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Delmarva Review: Looking Back by Helen Wickes

Looking Back
Sometimes it’s good to leave home if only
to remember who made you, where you’re from,
how you carry the scent of geranium and saddle soap,
hoof trimmings and mock orange—unbidden—as you slide
through another country, with its noises and flavors,
its precisions about gesture, what pasta tonight,
what subjunctive right now—essential encounters—

all astonishing, until missing my own people
avalanches down with a roar, grief burning to sorrow,
the days carry on, if you call it that, what remains—
sharp tang of small moments—how delicately she
eased her old dog out the door, how he wiped his face,
stomping snow from his shoes, out of hundreds
of unknowable people, lazily streaming all this Sunday
through Bologna’s huge piazza, it’s you we miss.

Ms. Wickes current poem, “Looking Back,” is one of three of her new poems selected for the 2015 edition (Vol. 8) of The Delmarva Review. The new edition contains the original literary work of 35 authors, selected from more than a thousand submissions. For more information about The Delmarva Review, including submissions, see the website:

Helen Wickes grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania and now lives in Oakland, California. With a Ph.D. in psychology, she worked for many years as a psychotherapist. In 2002 she received an M.F.A. from Bennington College. Her first of four collections of poems, In Search of Landscape, was published in 2007 by Sixteen Rivers Press. In addition to the Delmarva Review,

The Messiah Ushers In The Christmas Season at Wye Mills December 5


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, and internationally acclaimed soloists usher in the Eastern Shore’s Christmas musical season with a complete tradi- tional performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30PM.

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 8.20.17 AMEdward Polochick is the conductor of the ensemble. He is also the artistic director of the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Mr. Polochick is now in his 18th season as music director of the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony Orchestra. He was also director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 has been director of choral ensembles and opera conductor at the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Polochick is an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist and has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The soloists are American soprano and Peabody Conservatory graduate Jennifer O’Loughlin, who has performed with major orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe. Bass Soloman How- ard recently graduated from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and has garnered high praise for his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera and l’Opera national de Bordeaux. Tenor Shawn Mathey performs

in leading opera houses and concert halls in Europe and the United States. He is highly regarded as a Mozart specialist but also performs diverse rolls ranging from Puccini to Berg. Mr. Mathey trained at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Mezzo –soprano Nancy Maultsby has developed a repertoire in demand by opera companies ranging from Monteverdi and Handel to recent works by John Adams. This season she’ll be singing with the San Antonio Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and later she’ll be at Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Dvorak’s Rusalka.

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering, but it has become a xture of the Christmas season. Here on the Shore numerous amateur community performances can be found around the holiday. But none will offer the grandeur of this performance featuring a 70 voice chorale, internationally acclaimed soloists all backed up by the renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Mid-Shore Symphony Society is now in its 45th season of presenting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake College to Eastern Shore audiences. This season the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary.

These concerts are supported in part by ticket sales, the Maryland Arts Council, Queen Anne’s Arts County Council, Kent County Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and generous contributions by friends of the Baltimore Symphony.Tickets are $40, students $10, and are available at the door, or call 410 827 5867.

By Jacob Bell

Garfield Center Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Opening December 4


The inspiring and heart- warming classic, “A Christmas Carol,” opens Friday, December 4th for Chestertown’s Winterfest Weekend at the Garfield Center for the Arts, and runs for three consecutive weekends. The song-filled adaption, directed by Tess Hogans, will feature classic English carols by the Chester River Youth Chorale.

This tale of redemption was first published in 1843, and is considered one of the main influences in the restoration of the Christmas holiday. The book has never been out of print since then. Ebenezer Scrooge, his encounters with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the long-suffering Bob Cratchit, and his son Tiny Tim have been portrayed on television, ballet, opera, films, and audio recordings as well as theatrical performances.

The cast of characters include James Diggs- Scrooge, John Mann-Cratchit, Jakob Diggs – Fred, Tom Dorman – Gentleman #1, Howard Messick – Marley’s Ghost, Audrey Betley – Ghost of Christmas Past, Brad Chaires – Ghost of Christmas Present, Bryan Betley – Ghost of Christmas Future & Scrooge-the-Man, Jessika Diggs – Belle & Maid, Melissa McGlynn – Mrs. Cratchit, Ashley Lawton – Niece, Kirby Powell – Topper & Dick, Hester Sachse –Constance & Dancer, David Ryan – Mr. Fezziwig & Scrooge’s Dead Body, Athaline Hall – Mrs. Fezziwig, Jim Landskroener – Old Joe, Older Belle’s Husband & Dancer, Diane Landskroener – Bag Lady & Dancer, Jane Jewell – Mrs. Dilber, Juanita Wieczoreck – Older Belle, She & Dancer, Andy Price – Gentleman #2, Rob Note – Gentleman # 3 & Image of Ali Baba, Jeffrey Warden – He, Poulter & Dancer, Ruby Doyle – Fan, Connor Quigg – Little Scrooge, Kaylee Raimond – Want & Dancer, Shane Saunders – Ignorance, Belle’s Child & Dancer, Maya McGrory – Martha, Hope Price – Martha (for 12/4 only) & Belle’s Child, Delaney McCreary – Belinda, Joseph Diggs – Peter, Brooke McAdory –Edith, Quentin Bergenholtz – Tiny Tim, and Merritt Connor – Belle’s Child & Little Girl.

Production staff and crew are Bryan Betley, assistant director, Jacob Chaires, stage manager and Te’ron Hopkins, stage crew. Assisting with set design and decoration are Butch Clark, James Diggs, Tess Hogans, Bryan Betley, Jim Landskroener, Jeff Warden, Stu Cawley, Stephanie Halliann and Howard Messick. Julie Lawrence directs the Chester River Youth Chorale.

The show runs for three weekends, December 4 – 6, 11 – 13, and 18 – 20. Performance times are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, with a 3 PM Sunday matinee. Tickets are available on line at, or by calling the box office at 410 801 2060. The show is sponsored in part by Bill Arrowood. In the spirit of the season, $1 from ticket sales for each of the Winterfest performances will be donated to the Samaritan Group’s emergency winter home shelter. The audience is also encouraged to bring a canned or dry goods donation for the Community Food Pantry.

For more information please visit The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.

SANDBOX’s Mark Dion Talk Postponed


After consulting with college administration and in the best interests of the students returning to class that day, SANDBOX has decided to postpone the talk by Mark Dion until the Spring Semester.

Mark was very understanding and offered his sympathies to the college and  community, we will be discussing workable dates with him very soon.

Dion is a noted environmental artist who was scheduled to give a keynote talk entitled “The Undisciplined Collector, The Trouble With Jellyfish and Wonder Workshops: Mark Dion’s recent endeavors.”

Delmarva Review Releases New Annual Edition


The Delmarva Review announced publication of its eighth annual literary journal presenting compelling new prose and poetry from thirty-five writers in 12 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

“From the large number of submissions this year, we selected stories, essays, and poetry addressing a diversity of human themes, each one exploring the author’s unique voice and vision,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor.

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 2.27.51 PMThe journal opens with a conversation between poetry editor Anne Colwell and poet Sue Ellen Thompson about Ms. Thompson’s celebrated book, They. Her poetry stirs deep human emotions while presenting family and generational issues of acceptance over raising a transgender child. The cover photograph by Portuguese photographer Jorge Pereira Rudolfoelias, illustrates the timely subject.

Other human themes addressed by the stories, essays, and poetry in this edition relate to individualism, birth, loss, death, grief, healing, and discovering one’s sense of place in a larger world.

Published by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association (ESWA), the nonprofit Delmarva Review has published original literary work of 216 writers over an eight-year history. They have come from twenty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries. Over half are from the Chesapeake and Delmarva region.

The Review’s published work has earned thirty-seven nominations for a Pushcart Prize, as well as notable mentions in Best American Essays and critical journals.
For writers, the submissions period for new poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction is open now through March 31, 2016, to be considered for the ninth annual edition. Selection is competitive. All submissions are made from the website’s Guidelines page at

The Review’s print edition is available worldwide via and other online booksellers. It is also downloadable in a digital edition at Kindle for tablets, computers, smart phones, and other reading devices.

It is sold regionally at the News Center, in Easton, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, for $10. The e-book edition is $3.99.

It is also available at many public libraries in the region.

Publication is supported by private contributions, sales, and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, in Maryland. The Review is nonprofit and produced entirely by volunteers from the tri-state writing community. In addition to Wyatt, of St. Michaels, and Colwell, of Milford, DE, the editorial board and advisors include managing editor Bill Gourgey, of St. Michaels and D.C., poetry reader Stacey Pounsberry, of DE, fiction co-editors Harold O. Wilson, of Chester, MD, and Cheril Thomas, of Easton, nonfiction co-editors George Merrill, of St. Michaels, and Cheryl Somers Aubin, of Vienna, VA, financial advisor Denise Clemons, of Lewes, DE, editorial advisors Gerald Sweeney, of Trappe, MD, and Emily Rich, of Secretary, MD, copyeditor Jodie Littleton, of Chestertown, and proofreader Charlene Marcum, of Easton. The cover designer was Laura Ambler, of Easton.

Additional information about the Review, and the authors, is available on the website:
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2015 Delmarva Book Prize to be Announced December 17


The 2015 Delmarva Book Prize, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will be announced on December 17th at the Talbot County Library in Easton. The $1000 prize will be split between the winner of the Creative Writing category and winner of the Non-Fiction category. Two Honorable Mentions for outstanding creative output will also be announced for each field. The program begins at 6pm with a reception to follow the event. David Harper of Chesapeake College has agreed to judge the work of the finalists and will announce the winners.

Contestants were required to be residents of Delmarva and all books were published in 2015. Fifty-three books entered the contest. There was an almost even split between fiction and non-fiction entries. Nine collections of poetry were also submitted. About a third of the entries came from ESWA members, and the other two-thirds from around the peninsula. Thirty five reader/scanners participated in the event, almost all current or former ESWA members, including college literature teachers, high school English teachers, renowned writers, museum personnel, clergy members, newspaper editors and other literary lions.

The Book Prize was supported by a generous grant from the Talbot County Arts Council and Ms. Ruth Saff.

The 2016 Delmarva Book Prize opens on January 1.

For more about the Eastern Shore Writers Association, go here.

Free ‘Bricks for Kidz’ Workshop at Kent School December 5


Kent School is hosting a free workshop on Saturday, December 5 for children age six to twelve. This workshop, called Space Adventures, will be based on NASA and Star Wars™ themes. The session will run from 9:00 a.m. through noon and is free and open to the public. Bricks for Kidz uses LEGO bricks to teach simple building and engineering concepts in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Kent School is located at 6788 Wilkins Lane in Chestertown.

Space Adventures Workshop is Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, and is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Throughout the morning, participants will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes LEGO® Star Wars™ themed models, video games, group games, challenges and more. Bricks 4 Kidz Space Adventure Workshop provides the spark for imagination and creativity to take off on an adventure that’s out of this world! LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse these programs.

Campus tours and school information will be available for parents and/or guardians; however, they are not required to stay on campus for the duration of the workshop if they sign a release. Refreshments will be provided for all guests. Space is limited in the Bricks for Kidz workshop and pre-registration is required. To register call Kent School at 410-778-4100 ext. 110 or email

Kent School is an independent school serving children from pre-k through eighth grade. Kent School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information visit

Alexander House B&B to Host Writer’s Retreats, November-February


An Eastern Shore literary inn has become a favorite of regional writers, especially during their weekend writers’ retreats. The Alexander House Booklovers B & B hosts retreats from November through February.

So what happens at a writer’s retreat? Writers discuss their work over breakfast, lunch, and in the evening…receiving feedback, suggestions, ideas and inspiration. In between discussions, they spend the morning and afternoon writing, while silence is observed by all throughout the inn.

Writers are able to avoid all the home distractions, and are inspired to write by the literary ambiance throughout the inn (photos, portraits and quotes of famous authors; rooms named after authors and designed to appear from their time and place). They get inspirations and suggestions from other writers during the discussions over meals and in the evening.

Participants have remarked that they get much more writing accomplished than they would at home, receiving great tips from other writers, while enjoying a relaxing getaway and wonderful meals. Some choose to write in the Mark Twain Parlor and Library with a comforting fireplace, or in the bright and colorful Cafe Collette, or in their own rooms for those staying overnight. Most bring laptops, with which they can check their email or go online for research using the free Wi-Fi around the inn.

Aspiring writers find inspiration to get started and often discover hidden talents. Holly H. a recent attendee, is a retired nurse and realtor from Annapolis. She had never written creatively before and thought it might be fun. After the weekend of writing and discussing her work with more seasoned writers, including two participants who taught creative writing, she found herself with the beginning of a novel that received raves from the others.

“I’m so glad I decided to do this, it has opened up a new avenue in my life, I found I really enjoyed creating this new world for myself.”

Innkeeper Elizabeth Alexander is herself a retired English and creative writing teacher who continues her own writing at the inn. She wanted to create a space for other writers to find support and inspiration, and to escape from all the daily distractions that often stop one from writing. She participates in the discussions and uses the energy from the retreat to do some of her own writing as well.

The Alexander House Booklovers’ B & B is a literary-themed Victorian home in the Princess Anne historic district featuring dramatic colors and whimsical details that create a feel-good, relaxed atmosphere. Guests can immerse themselves in the jazzy Harlem Renaissance of The Langston Hughes Room; dream a high seas-adventure in The Robert Louis Stevenson Room; revel in the romance of Regency England in the grand Jane Austen Room, relax with a book in the Mark Twain Reading Parlor & Library, enjoy tea and pastries in the Parisian Café Collette or sit on the private verandah and listen to the garden fountains.

Friday afternoon to Sunday Afternoon.
Friday afternoon arrival, evening wine and cheese reception.
Accommodations, 2 Breakfasts and 2 Lunches Included (Sat and Sun), afternoon tea and pastry, evening liqueurs and a free book of your choice from our shop.
Silence observed, except during meals and Sat. night writing discussion/share.
Retreat package Includes: 2-night stay, 2 full-cooked breakfasts, two hot lunches, wine and cheese reception, afternoon tea, coffee and pastry, evening liqueurs and teas, your choice of one free new book from our gift shop. FREE WIFI.

Retreat for 1 (single occupancy room): $275.
Retreat for 2 (shared room and bed): $425.
10 % discount for second retreat.
Day Rates (no bed and breakfast) includes use of space, lunches, afternoon tea/coffee and pastry, and evening discussions (Sat.)
$75 two days or $50 Sat. $30 Sunday

Contact: Elizabeth Alexander, editor, writer and innkeeper: 443 880 6858

Winter Writer’s Retreats 2015-2016:
November full
December 4-6 (1 room left)
January 8-10
January 22-24
February 5-7
February 26-28

Detailed Schedule:

Friday afternoon check-in 3-6 pm
Friday evening wine and cheese reception 7-8 pm

8:30-9:30 am: Group breakfast and discussion of writers’ current project.
10 am-12:30 pm: Silence observed throughout the inn for writing (may use the verandah, Cafe Collette, Mark Twain Library/Parlor, or your guest room.)
12:30-1:30 pm: Hot Lunch served in Café Collette (Healthy and Vegetarian)
1:45-5:45 pm: Silence observed throughout the inn for writing, including verandah.
6 pm: Dinner on own at various local restaurants (not included in package price).
8-9:30 pm: Facilitated group discussion of writing process, with emphasis on offering suggestions, support and guidance to fellow writers.

8:30-9:30 am: Group breakfast and discussion of writers’ current project.
10 am-12:30 pm: Silence observed throughout the inn for writing.
12:30-1:30 pm: Hot Lunch served in Café Collette (Healthy and Vegetarian)
1:45-3:45 pm: Silence observed throughout the inn for writing.
4:30: Checkout.

30535 Linden Ave, Princess Anne, MD 21853
(410) 651-5195

The Real Deal: Rauschenberg Works from National Gallery Debuts at AAM

Robert Rauschenberg, Bach's Rocks (Bachs Steine) / ROCI BERLIN, 1990, Acrylic and fabric collage on plywood panels, 99 3/8 x 99 1/2 inches (252.4 x 252.8 cm), Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, National Gallery of Art, 1991.76.7.1.

Robert Rauschenberg, Bach’s Rocks (Bachs Steine) / ROCI BERLIN, 1990, Acrylic and fabric collage on plywood panels, 99 3/8 x 99 1/2 inches (252.4 x 252.8 cm), Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, National Gallery of Art, 1991.76.7.1.

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, announces the opening of Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art on December 5, 2015. The exhibition will be on display through March 6, 2016. This is the first exhibition of ROCI artworks in Maryland.

Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008), one of America’s most iconic 20th-century artists, was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. He is best known for his Combines of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, pronounced “Rocky,” the name of the artist’s pet turtle) began its international tour in 1985 to enable and support Rauschenberg’s collaborations with artisans and workshops abroad and to promote world peace and understanding. Over a six-year period, Rauschenberg created works in host countries all over the world to be included in exhibitions in each country and donated a work of art to each location. The various exhibition catalogues included contributions by local poets, writers, and journalists.

Announced at the United Nations in December 1984, ROCI involved the artist making and presenting work while traveling with a team of assistants through 11 countries, including China, Tibet, the U.S.S.R., and former East Germany, as a way to foster cross-cultural dialogue. Some works remained in their original sites as gifts and others traveled with the ROCI team to be shared with future participants. Rauschenberg personally funded the project, which concluded with the exhibition Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange of over 125 works at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, in 1991, attracting 414,000 visitors.

“He is trying to introduce the world to itself,” said ROCI artistic director and Easton resident Donald Saff. Dr. Saff has agreed to speak on Rauschenberg in the upcoming Museum’s Kittredge-Wilson lecture series on January 29 at 6 p.m.

Robert Rauschenberg, Thai II, 1983, Solvent transfer, watercolor, gouache, and tape on Japanese dedication board, 10 3/4 x 9 9/16 inches (27.3 x 24.3 cm), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Robert Rauschenberg, Thai II, 1983, Solvent transfer, watercolor, gouache, and tape on Japanese dedication board, 10 3/4 x 9 9/16 inches (27.3 x 24.3 cm), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has worked closely with Harry Cooper, Curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, to establish the loan of 8 artworks to come to Easton. This will be the first time that these ROCI artworks have been exhibited together since the presentation in Washington, DC nearly a quarter of a century ago. The Academy Art Museum will produce a catalog to accompany the exhibition.

In addition to Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art, the Museum is hosting a second exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings, which will also be on display through March 6, 2016. Museum Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has worked closely with David White, Senior Curator at the Rauschenberg Foundation to create the exhibition. The Foundation agreed to loan 17 ROCI-related drawings, made by the artist in Kyoto, Japan; Sri Lanka; and Thailand. A new aspect of the exhibition is The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar organized by Nicole Bray, graduate of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and winner of the inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition (2014). Bray will bring The ROCI Road to Peace to the Museum as a contemporary extension of the exhibition. Thanks to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for their support. The exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Museum will host a press preview of the exhibitions on Friday, December 4 at 1 p.m., with remarks by the curators. Anke Van Wagenberg, Academy Art Museum Curator, will also lead tours of the exhibitions at the Museum on Friday, January 15, 12 noon and Tuesday, February 9 at 12 noon. For further information on the exhibitions, visit or call 410-822-2787.