Oxford Community Center December Events

Sat. Dec.1, 7:30 – 9:30 PM Oxford Community Center and Chesapeake Music present the Anderson Twins World Premiere Jazz Concert, “Benny Meets Artie With Strings”. A celebration of the work of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. The concert features the Anderson Twins with and ensemble of twenty musicians on the main stage. Tickets $50 or $250 Meet and Greet tickets are also available. Meet and Greet includes premium seats, open bar and nibbles with the twins after the show.

Wed. Dec. 12, 5:30 – 7:30 PM Holiday Potluck Dinner Bring a dish and enjoy a holiday production by our after school kids. A wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with your friends and neighbors!

Sat. Dec. 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Winter Solstice Concert, “A Winter’s Eve of Revelry”. Performer Moira Smiley will be joined by many new voices to celebrate the season.  Tickets $20, kids under 12 for free. Student and Group Rates available.

Academy Art Museum Announces December 2018 Events

Sheryl Southwick, Happy Birthday


The Annual Members’ Exhibition: The Museum @ 60
Through January 13, 2019
Free Docent Tours Wednesdays, 11 a.m.- 12 noon, meet at Front Desk
The Academy Art Museum is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone, the Museum is suggesting the theme of “60” for its 2018 Members’ Exhibition. Museum members have been invited to get creative, imaginative and experimental around the suggested “60” theme in any medium. The new dates for the Members’ Exhibition will coincide with the holidays, during peak family visits and holiday cheer, as well as many opportunities for art sales. New York Artist Emily Lombardo served as Judge for the exhibition. The Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star Democrat.


Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month
December 10 – Airing of Grievances
7 to 9 p.m.

Andre Kertesz, Clock of the Académie Française


Kittredge-Wilson Lectures
These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature.

The Altering Eye: Photography at the National Gallery of Art
Sarah Greenhough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art
Friday, December 14, 2018, 6 p.m.
Cost: $24 Members, Non-members $29 (Pre-registration is suggested)
In 1990, Sarah Greenhough became the founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art and has been responsible for establishing and growing the National Gallery’s collection of photographs, which now numbers more than 17,000 works made between 1839 and the present.


Handmade Coastal Holiday Ornaments
Instructor: Maggii Sarfaty
Two-day workshop: December 6 and 7, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Cost: $105 Members, $126 non-members (Plus $8 materials fee paid to instructor)

Maggii Sarfaty

Earring Frenzy
Instructor: Melissa Kay-Steves
Date: December 5, Wednesday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $50 Members, $60 Non-Members (Plus $35 materials kit fee paid to the instructor at first class)


Family Ornament Day
Instructor: Museum Staff
Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.

Ballroom and Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell
Contact instructor for information at (302) 377-3088 or visit dancingontheshore.com.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Front Porch Orchestra to Perform Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Dreading another season of canned Christmas music? Fear not. Inspired by genre-bending artists like Chris Thile and The Piano Guys; Front Porch Orchestra is giving six Delmarva-area performances of their crown jewel: 17 movements of Pytor Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet played bar-for-bar on banjo, violin, viola, two guitars, string bass and percussion. In lieu of dancers, the music is accompanied by a frumpy narrator telling a satirical rendition of the ETA Hoffman story in bits between each movement.

This concert is unlike any other performance of classical music. The arrangements retain the dynamics, countermelodies and nuance that make it a brilliant composition, while framing it in a way that keeps the average music-listener tuned in. Studio recordings can be streamed via frontporchorchestra.bandcamp.com.

Front Porch Orchestra formed in early 2017 in Easton, Md. After refining their sound for almost two years and giving successful local concerts, they will for the first time share their music outside of Maryland’s mid-shore.

Bluegrass Nutcracker performance dates:

12/1 @ 2pm: Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md
12/8 @ 2pm: Milton Theatre in Milton, De
12/14 @ 8pm: Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn, Md
12/15 @ 2pm: Church Hill Theater in Church Hill, Md
12/16 @ 2pm: Jammin Java in Vienna, Va
12/21 @ 8pm: The 447 in Cambridge, Md

For all inquiries, contact Ray via RayRemesch@gmail.com


Chesapeake Music and Oxford Community Center Partner in Anderson Twins Concert

Chesapeake Music and Oxford Community Center partner for an end of year World Premier jazz concert featuring the Anderson Twins, with an ensemble of twenty musicians on the main stage. The concert is entitled “Benny meets Artie with Strings”, a celebration of the work of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. The show will be held at the Oxford Community Center, Saturday, December 1st from 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

Goodman and Shaw’s legacy reaches beyond jazz; both recorded classical and third-stream works, constantly pushing the boundaries of pop music while exemplifying perfection on the clarinet. Since their days in elementary school, the Anderson twins have been studying jazz clarinet and are now honing their own artistic voices performing in New York City and beyond. The brothers performed at the 2016 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival and are excited to return to the Eastern Shore with a bigger, more dynamic presentation to bring in the Holiday season.

“This partnership with Chesapeake Music allows the OCC to continue its mission to enrich the lives of the community while inviting all of Talbot County to hear world class music in our concert hall. The acoustics are amazing.” said Joe Fischer, President of the Board of Trustees, “The OCC stage was meant to be filled with the best of the best and Chesapeake Music has fantastic relationships with internationally acclaimed talent. We are very proud of this concert and look forward to more collaborations with Chesapeake Music in the future.”

Peter and Will Anderson, photo credit: Maryann Lopinto

“Chesapeake Music is enthusiastic about the December concert in partnership with the Oxford Community Center. Our first priority is to bring the best in live musical performances to our community. We continue to explore new combinations, music, and partnerships that will delight our audiences and build the audience of tomorrow”. Courtney Kane, President, Chesapeake Music.

“I last saw the Twins in concert at Lincoln Center. The opportunity to see this show premier in our own backyard is special” added Al Sikes, Board Member, Chesapeake Music and Jazz Committee Chair.

“Peter and Will Anderson are virtuosos on both clarinet and saxophone” – The New York Times

“Saxophones and clarinets elegantly converge, converse and engage in delightful counterpoint…the arrangements, imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes” – The Washington Post

Doors open at 7:00pm with cash bar available. Tickets are $50 for general admission; $250 for the VIP package which includes premium seating and a meet and greet with the Anderson Twins and ensemble. The VIP meet and greet includes an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres from 9:30pm – 10:30pm.

OCC offers a wide diversity of programs throughout the year thanks to the generous annual fund donors, attendees and sponsors. Chesapeake Music concerts offer the opportunity to travel the world through an incredible variety of music with internationally-acclaimed artists’ right here on the Eastern Shore. The money raised by this December 1st event goes directly towards both organizations partnered to serve our greater community.

The Anderson Twins concert event is generously sponsored by Doc’s Sunset Grille and Campbell’s Boatyards.  Programs at both organizations are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council with additional support from corporate and private benefactors.

For more on the Anderson Twins, visit www.peterandwillanderson.com.

To purchase tickets, visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.

Avalon Weekend Marquee with Tim Weigand

The Talbot Spy is sharing with our readers each week the MCTV produced Weekend Marquee with Tim Weigand as host. We hope you enjoy this short two minute preview of what’s coming up over the next few days.

PFLAG Mid-Shore Hosts Transgender Day of Remembrance November 18

PFLAG Mid-Shore (Chestertown and Easton) and Washington College will be hosting its annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, as it continue its mission to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ) is a national organization that provides peer support through advocacy, education and public speaking. PFLAG’s is made up of and acts as the extended families , as well as unites families and allies with people who are in our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) community.

Sunday, November 18
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Norman James Theatre 
Washington College


Mid-Shore Arts: A Review of Jo Smail and Paul Jeanes at the Kohl by Mary McCoy

You can tell from the title that “Clippings, Voids and Banana Curry” is going to be fun. On view through December 9 at Washington College’s Kohl Gallery, it brings together the work of Jo Smail and Paul Jeanes, two artists from very different backgrounds, who became friends when both were teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art.

At first, it seems to be an odd pairing. Jeanes’s large, powerful paintings unquestionably dominate the gallery with their stark black-and-white slanting shapes, but it’s Smail’s tiny collages that will draw you in like magnets. Shortly, you almost forget about Jeanes as you slip into reading the ’50’s and ’60’s vintage recipes, smiling at the ads for outmoded ladies’ undergarments, and shaking your head at the strangely polite newspaper articles on issues surrounding apartheid.

Jo Smail, collages: digital prints, acrylic and cardboard on paper mounted on board

Smail was born and raised in South Africa, and when she brought a bag full of her mother’s old recipes (including one for banana curry) home from a recent visit, she discovered articles and ads on the back of some of the recipes clipped from newspapers that stand as cultural artifacts of the country during its apartheid years.

Although Smail is primarily an abstract painter, she layered scans of the clippings along with many handwritten recipes and old envelopes into playful compositions of understated color and texture. Floating an inch or so from the wall, these dozens of collages seem to dance, one after another, across the walls of the gallery in a collection hovering between nostalgia and immediacy. Simultaneously engaging and edgy, they call to mind a time when cheerful Afrikaner women, in dresses tailored to the latest American pointy bras and waist-trimming foundation garments, ostensibly found fulfillment in whipping up new recipes every day, while blissfully ignoring the race-based poverty outside their kitchen doors.

Unframed and eschewing the usual rectangular format, Smail’s collages take their complicated shapes from the multiple angles of the clippings, punctuated here and there with offhand painted shapes. Sometimes gestural, sometimes almost evoking an object (one resembles a cartoon time bomb), these painterly elements nimbly introduce a certain animating awkwardness, possibly a metaphor for the deep flaws in the prim culture evoked by the clippings. Casual and often comical, her collages hum with a portentous tension not unlike that underlying our own times.

Paul Jeanes, “Projection Painting #3,” oil on linen on panel

Curiously, Jeanes’s paintings and inkjet prints possess a similar bracing tension, though it reverberates more in the body than the mind. Jeanes teases optical quandaries by playing mercilessly with perspective. What our eyes want to interpret as the four panes of a window in “Project Painting #3” just won’t quite come together. The edges of the “panes” tilt in irreconcilable directions and don’t quite line up.  Sometimes, they even shift directions as if bending back or forward. It’s a visual conundrum that both fascinates and sets your teeth on edge.

To complicate matters further, there’s a creeping realization that super-subtle angled shapes deriving from nothing more than a change in the sheen of the black paint float behind the white shapes. As you grow attuned to these nuances, you begin to notice that the empty white “panes” are not voids, but are alive with evidence of underpainting mingled with the woven texture of the underlying linen panel. A weird sensation of physicality vies with the painting’s tense geometry as the very idea of illusory space held within a static picture plane dissolves.

In his inkjet prints, Jeanes hints that his process begins with observations of actual objects or places. There’s no telling what they really are (a theater stage? a book? a sunbeam slanting across a floor?), but he photographs phenomena that interest him then prints them and cuts them up, rearranges them, experiments, and finally, projects them onto linen or canvas to create his final paintings. Unlike Smail, he prefers his sources to remain anonymous, and he works on a large enough scale that you feel like you could walk into one of his paintings and be lost in an hallucinatory world of shifting perspectives.

More than 30 years her junior and with less exotic roots in North Carolina, Jeanes nonetheless approaches the creative process with the same open, exploratory spirit that Smail cultivates. Curiosity and playful humor energize both artists’ works and make them fun to look at, but it’s the tension of incompatible viewpoints that keep them loitering in the mind. The impossibility of the coexistence of privilege and equality summoned by Smail’s collages and the irreconcilable viewpoints implied by Jeanes’s paintings prod and probe at our settled understandings of the world we live in.

Mary McCoy is an artist and writer who has the good fortune to live beside an old steamboat wharf on the Chester River. She is a former art critic for the Washington Post and several art publications. She enjoys the kayaking the river and walking her family farm where she collects ideas and materials for the environmental art she creates, often in collaboration with her husband Howard. They have exhibited their work in the U.S., Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.

The Hostage Closes November 18 at Church Hill Theatre

Brendan Behan’s The Hostage is, “bright and bawdy, irreverent and tender” at CHT says Peter Heck in his review. Pat Patterson directs this dark Irish comedy that runs through November 18, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 410-556-6003 or online at churchhilltheatre.org.

Set in 1960 Ireland, between the glory days of Easter Uprising and the horrors of the Troubles, Irish nationalism flourishes but is without firm direction. Pat and Meg, who run an informal brothel in Monsewer’s house, reluctantly agree to house a British hostage seized by the IRA in hopes of saving a condemned Irish terrorist. But the ensuing mix of part-time militiamen, prostitutes, and nostalgic patriots leads to confusion and misunderstandings. Heck notes that, “The Hostage is an exhilarating experience with a talented cast delivering a script that ranges from the scurrilous to the poetic – sometimes hitting both extremes in a matter of moments.”

Photo: Residents of the boarding house see the Hostage (Max Hagan, center, forward) for the first time. From L-R they are, Eamon Murphy, Christopher Wallace, Maya McGrory (behind) Christine Kinlock, Natalie Lane, Hester Sachse, Michelle Christopher, Herb Ziegler, Julie Lawrence (behind), Charles Michael Moore, Howard Mesick, Kellan Paddy. Photo by Steve Atkinson

Christopher Wallace plays Pat, the landlord; Christine Kinlock plays his consort, Meg; and Herb Ziegler plays Monsewer, the Anglo-Irish owner of the house. Max Hagan portrays the hostage, Leslie Williams. Residents include two prostitutes (one mostly retired), played by Natalie Lane and Michelle Christopher; a seedy civil servant and an improbable social worker, played by Howard Mesick and Hester Sachse; and a couple of promiscuous men of fluid gender, played by Michael Moore and Kellan Paddy. Maya McGrory plays Teresa, the young and innocent housemaid. An extremist IRA officer is played by Paul Briggs, assisted by an eager volunteer played by Eamon Murphy. Troy Strootman is a Russian sailor, perhaps the only one in the house with money in his pocket.

Julie Lawrence, the show’s Music Director, and Phil Dutton take turns playing Kelly, an onstage presence throughout the play, providing piano accompaniment for songs, a friendly place to sit, and even cash when the beer runs out.

Patterson’s production team includes Producer Sylvia Maloney, Set Designer Michael Whitehill, Choreographer Cavin Moore, Costumer Juanita Wieczoerck, Lighting Designer Douglas Kaufmann, Dialect Coach Sally Borghardt, Photographer Steve Atkinson and Sound Designer Kat Melton. Stage Manager Sheila Austrian and her assistant Speedy Christopher work behind the scenes. Randy Welch, the bagpipe consultant, recorded music especially for the show and provided a full piper’s kit for Monsewer.

Noises Off Opens at the St. Michaels Middle High School

With the slamming of doors, and the spilling of oysters, the St. Michaels Middle High School Drama Club opened its fall play of Noises Off. Noises Off is a classic British Farce. The play, written by the English playwright, Michael Frayn, tells the story of a group of actors putting on a play. It is a classic “play within a play” show and the laughs come often as the play moves from pre-opening night dress (or is it tech?) rehearsal to the last show of the tour. The original Broadway production was nominated for four Tony’s including Best Play as was the 2015 revival.

The set is gorgeous and cleverly moves from front stage to back stage right in front of the audience.

It is a complex show with actors entering and exiting throughout the many doors. It requires a great deal of precise timing – but the actors nail it.

And it is funny. The laughs start in the first minute of the show and don’t stop until the final curtain. If you don’t laugh out loud when the plate of oysters is dumped on …. ; well, no spoilers, you will just have to come and see it.

So give yourself a break from waterfowl and come to the St. Michaels Middle High school auditorium for an evening of classic British farce and laughter.

The show runs tonight and Friday and Saturday next weekend with the curtain rising at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door.

(And of course, oysters at a “buck a shuck” will be available at intermission; please do not throw them at each other)

Singer, Songwriter David Massey Performs New Album at OCC

David Massey released his new CD October 30th entitled Late Winter Light.  The benefit concert Saturday, November 17th at the Oxford Community Center is his first public performance highlighting the new album.

Massey describes his new compilation as a reflection of his life. “The songs on the new record were written over a long period of time (the oldest probably in 2000), and in looking back and choosing the tunes to put on the album I was inspired by remembering how many different phases there can be in a life and then thinking about how we enjoy or grapple with whatever realities are facing us during those phases.”

David recently retired as a partner in the mergers and acquisitions group of a large Washington DC law firm which limited his live performances in the past. However, he found time to record three albums. Late Winter Light is his fourth.

Photo courtesy of David Massey

Rootstime called Blissful State of Blue a masterpiece, and added “David Massey manages, with his storytelling, to blow away celebrities such as John Prine, James McMurtry, Todd Snider and others that have preceded him.”

David has assembled an extraordinary band consisting largely of the players on his past three CDs, all veterans of the Washington music scene.  Their versatility allows them to explore the wide variety of styles and genres reflected in Massey’s compositions – from swampy rockers to bluegrass-inflected country rock to delicate ballads.

Massey explains, “My first three albums were different in that they consisted of whatever songs I’d written at the point in time I was recording the record; I didn’t have a significant backlog of unrecorded tunes to choose from.  Also, of course, I was younger, so maybe those records didn’t quite reflect the perspective that comes from seeing 60 in the headlights!”

David’s promoters in the US and Europe have just begun their launch to radio stations and reviewers. Those entities increase airtime, awareness and buzz which helps secure the album’s success. The new CD is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music and most other music streaming sites currently.

David Massey is donating this concert to generate revenue for the community center. OCC offers free and low cost programs throughout the year thanks to the generous annual fund donors, event attendees and sponsors. The money raised by the events goes directly towards serving our greater community with new educational programs, after school activities for kids, national speakers, concerts and more. The Concert Saturday, November 17th starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Cash bar.

To get your tickets visit oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5904. For more visit David Massey’s web site at www.davemasseymusic.com.