Easton Library receives NEW audiobooks donation

Robert T. Horvath, director of the Talbot County Free Library, has announced the donation to the library of a large collection of newly published audiobooks valued at more than $20,000.  Liz Hannegan, a member of the library’s board of trustees, arranged for the gift to be made.  Hannegan received the audiobooks in her capacity as chair of the 2012 Odyssey Award committee.  The Odyssey is given annually for excellence in audiobook production for young people.   Fiction and non-fiction titles submitted to the committee by their publishers ranged from read-along picture books to young adult novels.  Once the 2012 Odyssey awards and honor titles had been announced in January, Hannegan was free to donate the audiobooks wherever she chose.  Her selection of the Talbot County Free Library for this gift means the newly renovated Easton Branch will begin its new life with what may well be the most up-to-date collection of audiobooks for young people on the Eastern Shore

National Gallery Curator Speaks at Academy Art Museum

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Mark Rothko: Selections from the National Gallery of Art, the Academy Art Museum recently presented a talk on Mark Rothko, “Looking at Rothko,” by Dr. Harry Cooper, Curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art.  Cooper discussed the development of Rothko’s artistic style through the original paintings and drawings on exhibit. 

Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970) was one of the preeminent artists of his generation and a leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. The exhibition, done in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, features an outstanding exhibition of the career of an American master in 15 works.   Several of the graphic artwork and paintings on view at the Museum have never been on public view before. The exhibition will be on display through April 22, 2012.  A curator-led tour of the exhibition will be held on Monday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at the Museum. For further information, contact the Academy Art Museum at 410-822-2787 or visit academyartmuseum.org.

CUTLINE: Pictured is Dr. Harry Cooper, Curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, discussing the development of Rothko’s artistic style through the original paintings and drawings on exhibit at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD through April 22, 2012. 


Redefining Hospice: Early Intervention Improves Quality of Life

It is a journey we all take, but facing the end of life with the assistance of hospice can make that journey a more dignified and comfortable one.  Hospice is a philosophy of caring that assists a person nearing the end of life.  The goal is to improve the quality of life by providing care for the patient and family, rather than attempting to cure disease.  Initiating hospice care can extend a terminally-ill patient’s life, improve the quality of life and help families deepen relationships. By initiating hospice care early and addressing physical end emotional issues as they occur, patients also often avoid crisis Emergency Room and hospital visits, as well as the anxiety that these visits produce.  A study done in 2007 found patients who received hospice care lived one month longer than patients who did not.  

Here in Talbot and Caroline counties, residents experiencing a terminal illness or the end stages of a chronic illness can receive hospice care through Shore Home Care Hospice.  Shore Home Care Hospice is licensed by the State of Maryland, Medicare and Medicaid certified, accredited by the Joint Commission and is also a Magnet Recognized Program.  Hospice services can be provided in the home, as well as some nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and Hospice guest wings, such as Talbot Hospice House in Easton and the Caroline Hospice House in Denton.

Nationally Renowned Bullying Expert to Speak in Easton

Dr. Susan Swearer, professor of school psychology and co-director of the Bullying Research Network, based out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present a discussion on bullying to the community at-large on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at The Country School in Easton, Md. Her talk will include how to manage difficult situations within a school environment and also how to encourage positive behavior from students.

Over the past decade, Dr. Swearer, a licensed psychologist, has collected data and conducted staff training in elementary, middle, and high schools, with the goal of helping school personnel establish cost-effective and data-based strategies to reduce bullying behaviors. Her Target Bullying Intervention Program has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and she was an invited presenter at the most recent White House Bullying Prevention Conference. She has authored over 100 book chapters and articles on the topics of bullying, depression, and anxiety in school-aged youth and is the co-author of the recently published book, Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools (Swearer, Espelage, & Napolitano, 2009). In addition, she has co-edited two other bullying-related books.

UMD Extension 4-H Health & Wealth Club

UMD Ext. 4-H Health & Wealth Club at Robin's Nest Floral & Garden Center – Youth 8-18 - Herb Gardens & Cooking with herbs.  Hands-on learning activities.  RSVP 410-822-1244

“Around the world in 80 slides”

            Naval Architect and sailor, Ken Court will be the guest speaker at the April 2, 2012 Brown Bag Lunch at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library at noon. 

Ken’s voyage covered 28,000 miles from Hawaii to the Chesapeake Bay via the Red Sea. His adventures along the way and in particular the people he met are the subject of his show. He has worked in a variety of jobs from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to Westinghouse Oceanic Div designing submersibles. His last big job was moving the Knapp’s Narrows Bridge to the CBMM parking lot.  In 2001-2002 he with other volunteers rebuilt the Byron House at Pickering Creek. Ken and his wife live in Easton.

Patrons are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy coffee and sweets provided by the library.  Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Chesapeake Chamber Music Gala Presents Gershwin & Auction

Chesapeake Chamber Music will kick off its 2012 Gala with Rhapsody In Blue, a Gershwin concert, at Easton’s Avalon Theatre, followed by a gala cocktail party, dinner and auctions at the historic Tidewater Inn on Saturday, March 3, 2012.  The concert will feature Adam Birnbaum, world renowned jazz pianist who has performed with artists as diverse as Greg Osby and Wynton Marsalis.  Top female jazz vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, who has worked as lead back-up vocalist with Steely Dan, will provide a mesmerizing performance with her vibrant, clear-eyed timbre.  The concert at the Avalon will begin at 6:00 p.m., with activities at the Tidewater Inn beginning at 7:00.

Following the concert at the Avalon Theatre, the gala awaits across the street at the Tidewater Inn with cocktails and dinner featuring the best tastes of the Bay and a silent auction.  Some featured silent auction items art items include a framed oil still life, Blue Bowl, by Sarah Kagan and a reproduction bronze Remington sculpture.  Silent auction experiences to be sold include a cooking class with Bartlett Pear Inn Chef Jordon Lloyd; a golf outing with lunch for four; experience as a waterman for a day with Captain Mark Connolly; personal trainer sessions by Gina Adams, Board Certified Personal Trainer/Nutrition Specialist; a three-night stay in New York City with a gift card to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola; and a tour and dinner at a local private wine cellar, as well as the ever popular Wine Store. Live auction items include trips to New Orleans, LA, Whistler, WA, and Carmel, CA; a sailing race aboard an Americas Cup Yacht in San Diego Bay; and Karen Mathis’s oil painting, Sunset Sail, featured in this year’s Chamber Music Festival publicity.

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Thursday April 19, 2012

Noon to 1:00 pm

Talbot Hospice House, Easton

Dick Cooper:  "Rapid Changes in the News Media:  From Hot Lead to 24/7 to Twitter"

Dick Cooper is President of Cooper Media Associates, Inc., a media consulting, public relations, editing and writing firm.  Cooper was a metropolitan newspaper reporter, editor and manager for 36 years. As a staffer at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 28 years, he covered local, regional and national news. He conducted journalistic investigations focusing on crime and corruption. As an editor, he directed local news coverage in Philadelphia and its suburbs. He taught journalism at Temple University for 10 years. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for coverage of the Attica Prison Riot.  He and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series, presented by the Friends of the Talbot County Free Library, is free and open to the public.

Ice Cream for Peace!

Promoting peace in our world never tasted so sweet!

Enjoy lunch, dinner or an ice cream treat at Dairy Queen at 8438 Ocean Gateway in Easton, anytime from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thursday, February 23, and you will be helping local People to People International Student Ambassadors reach their goal of representing our community and country as they participate in international educational experiences this summer. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People International, a not-for-profit organization, to build cultural awareness and understanding.

Chris Sanders joins CBMM

Chris Sanders, of Newport, RI, has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a journeyman shipwright. Sanders’ work begins on the three-year restoration project of the historic skipjack, Rosie Parks. He currently resides in St. Michaels, MD.  

Sanders previously served as a museum apprentice from 2008 to 2009, when he worked alongside CBMM’s Boat Yard Program Manager Dan Sutherland to build Vita, a 9-1/2’ tender for the 1888 classic racing yacht, Elf. Sanders also worked on the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood and assisted in the day-to-day preservation of the museum’s historic fleet of Chesapeake vessels.

After leaving CBMM in 2009, Sanders enrolled in the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI, receiving his proficiency in yacht restoration degree in June, 2011. He worked restoring mahogany runabouts in Bristol, CT prior to rejoining CBMM.

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