This Weekend in Easton – April 19 – 21, 2019

The Talbot Spy shares with its readers each week Discover Easton’s “This Weekend in Easton” events newsletter. Each edition takes a look at the community events going on in Easton for the coming weekend, and highlights Signature Events hosted by Discover Easton. From shows at the Avalon Theatre, fundraisers, art exhibits, in-store promotions, festivals, and more, there is always something to do in Easton, Maryland.

 

Encore Cinema Series – Destroyer
Thurs., April 18 | 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
Easton Premier Cinemas (210 Marlboro Ave)

As a result of the overwhelming response from our community, Triton Entertainment is proud to announce the continuation of the “Encore Cinema Series” film program. More Info


Dragonfly’s Eggstravaganza Sale
April 19 & 20
Dragonfly (21 Goldsborough St)

Shop at Dragonfly during their Eggstravaganza Sale and pick an egg for a chance to save up to 25% off your entire purchase! See store for details. More Info


Ladies’ Night
Fri., April 19 | 5 p.m.
Kiln Born Creations (1 S Washington Street)

Ladies 18+ receive 40% off created items (some exclusions). Please bring snacks or beverages. Book a spot now – it’s free to reserve! More Info


The Dirty Grass Players
Fri., April 19 | 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room (40 E Dover Rd)

From Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass & blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. More Info


Farmers Market
Sat., April 20 | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public Lot; 100 Block of N. Harrison St

Fresh produce, nursery stock & bulbs, breads, pastries, handcrafted gifts, fresh cut flowers, local honey, pet treats, kombucha, rum, and prepared foods. Live music begins at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday. More Info


Easton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., April 20 | 10 a.m.
Talbot County Courthouse (11 N Washington St)

Over 5,000 Easter eggs, some include special prizes from our local businesses. Also enjoy free face painting and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. More Info


Jenn Grinels
Sat., April 20 | 8 p.m.
Avalon Theatre (40 E Dover Rd)

Fans of Eva Cassidy, Van Morrison, Brandi Carlile and just plain good singing will want to see Jenn when she returns to the Avalon stage to perform music from her upcoming studio album. More Info


Easter Sunday Grand Brunch Buffet
Sun., April 21 | 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Tidewater Inn (101 E Dover St)

Celebrate Easter at the Tidewater Inn with friends and family for Easter brunch. Call ahead for reservations on the hour between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (410.822.4034). More Info



Easton was nominated for “Best Small Town Cultural Scene” in USA Today
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Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Well Prepared in Cordova

What information can you add about this special photo of a Cordova Volunteer Firemen’s Association truck, the 4 firemen and the building behind them? Was that the fire station? Photo from the Talbot Historical Society’s Laird Wise Collection.

Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

This Weekend In Easton – April 12 – 14, 2019

 

The Talbot Spy shares with its readers each week Discover Easton’s “This Weekend in Easton” events newsletter. Each edition takes a look at the community events going on in Easton for the coming weekend, and highlights Signature Events hosted by Discover Easton. From shows at the Avalon Theatre, fundraisers, art exhibits, in-store promotions, festivals, and more, there is always something to do in Easton, Maryland.

 


Talbot Restaurant Week
Now – Sat., April 13
Participating Talbot Restaurants

Participating restaurants offer prix fix lunches and dinners, many with special menus designed to showcase their finest dishes. More Info


Adult Workshop: Bunny Basket
Fri., April 12 | 6 p.m.
Kiln Born Creations (1 S Washington St)

Paint one or more of your very own Bunny Basket plate or platter. You get to choose your own colors and wordings and they’ll show you the techniques. Reservations required. More Info


Robbie Schaefer Family Show – FREE!
Fri., April 12 | 7 p.m.
Avalon Theatre (40 E Dover Rd)

Don’t miss this high energy and uplifting show where you will hear all of your favorites including “Carp in the Tub” and “Sally”. Guaranteed fun for all ages! More Info


Brooks Williams
Fri., April 12 | 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room (40 E Dover Rd)

He is ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, and a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” More Info


Farmers Market
Sat., April 13 | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public Lot; 100 Block of N. Harrison St

It’s opening day of the Easton Farmers Market 2019 season! Join neighbors for this weekly gathering of great produce, crafts, and conversation. Enjoy music and more each week. More Info


EENA Clean-up & Beautification Day
Sat., April 13 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
EENA Community Garden (Corner of South St. & Thoroughgood Lane)

Bring gloves & wear sturdy shoes. Coffee & donuts provided! Community service learning hours are available too. Join EENA this year – we’re happening! More Info


Town of Easton Open Houses
Sat., April 13 | 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
308 South Street & Railroad Station

Come celebrate the completion of two Town of Easton projects, which are part of their ongoing effort to improve Easton. Light refreshments will be served. More Info


EGGstravaganza
Sat., April 13 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Easton VFW (355 Glebe Road)

Carnival games, inflatables, rock climbing wall, an egg hunt with over 250 prize eggs, appearances by kid’s favorite characters, bunnies, and more! A fun-filled day for children 0-12 years old. More Info


Signature Event: Farmer Appreciation Day
Sat., April 13 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Eat Sprout (335 Aurora St.)

A dozen Mid-Shore farms will come to town so locals can meet the growers behind their favorite food at Easton restaurants and markets. Samples, demos, music, and more! More Info


2019 EVFD Stop, Drop, & Run 5K
Sat., April 13 | 12 p.m.
EVFD (315 Aurora Park Drive)

Registration & packet pickup starts at 10 a.m. Entry fees cover your race, BBQ lunch, & 2 beers (21+ ID REQUIRED). All proceeds go to the Easton Volunteer Fire Department! More Info


Lip Sync Battle 2019!
Sat., April 13 | 6:15 p.m.
Waterfowl Building (40 S Harrison St)

The most fun night of the year is on its way. Dinner is 6:15-7:00 p.m., and then the fun begins! Teams compete for your votes, and the contestant who has raised the most money for the Interfaith Shelter will be champ! More Info


Kentavius Jones
Sat., April 13 | 8 p.m.
Avalon Theatre (40 E Dover Rd)

Join local singer-songwriter and guitarist Kentavius Jones for an evening of gritty rock ‘n’ soul celebrating the release of his debut CD, Bohemian Beatbox! More Info


Save the Date: Easton’s Easter Egg Hunt | April 20

Over 5,000 eggs will be spread out on the Talbot County Courthouse grounds on Saturday, April 20. Free face painting and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Be on the lookout for special eggs hidden by our local businesses with gift cards, discounts, freebies, and more inside! More Info

Keeping the Game Alive: Talbot County Club Golf Pros Champion the Sport with Young People

There are two competing theories as to why golf, perhaps America’s most successful recreational sport over the last five decades, is losing players. One is that the expense of the game, with high green fees and very few public courses, is taking a toll on golf’s popularity. The other is the result of a long overdue correction with golf’s general appeal and an oversupply of courses.

In either case, the golf pros in Talbot County are not taking this news lightly.

A case in point are the efforts being made by the Talbot Country Club’s Head Pro Marc Kimminau and his associate, Dan Costenbader, in bringing the joy and life lessons that come with playing golf to young people.

Beyond their own programs at the Club, which include a new inter-club PGA junior league program, Marc and Dan are working with their colleagues at Talbot County’s public Hog Neck Golf Course, to participate in the national First Tie program, as well as the frequent host of the annual AJGA tournament which brings over a hundred young golfers and their families from all over the country to Talbot County.

The Spy checked in with Marc and Dan a few weeks ago at the Club’s pro shop for an overview.

This video is approximately minutes in length. For more information about the Talbot Country Club’s golf programs please go here.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Time to Go to Trappe

There are many interesting things to look at in this c. 1960 Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection photo of Trappe, Maryland! When magnified the store on the corner’s name shows up as possibly D. T. Simpson & Son! Love that it has a Coca Cola vending machine, a telephone booth, a PeachBlossom Ice Cream sign and a gas pump! Does anyone know when the water tower and Sinclair Station on the right disappeared?

Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

Publisher Notes: The Spy Welcomes Columnist Angela Rieck

Adding to our roster of Spy columnists, we are pleased to welcome Angela Rieck as she begins her weekly column in both the Chestertown Spy and Talbot Spy today.

Dr. Rieck offers our Mid-Shore readers a unique perspective as a native of Caroline County and her professional life the led to her work at the prestigious Bell labs and other high tech companies after receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematical Psychology from the University of Maryland.

Now retired in St. Michaels (and periodically Key West), Angela has reconnected with her Eastern Shore roots as she combines her sense of place, a love of analysis, and an uncommon literary sensibility for a mathematician in her writing. All of which makes her point of view a perfect fit with the Spy’s ongoing quest for thoughtful commentary on our world on the Eastern Shore and beyond.

Angela’s column will be published every Thursday.

This Weekend In Easton – April 5-7, 2019

 

The Talbot Spy shares with its readers each week Discover Easton’s “This Weekend in Easton” events newsletter. Each edition takes a look at the community events going on in Easton for the coming weekend, and highlights Signature Events hosted by Discover Easton. From shows at the Avalon Theatre, fundraisers, art exhibits, in-store promotions, festivals, and more, there is always something to do in Easton, Maryland.

 

First Weekend
Fri., April 5 – Sun., April 7
Easton, Maryland

Shop | Dine | Arts
You’re invited to experience Easton on the first weekend of each month. Our local merchants are excited to show you what makes our business community special and showcase our Eastern Shore hospitality! More Info


Town of Easton Inaugural Arbor Day Celebration
Fri., April 5 | 1 p.m.
Waylands Pod Park (Intersection of Dover Rd. & June Way)

Celebrate Easton’s dedicated effort to keep our trees growing, streets green, and communities healthy! More Info


Easton Ghost Walk
Fri., April 5 | 7 p.m.
Meet In Front of the Tidewater Inn

Take a nighttime ghostly walk through the Eastern capital of Maryland. Filled with history and mystery, the Easton ghost walk is a hauntingly entertaining evening that is fun for the entire family. More Info


Diana Chittester
Fri., April 5 | 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room (40 E. Dover St)

“If you don’t believe an acoustic solo performance can fill a room with raw power, elegance, and intelligence concurrently, you haven’t experienced Diana Chittester.” – Jennifer Conn (The Devil Strip) More Info


Talbot County Resource Expo
Sat., April 6 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Easton Elementary (307 Glenwood Ave)

Come learn about the agencies and services available in Talbot County! Lunch Provided and Transportation Available. More Info


Carnival for Preschoolers
Sat., April 6 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Country School (716 Goldsborough St.)

Bring your little ones for a morning of fun! Games, prizes, snacks, Scooter Zone, and an inflatable slide & bouncy house will get the sillies out! More Info


Jesse Brock and Mainline Express
Sat., April 6 | 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room (40 E. Dover St)

When they get grooving like a well-oiled machine, you’re going to want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride through the musical landscape of a genuine American art form. More Info


Easton Airport “Cruise In” 2019
Sun., April 7 | 12-4 p.m.
Easton Airport (29137 Newnam Rd)

Easton Airport and the Chesapeake Classic Car Club are hosting a “Cruise In” for automobile enthusiasts and aviation lovers! Join us for a day of classic cars, cool airplanes, and lots of fun! More Info


Talbot Restaurant Week
April 7-13
Participating Talbot Restaurants

Participating restaurants offer prix fix lunches and dinners, many with special menus designed to showcase their finest dishes. More Info


Save the Date: Farmer Appreciation Day | April 13

A dozen Mid-Shore farms will be at Eat Sprout (335 N. Aurora St.) so locals can meet the growers behind their favorite food at Easton restaurants and local markets. Eat Sprout’s kitchen will be open for tours and demos. Live music, samples and demos by Eat Sprout chefs, ice cream made on site by Nice Farms Creamery, bottle feed baby farm animals, and learn where to find these local products in Easton! More Info

 

Avalon Foundation Moving Forward with 7,500 Seat Performing Arts Center

While it has always been in the back of the minds of the Avalon Foundation’s leadership to eventually find a new performance venue for their ever-growing number of concerts and attendees, board members and staff realistically assumed it would take decades before a building with of state-of-the-art amenities could become a reality.

That prediction changed dramatically six weeks ago.

Finally getting around to returning a phone call from a fellow attorney in Washington D.C., Avalon Foundation president, Denise Bode, was expecting to answer a minor legal question on land use in Talbot County, where she and her husband have a second home. What she received instead was the confidential notification that an anonymous client had committed to donate up to $35 million for a new performing arts center in Easton.

Perhaps more disorienting for Bode, as well as for Bob Rauch of Rauch, Inc., who had also been contacted about the proposed project, was the suggested timeline for both the gift and the construction schedule. The project would need to be fast-tracked and open at approximately the same time when the web giant Amazon would be opening their new East Coast offices in Virginia.

Being the professionals they were, both Bode and Rauch quickly discarded any thoughts of who the philanthropist was or why the peculiar timeline. Their job was to make the offer happen.

The following evening, Bode assembled the board’s executive leadership to outline the specifics of the offer. Within 30 minutes, a draft memorandum of understanding was approved, and by 11 pm that night, the project had been assigned to the Rauch team of engineers and architects.

But all that has not stopped the Talbot County rumor mill from its own speculation on the project’s donor and motivation.

Since Amazon announced their intention to move to the Washington, D.C. area, economists have projected a specific “Amazon effect” for the region. With the potential of thousands of affluent professionals flooding into the District, there will be a significant ripple impact for Talbot County as those families seek out vacation homes or weekend retreats.

Experts cite the example of Marin County as a good comparison. Marin, a mostly rural county just north of San Francisco, was invaded by newly-rich Silicon Valley executives seeking reprieve from the congestion of Bay Area. This phenomenon not only made real estate prices go sky high but dramatically increased funding for the arts.

In many take years, perhaps decades, to uncover the source of funding for the new performance complex, but those same experts suggest that the donor’s desire to significantly improving the Avalon’s capacity could well be linked to a savvy strategy to win over these tech millionaires early in the game.

Late last week Rauch made good on its first commitment of their contract by providing the Avalon board draft schematics of the facility and well as rough renderings of its interior, including some spaces already named for well-known VIPs in Talbot County.

This seemed to the Spy to be an excellent time to receive an official download from Denise and Bob on this remarkable turn of events for the Avalon and the community it has faith served for almost one hundred years.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information on the Avalon Foundation or to make a donation to their current capital campaign please go here.

Editor Note: Dear gentle reader, if you have been able to suspend your disbelief to the very end of this article, we must make it clear that this is entirely fake news to celebrate April Fools Day.

 

 

April 2019 Sky-Watch

In April, warmer nights start to make it easier for sky-watchers to spend more time enjoying the night sky. Several bright planets will add to the sky’s splendor this year, and the year’s first good meteor shower may be seen in the last half of the month. Mars, among the stars of Taurus the Bull, will be seen in our evening skies, but the best and brightest planets will be seen before dawn.

In mid-April, Mars stands high in the western sky, near Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. Binoculars will show Mars among the stars of the open star cluster called the Hyades. On April 8th, the waning crescent Moon may be seen just below Mars, until they both appear to set in the west around 11:00 pm.

Giant planet Jupiter rises in the southeast sky by 1:30 pm in early April, but by 11:30 pm at the end of the month. Bright at magnitude –2.3, Jupiter dominates against the background stars of constellation Ophiuchus. As we move closer to Jupiter in our orbit, its colored cloud bands (atmosphere) and its four biggest moons come into easy view through telescopes. On the morning of April 23rd, the gibbous Moon will be seen just above Jupiter.

Saturn rises in the southwest at 3:00 am on April 1st; by 1:30 am on April 30th. Any telescope will reveal Saturn’s spectacular rings which make Saturn a constant show-piece for sky-watchers. Both Saturn and Jupiter will be favorably placed in the southwest sky for several hours before dawn (Jupiter brighter and higher).

Venus is even brighter than Jupiter, but it does not rise until 5:30 am, which means it will be coming up in twilight. Even so, Venus can be seen in the gradually brightening sky, close to the eastern horizon.

This month one of the year’s better meteor showers, the Lyrids, will peak on the night of April 22nd/23rd. Normally 20 meteors per hour can be seen from this meteor shower, looking toward the northeast horizon from 9:00 pm to 1:30 pm. However the bright, nearly Full Moon (on the 19th), will make it harder to see the meteors because it rises around 11:00 pm. But if we look northeast starting around 10:00 pm and up to midnight before the Moon gets really high in the sky, we may see 5 to 10 meteors per hour. It is worth trying.

Meteor showers are caused by comet debris dropped from periodic comets passing through our upper atmosphere as we plunge into these debris fields in our orbit around the Sun. They are named by the constellation that occupies the place in the sky from which the comets appear to come. Thus the name, Lyrids, comes from the constellation, Lyra the harp.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Time to Go Shopping

Some of you may remember the second floor of Atkinsons Ladies Clothing Store on Washington Street Easton, Maryland? Excited to recently find this image in a Laird Wise Collection box of negatives! Such elegance on the balcony level of what later became Murdock’s Florist and is now the Vintage Book Store! Wasn’t that cable payment system to the balcony fun to watch?!!Contact:

Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

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