Spofford Wins VFW Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Easton High School Senior Katie Spofford has won top honors in the VFW Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition.The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide an opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to express their thoughts and ideas about democratic principles.

The contest included submitting a typewritten essay along with an audio recording of the contestant reciting it.  Spofford won first place at both the local post level (Post 5118) and at the district level (District 4) and was awarded a $275 scholarship.  She went on to compete at the state level against 10 other districts for a bid to the national competition, where she placed 5th and received an additional $325 scholarship.

Katie is the daughter of Dr. William Spofford and Dr. Cynthia Gosser Spofford and resides in Trappe.  She is currently serving as Easton High School’s student representative to the Board of Education, and was elected Governor of the 2017 American Legion Auxiliary Maryland Girls State. She plans to attend the College of William and Mary and hopes to pursue a career in Politics.

Expand Your Horizons Lecture Series Begins March 7 in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy for Lifelong Learning and Talbot County Public Schools are partnering to host U.S. Naval Academy Professor Miles Yu, Ph.D. as the inaugural speaker in their new, “Expand Your Horizons” lecture series. U.S. – Chinese Geopolitics: Culture, Commerce, and Security kicks off on Wednesday, March 7 and continues March 21, with both sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. and taking place at the St. Michaels Middle/High School Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with students and parents also encouraged to attend.

Lecture series attendees will come away with a better understanding of China’s ever-increasing impact on not only American life, but also the future of the world. Each session will conclude with a question and answer period with Dr. Yu.

Dr. Miles Yu is a professor of Chinese Military/Diplomatic History and represents the Naval Academy’s initial commitment to ALL’s community education programs. In his two March lectures, he will focus on contemporary issues influencing Chinese culture, commerce, cyber & military strategies.

Professor Yu earned his Ph.D. from University of California in Berkeley, and is a former Mellon Foundation fellow and an Institute on Global Conflict/Cooperation scholar. Along with advising various federal agencies and congressional committees, he writes a Washington Times column, which publishes each Friday.

CBMM’s Academy for Lifelong Learning offers a unique opportunity to enhance lives through learning both within and outside classroom environments. An academic cooperative run by CBMM volunteers, ALL offers courses, group discussions, presentations, field trips, and social events throughout the year. The programs encompass a diverse range of topics, including ecology, literature, history, religion, science, current events, photography, philosophy, gardening, and more. Courses are held on the CBMM campus and at nearby locations.

“The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, together with Talbot County Public Schools, is excited to bring lifelong learning opportunities to the communities we serve,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Through expanded educational programs like this, we are committed to not only vital community partnerships, but also to transforming social responsibility into social capital.”

No registration is needed for these lectures. For more information regarding other upcoming offerings by CBMM”s Academy for Lifelong Learning, go to cbmm.org/all.

Providing Hope One Child At A Time

Linda Featherman wanted to enriched a child’s life, to expose them to unknown possibilities and to create hope. Featherman grew up in Oxford, married, raised her family, became a professional interior designer and retired to her hometown. She felt the call to make a difference in the life of a child. She turned to Talbot Mentors whose mission is to help young people in-need or at-risk prepare for success in their personal and professional lives.

In the summer of 2014, Featherman was matched with nine-year-old Alexys. Almost four years later, they’re still together. More than ever, Featherman wants Alexys to “see that there is more to life outside of her own surroundings – to create possibilities and dreams for the future.”  She knows, through her personal experience as a parent, that kids crave parenting and discipline.  “I give her my love in a constant and guiding way.” Featherman has shown Alexys “consistency, encouragement, support, and approval”.

While the typical time commitment of mentors is a couple of hours a week, it is flexible and subject to the relationship and commitments of both mentor and mentee. In Featherman and Alexys’ case, they enjoy being with each other more than that.  “We volunteer weekly at St. Vincent de Paul Charity Thrift Store where Alexys is a cashier.  Through discipline and training she got very good at it! We always have a good time and we make it fun.” In Linda’s mind she hopes kids come to know that many others can have far greater needs.  Alexys also volunteers alongside Featherman at church events.

This past summer, Alexys was given an opportunity for a two-week Pennsylvania camp experience through the Talbot Mentors camp program and a partial scholarship from the camp itself.  Out of her comfort zone and nervous about leaving her mom and siblings, Alexys at first didn’t want to go. However, with the support of her family and Featherman, Alexys went and had a deeply rewarding experience and the hope for returning this summer. Featherman and Alexys see themselves together “for the long haul as a member of my family”.

Talbot Mentors needs you. You can help in many ways:

Become a mentor and change the life of a child.

Donate and help achieve the goal of offering every mentee a camp experience.

Volunteer to teach the children your special talent or hobby.

To learn about Talbot Mentors please attend the monthly information sessions held every second Wednesday, or visit http://talbotmentors.org/, or call 410-770-5999.

Learn Boat Shopping 101 this March

Join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Charity Boat Donation Program Director Todd Taylor on Wednesday, March 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a Q&A session on the most important things to look for when buying a boat. This Boat Shopping 101 session takes place in CBMM’s boatshop and is ideal for first-time boat buyers or those who could use a refresher before their next purchase.

CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program accepts and sells all manner of craft year-round, and offers long-standing boat sales and lease/charter operations, as well as the annual Charity Boat Auction, held annually each Labor Day weekend. To learn more about the program, visit cbmm.org/boatdonationprogram.

As the program’s director, Taylor oversees the donation and re-sale of more than 200 boats of all shapes, types, and sizes each year. His knowledge of boats and the boating industry in general stems from a lifetime of messing about on boats and a career as a yachting professional. Prior to joining CBMM, he worked as sales director for a U.S. builder of luxury performance motor yachts, and as a professional yacht broker. His love of boats led him at a young age to the yachting industry, first as crew and ultimately as captain. He earned his first U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license at the age of 18.

The cost for this program is $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members. Participation is limited, with registration needed at cbmm.org/boatshopping101. To find more programs at CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Erica Dunbar to Speak at Washington College February 27

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Charles & Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University, will visit Washington College on Tuesday, February 27, to discuss her book Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. A finalist for the National Book Award, Never Caught tells the story of how one young woman risked everything to achieve her freedom from the nation’s founding father, George Washington.

The event at 4:30 p.m. at Litrenta Lecture Hall in the Toll Science Center is part of the Department of History’s Guy Goodfellow lecture series and is co-sponsored by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the William James Forum. It is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow in the McClain Atrium.

The reading is part of WC’s celebration of Black History Month, and it is especially resonant at the College where George Washington gave the use of his name, helped finance its creation, and served on its Board of Visitors and Governors. Students studying the College’s slave past in a course taught by Carol Wilson, the Arthur A. and Elizabeth R. Knapp Professor of American History, have read an earlier version of Dunbar’s work.

“Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, she was denied freedom,” notes a description of the book from its publisher Simon & Schuster. “So, when the opportunity presented itself one clear and pleasant spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.”

USA Today calls Never Caught “A crisp and compulsively readable feat of research and storytelling.”

Dunbar, who is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, studies the lives of women of African descent who called America their home during the 18th and 19th centuries. She is a social historian, a scholar of urban history, women’s history, and Philadelphia history. She received her BA in history and what was then called Afro American studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her master’s and PhD from Columbia University.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Pete Lesher to Speak at St Michaels Library March 5

Pete Lesher, the chief curator for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be the Lunch & Learn speaker for the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Monday, March 5, 2018 at noon. Lesher will give an illustrated talk on the stunning black-and-white work of Dutch-born photographer Robert de Gast. His photography documents the work of oystermen, Chesapeake lighthouses, and the photographer’s explorations of the Bay from the 1960s through the 1990s. Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake is the subject of a special exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum through April 8, 2018.

Pete Lesher is chief curator at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where he has served on staff since 1991 and now oversees museum collections, exhibitions, and programs.  He graduated Lafayette College, holds an MA in history from Columbia University, and studied maritime history at Mystic Seaport’s summer Munson Institute for American Maritime Studies. His civic work includes serving as an elected member of the Easton Town Council, chairing the St. Michaels Historic District Commission, and appointments by the governor to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Maryland Humanities Council.

The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the speaker series and everyone is invited to bring their lunch or a snack and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. For more information you can check the library website at www.tcfl.org  or call (410) 745-5877.

Build a Half-Hull Model in St. Michaels this March

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Model Guild is offering a beginner’s model boatbuilding workshop from 9am-5pm on March 3 and 4, with limited participation and advanced registration needed.

The weekend workshop includes instruction on carving a solid half-hull model of the historic Chesapeake Bay tugboat Delaware. This model is band-sawed from a two-tone wood block and carved to the rounded shape of the Delaware’s hull. The cabin and pilot house are cut from the same pieces. The pieces are then shaped and sanded to a fine finish and then mounted on a baseboard to form a wall display piece.

CBMM Maritime Model Guild President and volunteer Bob Mason holds an example of the half-hull model.

The workshop is taught by the skilled craftsmen of CBMM’s Model Guild, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and techniques with CBMM members, visitors, and students.

Built in Bethel, Del. by William H. Smith, 1912 tug Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a floating exhibition along CBMM’s waterfront campus.

Adults and children 12 years of age and older can participate in the workshop, with all tools and materials supplied, as well as some use of the Model Guild’s power tools. The two-day workshop takes place in CBMM’s Bay History building and is $80 for CBMM members or $110 for non-members, with participants taking home their half-hull model at the end of the workshop.

Registration is required to cbmm.org/delawarehalfhull, with more information about CBMM’s Maritime Model Guild and Sailing Club at bit.ly/CBMMModelGuild, or by contacting Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or at bobmason@atlanticbb.net.

Docent and Greeter Training Begins March 1 at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering a free training for new and existing volunteers throughout the month of March, with advanced registration needed.

This once-a-year training prepares volunteers to work with the public, either as greeters welcoming guests to CBMM or as interpreters, with the content and skills necessary to lead group tours with adults and children. Anyone who enjoys interacting with people, has a curiosity about the Chesapeake Bay, is comfortable and excited about public speaking, and is interested in promoting the Bay’s cultural heritage is encouraged to participate.

Sessions take place from 10am–12:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 1 to April 5, 2018. This training program, led by CBMM’s Education team, covers topics ranging from CBMM exhibits and collections to tour group management techniques.

CBMM docents and other volunteers provide invaluable support to CBMM in its mission to preserve and explore the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. Duties can include greeting or guiding museum visitors and providing a memorable and positive visit, staffing individual exhibitions and leading demonstrations, classes, and special events as needed, and promoting the museum and its mission to others.

“Many of our volunteers say that being a museum docent is one of their most gratifying experiences,” said CBMM’s Director of Education Jill Ferris. “We find that active adults enjoy working with us and becoming part of our volunteer corps just as much as they enjoy working with the students and other guests we serve.”

Registration is required by contacting CBMM Volunteer & Education Programs Manager Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941.

Upcoming Programming at the Library February 6 to March 1

Easton Library to Host an Afternoon of Films about People Who Inspired Change

On Monday, February 26, in honor of Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show three films (on the library’s big, professional screen) about people who inspired change.  The first film will be begin at noon, the second at 3, and the last at 6.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend these movies.  For more information, including the names of the films, (which, due to licensing requirements, we cannot publicize here), please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Host Book Discussion

On Monday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton book group will discuss Zadie Smith’s novel, “Swing Time.”   All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this discussion.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Offer Program on Bay Wise Gardening

On Tuesday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Mikaela Boley will show you how to create a garden that pleases both you and the Bay!  This program is sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer Arts & Crafts Program

On Thursday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an arts & crafts program featuring free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting.  Patrons are invited to bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative.  You may also bring your lunch.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is accepting applications for 2018/19 Arts in Education (AIE) and Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants.  Each year the Council makes AIE grant awards to support programming in schools through the Art in Education Grant and to community organizations through the Community Arts Development Grant.    Qualifying programs range from art related assemblies and artists in residences in schools to performance and operational assistance to non-profit arts organizations.    Since 1984 we have awarded more than $640,000 in support of the arts in Queen Anne’s County.

Rick Strittmater Executive Director said of the program, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to provide support to some of the wonderful art based non-profit organizations and groups we have here in Queen Anne’s County.  It is my hope that the financial boost these grants provide will help expand their efforts in a meaningful way.”  Eligible programming includes the visual arts, music, performance, and literary programs for presentation in local schools and performance and operational expenses for community arts organizations.

These awards are made possible in part by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council, Queen Anne’s County, and the Town of Centreville.  Applications are available on line at www.queenannescountyarts.com or by calling the Council at 410-758-2520.   The application deadline is May 1, 2018 Anyone with questions regarding the application process can call the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council 410-758-2520.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.