Exhibition exploring Potomac River waterfowling opens April 8

Washington, D.C.’s deep influence on the Potomac River’s unique waterfowling tools, traditions, and culture will be explored in a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., opening to the public on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River follows the harvesting history from 18th century statesmen like George Washington—who wrote about memorable hunts of the Potomac’s stunning numbers of waterfowl—to the 20th century, when the combination of Washington, D.C.’s growing economy and the rich Potomac environment spurred both commercial and sport markets for waterfowl.

Through decoys, photographs, period objects, and historic documents, Potomac Waterfowling demonstrates Washington, D.C.’s influences on the waterfowling culture of the Potomac—especially the decoys carved for the region’s gunning clubs. Often commissioned from craftsmen who hailed from far corners of the Chesapeake region, the canvasback rigs displayed a remarkable diversity of form. Whether the work of James “Corb” Reed, whose Chincoteague roots are evident in his stunning naturalistic decoys, to James E. Baines, who carved decoys for gunning on the Potomac that were dead ringers for Upper Bay birds, the melting pot quality of Washington D.C. clearly extended to its waterfowling culture in creative ways.

CBMM_PotomacDecoyExhibit“The Potomac River decoy style is unlike anywhere else—it encompasses techniques and details found all over the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM Director of Education and Associate Curator Kate Livie, curator of the exhibition. “Decoy carvers were bringing the traditional decoy forms from their hometowns to the Potomac region when they moved to D.C. for work. So, you see it all—from classic Upper Bay birds to Chincoteague stools—all created to harvest the Potomac’s enormous waterfowl population.”

Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter. Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. Potomac Waterfowling will travel to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md.November 10-12, 2017, and return to CBMM’s Waterfowling Building through March 2018.

CBMM and East Coast Decoy Collectors Association members will be invited to a private exhibition preview reception on the evening of Friday, April 7, with light refreshments served. The reception is free for CBMM and ECDCA members, with space limited and registration needed by contacting Nancy Wells at nwells@cbmm.org or 410-745-4991 by April 1.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund help support the non-profit’s exhibition, education, and restoration programs, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through 2018, CBMM’s guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org.

The Fifth Annual TSR Spring Classic Bike Tour April 8

On Saturday April 8 cycling enthusiasts will once again converge on the scenic town of Easton, MD for the Talbot Special Riders Fifth Annual Spring Classic Bike Tour.  Last year’s Spring Classic was a huge success.  More than 325 cyclists were registered and despite the bad weather 117 cyclists showed up to ride in the snow and rain!  We are fervently hoping for better weather this year.

Meandering along the back roads of Talbot County.

Four hundred cyclists are expected this April. Most  arrive from MD, VA, DC and DE, as well as from  NY, PA, NJ, NC and even South Dakota.  Our Bike Committee is hard at work, fine tuning the fully supported 50 mile half-century recreational bicycle ride along some of the most scenic routes on Talbot County’s Eastern Shore. A 62 mile metric-century and a 25 mile ride are also offered. The TSR Spring Classic starts and ends at Easton Middle School, Peach Blossom Road, Easton, MD 21601, rain or shine. Packet Pick Up is at 7 am. There are three rest stops, and a light lunch is served at the end of the ride at the Middle School.

Besides the beautiful routes through Talbot County, our ride is known for three main things: our friendly and helpful volunteers, our home baked cookies and the cream of crab soup we serve at lunch!  The cookies have been a highlight every year, as evidenced by one of the many comments we received afterwards: What a great ride! Thanks to all of the volunteers and fellow riders and to everyone who made cookies! I wanted to go back to each rest stop for more! THANK YOU!”

A beautiful day for a bike tour.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit Talbot Special Rider’s therapeutic horseback riding program, held at Timber Grove Farm in Preston.   Last summer’s move to the farm fulfilled TSR’s long term goal to expand and upgrade our program.  For the first time winter classes and a Holiday camp were offered.  The upcoming spring session will expand from just two days a week to four or five days including Saturdays.  TSR also recently resumed its separate program of therapeutic riding for children recovering from human trafficking. TSR brings new meaning to the old adage “There is nothing better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse.”  Now in its 36th year Talbot Special Riders equine therapy program continues to  enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs, the only program of its kind in the area.

TSR is a registered non-profit organization with deep roots in the community. Financial support comes from the United Fund of Talbot County, area businesses, members of the community and the 5th Annual Spring Classic Bike Tour, held April 8th, 2017.

For more information about the TSR Spring Classic Bike Tour please contact TSRRide@gmail.com.  Registration is open on Active.com

Additional Items at Splendor, Tilghman Watermen’s Museum Fundraising Event

The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum has announced some additional items up for bids at  SPLENDOR, the museum’s annual fundraising event.  This year’s SPLENDOR will be held at the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.  As in previous years, SPLENDOR will feature a variety of fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres, all included with the price of admission.

Two exciting getaways top this year’s list of items you will definitely want to bid on.  The first is an overnight stay for two, including dinner, at the lovely Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s.  The second is a one-week stay in a house in Biddeford Pool,  Maine, the week of September 9-16, 2017.

Also new this week is a coffee table, hand crafted of ambrosia maple with live edge, by Tilghman artisan, Ken Peake, and oyster knives hand crafted by Tilghman’s Tim Fluharty.  A dinner for two at the Crab Claw with a cruise aboard the “Patriot”, and a wine and cheese cruise for six with “Screaming Eagles Charters “are just a few of the excursions being offered.

Gift certificates to area restaurants and attractions, artwork by local artists and photographers, and the ever-popular visit from Santa are also on the list.  There’s a little something for everybody, so plan to come and enjoy.

Chuck Livingston will serve as auctioneer again this year, with Linda Haddaway King as Master of Ceremonies. Admission is $35 per person, and tickets are available at Two if by Sea Cafe, at the door or by contacting the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com.

Sanctuary, State Action, and Engagement by Stephen Buckingham

On Sunday, March 26, at 10 a.m., Mr. Stephen Buckingham will give a sermon entitled “Sanctuary, State Action, and Engagement” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Since the election, many UUs have asked what they can do to preserve the progress our nation has made toward the beloved community. In this service, we will explore how we got off the path and some actions we can take to bend the arc of the universe back towards justice.

Special music for this service will be performed by pianist Dick Durham.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Women & Girls Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon

Representatives from sixteen Mid-Shore non-profits will accept checks totaling $43,259 at the Women & Girls Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon on April 24. That will bring the Fund’s overall grant total to $507,021.51, awarded to 82 organizations whose programs benefit women and girls in one or more of the five Mid-Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.

The grants will go to 2 new applicants and 14 non-profits that have been awarded Women & Girls Fund grants at least once before.

New this year are Compass Regional Hospice and Rising Above Disease (RAD). Repeat recipients are Chesapeake College Foundation, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Destined to Rise, Echo Hill Outdoor Leadership School, For All Seasons, Horizons Kent and Queen Anne’s, Imagination Library of Talbot County, Ladies of Nia, Partners in Care, Rebuilding Together – Caroline County, Rebuilding Together – Kent County, Talbot Mentors, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, and Tilghman Area Youth Association.

“The programs offered by our grant recipients address serious, wide-ranging needs facing women and girls, from the oldest to the youngest”, said Emily Lynn, board member and Grants Committee co-chair along with Beth Spurry and Susan Wilford. “From literacy and education to emergency services to social engagement and critical home repairs, they have the potential to make significant differences in our community and we are proud to be able to support their efforts.”

In addition to handing out grant checks at the luncheon, the Fund will present two annual awards. The “Women & Girls Fund Award” for 2017 will be presented to Ellen Rajacich of Easton. Since 1959, Mrs. Rajacich has been a tireless volunteer fitness instructor at the YMCA of the Chesapeake. Always with a smile on her face, she has taught several generations of women – and more than a few men – to get fit, whether on an exercise mat or in the swimming pool. Her dedication, integrity, compassion, and generosity of time and talent demonstrate her commitment to improving the lives and opportunities for women, girls, and families, the hallmark of this annual award.

Previous recipients of this award are the following women of distinction: the late Lois S. Duffey, Harriet S. Critchlow, Sandra W. King, Maria Boria, M.D., Sister Patricia Gamgort, OSB, Tracy Davenport, Sandra Redd, Sara Jane Davidson, The Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen, Kathleen Francis, Maureen Jacobs, Janet Pfeffer, Joy Price, Nancy Wilson, Mary Lou McAllister, Diana Mautz, and Kathy Weaver.

The 2017 recipient of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award is Cheryl Hughes of Hurlock, founder of “Saving Second Base”, an annual breast cancer fundraiser in Cambridge. With the intention of doing something to support friends with breast cancer diagnoses, Mrs. Hughes put her determination and long list of friends to work and created a hugely popular and successful fundraiser. Since 2011, the one-day event has raised more than $150,000 for local breast cancer-related agencies. Her efforts exemplify our mission – the “power of pooled resources” – in working together to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

Previous recipients of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award are Maria D’Arcy and Estela Ramirez.

“The Women & Girls Fund Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon brings together an extraordinary group of supporters and those we support through our grant programs. It celebrates the importance of improving the lives of women and girls every day on the MidShore. We are excited each year to showcase those organizations and community leaders that truly make a difference!,” said board president Talli Oxnam.

The Women & Girls Fund Spring Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 24, 11:30am, at The Milestone in Easton. Ticket price is $50 and the event is open to the public. Reservation deadline is April 14. For more information about the luncheon and the Women & Girls Fund, call 410-770-8347, email info@womenandgirlsfund.org or visit www.womenandgirlsfund.org.

Iconic Luxury Yachts and Motor Boats in St. Michaels Harbour

Forget the Spring Equinox. Eastern Shore residents know the season has arrived when our boats go back in the water.

On March 30 at 2 p.m., all four of Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond’s signature “Stars and Stripes” blue boats will sail into St. Michaels Harbour as a fleet and kick start what General Manager Reginald Archambault promises to be an activity-packed spring and summer.

Star Bright, Star Light, Harbor Star and Midnight Star spent the winter in Annapolis and will depart at approximately 10 a.m. with Captain Jason Pinter at the helm. They’ll cruise the beltline of the Chesapeake together, corner Bloody Point into the Eastern Bay and file down the Miles River for a stunning return home.

Star Bright is an Alerion Sport 38 that is uniquely equipped to accommodate a full weekend cruise. Her traditional topsides are couple with not only an advanced underbody but also an advanced rig. An Alerion Express 33, Star Light turns heads with her sheer, classic overhangs, thoroughly modern underwater shape and low coachroof. She pairs purity of line with unsurpassed performance.

Launched in 1991, Midnight Star is a Tadorne 26 and immediately aroused interest and admiration. Her hull and deck are made of polyester with a teak and varnished mahogany finish. These three yachts are the stars of the Inn’s sailing academy, which reopens April 8 and offers ASA 101 and ASA 103 certification courses for basic keelboat sailing and basic coastal cruising, respectively.

Harbor Star is an Andreyale 33 French Canal Commuter ideally suited for brisk, two-hour cruises and half- or full-day charters. Boasting a roomy cockpit and elegantly appointed salon with large beveled glass windows and satin mahogany finish, she reaches top speed at a whisper-quiet 18 knots.

Inn at Perry Cabin’s 2017 fleet also will include a new Friendship 40 named Stargazer and Five Star, a 55’ Hinckley yacht. They will arrive at port along the East Lawn of the Inn in April and May, respectively.

You can also contact Carol Peach-Woods for more details:

Carol Peach-Woods
Director of Sales and Marketing
(443) 258-2231


Mid-Shore Political Organizations Ask Andy Harris to Expand Town Meeting Beyond One Hour

Numerous 1st District constituent organizations are demanding that Rep. Harris extend the Town Hall scheduled for March 31 beyond one hour. The Town Hall is scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

“It is clear that one hour will not begin to give Harris’ constituents the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns,” said Mike Pullen, a leading member of Talbot Rising, a group of concerned citizens from the Mid-Shore area. “So many of us on the Eastern Shore are worried about how congressional actions will affect us and feel that Rep. Harris has not represented our interests well.”

“His constituents deserve answers and a fair chance to voice their concerns,”Emily Jackson, from Together We Will – Delmarva, says. “Regardless of whether we voted for him or not, as constituents of his district it is important to feel that he is serving our best interests, and how is that
possible if he only allows interactions with him in such limited capacities as his very moderated
conference calls, and this constricted town hall?”

James Sweeting, of the African American Democratic Club of Maryland, weighed in as well. “Harris has co-sponsored or supported bills that many people oppose such as HR 610, which takes funding away from elementary and high schools, eliminates nutritional standards for school children, and virtually eliminates special education programs. Rep. Harris is cosponsoring HR 637 which amends the Clean Air Act to allow dangerous polluting chemicals to be released into our environment. These are important issues that need to be fully and openly discussed. Rep. Harris owes his constituents a fair chance to do

Another burning issue Harris’ constituents want to discuss with him is healthcare. The Affordable Care Act expanded coverage to millions of Marylanders, reducing its uninsured rate by a third, and its repeal will cost Maryland $2 billion per year. The State will be forced to raise that money or eliminate healthcare delivery services. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that approximately 18 million people will lose coverage next year and that those numbers will increase over time. “If Congress passes the bill before it, which includes eliminating Planned Parenthood, where will women on Medicaid receive healthcare and birth control?” asks Joyce Scharch, President of the Talbot County Democratic Women’s Club. “Whatever form it takes, we want assurance from Harris that he will fight for his constituents to have affordable access to the healthcare they need.”

The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, AARP, and many other organizations are openly opposing adoption of the current bill before Congress.

“Congressman Harris has consistently overlooked the Eastern Shore and his constituents in terms of economic development, infrastructure improvements, failing to provide for adequate healthcare and now as part of the Trump team he states he will prioritize funding for Chesapeake Bay’s cleanup knowing the EPA’s budget is being slashed,” said Dorotheann S. Sadusky, President of the Democratic Club of Queen Anne’s County.

Attendees plan to gather outside afterwards to raise further questions for the congressman if the town hall is not extended. “People have questions and concerns, and they need a forum in which to voice them. If the Congressman isn’t going to give them that, they’re going to find their own space in which to do it,” Jackson said.

This release was distributed by the following organizations: Talbot Rising Together We Will – Delmarva Democratic Club of Queen Anne’s County Talbot County Democratic Women’s Club African American Democratic Club of Maryland

Free Family Law Public Seminar

“Family Law for the People: Understanding the Law and Court Process” is a free informational seminar for individuals interested in learning about common family law issues and court procedures. Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 & Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Futures for Families Center, 29466 Pintail Drive, Suite 10 (Behind Walmart), Easton, Maryland 21601.

Featuring experienced family attorneys, the seminar will cover the following topics (in order of presentation):

• Child custody/visitation and support;
• Starting a case;
• Trial process and procedures;
• Finding and working with an attorney;
• Finding other resources
• Alternatives to trial, including mediation
• Divorce grounds
• Alimony
• Division of property in divorce.

Family Law for the People was developed by the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts — Programs, the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and the People’s Law Library of Maryland.

The seminar is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. Please do not bring children. No child care provided.

Please register by calling Jessica Milligan, Family Support Services Coordinator at 410-228-1395 or email her at jessica.milligan@mdcourts.gov. Registration information is confidential and is used for the purposes of notifying participants of any changes in the schedule and for statistical reporting. Attendance is required to obtain the written handouts.

Annual Splendor by The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

What does an overnight stay in a classic room at the Tidewater Inn, together with a $50 gift certificate for the Avalon Theater and breakfast the next day, have in common with a fishing trip captained by Willie Roe on his boat, “Big Will”? They are the latest items added to the list of treasures that will be up for bid at SPLENDOR, the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum’s annual fundraising event.

This year’s SPLENDOR will be held at the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. As in previous years, SPLENDOR will feature a variety of beers and fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, all included with the price of admission.

Gift certificates to local attractions and restaurants are up for bid, as well as a visit from Santa for your children or grandchildren, artwork by local artists Colleen Sadler and the late Bill Cummings, and gift baskets from local merchants. For those who like Maryland blue crabs, there’s a crabbing trip for six with Captain Russell Dize, and a bushel of crabs for those who like to purchase them all ready cooked. A week’s vacation on the coast of Maine, an overnight stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin, and an ambrosia maple coffee table hand crafted by Ken Peake will inspire you to bid.

Chuck Livingston will serve as auctioneer again this year, with Linda Haddaway King as Master of Ceremonies. Admission is $35 per person, and tickets are available at Two if by Sea Cafe, at the door or by contacting the museum at 410-886-2930 or twm6031@gmail.com

The Caroline Foundation Accepting Grant Requests

The Caroline Foundation, in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, invites organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County, Maryland to apply for FY2018 grant funding.

Applicants must be nonprofit corporations with IRS tax-exempt status or government-related entities. Applications are online at www.mscf.org/caroline-foundation. The deadline for submission of FY2018 grant applications is midnight, July 1, 2017.

Grant decisions and distributions will be made in October, 2017. The Caroline Foundation retains the right to accept or reject applications, suggest changes, and support grant requests in full, in part, or not at all.

Organizations that would like additional information should contact Buck Duncan at the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175, www.Mscf.org.