A red carpet, music, gifts, food, camaraderie! What a night! Joy was in the air.
The Showcase last night at the Academy Art Museum was a spectacular event. A red carpet was rolled out in the courtyard honoring the recipients of awards. A five piece brass ensemble from Easton High School regaled all attendees as they entered the building.
As you entered the building a Crash Box Theater group was dancing and singing lively Broadway tunes in their fluorescent orange t-shirts. You were so close to the performers you could feel the electricity emanating from their joyful energy.
We all moved into the Performing Arts auditorium. Joan Levy gave a brief history of Talbot Arts after which Amy Steward enumerated the countless endeavors by Donald Buxton through his decades in Talbot County in the development of Chesapeake Music from its inception that will continue into the future now that it has a home in the Praeger Family Auditorium. Joan spoke of James Redmond for his continuing efforts to bring arts to historic Moton School. Past Presidents Pat Rogan and Nancy Larson were awarded commemorative bowls handcrafted by Paul Aspell with the new Talbot Arts logo.
The featured audience members were the youth sitting in the front two rows who have achieved much in their young lives through the assistance of Talbot Arts which makes pursuing the arts a little easier for their parents because it funds many endeavors. I almost felt I was stepping back in time to the days when my own son Julian was the recipient of such assistance for his musical pursuits. So it was a true joy to see the young people there. Coincidentally one was named Julian, a young vocal student.
The life that pulsated through the crowd that attended was electric because of the transmission of energy through music. There was also delicious food.
The highlight of the presentation was the video shown at the end. It was excellently produced and left everyone feeling amazed and grateful. It featured many significant contributions by local citizens who bring the arts to everyone to create a long-lasting sense of community. And to top it off as we exited the auditorium the Bay Country Chorus was singing on the stairway to continue that glorious feeling of joy.
It was one of the funnest evenings I’ve ever attended here. It made me proud to be a Talbot Countian.
Sheryl Southwick is an artist and art instructor living in Easton, Maryland.
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