Bountiful Announces Grand Opening Celebration at Its New Building

The Bountiful Interiors family of brands has announced the date of the grand opening celebration for its new building at the “Gateway to Easton.” The event is open to the public and will take place Friday, September 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In addition to celebrating its new location, Bountiful will be marking its 20th anniversary in Easton. The event will also be a fundraiser to support Channel Marker, Inc. with 20% of the evening’s sales being donated to the organization.

The new building will be home to the company’s complete family of brands, including Bountiful Home, Bountiful Flooring, and Jamie Merida Interiors. Bountiful acquired the 16,000 square foot building in 2018 and has undertaken extensive renovations to convert it to a retail store and design studio.

“Thanks to the incredible support of the local community, Bountiful keeps growing year-over-year and we were in desperate need of a bigger space,” said Jamie Merida, owner of Bountiful. “After 20 years, we thought it was time to make an investment in our own property that we can fully customize to meet our needs. We are absolutely thrilled to see that vision come to fruition.”

Merida also said he was excited about partnering with Channel Marker, Inc. for the grand opening event. “We always like to leverage our events to support the community, and this is our first time working with Channel Marker. They do such important work to help individuals with mental illness lead more fulfilling and independent lives, and we’re so pleased to help support their mission.”

In addition to housing the Bountiful brands, the property will be home to Turnbridge Talbot, the new bakery and café by owners Rob Griffith and Chef Steve Konopelski. Konopelski is a pastry chef who has earned a strong local following through his flagship bakery Turnbridge Point in Denton and his many appearances on Food Network. Turnbridge Talbot will open later in October, but the space will be available for tours during Bountiful’s grand opening event.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening, which will feature hors d’oeuvres by Turnbridge Talbot and a ribbon cutting with the Talbot Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place Friday September 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 803 Goldsborough Street in Easton. The Country School has generously provided parking for the event.

Additional information about the event can be found at, on the company’s Facebook page, or by calling 410.819.8666.

About Bountiful: The Bountiful family of brands includes Bountiful Home, an award-winning retailer of furnishings, home accents, gifts, and one-of-a-kind antiques and handcrafted items; Bountiful Flooring, a retail store offering flooring, carpet, stone and tile, and Hunter Douglas window treatments; and Jamie Merida Interiors, the region’s premier interior design firm. Located in Easton, Maryland, Bountiful is known for its “traditional made modern” aesthetic. The Jamie Merida Interiors design studio serves clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The studio’s work has been featured in leading publications, such as Southern Home, Romantic Homes, Home & Design, Chesapeake Views, The Cottage Journal, and House Beautiful. Owner Jamie Merida designs a furniture and home accents collection under the brand Jamie Merida Collection for Chelsea House. For more information, please visit

About Channel Marker:Founded in 1982, Channel Marker provides mental health and wellness support for adults and youth with severe mental illness in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties. Through a wide range of on-site, residential and community-based services specifically tailored to the needs of each client, more than 55 clinical and mental health services staff serve an average of 400 clients each year. Funding for our work primarily comes from Medicaid with support from generous members of the community, the State of Maryland, and private foundations. To learn more, please visit or call 410.822.4619.

First Friday in September at Studio B Art Gallery

Quiet Afternoon by Ken DeWaard

Studio B Art Gallery welcomes you to its First Friday Gallery Walk Reception.  Studio B Art Gallery, located in the heart of Easton’s historic district, at 7 B Goldsborough Street, invites the public to enjoy wonderful art and refreshments from 5 to 8pm on September 6th.  The Gallery represents nationally and internationally known painters Hiu Lai Chong, Ken DeWaard, Qiang Huang, Master Jove Wang, Betty Huang, and sculptor Rick Casali.

Betty Huang, 443-988-1818, Visit for details and all events.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Welcomes Meredith Girard as New Managing Attorney

Mid-Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) is proud to announce Meredith Lathbury Girard, Esq. has joined their team as the organization’s first-ever Managing Attorney.

Meredith Lathbury Girard, Esq.

In this role, Girard will oversee and manage all of MSPB’s legal projects, including the Economic Stability Project, Elder Law Project, Family Law Project, and Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project. This newly-created position is critical to expanding MSPB’s capacity to serve the community’s legal needs.

In addition to overseeing legal programs, Girard will also help educate and empower MSPB’s volunteer attorney network, cultivate community partnerships and help raise funds to support programs and organizational sustainability.

“We are thrilled to welcome Meredith to this new role on our team,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “As a volunteer attorney since 2017, Meredith has been immersed in our work and has first-hand experience with our clients and their challenges. This position is crucial for MSPB to raise the level of service to our community, and Meredith is perfect for this position. She brings her legal expertise in environmental land use, real property and elder law as well as a deep understanding of non-profit services, especially on the Eastern Shore.”

Girard comes to MSPB following nearly eight years with the Town Creek Foundation where she served as the Senior Program Officer and led over $30 million in grant making to restore the Chesapeake Bay and reform the region’s food and agriculture system through policy advocacy, legal enforcement and communications. Prior to her work with the Town Creek Foundation, she was the Director of Land Acquisition and Planning with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources where she led Maryland’s nationally-recognized Program Open Space.

Girard’s land-use and environmental background also includes her roles as the Director of Land Protection with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Vice President of Conservation and General Counsel for the Potomac Conservancy, and a Natural Resources Planner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She was the 2008 winner of the Aileen Hughes Award for Outstanding Leadership in Land Conservation.

Girard is a graduate of the Vermont Law School and Penn State University and is a member of the Maryland and Federal Bars.

Girard is active member of the community. She currently serves as co-leader of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay’s Troop 855, and has served on the Rural Maryland Council’s Grants Review Board, Steering Team of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, as well as co-chair of Washington Regional Food Funders and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network.

Girard lives in Easton with her husband, Alan Girard, and three children. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and sailing with her family.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources across the Eastern Shore. Founded in 2005, Mid-Shore Pro Bono is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work to eliminate barriers and provide access to justice for all Eastern Shore residents. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit

Plein Air Painting Workshop at Tuscany September 14-21

Plein Air Artists, join us for an exciting and rewarding Plein Air Painting Workshop “Painting in the Heart of Tuscany with Sara Linda Poly”September 14th through the 21st, 2019.  Sara is such a great artist and a very thoughtful, kind and wonderful teacher!  The experience of painting under the tutelage of Sara in this environment is not to be missed.


September is the best month to visit Tuscany and a great time of the year to explore and paint.  We will be staying in a lovely private villa, 23 km from Florence, located on a hilltop near Montespertoli, overlooking the ancient Castle of Montegufoni. The villa has a pool and is surrounded by a ring of hills, olive groves, and vineyards with a panoramic view of the glorious Tuscan countryside!  A private chef will prepare delicious dinners with wonderful Chianti wine – all meals are included and an excursion day to Siena, luncheon at a winery, and visit to San Gimignano.

Per-Student Cost (double-occupancy): $2,900; Non-Painting Guest: $2,400, note airfare is not included.

For information on the villa and travel, contact Betty Huang,,

443-988-1818. For information on supplies, etc., contact Sara Linda Poly,, 703-472-3960.

ShoreRivers Hosts 15th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers

On Sunday, September 15, ShoreRivers will host the 15th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers. Ride the beautiful back roads of Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties in support of ShoreRivers’ work for clean waterways. This is a great way to bring summer to a close surrounded by friends, family, and fellow community members. Register at before September 9 to guarantee an event tee-shirt! Riders are also encouraged to join teams and create their own fundraising pages to boost support for their participation from others.

Cyclers of all ages and levels are welcome to register for 20-mile, 35-mile, or 62-mile (metric century) routes. All routes begin and end at Chesapeake College and include SAG support and rest stops with food and drink. The metric ride will kickoff at 8:00 am and the 35-mile and 20-mile send-off will follow at 10:00 am. Upon returning to the college campus, riders and volunteers will enjoy a BBQ lunch and live music by “Fog After Midnight.”

Cyclists line up at the Ride for Clean Rivers start line.

ShoreRivers looks forward to continued support from the community for this year’s event. Whether enjoying a Sunday bike ride, riding with friends, or promoting a business, this event is about coming together. It is not too late to create a team or sign up to join ShoreRivers in support of cleaner, healthier rivers.

Thank you to ShoreRivers Marquee SponsorDock Street Foundation, as well as Agency of Record, Bay Imprint, Bike Doctor, Blessings Environmental Concepts, The Brewer’s Art, Chesapeake 4-H Club, Chesapeake College, Easton Family YMCA, Ecotone Ecological Restoration, ThinkMakeBuild,and S.E.W. Friel.

All proceeds go toward ShoreRivers’ science-based education, restoration, and water quality monitoring programs. For more information, please contact Rebekah Hock at or 443.385.0511 extension 206.

ShoreRivers will also host the Run for Clean Rivers in Chestertown during Sultana Downrigging. Participants may walk or run a 5K or 10-mile course to support ShoreRivers. The event will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9am-12pm at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, MD. Register online at or on the day of the race.

5K Run/Walk: $35 before October 26

10-Miler: $60 before October 26

ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising and independent voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.

Haven Ministries Golf Tournament 2019: Putting a Roof Over Homelessness

Haven Ministries will again host its 3rd Annual Haven Ministries Golf Tournament on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Prospect Bay Country Club. The event benefits Haven Ministries housing assistance programs, including its Emergency Winter Shelter located at Kent Island United Methodist Church from October through April; its Street Outreach to respond to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis; and its Resource Center, located in the basement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church that is open to the public. Funds are often used to assist with housing situations in order to avoid the risk of homelessness. For five years, Haven Ministries has been focusing efforts in the Kent Island area in order to operate a housing assistance program there.

The scenic Prospect Bay golf course is located at 311 Prospect Bay Drive West, in Grasonville, MD. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and Shotgun Start at 9 a.m. It will be Captain’s Choice format. The price per player is $125 and includes Green Fees, Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Beverages on the Course, Lunch in the Clubhouse, and Prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Top 3 Teams, Longest Drive Men & Women, Closest to the Pin Men & Women, Special Hole-in-one Contest, Door Prizes, 50/50 Drawing and more.

Photo: Last year’s participants in the 2018 Haven Ministries Golf Tournament: Putting a Roof Over Homelessness. (Bottom left) Denise Klotzbucher, Janet Crutchley (bottom right), Ceil Morris (top left), and Shirley Kappler (top right).

The Haven Advantage Package is valued at $10 per golfer and includes: 1 Mulligan, 1 Move up to Forward Tee and 1 Hand Toss a.k.a. “Hand Wedge.” Extra Mulligans are available for $5 each per player.

The premier event sponsors include Construction Services and Supply, the Roof Center, the American Legion Post 278 with support from VFW, Reedy Electrical, and Delmarva Power – an Exelon Company. Haven Ministries Business Partners supporting the event include the following: Diamond Level: Island Furniture Studio, Increte, and BAAR; Sapphire Level: Bay Times, Wye Conference Center, What’s Up Media, and PNC Bank; Platinum Level: The Roof Center, Safe at Home Senior Care, Construction Services and Supply, and Prospect Bay: Gold Level: Harris Crab House, Riley Custom Homes, Swan Cove Salon, The Narrows, Tri Gas & Oil, Waterman Realty, Homeland Title & Escrow, Hemingway’s Restaurant, Range and Reef, and The Shore Update; Silver Level: Chesapeake Hearing Centers, Holiday Inn Express, Island Dental Studio, Island Flooring, Lundberg Builders, McCrone, Miltec, Realty Navigator, Shore United Bank, U.S. Health Care, Rotary Kent Island, KRM Development, Kari Anderson for Oceans Lending, Serr.Biz LLC, Rodan & Fields- Salisbury, and Shore Sign; Bronze Level: Blue Heron Catering, Chesapeake Chef Services, Chesa Del Crier, Capriotti’s -Chester, Joseph w. McCartin Insurance, Computer Island, Island Athletic, Legal Shield, Maid Healthy, Rodan & Fields, Cari Healy Hair, Chesapeake Think Tank, Linda Prochaska, Bob Gosselin Photography, Bella Rose Medi, Visiting Angels, Jenny Spencer -Mary Kay, Barbara Martin, KI Minuteman Press, Kentmorr Restaurant, First Home Mortgage, and The Winery.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Taryn Chase at 410-490-0925. For further information or to register for the tournament, visit

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a seasonal Homeless Shelter located at the Kent Island United Methodist Church in Stevensville, a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, the Haven Ministries Food Pantries at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville and Centreville United Methodist Church in Centreville, Our Daily Thread Thrift Store in Stevensville and Hope Warehouse in Queenstown.

Talbot County Foster Parents Attend Shorebirds Game

Photo: Pictured left to right are Christine Abbatiello, Foster Care Supervisor, Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS); Christine Montague, Parent Education Coordinator, TCDSS; Sharon Caldwell, foster parent; Brian and Sarah Baynard, foster parents; Justin and Sara Smith, foster parents; Jeanne and Jeff Scharf, foster parents; Jessica Reading, Mid-Shore Regional Recruiter; Paris Quillet, Special Projects Coordinator, TCDSS; and Audrey Hansen, foster parent.

The Mid Shore Departments of Social Services recently sponsored a trip to a Shorebirds game in Salisbury in appreciation of foster and adoptive parents on the Mid Shore. An information session for people interested in becoming foster parents will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dorchester Department of Social Services at 627 Race Street in Cambridge. For further information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call the Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371.

Dorchester Goes Purple Kicks Off Aug. 30

The 2019 Dorchester Goes Purple campaign, which aims to raise awareness of opioid and other types of addiction, kicks off with a free outdoor concert with Uprizing on Friday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 8pm. Food will be available for purchase from Creative Creations BBQ.

The Dorchester Goes Purple: Awareness Starts At Home campaign will continue throughout the month of September.

The band Uprizing will perform a mix of funk, R&B classics, Top 40, and reggae, on the Choptank River waterfront at the Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park (next to the Dorchester County Visitor Center) in Cambridge.

Featuring several vocalists, guitar,bass, keyboard and drums; Uprizing’s versatility and through-the-roof energy makes it a top dance party band. Hailing out of Delmar, the band offers a mix of classic covers that range from the soulful sounds of Adele and Mary J. Blige to the rock and roll classics of Jimi Hendrix and combines this with a reggae beat.

Uprizing, Photo by Jill Jasuta.

The band is led by James Stewart, Sr. who has been part the local band scene on the Shore for more than 30 years. One of the area’s top bass players, James Sr. earned the John Postley Memorial Top Bass Man on the Shore Award. He is accompanied by his son, James Stewart, Jr. who is Uprizing’s lead guitarist. James Jr. is one of the top up and coming guitarists in the area with musical talents that wow the crowd with his Jimi Hendrix antics playing with his teeth. Vocals are provided by Aaron Stewart, as well as Miesha Foreman and Jacqueline Nichols, whose traditional gospel singing backgrounds bring powerful voices to the group. The band is rounded out by Sam Cook III on drums and Marcus Clark on keyboard.

Be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Children, as well as friendly dogs on leashes, are welcome.You are free to bring a picnic.

The Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park is next to the Dorchester Visitor Center at 2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge. This event is part of the “At The Sail” series of events organized by Dorchester County Tourism, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, and City of Cambridge.

Watch for updates and more information about the Dorchester Goes Purple campaign at

Bryan Brothers Foundation and Willow Construction Work Together for ACE Mentoring Program

The Bryan Brothers “Building Dreams for Youth” Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce the ACE Mentoring Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a 2019 grant recipient. The grant is awarded in recognition of Willow Construction as the winner of the 2018-2019 Community Challenge for Kids.

Willow Construction along with other local businesses took up the challenge and friendly competition to raise money over a one-year period on behalf of the Bryan Brothers Foundation. The Community Challenge for Kids, in its fourth year, has raised over $150,000 for local area youth organizations. The competing businesses employ multiple fundraising methods and award a percentage of their fundraising effort to the children’s charity of their choosing.

“We have been a strong supporter of the ACE Program since it came to Easton in 2004. We cherish this partnership and are delighted that we are able to provide funding for their scholarship program,” says Andy Cheezum, Vice President of Willow Construction and ACE Mentoring Program Board Member.

The ACE Mentoring Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore is part of a national program to help students learn about career opportunities in architecture, construction, and engineering, while also providing mentoring and scholarships for those interested in pursuing these careers.

The Bryan Brothers “Building Dreams for Youth” Foundation’s mission is to help ensure that all children on the Mid-Shore have the opportunity to experience personal growth through participation in youth sports, recreation and development programs. Since its inception in 2003, the Bryan Brothers Foundation has provided over $1,200,000 in grants to support Shore Kids. The Foundation provides donors with the opportunity to support a broad range of worthwhile youth programs with their contributions. For more information, please call 410-819-3780 or visit

Chesapeake Charities Seeks Nominations of the Best in Philanthropy

Chesapeake Charities is calling for nominations for the following prestigious awards: Philanthropist of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The awards will be presented at its annual Celebration of Charity luncheon on November 14, 2019 at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, August 23, 2019.

“Since this is our 15th anniversary, we want to honor truly exceptional individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to improve the communities we serve.  This is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the very best in philanthropy,” commented Linda Kohler, Executive Director.

Chesapeake Charities is asking the community-at-large to submit nominations. Philanthropist of the Year will recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding generosity and community leadership. Volunteer of the Year will honor someone who has gone above and beyond in fulfilling their service role. Nonprofit of the Year will be presented to an organization that has consistently provided vital support to the community they serve. The Governor Larry Hogan Scholarship for cancer research will also be presented at the event.

Kim Umberger and Governor Hogan received awards from Linda Kohler at the 2016 Celebration of Charity luncheon.

The Celebration of Charity awards luncheon has become a hallmark for recognizing those who give in extraordinary measure.  In 2016, Governor Hogan was honored for the courage and leadership he displayed while waging a personal battle against cancer during his first year in office. In 2017, those on the front lines of the opioid crisis were recognized for their efforts to educate the public about opioid misuse and rehabilitate individuals recovering from addiction.  The 2017 honorees included Talbot Goes Purple, Farming for Hunger and the Samaritan House.  Last year, the event recognized The Wills Group, Mark Freestate, and the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center for their efforts to lift Maryland families out of poverty.

The deadline to submit nominations is August 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Nomination forms can be obtained online at or by calling Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020.  Nominees must be from one of the eight counties served by Chesapeake Charities: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.

Chesapeake Charities is a community foundation located in Stevensville, Maryland that supports over
90 nonprofit funds that impact a range of charitable causes including animal welfare, arts, education, health and human services, and the environment. To date they have generated more than $25 million in investment and grant funding for charitable projects in eight counties: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot. For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or, or visit Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

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