Archives for July 2014

Waterfowl Chesapeake Announces Call for Projects

The American Black Duck is one of the most threatened Chesapeake waterfowl species and is used as an “indicator species” for many conservation efforts

The American Black Duck is one of the most threatened Chesapeake waterfowl species and is used as an “indicator species” for many conservation efforts

Easton, Md. – July 31, 2014 – Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is encouraging organizations and entities to submit projects that benefit waterfowl conservation on the Delmarva peninsula to the 2014 Project Registry for review. The Waterfowl Chesapeake Project Registry was established in 2013 as the online repository of information to advocate and potentially generate funding for projects that advance the creation, restoration and conservation of waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and nearby coastal bays.

The Registry provides a comprehensive collection of pertinent projects that can be researched through Waterfowl Chesapeake’s online web platform, thus,  enabling prospective conservation supporters and others to learn more about projects of interest to them. The Project Registry will also serve as a tool to assist Waterfowl Chesapeake and its partners in making targeted advocacy and funding investments to ensure that abundant waterfowl thrive throughout the region.

“We are proud to launch the second annual Project Registry Cycle,” commented Waterfowl Chesapeake Board President, Albert Pritchett. “Last year we were presented with several impressive, high-value projects and anticipate an even stronger pool this year. We look forward to partnering with other organizations and funders to leverage our resources and maximize the impact on waterfowl and habitat conservation.”

To qualify for the 2014 Registry, a project must have a direct impact on the Delmarva Peninsula and be focused on one or both of Waterfowl Chesapeake’s core strategic priorities: Protecting and conserving critical waterfowl habitat and expanding food resources; and Educating and involving citizens, landowners and policy leaders in community-based waterfowl conservation programs. Key evaluation factors will be the scale and connectedness of conservation assets and the degree to which the project will connect people to nature and raise awareness of the importance of conserving habitat for waterfowl.

Organizations with projects or initiatives meeting the criteria are encouraged to submit their projects for review in advance of the August 29, 2014 deadline.

Once submitted, projects will be reviewed by Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Alliance for Waterfowl Conservation. Representing a broad cross-section of environmental expertise and diverse backgrounds, the 2013 Alliance includes current and former leadership from the Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Ornithological Society and the Washington College Center for the Environment & Society.

A selection of the most significant projects determined through Waterfowl Chesapeake’s review process will be highlighted at the 44th Annual Waterfowl Festival, taking place November 1316, 2014 in Easton, Md. More details about the Registry and submitting projects can be found online at, or by calling 410-822-4567.


About Waterfowl Chesapeake

The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals. Waterfowl Chesapeake focuses exclusively on waterfowl and wildlife habitat conservation, and is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Waterfowl Festival. Since1971, proceeds from this yearly event have provided more than $5.3 million for waterfowl habitat conservation, education and research.  Through Waterfowl Chesapeake, the organization will continue to raise support through annual appeals, grants and major gifts. For more information and to donate, please call Waterfowl Chesapeake Headquarters at410-822-4567 or visit


UM Shore Regional Health August Calendar





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Trivia Contest Benefits Mental Health Association

EASTON – Admit it. You’ve spent your whole life storing up random bits of information that’s of no practical value whatsoever. Even though you’ve always known that knowing all the words to the Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” would never benefit you in any way, you memorized them. You just know you’re the only person in the world who remembers – let alone cares – who was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second vice president.

Congratulations! Your knowledge of such obscure facts is about to pay off. The Mental Health Association in Talbot County will host a trivia contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Elks Lodge #1622, on Dutchman’s Lane. At last, you’ll be rewarded for collecting all that junk in your mental attic.

Your triviamaster will be former Star-Democrat arts & entertainment editor and man-about-town Pete Howell, squadron leader of the Jesting Pilots, a perennially competitive trivia team at Easton’s Washington Street Pub and the Blackthorn Irish Pub in St. Michaels.

“You may think you know trivia,” says Pete, “but we’ll see about that! Bring your ‘A’ game.”

Sunday’s trivia contest will consist of 10 rounds of 10 questions each, in the following categories: Presidents; Crime Novels; History & Landmarks; the Silver Screen; Popular Culture; Phobias; Sports; Religion; Science, Technology, Medicine & Nature; and Nicknames. The highest possible score will be 135 points, since some questions will be worth more than one point. The player or team with the most points will win. Prizes will awarded for first, second and third places.

Pete says he doesn’t mind tipping his hand to let contestants know what the categories will be. “You can study all the books and websites you want,” he says, “but trivia, by its very nature, defies cataloging. You’ve either picked it up and stored it away, or you haven’t.”

Even if you’ve stored it away, retrieving it can still be a challenge. Some answers, even if they’re in there, won’t come out.

“Brace yourself for the head-smackers,” warns Pete. “Those are the questions you miss, then smack yourself on the forehead when you hear the answers and say, ‘Rats! I knew that!’”

Sunday’s trivia contest will be the most legal fun you can have for just $5per person. Contestants can compete individually or in teams. Team size will be limited to six players. To reserve a seat at the table, call the Mental Health Association at 410-822-0444. Registration will also be available at the door.

The Mental Health Association in Talbot County has served the community for more than 55 years. Its mission is to promote mental health through resource and referral information and support groups for family members; by increasing awareness through articles, presentations, educational events and its Mental Health Matters television show; programs, like the Kids on the Block puppeteer program and its flagship Mental Health First Aid program; and an annual Legislative Forum that addresses the mental health system in the mid-shore region and the impact of decisions made at the state level.

Chorizos—Maryland Style!

On Monday, August 4, local families will be able to sample the Eastern Shore take on the Chorizo, a spicy pork sausage originating in Iberia and popular in Latin America.  Easton’s Multicultural Resource Center is announcing that for the second year in a row, Chef Jordan Lloyd and Cottingham Farms are teaming up for an evening featuring healthful eating.  From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. families will enjoy a cooking demonstration and recipes from the Bartlett Pear Inn’s Chef Jordan and each family will receive free sausage and fresh vegetables.  The Center is located at 109 N. Aurora Street in Easton.

Heritage pork for this healthful menu comes from Black Bottom Farms in Kent County where Kim Wagner raises pork, veal and poultry – all pastured, all of which are favorites at the farmer’s markets in both Easton and on Kent Island.  Wagner, with the generous support of Tom Buckmaster of Easton, was instrumental in the conception of a Family Night based on healthful eating.

Eastern Shore native and executive Chef and owner of the Easton’s Bartlett Pear Inn, Jordan Lloyd, was recently nominated for best chef by the Maryland Restaurant Association

Cleo Braver’s Cottingham Farms, also in Easton, is a grower of certified organic heirloom vegetables and herbs that are available in Bethesda and Easton, Easton Market Square, certain Whole Foods and other niche markets and is on the menu at Eastern Shore, Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis restaurants which feature fresh, local and sustainably produced ingredients.

The Chesapeake Multicultural Center, based in Easton, reaches out to the growing number of non-English speaking residents of the Mid-Shore to help them become successful and engaged members of the community. ChesMRC is the source of information for and about that diverse cultural, ethnic and racial population on the Mid-Shore

Book Talks Coming to the Oxford Community Center

Elaine-EffThe Oxford Community Center will host an author’s book talk on Saturday, September 13, at 1 p.m., by Dr. Elaine Eff on her recently published work, The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed. A Maryland folklorist, co-founder of the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, and part-time Eastern Shore resident, Dr. Eff brings her historical expertise, boundless enthusiasm, and several striking examples of this unique folk art to OCC. With antecedents in Europe, picturesque and practical painted screens were popularized in Baltimore rowhouses in the early 20th century, providing ventilation, privacy, and over time, a contemporary art form that continues. Recently interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning for an August broadcast date, Dr. Eff will have copies of her book on hand for sale and signing. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.

Following Dr. Eff’s talk on Saturday, September 13, Eastern Shore-based artist John R. Iampieri will lead a Painted Screens Workshop at 2 p.m. All materials—paint, screens, brushes, sponges–and instruction will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Workshop participants will complete their own 14”x18” painted screen to take home. John’s own painted screens, large and small, are influenced by his life on the Eastern Shore and can be found on porches, businesses, and restaurants throughout the region. An enthusiastic teacher, John shares his love of screen painting with students of all ages in his classes, which are often sell-outs. Registration and pre-payment are required for the September 13 Painted Screens Workshop. $45 per person, ages 7 and up. Space is limited, so register soon by calling 410 226-5904.

John Lampieri instructing

John Lampieri instructing


State Arts Council Awards Nearly $640,000 in Kent, Talbot, & Queen Anne’s

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has awarded nearly $13.4 million in grants to 263 arts organizations and programs, as well as to Maryland’s 24 local arts councils. Nineteen of these organizations are in Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s Counties. Grant applications are evaluated by an advisory panel of arts professionals, who make awards on the basis of “artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community.”

Read more about the awards announcements here.

The following organizations received funding in Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Kent County
Chester River Chorale, Inc. Music $5,031
Chestertown Arts League dba Chestertown RiverArts Visual Arts/Media $2,000
Mainstay, The Music $10,372
Maryland Council for Dance, Inc. Arts Service $1,650
Prince Theatre Foundation Multi-Discipline $16,776
Washington College Concert Series Music $2,000
Total Grants for Organizations $37,829
Community Arts Development Grant to Kent County Arts Council $94,920
County Total $132,749

Talbot County
Academy Art Museum Visual Arts/Media $102,427
Avalon Foundation, Inc. Multi-Discipline $111,646
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Folk and Traditional Arts $2,656
Chesapeake Chamber Music, Inc. Music $24,812
Easton Choral Arts Society Music $2,500
Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre Theater $1,000
Tidewater Chamber Singers, Inc. Music $2,250
Waterfowl Festival, Inc. Folk and Traditional Arts $60,000
Total Grants for Organizations $307,291
Community Arts Development Grant to Talbot County Arts
Council, Inc. $95,681

Queen Anne’s County
Church Hill Theatre, Inc., The Theater $5,251
Queen Anne’s Chorale, Inc. Music $1,500
Total Grants for Organizations $6,751
Community Arts Development Grant to Queen Anne’s County Arts
Council $96,129
County Total $102,880

“A Different Perspective – Abstract Art”: A Lecture by Heidi Clark


Heidi Clark – self portrait

Most artists claim that painting is a matter of composition, shapes, color and value, with a subject being represented. Professional artist, Heidi Clark, will explain how abstract artists achieve a feeling, mood or atmosphere, but often without an identifiable subject in “A Different Perspective – Abstract Art”, a free lecture at 7 PM on Thursday evening, August 7 at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library.

Ms. Clark is part owner of the Clark Gallery of Fine Art on S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels. Her art is multi-faceted, mixing media, incorporating metals, ink, paint and cast paper to create works full of dimension and contrasts. Heidi is a self-taught artist who has a deep passion and endless curiosity for abstract art. She had a prior career as a deputy sheriff.

The St. Michaels Art League, assisted by a grant from AT&T and support from the Talbot County Arts Council, is presenting ARTfest, “100 Days of Art” during the summer of 2014. Programs include a series of free public presentations on art, workshops for adults and children, Master Art Classes and a Member Gallery at 106 Railroad Ave., St. Michaels.


Speight Joins CBMM as Education Assistant

CBMM_SpeightAllison_2014Allison Speight of St. Michaels, MD, has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as an education assistant. Speight’s responsibilities include managing CBMM’s educational programs, as well as scheduling class calendars, fielding inquiries, taking program reservations, administering evaluations and compiling statistics about program participation.

A recent Washington College graduate, Speight studied environmental science and double-minored in biology and anthropology. She also completed an internship with the museum in 2013, where she assisted with the Kids Club summer camp, among other educational programs.

Through cultural, educational, and interactive exhibits and activities, CBMM celebrates the connections between the bay and its people. The museum’s campus includes twelve exhibit buildings, situated on 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor. For more information, visit


Democratic Central Committee Announces Expansion Plans

The Queen Anne’s County Democratic State Central Committee is currently accepting resumes to fill two vacancies for men. Further, in a historic resolution adopted unanimously at its July meeting, the Committee is also preparing to enlarge the Central Committee to better represent the diversity of interests in the county and promote the Democratic agendas and candidates.

Committee Chair Elaine McNeil stated: “Serving on the Central Committee is an interesting and enriching experience. As our by-laws provide, the function of the Committee is ‘to work toward increased citizen participation in political and governmental affairs’ and to ‘promote voter registration, regardless of party affiliation, and rational discussion and open debate of issues’. We want to significantly increase the number of Committee members who can take part in these important, rewarding activities.”

To apply for any of these a positions on the Central Committee, one must be a current registered Democratic voter in the state of Maryland, a resident of Queen Anne’s County and at least 18 years old. No previous political experience is required.

Resumes for consideration should be addressed to Elaine F. McNeil, Chair, Queen Anne’s County, at or PO Box 101 Centreville, MD. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2014.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th August. Applicants will be notified of the location and their specific interview times.

For questions or concerns please contact Elaine McNeil at 410 758 2850 or

Public Sailing at CBMM August 15, 16

Get out on the Miles River aboard one of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) wooden sailing or rowing skiffs on August 15 and 16 during its Public Sailing Days event. Two-hour sessions are offered on Friday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participation is limited, with the cost at $10 per person, per two-hour session, plus museum admission for non-CBMM members. To register or for more information, call 410-745-4980 or email