Juried Artists Announced for Fine Arts @ Oxford 2018

Poster designed by Elizabeth Fisher, featuring Steve Rogers’ “Raptors”.

For 34 years, Fine Arts @ Oxford has been the Oxford Community Center’s biggest, most visible event. Thousands of people come to Oxford over the weekend from throughout the region to see the selected juried artists exhibiting and selling their Fine Art. Every year there is a fresh, yet consistent show for art enthusiast which creates loyal attendance and growth each year.

The juried artists this year are David Aiken, Norman Bell, Paula Bell, Joel Boches, Carole Boggemann-Peirson, Katie Cassidy, Nancy Coleman, Fred Craig, Geraldine Czajkowski, Mary Ekroos, Lois Engberg, Rae Hamilton, George Hamilton, Patti Hopkins, Debra Howard, Carla Huber, Linda Kirvan, Kim Klabe, David Leonard, Mary Ellen Mabe, Michelle Marshall, Diane DuBois Mullaly, Stephanie Nadolski, Paul Passano, William Patterson, Kurt Plinke, Jim Rehak, Steve Rogers, Bradford Ross, John Schisler, Nick Serratore, Sharon Stockley, Scott Sullivan, Mary Veiga, Betsy VonDreele, Jen Wagner, Sean Wells, C Keith Whitelock and Barbara Zuehlke.

The artists will be featured on the new Oxford Community Center’s website with direct links to the artist’s website so the public can learn more about the artist and their work. The quality of each selected exhibitor is amazing. In partnership with The Talbot Spy, there will be some featured interviews with the artists available as well. Every artist has a story and the weekend festival brings the community a closer understanding and enjoyment of not only the fine art, but the artist as well.

The weekend kicks-off with the gala preview event Friday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m. consisting of heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and the main attraction of meeting the artists and gaining an early start on the sales and preview of the artwork. Saturday, May 19th the exhibit is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20th resumes at 10:00 a.m. but concludes at 4:00 p.m. Light lunch and refreshments will be offered, including famous homemade strawberry shortcake both days. The Juried exhibitors are available during all open hours for conversation and demos. There are also raffle drawings of artwork generously donated by the exhibiting artists and a “toast of bubbly” to wrap each day.

Tickets for the preview gala are $80.  Saturday and Sunday are $7. For more information on sponsor opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, or email oxfordcc@verizon.net, or visit our NEW WEBSITE at www.oxfordcc.org.

Author Mark Bowden Comes to Oxford

Distinguished author and speaker, Mark Bowden comes to the Oxford Community Center for an in-depth conversation led by Margaret L. Andersen, Rosenberg Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Delaware and member of the Oxford Community Center Board of Trustees, Thursday, April 12th at 5:30pm. Doors open at 5:00pm with light refreshments offered.

Mark W. Bowden, is the best-selling author of Hue 1968, Black Hawk DownThe Finish: The Killing of Osama bin LadenBest Game Ever, and many other books. Mark Bowden’s latest book, Hue 1968 is a New York Times Best Seller and has received numerous awards for outstanding journalism. The book provides a gripping narrative of the battle that was a turning point in the Vietnam War. Bowden’s compelling narrative and dramatic rendering of this battle—and the human lives that were caught up in it—is riveting, even for those who may not ordinarily read military history.

Called a “master of narrative journalism,” Mark Bowden gives us a meticulous and compelling account of a battle that changed the course of history. In this conversation, Andersen will be asking Bowden about his passion for military history, his craft for assembling the details of an extraordinary battle, and his reflections on how his books have so captured the public imagination.

Andersen herself an award winning author, is a leader in the study of sociology. Her keen sense of culture and history make for a promising conversation full of dynamic interaction. The audience is encouraged to participate in the conversation and book signings will be available at the conclusion of the event. Mystery Loves Company book seller arranged for Mark Bowden’s books to be on-site for purchase as well. “We are so fortunate to have such talented board members that expand the experience of a traditional speaker event. We couldn’t be more excited to have this caliber programming happening at the OCC, “said Joe Fischer, President of the Board of Trustees.

OCC offers free and low cost programs throughout the year thanks to the generous annual fund donors, attendees and sponsors. The money raised by the events goes directly towards serving our greater community. Mark Bowden’s stay was generously sponsored by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Suites and Beach in Oxford and Thursday Nights @ the OCC speaker program is sponsored by Doc’s Sunset Grille. Having dinner on the water after the program is a wonderful way to end the evening in Oxford. www.facebook.com/docssunsetgrille

Tickets for Mark Bowden are $25.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, or email oxfordcc@verizon.net. Sign up for OCC’s weekly e-newsletter for additional announcements and updates and like OCC’s Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc. OCC is always open online at www.oxfordcc.org

OCC Announces January Events

Larry Paz

The Oxford Community Center announces two special public classes scheduled for January of 2018 as well as various save-the-dates.

Oxford’s local favorite personality, Larry Paz shares his love for cooking monthly. The first “Cooking with Larry” is January 25th, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Oxford Community Center. The cooking class is interactive and educational.  The January menu is Paella.  Participants in the class sit down to a wonderful lunch celebrating new skills and new friends.  Refreshments are included as well as all cooking supplies for $30 class fee. Register online at oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5904.

“Break Glass Instructional Mosaic Class with Jennifer Wagner” comes to the OCC January 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Jen has developed a following of students as she brings such enthusiasm and creativity to every class. Each participant leaves with a finished piece of original artwork after the three hour class.  Wine and nibbles are provided. $65 class fee, all art supplies included. Register online at www.oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5905.

The Tred Avon Players present Almost Maine by John Cariani, directed by Fiona Foster. A fun hearted look at relationships in a small winter town as residents fall in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.February 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30pm; February 18 and 25 at 2:00pm or start the weekend early with Thrifty Thursday February 15th at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.tredavonplayers.org

As part of the Frederick Douglass 200th celebration the OCC and John Wesley Preservation Society will host a three event series. The first starting February 7th at 6:00 pm being a panel discussion entitled “Black History of Talbot County”. This moderated panel, composed of African-Americans who have lived in Talbot County most of their lives, will entertain questions regarding education, employment, and the role of the Black Church in Talbot County. The questions will be stimulating and the discussion lively. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.Coffee/tea will be provided. Save the date for the next one on March 26th welcoming speaker Dr. Clara Small, who has written and lectured extensively on African- American History and will discuss African-American participation in the Civil War Between the States.  Talbot County was the source of many United States Colored Troops who fought bravely in the war. The series finale is April 29th at 4:00pm featuring a Concert with Music performed by various local church choirs.  Free for all three events.

Jennifer Wagner

OCC celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17, at 6:00 pm with an Irish dinner featuring corn beef and cabbage and fresh soda bread prepared by a team of OCC chefs and a concert by Oxford’s Free ‘n Eazy Band. $25 per person.  Cash bar. Limited seating. Reservations required by March 10th.

Fine Arts @ Oxford returns in its 34th year May 18-20, at OCC. Juried exhibitors will be on hand to display and sell their works. The weekend includes demonstrations and a raffle; lunch will be available, including homemade strawberry shortcake. Don’t miss the Preview Gala on Friday the 18th!  Selected Exhibiting Artists will be announced mid-February.

Health and Wellness programs have sprung for the New Year!  Don’t miss a chance to learn Tai Chi from certified instructor Nathan Spivey whose approach is whole body wellness. His classes are offered Tue/Thurs 8am and Tuesday evenings at 5:45pm. $10/each. OCC’s Steady and Strong lead by YMCA instructor Janet Pfeiffer continues Tues/Thurs mornings at 10:30 am. $8 each. Drop-ins welcome for all classes, but registration and pre-payment is recommended. Bulk pricing available.

OCC’s Community Café continues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9-11 am. And Tuesday Night Jam sessions 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  Our open Art Studio also continues on Tuesdays from 9 am-1 pm. Bring your art project and work among other community artists. Drop-ins welcome at all events and are offered free to the public.

For more information, registration and payments please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, or email oxfordcc@verizon.net, or visit our oxfordcc.org.  Sign up for OCC’s weekly e-newsletter for additional announcements and updates or like OCC’s Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

Announcing the Seven Locations on Oxford’s Holiday House Tour

On Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, as part of Oxford’s “Christmas on the Creek” weekend of activities, Oxford Community Center presents the Holiday House Tour.  This year there are seven homes, featuring the highly anticipated, historic, Bonfield Manor and its adjacent Counting House owned by Marianne Haug and Andres Rigo. In 1767 Samuel Chamberlaine, Sr. of “Plaindealing”deeded 950 acres of arable land and 350 acres of woodland to his youngest surviving son Samuel Chamberlaine, Jr. The land spanned from the Tred Avon River in Oxford along Boone Creek and the Choptank to Clora’s Point and Island Creek and included additional lands in other Talbot County areas such as Peck’s Point.The present owners bought the property in 1996.

The Counting House was built in 1772 as the office (downstairs) and sleeping quarters (upstairs) of the plantation overseer. It is said to be the oldest building on the property. Early maps show an inlet that ends on the side of the house. Plantation records mention that hogs of tobacco were loaded on barges here, counted and shipped out from Boone Creek onto the ships anchored in the Choptank. Workers would assemble on the porch of the Counting House waiting for barges, instructions and pay. Thus, the outside chimney to keep warm or cook as needed. Several of the original, colonial features remain such as the two fireplaces, the brick floor on the ground floor and selected clapboard siding. A brick above the original porch fireplace indicates the year of construction – 1772.

710 South Morris

The next house on the tour is 710 S. Morris Street, owned by Margaret and Ray Munsch. In 1960 Carroll S. Brinsfield, Jr. and his wife Ruth purchased what is now 708–712 South Morris Street from the Harrison family. They subsequently divided the property into three lots, retaining the center lot and building a house on it in 1967. In 1981 their son, also named Carroll,and his wife Debbie purchased the house from his father. The current homeowners purchased it from Carroll and Debbie in 2007.

Moving on to 704 S. Morris Street owned by Kathleen and Megan Hauck, is now a five bedroom, five bath open, inviting residence with an amazing Tred Avon River view from almost any room. Construction took place during 2015 and 2016. Both sides of the drive leading up to the house are lined with dozens of holly trees. Just in front of the porch,Kathleen’s perennial garden is color-filled – in season, of course. On the waterside, a screened-in porch,a lap pool, a deck, a sandy beach and a firepit/BBQ invite warm weather activity.

202 North Morris Street–The Parsons House is owned by Beth Trujillo. This house was built circa 1880 and named after the family named Parsons who lived there. It was renovated in 2004 by former Oxford resident and renowned architect George Pillorge. The current interior design was done by Oxford resident Suzanne Hanks Litty. Antiques throughout the downstairs date from the 1780s; some are from Hale Manor, England. A French boardroom table is used as a dining room table. There are two antique Italian chairs in the living room. Other items to notice are paintings by favorite artists – Oxford artists Howard and Diane Lapp are both represented. Also throughout the house are paintings done by the homeowner’s brother.Don’t miss the landscaped side yard and pool!

207B North Morris Street owned by Marjorie and Jim Robfogel is next on the tour. Although built in 2000, this is a traditional long, narrow Oxford house with tall two-over-two windows. From the entryway it is apparent this is the home of racing and cruising sailors. The front hall houses trophies won by the owners and her parents and a model of the Chesapeake Bay Log canoe Island Blossom which was built for her grandfather in 1892. The small reading room displays half-hull models of the owners’ various boats through the years and some memorabilia from races that they participated in. In the dining area are mementos from the family farm outside Oxford—two paintings of the farm, one from the late 1800s and one by John Moll in the 1960’s. The hall also has a print of the farm by another Oxford native, David Lockhart. The living room with its maritime art opens out onto the sun porch on the Tred Avon River and affords a daily view of the Oxford sailing scene. The waterfront bedroom displays family photos and paintings by Rochester artists.

The sixth house on the tour is located at 200 The Strand–A Historic Captain’s House is owned by Lelde and Heinrich Schmitz. This historic captain’s house dates back to the second half of the 19th Century. Originally it consisted of a symmetric façade with a centered entry facing the river, and inside chimneys running up each gable wall. The house had many owners. It acquired the name Chaminade (a female French pianist and composer, 1857-1944) in the 1980s. Over one and a half centuries, this simple 4-room building turned into a whimsical, larger home of Victorian style, as several additions were built in five phases. The oldest rooms display original wood flooring, original glass windows and low ceilings. The furnishings contain antique German dowry chests, cupboards, and a secretary, all from the 17th and 18th century. The owners enjoy collecting boat models and art. Art works from all over the world also include local artists.

302 East Strand

Last but not least is the 302 E. Strand house is owned by Julie and Brian Wells. “United We Strand” formerly known as “Fairview,” is a home built approximately 1877. In 1872 the property was leased for 99 years from Thomas B. Stewart and Charles F. Stewart to John B. Tull. We believe John Tull built his home on this property in 1877 following the size and styles of similar homes on Front Street, now known as The Strand. Located on the property is a WWII Plane Spotting Station. For more information on the plane spotting station see “Recollections and Recipes,” p. 60. The Spotting Station was relocated to the backyard and is currently used as a garden shed. This home was significantly damaged by Hurricane Isabel. The previous owner began restoration immediately in 2003. The high-water mark is still visible in the garage. The house received a whole new look outside and lots of interior upgrades. This restoration was completed by the new owners, the Wells family, in 2017.

Tickets are $30 can be purchase at the OCC or online at oxfordcc.org. For more information, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904 or email oxfordcc@verizon.net.

5th Annual Model Boat Show Was a Success

The Oxford Community Center was thrilled to see many attendees enjoying the model boats and activities at the 5th annual model boat show this year!

The model boat show at the OCC began in 2012 when Ed Thieler brought his models in for display and visitors began to flock. Each year Ed continued to bring in more modelers and work with excellent committee leadership to grow the event from 13 modelers in 2013 to 42 modelers in 2017. The previous attendance high was in 2015, when 602 visitors came. In 2016, the attendance dropped off a bit to 550. So, this year was up almost 24% from last year and 13% from the previous high in 2015.

“Our 5th annual MBS had its best year yet!” exclaimed Jon Lillard, co-chair. “Attendance was higher than last year.” Jon continued, “The modelers said that not only was it the best show where they exhibited, but better than any other show they have been to.”

Photo Credit: Norman Bell

The exhibitors came from all over Maryland, plus Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. The show is popular with modelers because it is the only one in the area where the ship models are the main attraction. Not only do the modelers enjoy displaying their craft, it is an opportunity for them to share the camaraderie of talking amongst themselves, discussing models and differing approaches to solving problems.

Co-chair Ray Munsch said, “OCC’s free Model Boat Show has also proven popular with the public. This year, attendance set a new record over the previous high. The attendees not only enjoyed seeing the models and talking to the modelers, but they also viewed full size boats built by the YMCA’a “Take the Helm” and CBMM’s “Rising Tide” after school programs.”

The event utilized two additional locations where visitors could see boat building in action. The historic Cutts & Case Shipyard opened their boat yard highlighting the history and current trends. Across the street at Bruce Beglin’s Wooden Boat Workshop people saw his current project, a 26 foot American FolkBoat sailboat in mid-build.

Ed Thieler shared that he was happy to see a member of the Nautical Research Guild attending.

Jon Lillard added, “We are indebted to our sponsors and volunteers for making this the largest one-day event for the OCC. They are a major part of its success.”

The event is sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as Community Sponsors Cutts & Case Shipyard, Miles River Marine, Brewer Oxford Boatyard & Marina, Campbell’s Boatyards, Mathews Brothers, LLC, The Oxford Market, Beth Trujillo, Ken & Wendy Gibson, Ron & Sandy Kaufman.

For more information, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, email oxfordcc@verizon.net, visit their website at www.oxfordcc.org or their Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

Model Boat Show in Oxford on November 11

Come experience maritime in miniature at the Oxford Community Center’s Model Boat Show on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10am to 4pm. The event, now in its fifth year, is free and open to the public. It has become one of OCC’s most popular events.

There are as many as 40 model builders from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with their work on display. Visitors to the show are treated to diverse and detailed models, which include Chesapeake Bay workboats, classic yachts and historic vessels of all kinds.  Modelers from the Washington Ship Model Society and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Model Guild are attending. Take this opportunity to talk with modelers and learn about this rewarding craft.

Special this year will be real skiffs built as part of the YMCA of the Chesapeake’s “Take the Helm” boat building program and the CBMM “Rising Tide” Program. “Take the Helm” is a boat-building program designed to engage high-school students in a hands-on, skill-based enrichment program that utilizes the art of wooden boat building to strengthen student’s self-confidence, sense of community and teamwork, and to empower them to achieve their dreams. “Rising Tide” teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitates mentorships that provide guidance and support. Boat builders and participants from the programs will be on hand to share their experiences.

This free event includes a Kid’s Corner with children’s activities,  a scavenger hunt, and a demonstration on how to caulk a leaky boat!   The Oxford Radio-Control Laser Fleet will display boats and materials.  Items for sale include books from Mystery Loves Company and models and related materials. And take a chance on one or more of the three raffle items —a carved skipjack half-hull under sail created by local shipwright and modeler Jeremy Smith; a model kit for beginners; and a model kit for experienced modelers.

A nearby wooden boatbuilder’s workshop will be open so visitors can see his latest project, a 26 foot American FolkBoat sailboat, and talk with him about the rewards and challenges of building your own wooden boat.

Cutts & Case Shipyard, Oxford’s renowned wooden boat builders, will be hosting an open house. A short drive through the historic town of Oxford will bring visitors to Cutts & Case for self-guided tours of a working boatyard and the world of wooden boat building.

The Model Boat Show is supported in part by a grant from Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. The show is sponsored by Cutts & Case Shipyard, Brewer Oxford Boat Yard and Marina, Campbell’s Boat Yards, Mathews Brothers, LLC, Miles River Marine, The Oxford Market, Ron and Sandy Kaufman, Beth Trujillo, and Ken and Wendy Gibson.  OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road. For more information about the show, call OCC at 410-226-5904 or Ray Munsch at (215) 356-2481.

Fine Arts @ Oxford Welcomes Seven New Local Artists

Constance Del Nero

The 33rd annual Fine Arts @ Oxford, a juried exhibition and sale, kicks off with a gala celebration on Friday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Mary 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oxford resident and well-known artist Howard Lapp is the 2017 featured artist; his striking and distinctive “Morning Shadows” will grace the event poster and other promotional pieces. New local artists include Constance Del Nero of Easton, MD, Kevin Garber of St. Michaels, MD, Kathy Kopec of Bozman, MD, Carol Meers of Denton, MD, Sheryl Southwick of Trappe, MD, Carol Wetovich of Annapolis, MD, and Paul Winters of McDaniel, MD.

Del Nero has been enchanted by the visual arts since childhood, and has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field. She serves as Director of ArtReach and Community Programs at the Academy Art Museum and displays her work at the Green Phoenix Gallery, both in Easton. Garber has been in the art business since the mid-1970s. Following nine years of teaching and collaborating with artists, he began painting in watercolors upon his return to the East coast in 2008. With birds as his favorite subject, Kevin is able to address environmental issues and to continue his love of drawing and painting. Kopec has experienced a lifelong love of art. She has studied locally with Nancy Tankersley, Ed Cooper and Sara Linda Poly; has memberships in the Academy Art Museum, Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League; and is a SMAL board member. She has also participated in the Arts in Easton banner program for several years.

Meers grew up in Chicago and had the great good fortune to attend classes at the famed Art Institute from elementary through her high school years. She earned a B. F. A. from Bradley University, and went on to teach art at elementary and middle school levels in Iowa, Missouri and California. She is now able to pursue her own endeavors in art. Southwick, a native of the Baton Rouge, LA area; grew up within an artistic, creative and musical family which provided much opportunity for exploratory discovery both indoors and out. She has taught and/or facilitated numerous classes and community programs locally (Academy Art Museum, Pickering Creek, Arts by the Park, etc.); and has been on the MD State Arts Council approved-instructor/program list. Following many successful years as a camera operator in the television and film industry (“The Wire,” “Spin City,” the Academy Awards, etc.), Wetovich switched it up to pursue her true passion: creating art. She is a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Annapolis Watercolor Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore. Winters’ love affair with glass began in 1974 when he discovered the scrap heap at a stained glass studio in North Carolina, and he has been working in the medium ever since. He opened The Caledon Glass Works, his studio in St. Michaels, in 2000; church windows, public installations, and numerous doors, sidelights and transoms for area private homes resulted.

Kevin Garber

Additional artists completing the full roster of exhibitors include David Aiken (Weems, VA), Norm and Paula Bell (Oxford, MD), Carole Boggemann-Peirson (Townsend, VA), Katie Cassidy (Easton, MD), Fred Craig (Ruxton, MD), Gerry Czajkowski (Grasonville, MD), Lois Engberg (Salisbury, MD), Beverly Ford Evans (Franklin, TN), Ned Ewell (Cockeysville, MD), Rae Hamilton (Parkton, MD), Mary Ellen Mabe (Bozman, MD), Diane DuBois Mullaly (Easton, MD), Stephanie Nadolski (Shady Side, MD), Steve Rogers (Lewes, DE), Bradford Ross (Easton, MD), John Schisler (Georgetown, DE), Douglas Sefton (St. Michaels, MD), Nick Serratore (Lewes, DE), Sharon Stockley (Easton, MD), Nancy R. Thomas (Ridgely, MD), W. Robert Tolley (Cambridge, MD), Nick Vincent (Westminster, MD), Betsey Von Dreele (Harbeson, DE), Sean Wells (Philadelphia, PA), C. Keith Whitelock (Salisbury, MD), M. Joyce Zeigler (Denton, MD) and Barbara Zuehlke (Easton, MD).

The Oxford Community Center is especially pleased to announce Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury as the Fine Arts @ Oxford Presenting Sponsor.

Advance purchase of Fine Arts @ Oxford Preview Gala tickets ($80 per person) is recommended. In addition to that first glimpse of quality art; an evening of savories, sweets and full bar offerings; each ticket includes event entrance for the whole weekend. All are welcome at the gala; visit www.oxfordcc.org to buy directly or call/e-mail the Oxford Community Center (410-226-5904/oxfordcc@ verizon.net) to receive a mailed invitation. Otherwise, the cost of admission is $7 per person/per day on both Saturday and Sunday; raffle tickets ($10/book of 6) may be purchased throughout the weekend. The OCC is located at 200 Oxford Rd. in Oxford, MD; it is a 501c3 organization and 30% of all art sales directly benefit the Center and its programs.

The Fabulous Hubcaps Rock the OCC on Nov. 18

It will be a sock hop at the Oxford Community Center on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., as the Fabulous Hubcaps take the stage. Performing together and wowing audiences since 1974, the Hubcaps have played everywhere from Miami to Detroit, including The White House and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tickets to the show are $25, purchasing ahead of time is recommended.

fabulous-hubcaps-2What began forty-two years ago as “Harvey Hubcap and the Do Ron Ron” has evolved into The Fabulous Hubcaps, one of the nation’s most sought after nostalgia show bands.  Their career has been as diverse and colorful as the bowling shirts they wear. Whether a black-tie formal affair for the Northern Virginia Hospital, a 50’s Sock Hop for the ASPCA or the Annual Blow-Out at the Nantucket Yacht Club, the Fabulous Hubcaps have been the choice of entertainment for decades. The darlings of the country club circuit, they are also recruited by American Legions, VFW’s, fire companies and numerous civic organizations.

The band has performed on the South Lawn of The White House for the Press Corps Picnic, and sang The National Anthem in Orioles Park at Camden Yards.  They have performed at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio for The Goodguys/PPG Nationals, and were mentioned in the Collector’s Calendar Issue of Street Rodder Magazine.  The group has performed at Inaugurations for Governors Wilkerson and Patton of Kentucky, as well as the Inaugural Ball for Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  The Hubcaps were personally invited to appear at The Kentucky Derby.  Hubcaps fans include Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, the late Louis S. Goldstein, former Comptroller of Maryland, and Coach Joe Gibbs of The Washington Redskins.  They have performed with Masters of Ceremonies and guest speakers that include Bob Dole, Colonel Oliver North, and David Hyde Pierce of “Frasier.”

With sounds of Do-Wop, Country, Motown, Group Harmony, Rockabilly, Classic Rock and Roll, The Hubcaps will take you back in time on a journey you won’t forget.

Tickets can be purchased by calling OCC at 410-226-5904 or online at their website at www.oxfordcc.org.The event will include a cash bar and light fare, including sliders, will be available for purchase. OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, Md., 21654.

Model Boat Show Returns to OCC on Nov. 12

Visitors to the Oxford Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 12 will have a model day, as OCC’s Model Boat Show returns for its third year. The free event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features 30 model builders from throughout the region, model-making demonstrations, and kids’ activities.

boat-show-2015-5This year, the expanded model boat show and sale features model builders sharing their craft and history through an even more diverse selection of model boats, talks, and demonstrations. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to talk with modelers, hear stories and ask questions.   Every model boat has a story to tell—you can learn about the history of original vessels, such as a crab scrape bateau, bugeye, dinky skiff, bar cat, drake tail and more, as well as boat-building techniques and maritime culture.Roughly 30 model builders will display diverse models, including half-hull models of Chesapeake Bay boats and classic yachts; scratch-built models of Tangier Sound workboats; tall ship rigging; early modern sailing ships; a local radio-controlled Laser fleet; workboats and sailing ships from members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum model sailing club; and ships in bottles and Bay schooners.

Don Willey, from Fruitland, Md., will be among the modelers at the show. Willey started building models in 1980, with his first being a four-masted schooner. He has built more than 700 models since, which are included in collections around the world—France, Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, and Fiji. All the work Willey does in commissioned, and there is more than a year’s wait for him to start new work.

“I have been behind ever since I started and I am still behind, about a year, used to be two,” said Willey. “But people have seen my work and said they will wait. I have never had anyone dissatisfied, they have always given me great praise. Even personal boats that I have built from old photos, they say it looks just like it and are amazed by the details.”


im Wortman, Talbot St. Ship Shop

Willey will be bringing models of a skipjack, drake stern workboat, fishing skiff, ducking skiff, buyboat, and a tugboat, as well as doing knot-tying demonstrations.

There will also be an opportunity to visit a local shipwright’s boatshed and see boat building in progress.  Cutts & Case, Inc., the world-renowned wooden boat builders in Oxford, will be hosting an open house providing Model Boat Show visitors behind-the-scenes access to the world of wooden boat building. A short three minute drive through the historic town of Oxford will bring visitors to Cutts & Case for self-guided tours.

Visitors to OCC will be treated to a “Dock Sale,” will feature miscellaneous model-making tools, supplies, and kits for sale. An expanded kids’ corner provides several hands-on activities, including a chance for children to build their own boat models.New this year, there will be representatives from the Washington Ship Model Society.

Mystery Loves Company bookstore will be on hand with maritime books, art, and novelty items for sale. The show boasts things to do for all ages: there will be a kid’s activity area where children can make and race their own models and an ‘I SPY’ scavenger hunt.

The Model Boat Show is sponsored in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

For more information on the Model Boat Show @ OCC, please call 410-226-5904, visit www.oxfordcc.org, or like their Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

OCC Hosts Former CNN Correspondent, Ralph Begleiter

The Oxford Community Center is hosting a lecture by Ralph Begleiter, former CNN world affairs correspondent and Emeritus Professor at the University of Delaware. The lecture is Thursday, October 27 at 530pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or prior to the event.

begleiter-ud-2011Begleiter’s talk, “Media Earthquake: The New Business of News,” will explain how social media and Internet communication revolutions have overturned a century of mainstream information media economics, ethics and standards, thus affecting the information voters are consuming during the 2016 election cycle. He will discuss this media upheaval and its implications for a free society that depends on informed voters for good governance.

Ralph Begleiter has more than thirty years of broadcast journalism experience. During two decades as CNN’s world affairs correspondent, Begleiter was the network’s most widely-traveled reporter, traveling to 100 countries on all seven continents. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, when CNN was the world’s only global, all-news television channel, he covered U.S. diplomacy, interviewed countless world leaders, hosted a public affairs program called “Global View,” and co-anchored CNN’s “International Hour.” In 1998, Begleiter wrote and anchored a 24-part series on the Cold War.  He covered historic events at the end of the 20th century, including virtually every high-level Soviet/Russian-American meeting; the Persian Gulf Crisis in 1990-91; Middle East Peace efforts; and many UN and NATO summit meetings.

As a University of Delaware Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Rosenberg Professor of Communication, Ralph Begleiter traveled with students to Cuba, South America, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Antarctica. He taught a course, “The Road to the Presidency,” during election years, bringing students into the “situation room” during both major party political conventions. He is the founder of the University’s Center for Political Communication, a research, teaching, and public service organization that explores the effects of emerging communication technologies on elections and policy debates.

Tickets can be purchased by calling OCC at 410-226-5904 or online at their website at www.oxfordcc.org. OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, Md., 21654. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The Begleiter lecture is sponsored in part by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging.