Ferry Cruise Guests Enjoy Evening For Mentors

About fifty guests embarked on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the Oxford Ferry on September 9th in support of Talbot Mentors. Passengers enjoyed music by blues guitarist Rick Forrest, appetizers and refreshments while the ferry cruised the Tred Avon River.

Talbot Mentors Program Coordinator Jessika Best thanked Captains Tom and Judy Bixler for providing their vessel for the fundraiser. “The sky was absolutely beautiful,” she said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for a sunset cruise.” She added her appreciation to Forrest for the entertainment and Al Smith for spearheading the event.

Funds raised will support Talbot Mentors’ program of matching volunteers with children who can benefit from additional adult friendships in their lives.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

Students inspired by Legos robotics program at Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers

Twenty-seven area students had an interesting reply when asked, “what did you do during your summer vacation?” The students participated in a hands-on robotics and interactive program, which was designed to teach engineering skills through play. The program took place at Easton Elementary School as part of a summer program for Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center (CACC), Easton.

During the daylong program taught by 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Thomas Hutson, the children planned, built and programmed their own robots with the use of Legos and a laptop computer. The robotics program is one of many interactive, educationally-based specialty programs offered by CACC.  

Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC), Easton, is an accredited, educationally-based childcare program serving more than 450 children aged two through 15 in five locations throughout Talbot County. CACC is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) Office of Child Care and all four early learning sites are accredited by MSDE's Early Learning Division.

Hearthstone Health and Fitness Donates New Member Joining Fees to Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Local Health & Wellness Center Supports Youth Challenge Course

Hearthstone Health and Fitness recently donated $2,250 to the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Easton. One hundred percent of the fitness center’s July new member joining fees were given in support of the center’s outdoor Challenge Course and other youth programs. 

“It has always been my desire to select worthy local organizations to periodically benefit from our membership drives. Pickering Creek was a logical choice since its mission dovetails nicely with what Hearthstone is doing,” commented Hearthstone President, Dave Tuthill. “Their youth Challenge Course helps prepare young people for both the physical and mental demands of adult life. Their emphasis on holistic education and practices will help these young people become vibrant and productive adults. It is a pleasure to be helping out Pickering Creek in this way. We are very pleased to channel a significant contribution to them as a result of our membership initiative.”

Pickering Creek Audubon Center is dedicated to community-based conservation of natural resources through environmental education and outreach on the Eastern Shore. The 400-acre working farm next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County features a variety of ways the community can engage with nature and is free and open to the public 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. The center has been providing excellent environmental and science education programs to students from eight Maryland Counties and the District of Columbia for more than 25 years. Over 16,000 school children visit each year and are given the opportunity to make a physical and emotional connection to the Chesapeake Bay. The Challenge Course is just one of the many youth programs the center offers.

CBMM offers woodworking, new boat shop programs

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD has announced a new fall series of programs in the museum’s boat shop. The public programs begin September 14 and continue through November 23, with limited space and pre-registration needed.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop program takes place on September 14 and 28, October 26, and November 9 and 23, and invites members of the public to work on a small woodworking project of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project. Participants will receive the advice and guidance of an experienced shipwright and woodworker and can expect assistance with CBMM’s machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project. Small-scale projects could include plans for a small gift, frames, furniture, models, artwork, and more. The Friday Open Boat Shop program runs from 5:30-8:30pm and costs $20 per session for CBMM members and $30 per session for non-members. Space is limited with pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8pm, Woodcuts with Kevin Garber offers the opportunity to meet the master printmaker as he demonstrates and discusses the proper techniques for duplicating a print from an early 1960s Philip McMartin wood cut. Garber’s work can be found in the Kemper Art Museum and Island Press at Washington University, as well as in collections throughout the country, including the Whitney Art Museum in New York City, and in CBMM’s new exhibit, Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats. The cost is $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members, with space limited and pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941.

Plein Air–Easton! Photography Competition Exhibits Opens Sept. 7 at Christine-Daniels Gallery

Winning photographs from the 2012 Plein Air–Easton! Photography Contest will be exhibited at the Christine-Daniels Gallery in downtown Easton during the month of September.

The Plein Air–Easton! Photography Competition attracted photographers from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Prominent Maryland photographer Mike Morgan judged the contest and selected the winners from more than 250 entries. Prizes were announced at an awards ceremony held on August 16.

Winners are as follows . . .

BEST IN SHOW         Charles Riter, Easton MD                                “Sunrise at the Wharf”

Second Place               Coleman Sellers IV, Centreville MD                “Flying Cloud”

Third Place                 Nancy O. Henry, McDaniel MD                                  “Evening Walk in St. Michaels”          

Honorable Mention    Leslie Sinclair, Rehoboth Beach DE                “St. Michaels Vignette”

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.

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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