Washington College Makes NYT Today

With a handsome photo of Washington College’s enrollment VP, Satyajit Dattagupta, making the New York Times business section this morning, WC finds itself as part of a story about the role of social media in the admissions process.

Read the full story here

Amazing: Double Rainbow Over Kent County

ranbowSpy reader, and now ace photographer, Morgan Bench has sent in this stunning double rainbow shot from last week’s storms.



Cool Outdoor Stuff: The Great Goose Exodus with Andy McCown

Echo Hill Outdoor School’s Andrew McCown is back with another edition of Cool Outdoor Stuff. This time, Andy notes the bittersweet exit of geese to Canada on a blustery St. Patrick’s Day with videographer Jack Elliott. The wind eases up for just enough time to end with a Joel Barber poem dedicated to the recently departed.

The video runs approximately three minutes

It’s Official: Gilchrest Not Running for Congressional Seat

Former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest stated today that he will not be running for a seat in Maryland’s First District.

The Spy spoke with former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest this morning and asked him point blank about his plans to run for Maryland’s First District.   Speaking in the Sassafras Environmental Education Center  (SEEC) headquarters on Turner’s Creek in Kent County,  Gilchrest stated that despite rumors to the contrary, he is not considering a return to politics at this time.

Gilchrest added that in addition to his work in promoting and expanding the SEEC’s environmental educational programs with the Kent County public school system,  (he is currently  program director for SEEC), future plans include camping in Alaska – running for his former Congressional seat was at the bottom of the list.


The Spy’s Cool Outdoor Stuff has YouTube Hit Count of 390,000 views

Andy McCown and Wil Campbell’s Spy program Cool Outdoor Stuff has hit the big time on YouTube with its latest production. Captain Andy’s discovery of a naturally created underwater “helicopter” of bark and rock has gone viral this week.  After checking with YouTube to verify the views, the Spy was able to document 390,684 views since it was posted last week.

You can see the original article here

Take the “Buy Local” Challenge

Have you taken the  Buy Local Challenge ?    “I pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week!” (Designated as the last week in July, which this year is July 21-July 29.) How hard can that be, with all the luscious foods available at the farmers’ markets and farm stands; who can resist all those overflowing baskets and bins of cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, purple peppers, red peppers, green peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, tri-color carrots, squash, melons, peaches, blueberries, plums – hungry yet?

And when you’re filling your  basket up with goodies at your local farmers’ market,  make a mental note to vote for your favorite, or do it now by clicking here.


June 8-17 is Maryand Wine Week

The second annual Maryland Wine Week will take place June 8-17. This statewide celebration of local ingredients, wine, restaurants and retailers includes a schedule of special dinners, menus, tastings and promotions.

If you’re not inclined to go out to dinner, why not support your local wineries  and economy by purchasing a bottle (or two).

Check out the Maryland Wine Week website for more information and a winery near you.

Two Fatal Boating Accidents on Memorial Day Weekend

Annapolis, Maryland (May 28, 2012) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police continue the search for missing boaters from two separate fatal boating accidents.  The search for a missing boater who jumped from a vessel to go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, ½ mile west of Howell Point, Betterton, Kent County is continuing. Brandon M. Greene, 21 from Edgewood, Md jumped from a drifting vessel and did not reappear on the surface after entering the water.

The second fatal boating accident occurred at 11:00 pm on Sunday night when a 21 foot Boston Whaler struck the south jetty at Kent Narrows, Grasonville, Queen Anne County.  One person was thrown from the vessel and is currently missing.  Two of the other occupants were taken to Shock Trauma for serious injuries.  The names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Maryland Natural Resources Police Special Operations Division is continuing the investigation into both of the boating accidents.

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8850 office
410-713-8449    cell

Spy Eye: Garry Clarke Farewell Concert

Friends, students, former students and colleagues gathered at Hotchkiss Recital Hall at the Gibson Center Saturday to join Professor Garry Clarke conduct his last concert before his official retirement from Washington College this month.   After the performance, former student and old friend Peter Boggs announced the creation of a special college endowment in Mr. Clarke’s honor as well as a oil portrait to be hung just outside the recital hall.

With limited rehearsal time, the thirty plus members of the reunion choir had no problem finding their voices, including a favorite of Dr. Clarke’s, J.S. Bach’s In dulci jubilo.


Kentavious Jones, Bird Dog & Roadkings to Highlight June Bay Music Festival

Tim and Savannah Finch will perform newgrass with The Eastman String Band at the Bay Music Festival on June 9.

The 31st Annual Centreville Lions Club Bay Music Festival, set for Saturday June 9 from  4pm to 10 pm at the 4H park will be promoting all things local this year, featuring Eastern Shore musicians, Eastern Shore food, and benefiting  the Eastern Shore community.

Blues to bluegrass, folk, country and pop…the festivities begin with Anna Burgess, and continue on with Mary Neuberger & J Laverty, Tim and Savannah Finch with The Eastman String Band, Twentyone Horses,  Bird Dog & the Roadkings, and the Kentavius Jones Band.  Go hungry; along with cold beer there will be BBQ chicken, pit beef, burgers, dogs, ice cream …

The Lions Club will be raffling off an Eastman Mandolin, (copy of a 1928 model), and a Paul Reed Smith guitar we hear is worth a hefty sum.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Children under 12 free.
Available on line – click here

or at PNC Bank in Centreville & Kent Island, Compleat Bookseller in Chestertown, Caboodle Cartridge and Draper’s Liquors in Centreville, Believe in Music in Easton, and Kent Towne Liquors in Stevensville.