Academy Art Museum Offers Free Admission to Military and Families Between Memorial Day and Labor Day


The Academy Art Museum is participating in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s
cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

Regular admission to the Museum is $3 for non–members, children under 12 admitted free. The Museum is open Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The First Friday of each month, the Museum is open until 7 p.m. The Museum is located at 106 South St., Easton, MD, 21601. For general Museum information, call 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit:

“Art in Bloom” to Celebrate Floral Design, Raise Funds for Community Mediation


For the third year, Chestertown RiverArts and Community Mediation Upper Shore are joining together to produce “Art in Bloom”, a celebration of the art of floral design. This June 14-15, the RiverArts Galleries will be full of floral arrangements inspired by the artworks exhibited by RiverArts’ June exhibition, “The Artist’s Touch”, a judged show of paintings and sculpture.

Some dozen floral designers will interpret the art on the walls. Don’t expect to see traditional bouquets. Last year there were such arrangements as roses coming out of a violin, some bubbling water, a giant window box, and an arch of flowers over a pond.

On Sunday, June 14, from 4-7pm all are invited to a Private Reception to view the arrangements and artwork while enjoying music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction of exciting trips, services, and gifts. A ticket for this Preview Reception is $25.

Now in its second year, there will be a Fashion Show and Champagne Celebration on Monday, June 15, from 3-5pm at RiverArts. See the latest fashions from Houston’s Dockside Emporium, Mimi’s Closet, and Houck’s Menswear over champagne and hors d’oeuvres. A ticket for this show is $35.

Proceeds from “Art in Bloom” go to support Community Mediation Upper Shore, whose mission is to provide accessible conflict resolution services through mediation, education and training for the folks of Kent, Queen Anne’s and Cecil Counties, and Chestertown RiverArts, a community arts center with a spectacular gallery and an extensive program of exhibitions, education, and community outreach activities.

Tickets for these shows may be purchased in advance by calling RiverArts at 410-778-6300 or stopping by the RiverArts Galleries at 315 High Street, Suite 106. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11-4, First Friday, 11-8, and Saturday, 10-4. You may also buy tickets on line at the RiverArts website, Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be inspired by these creative floral arrangements.

Short Attention Span Theatre: Call for Scripts


The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is embarking on the exciting annual adventure in theatre known as “Short Attention Span Theatre”!  For those not in the know, that’s our annual 10-minute play festival!  Last year, Short Attention Span Theatre celebrated ten years of delightful, funny, and thought-provoking performances at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.  This year, we’re shaking things up a bit and moving SAST from its usual June(*) performance dates to dates in September. SAST 2015 will go up the weekends of September 18-20 and September 25-27.

We are seeking scripts written by local playwrights for SAST 2015.  You may submit up to three 10-minute plays and five 1-minute plays.  Please send your submissions to  If possible, please send your scripts in PDF format.  Your play will fare better if it is well formatted. Look for links on the Live Playwrights’ Society site for tips on formatting.  Please include a cover page with your contact information (email, phone, mobile) when you submit your play.  We anonymize our scripts before they are read by our panel of judges, so please refrain from putting your name on each page.

The deadline for submissions is midnight Friday, June 19, 2015.

Here is our play selection process: Submissions are anonymized and then read by our panel of judges.  Our panel of judges selects a number of submitted plays which are then offered to our group of directors.  Our directors select from this list (in addition to a list of published plays).  We will announce our final selections by July 10, 2015.

Visit for more information and to see the list of chosen plays once they are announced.

But wait! There’s still a chance to support local playwrights this June! On Friday, June 5th at 7pm the Live Playwrights’ Society will present “Open Mic for the Playwright” on the main stage at the Garfield Center for the Arts. “Open Mic for the Playwright” is a staged reading of short, locally-written scripts. There will be a brief discussion after each script — the idea is to help these local playwrights improve their scripts and increase their chances of their script finding a spot in SAST 2015. Come be a part of the show!

Watch the SAST 2013 promo video on YouTube!

Visit our website for all of our upcoming programs and events –

Image of The Day by Bill Thompson

Skimming the Water Clouds by William Thompson

Skimming the Water Clouds on the Choptank River by William Thompson



Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts Events Ready for the Summer


Looking for fun & creative activities the whole family can enjoy. Students can learn to draw, dance, paint, make jewelry, design mosaics, get fit, and much more.  Their talented photography class instructors will ensure you capture those summer vacation memories!  QACe has partnered with the YMCA to offer kids’ camps sure to cure those summer blues! 

Painting an Eastern Shore Landscape in Watercolor

Some people say watercolors are difficult. Instructor Kurt Plinke disagrees. Over 30 years of painting in the medium, he’s found that it can be learned easily and that watercolor can be a blast. Join him as he paints a typical Eastern Shore landscape including fields, barns and distant trees. Students will start by working up drawings, then use basic techniques to create views that have depth, color and feeling and they’ll have fun in the process! Materials: registered students will receive a supply list. Register by 5/23. $60($55 members) Ages 14+


Painting Birds in Goouache – 5 wks June 2 – 30 Tues 10 am – 12 pm

Students will explore the medium of gouache and learn characteristics of avian anatomy, feather coloration along with techniques for painting birds. Instructor and painter Ric Conn studied at the Corcoran College of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He teaches regularly to students of all ages.   Materials: Registered students will receive a supplies list. Register by 5/30. $130($105 members) $85 groups of 4+ Ages 16+


Beautiful Skies and Dramatc Clouds in Watercolor –June 3rd 10 am-4 pm

Join award winning artist and instructor Steve Bleinberger for a fun, hands on, personalized watercolor workshop that will show you how to paint magnificent skies. This class will have plenty of demos and tips on how to make your next sky gorgeous! All levels welcome. Materials: Registered students will receive a supplies list. Register by 5/27. $60($55 members)       Ages 14+


Watercolors and Wildlife 8 wks Thurs 6-9 pm June 11-July 30

Learn how to add important details to a watercolor painting using basic watercolor techniques with . Instructor Kurt Plinke This fun and easy class will focus on the natural world while each student completes several small watercolors. A great class for painters at all levels. Materials: registered students will receive a supply list. Register by 6/4. $105 ($95 members) Ages 14+


PAINTing a bird IN WATERCOLOR June 2711 am-5 pm

Instructor Kurt Plinke makes painting wildlife fun, easy and understandable. With simple-to-learn basic watercolor techniques you will paint a life-like little bird on a branch during this all day workshop [with a working lunch break.] By day’s end you will have basic understanding of washes, wet-in-wet and dry-brush techniques. Materials: registered students will receive a supply list. Register by 6/19. $60($55 members) Ages 14+


Advanced Painting Birds in Gouache 6 wks Tues 10 am- 12 pm July 7-Aug. 18 (no class July 28)

This class begins with a brief review of skills from previous class. Compositional design, subject size and placement, color mixing, color application, matting and framing will all be covered. We’ll also explore the different techniques used for painting birds of various sizes and color patterns. The students will paint birds of various sizes and colors to gain experience in these techniques. Designed to increase technical and compositional skills, this class will also aid students in their ability to recognize features necessary for realistic depiction of not only birds but all wildlife. Instructor Ric Conn (see above) Materials: Registered students will receive a supplies list. Register by 7/1. $155 ($125 members) $105 groups of 4 + Ages 16+


Outdoor Photography in Delmarva    June 6 12-7 pm

Photographer Jay Fleming will share fine art photography techniques while revealing different subjects and locations unique to the Delmarva Peninsula. Students are encouraged to bring in their own photographs for critique. Bring an SLR camera or a point and shoot. Jay’s award-winning photography showcases his passion for the outdoors and photography. The class will conclude with a field photo-shoot from 5-7 pm. Register by 6/1. $130 ($115 members) $105 pp, groups of 2+Ages 12+

“Mom Can shoot” basic digital photography    June 13. 10 a.m. -4 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break)

It’s said that this generation is the most photographed. With the ease of smart phones and digital cameras, we can snap and share all day long! But taking goodis a different matter. This workshop offersdigital photography for moms, dads, or any novice wanting to break out of Auto Mode on their DSLR camera. Taught by New York-based photographer of newborn, child, and families, Amanda Lessner, the course will cover camera gear, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, lighting, histograms, composition rules, and some light editing. You’ll learn the skills to shoot in manual mode so you can create stunning images. DSLR Camera required. Course book provided. Register by 6/6 Ages 14+. $150($140 members) Ages 14+


Sunday Craft Workshops at Wye River Designs ~ Take one or all!

Instructor Candace Liccione grew up in the craft industry with her family’s business: Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Teaching crafts for many years, she now owns Wye River Designs where she teaches all kinds of crafts. Location: 4300 Main St, Grasonville. Registration deadlines are 1 week prior to class. Ages 13+

  • I: Mosaic Sun Catcher – June 28, 1-4 pm $35 Using a picture frame as a base, students will create a mosaic on glass with cathedral mosaic tiles. Great to hang in a sunny window!
  • II: Mosaic Stepping Stone – July 5, 1-5 pm $53  Learn to make a square foot concrete stepping stone with a beach, garden or other theme. Use tiles and stained glass for this design. Learn how to glue the tiles and apply grout to the piece.
  • III: Basic Jewelry Making – July 19, 1-3 p.m. $45   Learn the basics of making your own jewelry. Learn to crimp and attach clasps, use wire and stretchy cord, use eye-pins, jump rings and other jewelry findings.       You will make a necklace, earrings and bracelet. Feel free to bring old jewelry or beads from home to this class.


Zumba® Dance Fitness Drop in Tues & Thurs. 6-7 p.m. $5 per class   Ages 13+

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Ditch the workout, join the party, lose yourself in the music and find yourself getting toned and in shape at the ultimate dance-fitness party! Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring. Instructor Heather Efland is a licensed Zumba instructor certified in Zumba® toning.   No pre-registration required.


21st Century Genealogy for Family Historians  June 17 7-9 pm

The computer and internet have revolutionized how we do family research. No more pencil and paper and shelves full of files. In this workshop you will download a basic genealogy program from the internet and enter a three generation pedigree and family group sheet. We will explore several paid and free sites that contain images of original records that place your family at a specific time and place in history. Discussion will cover definition of “family”, citing sources and further tips for research. A personal computer or device with internet capability is required. (A limited number of computers may be made available.) Instructor Catherine Wilson is a professional member of many Genealogy societies and has extensive experience in the field. Register by 6/11. $15($10 members) Ages 18+


Children’s Creativity Arts Camp     Mon, Tues & Wed 1 pm –2:30pm
3 sessions: June, 29, 30 July 1. II. July 6, 7, 8; III. August 3, 4, 5

Children will explore their individual creativity while creating art projects with instructor Maria Sage that will increase their art and self expression skills. They will create a different project each day using different art materials (such as watercolor, tempera, and oil pastels) and a variety of techniques. The projects your little artist will bring home are sure to be treasured masterpieces! Materials: $10 fee paid to instructor. Limited to 10 campers. $70 ($60 members) Ages 5-12


Summer Camps in partnership with the YMCA:

The Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA offers weekly arts camps in partnership with the Arts Council. Camp Drop-off will be 8:30 a.m. at the Centre for the Arts at 12 pm campers will transition to Gunston School for the remainder of the day where pick up will take place. Campers will spend the first half of the day at the Centre for the Arts engaged in arts related activities and the second half enjoying a variety of activities such as canoeing, games and songs, arts and crafts. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 pm with after care available to 6 pm at no additional cost. Campers must bring lunch, water and 2 snacks daily.


Queen Anne’s Players Theatre Group $175 week June 15-19 – ages 5-7 & July 27-31 – ages 8-12

Led by local actor extraordinaire and experienced counselors, participants explore the skills and freedoms of the theatre world! Costumes and props set the stage as children learn about movement and stage presence, performing light scene work from favorite shows and playing fun theatre games to build confidence, expression, presence and creativity. Limited to 14 campers


2D Art $175 week June 15-19 – ages 8-12, July 6-10 – ages 5-7, & July 27-31, ages 8-12

Explore the artistic side of everything you can do on paper. Students will discover a variety of 2D mediums such as papermaking, drawing, printmaking and painting. At the end of the week, campers will take home a portfolio of the work they created to share with family and friends. Limited to 13 campers.


Messy Masterpieces  $175 /week July 6-10, ages 8-12 & July 20-24, ages 5-7

Prepare to dive into making art using printing techniques, rollers, spraying, dripping, dying, and papier maché. Working both inside and outside, campers take inspiration from the world around them. There’s so much to discover and have lots of silly fun, too! With local artist Susan Mayberry or one of the other talented Arts Council Artists. Limited to 13 campers.


Summer Free Concerts – Thursdays in the Park

June 25           Wheelhouse ~ Millstream Park ~ Classic Rock

July 2               21 Horses ~ Chesapeake Heritage Center ~ Country

July 16             Chris Sacks Band ~ Hemingways Restaurant ~ Beach Tunes

August 6        Hot Tub Limo ~ Chesapeake Heritage Center ~ Today’s Hits Maryland’s 2014 Coverband of the Year

August 20       Sunnyland Band & Rock Candy Cloggers ~ Chesapeake Heritage Ctr Blues for Family & Kids & featuring an acclaimed Storyteller.


Queen Annes County Arts Council
206 S Commerce St.
Centreville, MD 21617



Nick Bunker Wins $50K George Washington Book Prize


The winner of one of the nation’s largest literary awards, the George Washington Book Prize, was announced Wednesday evening, May 20, at a black-tie gala at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The $50,000 prize went to Nick Bunker’s An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America (Knopf).

empireThe George Washington Book Prize honors the year’s best new books on early American history, especially books that are written for a broad audience. The three institutions that sponsor the prestigious prize — Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon — are devoted to furthering historical scholarship that contributes to the public understanding of the American Revolution and the founding era.

An Empire on the Edge is a probing account of Great Britain’s internal political and financial tensions on the eve of revolution. Drawing on a careful study of primary sources from Britain and the United States, Bunker crafts a compelling story of the deepening antagonism between England and her colonies, giving equal weight to the commercial as well as the political ambitions of the British Empire.  Bunker’s series of fully visualized scenes of familiar events like the Boston Tea Party and lesser-known episodes such as the Gaspee Affair, provides a nuanced description of the Anglo-American conflict.

An independent scholar in Lincolnshire, England, Bunker was formerly a journalist for the Financial Times and an investment banker. Bunker’s background in finance is evident in his insightful portrait of London’s speculative cycles, the financial woes of the East India Company, and the networks of global trade that put the imperial system “slipping into ruin.”

In addition to claiming the Washington Book Prize, An Empire on the Edge was recently announced as a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in history, earning praise for its “bifocal perspective on the countdown to the American Revolution.” Empire on Edge is Bunker’s second book; he previously authored Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History (2010).

“Bunker’s book takes readers from the wharves of Boston to the halls of Parliament and the tea plantations of China,” said Adam Goodheart, Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, which administers the prize. “He shows us that the fate of the American colonies depended on events in all of those places. This is historical narrative at its most vivid and engrossing.”

The Mount Vernon event also honored the three other finalists for this year’s Washington Prize: Richard S. Dunn’s A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia (Harvard University Press), François Furstenberg’s When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation (Penguin) and Eric Nelson’s The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding(Harvard University Press).

The finalists were selected by a jury of three distinguished American historians and writers: Rosemarie Zagarri (chair), Ted Widmer, and Philip Morgan. Bunker’s book was named the ultimate winner by a panel of representatives from each of the three institutions that sponsor the prize, plus historian Christopher Brown of Columbia University.

Learn more about the George Washington Book Prize at


Nevin Dawson: The Versatile Viola at The Mainstay, May 30


Nevin Dawson, a fixture in Kent County’s thriving music scene, explores his varied musical interests and showcases many aspects of the viola in concert at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday May 30 at 8:00 p.m. The concert also features Sammy Marshall on piano, Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums. Admission is $15.

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Nevin Dawson

Nevin Dawson will spotlight the many facets of the viola, the oft-forgotten middle child between the violin and cello in this concert that will move seamlessly from classical music to Celtic to jazz to rock. Dawson will share how he grew from a third grader playing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” into a semi-professional musician comfortable in many genres.

He will start solo, building a one-man backup band on the spot with a looper pedal, and thenwill be joined by Sammy Marshall on piano (US Army Soldiers’ Chorus and Chester River Chorale), Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp (Harp and Soul), Tom Anthony on bass and guitar (Banjo Man & Bill and The Van Williamson Trio), and Ray Anthony on drums (Mike Buccino Trio and Blues Keepers). Look for some vocal numbers as well.

Dawson studied viola at Penn State University while earning a degree in Forestry and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello at Music Life in Chestertown and plays with Shore Strings, the Londontowne Symphony, The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and Ricky Walls and the North County Pickers. He has played on seven recordings. He also sings with the Chester River Chorale and performs in the concert version of “Red Devil Moon,” a forthcoming musical by Robert Earl Price and Pam Ortiz.

Nevin Dawson currently lives in Chestertown with his wife and their three-legged Pomeranian, and serves as Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator with University of Maryland Extension during the day.

Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Ex-CIA’s Bruce Riedel to Speak at June ESWA Meeting


Bruce Riedel, one of the most popular speakers to appear before the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will make an encore appearance at ESWA’s next meeting in Easton. The 30-year CIA career officer will speak at the Easton Club at 11 am on Saturday, June 13. The meeting is free and open to the public with an optional lunch to follow.

Riedel is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and is the Director there of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He has been a senior advisor to the last four presidents on South Asia and Middle Eastern policy, working as a senior member of the National Security Council. In the 1990’s Riedel served as Assistant Secretary of Defense. In addition, he was a member of President Clinton’s Camp David peace negotiations team and has been advising President Obama on American policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mr. Riedel’s books include Becoming Enemies, US-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War 1979-1988; The Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of the Global Jihad. His latest book is titled What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan 1979-1989.

June is also ESWA’s Annual General Meeting to elect a new Board and approve the budget. Lunch is $20 and attendees can RSVP at The Greens at the Easton Club is at 28449 Clubhouse Dr., off the Easton bypass along the Oxford Rd.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and sponsors the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website, or email Gerald F. Sweeney at

Bossa Nova, The Brazilian Music That Charmed the World” at The Mainstay, May 23


Veronneau, a jazz quartet fronted by French-Canadian vocalist Lynn Veronneau brings the sparkling sounds of Bossa Nova and the recent documentary, “Bossa Nova: the Brazilian Music that Charmed the World” to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday May 23 at 8:00 p.m. The concert is part of the Mainstay’s “The Byrd Series: A Celebration of Charlie’s 90th.” Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Veronneau 074In 2012, Veronneau released the recording “The Jazz Samba Project,” a tribute to the 1962 smash hit by Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz “Jazz Samba.” The Byrd/Getz recording brought Brazilian bossa nova and its legendary composers Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto to world-wide attention. It rose to #1 on the Billboard pop chart, the only jazz recording ever to do so, and remained there for 70 weeks.

In researching material for “The Jazz Samba Project” and its extensive liner notes, the members of Veronneau interviewed people associated with the recording, including Charlie’s brother, the late Joe Byrd, researched and gathered photos and other archival material. At some point, guitarist Ken Avis, a member of the band realized the material was too valuable to sit on a shelf after their recording project was done. He recruited the writer and filmmaker Bret Primack to produce a documentary, “Bossa Nova: The Brazilian Music That Charmed the World.” The film had its world premiere last year at Strathmore, the performing arts center in North Bethesda, MD.

Avis said recently that once they started on the project and the film, “The whole thing has been a story waiting to happen. It was a bit of a dream — wouldn’t it be great if we could pull all these things together? Every door I knocked on, people answered it, and the wind was in the sails.”
At The Mainstay, the group will perform a concert set and show the film.

Veronneau is ideally suited to celebrate the samba and bossa nova. The group’s first recording, “Joie de Vivre” (Joy of Living), included bossa nova, samba, Gypsy Jazz and swing tunes collected from around the world.

The group is fronted by French-Canadian vocalist Lynn Veronneau with her gentle, warm, compelling voice, love of powerful melodies, sophisticated sense of phrasing and heartfelt focus on the story. The group also includes her husband Ken Avis, the British guitarist and former lead singer for the Otis Grand blues band and guitarist and composer David Rosenblatt who was classically trained in Brazil. For this concert, they will be joined by Bruno Lucini, percussionist for Origem a Brazilian jazz group based in Washington, DC.

The world renowned and Annapolis-based jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd was an early supporter of the Mainstay and helped expand the Mainstay’s reputation as a premier venue for jazz.

Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website