Tidewater Singers to Perform Spring Pops Concert

The Tidewater Singers will present a Spring Pops Concert on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Easton and on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford.

Under the direction of William Thomas, the Tidewater Singers are a select group of professional and amateur singers founded in 2001. The goal is to bring varied and exciting quality choral music to the Eastern Shore.

The Tidewater Singers concert will feature madrigals, a medley from Les Misérables, and Gershwin favorites. The choir will perform both a cappella and accompanied by Lyn Banghart on piano.

Arrangements from Les Misérables include popular pieces such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”  Among the Gershwin arrangements are “Summertime” and “Embraceable You”.  The concert will also feature the imaginative and compelling work of Eric Whitacre including “Water Night” based on the poetry of Octavio Paz and the fun and fanciful “Animal Crackers”.

Now in his ninth season as artistic director of The Tidewater Singers, Thomas is associate professor of music at Chesapeake College. Previously he directed the choirs at Easton High School and at Christ Church (Episcopal) in St. Michaels.

Commenting on the concert, Thomas said, “This concert offers a wide range of popular and entertaining music from delightful madrigals to sweeping and inspiring songs of Broadway.”

Advance tickets for the Easton performance on Friday, May 12, may be purchased online at www.tidewatersingers.org and at Cracker Jacks in Easton and Reeser’s Pharmacy in St. Michaels. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and students are free. Trinity Cathedral is located at 315 Goldsborough Street.

The Oxford performance on Saturday, May 13, features a goodwill offering at The Church of the Holy Trinity. Reservations may be made at 1-888-752-0023 or tidewatersingers@gmail.com.

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.

Meaningful Change for Ourselves and the World

We live in a world where millions of people are striving to make change for the better. So, in a world seeking positive change, how do we make sure that such change actually happens? Speaker Mark McCurties says, “We all have a natural desire to improve ourselves and the world around us.  In my own life I’ve found that letting God, divine Love, guide and direct my efforts brings permanent and meaningful results.”

McCurties, a practitioner of Christian Science healing, will present a Free Talk titled, How God’s love can change your life and the world” on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Van Lennep Auditorium, 213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD.

“The desire to change ourselves, to improve our character, our relationships, our life prospects can also go beyond just the boundary of our own lives and the four walls of our home. Many men and women around the world have a sincere yearning to improve the collective experience of mankind,” says McCurties. “In this lecture, I will explain how God’s loving and saving power is the greatest agent for change, and that through a right understanding of God, His power can be seen and felt right here and now, bringing health and peace to the world.”

The ideas in this lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.

McCurties has had a life-long love of the Bible and its inspiring message of individual triumph over adversity. After graduating from college he spent a number of years in the field of education where he worked as a camp director, experiential educator, resident counselor, and athletics coach. While working with young people, he had many opportunities to witness the healing power of God, and these inspiring experiences eventually led him into the full-time public practice of Christian Science.

Mark McCurties is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. He travels from his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

This talk is sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Easton, 501 S. Washington Street. For more information, please visit: www.cseaston.org

Elisabeth von Trapp at The Church of the Holy Trinity

On Sunday May 7, at 7 pm Elisabeth Von Trapp will perform a concert at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford, MD.

We are very pleased to welcome back Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp for whom “ the sounds of music “ are part of her earliest memories. Elisabeth’s voice has been heard from the subway platforms of New York City and small folk clubs and concert halls to the White House, National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center. She has released five self-produced albums including an album of Episcopal hymnody, and her music has been featured on BBC-Radio, Japanese National Radio and CNN Spanish Radio. She has appeared on CBS’s Eye on People, ABC’s Good Morning America and BBC-TV. Describing her unique musical approach, The Chicago Tribune says that “Elisabeth von Trapp sings with an astonishing clarity about disappointment, the power of love and coming of age…” Elisabeth packed the house at her last Holy Trinity performance and left the audience breathless in awe and delight. Please join us for a lovely Spring concert. Free will donation accepted at the door.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 S. Morris St. Oxford, MD
Phone: 410-226-5134
Web address: holytrinityoxfordmd.org

Applications are being Accepted for Chesapeake Women’s Network Scholarships

The Chesapeake Women’s Network Talbot is accepting applications for their scholarship program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The mission of CWN Talbot is to foster personal enrichment and professional growth among women of the Mid-Shore region through an active network of collaboration, communication and support.

Each year, CWN Talbot provides financial assistance to qualified female applicants age 22 years and older in pursuit postsecondary education and training.  Women from Talbot and surrounding counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The deadline for applying is April 30, 2017.  Requirements and application are available at www.cwntalbot.squarespace.com

Bus Trip though the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Park

The Easton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) is sponsoring a bus trip through the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Blackwater Refuge on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Learn about the unique landscape of the Underground Railroad on the Eastern Shore and how Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, liberated so many.  The tour includes a bus ride along roads of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, introductory tour and ample free time to explore the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Park; a catered picnic lunch in the open-air picnic pavilion at the Tubman Park; and a ranger-led interpretive drive through the Blackwater Refuge with time at the Visitors Center.

The bus will leave Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn St. in Cambridge, MD at 9:00 AM and return at 4:00 PM.  Contact Connie Wolfe at 808-276-8078 or corneliawolfe@gmail.com to reserve your space and indicate your luncheon choice.  The cost is $65.00.

The funds from this trip will fund our Mature Woman’s Grant which assists women over 25 years of age in the five counties of the mid shore who are returning to, or continuing, their college education.

AAUW is a national organization promoting equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. Founded in 1881 the AAUW is open to all graduates who hold an associate degree or equivalent, a baccalaureate, or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Composed of women of all ethnicities, perspectives, backgrounds and professions, the AAUW also seeks to promote social change through involvement in Voter Education Campaigns, Programs for Women and Girls, Political Advocacy for Women, and by providing research, fellowships and grants.

Historically the AAUW has been a major influence in women’s civil rights issues. They championed the first legislative proposal for pay equity and fought for passage of Title IX, outlawing sex discrimination in education. Issues at the forefront are Human Trafficking and Pay Equity.  On an international level, in 1946 the AAUW was accorded permanent U.N. observer status after acting as an early and influential advocate for the United Nations. Both here and abroad the AAUW continues to make an impact on the world.

For membership information, call Janet Harford at 410-476-5961 or see our website at www.easton-mdAAUW.

Cyclists to Participate at the Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour

Cyclists from as far away as Hawaii have signed up for the 9th Six Pillars Century 2017 Blackwater Tour on Saturday, May 6, rain or shine; a fund raising event that benefits Character Counts Mid Shore, Inc.

Three flat courses through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in beautiful Dorchester County, Maryland are offered including the 37 mile; the 56 mile Ironman 70.3 Eagleman and the 100 mile Century.Registration is open on Active.com.

Proceeds benefit 8,200 students who receive character lessons based on the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship; at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.

Volunteers are needed for set up at Great Marsh Park on Friday, May 5 from noon until 4:00 and on event day for traffic control and food service.  If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Character Counts at 410-819-0386 or email sixpillarscentury@gmail.com.

“Out of Africa” Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Conviction”, oil, by Joan Hart

An art show by two eastern shore artists – Georgette Toews and Joan Hart, will be held at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, in St. Michaels, Maryland, from May 5 – 28th, 2017. A reception will be held to meet the artists at the Gallery on Saturday, May 13th, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Gallery is located at 408 Talbot St., St. Michaels. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, and Sundays to Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm. The A.M. Gravely Gallery website is www.amgravelygallery.com. Telephone 410/745-5059.

This show is quite unique in that it presents original paintings gleaned from the artists’ safaris in Africa in the past few years. Countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Tanzania are represented. I have attached a press release and several photos for your consideration and we would greatly appreciate your announcing the show in your publication leading up to the start of the show on May 5th.

“Spring Into Summer” Art Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

The A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland, is pleased to announce an art exhibit by local artists with the theme “Spring Into Summer.” The Exhibit will take place from May 5 to May 30 with a reception open to the public on Saturday, May 13, 5 to 7pm.

Local artists will show work from abstraction to realism, small and large. Regular gallery hours at Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, and Sundays to Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm. The gallery website is www.amgravelygallery.com. Telephone 410/745-5059.

Kent School to Host Preschool Meet and Greet

Prospective parents and the public are invited to a Meet and Greet in the Little School at Kent School on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 am. Little School at Kent School serves three, four and five year-old children in a play-based learning environment that prepares young learners for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

The Meet and Greet session is designed for prospective parents and interested individuals to see the Little School program in action. Guests will have the opportunity to learn in detail about the School’s mission and approach to teaching preschool-aged children. Children are welcome to join their parent or guardian. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. with an overview and introduction in the Kent School Library. The session will continue in Little School where parents and guardians will be able to see students and teachers engaged in their morning routine. The program will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

The Little School curriculum focuses on phonological awareness, number sense, exploration and discovery through hands-on science activities, as well as Spanish, Physical Education, Music and Movement, Library and Reading Partners with Third Grade students. Julia Gross, Director of Little School said, “A distinction of the Little School at Kent School is our ability to take advantage of what the larger school has to offer. We go to Phys. Ed, Library, and Spanish. Our students have the opportunity to engage in all age-appropriate school activities and use its facilities, yet we have our own space specifically designed to meet the needs of preschool aged children.” Gross continued, “Our low student to teacher ratio allows us to get to know each student. Preschool aged children develop and reach milestones at different rates. Our job is to present new learning opportunities at the right time for each individual child. We have a lot of fun in the process. Little School truly is a joyful place.”

To register for the Little School Meet and Greet email admissions@kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org.

CBHS to Hear About New Plants for 2017

Stephanie Wooton of Unity Nursery will present some of the new plants for 2017 at the April 20 meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society.  She will also try to help identify problems for people who bring samples from their gardens.

Ms. Wooton, a CBHS member, currently works at the Church Hill nursery.  She worked at Garden Treasures in Easton for 17 years before moving to Unity.

Wooton was born in Germany and spent her youth in many countries due to her father’s diplomatic career.  She obtained a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin before moving east where she married and raised two sons.  Working at a garden center in Frederick led her to pursue her horticulture degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.  When she gets home from work these days, she says she continues to “play (toil!) in my own garden with two (un)helpful cats.”

The society usually meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.  Meetings include an herbal potluck dinner, a short business meeting and a presentation on an herb-related topic.  The theme for the April dinner is herbs associated with the zodiac sign Aries.

CBHS was formed in 2002 to share knowledge of herbs with the local community.  The group maintains the herb garden at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

For more information, call (410) 827-5434 or visit www.ChesapeakeBayHerbSociety.org.