Archives for July 2013

Chesapeake College Board Approves New Strategic Plan

Six ambitious goals highlight college’s road map for next 5 years

WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Thursday afternoon a strategic plan covering the next five years that President Barbara Viniar called “ambitious and forward-looking.”

The plan – Charting the Course: Chesapeake College 2014-18 Strategic Plan – is built around six strategic goals supported by a total of 27 strategies, each underpinned by priority actions.  It was be evaluated through a series of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will facilitate regular assessment of the college’s strides in successfully implementing the plan, according to Board of Trustees Chair Catherine Poe.

“It was important that the plan not only set out a vision for the next five years, but provide a strong mechanism for evaluating our progress at regular intervals,” said Poe.  “This plan provides just the right mix of vision and verification.”

The plan’s six strategic goals are:


  • Transform the student learning experience;
  • Strengthen the regional economy;
  • Improve student goal attainment;
  • Grow enrollment;
  • Advance environmental sustainability;
  • Build the resources to advance the college mission.


“I think the breadth of involvement in this process – from the business, school and community leaders who offered their perspective on the front end, to the nearly universal employee participation at an all-college planning day, to the Strategic Planning Committee that drove the process; to the board’s participation from start to finish – helped produce an outstanding road map for our future,” said Dr. Viniar.  “The six goals really get at the heart of where we need to put our energy over the next five years.

“If we achieve all that we set out to achieve in this plan, the college will be a much stronger institution at the end of the process,” added Dr. Viniar.

Dr. Viniar said the college will begin rolling out the plan over the next several months as its priorities are incorporated into departmental and divisional plans across campus.  An awareness campaign to highlight the plan within the college’s five-county service region is currently under development.


63,000 Oysters Taken to Sanctuaries in the Miles and Wye Rivers

The Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy collected oysters from 265 cages in the last two months. These cages were hung from 76 private and public docks. Using a conservative estimate of 250 oysters per cage, we planted about 63,000 oysters on the sanctuaries in the Miles and Wye Rivers! Thanks to our 76 oyster growers!

Overall, these oysters are big and healthy. Most of the spat (baby oysters) grew from tiny specks to quarter-sized oysters over the winter. Now on the reef, they will continue to grow – filtering water and providing habitat for wildlife.

MRC manages oyster programs on the Choptank, Miles and Wye Rivers. In 2012 we supplied over 300 cages and floats to 106 property owners to grow oysters. Approximately 85,000 oyster spat were supplied.

The Marylanders Grow Oyster Program (MGO) is a cooperative effort between MDNR, MRC, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, other NGOs, and private dock owners to grow oysters from spat in wire mesh cages suspended from their piers for the first year of the oyster’s life. At the end of that growing period, the oysters are placed on the reef sanctuary in that particular tributary. There is no cost to those who participate, but there are rewards – both personal and ecological.

Elle O’Brien, Natalie Costanzo, Emily Harris and Dylan Taillie counting oysters

Elle O’Brien, Natalie Costanzo, Emily Harris and Dylan Taillie counting oysters

Alternatively, MRC will build and deliver oyster floats for your dock. The floats contain approximately 500 dime sized spat. Oysters less then a year old are called ‘spat’. The floats with spat cost $250 each, but Maryland provides a dollar for dollar income tax credit* of up to $500 per person for floats, so all of the costs for up to two floats per person is rebated at tax time. Oysters grown in floats, unlike in the MGO program, belong to the homeowner. Once mature the oysters can be consumed, or by request to MRC, moved to the sanctuary reef.

If you are interested in participating in this important program or if you have any questions, please contact Tom Leigh by email at or by phone at 443.385.0511. Distribution of cages and spat in your area is planned for early fall.


TCVAC’s September “The 3rd Dimension Show”

The Talbot County Visual Arts Center is having a 3-dimensional art show September 2013, entitled “The 3rd Dimension”.  This will coincide with the celebration of TCVAC’s grand opening of their new art center. “This exhibit will be a very important art show for the new location of our Arts Center. We want to invite ALL artists who have taken their art to a 3rd dimension to apply to the show!” commented President Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt.

The criteria for this show is simple: the work is to be 3-Dimensional, i.e., not a painting, photograph or a drawing, unless it is a part of a 3-D structure. But it could be a relief piece that hangs on the wall or an object of art on a stand or in a case. 3-D can be anything from a piece of jewelry, to a ceramic pot, to a wall hanging, weaving, found art objects, etc. Truly the sky is the limit, as long as you provide a way for the item to be hung or displayed easily by the set-up committee.

There is a $15 entry fee for each artist and you may exhibit 3 pieces of art. You don’t have to be a member of TCVAC (although they would love to have you, as their Membership Drive is currently underway and it’s only $35/year). Check out their website for more of their upcoming events and membership form.

Drop off your art September 3rd Tuesday from 3-5pm at The Arts Center located at 10 S. Hanson Street in the Easton Biz and Artz Center. If you are interested in participating in this show and have questions, please contact Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt at, or by calling 443-385-0411.

The show will open on September 7th, Saturday, with the “Grand Opening of the New Art Center Reception” from 5-7 pm. The exhibit will run through the month of September, closing on September 28th. All art will then be ready for pick up on Monday, September 30th from 3-5 pm.

John Mock—From the Shoreline Concert August 6 at CBMM

John Mock will be performing his “From the Shoreline” concert and photographic slideshow at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels this Tuesday, August 6. The concert begins at 6pm in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with wine and light refreshments served. The cost is $15 for CBMM members, or $25 for non-members, with advanced registration needed by calling 410-745-4943.

John Mock will be performing his “From the Shoreline” concert and photographic slideshow at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels this Tuesday, August 6. The concert begins at 6pm in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with wine and light refreshments served. The cost is $15 for CBMM members, or $25 for non-members, with advanced registration needed by calling 410-745-4943.

This Tuesday, August 6, the public is invited to sit back with a glass of wine at the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as musician and photographer John Mock performs an evening of original compositions on the guitar, concertina, and tin whistle—all accompanied by a photographic slideshow documenting the maritime vistas inspiring his music.

The concert begins at 6pm in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, where all ages are invited to enjoy Mock’s musical mastery and engaging storytelling. Seating and light refreshments will be provided.

Mock captures the essence of the sea in his music and photographs. Traveling coastlines from New England to Chincoteague and as far away as Ireland, Mock finds inspiration for his art among seaside villages, wooden boats, and whitewashed lighthouses.

As a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Mock has worked with such notable artists as James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, and Mark O’Connor. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the London Symphony, the National Symphony, and the symphonies of Atlanta and Nashville.

The concert is $15 for CBMM members, or $25 for non-members, with children under six and active military admitted free. Advanced registration is needed by calling 410-745-4943.


Save the Date – Shelter Century Fall Foliage Ride – October 19, 2013

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter announces the second annual Shelter Century Fall Foliage Ride to be held on October 19, 2013 at 8:00 am. The event will feature three  shirt, number, tickets separate rides, an 11 mile family fun ride, a 31 mile fitness ride and a metric century (62.5 mile) ride. Proceeds will benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS), a cold weather homeless shelter in Talbot County, MD.

The fall foliage ride takes cyclists through five picturesque waterside villages in Talbot County, sharing the view with skipjacks, local watermen and sailboat races on the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay. Starting and ending at the St. Michaels Elementary School, the town of St. Michaels offers cyclists and their families shopping, dining and historic lodging. The event is a ride, not a race, and is fun for the entire family. Rest stops will be available for all courses with light food, refreshments and restrooms provided.

All cyclists are treated with homemade pies of every kind at the end of the event, and cyclists on the 31 mile and 62.5 mile rides are invited to join TIS at St. Michaels Crab and Steak House for free beer and crab balls on the town’s waterfront afterwards.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in Talbot County.  Fifteen faith communities rotate the homeless shelter through their church facilities during the cold weather months. Over 500 volunteers from the faith communities have worked together since 2008 to keep neighbors off the streets and in warm beds during the winter. Sponsors and cyclists participating in the event will directly help provide shelter to the homeless during the cold weather months.

To register for the event, visit the Shelter Century website ( For information about the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, see their website ( For additional information or questions, call 443-205-2828 or email

Ride for Shelter, Ride for Fun. October 19, 2013


Stained Glass Mosaic Workshops At CBMM August 9

CBMM_Aug9_StainedGlass_JennWagnerOn Friday, August 9, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels invites the public to participate in one of four “Introduction to Stained Glass Mosaic” workshops led by noted mosaic and stained glass artist Jennifer Wagner. The workshops will be offered in one-hour sessions beginning on the hour from 4 to 7pm, with participation limited and pre-registration needed. 

The workshops take place in the museum’s boat shop, where Wagner will lead participants in learning and exploring the fundamentals of glass cutting, assembly, and mosaic design. CBMM Boatyard Program Manager and stained glass artist Jenn Kuhn will assist with the program.

Participants in each one-hour session will be contributing to the creation of a wood-framed, custom stained glass compass rose mosaic, which replicates the signature artwork for CBMM’s 16th Annual Boating Party—the museum’s annual fundraising gala.

The finished, stained glass piece will be exhibited at the September 7 Boating Party event, with raffle tickets sold beforehand at CBMM’s Welcome Center and the Museum Store, as well as during the September 7 event. Raffle proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s educational, exhibit, and boat restoration programs.

The cost for the one-hour August 9 “Introduction to Stained Glass Mosaic” workshops is $15 for CBMM members, or $18 for non-members, with registration taken for the sessions at 4, 5, 6, and 7pm. To register or for more information, call 410-745-4941.


A 20 Minute Taste Of Wednesday Night Races

If you haven’t had an opportunity to get up close to watch the Wednesday night races in St. Michaels, here’s your chance.

This is a 20 minute video posted by Marshall Patterson of the Wednesday Night Races.

Grab a cold drink, put your feet up, take a deep breath – and click below. For the next short while, you’re a sailor.

“Talbot Has Talent” Contest In St. Michaels August 17th

From the desk of the St. Michaels Community Center:

“TALBOT HAS TALENT”  is coming to St. Michaels High School Auditorium on Saturday,  August 17, 2013.

Auditions in music or dance will begin in the SMHS auditorium at 10am.

Pre-registration for auditions is highly recommended by calling 410-745-6073. Registration at the door will begin at 9:30am. Each contestant will be awarded a time slot and participant number at registration.

Judging will take place between 10am to 3pm. The fee to audition is $10 per person.

To enjoy the audition process, audience members may get viewing tickets for $5 and stay as long as you like. At the close of auditions, the judges will select the top 10 best in music AND dance. These contestants will be asked to return at 6:30 and perform in front of a live audience beginning at 7 pm.

Tickets to the show will be $15 adult and $10 students.  Audience members will receive a ballot with their ticket and choose their top favorite in each category.  The grand THT winner will be the contestant who receives the most votes overall and receive $200 and the 2013 THT Trophy. Cash prizes will be also be awarded to top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in music and dance.

Only a limited number of spots are available so register now!  Proceeds from this entertaining fundraiser will support the programs and activities of the St. Michaels Community Center. For more information or to register call 410-745-6073 or visit our website at

Patriot Cruise Tailgate Party With St. Michaels Community Center And 3 Penny Opera August 12th

From the desk of the St. Michaels Community Center:

3POGet on board for the PATRIOT CRUISE TAILGATE PARTY on Monday, August 12 from 5:30 – 7:30.

Three Penny Opera will keep us rockin’ on The Patriot in St. Michaels  and popular  tailgate  food will be plentiful.

A silent auction will give you the opportunity to score Redskins, Orioles & Nationals Tickets in addition to a Tim Tebow jersey, Raven’s memorabilia and an autographed baseball from the Orioles among lots of other fun prizes!

Tickets are only $35 per person or two tickets for $60 for as much as you want to eat, the cruise and great music.

A cash bar will be available!

Come and join the party by calling 410-745-6073. Call soon, as space is limited. First paid, first served.


30 Sunrises of July

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The caretaker’s house – the farmhouse – on the estate faced east, looking out onto the Miles river.

From Day One, we pushed the bed right up against the three windows overlooking the Miles River, only some 30 feet away from the farmhouse.  The pounding and sloshing sounds of the water, interacting with the rip rap below were ever-present, a backdrop to every little thing. At any moment, you’d see a bald eagle – or a heron – or an osprey – fly right past you only 40 feet away – whoosh!

I decided to take a photograph every morning at sunrise in July of 2009 – and I really thought they’d basically look the same – summer sunrise, high humidity, quiet water – same old thing.

Whoa.  Not.

I’d wake – as always – with the first light (oyster light), sit up, grab the camera stashed right there, slide open the window and click. Window down, camera down, boom – back to sleep for a bit longer.

Downloading, I was astonished at how different each sunrise really was. Within 30 minutes of any of those pics, the sun mostly rose high and the light was hot and strong.

But the start of each day – so cool – as individual as we are.