Installation of Officers for the Oxford Garden Club

Anne Foss, Immediate Past Director of District I-Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. performed the installation ceremony of the Oxford Garden Club officers for the year 2019-2020 at their March meeting. Pictured above (L to R) are Secretary, Ginny Wagner, Treasurer, Susan Fitzgerald, Anne Foss, District I immediate Past Director, Vice President, Sandy Wrightson, and President, Dorothy Williams.

Awards were presented to the Oxford Garden Club by Chris Myles-Tochko which included a State Recognition Award for the NGC Small Standard Flower Show “Poems & Posies”, a 2nd Place State Yearbook Award for a Medium Sized Club (45-69 members) and the Central Atlantic Region (CAR) of State Garden Clubs, Inc., Violet S. Thoron Award for the Oxford Museum Garden renovation project.

Individual Awards were also presented which included the District Joanna Lloyd Tilghman Award of Special Service Recognition to Chris Myles-Tochko. To Marie Davis, a 3rd Place State Harry C. Reynolds Photography Award and 2nd place (tie) State Mary Fitzpatrick Photography Award. Ingrid Blanton was presented the 1st Place State Mary Fitzpatrick Photography Award for a Floral Design Excellence.

The club is busy preparing for two upcoming events. On May 27, the Garden Club will hold a special Memorial Day Service at 11:00 am in the Oxford Town Park. On June 1, starting at 9:00 am, the garden club will host the Tenth Oxford Secret Garden Tour and Garden Shed Sale in the Oxford Town Park.

Oxford Garden Club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For additional information go to or email us at

Easton Rotary Supports Vietnam Veterans Day Event

Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund recently gave a donation to support the regional Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event held on March 30, hosted by Coastal Hospice, Compass Hospice, and Talbot Hospice. The Youth & Community Fund, through its annual Flags for Heroes fundraiser, awards funding to organizations, events, and projects in Talbot County, including Veteran-centric programming.

Photo: From L-R – Easton Rotary President Elect Pat Fitzgerald, Youth & Community Fund President Steve Shearer, Talbot Hospice Director of Marketing & Communications Caron James, Easton Rotary Vice President of Club Administration John Flohr, and Youth & Community Fund Past President Jackie Wilson. 

“We are grateful to Easton Rotary and all of our sponsors for partnering with us to provide this opportunity to recognize and thank Vietnam Veterans for their service,” said Vivian Dodge, Talbot Hospice Executive Director.“

The Flags for Heroes is an annual event that provides an stirring visual display of American flags throughout the town of Easton during Memorial Day weekend. In 2018, 1,000 flags were displayed at Hog Neck Community Center, Idlewild Park, and the Talbot County Business Center property on the bypass. To date, more than $250,000 has been raised to assist local organizations.

The 8th Annual Flags for Heroes campaign is currently underway. Each flag is $50 and can be named in honor of your hero or for all the men and women who serve or served our country. Corporate sponsorships are also available for $250, $500, and $1000. For more information, or to purchase a flag for your hero, visit or call Jackie Wilson at 410-310-5664.

AXIS GeoSpatial Celebrates Earth Day

Employees at AXIS GeoSpatial in Easton, MD, recently gathered in celebration of upcoming Earth Day to clean up the grounds around their office building. Teams were assigned to pick up litter, plant wildflower seeds and skim the nearby pond for garbage and grass clippings.  After the grounds were cleaned, the team gathered for a BBQ cook-out to celebrate their hard work.

Jeremy Sullivan and Shanna Bowser smile for a picture while picking up litter in the grassy area near AXIS’ parking lot.

Meghan Lahman, HR Administrator for AXIS GeoSpatial shared, “We have a culture of giving back here at AXIS and so it only seemed natural for us to celebrate Earth Day in this way.  We are thankful for the beautiful space we have here at the Talbot Business Park, and it feels really good to take care of the place where we come to work every day.”

About AXIS GeoSpatial

Founded in 2001, AXIS GeoSpatial LLC, a national geocapture firm, employs innovative remote-sensing and measurement technologies to capture geospatial data for integration into civil engineering, land surveying and GIS applications. AXIS is headquartered in Easton, Maryland with additional locations in Colorado and Delaware. During the past 17 years, AXIS has applied extensive, proven experience in producing high quality aerial imagery, LiDAR, CADD, GIS and other related geospatial datasets for civil engineering and government clients throughout the US and abroad.  For more information visit, join us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @axisgeospatial.

Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour Fundraiser May 4

Started more than 10 years ago, Six Pillars Century began with a handful of participants and has grown into a national event with more than 1300 riders from all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Cyclists come from as far as Florida and California to ride the scenic back roads of picturesque Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County during the Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour offers three very flat riding courses: 37 miles, the famous 56-mile Ironman Eagleman course, or our beautiful 100-mile century course that takes you through quaint townships along the Chesapeake Bay and back through serene woodlands. Each Participant receives complimentary breakfast, lunch and event tee shirt, included with registration. Whether as a tune-up for the Eagleman, a scenic getaway to begin the cycling season or a nice flat ride for beginners, everyone agrees that the Eastern Shore is a wonderful place.

Proceeds benefit 8,500 students who receive character lessons based on the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship; at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.

Email  Registration is open on

Run for the Roses Event to Benefit Talisman Therapeutic Riding

Although the race is 600 miles away, May 4th 200 guests will gather at to the picturesque Talisman Therapeutic Farm in Grasonville, Maryland to watch the Kentucky Derby. It is Talisman’s 8th annual celebration of the famous horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. All proceeds from the event will go to the Talisman Therapeutic Riding program to benefit children and adults with special needs and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Our 8th annual Derby party will provide a much needed infusion of funds for our program,” said Anne Joyner, Executive Director of the program, “We provide over 3000 therapeutic riding lessons a year and most of our riders are on scholarships.”

Event festivities include bourbon tasting, mint juleps, a Southern style buffet dinner, rider demonstrations and, of course, a hat contest. Local restaurateur El Jeffe will treat guests to margaritas in a one day-early celebration of Cinqo De Mayo Guests will view the 145th Run for the Roses on big screen tv’s. Post time for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports is 6:50 pm. The evening also includes silent and live auctions.

“Derby Live! is Talisman’s signature event. We expect to sell out again this year,” according to Board Chair Mary Sjoquist. She encouraged those interested to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling 443-239-9400. Space is limited to 200 guests.

Gallery Reception May 3rd at Studio B Gallery

Tuscan View by Betty Huang

Studio B Art Gallery is nestled in the historic district of Easton at 7 B Goldsborough Street.  The Gallery is open during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.  Representing award winning artists, Studio B cordially invites you to enjoy refreshments and excellent paintings by Betty Huang, Hiu Lai Chong, Ken Dewaard, Qiang Huang and sculpture Rick Casali.  The Gallery Walk Reception is on May 3rd from 5 to 8 PM.

Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and a warm welcome to Studio B Art Gallery await you for a wonderful night of art.

For more information visit, call or email;  443-988-1818.

LGBTQ Pride Celebration May 2 to 5

The Maryland Mid-Shore chapter of PFLAG is hosting the first-ever LGBTQ Pride celebration on the Eastern Shore during the first weekend of May.

Befitting our chapter’s regional nature, Pride will be celebrated in multiple locations through a variety of activities that weekend:
• “Paint with Pride” at Kiln Born Creations in Easton, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 2;
• A Comedy Show at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton, at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 3;
• “Dance with Pride” in Chestertown’s Fountain Park, part of the Downtown Chestertown Association’s First Friday event, beginning at 5:00 pm on May 3;
• Participation in Easton’s Multicultural Festival at Idlewild Park, at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 4;
• The main “Pride in the Park” festival in Chestertown’s Fountain Park with music, speeches, and vendor booths, 1:00–5:00 pm on Saturday, May 4;
• A Drag Show at Washington College’s Decker Theater at 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 4; and
• A Drag Brunch at 447 Race Street in Cambridge at 2:30 pm on Sunday, May 5.

Individuals and families from across the Eastern Shore as well as Delaware, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are expected to attend this historic occasion. It is anticipated that this will become an annual event.

For more information contact

Envision the Choptank Partnership Releases New Common Agenda

On April 10th, the Envision the Choptank partnership officially released its Choptank Common Agenda to help restore swimmable, fishable waters to the Choptank River watershed and enhance the health and productivity of native oysters in a way that best meets the needs of surrounding communities.

The partnership celebrated with a Common Agenda Release Party held at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton that was attended by more than 50 individuals, including elected officials, community leaders, and local organization and agency representatives. Attendees explored opportunities to get involved in helping implement the Choptank Common Agenda and enjoyed food and drink from local vendors—Fisherman’s Daughter Brand Oysters, Chesapeake Culinary Center, and Hair O’ The Dog— and live music by Fog After Midnight.

Attendees at Envision the Choptank’s Release Party for the Common Agenda.

To develop the Choptank Common Agenda, Envision the Choptank reached out to 64 conservation and restoration professionals, 730 residents, and experts in economic development, health, and outdoor recreation to learn about priorities and challenges related to watershed health and community quality of life. The input received was formed into 15 strategies to achieve four goals: 1) conserve natural resources, 2) restore habitat and clean water, 3) engage communities, and 4) strengthen and expand the partnership.

The strategies include providing resources to inform local decision-making, technical assistance to landowners, new funding mechanisms for restoration, and engaging a broader set of individuals and organizations than are typically involved in restoration. The full Common Agenda can be found at

“We feel the strategies of the Common Agenda will knit together on-going efforts, fill in gaps, and help a variety of organizations and individuals achieve more together than any one can alone,” said Joanna Ogburn, facilitator for Envision the Choptank and principal of JBO Conservation.

Since 2015, Envision the Choptank has brought together nonprofits, universities, farmers, landowners, and government agencies in a growing network focused on maintaining and improving the health of the Choptank watershed.

Joanna Ogburn, facilitator for Envision the Choptank, delivers opening presentation.

“If we all work together, we can deliver results that improve both the environmental and the socioeconomic health of the watershed, creating a swimmable, fishable Choptank for every community,” said Paulette Greene, Envision the Choptank Steering Committee member and director of Mt. Pleasant Heritage Preservation, Inc.

Successfully carrying out the Choptank Common Agenda will depend on the inclusion of a diverse range of people and organizations. Envision the Choptank welcomes new participants to join the partnership and share ideas to restore and maintain a swimmable, fishable Choptank River. To learn more, visit or email

The Envision the Choptank partnership works to provide swimmable, fishable waters and enhance the health and productivity of native oysters in a way that best meets the needs of surrounding communities. Current Steering Committee members include: Caroline County Planning; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Eastern Shore Land Conservancy; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Maryland Department of the Environment; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Oyster Recovery Partnership; Pickering Creek Audubon Center; ShoreRivers, Inc; Mt. Pleasant Heritage Preservation, Inc.; Talbot Soil Conservation District; The Nature Conservancy; University of Maryland Extension, Talbot County, and; University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. The partnership works throughout the Choptank watershed in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Queen Anne’s counties in Maryland and Kent County in Delaware.

Garfield Center Announces the Opening of Where the Wild Things Are

On April 26th director Bee Betley will be opening a new show at the Garfield Center for the Arts; an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. A veteran of local theatre, this is Betley’s second full-length production since directing The Little Prince in 2018.

Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Lydia Sensenig) escapes to the land of the Wild Things, majestic — and sometimes fierce — creatures. They allow Max to become their leader, and he promises to create a kingdom where everyone will be happy. However, Max soon finds that being king is not easy and that, even being with the Wild Things, there is something missing.Also featuring Sarah Lyle, Izzie Southworth, Paul Cambardella, John Mann, Georgia Rickloff, Mike Heffron, Phebe Wood, Zach Ryan, Aaron Sensenig, Zuzu Kusmider and Alden Swanson.

The show runs for three weekends, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm, April 26 – May 12. This production is appropriate for all ages.

Where the Wild Things Are is sponsored by Aztec Environmental Inc. & Kaleidoscope Children’s Art Studio. The 2019 season of plays at the Garfield is dedicated to the memory of Judy Kohl, a board member, patron, benefactor and friend who is missed dearly.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors 65+and members of the US Military, and $10 for students. They are available online at or by calling the Garfield Center box office at 410-810-2060.

National Music Festival Alumnus Yoshi Horiguchi Wraps Up Resonance Season

Yoshiaki Horiguchi is no stranger to Chestertown. To this day, he fondly remembers it as the place he had his first “slow dance” with a girl while attending summer camp at Washington College as a middle schooler. Fast forward 10 years later, he would spend the next five summers as an apprentice double bass player with the National Music Festival. He’s also performed with the Chester River Chorale.

So when he returns April 28 to play a solo recital as part of NMF’s Resonance series at St. Paul’s Parish, Kent, he’ll feel right at home. Horiguchi – Yoshi to his friends – will be accompanied by pianist Soojeong Oh, a colleague at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he’s pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in bass performance and pedagogy. Their repertoire will range from Bach to jazz composer Chick Corea.

“I enjoy mixing genres and mixing styles and mixing audiences as well,” Horiguchi said by phone while driving to a recent gig in York, Pa. – a performance of Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” accompanied by a light show.

Horiguchi’s playing has been praised by The Baltimore Sun for its “dazzling display of dexterity and panache.” While classically trained, he is a self-described champion of “music accessibility.” (Horiguchi replaces cellist Gwen Krosnick, who was originally scheduled to perform but had to withdraw on short notice.)

His engagements have spanned a range of genres and venues, from concert halls with symphony orchestras to hip-hop clubs with the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, dance halls with The Hungry Monks Swing Band, and more. Horiguchi has taught with OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s program that works for social change through music. His Chestertown performance will lean more towards classical but also embrace contemporary concert pieces for double bass.

At first blush, the bass might seem an odd choice for a solo instrument. Not a lot of music has been written specifically for the largest of the orchestra’s string instruments (the one played standing up). But Horiguchi will showcase music from concertos written for double bass, music originally written for other instruments and even his own arrangement of a Corea’s “Spain,” a jazz classic.

On “Spain” Horiguchi will build a multi-layered performance using a loop pedal, an electronic device that allows him to lay track upon track recorded live and simultaneously accompany himself.

His program will include “Firesides for Solo Double Bass,” a contemporary work by Ledah Finck, a friend and Peabody colleague; a Bach cello suite and “Ode d’Espagne,” a flamenco guitar-inspired solo by Syrian-French bassist and composer François Rabbath.

Tickets for Horiguchi’s Resonance (formerly Kent Chamber Music) recital, April 28, 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd., are $20 and may be purchased online at The concert is free for holders of 2019 National Music Festival Combination Passes. Student tickets are $5.

“I think music is just music,” Horiguchi said of his eclectic tastes. “Because the communicative power of music and the strength that it holds to bond two people together and bring people together is an incredible potential that music has, and I learned a lot of that from the National Musical Festival. It’s kind of my guiding light so far as how I carry forth in my musical career.”

The 2019 National Music Festival will run June 2 -15, for more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

RES·O·NANCE /ˈrezənəns/ Noun: the quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating … a quality of richness or variety.

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