African Jewelry Debuts 1st Friday at Twigs & Teacups To Support Women and Children

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Twigs & Teacups has entered into a partnership with local nonprofit, CoLaborers International, to support women empowerment initiatives in Zambia, Africa.

In Zambia, CoLaborers International assists Chisomo Centers which reaches out to homeless street youth to provide education, counseling, care and family reintegration.

 

Erin Heckles and Melissa Stuebing.

Erin Heckles and Melissa Stuebing.

A reason children and youth leave their families in pursuit of street life is poverty. When children are reintegrated into families, the problem of poverty persists.  To address this, families that participate in taking in youth learn small business skills, such as making handicraft jewelry, to supplement their income.

 

Handicraft jewelry provides means for a better life for families. Extra funds provided by these sales enable families to send youth to school and helps families to be self-sufficient.

A total of 187 children and youth are supported through this program. A total of 60 women are being empowered through small business now.

Chestertown’s own Twigs & Teacups has come alongside these women and children in Zambia by selling handicraft necklaces and earrings in their store. Twigs & Teacups has been part of the fabric of our community for over 25 years. Unusual, handmade, creative, organic and feel-good finds is part of the ethos of what Twigs & Teacups is all about.beads2

Please come on out First Friday, August 7th to celebrate with us at Twigs & Teacups and buy some beautiful jewelry to deck your neck with! CoLaborers representatives will be present and yummy snacks will be available. Jewelry proceeds go to CoLaborers International to support women and children in Zambia.

“It’s not just about fun finds, it’s also about helping people along the way. Most of us have not known what it is to be homeless, especially for years on end beginning at a young age. Most of us eat at least once a day. Most of us have been able to go to school. But that is not everybody’s story. These women and children are not looking for charity. They are looking for a chance. A chance to sell the goods that they have made to support their families. A chance at a life where they can stay together as a family. You have it within your capacity to provide them that chance through buying our jewelry at Twigs & Teacups Please come out.” Says Melissa Stuebing, president of CoLaborers International.

Twigs & Teacups is located at 111 S Cross St Chestertown, MD 21620. For more information, check out www.CoLaborers.com

Peter Pan Flies Into the Garfield Theatre Tonight

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Peter Pan implores the children to clap if they believe in fairies. It’s the only way to save Tinkerbelle from the Pirate’s poisoning. The children save Tink!

Kaylee Raimond as Peter Pan

Kaylee Raimond as Peter Pan

Kaylee Raimond’s performance last night at the Prince Theatre at the Garfield Center for the Arts, was stunning and beautiful.  The production was wonderfully dynamic with the whole Playmakers Summer Camp kids doing a wonderful job.

As most of you know, the Theatre has dedicated its entire 2015 Season to the memory of Vince Raimond, and Kaylee also dedicated her performance to her Great Grandfather. It is a fitting tribute.

The Spy encourages all of you to attend this event: Saturday, August 1 at 7:00, and Sunday August 2 at 3:00. It’s free, but it’s best to call for a reservation as it is a very popular show. 410-810-2060.

For more information, see www.GarfieldCenter.org to reserve a seat or for more information. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High St., Chestertown.

You know you want to fly to Neverland with this wonderful group of Garfield Center for the Arts’ Playmakers campers!

Hello Sailor: A Bawdy Sing-Along at The Mainstay, August 8

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The Mainstay, in Rock Hall Maryland, presents “Hello Sailor: A Bawdy Song Sing-Along” on Saturday August 8 at 8:00 p.m. as a part of Rock Hall’s Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend. You must be age 18 or older to attend. Admission is $20.

For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Hello Sailor HR - edit“Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing-Along” is a raucous romp through centuries of dirty ditties presented by master balladeers Jennifer Cutting, Steve Winick, Riki Schneyer and Craig Williams. The group, which includes an ethnomusicologist, a folklorist, a traditional singer and a member of Pyrates Royale has presented this show in the past at the Annapolis Maritime Museum at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and at Rock Hall Pirates Weekend where two years ago they had the crowd laughing out loud and singing lustily.
The material has been so well received, that the group plans to make a recording of bawdy songs next year.
This year, audience will again be invited to join in on the choruses of naughty songs from medieval brothels, pubs, tall ships, British music halls, armies, navies, schoolyards, and wherever such songs are sung, all gathered from musty books, scratchy recordings and dusty archives and presented to gales of laughter.

According to Jennifer Cutting, “This will be an ample show of shameless songs that have propelled innocent sailors to their moral doom from time immemorial. [Our research] will ensure that this isn’t just any old bawdy songs show – you’re bound to hear refreshingly raunchy songs you’ve never heard before and be entertained in the time-honored tradition of gathering to raise our voices in song.”

Jennifer Cutting is a composer and bandleader by family tradition and a musician and ethnomusicologist by training. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in conducting, and developed her passion for folk music through a Master’s degree working with British folk revival legend A.L. Lloyd, mentor to groups such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

She spent more than ten years as director, composer, arranger and performer with the band The New St. George and for more than 10 years has composed, arranged, played on and produced the outstanding and award-winning CDs “OCEAN: Songs for the Night Sea Journey” and “Song of Solstice”, collaborating with international superstars such as Maddy Prior and Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), and John Roberts (Ye Mariners All). She is currently the leader of Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra and is a multiple award winner in all areas of her musical career.

Riki Schneyer has been singing traditional folksongs all her life. The daughter of famed folksinger Helen Schneyer (who appeared several times on “A Prairie Home Companion”), Riki was raised in a musical, artistic, social activist family, and has performed throughout the country, promoting the folk music of the Americas, Britain and France. She has sung everything in American folk music from African-American spirituals to the ballads of southern Appalachia, from broadsides to sea chanties to blues. (and, of course, bawdy songs.) She can be heard on numerous recordings, and several film soundtracks, including “The Wobblies,” and is currently finishing a solo album. In moments between songs, she has had a 27 year career as a psychotherapist, from which she has now retired, in order to pursue a second career as a visual artist.

Craig Williams has performed folk, Celtic, and maritime music for over twenty years, both alone and with such accomplished groups as Ironweed. He is best known for his portrayal of Long John Skivee, the singing, guitar-playing first mate of the popular group The Pyrates Royale. For over twenty years, the Pyrates have been delighting and offending audiences with questionable songs of sea-faring debauchery at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville . They also perform at folk and maritime festivals up and down the east coast, and have released many acclaimed CDs of maritime songs.

Steve Winick has been singing traditional British, Irish, American, and French folksongs for many years. He currently performs with Ship’s Company Chanteymen, in which he reenacts eighteenth and nineteenth century singing sailors, and with Celtic rock ensemble Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra. He is also in demand as an actor and a master of ceremonies, and has appeared at folk, Celtic and pirate festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Steve is also an ace folksong researcher, with a PhD. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. His first job as a folklorist was transcribing dirty songs for folklore expert Kenneth S. Goldstein. He currently researches and writes about folk music for the Library of Congress and writes article and reviews for the Huffington Post.

Rock Hall’s Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend has been voted “Best of the Bay” six times by the readers of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. The 8th annual festival runs from August 7th through 9th, 2015 and includes a Decorated Dinghy Contest & Caribbean-Style Beach Party, a Pirate Dinghy Poker Run, A 5-K Run/ Walk. the Buccaneer’s Ball, Kid’s Games, Crafts and Storytelling, a Live Pirate Encampment, Live Entertainment & Street Performers, Merchants, Artisans and Crafters and many individual events. A complete schedule is available on the Rock Hall Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend website, http://www.rockhallpirates.com/

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street.

Church Hill Theatre Announces Cast of “Noises Off”

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The cast,left to right, Lloyd (Will Robinson), Roger/Gary (Ricky Vitanovic), Burglar/Selsdon (Pat Patterson), Poppy (Christine Kinlock),Vivki/Brooke (Heather Oland), Flavia/Belinda (Jane Copple), Philip/Frederick (Patrick Fee), and Mrs. Clackett/Dottie (Maggie Garey) help Selsdon deliver the last line of the play, "A good old fashioned plate of sardines."

The cast,left to right, Lloyd (Will Robinson), Roger/Gary (Ricky Vitanovic), Burglar/Selsdon (Pat Patterson), Poppy (Christine Kinlock),Vivki/Brooke (Heather Oland), Flavia/Belinda (Jane Copple), Philip/Frederick (Patrick Fee), and Mrs. Clackett/Dottie (Maggie Garey) help Selsdon deliver the last line of the play, “A good old fashioned plate of sardines.”

Michael Frayn’s hilarious farce Noises Off will kick off Church Hill Theatre’s fall season with performances from September 11 to 27. Shelagh Grasso directs this play-within-a-play (the sexy British romp Nothing On) that will show CHT audiences what really goes on back-stage. Noises Off ran for five years on London’s West End, played over 500 performances on Broadway, and is one of the most successful comedies of all time.

Grasso has assembled a remarkable cast that includes many Church Hill Theatre veterans. The set, designed and built by Carmen Grasso, shows both the front and the back of the Nothing On stage and is an integral part of the high jinks, which include slammed doors, thwarted romances, lost trousers and a young woman running about in her underwear.

The Noises Off characters include the director, his stage crew and an assortment of has-been and wanna-be actors. The Nothing On characters portray the residents of a stately British country home and their unexpected visitors. The versatile Church Hill Theatre cast moves deftly (if not always gracefully) between the two sets and the two realities.

Will Robinson plays Lloyd Dallas, the temperamental director of Nothing On. He is assisted by Stage Manager Tim Allgood, played by John Haas, and an Assistant Stage Manager, the emotional Poppy Norton-Taylor, played by Christine Kinlock. Allgood and Norton-Taylor also understudy roles in Nothing On. The Nothing On cast includes Mrs. Clackett, the forgetful older actress Dotty Otley (played by Maggie Garey); Roger, a shady real estate agent portrayed by the stuttering actor Garry Lejeune (played by Ricky Vitanovic ); the headstrong ingénue Vicki, the actress Brooke Ashton (played by Heather Oland); the home owner Philip Brent, the dim and pompous actor Freddy Fellowes (played by Patrick J. Fee); Flavia Brent, the reliable actress Belinda Blair (played by Jane Copple); an elderly burglar, the tipsy actor Selsdon Mowbray (played by Pat Patterson); and a mysterious sheikh interested in renting the house (played by Freddy/ Fee.).

Noises Off runs from September 11-27, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and on Sundays at 2 pm. CHT offers special 2 for the price of 1 tickets on opening night, Friday, September 11 for those who reserve by phone. Call the box office at 410-556-6003 or visit the website www.churchhilltheatre.org for details and reservations.

 

Front image: From L-R Brooke (Heather Oland), Gary (Ricky Vitanovic), Poppy (Christine Kinlock), Mrs. Clackett (Maggie Garey), Belinda (Jane Copple) and Frederick (Patrick Fee). “Everyone lift their feet one foot at a time”.

Academy Art Museum Announces Members’ Exhibition Award Winners

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The annual Members’ Exhibition, currently on display at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, features the artwork of 242 Museum members – the largest in the Museum’s history.  The mediums include drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor), pastel, graphics, photography, mixed media, video art, jewelry, sculpture, and other applications. This year, the Annual Members’ Exhibition was judged by Dennis O’Neil, Professor of Art in the Fine Arts department at George Washington University.

Pictured are some of the winners of the Judge’s awards in the 2015 Academy Art Museum’s Annual Members’ Exhibition, on display through September 7, 2015.  Pictured back row, left to right, are award winners are Dianne Conniff, Ben Franklin Crafts Award; Katherine Johnson, Ben Franklin Crafts Award; Jayne Hetherington, 7th Annual Learned Peabody Porter Award for excellence in drawing;  and Judge Dennis O’Neil, Professor of Art in the Fine Arts department at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Pictured middle row, left to right, are Laura Era, The 28th Annual A. Brittain Banghart Award for drawing, painting, etching or sculpture depicting the human figure and Marta Holthausen, Ben Franklin Crafts Award. Front row, left to right, are Anke Van Wagenberg, Curator at the Academy Art Museum; Norman Bell, The 38th Annual Samuel Sands Award for work in any medium depicting sporting activities; Alanna Berman, 3rd Annual Best Artwork in the Print Medium (excluding photography); and Dennis McFadden, Director of the Academy Art Museum.

Pictured are some of the winners of the Judge’s awards in the 2015 Academy Art Museum’s Annual Members’ Exhibition, on display through September 7, 2015. Pictured back row, left to right, are award winners are Dianne Conniff, Ben Franklin Crafts Award; Katherine Johnson, Ben Franklin Crafts Award; Jayne Hetherington, 7th Annual Learned Peabody Porter Award for excellence in drawing; and Judge Dennis O’Neil, Professor of Art in the Fine Arts department at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Pictured middle row, left to right, are Laura Era, The 28th Annual A. Brittain Banghart Award for drawing, painting, etching or sculpture depicting the human figure and Marta Holthausen, Ben Franklin Crafts Award. Front row, left to right, are Anke Van Wagenberg, Curator at the Academy Art Museum; Norman Bell, The 38th Annual Samuel Sands Award for work in any medium depicting sporting activities; Alanna Berman, 3rd Annual Best Artwork in the Print Medium (excluding photography); and Dennis McFadden, Director of the Academy Art Museum.

Several awards were given, including the following: The 40th Annual Lee Lawrie Award for best in any medium – Barbara Hennig-Loomis for Rootbound / Be Still my Heart; The 20th Annual Peggy and T. Denton Miller, Jr., Award for excellence in contemporary art in any medium – Grif Bates, Coming Forth by Day; The 38th Annual Samuel Sands Award for work in any medium depicting sporting activities – Norman Bell,Elspeth Ann, Armadale, Scotland; 3rd Annual Best Artwork in the Print Medium (excluding photography) – Alanna Berman, After Party on the Titanic; 2nd Annual M. Susan Stewart Award for best collage – Liz Tepper,Requiem; The 28th Annual A. Brittain Banghart Award for drawing, painting, etching or sculpture depicting the human figure – Laura Era, Turn Your Eyes Upon Him; The 30th Annual Sam Hemming Award for watercolor – Joan Fabbri, Lewes Style Christmas Klompen; The 3rd Annual Ebby Malmgren Artist’s Book Award – Martha Graham, Into the Woods; 7th Annual Learned Peabody Porter Award for excellence in drawing – Jayne Hetherington, Around the Bend; 7th Annual Jane Shannahan Offutt Memorial Award for excellence in painting – Judith Bittorf, Cockey’s Cove Workboat; 5th Annual St. Michaels Art League and Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore Award for Best Landscape Painting in Oil, Acrylic or Watercolor – Nancy Tankersley, From the Earth; 8th Annual Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore Award – Cassandra Kabler,Dirt, Mountains, Clouds, Empty Full; The Tidewater Camera Club Award for Excellence in Photography – Mary Konchar, Potters; Ben Franklin Crafts Awards – Marta Holthausen, Snow Laden; Dianne Conniff,Treasures of the Chesapeake; and Katherine Johnson, Joyful Poppy.

The Exhibition runs through September 7, 2015. The Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. For further information about the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Second Annual Legacy Day Celebrates Kent’s Musical Heritage

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The Historical Society of Kent County, in collaboration with Chestertown Music in the Park, proudly presents the second annual Legacy Day, Saturday, Aug. 15.

This year’s event will be held on High Street next to Fountain Park. It celebrates the many local music venues that were found around the county in the 1960s and ’70s, and the many musicians who played there. The locations ranged from semi-regular yard parties to local bars that offered live music on weekends.

Researchers have been interviewing residents and musicians about the music scene in the middle years of the 20th century. Many of them remember saxophonist and singer Randolph “Jazz” Johnson, who led bands that played gigs in Philadelphia and Wilmington, as well as local Kent County venues, from the 1940s until his death in 1997.

A second theme will be the music of the Motown era, which produced an astonishing number of popular acts including the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, Smoky Robinson, the Jackson 5 and many others.

Live music will be provided by the Larry Tucker band, specializing in R & B, oldies and Motown stylings. During band breaks, DJ Stansbury will provide still more music of the era.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a parade down High Street, with classic cars, a marching band and the Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club. There will be prizes for the outstanding entries in several categories.

Music and dancing in the street will continue to 10 p.m. There will also be food and drink and crafts provided by local vendors. There will also be a dance contest and a trivia game, along with historical exhibits in the Bordley History Center.

Last year, the inaugural Legacy Day event honored the memory of the late Charlie Graves and his Uptown Club, where some of the most important black musicians and singers from the 1940s to the late 1980s performed for local audiences. The event drew a large and enthusiastic crowd for an evening of music and dancing.

The free concert is part of Chestertown’s Music in the Park series, co-sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council and the Historical Society. Audience members should bring something to sit on.

Other sponsors include the Garfield Center for the Arts, the Graves Family, the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience of Washington College, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post # 25, Diversity Dialogue Group, the Town of Chestertown and other local businesses.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 410-778-3499.

 

Front photo: Four Tops

“A Variety of Character”: Photo Exhibit at The Mainstay, August 7-9

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From Friday August 7 to Sunday August 9th the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland presents a photo exhibit, “A Variety of Character” by Lacey Cox. The exhibit will be open to the public Friday August 7 from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday August 8th from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday August 9th from 12 noon to 4 pm.

The public is invited to a reception with light refreshments and a cash bar with the photographer at the Mainstay on Friday August 7 from 6 pm to 8pm. Admission is free.

Lacey Cox works for the Town of Rock Hall and is a fine photographer. Her subjects are drawn from local themes, people and animals. She says the photos in the exhibit “represent a little bit of everybody’s taste in life, from wildlife, portraits, and a few things in between.”

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition Plays Fountain Park August 1

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The Annapolis Blugrass Coalition returns to the Fountain Park stage Saturday, Aug.1, in the next in this summer’s Music in the Park program.

One of the most popular attractions in Chestertown’s annual outdoor music series, Annapolis Bluegrass brings driving instrumental virtuosity and close harmony singing to a mix of bluegrass standards, original tunes by band members and tasty adaptations of “outside” material.

The group’s members are Roger Green on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Dan Kimball on mandolin, lead and tenor vocals; Sue Tice on fiddle, and harmony vocals; Tim Kruzic on banjo and harmony vocals and Jim Duvall on acoustic bass fiddle.

Band leader Green writes most of the band’s originals. He’s played bluegrass since he was 10 years old, and has been in band since his high school days. He has a particular fondness for songs about trains, and has added several to the band’s set lists.

Kimball lists among his influences bluegrass pioneer and mandolin virtuoso Bill Monroe, but he also gives a nod to the likes of the Everly Brothers and Fats Domino. He’s a charter member of Annapolis Bluegrass.

Tice’s fiddle technique is informed by classical training, but the sound she gets is pure bluegrass. Her fiddle feature, “Orange Blossom Special” is one of the highlights of the band’s sets. Green said in a phone interview,Tuesday, that Tice and her husband will be moving to Florida next week, so this will be a last chance for Chestertown audiences to enjoy her playing.

Kruzic spent 20 years playing banjo with Blue Daze, a well-regarded bluegrass group from the Columbia area. He has been active with a number of other Maryland bluegrass bands, and is a familiar figure at bluegrass festivals around the area.

Duvall lays down the band’s rhythmic foundation, and takes an occasional solo in instrumental numbers. His musical background includes playing electric guitar in a Motown-styled group and electric bass in a country band.

Green said the band will be pulling out a few older tunes it hasn’t performed in several years, plus adding a few new ones. Among the latter are Rich Bernhard’s “It’s Been a Long Time” and the traditional “I’ll Never Love Anybody But You.”

Music in the Park performances begin at 7 p.m. in Fountain Park and run until about 8:30. Annapolis Bluegrass is always one of the best-attended performances of the series, and a limited number of seats are available. Audience members are advised to bring folding chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the performance will be held in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, on Cross Street opposite the park.

The Music in the Park series is sponsored by the town of Chestertown, with support from the Kent County Arts Council and community contributions. There is no charge for admission to the concerts, but donations to support the program are encouraged.

For more information and other concert dates, visit their web site at www.annapolisbluegrass.com

Excerpted with permission from the Kent County News

Bring something to sit on. Only limited seating is available. Free Admission.

Rain location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church – 101 N. Cross St. across from the park.

These free programs are sponsored by the Town of Chestertown with support from The Kent County Arts Council & Community Contributors. To help make these programs possible, please send donations payable to the Town of Chestertown and designated for “Music in the Park,” to 118 N. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

Lusitania Lecture First Friday at Bordley History Center

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On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania was torpedoed by the Germans and 1,198 lives were lost. That is a piece of history of which most people are aware; however, many do not know that there were quite a few citizens from Maryland on board that day. Come hear John V. Quarstein tell some of their stories.

John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer and author. He is the author of fifteen books including “CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender” After thirty years as director of the Virginia War Museum, and as a consultant to the Mariners’ Museum’s Monitor Center, he now serves as historian for the City of Newport News.

John Quarstein is uniquely qualified to lead us to a better understanding of the ways in which this historic event hit close to home. Join us for History Happy Hour, 4PM Friday, August 7 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street in Chestertown and learn more about our early history!