Delmarva Review Announces 10th Anniversary Edition Featuring 40 Writers


The Delmarva Review announced publication of its tenth annual literary journal presenting original prose and poetry from 40 authors in 18 states. The nonprofit review welcomes all writers.

“The tenth anniversary issue touches on the themes of change and hope,” said Emily Rich, editor of the review’s tenth edition. “Amidst the uncertainties of life, people grasp for what is eternal in the human condition.”

The cover photograph, “Recycle,” by Cal Jackson, of Easton, Maryland, displays oyster shells ready to be re-used in the oyster’s life-cycle as beds for newly hatched larvae.

The 2017 Chesapeake Voices Prose Contest first place fiction is featured in this edition. The winning short story, “The Future is Not For Sale,” by Jeremy Griffin, of South Carolina, was hailed by contest judge Laura Oliver, of Maryland, as “sophisticated with especially strong characterization.”

Editors selected 41 new poems, 11 short stories, five nonfiction essays, and five book reviews for the tenth edition.

Since the first issue, the journal has printed original literary work of over 280 authors. Some are newly discovered. In all, they have come from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 other countries. Half are from the Delmarva and Chesapeake region. Forty-seven pieces have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and some have received notable mentions in anthologies and critical journals.

Delmarva Review is published by the Delmarva Review Literary Fund, supported by individual contributions and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

For writers, the submission period is now open for the 2018 issue. It closes on March 31, 2018. Guidelines are posted on the website

The journal produces print and electronic editions. Both are available worldwide via and other online booksellers. It is downloadable in a digital format at Kindle for tablets, computers, smart phones, and other reading devices. Two-year subscriptions are available at a discount through the website.

Delmarva Review is sold regionally at the News Center, in Easton, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, and other bookstores for $10. The eBook edition is $3.99. It is also available at many public libraries in the region.

Annapolis Winds to Play Resonance Concert Nov. 12


The Annapolis Symphony Wind Trio

The Annapolis Symphony Wind Trio’s rich blend of oboe, clarinet, and bassoon will fill the parish hall of historic Saint Paul’s Church on the afternoon of Sunday, November 12.  The concert, at 3 pm, is the latest offering of the National Music Festival’s Resonance concert series, which runs from October to April.

Oboist Fatma Daglar, clarinetist Robert DiLutis, and bassoonist Benjamin Greanya are all principal players in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and they are passionate performers and teachers. Their program includes works by Jaques Ibert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Darius Milhaud, among others. One highlight is the “Sequoia Trio” by American composer Jenni Brandon.

In Brandon’s own words, “Each movement of The Sequoia Trio takes a quote about Sequoia trees from John Muir’s book The Yosemite and uses it to inspire the music. The opening waving pattern creates the gentle breeze as the growth of the tree starts in the bassoon, moving through the clarinet and is carried all the way to the top of the tree through the oboe.  Movement two is sassy and jazzy, describing the kind of resilient attitude that young trees must maintain in order to survive. Finally in The Noble Trees the instruments play a hymn-like tribute to the largest living things on earth. The two Tree Interludes represent the individual voice of a tree and its story.”

It’s not too late to purchase an Annual Pass, which gives the bearer access to all Resonance concerts (there are five remaining this season) and the 2018 National Music Festival. At $300, the Annual Pass is the best value for the greatest amount of music! Passes are transferable; if you can’t make it to a concert, loan your Passes to family or friends.

Saint Paul’s is at 7579 Sandy Bottom Road in Chestertown, off Route 20 between Chestertown and Rock Hall.  Single tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door; children and students are $5 at the door. For ticket information click here.

Eagles Experience brings classic, Cali rock to TPAC


Celebrate the 70s and the crest of the California rock sound when THE EAGLES EXPERIENCE comes to the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The show features the legendary band’s greatest hits including “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Take it Easy.”

With a one-to-one lineup that reflects the Eagles during their heyday in the late 1970s, the members of THE EAGLES EXPERIENCE each emulate their respective “Eagle”, playing the correct instrument and singing the songs as sung by their counterpart.  Every member of THE EAGLES EXPERIENCE is dedicated to presenting their part as accurately as possible, and will provide you with an ultimate “Eagles Experience” you will not soon forget.

THE EAGLES EXPERIENCE only plays songs written and recorded by the Eagles as a band, from their biggest hits to hidden gems. While there were many great songs by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh as solo artists, the Eagles created more than enough musical material to fill an entire evening, and then some.

The show begins at 8 pm and tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the TPAC box office at 410-827-5867.

“Carrie: The Musical” Final Weekend at Church Hill Theatre


“Carrie the Musical is getting a bloody good fun production by Chesapeake College’s Peake Players and Church Hill Theatre,” says Maryland Theatre Guide’s Mark Beachy.  It offers supernatural thrills to a classic rock genre score; with blood, fire and her telekinetic powers audiences are gasping as the naïve and innocent Carrie takes on the high school mean girls. Bullied by both her classmates and her fanatically religious mother, Carrie finds some support from her gym teacher and a sympathetic classmate. But in this musical version of Stephen King’s psycho-horror novel, we know Carrie will find her own solution as the torments continue. Prom night will never be the same.

Carrie (Shannon Whitaker) finally gets to go to Prom.

Rob Thompson and William Thomas, both Chesapeake College professors are director and music director, respectively. Shannon Whittaker is an “outstanding” Carrie and Maureen Curtain “gives a strong interpretation” as her mother, according to Pete Heck, writing for the Chestertown Spy.

Carrie’s classmates Sue, Tommy, Chris, and Billy are played by Reilly Claxton, Jacob Wheatley, Olivia Litteral and Brandon Walls. The sympathetic teacher, Miss Gardner, is Samantha Smith. Other featured characters are played by James Kaplanges, Kiya Cohen, Shannon Landers, Catherine Jacobs, Morgan Jung, Sean Priest and Albert Conteh. Students, dancers, telekinetic spirits, police officers and others include Anna Terry, Savannah Bixler, Briana Litteral, Gracie Jordan, Megan Kaley, and Alyson Farnell.

Musical Director William Thomas will conduct from the piano. His musicians are Gary Caffrey, on guitar, Tom Anthony on bass, and Ray Anthony on drums.  The backstage and production team includes a set by Richard Peterson and Carmelo Grasso, with lights by Nic Carter, costumes by Miranda Fister and Jennifer Houghton, Maddie Baynard is acting as stage manager, and Jacob Blades is assistant stage manager.  Shelagh Grasso is producing Carrie with Sylvia Maloney as associate producer.

Carrie’s Mother (Maureen Curtin) warns her daughter (Shannon Whitaker) about the dangers of the outside world

Based on the King novel, Carrie the Musical was adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.  Steve Atkinson of the Chesa Del Crier posits, “I would suggest you see it more than once.  The first time to sit back, enjoy the show…return a second time to see all the detail.”

Carrie the Musical will run through November 12th with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $15 for members at Church Hill Theatre.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online at

The Chesapeake Show at Chesapeake College


In the months of November and December, a talented group of artists from the Eastern Shore and Annapolis will present their original artwork at “The Chesapeake Show” in Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center in Wye Mills, MD.

“The Chesapeake Show: A Traveling Exhibition of Select Artists” features fourteen local artists who express their love of our Chesapeake Bay region through their beautiful and diverse art. This group has exhibited throughout the Eastern Shore and Annapolis region, featuring original artwork from watercolors and acrylics to cut-paper and ribbon collages. Organized by Dave Murphy and Steve Bleinberger, other artists include Peggy Blades, Mary Bickford, Katherine Carney, Carolyn Councell, Ann Farley, Brenda Larson, Judi MacDonald, Nancy O’Brien, Paul Taylor, Carol Vaughn, Sean Wells, and Wende Woodham.

Come see scenes of our beautiful waterways, boats, marine animals, and more as you reminisce about times on and near the water. The Chesapeake Show is open for viewing during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday — and can also be seen during special events in the Todd Performing Arts Center during these months.

During these same months, many of these artists will also have giclees of their work exhibited at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. A giclee is a high-quality reproduction of an artist’s original piece of artwork, making artists’ work available in an additional way that can be more affordable. The artwork is available to purchase onsite from the Museum, and will make wonderful & meaningful holiday gifts. The Annapolis Maritime Museum is open from 11 am to 3 pm Wednesday through Sunday, and they are located at 723 Second Street in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis.

Dancescape Performances at Washington College


Washington College’s Department of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with SANDBOX, is pleased to present this year’s Dance Minor concert, Dancescape. The concert, on November 17 at 7:30 p.m. and November 18 at 2 p.m., will feature original works in a wide range of dance styles by Washington College students, faculty, and alumni, as well as a special guest performance of Carol Hess’s multimedia LightForest (2017) by the Baltimore Dance Project.

Both events in Decker Theatre at the Gibson Center for the Arts are free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the Saturday matinee on November 18.


LightForest powerfully brings together experiments with dance, music, photography, technology, and the environment. Its five dancers perform amid a “forest” of tall, narrow vertical screens. Video and still images of forests, shot and edited by Hess at different times over a year, map onto the screens and create lush contexts of natural elements in varying perspectives and scales, placing the dancers within the changing seasons of nature. Timothy Nohe’s evocative sound score intertwines bird sounds sampled from the Cornell Ornithology Lab with rhythmic percussion and strong, resonant, digitally composed sections. Sound travels through the space with the dancers, who each wear a specially designed apparatus that contains an iPod touch and small Bluetooth speaker.

LightForest’s choreographer and composer will also teach a series of interdisciplinary workshops leading up to the show. For more information, please

The performances and workshops of LightForest are made possible by SANDBOX, the Departments of Theatre and Dance, Art and Art History, and Music as well as the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Peter and Will Anderson Quartet at The Mainstay Nov. 4


Peter and Will Anderson bring their quartet featuring Chuck Redd on vibes and their fresh creative take on traditional jazz to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, on Saturday Nov. 4 at p.m.  Admission is $20 if purchased in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website  Reservations can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Peter and Will Anderson are identical twins who are both virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Will Anderson also adds flute to the mix. Originally from the DC area, they started touring internationally at 15 and moved to New York City to attend Julliard. Now in their 20s, their fresh, creative, swinging take on traditional jazz has taken them as headliners to major jazz festivals and clubs around the country.

Lauded by the New York Times as “virtuosos” they write original tunes but also have a deep love and respect for the jazz classics. Their abilities have made them saxophonists of choice for Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Village Vanguard Orchestra.  They have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, DC’s Blues Alley, have played live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and were featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundtrack of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

Though they compose their own music, the Andersons have a deep love of jazz standards, noting that “you can’t write something good unless you’ve heard something good,”

In reviewing a 2014 recording, Mike Joyce of the Washington Post said “[their] saxophones and clarinets elegantly converge, converse and engage in delightful counterpoint… the arrangements, imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes.”

Peter Anderson plays tenor sax and clarinet. Will Anderson plays alto sax, clarinet, and flute. They will be joined by Mainstay favorite and jazz advisor Chuck Redd on vibes and drums and guitarist Felix Lemerle for a fresh, creative swinging take on traditional jazz.

Note the 7 p.m. start time. For the darker, cooler fall and winter months, The Mainstay is experimenting with an earlier start time for their Saturday concerts.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

October 30 Joe Holt welcomes Brad Chaires

November 4 Peter and Will Anderson Quartet featuring Chuck Redd

November 6 Joe Holt welcomes Maria Rusu

November 11 Karen Somerville

November 12 The Mainstay @ The Garfield: Cassie & Maggie

November 13 Joe Holt welcomes Philip Dutton

“Passions” Opens First Friday at The Artists’ Gallery


Susan Stockman

On First Friday, November 3, The Artists’ Gallery will present “Passion” – a new series of work by Evie Baskin.  The public is invited to attend a reception to meet the artist that evening from 5 to 8 p.m.  The show will hang in The Artists’ Gallery throughout the month of November.

This is Evie’s fifth portrait series since she arrived on the Eastern Shore in 2008.   Each portrait has been painted in recognition of nine people who live on the Shore, who are following their passions and by doing so, provide inspiration to us all.  There will be a statement posted on the wall adjacent to each portrait, describing the passion of each person, providing both a visual and literary element to this show.

Tom Martin

Evie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. and has a BA in Visual Arts from Florida State University.  After moving to Alexandria, Va. in 1999, she studied figurative work in oil with Danni Dawson and Robert Liberace at the Torpedo Factory.  After relocating to the Eastern Shore, she began working with pastel, studying at various times with Mary Pritchard, Claudia Post and William Schneider.  She has garnered numerous awards over the years for her work in pastel and oil and is a partner with The Artists’ Gallery, a member of the Maryland Portrait Society, The Working Artists Forum and RiverArts of Chestertown.

The Artists’ Gallery is located at 239 High Street in Chesterton, and is open Tuesday– Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30.  For more information about Evie’s work, please see or

Philip Dutton


Summer Positions at Church Hill Theatre


CHT’s 2017 Green Room Gang Sr. production

Church Hill Theatre is accepting applications for the following paid staff positions for the 2018 Green Room Gang program. The theater requires a Green Room Gang Sr. director and a Green Room Gang, Jr. director along with two interns to work with the directors during the 5-week summer program.

Green Room Gang is a summer theater workshop that consists of two camps. GRG Sr. is a five-week, full day program of theater instruction for youths entering grades 6—12 that culminates in a fully staged musical for public performance. GRG Jr. is a four and a half week, half day program for youths entering grades 1—5 which also culminates in a fully staged musical production. Both camps are in session Monday through Thursday.  GRG Sr. begins June 18, 2018 and ends with performances July 19, 20 and 21, 2018; GRG Jr. starts June 20 and culminates with the production at the same time.

The directors of Green Room Gang are the instructors and artists who oversee and orchestrate the theatrical education of the Green Room Gang students and the mounting of fully scripted productions by creatively facilitating all aspects of the productions.  The directors have the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production—the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting, sound and music—into a unified whole.  They will be responsible for all aspects of the production; however the focus of the position is the instruction of the students and the casting, directing and rehearsing of the show.  Applicants should have extensive formal education and experience in all aspects of theatre, and should be able to work closely with young people.

The interns of the Green Room Gang will have duties that vary with the nature of the script, the director, the designers and the production facilities. An effective intern will adapt to the needs of each production. He or she will always make it his/her priority to see that the director has everything he/she needs to bring the play’s vision to the stage.  They will work closely with the directors of both GRG Jr. and GRG Sr. and will assist in instructional, directing and production aspects of the camp. The two intern positions require a HS diploma as well as college training in a variety of the aspects of theatre.

For more information and applications for any of these positions, please contact the Church Hill Theatre Executive Manager Hester Sachse at 410-556-6003.  The deadline for applications to be received by Church Hill Theatre is November 24, 2017.