwork and the other of a newly composed setting of an Irish folk song.  Gregor Werner, Joseph Haydn’s predecessor at the Esterházy Court, composed his Missa Contrapunctata in 1756 for the liturgies of Lent and Advent. This choral masterwork received its modern premier, the first since the 18th century, in Hungary recently; the W&M Choir will give the American premier of this work.

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 9.28.17 PMThe Choir will also give the premier of an arrangement of The Londonderry Air by William and Mary composer Robert LaRose ’16. Works by Barrie Cabena, Lukas Foss, Christopher Hoh, Richard Jackson, Giuseppe Pitoni, and Richard Strauss will complete the program. Admission is free and open to the public.

Celebrating 92 years since its founding, the Choir of the College of William & Mary continues to appear regularly both in the United States and abroad.  The Choir has had the honor of performing twice for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II—most recently in 2007—and was one of four choirs invited to perform in concert with the United States Marine Band at the 1997 Presidential Inaugural on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C.  In February 2012, the Choir sang for the investiture of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as William and Mary’s new chancellor.

 

William and Mary Choir
7 PM
Saturday, March 21
Christ Church
301 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels

 

Local Fundraiser for TalleyWags Film at Easton’s Bowling Center February 23

Bowling

Monday, February 23 at 5:00pm the Easton Bowling Center hosts a fundraiser Bowling Night to benefit the film YOU CAN STAY OR YOU CAN GO written and directed by Talley Wilford, produced by Jennifer Wagner for TalleyWags Films. The film explores a childhood friendship wracked by the pain addiction inflicts upon those who love them.  Easton Bowling Center reduced the price to bowl to $2 shoes and $2 per game!  TalleyWags Films will get 50% of shoe/game sales.

TalleyWags Films recently announced the success of their initial fundraising “kickstarter” campaign. Monies from that campaign went towards professional grade camera, audio, and editing equipment. The continued fundraising is imperative to complete the budget and secure the completion of the film up to industry standard. Much of the budget is spent in post-production with color and audio layering as well as song clearances and final digitizing.

The TalleyWags crew is available to answer any questions and is offering the opportunity to join the production and see your name on the screen.  Currently the film is in pre-production which includes casting, storyboarding, creating shooting schedule, selecting music for the project and many more tasks.  The production company intends for the film to be done with the professional qualifications to enter the international festival circuit. The filmmakers want to create a film that speaks to families across the nation who may have been touched by the story of young adults coming of age afflicted with the draw of drugs. The story is not unique to our local town, but the filmmakers are our own.  This is a great time to find out more about them.

Enjoy a night out with pizza, beer, snacks and soft drinks for the kids, while supporting the filmmakers goals to spread awareness about addiction and the ripple effect it creates.


Chesapeake Charities Offers Grant Workshop Series

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Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director and Mary Ann Gleason, Grants and Evaluation Specialist, prepare agenda for February 24 grant training workshop.

Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director and Mary Ann Gleason, Grants and Evaluation Specialist, prepare agenda for February 24 grant training workshop.

Chesapeake Charities announced a series of training workshops to be held in 2015. The first workshop, “Identifying Grant Opportunities and Aligning Your Program for Grant Success,” will take place on Tuesday, February 24 at Chesapeake Charities’ Stevensville location from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants are invited to bring grant applications that they are working on and time will be set aside for one-on-one consultation following the program.

The two-hour program will be led by Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director, and Mary Ann Gleason, Chesapeake Charities’ Grants and Evaluation Specialist. Kohler has been with Chesapeake Charities since its inception and is a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant, one of only seven on the Eastern Shore. Gleason has been writing and sourcing grants for nonprofits on the Eastern Shore for more than a decade.

“Many of the nonprofit organizations under our umbrella are poised for significant growth and the fund advisors are eager to gain the knowledge they will need to move ahead,” said Kohler. “We’re excited about the workshop series because this information will give small nonprofits in this area a real advantage, especially when writing and applying for grants.”

Future workshops will cover social media marketing (April 28) and managing databases (May 20.). All programs will be held at Chesapeake Business Park, 101 Log Canoe Circle in Stevensville, Maryland in Suite N on the 2ndfloor. Seating is limited and you must RSVP by February 17 to reserve a spot.

Chesapeake Charities is a community foundation that supports a wide range of charitable causes including education, health and human services, animal welfare, and the environment in the Mid-Shore area and beyond. All of its 73 funds have a common cause – a passion for making a difference in their communities. Together they have invested more than $6.5 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005.

For more information about the workshops, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or meg@chesapeakcharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Health Notes:Mental Illness is Not a Crime

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In Disney’s “Lion King,” three hyenas are depicted as emotionally out of control.  They roll their eyes and laugh hysterically. It is obvious that hyenas occupy the lowest level in the animal kingdom, unpredictable and to be feared.

To every child in the audience the message is clear: Those suffering from brain disorders are dangerous and violent.  They are laughable. They are different; they should be avoided.  The movies and other public media are among our most potent tools of socialization, and reinforcement of what is inaccurate and untrue about psychiatric issues stigmatizes those who suffer, alienating them from others

Recent events have focused on the mentally ill in our communities, and local news outlets have covered the issue with sensitivity and accuracy.  But as thoughtful as the coverage is, depictions in the press can portray those with brain disorders as dangerous.  If they hadn’t been involved in some monstrous act – a suicide/murder for example – they wouldn’t make the news in the first place. When someone is labeled bi-polar on the front page, even if the diagnosis is accurate, those who peaceably suffer in silence do so in even greater isolation.

One fact has been proven over and over by crime statistics: Those with psychiatric challenges are much more likely to be victims of crime than criminals. A 1999 study concluded that those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis are 2 ½ times more likely to be assaulted than those who are spared from those disorders. Yet public surveys reveal that two-thirds of Americans believe the mentally ill to be violent and unstable.

It isn’t just violence that is inaccurately pinned on those with psychosocial disabilities. Think of Otis Campbell, the fictional “town drunk” on the Andy Griffith Show.  Even in 1960s America, everyone in front of their black-and-white Admirals who struggled with addiction must have cringed to see the abuse that Otis suffered.

Science has taught us a great deal about the brain, addiction, and psychological issues since Andy hung up his badge in 1968.  We know that many disorders have their roots in genetics or in diagnosable, treatable, viral or bacterial infections.  Programs like the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s “In Our Own Voice,” by bringing people into contact with those who suffer from psychiatric problems, have taught us that those around us who are mental health care clients are in the most meaningful ways no different than everyone.

Above all, be aware that everything that is on the screen, in a novel, or in your favorite magazine, has the potential to alienate someone around you.  It is estimated that at any given time one in four of us is facing a psychological crisis.  Further isolating them from those who can help by stigmatizing them exacts an enormous cost to society.  The cure could start with you.

MENTAL HEALTH: KNOW THE FACTS, NO STIGMA is a year-long campaign sponsored by a dedicated group of partners on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore:

The Worcester County Health Department
The Somerset County CORE Services Agency
The Wicomico County Health Department
Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services
The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc.
Atlantic General Hospital
Salisbury University
Worcester County Department of Social Services
The Life Crisis Center
Go-Getters, Inc.
The Maryland Association of CORE Services Agencies
The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council

MENTAL HEALTH: KNOW THE FACTS, NO STIGMA culminates with a March 19, 2015 conference in Ocean City, Maryland..  For more information about the campaign and conference, and t register for conference attendance, visit www.know-the-facts-no-stigma.org.

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Ron Pilling

Jesse Klump Memorial Fund

Eastern Shore’s Hershey Selected as Minority Whip in Maryland Senate

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Maryland State Senate Republicans announced Sen. Steve Hershey (R-36-Upper Shore) as the Senate’s Minority Whip on Thursday. The vacancy in the leadership position arose with the resignation of Sen. Chris Shank (R-2-Washington County.) Governor Larry Hogan tapped Shank to serve in his administration as Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Upon the announcement, Hershey said, “I am humbled that my Republican Senate colleagues have entrusted me to help lead the caucus at this critical time in Maryland’s history. The caucus will work diligently to advance Governor Hogan’s agenda and change Maryland for the better. “

Knowing that Shank would leave the Senate after the Governor’s inauguration, Republican senators held elections to decide upon whom would join Minority Leader Sen. J.B. Jennings (R-7-Baltimore and Harford) as the chamber’s Minority Whip and chose Hershey, who formally took on the roll Thursday.

Jennings said, “Senator Hershey brings a crucial mix of private sector and public sector experience to the roll of Whip. The chamber benefits from an Eastern Shore perspective in a leadership position. I eagerly look forward to partnering with him to lead the Republican caucus.”

The newly elected Minority Whip added, “The role requires working closely with colleagues and Goverrnor Hogan to shepherd his agenda through the Senate chamber. That works for me, the people of the Upper Shore voted overwhelmingly for Larry Hogan. They want to see his policies implemented. Senator Jennings, I, and our Republican colleagues won’t stop until we see that done. “

Temple B’nai Israel to Host Lecture Series

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Temple B’nai Israel, 101 W. Earle Avenue, Easton 410-822-0553 will host the 2015 Lecture Series entitled “The Rise of Anti-Semitism and our Response” Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  February 4, Mark B. Levin, Executive Director of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry; February 11 Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; February 18 Oren Marmorstein, Head of Regional Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. and February 25 a representative from the Anti-Defamation League.  Lectures are open to the public and free of charge.