Talbot County Jeweler Gives Strand of Pearls to Every High School Female Graduate

Silver Linings Continues “Pearls of Promise” Tradition

Silver Linings of Talbot County recently recognized each female graduate of Easton and St. Michaels High Schools with a beautiful strand of hand-strung freshwater pearls. Silver Linings is the only known jeweler in the United States to give a gift to every young woman in a graduating high school class.

This initiative, entitled "Pearls of Promise", was developed in 2011 by Silver Linings' owner, Aida Leisure. This year, Silver Linings staff members volunteered their time to hand string and knot almost 200 strands of pearls. Each necklace is finished with a traditional sterling silver filigree clasp and takes about one hour to complete. The necklaces are valued at $75.

The 2012 Easton and St. Michaels High School graduates received their pearls prior to graduation, giving them the opportunity to wear their pearls to the ceremony if they so choose.


The villains of Dangerous Beauty are some of the familiar plants that make the Eastern Shore so beautiful in spring. In this show of watercolors and drawings of invasive plants, now on view at Adkins Arboretum, you will see the pretty white blossoms of Bradford pear trees, elegant purple wisteria blossoms that so often grace porch trellises, and the orange daylilies that brighten our roadsides. But as botanical artists Lee D’Zmura and Tina Brown will tell you, there’s something wrong here.

On view through July 27, with a reception on Sat., June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m., this show was six years in the making. Creating botanical art is a slow business, as the character of each plant must be faithfully reproduced, and these two artists have a message to get across.

Invasives are plants that spread aggressively outside of their natural ranges. When they colonize a new area, there are often no natural controls, such as insects, diseases or foraging animals, to keep them in check, and they may choke out native plants and destroy the food sources of native animals.

The arching prickly red stems of wineberry shown in one of Brown’s mixed media paintings have become a familiar sight in our local fields, and English ivy, illustrated in a watercolor by D’Zmura, smothers trees in many neighborhoods. Both were originally brought to North America as garden plants.

Brown explained, “Sometimes people plant them. Sometimes they come by accident.”

An example of a species that arrived by accident is the one animal in the show, the brown marmorated stink bug. In a small drawing showing the exquisitely intricate patterning on the stink bug’s shell, D’Zmura portrays the annoying insect that has quickly become all too familiar to most of us since it arrived from Asia in 1998 hidden in some packing materials.

See What's Happening at Queen Anne's County Libraries this Summer!

Tuesdays, June 12 and July 17 at 10:30 a.m.

LEGO® Introduction to Engineering

Ages: K-5th grade

An introduction to the concept of engineering and to LEGO® materials paired with a specific design challenge: a chair for Mr. Bear. Please call 410-643-8161 to register. Registration opens June 1. Free. Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville.


Wednesdays,  June 13, 27 and July 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 a.m.              

Junie B. Jones Club

For ages 6-9

Talk about your favorite series and make Junie B. crafts! Please call 410-643-8161 to register. Registration opens June 1. Free. Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in June of 2012

Children’s Programs (Note: Pre-registration is requested for all programs except those requiring tickets.)

Summer Reading Program

All branches of the Talbot County Free Library will be participating in the national collaborative summer reading programs: Dream Big: Read! (for children) and Own the Night (for teens). Throughout the summer, readers will be invited to explore the variety of multicultural books and DVDs that are available at the library.  These programs feature great prizes!


The Dorchester Center for the Arts is providing Mini Day Camps and Full Day Camps for children beginning in June. These week-long sessions provide creative fun under the supervision of experienced artists. Classes are designated by age, and enrollees must be the age stated in the description. Children are group according to attention span, hand size and manual dexterity, not creative maturity. Scholarships are available.

Bead it! Weave it! Wear it! Mini Camp for ages 6 – 9 - Taught by Anna Mulfinger

Children will create beaded jewelry, weaving friendship bracelets, and creating quilted bags perfect for cell phones and ipods. Projects are suitable for boys and girls. Fees are $85 for DCA members; $100 for non-members and supplies are included. The class will run June 25-29 from 9:00 to 11:45. a.m.

Bead it! Weave it! Wear it! Mini Camp for ages 9 and up -- Taught by Anna Mulfinger

Older students will create delicate beadwork for fine jewelry, weave friendship bracelets and

fashion an altered tee that can be worn. This class is appropriate for boys and girls. Fees are $85 for DCA members: $100 for non-members and most supplies are included. Participants must bring two t-shirts to cut and sew. The class will run June 25-29 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Homeless Pets Supply Drive in June

Stevensville, Maryland:   Chesapeake Cats and Dogs (CCAD) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Centreville Shipping & Services, Inc. and Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack to help homeless pets this summer. 

“The economy has contributed to many people giving up their pets and kitten season is in full swing.  At the end of the supply drive, CCAD plans to share the donations with Queen Anne’s County Animal Services and Caroline County Humane Society”, said a CCAD Volunteer.

From June 1st to June 15th, you can donate pet supplies at the following locations:  Centreville Shipping, 631 Railroad Ave.; MSP Centreville Barrack, 311 Safety Dr.; or CCAD Center, 300A Island Professional Park, Stevensville.  Suggested items include: cat food (canned or dry), dog food (canned or dry), clumping cat litter, cat and dog treats/biscuits, paper towels, bleach and kitchen trash bags.

Queen Anne’s County Free Library Launches Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore the night this summer as the Queen Anne’s County Free Library presents “Dream Big—READ!” during its annual summer reading program. The 2012 summer reading program is open to young people, from babies through teens, with programs, story hours, a reading club, and more.  Beginning on June 11 and continuing through July 28, readers can pick up their independent summer reading club materials.

Families with children from birth through age 5 are invited to join the Read-To-Me club. They will receive a game board with literacy activities for child and caregiver to complete together, along with a suggested reading list of bedtime stories, nursery rhymes, and concept books.

Children entering kindergarten through grade 5 will receive a summer reading bag that includes a reading log, game board, sticker, and bookmark.

Teens are invited to participate in “Own the Night,” a summer reading program for rising 6th-12th graders, which pairs a game board with peer book reviews. Special teen events include book discussions, a teen writers group, creation of a LEGO® skyline, and an opportunity to make no-sew fleece blankets for a local children’s hospital.

Mid Shore Mediation Expands Parenting Plan Capacity

Couples working through divorce with children involved increasingly are turning to a local organization to help resolve issues in a peaceful, non-confrontational manner. Mid Shore Community Mediation Center offers no-cost parenting plan mediation services to Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot County residents.

Since the organization was founded in 2005, it has expanded its range of mediations to include a wide variety of dispute resolution services. When it began offering parenting plan mediations, the need quickly became apparent for this alternative to more adversarial methods of resolving child-related issues in separations and divorce. In addition to parenting plan mediations, its Family Mediation Program includes assistance with other divorce conflicts, such as dispositions of marital property.


The National Music Festival will fill Chestertown with music from June 3-16, 2012. This annual orchestral training festival has relocated permanently to Chestertown.

The Festival brings together world-class musicians (mentors) and gifted young musicians on the cusp of their professional careers (apprentices).  About 110 apprentices will join almost 30 mentors for the 2012 season.  The musicians come from all over the world, and all apprentices attend on full tuition scholarship. In addition to the apprenticeship program, the Festival offers guitar and saxophone workshops, which are open to students of all ages and skill levels.  A total of 190 musicians is expected.

The Festival was founded by Caitlin Patton and Richard Rosenberg in late 2010, and had its debut season last year in Floyd, Virginia.

“We are so excited about moving to Kent County and working with all of the great organizations that are already here. We have been blown away by the enthusiasm we have seen from this community,” says Patton, the Festival’s executive director. Patton grew up on the Eastern Shore, is a Washington College alumna and spent much of her life as a Chestertown resident. “It’s good to be back home,” she says.

In December 2011 she moved back to Chestertown with her husband, Richard Rosenberg, who is the Festival’s artistic director and co-founder, and their dogs, cats, and horse. In addition to her duties with the Festival, Patton teaches violin and is a freelance writer. In the fall she will teach “Introduction to Arts Leadership” at Washington College, and she has just published her first e-book, “How to Build Capacity in Your Small Nonprofit.”

A Women’s Event Promises Time to Explore, Relax and Reset this Fall

What could be more relaxing and inspiring than an autumn women’s weekend away on Maryland’s Eastern Shore? On October 5-7, 2012, women will retreat to historic downtown Easton, MD, an evolving hub for the arts near the Chesapeake Bay, for A Women’s Event. This weekend getaway encourages women to reconnect with other women and their own interests, including enhancing their knowledge of the arts, nature and wellness – topics of great relevance in their lives today. 

Women will enjoy rare opportunities to explore, relax and reset through their own personally-designed curriculum of stimulating lectures, engaging workshops and fun classes.

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