“High Tide in Dorchester”: Special Community Film Preview and Q&A

“If the consequences of global warming and rising sea levels and the worsening erosion and the high tides they bring seem a little hazy to you, come take a tour of Dorchester County, where the future is now,” says Tom Horton at the beginning of the new documentary film “High Tide in Dorchester.” The film creates a powerful, intimate story that looks at the worsening global threat of sea level rise through the lens of Chesapeake Bay’s most vulnerable county.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory and Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth will host a special community preview of the one-hour documentary “High Tide in Dorchester” on Friday, March 9, at 447 Venue, 447 Race St, Cambridge. Doors open at 5:30 film starts at 6. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

Tickets are $15 in advance (https://www.usmf.org/events/3918-special-preview-film-high-tide-in-dorchester/) and $20 at the door. Price includes refreshments and one free drink. For more information, contact Carin Starr cstarr@umces.edu or 410-221-8408.

Created by the gifted local team of writer Tom Horton, filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown, and photographer Dave Harp, “High Tide in Dorchester” looks closely at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where scientists and managers are already dealing with the impacts of the rising tide. It encourages discussions and actions concerning sea level rise, erosion, and climate change in Dorchester County.

Historically, millions of people have sought to live as close to the shoreline as possible, but many communities are still grappling with how to meet the imminent challenges of adapting to living on the edges of a rising tide. Dorchester County is already experiencing the future that faces coastal areas worldwide. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100— or sooner — as waters rise and erosion worsens.

“As the sea level rises, by the end of this century, more than half of Dorchester County will be underwater,” says UMCES’ Horn Point Laboratory Professor Ming Li. His research on the impacts of sea level rise on the Eastern Shore is featured in the film. “Global warming and sea level rise is caused by human activities. Because it’s a global a problem, it’s easy to say you can’t do anything, but I think by working together we can tackle this big problem.”

“High Tide in Dorchester” will have its official opening at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 22 and will air during Chesapeake Bay Week on Maryland Public Television in April. For more information on the film, visit http://hightidedorchester.org/.

The screening is sponsored by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory and Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth (DCPG). Proceeds benefit the Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth.

Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth is organized to guarantee a public voice in issues of land and water use. The group pledges to advocate for the promotion, maintenance, and conservation of the natural resources, farmland, waterways and open spaces of Dorchester County.

From the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, UMCES’ Horn Point Laboratory scientists engage in world-renowned research in oceanography, water quality, restoration of sea grasses, marshes and shellfish, and expertise in ecosystem modeling.


The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, UMCES scientists provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. www.umces.edu

Accomplished Violinist to Perform with Christ Church String Quartet

The Christ Church String Quartet will perform a series of pieces appropriate to the Lenten season at the 11:00 worship service at Christ Church Easton this Sunday, February 25.  Guest violinist Netanel Draiblate, concertmaster for the Annapolis Symphony and rising star in the violin world, will be performing as part of the ensemble.  Hailed as “an extremely gifted violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” Netanel Draiblate has concertized across four continents. The versatile artist performs as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, and The Washington Post has called him “a violinist who combines confidence and virtuosity with a playful musical personality.”  Draiblate made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008.

Prelude music will begin on Sunday at 10:45 am.  The quartet will open with the lovely Canzona in d minor (BWV 588) by J. S. Bach.  Originally composed for organ, the piece contains four distinct voices lending itself to this rendition performed by two violins, viola, and cello.  Following the canzona, the quartet will be joined by oboist Heidi Schultz to present an aria from Bach’s Cantata BWV 197.  Originally composed for a wedding ceremony, the elegant piece is in the form of a trio sonata originally written for soprano solo, here substituted by the oboe.  At the communion, the string quartet will perform the immensely popular, The Prayer by Carol Sager and David Foster.  The piece will precede the Adagio from Concert in d minor (BWV 1060) also by Bach.  This charmingly exquisite movement will feature both Mr. Draiblate and Ms. Schultz with continuo.  Also, included in Sunday’s lineup is Gilbert Martin’s When I Survey the Wondrous Cross to be performed by the Christ Church Choir.   A classic in the world of choral literature, the arrangement contains all the elements of choral expression beginning with a pensive and reflective beginning that builds to an unrestrained and passionate resolve at its conclusion.

Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  The public is invited to share in this experience.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.

Call to Artists, Deadline for Local Color Show

The Local Color Show, sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF) during the Easton Plein Air Art Competition and Art Festival, is exclusively for artists of the Delmarva Peninsula Delaware, Maryland and Virginia).  The DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, March 9th.

Local Color features studio-finished paintings of two dimensional art in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel.  Each artist in the show receives a 6’x6’ exhibit area on panels provided by WAF.

“Urban Sunset” by Betty Huang (President of WAF)

This year’s  show runs from July 20th to the 22nd,  and is held at the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD. This year’s show  will be judged by Joe Gyurcsak, Grand Prize winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.  The entry jurist will be Hai-Ou Hou, 2nd Place winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.  Prizes to be awarded  are $600.00 for Best in Show, three $200.00 Awards of Excellence,and three $50.00 Honorable Mention Awards.

Local Color is the show that does everything for the artist.  Once juried into the show, delivery and set up by the artists of their art is Friday, July 20th,  and pick up is Sunday, July 22nd.  Members of the WAF handle all sales, so Artists are then free to experience all the festival has to offer!

Artists may apply online at www.workingartistsforum.com , choose the Local Color page for the prospectus and payment.  For more information, contact Doris Glovier at glovier@comcast.net at 410-957-2398 or Nancy Thomas nancythomasart@gmail.com at 410-310-5219.

ECAS High School Choral Competition to Highlight ECAS 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, in an inaugural event, eight high school choral ensembles will compete onstage at the Easton High School Auditorium for a total of $5,000.00 in prize monies. The ensemble that is judged the best based on their performance that day will receive a check for $2,500.00, second place $1,500.00 and third place $1,000.00. Donations from generous supporters of the Easton Choral Arts Society and grants from the Mid-Shore Foundation and Talbot County Arts Council are making this competition possible. Wes Lockfaw is the Artistic Director of ECAS.

The competition will begin at 1PM with the performance of the first choral group. The final chorus will perform at 3:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 or online at www.eastonchoralarts.org. There is no charge for students. Prize monies must be used for the winning schools’ choral music departments.

The eight high schools that will be performing are, in alphabetical order: Arundel High School, Anne Arundel County; Bel Air High School, Harford County; Easton High School, Talbot County; Edgewood High School, Harford County; Kent Island High School, Queen Anne’s County; Liberty High School, Carroll County; The Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore City; and Tower Hill School, New Castle County (DE). More than 226 students will be competing.

Judges for the March 3 competition will be Dr. William M. Folger, Dr. Devonna B. Rowe, and Dr. James Wilson. Dr. Folger is an Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Salisbury University. Dr. Rowe is currently on the music faculty in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music &The Arts, and Director of Choirs at Wesley College, Dover.

As competition coordinator Carolyn Harrison explained:“Developing this competition has been a journey. The journey began with a much narrower scope than what rapidly developed over the course of last spring. As we approach our destination I am pleased with what ECAS has created. It will be a wonderful showcase for the high school ensembles that will take to the Easton High School stage competing for significant monies that will further their choral programs.”

Easton Choral Arts Society choristers are excited about the competition, responding with enthusiasm to the committee’s request for assistance. From offering to donate baked goods, to reaching out for competition booklet ads, to signing up to lend their physical support at Easton High School on March 3, the singers are being highly supportive.

For further information regarding the Choral Competition, please contact the ECAS Choral Competition Administrator and Chair, Carolyn Harrison, at:  ecaschoralcompadm@gmail.com

Church Hill Theatre Announces Audition Dates for Pippin

Auditions for Pippin, the Tony Award-winning musical, will be held at Church Hill Theatre on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm and Monday and Wednesday, March 5 & 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Sylvia Maloney will direct this production with Ray Remesch as music director and choreography by Cavin Moore.

This remarkable musical, which is a fictional account of the life of Pippin, son of King Charlemagne, opened on Broadway in October, 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson.  It was recently revived on Broadway in 2013.

This allegory requires 24 actors to bring it to life. The principal and supporting roles are as follows:
Leading Player: (male or female, age 20’s through 40’s) acts as narrator, leader of the players’ troupe, strong singer, dancer and actor.
Pippin: (male 20’s to 30”s tenor/baritone) strong singer and actor, son of Charlemagne, longing for a purpose in life, naïve and discontent.
Charlemagne (Charles): (male 40’s to 60’s, baritone) King of Holy Roman Empire, warrior, strong, prideful ruler.
Lewis: (male, 20’s to 30’s, baritone) stepbrother to Pippin, proud, egotistical, great physique.
Fastrada: (female, 40’s to late 50’s, soprano) Pippin’s conniving stepmother, mother of Lewis, sexy, smart and deceitful.
Berthe: (female, age 50’s to 70’s, alto) Pippin’s saucy grandmother; brassy, wise, energetic and comedic.
Catherine: (female, age 20’s to 30’s, mezzo soprano) Widow, mother of Theo, lovely, romantic, graceful, Pippin’s love interest.
Theo: (male, age 10 to 15, tenor) young son of Catherine, playful, innocent.
Ensemble: (8 male, 8 female, all ages, all voice ranges) must be able to sing, dance and play a variety of roles throughout the play.

For the vocal audition, please prepare 45 second to 1 minute long excerpts of two (2) contrasting songs to be sung a cappella to demonstrate the range of your voice and the variety of your singing style. Auditioners should be prepared to read from the script and to learn a brief dance routine.  Technicians are also needed and are encouraged to attend auditions.

Pippin performance dates run from Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 24th, 2018. For more information, call Sylvia Maloney at 410-778-3783 or email ssmaloney@verizon.net.

Academy Art Museum Announces March Events

Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition


The Museum’s exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star Democrat.

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States
Through April 1, 2018
This exhibition features a combination of works that are part of the Museum’s larger Vogel Collection. The Vogel Collection has been characterized as unique among collections of contemporary art, both for the character and breadth of the objects and for the individuals who created it. In addition, the Museum will feature small works on paper by Richard Tuttle, whose delicate watercolors are both minimalistic and evocative.

Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition
March 10 – April 4
March 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m. – Grades K – 3
March 13, 4:30 – 6 p.m. – Grades 4 – 8
March 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Grades 9 -12
The Museum is pleased to present its annual Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition. This exhibition highlights the artistic talents of K-12 students from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Kent counties. As in past years, visitors can expect a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. The Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition has been a Museum tradition for over 25 years and is the largest and most prestigious student art exhibition on the Eastern Shore.


Art Meets Music: An Exploration of The Deep Synergy Between Visual Artists and Composers
Presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin
Thursday, March 1 – The Sound of Painting
Thursday, March 8 – Symbols and Allegories, Home and Hearth: The Music of Our Lives
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: Individual Tickets: $36 Members, $43 Non-members
Join pianist Dr. Rachel Franklin for a new and fascinating exploration into the intimate relationship between the visible and invisible arts, and how music can literally bind the arts together.

Marc Chagall Carmen, 1967 Lithograph.


Walters Art Museum
Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy
Wednesday, March 21
Cost: $60 Members $72 Non-members (includes guided tour)
This exhibition explores the Russian crafts tradition that culminated in the creativity of the workshop of Carl Fabergé. Over 70 stunning objects will be on display—including Imperial Easter Eggs purchased by the museum’s founder, Henry Walters.


Open MIC
March 12, 7 – 9 p.m. – Theme: Get Lucky
April 9, 7 – 9 p.m. – Theme: When it Rains, it Pours
The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. All ages and styles of performance are welcome! Contributors are invited to relate to a monthly, topical theme which may be interpreted as directly or abstractly as desired! Visual artists are welcome to display 1 to 3 pieces of their work during the event. Beer and wine on sale to those 21 and over. Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.


Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Day
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
One Day Workshops: March 27, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $45 Members, $54 Non-members (plus $8 materials fee paid to the instructor at first class)

Exploration into Intaglio Printmaking with Rosemary Cooley
March 2, 3 and 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost; $185 Members; $220 Non-members (plus $35 materials fee paid to the instructor and includes archival paper, plates, use of studio tools and inks as well as one archival mat)

Peter Carl Fabergé; Henrik Emanuel Wigström, workmaster. Rose Trellis Egg (detail), 1907. Bequest of Henry Walters, 1931 44.501.

Printmaking Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
March 6, 13, 20, 27 or April 3, 10, 17 and May 1
Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $88 Members; $105 Non-members (plus $30 materials fee for papers and inks)

Portrait Drawing from Life
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: March 8 – April 12
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Pastel Painting: Fundamentals and Personal Study
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
6 weeks: March 14 -April 18
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost per session: $200 Member, $240 Non-members

The Impressionist Landscape – In-Depth, One Element Each Week
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
March 10, 17, 24, (no class Easter weekend), April 7, 14, 21
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Paul Aspell
March 5 – April 9
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Sheryl Southwick

Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
6-week session: March 5 – April 9, 2018
Mondays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Intermediate /Advanced Hand Building
Instructor: Paul Aspell
6-week sessions March 7 – April 11
Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Paul Aspell
6 weeks: March 7 – April 11, 2018
Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

iPhone Fun!
Instructor: Scott Kane
Class 1: 2 Days: Wednesdays, March 7 and 14
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members

Art on Tablets and the iPad
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days: Wednesdays, March 21 and 28
Wednesdays: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members

Children’s Programs

After-School Art Clubs for students in grades 1 through 4
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Spring Session March 2–April 22 (No class on March 30)
3:45–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-members
The Art Club offers fun and engaging projects for children of all skill levels. Exploration of individual ideas and creativity is encouraged. The instructor will focus on a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, 3-D wire construction, collage, pastels, and graphite, while also teaching stylistic secrets of famous artists. Each club meeting will include a planned activity and/or a free choice project, with creative guidance available every step of the way.

Performing Arts Classes

Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during the holidays, or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments a person can make for themselves or their child.

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.
Whether you are interested in singing with a choir, becoming a soloist, getting a lead in the high school musical or community theatre production, joining a barbershop quartet, or preparing your audition for a conservatory, good singing requires a skill set that is developed over time.

Ballroom and Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell
Contact instructor for information at (302) 377-3088 or visit dancingontheshore.com.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

For All Seasons and Talbot Mentors Collaborate on Art Therapy Support Group

The Maryland Governor’s Office for Children has made reducing the impacts of incarceration on children, families and communities a priority area. National research indicates that children of incarcerated parents often have higher rates of mental health concerns including stress, emotional and attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, stigma and negative externalizing behaviors.

Talbot Family Network’s FY 16 Community Assessment and Planning process identified an estimated 616 children in Talbot County who are impacted by the incarceration of a parent. The survey of parents incarcerated at the Talbot County Detention Center indicated that their children were experiencing the following: 47% emotional stress, 21% school related learning or behavioral concerns, and 16% mental health concerns.

To address this issue in Talbot County, the Board of Talbot Family Network awarded Talbot Mentors with a grant that would allow them to increase the number of youth in mentoring relationships to include those youth who have been impacted by incarceration. The grant would also fund a support group for these youths. Katie Sevon, Executive Director, Talbot Family Network, states, “The program was very successful in FY17 and Talbot Family Network, with funding from the Children’s Cabinet, is pleased to continue to support these efforts in FY 18.”

Pictured back row, L-R, Gerson Martinez, Executive Director of Talbot Mentors; Sue Golinski, Coordinator of Grants and Contracts; Curtis Murray, Support and Connect Professional. Seated L-R. Jazmine Gibson, Case Manager for Talbot Mentors, Katie Sevon, Executive Director, Talbot Family Network. Absent from the photo: Jane Gordon, LCPAT, Psychotherapist, Art Therapist.

The youth, who were in first through sixth grades, met once a week for 12 weeks. They asked that their support group include art therapy as a way of helping them cope with their situations of being children of incarcerated parents. Students met at both Talbot Mentors Easton and St. Michaels locations, utilizing the therapy services of For All Seasons. Curtis Murray, Support and Connect Specialist with For All Seasons, comments, “The biggest improvement we saw was in each child’s self-esteem. They gained confidence to express themselves through the art projects. They were able to share it with people who understood and empathized with them.”

Jazmine Gibson, Case Manager for Talbot Mentors, echoes Murray’s comments, adding, “Their self-portrait project really reflected emotionally what they were feeling. They drew how people see them on the outside and then drew what they were feeling on the inside. You could really tell what they were feeling with the lines and colors they created. It was great that they had the freedom to express themselves in that manner.”

According to Gerson Martinez, Executive Director of Talbot Mentors, “I am so grateful for the opportunity Talbot Mentors has to focus in on our mentees whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. This partnership between Talbot Family Network, For All Seasons, and Talbot Mentors truly provides a platform on which to advance our mission of enriching the lives of our mentees by providing access to programs like art therapy.”

A new 12-week session will start in March 2018 and run through June 2018 for students in grades five through eight. Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “Our agency continues to expand its outreach to the community, and this was the perfect opportunity to work with children and bring services to the community.  We are very proud of this partnership with Talbot Mentors and Talbot Family Network. It’s one more example of how community resources working together can make a greater difference.”

Students are referred to the Talbot Mentors Program through school-based mental health services.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273

Avalon’s Weekend Marquee Update

The Talbot Spy sharing with our readers each week the MCTV produced Weekend Marquee with Tim Weigand as host. We hope you enjoy this short two minute preview of what’s coming up over the next few days.

Easton Choral Arts Society’s “Hit a High Note” Event at Mason’s

On February 22, 2018, The Easton Choral Arts Society will be holding its “Hit a High Note” fund raiser at the newly refurbished Mason’s Redux 2017 restaurant in Easton, MD. The evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a three course dinner, live entertainment, silent auctions and a raffle.  Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased on line at www.eastonchoralarts.org or by calling 410 200 0498.

Mason’s Redux 2017

The Easton Choral Arts Society, celebrating its 40th anniversary, is an auditioned choral ensemble which believes in the power of music to enrich the cultural life of the Eastern Shore. Under the direction of the pre-eminent Artistic Director, Wes Lockfaw, the Easton Choral Arts Society brings a commitment to deliver excellence to our singers, audiences and supporters. While the group is based in Easton, its singers come from all areas of the Eastern Shore.

Come and enjoy an evening at Mason’s with family and friends and support the mission of the Easton Choral Arts Society in its ongoing dedication to the performance of beautiful and inspiring choral music.

Church Hill Theatre Announces Workshop in Basic Acting Skills for Kids

It’s still too cold to play outside, the Christmas toys have lost their appeal, and active kids are itching to do something creative, constructive—and fun.  Building on its celebrated Green Room Gang summer theatre camps, Church Hill Theatre is offering students a chance to B.A.S.K in the glow of the footlights in a series of Saturday workshops. Basic Acting Skills for Kids has expanded this year, and allows 1st through 8th graders to use games and exercises to learn about character development and scene preparation. Taught by experienced Green Room Gang instructors Becca Van Aken and Liz Clarke, the group will meet from 9 am – noon on Saturdays February 24, March 3, 10, 17, and 24. The students’ exploration of poetry, storytelling, and movement will conclude with a performance for family and friends at the end of the final class.  The cost for the five sessions is $100 which includes a BASK t-shirt. Contact Church Hill Theater to register or ask questions about the program at 410-556-6003 or by email at office@churchhilltheatre.org.