Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins Candidacy Clerk for Circuit Court

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins announces her candidacy for the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County.

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins, a Democrat, has been employed with the Maryland Judiciary for 40 years.  Her depth of experience has ranged from courtroom clerk to her present position of Supervisor I, which consists of supervising the criminal clerk and the courtroom clerk for the Talbot County District Court of Maryland.

Monica “Dee Dee” Adkins’ experience has made her a prime candidate for the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County. Adkins stated that her prime mission will be to provide professional and effective customer service while making every customer important. She further stated that this will be accomplished by promoting staff training and implementing best practices in their processes and operations.

Adkins has participated in many professional development opportunities during her Judiciary career.  During this 40 year span she has participated in substance abuse, mental health and hygiene, diversity, customer service, mediation and multicultural trainings.

Adkins stated that, “I will use my skill set and training for the greater good of the public as well as those around me to bring forth growth in professionalism and customer service.

For more information about Adkins’ candidacy, visit www.friendsof, FriendsofMonicaDeeDeeAdkins on Facebook or email

Retreat House Offers Spring Events

Elaine Hoggard

The Retreat House at Hillsboro has three retreats on their spring calendar. On Wednesday, April 25, “The Spirituality of Trees and Kayak Eucharist”will offer guests an outdoor spiritual experience. The morning will include a contemplative walk among the trees on the Retreat House grounds and shared reflections. After lunch, the group will paddle in kayaks on the Tuckahoe River for a special floating Eucharist service. The Rev. Rachel Field will lead the retreat that begins at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is included and guests are invited to bring their own lunch. Register online at

On Sunday, April 29, the workshop “Healing the Spirit through Aromatherapy” will take place from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Aromatherapist Elaine Hoggard will lead a hands-on botanical class working with essential oils followed by a discussion of the historical use of aromatic plants in both sacred and therapeutic applications. Participants will study blending practices and craft their own essential oil to take home. Register online at

“Pray All Ways – A Day of Interfaith Learning and Prayer,” will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Led by spiritual director Bill Dietrich, the program will include discussion of Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian traditions and an experience of each tradition’s practice of “chant.”  Breakfast and lunch are included. Register online at

There is no charge to attend Retreat House workshops but donations are gladly accepted. Weekly offerings at the Retreat House include Centering Prayer sessions on Mondays at 5:45, Yoga classes at 7:00pm on Thursdays, as well as weekend AA meetings.

Located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, the Retreat House is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, and anyone who seeks a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7042, or visit us on

UM CMG Announces Addition of Sunny Granger, MSN, CNM

University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG),announces the addition of Easton-based nurse-midwife Sunny Granger, MSN, CNM.

Sunny’s specialties include caring for women and families during labor, delivery and the postpartum period.Sunny is seeing patients at UM CMG – Women’s Health at 522 Idlewild Avenue. Patients may make an appointment with Sunny by calling 410-820-4888.

UM CMG is a University of Maryland Medical System-­­­­owned network of more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists- and advanced practice clinicians. As part of this UM CMG, Sunny is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Sunny is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia, where she received her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife.

“We are excited to bring Sunny on to our team of experts at the University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Women’s Health,” comments Michele Wilson, Chief Operating Officer for UM CMG. “Sunny will provide personalized care to all of our Women’s Health patients on the Eastern Shore.”

UM CMG consists of community-based provider practices affiliated with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and UM Shore Regional Health.  A list of UM CMG providers is available at

About the University of Maryland Community Medical Group  

The University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) is a multi-hospital, multi-specialty, community-based physician-led group, and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. With more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists, and advanced practice clinicians in more than 65 locations across the state, UM CMG offers patients a vast network of highly experienced providers, delivering care right in their neighborhood. For more information, visit

May at the Candleberry Gallery

Joyce Zeigler’ painting

April showers bring May flowers, warm breezes, and bright sunshine that urge us to get outside an stroll the town. While you are out exploring why not stop by the Candleberry Gallery at 210 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels. The gallery has a wonderful selection of handcrafted and one of a kind artwork and gifts by local artists. Don’t forget that May is Mother’s Day, pick up something special at the gallery that is sure to bring a smile to your mother’s face.

Our featured artist this month is Joyce Zeigler, an Eastern shore native with a career that spans over 50 years. Joyce’s deep love of nature is apparent in her beautiful oil paintings, her exhibit is on display at the Candleberry Gallery for the month of May.

Come down and Join us on May 26th from 12-2pm for a front porch demonstration by Joy Marshall. Joy works with Alcohol inks, this art medium is super bright and beautiful and its unpredictability creates unique works of art.

Compass Regional Hospice Patient Volunteer Training Scheduled for May

In May Compass Regional Hospice will offer a training session for individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer. This session will be held on Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive in Chestertown. Attending all three days of this session is required for volunteers who wish to provide companionship and support to our patients and their loved ones in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

“Volunteers are a vital part of the care we provide,” says Courtney Williams, Manager of Volunteer and Professional Services for Compass Regional Hospice. “It is all about helping others and being there when they need you; whether that is in our hospice centers in Centreville, Denton and Chestertown, or wherever a patient calls home.”

Photo: From L-R,  front row, seated Coletta Miller, Denton; Anita Morris, Centreville; Connie Zaruba, Centreville; middle row, standing Debbie Dant, Denton; Sandy Hartmann, Chestertown; Darby Cissell, Centreville; Mary Maier, Centreville; back row, standing Myrle Yoash, Queen Anne; Nedra Spry, Worton; CiCi Terry, Centreville and Jessie Gibson, Centreville.

Topics include an overview of hospice; the process of dying; spiritual care and its place in hospice care; the stages of grief; effective communications techniques; family dynamics; stress management; and self-care for caregivers.

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to support its mission of “Care on your terms.” These individuals volunteer their time in a variety of ways. Whatever your motivation to volunteer, there is a place for you at Compass Regional Hospice.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, or visit to download the patient care volunteer training registration form.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville, Chestertown and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit

Maryland House & Garden Tours Starts April 21

For every person that has wanted to peek into the old house at the end of a lane, now is the time. Generous property owners will open their historic sites to the public for five weekends in April and May during the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP), an annual tradition since 1937. Tours run Saturday April 21st through Saturday May 26 and include the following counties: Prince George’s County (Saturday, April 21), Anne Arundel County (Saturday, April 28), Talbot County Saturday, May 12), Cecil County (Sunday, May 20) and St. Mary’s County (Saturday, May 26). (Please note that the Cecil County tour is on Sunday.)  MHGP website:

Each county’s tour includes seven or eight properties.  Complete details about each tour (including house descriptions) are available on the MHGP website. Tickets for each day’s tour are $40.00 on day of the tour and $35.00 if bought pre-tour and can be purchased in advance online on the MHGP website. Lunches or lunch suggestions will be available on most tours.

The annual spring tours are a central component of MHGP’s efforts to cultivate awareness of Maryland’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. Every year, proceeds from the tour support designated preservation projects in each host community. To date, the Pilgrimage has raised more than $1 million for the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant properties throughout the State of Maryland while entertaining and educating thousands of attendees.

“Being a part of the Pilgrimage is a wonderful way to support historic restoration in Maryland while taking advantage of the rare opportunity to visit unique and interesting sites in the different counties, “says MHGP Chair Les Foster.  The Pilgrimage has become a yearly tradition for many, as Les adds, “Each year I invite my daughters to join me on a tour – this has become one of our favorite family traditions and a great way to enjoy our beautiful Maryland spring!”

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. The Pilgrimage has remained constant with this purpose since its formation in 1937. It is the only statewide house and garden tour organization and the oldest tour in the State of Maryland, raising and distributing well over $1 million dollars in its 81-year history to support preservation projects in each host community.

Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore Launches Get Social Delmarva

Mindie Burgoyne

Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) has announced the launch of Get Social Delmarva, a new marketing training conference for artists, crafters, and makers of all types. The conference will take place on Friday, April 27th at Chesapeake College.

Get Social Delmarva will present social media and digital marketing training specifically designed to help artists launch or grow a creative business. Although familiarity with social media will be helpful, the conference is intended to help small business owners who have little or no experience using social platforms for business purposes. All instruction will be provided at an introductory level.

“Our goal is to empower artists and crafters to grow their business using affordable marketing tools and strategies,” said Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts, the parent organization of FACES. She said that most artists and small business owners do not have the resources to hire a marketing agency. “With today’s technology, artists can ‘DIY’ their own marketing, which allows them to grow their business more quickly and reach customers all over the world.”

Get Social Delmarva will include a keynote address on Marketing 101, which will cover the fundamentals of developing a cohesive and effective marketing strategy. The address will include an interview with Steve Konopelski and Rob Griffith, owners of Turnbridge Point, a bed and breakfast and custom bakery in Denton. The couple will share insights about what they’ve learned about growing their business using digital marketing tools.

The conference will then break out into workshops on a variety of topics. The workshops are categorized in three tracks, though attendees do not have to stay within a single track. Tracks include Facebook for Business, Visual Media, and Web Presence. Examples of workshop topics include Facebook Advertising, Selling on Etsy, and Introduction to Instagram for Business.

Conference attendance has been limited to 100 people to ensure smaller class sizes in the workshops. Attendees will also have the opportunity to eat lunch with instructors and ask them questions in a small group setting.

FACES has received grant funding from Rural Maryland Council to help launch Get Social Delmarva. Rural Maryland Council supports projects that foster economic growth in the rural areas of the state. The arts are a key component of the tourism and downtown development strategies for small towns throughout the Eastern Shore and broader Delmarva region. The headline sponsor of Get Social Delmarva is Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, an organization that promotes the heritage and unique communities of the Mid-Shore.

Registration for Get Social Delmarva is now open at Tickets are $79 per person. There is a 20% discount for FACES members.

24th Annual Oxford Day April 28

The fourth Saturday in April is when Oxford celebrates the history and community of this village on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With five locations in town—Causeway Park, Town Park, Morris Street, Market Street and Ferry Dock—fun can be found everywhere. Rain or shine, Oxford Day is a great event.

If you are new to Oxford Day, then clear your calendar. You won’t want to miss a thing! Games, prizes, music, crafts and bake sales entertain and tempt all ages. For children, there is a moon bounce and giant air slide as well as pirates, games and prizes. Smokey Bear and the Maryland State Police K-9 Unit also make an appearance. The Plant Sale at Holy Trinity Church is the place to get your spring garden looking gorgeous.

Talbot Hospice’s Memorial Walk begins the day at 8am. The walk leaves from Oxford Community Center and goes down Morris Street to West Strand. Registering in advance at is recommended but you can also register at OCC on Saturday morning.

This year, Oxford celebrates World Tai Chi Day with a tai chi demonstration by its local tai chi arts society. Free tee shirts will be available for the first twenty participants. Talbot Humane’s Dog Walk begins at the Causeway with a blessing by Holy Trinity’s Rev. Kevin Cross and continues to Town Park where many will participate in a dog show. Register in advance on Talbot Humane’s web site.

The main event of the day is a parade on Morris Street with a marching band, floats, and outrageous cars and trucks throwing candy to parade-goers. Complete your Oxford Day experience at the Ferry Dock with a free ride on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. The historic Oxford Bellevue ferry will be running too and offers free walk-on rides to the first 100 passengers.

Town Park is filled with all sorts of delicious treats—brown bag breakfast and coffee offered by Oxford Community Center, a White Elephant and Bake Sale by United Methodist Church, and crab soup from Robert Morris Inn. Waters Church offers up a mouth-watering barbecue and fish fry at its location on Market Street. At Causeway Park, the Fire Department grills hot dogs and burgers and Scottish Highland Creamery dishes out ice cream from its mobile cart. Lunch is also served up in Town Park by Doc’s Sunset Grill and at Causeway Park by Latitude 38.

Businesses on Morris Street celebrate with special events—opening day at the Oxford Museum where you can explore Oxford’s history; a raffle at The Treasure Chest; and Wine & Wings tastings at the Oxford Market. On Market Street, find some hidden treasures at the Oxford Library’s paperback book sale.

Pope’s Tavern offers a jazz lunch, and Bird Dog & the Road Kings return for an afternoon concert in Town Park. Finish the day with a Great Gospel Concert at Waters Church.

If you’ve been to Oxford Day then you already have the fourth Saturday in April marked on your calendar and are eagerly awaiting the day. Arrive early since Morris Street will close at 10am to all but parade participants. Volunteers will direct you to the parking lot and courtesy shuttles will take you into town. Handicap parking is available at the Oxford Post Office on Wilson Street.

We hope it’s sunny but, rain or shine, the village of Oxford looks forward to welcoming you. Look for the full schedule on our website at and in the weekend Star Democrat. Visit our Facebook page to compete for special prizes.

Please send any questions or inquiries to

Spring Arts Celebration at Kent School

The Visual and Performing Arts program at Kent School will be in the spotlight at the opening of the Spring Arts Celebration on April 25. The public is invited to attend a Chorus performance, hear selections from the upcoming Eighth Grade Musical, Shrek, Jr. and view the All School Art Show. The opening performance begins at 6:00 pm and admission is free. Following the performance, guests are invited to view art on display throughout the school. Light refreshments will be served.

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “A rich and diverse visual and performing arts curriculum is essential to the fulfillment of our mission which is to guide children in reaching their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence. Our Spring Arts Celebration is a testament to that commitment.” Music teacher, Kate Bennett has been working with students in every grade level at Kent School to prepare for the event. Lower School students will sing and third grade students will play recorders. Following those grade specific performances, the Kent School Chorus, an after-school program which is open to students from grades three through eight will perform. Following the Chorus performance, members for the Eighth Grade will perform a song from their upcoming musical, Shrek, Jr. Performance dates for Shrek, Jr, are May 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm. This performance is also free and the public is invited to attend.

Examples of student artwork from Preschool through Grade 8 will be on display throughout the halls of the school. Guests are invited to view the art following the musical performances. The Visual Arts curriculum at Kent School covers a wide array of media, themes, and subjects. Student work will include ceramics, mobiles, sculpture, painting, charcoal and more. Art class is frequently integrated with language arts, social studies, science or history classes. Pat Parkhurst, Art Teacher at Kent School said, “I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and I intentionally bring topics from history, science and literature into art. Students have a more meaningful understanding of what may inspire artists or styles of art. We know from our mind, brain and education science research, that this multi-modality teaching inspires deeper learning for all students.”

Mugele continued, “We are proud to highlight our students’ accomplishments in the arts. We truly believe that creative thought and creative problem solving are skills that must be cultivated for success as our students move into higher learning and future careers. Secondly, the connections made by students through our interdisciplinary approach to arts integration enhances learning.”

For more information about the Arts Celebration at Kent School, visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

Julian Brezon’s Deep Light Ensemble at The Mainstay April 22

Baltimore Saxophonist and Peabody graduate student brings his jazz sextet to The Mainstay! $15 online AND phone reservation/door.

Welcome to Peabody at The Mainstay! This new concert series presents some of the most exciting young musicians attending the Peabody Conservatory and is sponsored by the Hedgelawn Foundation. This Sunday we present The Julian Brezon Deep Light Ensemble.

Saxophonist and composer Julian Brezon brings a fresh ear to the world of modern creative music, drawing upon literary works and visual art to lend his compositions a singular character. Thanks to his mother’s career as a painter and his late father’s massive and diverse record collection, Brezon was exposed to music and art ranging from A Love Supreme and Saxophone Colossus, to the paintings of Pierre Bonnard and Edward Hopper at a young age. This rich world of sound and color has helped Brezon develop a nuanced ear, which lends his compositions a rare synthesis of introspection and listenability.

Brezon has performed his original music at venues across Maryland and his forthcoming debut album, The Deep Light, represents the honing of several years’ worth of compositions for jazz sextet. A wide interest in varied styles of music has led Brezon to explorations in freely improvised music, blues, punk, and rock music with various groups in the Baltimore area.

Brezon will complete a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in May, where he studied with renowned saxophonist Gary Thomas and trumpeter Alex Norris.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 23 Joe Holt welcomes Karen Somerville
April 28 Ben Price and Cliff City
April 30 Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel
May 4 John Thomas Quartet
May 6 Teodora Adzharova
May 7 Joe Holt welcomes Sam Guthridge
May 10 YacineBoulares and Ajoyo
May 18 Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet