Archives for July 2011

NightCat Hosts Kinobe & African Sensation August 5th

The gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Kinobe will perform at the NightCat Cafe in Easton on Friday, August 5. His early abilities in traditional African music quickly garnered acclaim on the world stage. Steeped in the music of his homeland,


with ears and heart open to the pulse of the world, Kinobe is a unique artist. Together with his band, The African Sensation, they are the new vanguard of Ugandan performers representing the inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion.

Driving polyrhythms underlay transcendent melodies; traditional African instruments – koras, kalimbas, adungus, endongos, ngonis, and drums– blend with modern instrumentation to prove, once again, that music is the most beautiful, universal language. Kinobe and his band are committed to bringing love and joy to people around the world, using music as a voice to create peace and to champion a better future for children everywhere. Kinobe is proud to be a World Vision Canada artist, supporting their work of combating poverty and improving the lives of children and their families around the world.

Friday, August 5, 2011
8 P.M.
Tickets $15
410 690 4544
NightCat Cafe, 5 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD,  21601



Grow It Eat It Network News

Heat stress continues to be a major challenge. Bean, pepper, and tomato plants do not flower and fruit as well when day temperatures exceed 90 degrees F. and night temperatures are above 70 degrees F. High temperatures contribute to mealiness and extra white tissue in tomato fruit and sunscald is an issue, especially where foliage is lost to early blight and Septoria leaf spot diseases.

Harlequin Bug Adult and Nymph

It’s really important to hand-pick pest insects and squish them or drop them into a bucket of soapy water. Harlequin bug, squash, bug, Mexican bean beetle, and squash beetle are out in force. Destroy eggs, immatures, and adults.

·         HGIC staff and a group of Master Gardeners are trying out the Rescue brand stink bug trap. The two traps in the HGIC garden are attracting and trapping a large number of nymphs. Nymphs can’t fly- they must be able to crawl into the trap. The trap that is hanging on a metal fence post 4 ft. above the ground at the edge of the garden has attracted many more BMSB nymphs than the trap sitting on the ground next to a tomato plant. I’ll provide more information when all the reports are in. Here’s a PA news item forwarded by Bob Nixon on this trap-

·         Surround is a kaolin clay product that is mixed with water and sprayed on plants to deter insects from feeding. Plants look like they have been whitewashed. The eight plants that I sprayed with Surround two weeks ago have no stink bug activity on the fruits. Adjacent un-treated plants are covered in BMSB nymphs and adults.  So far so good…

Jon Traunfeld, UMD Master Gardener State Coordinator

Visit UMD’s Mike Raupp for a video on Integrated Pest Management

Harris Issues Statement: No Debt Limit Increase Without Balanced Budget Amendment

“By an overwhelming amount, Maryland families and businesses have contacted me to demand that the federal government get its fiscal house in order, stop spending more than it takes in, and balance the budget,” said Rep. Andy Harris. “ I disagree with the President – we need a balanced budget amendment, and I won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling unless a balanced budget amendment is part of the deal. To create jobs in America again, we must stop the spending spree in Washington.”

For Immediate Release:
Ryan Nawrocki
(202) 441-7940

Songwriter Triple-Header at NightCat This Sunday

Sunday, July 31, the NightCat Cafe in Easton features an evening of three intriguing up and coming singer-songwriters; Austin Ellis, Jess Bishoff and Alec Gaston.

Austin Ellis

With the songwriting sensibility of John Mayer and the soulful style of John Legend, Austin Ellis compels audiences with warmth and honesty. Finalist in the 2010 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest and 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Ellis demonstrates control and musicianship while delivering his handcrafted songs.

Easton’s own Jess Bishoff has floored audiences as an opening act at NightCat, opening for the likes of Jim Bianco. Her vocal and piano pop sound is reminiscent of Aimee Mann or Tori Amos.

Chicago’s Alec Gaston attended the prestigious Grammy Camp in 2010 and is currently studying at the famed Berklee School of Music.

Recommended if you like:John Mayer, Aimee Mann, Ben Folds

Sunday, July 31st, 2011
7 P.M.
Tickets $12
410 690 4544
NightCat Cafe, 5 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD,  21601

Pets of the Week – Tommy & Rocky

Tommy is a 2 year old, black and white, neutered, domestic short-haired cat. He and his brother, Rocky, were surrendered to Talbot Humane on 4/20/11, because his owner had too many cats and could not keep him.


Tommy is a super sweet cat who really needs a forever home. He is friendly to strangers, children, and adults. He has not lived with dogs, and he got along fairly well with the cats he lived with. He does very well with children. He is not shy and greets strangers, so don’t be a stranger and come on by and meet this precious gem. He is active and playful. He is also affectionate and he is looking for a person on whom he can shower his love!


Tommy’s brother,Rocky is a 1 year old, black, neutered, domestic short-haired cat. He is still young, playful, active, and quite affectionate. He looks a little scared in his picture, but he will be just fine. He is adjusting well to the shelter. He has not lived with dogs, but since he is young he should have no problem adjusting to them. He has lived with children and got along great with them. He lived with a few cats and got along fine with them as well. He does OK with strangers so he will be glad to see you. He is very ready for his forever home, and he hopes he will be picked soon! (Hopefully with his brother.)
410 822 0107
Talbot Humane|7894 Ocean Gateway|P.O. Box 1143, Easton, MD 21601

SLR Presents Pop- Rocker Ari Hest July 30

Ari Hest has vocal chops that demand attention, and he knows it. Check him out  live in the Stoltz Listening Room,  Saturday, July 30.

Ari Hest

With a road paved for him by singer-songwriters such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, Bronx native Hest delivers a winning collection of acoustic guitar-based pop-rock, full of buoyant melodies and thoughtful lyrics that far surpass most of his contemporaries.

Since parting with Columbia Records several years ago, Hest has worked hard to establish himself as an independent artist. He played more than 150 shows last year. Not only is Hest a superb songwriter he is also a technician of sound, which will match perfectly with the acoustically pleasing Stoltz Listening Room. His latest album, “The Break In” is receiving great reviews on the national level.

Hest is in possession of one of the most rich and supple voices to be found today. Those rich vocals and some of the prettiest and most delicate guitar work a music fan could hope to hear appear at in The Stoltz Listening Room this summer.
Saturday, July 30 at 8pm
Tickets $20

Easton Point Photo Deadline Looms

Inspirational images for what could become of the Town of Easton’s waterfront property at 672 Glenwood Avenue continue to pour in, and community input is still needed. The photos are part of a visioning process to help guide the planning process for the Easton Point Site. Cameras were publicly distributed earlier this month at tours of the site, at Easton’s Farmer’s Market, to several civic organizations, as well as to Mayor Robert C.Willey and town council members Pete Lesher, Kelley Malone, John Ford, Leonard Wendowski, and Megan Cook.

This Friday, July 29th, cameras will be available in the Easton YMCA lobby from 8-10am. The property will be open that day for tours and photographs from 10 – 11 am. Additional cameras will be available in the YMCA lobby from 4-6pm on Monday, August 1st, and a final tour opportunity will be available on Tuesday, August 2nd from 11am-1pm.

“We are very excited and encouraged to see the public process for the improvement of Easton’s 672 Glenwood Avenue property taking shape,” said Easton Councilwoman Megan Cook.

Parties interested in sharing their ideas about how this new public waterfront in Easton might look are asked to capture with photographs the answers to two questions; What are features that you love about the site (or other, similar waterfronts) and would like to retain or see added to the property and what are features that you would like to see change or be removed from the property, or that you would not want to see added?

The public is also encouraged to take photos with their own digital cameras or camera phones. Photos can be emailed to (photos of open spaces and waterfronts that you love – they can be from anywhere) or (photos of features you would like to see improved at the Easton Point property). Drop boxes for the disposable cameras have been placed at the Easton town office (14 South Harrison Street) and Easton Point Marina (975 Port Street). All photos and cameras are due by 4 p.m., Friday, August 5th.

Pictures collected will be displayed during the first week of September and will guide the project’s design partner – a landscape architecture studio from Philadelphia University – as they articulate the community’s vision for the site through design. The community will have the opportunity to review and edit the plans at a preliminary design review in October. More refined plans, incorporating feedback from the initial review will be presented to the public in December with final design presentation in early 2012.

Ongoing updates about the project, including comments from public meetings and upcoming events can be viewed at If you have questions or would like to join the listserv created for the project, contact Lisetta Silvestri, Community Projects Manager, at 443.988.2347 or

Dog in a Hot Car: What Do You Do?

FYI: From the ASPCA Website

Rayne Nolte was in the parking lot of a Mankato, Minnesota, mall last week when she spotted Roxie, a Yorkie mix, trapped in a car. The temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 103, and the car’s owner was gone.

You may have found yourself in Rayne’s situation before. Many pet parents believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. “Automobile temperatures can very quickly rise to dangerous levels; the average temperature increase in a parked car is 40 degrees, and the majority of this increase occurs in the first 15 to 30 minutes,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees after 30 minutes!

Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. Luckily, Rayne made all the right moves. Follow her lead by taking these simple steps.

Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent
Roxie’s people were nowhere in sight, so Rayne called mall security, who tried to find Roxie’s family through the loudspeaker. (You can ask most stores to do this.)

Step 2: Educate
Rayne couldn’t find Roxie’s pet parents, but if you do, explain the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car. Make sure the pet gets out of the car as soon as possible.

Step 3: Call 911
Fourteen states have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars, as have many municipalities—but even in places lacking such a law, leaving an animal in a hot car may constitute cruelty.
Rayne and the mall security officers dialed 911. When the police pulled Roxie from the steamy vehicle, she was very ill but soon on the road to recovery.

Step 4: Pat Yourself on the Back
Pets are counting on people like you to save their lives. Rayne rescued Roxie just in time, and she made a full recovery! And according to the Mankato Free Press, the pet-sitter who left Roxie in the car was charged with a petty misdemeanor.

For more ways to help animals beat the heat, please visit our Pet Care pages.

Volunteers Needed for Camp New Dawn for Grieving Children August 16-18

Camp New Dawn, Hospice of Queen Anne’s (HQA’s) annual grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one, will take place from August 16-18 at Camp Pecometh near Centreville.  The three-day overnight event provides the opportunity for campers to learn about and express grief with trained counselors and volunteers in a safe and natural environment.  Caring and compassionate adults who are willing to commit to support one or two bereaved youths during the camp may apply to become a Camp New Dawn buddy. Applicants must be 21 years or older and need to complete buddy training on Saturday, August 13 at Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Buddies find the camp a rewarding and fulfilling experience that they ultimately carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Sunday Cooking – Corn, On or Off The Cob

Corn on the cob is such an integral part of the summer cornucopia – Norman Rockwell pictures of grinning kids chopping down on ears of corn dance in our heads – that we even have special little corncob holders whose sole job is to keep your fingers from getting all buttery while you eat it. How many vegetables have their very own plastic tableware?

We eagerly anticipate the corn-on-the-cob experience, and often push the envelope on timing, buying the first ears that come into our supermarkets early in the season. But those first ears aren’t local. And it ain’t the same. This isn’t just local loyalty or hype. Corn’s luscious, sugary kernels begin their conversion to starch within hours of being picked, so getting a good sweet ear right off the farm and cooking it right away is the like difference between fresh-brewed coffee and the leftover stuff in the office at the end of the day. (If you can’t cook corn right away, immediately stick it in the frig or a cooler to retard the sugar-to-starch conversion.).

Corn (Zea Mays) is one of the few fairly caloric vegetables – about 155 calories per ear of sweet corn on the cob, depending on what authority you’re looking at, in large part because it’s loaded with carbohydrates. (Actually corn’s a grain, not a vegetable, which makes the calories and the carbs more understandable). Interestingly, some places say it has no vitamin C, others that it has anywhere from 11%-17%, though all say that iron and vitamin A are components. No one disputes corn’s lutein, which is a help against macular degeneration.

Corn is one of the Three Sisters of Native American cooking: corn for carb; beans for protein; and squash for vitamin A and minerals. As most of us know, the three were grown together – the beans climbed up the corn stalks, while the squash meandered beneath, fairly effectively preventing weeds by their coverage.

Few of us garden that way. Instead we buy from the farmers’ market or screech to a halt at roadside farm stands to gather the gold, which is usually picked that morning. Cooked barely tender (4-5 minutes in boiling water) is the corn purist’s summer treat. Butter if you must, but plain offers unmasked sweetness. One friend soaks the unshucked ears in water for about a fifteen minutes, then peels back the husks to expose the cob and lays them on the grill, using the dampened shucks to turn the ears until they are beautifully marked on each side.  Eaten with a bit of lime butter, they are a little bit of heaven. These same smoked kernels, cut off the cob and added to black bean and tomato salad with cilantro, olive oil and lime –a dish I first tasted years ago when Chef Kevin McKinney made it at Kennedyville Inn – is unbeatable.

Once you’ve had your fill of that, you can go on to Three Sisters burritos, corn and leftover rice casserole, corn and tomato salsa, corn fritters, corn pudding, Guy Fieri’s roasted corn quesadillas (link below), corn and crab soup, corn, ham and jalapeno muffins, and fanesca, a fabulous South American vegetable soup using virtually everything coming out of the garden and fields right now. Of course most of these dishes can be made with frozen corn, or even canned, though the fresh stuff makes a big difference in flavor. But one of the things that demands the in-season original is Chef Bobby Flay’s fire-roasted snapper wrapped in green corn husks with charred corn/charred jalapeno salsa. What a terrific meal to share with friends on a weekend – margaritas, cold beer, good conversation! Link’s below. I’m gonna try it (with whatever fish I can find, maybe a rockfish) as soon as my grilling Visigoth gets home.


Ecuadorean Fanesca

There are lots of recipes for this soup on the net, using a wide range of ingredients, and it’s described on at least one site as the soup that’s made only for Easter. It’s also described as a spring soup, which makes little sense to me since the ingredients in many of the recipes I found would not be coming out of gardens in South America at that time. Howsomever. The recipe below I make at least once at this time of year. It’s from Garden-Fresh Cooking, and is a delicious combination of flavors that creates a real taste departure from the European-inspired things I often make.

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup chopped onions

1 tblsp fresh oregano

1 tsp cumin

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp black pepper

1 bay leaf (Bay is a nice houseplant and the fresh leaves have so much more flavor than dried)

1 cup corn kernels

1 cup peas

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 cup sliced celery

1 cup diced sweet red peppers

1 cup julienned carrots

1 cup green beans

2 cups pureed zucchini

2 cups skim milk

1/3 cup peanut butter

½ cup shredded Meunster or Monterey Jack cheese


In a large pot, combine stock, onions, oregano, cumin, garlic, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add corn, peas, cabbage, celery, peppers, carrots and beans and cook for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile in large bowl, combine zucchini puree, milk and peanut butter. When thoroughly blended, stir into soup and simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn heat off, remove bay leaf and sprinkle cheese on top, stirring before serving. This is terrific with toasted garlic bread.


Three Sisters Burritos


This is a quick, easy and satisfying thing to make for supper on a weeknight or when you’re rushed and people are hungry.


3 ears of corn, shucked, blanched in boiling water for 4 minutes and cut off the husk

1 can pinto, cranberry, or black turtle beans

1 zucchini or other summer squash (Gadzukes is a nice sweet-fleshed dry type), chopped

1 med onion, diced

¼ cup diced sweet pepper

1 small hot pepper, diced, if you’re inclined

1 cup cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp dark chili powder

½ tsp cumin

3 tblsp fresh herbs – cilantro/lemon or lime basil, parsley chopped

4 flour or corn tortillas

Sauté zucchini and onion in a little bit of oil along with the spices, about 5 minutes. When they are barely translucent, add the beans, corn, herbs and sauté for about 3 minutes more. Divide cheese into four portions. Lay a tortilla open on a plate. Make a burm of ¼ of the cheese down the middle. Add ¼ of the sautéed vegetables along its top. Fold the tortilla flaps in, to make a roll, and turn so that the folded sides are face-down on the plate (which brings the encased cheese to the top). Microwave or put into the toaster oven or oven for a minute or so, just long enough to melt the cheese. Serve with tomato salsa and, if you like, a dab of sour cream.