The High Line is a public park built on a historic elevated freight rail line on Manhattan’s West Side. Inspired by the spontaneous wild garden that found habitat among its abandoned tracks, it has become the most inspiring new urban park of our time. Each year, millions of visitors from around the world come to walk this magical mile in the sky, exploring the city’s history, architecture and culture while immersed in artful naturalism, all at a safe remove from speeding traffic on the streets below.

Rick Darke has been photographing the High Line for a decade. On Thurs., May 24, he will discuss his experience of observing and documenting its transformation from a completely wild place to an intricately designed and managed landscape.

Darke’s lecture will begin at 1 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, Md. The talk will examine the High Line from birth to abandonment to reincarnation while seeking insights into the future of this and other post-industrial urban ecologies.

Academy Art Museum Offers Lecture on Shakespeare vs. de Vere Controversy

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 6 p.m. the Academy Art Museum will be providing a lecture by Mark Anderson, journalist and author of the book, “Shakespeare by Another Name.” A recent Hollywood movie, “Anonymous,” posits that it was the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, who actually created Shakespeare’s timeless body of work.

Mark Anderson's lecture outlines the "Shakespeare" controversy and delves into the year DeVere spent in Renaissance Italy having adventures that bear an uncanny resemblance to the plots of “The Merchant of Venice,” “Othello,” ”The Comedy of Errors,” “Romeo and Juliet” and other masterpieces by "Shakespeare.” In the centuries since the death of William Shakespeare, more and more questions have arisen about the true author of the plays and poetry conventionally attributed to him.  The cost of the lecture is $15 for Academy members and $20 for non-members.  For further information, visit www.academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Academy Art Museum May Schedule of Events



An Exotic Adventure to the Kingdom of Morocco

Friday, May 4, 4 p.m. FREE

Lecture: “Morocco: America’s Oldest Friend”

Former US Ambassador to Morocco, Ed Gabriel

Gabriel will share some little known history between the US and Morocco, including Morocco being the first to recognize the US as a country and signing the first treaty with the US. Learn fascinating facts about Morocco’s role in protecting the Jewish population during WWII, protecting women’s rights in the Arab world, and setting the pace for fashion, food and décor during the past decade.


Marrakesh Souk

Saturday, May 5, noon – 6 p.m.

Step into Marrakesh for a market where artisans, craftsmen and vendors sell their handmade goods, such as carpets, caftans, tunics, purses and spices from the regions of Morocco. A dramatic staged performance of traditional Moroccan music and a fashion show will entertain shoppers as they experience the bargaining process for handcrafted Moroccan items over a cup of mint tea and Moroccan pastries.  Special guests, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco and Mrs. Rachad Bouhlal will take part in the festivities.

Funds from the weekend fundraiser support the Academy Art Museum’s mission to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding art collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs for dance, painting, music and more.

Free June 12 concert at CBMM with 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band

On Tuesday, June 12 beginning at 7pm, the public is invited to an evening of live music along the waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. The 28-member, 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band will perform a selection of patriotic music spanning a number of eras and genres from the museum’s historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand.

The concert is free and open to the public, with guests encouraged to bring chairs and blankets, along with any food or beverages they may want to enjoy. Museum members will be served refreshments at a special VIP hospitality area during the concert.  

Based in Parkville, MD, the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band serves the Adjutant General, the Maryland Army National Guard and the citizens of Maryland by performing patriotic music throughout the year.

For more information, email havefun@cbmm.org, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org

Newberry Award-Winning Children’s Author to Visit St. Michaels Library

On Thursday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m., in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Newberry Award Winner Jack Gantos—author of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Dead End in Norvelt, and a host of other children’s classics—will talk about his books and writing.  Gantos has visited the library before, and he proved very popular with both children and adults.  The author’s appearance is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library.  

Registration open: Themed summer camps announced for area pre-schoolers to teens

EASTON, MD –  Summertime presents one of those Catch 22 situations for most parents. Gone are the evenings of plowing through homework and the endless searches through backpacks for the field trip permission slip or that important note from their child’s school. With this seemingly carefree time comes the inevitable realization that you need to engage your child in a safe and somewhat productive, and fun activity while you are at work. Fortunately summer program opportunities often foot the bill.

            Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Easton, Md., has announced its summer program offerings at two locations in Easton as well as St. Michaels, Cordova and Trappe. Each camp session is one week in length and is programmed with a unique theme. Sessions are operated from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp for pre-schoolers ranges from $88 to $150 per week and school-age program ranges from $78 to $120 per week. Costs vary by program and age. Breakfast, a lunch supplement and a snack is included.

            Themes include: Wild, Wild West; Beach Goers; Art; Splish, Splash; Mystery Week; Ahoy Matey;

Academy Art Museum Opens New Exhibitions

The Academy Art Museum is opening three new exhibitions on April 6, 2012.  The exhibitions include “Philip McMartin Rediscovered,” “Museum Courtyard: Branch Dance,” and “Moroccan Exhibition.”

Philip McMartin Rediscovered

Philip Byrnes McMartin (1930-2009) was born and raised in the upstate New York town of Plattsburgh. His early career was as a reporter and TV news anchor in Burlington, VT. In the early 1960s he relocated to Annapolis, MD where he developed a fascination for the people who work the Chesapeake Bay and the various working craft of the Bay. Inspired by what he saw, McMartin created this series of large format woodcuts to express the romance he felt toward the waterman’s way of life. The woodcuts were executed from the late 1960s through the mid 1970s. 

Kevin Garber, Master Printer, was engaged by McMartin’s son to print these images posthumously at his studio in Bozman. The prints are hand-rubbed, as the aged, brittle woodblocks are now too fragile to be run through a press. Garber hand-printed an edition of 20 from each of the 18 woodblocks.  The exhibition will be on display through May 28, 2012.

St. Michaels Running Festival: A Day of Fun & Wellness

The first annual St. Michaels Running Festival will be held in historic St. Michaels, MD, on Saturday, May 19, 2012. The Festival activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. with an opening  ceremony, followed by a rolling start for a 10K run, the USATF certified half marathon, and a 5K run/walk. The races and walks are open to people of all fitness levels and abilities.   The routes will include the streets of historic St. Michaels and its waterfront communities, the Martingham golf community, and the newly paved rails to trails nature path. Race timing and management support for the race is provided by Pacers Events, Inc. from Arlington, VA.

Each race and walk will be followed by an awards ceremony.  Live music, featuring BritishMania, an authentic Beatles Tribute Band and the local band, "Them Eastport Oysterboys” and DJ Groundhog, will round out this daylong family-oriented festival. Children will be entertained with a moon bounce, face painting, music and dancing. Eastern Shore hospitality will be served up with signature pit beef and steamed crabs. At the end of the day, massage therapists will provide sports massages to tired athletes.

Call to Artists for Handmade from the Heart


Artists who live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore or have taken part in past Handmade from the Heart shows are invited to apply to Evergreen Cove’s 12th annual gift and art sale, to be held on December 7 and 8, 2012 at The Historical Society of Talbot County Auditorium.  

The application form is available at www.evergreencove.org or by request at 410-819-3395.  The deadline for receipt of applications is July 1, 2012.

Handmade from the Heart combines fundraising with a celebration of local artists, including popular past artists and highlighting new artists. The show features handmade items such as jewelry, pottery or ceramics, textiles, stained glass, woodwork, works on paper, metals, and mixed media.

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