Waterfowl Chesapeake Announces Call for Projects

The American Black Duck is one of the most threatened Chesapeake waterfowl species and is used as an “indicator species” for many conservation efforts
The American Black Duck is one of the most threatened Chesapeake waterfowl species and is used as an “indicator species” for many conservation efforts

The American Black Duck is one of the most threatened Chesapeake waterfowl species and is used as an “indicator species” for many conservation efforts

Easton, Md. – July 31, 2014 – Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is encouraging organizations and entities to submit projects that benefit waterfowl conservation on the Delmarva peninsula to the 2014 Project Registry for review. The Waterfowl Chesapeake Project Registry was established in 2013 as the online repository of information to advocate and potentially generate funding for projects that advance the creation, restoration and conservation of waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and nearby coastal bays.

The Registry provides a comprehensive collection of pertinent projects that can be researched through Waterfowl Chesapeake’s online web platform, thus,  enabling prospective conservation supporters and others to learn more about projects of interest to them. The Project Registry will also serve as a tool to assist Waterfowl Chesapeake and its partners in making targeted advocacy and funding investments to ensure that abundant waterfowl thrive throughout the region.

“We are proud to launch the second annual Project Registry Cycle,” commented Waterfowl Chesapeake Board President, Albert Pritchett. “Last year we were presented with several impressive, high-value projects and anticipate an even stronger pool this year. We look forward to partnering with other organizations and funders to leverage our resources and maximize the impact on waterfowl and habitat conservation.”

To qualify for the 2014 Registry, a project must have a direct impact on the Delmarva Peninsula and be focused on one or both of Waterfowl Chesapeake’s core strategic priorities: Protecting and conserving critical waterfowl habitat and expanding food resources; and Educating and involving citizens, landowners and policy leaders in community-based waterfowl conservation programs. Key evaluation factors will be the scale and connectedness of conservation assets and the degree to which the project will connect people to nature and raise awareness of the importance of conserving habitat for waterfowl.

Organizations with projects or initiatives meeting the criteria are encouraged to submit their projects for review in advance of the August 29, 2014 deadline.

Once submitted, projects will be reviewed by Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Alliance for Waterfowl Conservation. Representing a broad cross-section of environmental expertise and diverse backgrounds, the 2013 Alliance includes current and former leadership from the Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Ornithological Society and the Washington College Center for the Environment & Society.

A selection of the most significant projects determined through Waterfowl Chesapeake’s review process will be highlighted at the 44th Annual Waterfowl Festival, taking place November 13-16, 2014 in Easton, Md. More details about the Registry and submitting projects can be found online at www.waterfowlchesapeake.org, or by calling 410-822-4567.


About Waterfowl Chesapeake

The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals. Waterfowl Chesapeake focuses exclusively on waterfowl and wildlife habitat conservation, and is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Waterfowl Festival. Since1971, proceeds from this yearly event have provided more than $5.3 million for waterfowl habitat conservation, education and research.  Through Waterfowl Chesapeake, the organization will continue to raise support through annual appeals, grants and major gifts. For more information and to donate, please call Waterfowl Chesapeake Headquarters at410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlchesapeake.org.

Chorizos—Maryland Style!


On Monday, August 4, local families will be able to sample the Eastern Shore take on the Chorizo, a spicy pork sausage originating in Iberia and popular in Latin America.  Easton’s Multicultural Resource Center is announcing that for the second year in a row, Chef Jordan Lloyd and Cottingham Farms are teaming up for an evening featuring healthful eating.  From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. families will enjoy a cooking demonstration and recipes from the Bartlett Pear Inn’s Chef Jordan and each family will receive free sausage and fresh vegetables.  The Center is located at 109 N. Aurora Street in Easton.

Heritage pork for this healthful menu comes from Black Bottom Farms in Kent County where Kim Wagner raises pork, veal and poultry – all pastured, all of which are favorites at the farmer’s markets in both Easton and on Kent Island.  Wagner, with the generous support of Tom Buckmaster of Easton, was instrumental in the conception of a Family Night based on healthful eating.

Eastern Shore native and executive Chef and owner of the Easton’s Bartlett Pear Inn, Jordan Lloyd, was recently nominated for best chef by the Maryland Restaurant Association

Cleo Braver’s Cottingham Farms, also in Easton, is a grower of certified organic heirloom vegetables and herbs that are available in Bethesda and Easton, Easton Market Square, certain Whole Foods and other niche markets and is on the menu at Eastern Shore, Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis restaurants which feature fresh, local and sustainably produced ingredients.

The Chesapeake Multicultural Center, based in Easton, reaches out to the growing number of non-English speaking residents of the Mid-Shore to help them become successful and engaged members of the community. ChesMRC is the source of information for and about that diverse cultural, ethnic and racial population on the Mid-Shore

State Arts Council Awards Nearly $640,000 in Kent, Talbot, & Queen Anne’s

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The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has awarded nearly $13.4 million in grants to 263 arts organizations and programs, as well as to Maryland’s 24 local arts councils. Nineteen of these organizations are in Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s Counties. Grant applications are evaluated by an advisory panel of arts professionals, who make awards on the basis of “artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community.”

Read more about the awards announcements here.

The following organizations received funding in Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Kent County
Chester River Chorale, Inc. Music $5,031
Chestertown Arts League dba Chestertown RiverArts Visual Arts/Media $2,000
Mainstay, The Music $10,372
Maryland Council for Dance, Inc. Arts Service $1,650
Prince Theatre Foundation Multi-Discipline $16,776
Washington College Concert Series Music $2,000
Total Grants for Organizations $37,829
Community Arts Development Grant to Kent County Arts Council $94,920
County Total $132,749

Talbot County
Academy Art Museum Visual Arts/Media $102,427
Avalon Foundation, Inc. Multi-Discipline $111,646
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Folk and Traditional Arts $2,656
Chesapeake Chamber Music, Inc. Music $24,812
Easton Choral Arts Society Music $2,500
Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre Theater $1,000
Tidewater Chamber Singers, Inc. Music $2,250
Waterfowl Festival, Inc. Folk and Traditional Arts $60,000
Total Grants for Organizations $307,291
Community Arts Development Grant to Talbot County Arts
Council, Inc. $95,681

Queen Anne’s County
Church Hill Theatre, Inc., The Theater $5,251
Queen Anne’s Chorale, Inc. Music $1,500
Total Grants for Organizations $6,751
Community Arts Development Grant to Queen Anne’s County Arts
Council $96,129
County Total $102,880

Anonymous People Centreville Showing July 31


anonyWorking in partnership with the Queen Anne’s County Health Department Addictions Program, the advocacy group Recovery For Shore will host a free screening of “The Anonymous People,” Thursday, July 31, at the Queen Anne’s County Library in Centreville. This documentary film highlighting the 23 million Americans in long-term recovery is a clarion call for a new and enlightened awareness of the promise of recovery from alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction, and for a new and better approach to addressing the suffering caused by addiction.

Doors open for refreshments and socializing at 6 p.m., and the film screening begins at 6:30p.m. Admission is free but due to limited seating, advance online reservations are recommended via Eventbrite.com, Eventbrite.com,  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-anonymous-people-tickets-12197947389?aff=es2&rank=0. For additional information, contact Kelly Foxwell, Queen Anne’s County Health Department, 410-758-1306, ext. 310, or kelly.foxwell@marylandgov.com

Also see  Recovery For Shore Facebook page.

Here is the trailer for this important movie about recovery from addiction

Morgan Murphy in Easton for “Off the Eaten Path”

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When Morgan Murphy heard about the gazpacho at the Bartlett Pear Inn and the cave-aged cheddar at Chapel’s Country Creamery, he knew he had to visit.

“I am constantly searching the South for the most inventive and creative fare—and hot damn, do the Bartlett Pear Inn and Chapel’s Country Creamery have it,” joked Murphy. The Southern Living food critic and TV personality was in town July 9th and 10th for his series.

Murphy is known for his hilarious stories and the amazing recipes he pries out of mom-and-pop restaurants. His books include the best-selling Off the Eaten Path series—and coming this fall: Bourbon & Bacon.

“When you cook as badly as I do, you’ve got to have a sense of humor,” cracks Murphy, who describes his four Southern food groups as, “bourbon, salt, bacon, and PIE.”

“The Bartlett Pear Inn delivers an haute cuisine experience with a delicious energy. They even make their own ice cream. It must be something in the water because not five miles away at Chapel’s Country Creamery, Holly Foster impresses with an auspicious array of hand-churned cheeses.”

Murphy at the Bartlett Pear

Murphy at the Bartlett Pear

How did he choose Bartlett Pear Inn and Chapel’s Country Creamery? Murphy says he picks all his restaurants based on three criteria: the food, the service, and the ambiance, “But shoot, the ambiance and the service can be broken if the food is good enough,” says Murphy, “Who doesn’t love a great BBQ shack that looks like it might fall in on you?”

The Southern food writer says he gets his restaurant tips mainly through fans to his website, morganmurphy.co or directly on Twitter @_morganmurphy. “I love to get tips from readers. They’re the ones who know the best spots,” says Murphy. And Murphy always follows up in person, often driving his huge 1956 Cadillac, “I research restaurants the old-fashioned way: I go there. Google just can’t take the place of actually being there.”

Murphy’s work has been read by millions, and he has been featured on many popular television programs, including the TODAY Show and Fox & Friends. He’s become a regular on QVC, and this summer, he’s making his Travel Channel debut as a judge on “American Grilled.”

“They’re just lucky I didn’t accidentally burn down the set,” Murphy said with a laugh.

How did the Bama boy and Navy reserve officer become one of the most popular food critics? “I just write about the food people really like to eat. Who cares about whether the coriander was milled by Polynesian virgins during a lunar eclipse? Does that dish taste good?”

You can order signed copies of his book directly from www.morganmurphy.co

For restaurant inquiries contact:

Bartlett Pear Inn
28 S Harrison St
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 770-3300

Chapel’s Country Creamery
10380 Chapel Rd
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 820-6647

Article Credit: Murphy Media, Inc.

Financial Aid Work Workshop at Ches. College July 28


WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College is offering free financial aid workshops during You Can Afford College Week, from July 28 to 31. The workshops will run daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm in Room 144 of the Dorchester Administration Building.

For more information, please call 410-827-5845.

The Ring Toss Lady Breaks A Five by Mark Kraushaar


The Ring Toss Lady Breaks a Five

It’s all of it rigged, she says,
Bust-one-wins, Hi-striker, even the Dozer.
It’s like you think you’ll score that giant panda
for the wife except you can’t, or not
without you drop another twenty
and then—what?—then you win
a thumb-sized monkey or a little comb.
She hands me five ones and then stands.
She’s worked the whole of the midway,
she says, funnel cake to corn-dogs.
She’s worked every game
plus half the rides, Krazy Koaster,
Avalanche, Wing-Ding, Tilt-a-Whirl
and if there’s somebody sick she’ll do
a kiddy ride too, Li’l Choo-choo, maybe
the Tea Cup.
There’s a collapsing soft sigh
and she sits, opens the paper, turns a page
and as if she were the one assigned to face forwards,
as if it were her job to intuit the world
and interpret the news,
Anymore, she says, it’s out of our hands,
it’s all we can do—it’s not up to you.
You see that bald bronco tearing
tickets at the carousel?
We worked the Bottle-drop
and now he’s mine: he’s no genius
but he loves me and he’s mine.
Things happen, she says, you
can’t take them back.


American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2013 by the Alaska Quarterly Review. Mark Kraushaar’s most recent book of poems is The Uncertainty Principle, Waywiser Press, 2012. Poem reprinted from the Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 30, No. 1 & 2, by permission of the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.



Price Named Manager of Aspen Inst. Wye River Campus

Judith W. Price, Manager, Aspen Wye River Campus, Aspen Institute

Judith W. Price, Manager, Aspen Wye River Campus, Aspen Institute

Queenstown, MD, July 15, 2014 – The Aspen Institute today announced that Judith W. Price, executive director of Waterfowl Chesapeake and the Waterfowl Festival held every fall in Easton, Maryland, has been named Manager, Aspen Wye River Campus, Aspen Institute.

Price has headed the Waterfowl Festival for 18 years, and Waterfowl Chesapeake since its inception in 2011, managing the Eastern Shore’s most complex public event, its 1200-plus staff and volunteers, its multiple properties, and its fundraising, marketing, and finances. A graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and the University of Maryland School of Law, she served as assistant attorney general and then deputy counsel of the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development from 1981-1993.

The 1100-acre Wye River campus, with its Houghton House, River House, and Wye Woods conference centers, is the home to many Aspen Institute conferences, and hosts numerous government and corporate seminars as well as private special events. The Friends of Wye and the Aspen Wye Fellows, a group of Eastern Shore residents who take part in concerts and dialogues with world thought leaders throughout the year, support the campus.

“We are delighted that a proven leader of Judy Price’s caliber is joining the Aspen Institute in early September to help lead the Wye campus and conference center to the next level and to serve as our liaison to the broader Eastern Shore community through the Aspen Wye Fellows and Friends of Wye programs, and through public programs that are now under development,” said Cynthia Buniski, vice president of administration for the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Aspen Wye River Campus. “Judy’s intimate knowledge of the Eastern Shore, her managerial ability, and her passion for the Aspen Institute’s public educational mission will be critical to the Aspen Wye River campus in the years ahead.”

Aerial view of the Aspen Institute Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland

Aerial view of the Aspen Institute Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland

Judy Price added, “I have been honored to serve the Waterfowl Festival and Waterfowl Chesapeake as its executive director, and am proud of what its thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of supporters have achieved for the Chesapeake region, the artistic community, and waterfowl conservation. After 18 years, however, the Aspen Institute is giving me an exciting opportunity to contribute in a new way to the Eastern Shore and beyond through its programs at its world-class Aspen Wye River campus. I look forward to inviting many of my friends and colleagues to join me in furthering the Aspen Institute’s educational mission.”



The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


Due East to Close Store in Downtown Easton


Due East, a clothing, accessories, and home goods store on Goldsborough Street in downtown Easton, will be closing its doors at the end of August. Owners Mabel Williams and Rebekah Miller opened in the spring of 2011 on Harrison Street in the space that is now Mabel’s Bakery. Their goal has always been to stock the shelves and clothing racks with thoughtful purchases that present an artistic, creative, and functional style at mid-range prices. More than three-quarters of their vendors have provided clothing, shoes, and accessories that are made in North America, and nearly all of their jewelry comes from local artists.

Williams and Miller both share a passion for the outdoors and fashion and combined their business and sales experience to build what has been a successful three year run for Due East.

Describing that it is just not the right time and place for their retail venture, the duo regretfully made the announcement that they were closing to customers via email this week.

Everything in the store—clothing, jewelry, candles, pet accessories, purses, and more—will be marked down 30% starting this week, with discount prices listed on in-store décor and furniture. The percentage off will increase each week until Due East’s final day of sale, August 23rd.

Though the decision was made with heavy hearts, Williams and Miller are grateful for the loyal and supportive customers that have made Due East a wonderful, thriving storefront in Easton’s downtown.


Due East is located at 17 Goldsborough Street.


Pet Pantries, UPS and Acme Pet Food Drive a Winner


Pet Pantries, a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Easton, Maryland recently teamed up with UPS and the Easton Acme and Giant Supermarkets to collect more than 1,200 pounds of pet food. The food and money collected will benefit the three Humane Society organizations in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties.


“Pets are hungry all year around, so we work really hard during the Spring and Summer to stockpile enough food to get our three humane organizations through the year,” said Pet Pantries President Barbara Mulready recently. “We have had a very successful Spring and Summer so far, and we are on track to meet our goal of 20,000 pounds of food for the year!


“We are very, very grateful to UPS who provided the trucks at the two donation sites. This was the first time that UPS was so involved in a community event, and they did a marvelous job. Their trucks were easy to spot and getting them filled up was a real impetus for people to donate!”


Mulready also offered profound thanks to Tractor Supply in Easton and in Milford, Delaware for their extremely generous donations of pet food to this event and for the extraordinary lengths they went to to make sure that their donation was delivered on time.


Pet Pantries has a jam-packed calendar for the rest of the year (visit www.petpantries.org to check out the calendar of events). One upcoming exciting event is a raffle of Ravens Box Seats. Only 500 tickets were printed. They are available at the Pet Pantries’ Web site at www.petpantries.org. Visit the Web site to purchase your raffle tickets, to volunteer, make a donation of pet food or money, host a pet food drive, and keep up with the latest news. Be sure to “Like” Pet Pantries on Facebook (www.facebook.com/petpantries).




About Pet Pantries, Inc.: Pet Pantries was founded in 2011 by Easton residents and community activists Barbara Mulready and Mary Kramer in response to an article that sought food for a local animal shelter’s pet food pantry. Pet Pantries, Inc., is a 501(c)3, non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All contributions to the organization are fully tax deductible to the limit allowed by law.