2012 CreateAThon® applications now available for area nonprofit organizations

Local public relations agency donates more than $85,000 in marketing services

            Maryland nonprofits can begin applying for free marketing support through a national program available regionally through Purple Cat, a mid-shore public relations firm, and Octo Design Group, Philadelphia. The program is open to all 501(c) 3 non-profits from Baltimore through the mid-shore.

            Applications are available by contacting (410) 604-2319, create@purplecatpr.com or can be downloaded at www.purplecatpr.com. The deadline is July 20.

            Since the Maryland program began eight years ago, 27 Maryland non-profits and one New Orleans non-profit have been assisted with projects valued at $85,177.

            Last year Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers of Easton was awarded the Maryland CreateAThon® project, which was a board retreat session focusing on marketing and branding. In 2010 Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center of Easton was selected for the program and received a brand evaluation as its project.

Application process closes July 20

            “The CreateAThon® application process is much easier than most grant proposals,” says Carol D’Agostino, owner of Purple Cat. “There are some basic questions about the organization and its mission, and then the organization is asked to describe three wish projects. I encourage groups to look at their strategic plan and see where they have fallen short in the area of communications and marketing,” adds D’Agostino.

Notes on the River - Team Efforts

By Tim Junkin

Just last month, Drew Koslow, our Choptank Riverkeeper, working in collaboration with landowners Ann and Bill Collier, managed the installation of three agridrain structures on  Collier’s Morgan Farm, located in northern Caroline County near the town of Henderson.  These structures are designed to reduce nitrogen loads entering our streams and rivers. 

The Colliers grow corn, soybeans, and wheat, and raise broilers in two poultry barns on their 600 acre farm.  Their crop fields drain into ditches, some of which are normally dry, but carry surface runoff into nearby PDA’s, that drain to the Tuckahoe River during rain events.  The agridrain structures serve as little dams in the ditch, with a series of flashboards that allow the Colliers to regulate the water levels upstream of the structures.  The water retained in the ditch facilitates a biological process whereby nitrate that is dissolved in the water is converted to harmless nitrogen gas—a process termed denitrification.  Such devices have been shown to reduce nitrate levels in ditches by up to sixty percent. As an incidental benefit, they also raise the water table during dry weather, providing moisture to the roots of established crops.

Bill and Ann Collier are leaders in conservation initiatives in our community and longstanding members of the Choptank Tributary Strategy Team.  Some time ago Bill urged Midshore Riverkeepers to become more active in assisting farmers in the development of innovative pollution reduction measures, and offered to collaborate in the effort.  Drew Koslow located and, through MRC, secured a $48,000 grant from the Chesapeake Fund to implement this project.  He helped manage the project and will test the water coming out of the ditch for several years to evaluate the results.  The actual funding was provided by Pepco Holdings and administered by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Forest Trends.  John Shepard and Caroline County’s Soil Conservation District surveyed and designed the project.  It became a team effort.

Pursue Your Interests or Chart a New Direction at A Women’s Event This Fall

Women will have the opportunity to join like-minded women to pursue their interests or chart a new direction at A Women’s Event on October 5-7, 2012 in historic Easton, MD. This weekend getaway explores the fields of the arts, nature, and wellness – offering women the opportunity to be creative and gain new insights, have fun with friends, and relax in a picturesque setting away from hectic daily life. Weekend participants will discover new found passions and talents through more than 30 options for classes, workshops, tours and speakers in three energizing tracks.  Topics range from painting and poetry to yoga and bird watching to slowing aging and improving balance in their lives.   

Women will have the opportunity to delve into arts through a studio visit with master colorist Louis Escobedo, pottery painting at Clay Bakers, a pastel studio workshop with professional artist Katie Cassidy, oil painting with master painter Matthew Hillier, a poetry workshop with two-time Pulitzer nominee and 2010 Maryland Author Award-winning poet Sue Ellen Thompson, a writers’ workshop with award-winning internationally published author Kathryn Kimball Johnson, a tour of a 17th century Quaker Meetinghouse, a workshop with photographer and digital printmaker George Holzer, a photojournalism workshop with acclaimed “Time Magazine” photojournalist Sahm Doherty-Sefton, and a glass fusion class with Clay and Glass by the Bay.

Easton Library to Offer Science Camps

This July the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer science camps for several different age groups. 

On July 2, 3, and 5, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., children entering grades 1 and 2 can attend the Wonders of Science Camp.  Among their adventures, these campers will explore pond life using a computer microscope, learn about the life cycles of frogs, and create their own “Investigation Kit.” 

On July 2, 3, 5, and 6, from 11:00 – noon, children entering grades 3 and 4 can attend the Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay Science Camp.  Among their adventures, these campers will learn about the minute organisms living in the Bay, learn something of its geological history, and, in turn, the processes that shape our planet. 

On July 10 and 12, from 10:00 – noon, children entering grades 5 – 8 can attend their own Science Camp.  Among their adventures, these campers will learn about the differences between solids and liquids, what makes a polymer, and what makes an electrical circuit.

Chester jewelry store celebrates fifth anniversary; gives back to two local groups

            Five years ago Paula A. Warner of Chester opened Paula’s Fine Jewelry with the goal of becoming the region’s family jewelry store where customers could find jewelry and keepsakes to mark special occasions as well provide “me-gifts” for customers to treat themselves. Her vision also included becoming part of the fabric of the community by supporting local charities.

            This tradition of giving back continued as Ms. Warner celebrated the fifth anniversary of the store’s opening with her customers and local business groups: Chesapeake Women’s Network, Queen Anne’s County Chapter; Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce; and Business Queen Anne’s, as well as two local organizations, Cancer Comfort Angels, Chester, Md., and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, Md.

"Best of the Eastern Shore" recognizes Cambridge businesses

A record eight businesses in downtown Cambridge businesses received honors in the 2012 "Best of the Eastern Shore" awards issued by What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. That brings to 17 the number of "Best of the Eastern Shore" awards bestowed on downtown businesses over the past three years.

The winning businesses are:


Bistro Poplar: Best French Restaurant

The High Spot: Best Gastropub

Leaky Pete's Oyster & Wine Bar: Best Bar Food



Crabi Gras: Best Gift Shop

Dragonfly: Best Women's Clothing Boutique

Internationally Acclaimed Chamber Musicians and Talented Newcomers Perform at 2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival’s Week Two

Chesapeake Chamber Music’s 27th annual Festival continues through June 17, 2012, featuring 19 artists, including internationally acclaimed chamber musicians and talented newcomers to the Eastern Shore Festival scene.  On Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville will welcome newcomers violist Hsin-Yun Huang and flutist Mindy Heinsohn, who will join Festival veterans in a program entitled “Quint-Essential,” featuring chamber works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  The concert will include a Boccherini string quintet, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs.  Huang recently founded the Variation String Trio and has performed with such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk and Menahem Pressler.  Heinsohn grew up in Talbot County and had her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Kryzstof Penderecki.  She has worked with other notable conductors such as Marin Alsop, Reinbert de Leeuw, and Peter Oundjian. 

Other musicians new to the Festival this year include Lydia Brown on piano, David Jolley on French horn, Julia Lichten on cello, and Thomas Fleming on bassoon, all of whom will perform during the Festival’s second week.  Brown, who is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, and also a member of the vocal program of the Marlboro Music Festival, will perform in Beethoven’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 11 on Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m. at Heathland Manor House at Hunters Oak in Queenstown.  

Jolley is a member emeritus of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he currently performs with the virtuoso wind quintet Windscape and the Fleisher-Jolley-Tree-O with Leon Fleisher and Michael Tree. He will appear in a recital on Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Church in Easton with pianist Diane Walsh and violinist Daniel Phillips.  Jolley will also perform in the St. Michaels concert on Saturday, June 16 at 4 p.m., where works of Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave will be featured, as well as at the Angels Concert in Trappe on June 17.  Jolley recently served as one of three final judges for the just-completed Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.

Evergreen Cove Announces “Play Local” Benefit Raffle

Tickets are on sale now for Evergreen Cove’s “Play Local” benefit raffle.  Proceeds from this raffle support Evergreen Cove’s programs and services, including the non-profit learning center’s new Veterans Project designed to support our local heroes.

In addition to its regular schedule of classes and workshops, Evergreen Cove has offered special programs, such as a day-long retreat for breast cancer survivors, yoga classes for people with autoimmune disorders and other physical challenges, and weight loss and smoking cessation programs.  Ongoing programs address stress, pain, osteoporosis, injury recovery, and depression.  The upcoming Veterans Project is designed to assist veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Evergreen Cove will be offering yoga classes and mindfulness for stress reduction beginning this fall and  intends for these to be the first in a series of programs designed especially for Veterans.

Juneteenth Celebration Set for June 16 at Academy Art Museum

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum recently announced plans for a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery.  It commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when the slaves in Galveston, Texas first received the word of the Emancipation Proclamation, which Abraham Lincoln had issued two and one-half years earlier on January 1, 1863. 

According to Eric Lowery, President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, "Our goal is to celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values and ideals that we share as a community.  Last year’s Juneteenth Celebration was particularly exciting with the dedication of the statue of Frederick Douglass at the Talbot County Courthouse -- and we are preparing another great program for this year.”

The centerpiece of the Juneteenth Celebration will be a special screening of the new documentary “Double Victory” about the historic role of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II at 2:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.  These pioneering African Americans bravely fought a war on two fronts: fascism abroad and racial injustice at home.  “Double Victory” was produced by George Lucas and serves as a companion to the feature film “Red Tails” now in theatres nationwide.  A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring original Tuskegee Airmen sharing their personal experience, moderated by Vic Carter, WJZ’S Eyewitness News Co-Anchor.  The program is part of the Double Victory Museum Tour, which also includes an Education Guide and Faith Study Guide.

"STUDIO EXPERIENCE 4U" - Call for Artists

The Talbot County Visual Art Center is hosting an Art Show "Studio Experience 4U" that will highlight the studio work of its members and the members of the Paint Talbot Group. We are interested in only artwork that has been done in the studio for this show.

The show will open for Easton’s First Friday, July 6th with an opening reception running from 5 – 7pm at the Art Center. The show will run from July 6th through July 28th. Our hours of operation are Thursday-Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

Drop off for this show will be July 5th from 2 – 5pm. All exhibiting artists may bring in 3 gallery ready pieces of artwork, which means properly framed, with a wire for hanging. If 3-dimensional work is presented, please make sure you have a pedestal for the piece. There is a $10 hanging fee per artist or you may sit at the gallery for one 2 ½ hour shift at the Art Center in exchange for this fee.

Any questions, please call Jackie Pfaff-Pratt, 443-385-0411 or at the Art Center during Friday hours, 410-819-0966.

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