Op-Ed: Dave Brubeck, Game Changer by Al Sikes

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My first real experience with jazz was promoting a concert at Westminster College in Fulton,
Missouri. Yes, I did play an instrument, the trombone. I did play it in a dance band (1950s lingo), but my talent was modest at best. So when my friend Rush Moody asked me to start a
jazz program for Chesapeake Chamber Music, my initial reflection took me back to the 1960s
when I helped produce a jazz concert featuring Dave Brubeck and his quartet.

Dave Brubeck, encouraged by his wife Iola, toured college campuses with his band in the 1950s
and 60s. His band included the incomparable Paul Desmond on alto sax, Gene Wright on bass,
and Joe Morello on drums. I know that when I heard “Take Five” in person, my music world
changed. I listened to almost no rock music after that sublime moment.

Dave Brubeck lived to his 92nd the late 90s. On December 5, 2012 this is the way The New York Times began Dave Brubeck’s obituary:

“Dave Brubeck, the pianist and composer who helped make jazz popular again in the 1950s
and ’60s with recordings like “Time Out,” the first jazz album to sell a million copies, and “Take Five,” the still instantly recognizable hit single that was that album’s centerpiece, died on Wednesday in Norwalk, Conn. He would have turned 92 on Thursday.”

Early in Brubeck’s career he graced the cover of Time. It was 1954 and the inscription was “The joints are really flipping.”

At this year’s Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, MD, we will salute Dave Brubeck at the
Avalon Theatre on Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. The salute will be led by Bobby Militello who
became Brubeck’s alto saxophonist after Paul Desmond’s death. The joint will be flipping.

Time will pass but Dave Brubeck’s contributions will not be forgotten by jazz historians. For me there is something special about this salute. And for all of us there is something special about celebrating the life and music of an icon while our memories remain vivid.

We hope you will join us at this year’s Monty Alexander Jazz Festival at the historic Avalon
Theatre in Easton. In addition to the salute to Dave Brubeck, there will be performances by trumpeter Etienne Charles, Monty Alexander and his trio, along with Allan Harris, James
DeFrances, and tenor saxophonist Houston Person; and jazz/gospel vocalist Dee Daniels. Tickets
are going fast. Visit ChesapeakeJazz.org.

Eastern Shore Regent Receives National Honor From DAR

Lynn Forney Young, President General; Sue Brenchley; Diane Brannum Hammill, Chairman, Volunteer Genealogy Committee
Lynn Forney Young, President General; Sue Brenchley; Diane Brannum Hammill, Chairman, Volunteer Genealogy Committee

Lynn Forney Young, President General; Sue Brenchley; Diane Brannum Hammill, Chairman, Volunteer Genealogy Committee

Sue Ann Brenchley, Regent of the General Perry Benson chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Easton, received the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist award for her work involving the research and preparation of applications for membership to the Daughters of the American Revolution at the 2014 Continental Congress, the annual gathering for members from around the world.

The contest for the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist is open to members who have completed genealogy training courses through the national society, and actively conduct lineage research workshops that open up new lines for membership in DAR by proving new patriots and proving lineages through different children of established patriots.

Listed among Sue’s DAR accomplishments for this award: she has proven 66 new lines, conducted 13 workshops during 2013, assists developing applications for 3 chapters in Maryland, has proven 17 of her own ancestor’s, both men and women, for patriot service during the American Revolution.

With a membership of over 170,000 ladies worldwide, being named for this honor seems a remarkable accomplishment, and requires research, organization and communication skills.

While based in Easton, the membership extends throughout the counties of the Mid-Shore region: Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, and Kent.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of DAR is encouraged to contact Dianna Betsch at dbetsch.dar@gmail.com or the national society at http://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member.


MRYC Foundation Grant App. Due Oct. 15


ST. MICHAELS, MD – The Miles River Yacht Club Foundation is encouraging eligible non-profit organizations to apply for grants in its Fall 2014 grants cycle. The deadline for Fall applications is October 15, 2014, with the next deadline being April 15, 2015.

The Foundation gives grants of facilities, equipment, scholarships and general support to organizations that sponsor competitive sailing, rowing and swimming, and other maritime educational programs in the Chesapeake Bay region. It has given grants totaling $134,292 to 21 area non-profit organizations in its first three years of grant-making. Organizations who have received prior grants must wait a year before reapplying for support.

The Foundation’s signature project is “SOS: Sink or Swim”, an initiative whose goal is to teach all Talbot County children under 15 how to swim. This summer, in partnership with the St. Michaels Community Center, approximately 300 non-swimming children from the Bay Hundred region learned how to swim through the program at the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels.

Other grants are provided to programs that teach children to be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay, and that grow leaders and team players for life through competitive maritime sports.

Grants applications can be accessed and downloaded at www.mrycfoundation.org, by telephoning 410-921-6792, or by writing MRYC Foundation, 606A North Talbot Street, Suite 115, St. Michaels, MD 21663.

The MRYC Foundation receives support from its Spring and Fall annual fundraising events, and from several hundred individuals, businesses, companies and foundations.

The MRYC Foundation has underwritten youth sailing programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Annapolis Community Boating, Miles River Yacht Club Junior Sailing Camp, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and St. Mary’s College of Maryland sailing team.

The MRYC Foundation has underwritten youth sailing programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Annapolis Community Boating, Miles River Yacht Club Junior Sailing Camp, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and St. Mary’s College of Maryland sailing team.


TCPS Releases 2014-2015 School Bus Routes

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The 2014-2015 school year is just around the corner. Talbot County Public Schools has released its bus routes, which will be updated weekly until the first week of September. You can find all of the routes here.


Chesapeake Film Festival Opens With Beatles Documentary


FredaThe Chesapeake Film Festival will return to Easton, Maryland, September 19-21, 2014 with more than a dozen inspirational films.   The festival began in 2007 and won the “Best New Event” award for the State of Maryland and Tourism.  The festival annually brings an interesting and diverse selection of films to Talbot County during a three-day extravaganza, which kicks off with an exclusive opening night party, panel discussions and the screenings of award-winning films.

For opening night, the festival is screening “GOOD OL FREDA” – the tell-all documentary of Freda Kelly, a shy teenager from Liverpool asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big.  Freda finally tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.  Critics say it will definitely make you feel “Glad All Over!” [Bellbottoms optional].

The festival will shine the spotlight on a local success story from a family with more than one star. “MOVEMENT AND LOCATION” is written by and starred in by Alex Orban (now known as Bodine Boling), the granddaughter of a Caroline County native, Aubrey Bodine, a very prominent Baltimore Sun photographer.  It’s a “gentle” sci-fi story about a new arrival from 400 years in the future to today’s Brooklyn, NY.  Attempting to make a new life for herself, the heroine is thrown into turmoil when she discovers other visitors from the future, including her husband.  Her choice is between her new life and the past she left behind in the future.

Major film festivals don’t suddenly appear on the silver screen by magic, of course. From screenings in Los Angeles, New York, Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, the festival’s savvy programmers have gathered the best-of-the-best independent and foreign films, many of which have subsequently been nominated for Oscars.  Responding to previous year’s audience suggestion, this year’s festival will also feature a classic film, to be announced soon.

The festival will welcome viewers to the historic Avalon Theatre for three days of outstanding films, as well as to the Talbot County Library, where there will be special free films for kids. Check out the powerhouse festival lineup and purchase tickets on line for our 7th annual event atwww.chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

See you at the movies!

New Archery Facility To Open at Bolingbroke Park


archery1The new archery facility of the Izaak Walton League’s Mid-Shore Chapter was introduced at the monthly dinner meeting held on Thursday, July 31 at Bolingbroke Park. Members were invited to try their skills with the Chapter’s archery equipment.

Sam Duerner, Past President and instructor with Tuckahoe Bowmen, spoke briefly about the history of the sport.  He has been interested in archery since he was nine years old, eventually building his own arrows and stringing his own bows.

Mr. Duerner stresses that this is a “sport” and is not just about hunting. Archery is a growing competitive and recreational pastime.

Recently there has been a renewed interest in archery. This is attributed to the popularity of The Hunger Games books and films with a heroine who is remarkably talented with a bow and arrow.  All of this has led to greater interest not only by boys and men, but also by girls and women.

The Mid-Shore Chapter is planning for events and instruction at Bolingbroke Park, its 55-acre wooded property in Trappe. If you have a group that might be interested in learning more about archery, call Calvin at 410.820.8935.


Chesapeake Voyagers Wellness & Recovery Center Aug. Calendar


For the Cheapeake Voyagers Wellness and Recovery Center/Peer Support August Calendar, go here.

“Chesapeake Voyagers, Inc. opened our doors to our Talbot County location on July 15, 2009. We believe that wellness & recovery is possible for those who have mental health needs. We are run by consumers of mental health services who either work or volunteer their time at the Wellness & Recovery Centers by providing peer support. Our Board of Directors consists of both consumers and community members who have a personal or professional interest in the mental health needs of individuals in the community. ” —from their website.

See their website here.



Chesapeake Voyagers, Inc. (CVI)
Wellness & Recovery Center/Peer Support
342C N. Aurora St. Easton, MD 21601 Phone: 410-822-1601


Wye Youth Chorale Registration Now Open


Wye-Youth-Chorale-PictureThe Wye Conservatory of Music in Queenstown is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2014-15 season of the Wye Youth Chorale. The Chorale is open to all area students in grades 4-7, providing a focused and creative setting for children to develop vocal and musical skills and perform a variety of repertoire throughout the community during the school year. No previous singing experience is required. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at St. Luke’s Chapel in Queenstown beginning September 10th. The cost per student is $60/semester or $120/year and includes music, performance attire and weekly instruction. Interested students should plan to attend an informal audition on one of three audition dates: August 17th, September 3rd or September 7th. To register, schedule an audition time, or for more information, contact Erin Grier, ensemble director, at (302) 382-5736.

Easton Woman Charged with Murder of Virginia Tech Student

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WBOC is reporting that a 22-year-old Easton, Md. woman has been charged with both first- and second-degree murder in Virginia’s Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Jessica Michelle Ewing was taken into custody in February for the murder of another female Virginia Tech student, Samantha Shrestha, who was identified in the arrest warrant. Read the full story here.




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.