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CBMM opens new tugboat exhibit: “Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats”

“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD.

The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake.

In addition to interactive displays along with the images and stories of life on tugboats, the exhibit includes a large, compound steam engine salvaged from the 1924 C&O railroad tug, W. J. Harahan (ex-Chessie, ex-El Toro).

Visitors will gain historical perspective on what has changed in the world of tugboats on the Bay since their first arrival, and meet some of the captains and crews who work—and sometimes live—aboard these hard-working boats.

To gather the stories of these men and women, CBMM Folklorist Michelle Zacks went aboard tugs, photographed their work, collected photographs from some of the crews, and conducted a series of oral history interviews all around the Bay.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters

Sunday, 3/11/2012 at Vulcan's Rest Fibers

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters, 4 pm -7pm   $30  

What do you do when the knit shop is closed and you realize that you dropped a stitch 2 hours ago? This class will help knitters with such problems as keeping stitches from falling off the needle, dealing with twisted circular knitting needle cables, joining new ball of yarn and how to deal with twisted stitches, how to pick up a dropped stitch, knit in the round with two circular needles, figure out why your knitting is getting wider or narrower when it shouldn't be and more. 

ESWA Meeting: “Love Your Facebook, Babe"

Milford, DE, March 10, 2012 – Mindie Burgoyne, author, blogger, social networker, and speaker, will be showing writers how to use social media to their advantage on March 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Pizza Palace located in Milford, DE.

The meeting is free and open to the public. An optional lunch follows the presentation, allowing time for networking among writers and guests.

Mindie has been a featured speaker on marketing and use of social media platforms for diverse groups ranging from the Delaware Association of Realtors and Rotary International to the Maryland Economic Development, and Maryland Writers Associations. She has also spoken on the topic at the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference. She has a large following on both Facebook and Twitter that includes over 20,000 followers, fans and blog subscribers.

“I just did Mindie’s blogging seminar at Chesapeake (College). She is well worth seeing,” says writer and blogger Shalagh Hogan. “Her no-nonsense use of extraordinary detail and examples about what does and does not work for her make sense to anyone new to social networking.”

             The author of three books about Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore, Mindie’s writing and photographs have been featured in publications like Music News, National Catholic Reporter, Vancouver Sun, Coastal Style, and Maryland Life, as well as in the National Geographic Television Network, the Today Show, and CBS News. Mindie also works as a business development consultant for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and freelances as a marketing consultant and trainer.

Beginner model boatbuilding offered at CBMM March 31-April 1

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) Model Guild in St. Michaels, MD is offering a beginner model boatbuilding workshop from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. Participants will be led step-by-step by skilled craftsman to create a half-hull model of the clipper Pride of Baltimore II. Class size is limited, with pre-registration needed.

Band sawed from a two-toned wood block and carved to the rounded shape of the Pride’s hull, the half-hull model is then mounted on a baseboard to form a fine wall display.

AN EVENING OF ART HISTORY WITH ANNE ALLBEURY-HOCK

Anne Allbeury-Hock, a well-know local artist, with present a lecture on “The History of Plein Air Painting" on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.

Attendees will enjoy a 50-minute presentation with color slides on the History of Plein Air Painting beginning in the early 1800’s in England, Holland, and France.

The program is free for DCA members; $5.00 for non-members; and light refreshments will be included. To register, call 410-228-7782.

February Classes: Queen Anne's County Arts Council & Centre for the Arts

February 10 – March 30: Drawing 100, ages 16+ Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. Learn the principles, tools and media used in drawing with an emphasis on still life, landscape and architecture. Experienced instructor and professional artist Rick Strittmater, www.blackpooldesign.com, teaches a variety of approaches using dry media. Register by 2/3, $105 members/$114 non members. Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

February 11: Valentine Afternoon Tea, ages 14 + Saturday.,2 p.m.- 4 p.m.Enjoy a delightful afternoon of tea, traditional high tea finger foods, and make a Valentine Card for your someone special. Creative Memories consultant Cathy Downes is on hand to guide you in the card-making process. Two Small Works raffle tickets are included in the class cost. Register by 2/11, $25 members/$30 non members. Limited seating. Held at the Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520.

ADKINS ARBORETUM OFFERS SOUP ’N WALK PROGRAMS

Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and fleeting ephemeral flowers. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

Seeking Snow and Winter Warmth
Sat., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Search out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun, and possibly snow-covered plants, on this wintry walk. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: Chicken soup with greens and sweet potatoes, broccoli bud salad, pumpernickel bread with mint jelly, and gingerbread with lemon sauce.

Buds and Early Blooms
Sat., March 17, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Many trees and shrubs are sporting new spring buds, fiddleheads are emerging on Christmas fern, and early pink and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Register for a one-hour or two-hour walk to check out skunk cabbage, spring beauty, and bloodroot blooms and the soft buds of paw paw, dogwood, hickory and tulip tree. Menu: Carrot and cauliflower soup with herbs, avocado and pink grapefruit salad, dill rye bread with strawberry jam, and chocolate walnut cookies.

SALISBURY UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ELLEN LAWLER TO DISCUSS WRITINGS OF NATURALIST HENRY CALLISTER AT ADKINS ARBORETUM

Henry Callister, a native of the Isle of Man, arrived on the Eastern Shore in 1742, working as a factor for a Liverpool-based trading company. Although most of his days were spent overseeing shipments of tobacco to England and managing the company’s stores on the Shore, his unpublished papers show that one of his many interests was a passion for local natural history. On Fri., Feb. 10, join Salisbury University professor Ellen Lawler at Adkins Arboretum for a discussion of Callister’s nature writings. Lawler’s talk begins at 1 p.m.

Composed of brief descriptions of local birds, mammals, plants and insects, Callister’s writings also include an extended essay on swallows, comparing the species found in Maryland to those of Europe and discussing an ongoing debate of the day—whether swallows migrate or hibernate. Callister’s writings may be among the earliest in Maryland , and demonstrate that he was a keen observer of nature and had ideas well ahead of his time on topics such as the homing abilities of animals and the adaptability of species to different habitats and situations.

The program is $15 for members, $20 for the general public. Register at adkinsarboretum.org, call 410.634.2847, ext. 0, or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org.

Drawing 100 Class

Drawing basics are the keys to understanding perspective, light and shade and the cornerstones of a sound art background. The essential principles, tools and media are the starting points for students in Drawing 100. From here students will move on to develop their critical thinking skills fundamental to understanding art and the study of contour, gesture, modeling, value, color and perspective, with special attention to drawing from observation. Students will learn to discuss their artwork by exploring a variety of approaches using dry media and an emphasis on still life, landscape and architecture. Local excursions weather permitting. No prior art instruction necessary. Materials: registered students will receive a supply list.

Classes begin on Friday, February 10 and run through March 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor Rick Strittmater has extensive professional experience in advertising, publication, packaging, tradeshow and exhibit design, digital and traditional illustration. He holds a B.F.A. from the Cleveland Art Institute and has taught graduate and undergraduate level curriculum at the University of Baltimore and Anne Arundel Community College. www.blackpooldesign.com

TAX TIPS FOR PARENTS ON DEPENDENTS AND EXEMPTIONS

Tax Laws are complex and continue to change each year. Current research indicates that individuals are likely to make errors when preparing their tax returns. Some tax rules affect every person who may have to file a federal income tax return – these rules include dependents and exemptions. Here are six important facts the IRS wants you to know about dependents and exemptions that will help you file your 2011 tax return.

  1. Exemptions reduce your taxable income. There are two types of exemptions: personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents. For each exemption you can deduct $3,700 on your 2011 tax return.
  2. Your spouse is never considered your dependent. On a joint return, you may claim one exemption for yourself and one for your spouse. If you’re filing a separate return, you may claim the exemption for your spouse only if they had no gross income, are not filing a joint return, and were not the dependent of another taxpayer.
  3. Exemptions for dependents. You generally can take an exemption for each of your dependents. A dependent is your qualifying child or qualifying relative. You must list the social security number of any dependent for whom you claim an exemption.

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