Upcoming Programming at the Library December 11 to 16

Easton Library to Offer Needlework Program

On Monday, December 11, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again offer its popular Stitching Time program.  Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group.  Limited instruction will be available for beginners.  Newcomers welcome.  All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Tuesday, December 12, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to bring in their favorite book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Story Time

On Wednesdays, December 13, January 24, and February 14 & 28, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a story time program for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Host Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, December 13 & 27, January 10 & 24, and February 14 & 28, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to learn and play the time-honored strategic game of chess.  Beginners welcome.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in 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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Minecraft

On Wednesdays, December 13, January 10 & 24, and February 14 & 28, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to explore the world of Minecraft on the library’s computers.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Host Memoir Writers

On Thursdays, December 14 & 28, January 11 & 25, and February 8 & 22, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people.  Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked 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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Games

On Thursday, December 14, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games.  This program is for all ages, but children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  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: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

L-R Barbara Kline & Kathy Bernard

Children to Decorate Cookies at Easton Library

On Thursday, December 14, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children of all ages to stop in and decorate cookies.  First come, first served!  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Two Boomer Babes to Discuss Their Debut Novel: “Perfectly Seasoned”

On Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Radio’s Two Boomer Babes, Kathy Bernard and Barbara Kline, will talk about the genesis of their debut novel, “Perfectly Seasoned,” storyline and character development, the writing process, finding a publisher, and the joys of becoming first-time authors a bit later in life.

Having spent the last decade hosting and producing their nationally syndicated, award-winning program, “2BoomerBabes Radio Hour,” Bernard and Kline have combined all that they have learned from their own life experiences and the thousands of interviews they’ve performed to write a novel, under the pen name Sarah-Jane Berklin.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Sabine Simonson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Feature Steel Drums Program

On Saturday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a steel drum program for children of all ages.  Patrons will have the opportunity to listen to steel drum music, hear the history of the instrument, and learn to play a complete song during this interactive program sponsored by Young Audiences of Maryland and Rockcreek Steel Drums.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Redistricting Reform in Maryland: Gerry Be Gone!

“Maryland is considered one of the more blatantly gerrymandered states. A federal judge wrote that the 3rd District, held by Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, was ‘reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.’ ”  Baltimore Sun, July 16, 2017

“Gerrymandering, in a word, is why American democracy is broken.”  The Washington Post, Feb 10, 2017

So just what is gerrymandering? How is it practiced in Maryland?  How does it affect you??? The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Shore is hosting a series of public information sessions on Redistricting Reform in Maryland to answer these questions and to learn more the issues, current proposals for reform from the Governor’s commission, and what the Tame The Gerrymander coalition is doing to push for reform.  This is part of a continuing series on Making Democracy Work.  Learn how you, too, can make a difference!

Join the discussion on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 11-12:30 pm in Cambridge and Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11-12:30 pm in Easton; each session will be held in the community meeting room at the main library (303 Gay St in Cambridge and 100 W. Dover St in Easton).  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact lwvms.md@gmail.com or call 443-646-3338.

Holy Trinity’s Christmas Bazaar

In conjunction with Oxford’s Christmas on the Creek, The Holy Trinity Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9AM to noon in the Parish House.

Featured items will include decorated mini trees , handmade jewelry, beautiful notecards, holiday greeting cards and more.  Edible goodies will also be available –cookies, candies, frozen soups, appetizers and other holiday yummies.  Traditional favorites include decorated wreathes, Christmas flowers and beeswax candles blessed by Father Kevin.  New this year are beautiful gold Angels handcrafted by Holy Trinity parishioners.

Raffle tickets for seasonal themed baskets will be available during the Bazaar.  The drawing for these delightful creations will be held at the conclusion of the Bazaar.

Shoppers can relax before and after shopping in our Café, with complimentary hot coffee or cider and baked goods.

Proceeds from the Bazaar help fund Holy Trinity’s Mission projects. Major credit cards will be accepted.

Annual Christmas in St. Michaels Yuletide Party December 8th

L-R: Yuletide Party Co-Chair Susan Thomas, Christmas in St. Michaels President, Pat Martin and Yuletide Party Co-Chair Barbara Rose.

Don’t be fooled by the unseasonably warm weather – the holiday season will be here before you know it!  So, dust off your dancing shoes, get out your festive clothes and mark your calendar for the annual Christmas in St. Michaels Yuletide Party, Friday, December 8th at Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michaels, MD Friday, December 9th from 6:30 – 11 PM.  Tickets are $150.00 ($65.00 is tax deductible) and are available at http://www.christmasinstmichaels.org.

“This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season,” said Yuletide Party Co-Chair Barbara Rose.  “The club will be beautifully decorated and there will be plenty of room for everyone to mix, mingle, enjoy themselves.”

Indeed, all of the ingredients are in place for a spectacular event: there will be an open bar, hot passed hors d’oeuvres, a carving station of pork and beef tenderloin and desserts.  In addition, there will be a raw bar with a selection of seasonal specialties drawn from the Bay.  Guests will also enjoy complimentary valet parking. Plus, you won’t be able to stay off the dance floor when Joe Martone strikes up the music starting at 8 PM.

All proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels go to support local non-profits that provide much needed services to local residents.  For more information on this and other Christmas in St. Michaels events, please visit:  christmasinstmichaels.org.

2018 Dining Out Card Helps Feed the Hungry

Four new restaurants will be participating in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 2018 Dining Out Card. They join 11 other dining favorites who all help feed the hungry in Talbot County.

“This is such a wonderful program, and we’re so pleased to have 15 restaurants this year,” said Alex Handy, president of St. Vincent de Paul in the Saints Peter & Paul Conference.

Participating area restaurants offer discounts to patrons who buy the card. All proceeds from card sales go directly to help feed Talbot County neighbors in need. “Use the card to enjoy a good meal at a discount and help feed the hungry too,” Handy said.

This year’s card, valid from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18,costs just $25, and can be used all year.

The 2018 Dining Out Card partner restaurants are 208 Talbot, Ava’s, Banning’s Tavern, Blackthorn Irish Pub, Brasserie Brightwell, Harrison’s Restaurant, Hot Off the Coals, Hunter’s Tavern, Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill, Limoncello Italian Restaurant, Peacock Restaurant & Lounge, Pope’s Tavern, Robert Morris Inn, Roberto’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant and Scossa.

“St. Vincent de Paul is the largest all-volunteer organization feeding the hungry in Talbot County,” Handy said. “From our own food pantry, we’re providing food for over 25,000 meals each month. In addition, we now work with more than a dozen local churches and organizations. So we’ve become a ‘food hub’ for other organizations helping the hungry,” he added.

From their building at 29533 Canvasback Drive in Easton, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Center give groceries to the needy every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Volunteers also collect and distribute clothing, furniture and housewares. Proceeds from items for sale at the Thrift Center are used to feed the hungry.

“We help people. That’s our mission,” said Handy. “We like to say our Dining Out Card is a gift that gives back all year.”

For more information or to order a Dining Out Card, call 410-770-4505 and leave a Dining Out Card request, along with your name and phone number. People can also order online at www.SvdpEastonmd.org Be sure to include your name, phone number, address and the number of cards you want. A volunteer will respond promptly, Handy said.

Shipwrights Combine Hull, Topsides of Bugeye “Edna Lockwood”

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman reports the historic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood is right on schedule, with her new hull now attached to her existing topsides. The 1889 bugeye and National Historic Landmark is set to launch at CBMM’s OysterFest 2018, scheduled for Saturday, October 27.

Fall and winter saw a very active shipyard at CBMM, with shipwrights and apprentices going through several steps to combine the two pieces of the boat. Her outer stems were removed, shims were added to make up for hidden material behind frames, plank lines were mapped, and the hull was jacked up to its final height on the hard. Additionally, centerboard posts were milled and fastened, bronze stock was used to make custom bolts to fasten the new hull, and Edna’s old hull was moved to storage, with the intention of the piece eventually being a permanent exhibition.They will move on to planking next, and will be replacing the cabin house.

The restoration team is reviving CBMM’s queen of the fleet Edna Lockwood by replacing her nine-log hull, in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project are generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation. All work takes place in full public view on CBMM’s waterfront St. Michaels campus. To learn about the project, visit ednalockwood.org. For more on CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library December 4 to 9

St. Michaels Library to Offer Coloring for Teens & Adults
On Monday, December 4, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in and explore the relaxing process of coloring. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in 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

Easton Library to Offer Story Time
On Tuesday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m., and repeating at 11:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a story time program for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer Maker Space
On Wednesday, December 6, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 6 and older to enjoy S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)—building with Legos, Zoobs, and more! All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program. For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Arts & Crafts Program
On Thursday, December 7, 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. 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

St. Michaels Library to Hold Annual Book Sale
On Saturday, December 9, from 9:00 a.m. till they sell out, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will hold its annual (huge) sale of gently used books. Find holiday gifts for one and all! For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Final Program Session Held for Shore Leadership Class of 2017

The final program session for the Shore Leadership Class of 2017 was held at Dixon Valve and Coupling Center, Inc., Center for Innovation in Kent County on November 15.  Leadership Facilitators, Carol Graser and Joe Thomas, focused the leadership session on Adaptive Leadership and Managing Energies.  The class learned the importance of managing our energy instead of time to maximize productivity.

Shore Leadership Class of 2017 Visits Dixon Valve and Coupling Center, Inc.

The afternoon session focused on Manufacturing in Kent County.  Dan Lessard, Assistant V.P. of Human Resources – Training & Safety, took the class on a tour of the Dixon Valve and Coupling Company manufacturing facility.  Following the tour, the class heard from a panel on the challenges of finding the right skilled workforce and recruiting young people to move to Kent County, Maryland.  The panel explained how they are partnering with Kent County Public Schools to help educate students and parents on manufacturing careers and internship opportunities. The panel members were:  Marty Rodriguez, Dixon Valve and Coupling; Jamie Williams, Kent County Economic Development Coordinator; and, Jonathan Mabe, Eastman.  Dan McDermott, Executive Director of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board was the facilitator for the panel discussion.

The class completed their day with a presentation and Engineering Challenge by Jim Shifrin, Director of New Product Development and Innovation.  Mr. Shifrin explained how new products are created and developed with his team of engineers using the Two Week Dixon Innovative Creativity Process.  The class was then divided into small groups and challenged to create a bridge from 10 sheets of paper and a roll of masking tape.  The bridge had to span a 14-inch gap, could not be taped to the table, and had to hold as much weight as possible.  By the end of the day, one class member shared, “This program was much more than I ever expected! I learned so much about myself and leadership skills to help me.  But, I also learned from classmates in a learning environment that challenged me to grow.”

Shore Leadership is now accepting applications for the Class of 2018.  The program begins in April and runs through November.  For more information contact, info@shoreleadership.org or complete the application online at www.shoreleadership.org. Click on Program for more information and the application.

TACL Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19

All are invited to an interfaith family service offered in the spirit of  Unity and Gratitude, with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Brown on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m., at Temple B’Nai Israel, 100 West Earle Ave., Easton.

The Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown is an ordained Elder and the Easton District Superintendent (consisting of 124 churches) of the Peninsula Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church.

This service is sponsored by the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity. TACL is a welcoming interfaith association of congregations, clergy and laity. TACL promotes spiritual welfare through works of compassion, justice, peace and reconciliation for the common good.

Waterfowl Festival Wraps Up Its 47th Year

Waterfowl Festival had many successes as well as some challenges during its 47th year. Despite the cold temperatures, the streets of Easton were full of people of all ages enjoying food, music and fall weather, making the downtown area vibrant with activity and showcasing the best of an Eastern Shore fall. Yet bustling streets are not the only measure of success for the town-wide, non-profit event; this year’s official attendance came in at approximately 14,300 people, a decrease from the last several years.

“Festival has always been about celebrating our community – through wildlife art, our sporting heritage, and the Eastern Shore way of life. We are very pleased to have attracted so many visitors to town,” says Festival President Albert Pritchett. “As an event, however, tickets sales are also a measure of our continued success, so the reduced number of tickets purchased is something we’ll be thinking about as we plan for the future.”

The more than fifty Festival Chairman – who volunteer countless hours and days to manage everything from venues and exhibits to ticket sales, transportation and security – were supported by a veritable army of more than 1,200 people who also gave their time to the weekend. “The Chairs and the community volunteers are the engine that make the Festival unique,” says Judy Knight, Festival Volunteer Chair, who is a volunteer herself. “We are so grateful to everyone who came out to make our 47th year a great success!”

The Festival weekend kicked off with Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Premiere Night Party, attended by more than 600 guests – including corporate supporters and art buyers – who turned out to enjoy an evening of food, cocktails and a preview of the Festival’s five downtown art galleries. The “Making Way for Ducklings” Art and Decoy Auction, held that evening to benefit the Wm. A. Perry Scholarship Fund, successfully raised more than $8,000 that will benefit local college-bound students. “We felt the evening was a great fun overall and were very pleased with the number of new people that joined the party,” said Waterfowl Chesapeake Executive Director Margaret Enloe.

The Chesapeake Conservation Pavilion, sponsored by Easton Utilities, hosted twenty conservation exhibits this year, a kids’ scavenger hunt and offered “Chesapeake Snap Chats” – short talks by experts that highlighted everything from oyster restoration efforts to using mosquito-larvae-eating zooplankton for pest control to changes in student education programs. It was also the location for the Friday morning “Coffee & Conservation” breakfast, co-hosted by Waterfowl and the Talbot County Office of Tourism and Economic Development, where more than 100 local business and conservation representatives networked and heard about innovative efforts to improve quality of life, build business and conservation partnerships and ways in which ‘green’ financing can be supportive of capital improvement projects.

In the five Festival Art Galleries, more than 110 of the world’s finest nature and wildlife artists – some here for their first Festival, some who were returning favorites – came from all over the world. Featured Artist Julia Rogers had a great weekend, selling “The Long Stretch” to a Festival guest from Virginia, who came specifically to purchase the piece. Master Carver Richard Jones was thrilled to sell several of his unique, interpretive bird sculptures as well, having one of his best events of the year.

If the number of children playing is any indication, families certainly seemed to enjoy the more family-friendly atmosphere at Easton Middle School venue which included an expanded food vendor area, a birds-of-prey handler and a hay bale maze. Several artisans in the Artisans’ Crafts and Gifts there reported selling out and seemed to enjoy the new layout for the venue. The ever-popular Delmarva DockDogs® continued to draw spectators but the temperatures meant fewer dogs made the leap into the chilly pool. Across town, temperatures didn’t stop our regional hunting dogs from showing off their skills at the Retriever Demonstrations, though the hardy spectators there and during the fishing activities were bundled up tight.

The expanded Sportsman’s Pavilion focused on the regions’ sporting heritage was a beehive of activity all weekend. With two new tents, including an additional space for duck and goose call-makers, several major vendors completely sold out of their wares. Activities onsite like the new Kids Goose & Duck Calling Clinic, led by champions from the World Waterfowl Calling Contest, saw registration fill quickly and helped introduce at least sixty of the youngest Festival guests to the nuances of duck and goose calling. Across the street, the Buy, Sell, Swap offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the Shore’s waterfowl-related heritage by visiting with traders and collectors. At the Harry M. Walsh Artifacts Exhibit next door guests had the singular opportunity to see museum exhibitions and private historic collections – including one belonging to a young, 13-year-old collector.

“The Festival owes a great deal of thanks to our many corporate, business, promotional and non-profit partners for their new or continued support this year,” says Pritchett. “We absolutely couldn’t do it without each and every one of them and the services that the town and county also provide. We are particularly grateful for the funding we received from the Talbot County Arts Council and Maryland State Arts Council.”

Waterfowl Festival will be back next year on the second weekend in November, the 9th – 11th, 2018.