Temple B’nai Israel will join more than 500 locations around the world on Thurs., March 26 to host the presentation of Fantastic Fungi, a film directed by filmmaker and time-lapse photography pioneer Louie Schwartzberg.
Schwartzberg is credited with Moving Art, Wings of Life, Mysteries of the Unseen Worlds 3D Imax, and more, with Fantastic Fungi offered as an immersive experience inspiring a shift in consciousness and a renewed love of nature.
Fantastic Fungi will screen in more than 500 venues across the globe on March 26, and includes conversations with award-winning Director Louie Schwartzberg, Mycologist Paul Stamets and other special guests. Screenings in host towns and cities include Easton, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Panama City, Mexico City, Vancouver, Toronto, Tokyo, and more.
The Easton screenings begin at 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m., with tickets at $15 per person, and children ages 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at dockstreetfoundation.org or at the door on March 26.
Out of the Fire restaurant and Dock Street Foundation of Easton, Md. are sponsoring the event, with Mid-Shore partners including the Eastern Shore Food Lab, Evergreen Cove, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Chesapeake Harvest, the Maryland Biodiversity Project, Eat Sprout, and more.
“This stunning documentary explores the power, beauty, complexity and importance of the often-overlooked fungi kingdom,” said Out of the Fire owner Amy Haines. “This film helps present solutions to some of the most pressing medical and environmental challenges we face.”
Academy Award-winner Brie Larson narrates Fantastic Fungi, while taking the viewer on an immersive journey through an underground network with the potential to heal and save the planet. The stories are shared through the eyes of scientists and mycologists including Paul Stamets, and best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, and Andrew Weil to build awareness of the beauty, intelligence, and solutions the fungi kingdom offers in response to some of the most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.
The film is being released in tandem with the book Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet, out Aug. 27 and available at the event. More is at dockstreetfoundation.org.
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The St. Michaels Community Center is sponsoring a Tues., Mar. 3 bus trip from SMCC in St. Michaels, Md. to The Philadelphia Flower Show.
The 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show,“Riviera Holiday,” brings designers and guests to the Mediterranean Riviera from Feb. 29 through Mar.8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
“The stunning array of floral exhibits is spectacular,” said SMCC Executive Director Trish Payne. “There’s even a butterfly enclosure where guests can get up close and personal with a beautiful variety of delicate winged creatures. This is going to be great show.”
Payne says guests to the show can take in an endless assortment of gardening and floral merchandise, including an assortment of make-it-and-take-it activities.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, featuring stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, and the citywide Bloom Philly pre-Show celebration. More is at theflowershow.com.
Boarding is limited, with the cost of round-trip bus fare and a ticket to the show at $83.00 per person. Call 410-745-6073 to reserve your boarding pass. Proceeds from the trip benefit the children and adults served by the SMCC’s programs and activities.
Donations to SMCC and proceeds from the Treasure Cove Thrift Shop in St. Michaels, Md. help the nonprofit provide year-round programs, services and community events for people from throughout the Bay Hundred Area. For more information, visit stmichaelscc.org.
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Learn about historic foodways and future food resources when the ethnobotanical research team from Washington College’s Eastern Shore Food Lab leads a Food Lab Forest Walk on Sun., Sept. 29 at Adkins Arboretum.
The 90-minute program will focus on trees, specifically fruits, nuts, leaves, sap and roots, as past, present and future food sources. Participants will also learn how a permaculture approach toward plant functions supports ecological stewardship and food security, and will explore resources the Food Lab is developing to bring the flavor of native landscapes into the kitchen.
The Food Lab Forest Walk runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. It is free for Arboretum members and free with $5 general admission for non-members, paid on the day of the walk. Advance registration is appreciated at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.
The Eastern Shore Food Lab is an interdisciplinary research, teaching and production laboratory dedicated to studying and experimenting with sustainable food systems, using the Eastern Shore food-shed as its primary context.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, it offers educational program for all ages about nature and gardening.
This season, the owners of Emily’s Produce in Cambridge Maryland decided that their beautiful sunflower patch & maze and Fall Season mazes would be planted and created with a meaningful cause in mind. The Jackson family’s roadside farm market is celebrating 20 Seasons in business this year, and they have built a well-known establishment and reputation that focuses on hard working family values and community activism with a positive purpose.
In previous years, Emily’s Produce has offered a free Sunflower, Corn, and Milo Maze experience to their customers. This season, the family continued their focus of planting and designing 5 acres of sunflowers, corn, and milo for families to enjoy throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall Seasons, but they asked for a donation that would be passed directly along to a very meaningful organization. The donation was requested in honor of supporting a local military retreat (Patriot Point), which is situated just 10 miles from Emily’s Produce.
This retreat provides a relaxing and safe environment to enjoy outdoor recreational activities for our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families.
On September 12, 2019, Kelly Jackson and her husband Paul, owners of Emily’s Produce, provided Steve Beck, President and Executive Director of the Military Bowl Foundation a $750 check in support of Patriot Point. For more information about Patriot Point, visit https://patriotpoint.org/. For more information about Emily’s Produce, visit https://www.emilysproduce.com/.
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The Chesapeake Bay Herb Society will hold its monthly meeting at 1:00 on Sunday, September 15th in the picnic area next to its herb garden at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Easton.
The CBHS herb garden was started in 2003 and has been planted and maintained yearly from April to November by dedicated members. There are 14 themed beds, each set off by pavers, with maze-like pea gravel paths. Over 120 herbs are listed on the guide that is available on the entrance pergola.
The Herb Society was founded in 2002 by Lou Russell to share knowledge of herbs with the local Eastern Shore community. Regular meetings are on the 2nd Thursday evening of most months, held at the Parish Hall of Christ Church in Easton. They consist of an herbal potluck dinner, a short business meeting, and a presentation on an herb-related topic by a knowledgeable speaker.
On September 15th, tours of the garden will be given by members of the CBHS horticultural committee. Brunch fare will be provided. Guests are invited; please RSVP to Denis Gasper 410-310-8437. Parking is to the left of the entrance drive, Audubon Lane.
Storm Brothers Ice Cream Factory in Annapolis has been associated with quality ice cream for over 15 years. Now Sveinn, the owner’s son and wife Cecile, have opened up their own version of the family business in Easton. Named after daughters Wednesday and Freyja, Storm & Daughters offers all the goodness of the original, but with an Eastern Shore flair.
Cecile, who got tired of the Easton to Annapolis daily commute knew that the town of Easton was a perfect location for a store with an old-style ice cream parlor feel. From the 48 ice cream flavors to their signature ‘waffle Wednesdae,’ to their dairy free option, there is something to satisfy anyone who walks into their store.
The Spy spent a few minutes with Cecile Storm to talk about their history and some of their possible collaborations.
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Simpatico, Italy’s Finest and Scossa Restaurant & Lounge have planned a unique offering in their series of wine dinners that will deliver not only a tasting delight but also an evening of wonderful Italian opera. Bobbi Parlett, owner of Simpatico, says: “We have teamed with MAGNVM OPVS to present an evening of fine wine, food, and music in a one-of-a-kind Tasting Concert. This Tasting Concert draws inspiration from the great Italian opera classics, designed to heighten the experience in all of your senses. We are so excited about bringing this level of entertainment to the area and hope it will be the first of more in the future”. The event is on Friday, August 23rd, at 7:00 pm in the private dining area at Scossa. Seating is limited to 60 seats and reservations are required.
The evening will feature performers who travel nationwide to share their talent through a wide range of opera productions and they will be coming to Easton for this inaugural performance of “Voce e Vini” (Voice and Wine).
The program features soprano April Martin and tenor Benjamin Werley, curated by operatic bass-baritone and wine educator Matthew Burns, accompanied by Justina Lee. Enjoy a seven-course meal while Matthew guides you through seven different wines, chosen to highlight the parallels between what you taste and what you hear. A CD of the music and the wines tasted throughout the evening will be available for special purchase at the dinner through Simpatico, Italy’s Finest.
April Martin trained as a member of the inaugural class of Resident Artists with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and apprenticed with Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, and the Aspen Music Festival. Recent operatic debuts include Opera in Williamsburg, New Jersey State Repertory Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, and Piedmont Opera. She has performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Kansas City, Duke and Virginia Symphonies.
Benjamin Werley was one of twenty singers nationwide selected to sing in the semi-finals of the 2012-2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City. He has since participated in many prestigious young artist programs, including the Merola Opera Program, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. This season, Werley returned to Virginia Opera in their first ever production of Kurt Weil’s Street Scene as Lippo Fiorentino. He made his Cleveland Opera Theater and role debut as Alfredo in La Traviata this April, made his debut at Dayton Opera as Narraboth and Second Jew in their production of Salome, and made his debut this summer at Central City Opera as Red Whiskers in their production of Britten’s Billy Budd.
Matthew Burns is an internationally renowned bass-baritone who has enjoyed a twenty-year career with featured performances at Los Angeles Opera, Utah Opera, Central City Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre, among many others. Mr. Burns has a passion for wine and experience as a wine buyer, wine educator, and frequent imbiber. In 2016, he combined his love of wine and experience in opera to create Magnvm Opvs tasting concerts. A unique event combining an operatic recital and a wine tasting, Magnvm Opvs tasting concerts have been enjoyed by audiences in California, New York, Utah, and Virginia, with many more programs in the works.
Tickets for the evening are $150 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. For details on the program of wine, food and music, please visit www.simpaticostmichaels.com or contact Bobbi Parlett at 610-209-5409. Reservations can be made by calling Scossa at 410-822-2202.
The Brewer’s Art of Baltimore, MD, and Orchard Point Oyster Company of Stevensville, MD, have teamed up to produce a light, oyster beer that’s drinkable all year long – “Bugeye: Oyster S’Light”. The beer is brewed using local Orchard Point oyster shells and a new RoastOat™ malt donated by Briess Malt of Wisconsin. A portion of the proceeds will benefit healthy waterways across the Eastern Shore through the work of ShoreRivers. Bugeye drinks like a full, rich stout, but is a gorgeous hazy golden color, with lovely fruit notes and a dense rocky head of lacy white foam. Smooth as silk, brilliant as a golden sunset – it’s like nothing you’ve tasted this summer.
The Brewer’s Art has brewed craft beer in Baltimore since 1996. It has produced many award-winning beers and its brewpub restaurant is consistently ranked as one the city’s best restaurants. Named the Best Beer Bar in America by Esquire Magazine in 2008, the Brewer’s Art supports clean water via partnerships with organizations such as ShoreRivers.
Orchard Point Oyster Company has been raising premium half-shell oysters since 2015. Originating in Rock Hall, it has expanded to operate in Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot county waters. Through its sustainable modern aquaculture practices, it continuously improves water quality via filtration and provides ecological services to the Bay ecosystem. Each adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. Orchard Point’s farming practices are recognized by the EPA and State of Maryland as a Best Management Practice (BMP) in meeting mandatory Bay nutrient reduction goals. The shells are a representation of these efforts and lend the beer essential minerals.
Briess is a global leader in malt and brewing ingredients. Stemming from Czech roots, they currently produce more styles of malt than any other malting company in the world. The malt used in this beer is a brand-new hull-less, lightly roasted oat variety: “Blonde RoastOat™ Malt.” The malt produces a unique beer with a mild sweetness and blonde hue. A velvet mouthfeel and aroma are balanced by calcium and chloride additions from the oyster shells.
ShoreRivers is a local non-profit dedicated to improving water quality on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With six major shore tributaries under their purview, ShoreRivers works to improve the health of our waterways through science based advocacy, restoration, and education initiatives. It is the organization when it comes to understanding our rivers’ health and implementing projects that have a direct effect on improving it.
We are excited to announce the release of Bugeye. Each Bugeye brewed and consumed, will directly contribute to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Bringing together industry leaders and clean-water advocates can certainly yield delicious results. Please support this effort by asking for a Bugeye, wherever fine beer is served on tap!
The St. Michaels Farmers Market is honored to announce support from Christmas in St. Michaels. The non-profit market supportslocally producer-only farmers market operations. Founded in 1998, SMFM provides fresh, locally sourced foods, education and outreach and economic options for farmers and food producers. The SMFM also participates in SNAP/EBT, WIC, FMNP and Senior Voucher programs. The market is open Saturdays in St. Michaels, at the public parking lot located at 204 S Talbot Street. 8:30-11:30 AM, through November 17, rain or shine. For more information or to volunteer see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/loveyourfarmer/ Mailing address: 606A N. Talbot St. Suite 113, St. Michaels MD.
For over 33 years Christmas in St. Michaels has provided resources to assist local non-profit groups enhance the quality of life for residents of the Bay Hundred Community. www.christmasinstmichaels.org