Mid-Shore Arts: The Great Migration with John Schratwieser

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As part of the Kent County Arts Council agenda this fall, there will be a unique tribute to America’s great migration of six million African-Americans who moved from the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West. To provide a sense of scale for this remarkable transition, until 1910, more than 90 percent of the African-American population lived in the American South. In 1900, only one-fifth of African-Americans living in the South were living in urban areas.

In 2016 The Phillips Collection in Washington DC commissioned Playwright and Producing Artistic Director Jacqueline Lawton,to create an evening of short plays based on the Great Migration series painted by famed African American painter, Jacob Lawrence. These plays will be presented together as Act one of a Two-Act evening that also includes Kent County’s own RED DEVIL MOON, Thursday – Sunday, November 1 – 4, 2018 at the Garfield Center for the Arts.

The Spy chatted with John Schratwieser, KCAC director, about this amibrioust project a few months ago to help us understand better the history and what the audience can expect during this short run.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the Great Migration project please go here

Downrigging: Robert Earl Price and the Unlading Starts October 26

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As greater Chestertown prepares for another great Downrigging weekend, it is sometimes hard to remember how wide and diverse the programing is for this Sultana Education Foundation fall happening. A case in point is the Kent County Art Council sponsored production of Robert Earl Price’s dramatized poem “The Unlading” scheduled to be performed at the historic Janes Church.

Recounting the tale of the first stolen African people arrived in North America in August 1619 whose  arrival was marked by four words, “20 and odd Negars” and later would be legally known as “un-free” for population census purposes. 

Art Council director John Schratwieser was clever enough to talk Robert Earl into providing a brief overview of this work and resourcefully deployed his handy Iphone for this vertically shot check in.

THE UNLADING
A Dramatized Poem, written and directed by Robert Earl Price,  Commissioned and Produced by the Kent County Arts Council for Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend 2018.

Performances are FREE and will be held at Janes United Methodist Church, 120 S. Cross Street, Chestertown as follows:

Friday, October 26, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.  

The play runs approximately 30 minutes with no intermission.

A Conversation with Spy Columnist David Montgomery and 1st District Candidate Andy Harris

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More than a few Spy readers thought it was a bit odd last week to have David Montgomery, our most politically conservative columnist, interview Democrat Jesse Colvin, who is running against Congressman Andy Harris this November. And yet many ultimately found this format a refreshing change from the more typical and sound bite-driven public forums or mainstream media interviews.

We took that as encouragement to continue our somewhat counter-intuitive approach by having David also interview Dr. Harris as well. And while it is true that their worldviews may be more aligned than with Jesse Colvin’s, Spy readers may find it surprising that Montgomery and Harris are not in agreement on many issues, including immigration and economic tariffs. Indeed, David has withheld his endorsement until he completed these interviews with both. He plans to share his final decision this week in his regular Spy column.

Once again, we are grateful to the Avalon Foundation’s MCTV for their help in producing this Spy conversation.

This video is approximately one hour in length 

Kent County Commissioner Race: A Conversation with Ron Fithian

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Every election year, the Chestertown Spy uses the power of multimedia to introduce candidates for local office in a way that is far less traditional than the typical community forum or debate. Rather than be limited by a set amount of time to state policy views or answer questions, the Spy has used the video interview format to understand more fully a candidate’s points of view as well as their personalities. We continue this practice again this year with six conversations with those running to be one of the three Kent County Commissioners. During these chats, candidates have been asked questions on economic development, public school funding, public transportation as well as understanding their backgrounds and motivation for running for office.

We continue our series with Ron Fithian. Ron is the town manager for Rock Hall and has served on the Kent County Commission for the last twenty years.

This video is approximately minutes in length

Kent County Commissioner Race: A Conversation with Bob Jacob

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Every election year, the Chestertown Spy uses the power of multimedia to introduce candidates for local office in a way that is far less traditional than the typical community forum or debate. Rather than be limited by a set amount of time to state policy views or answer questions, the Spy has used the video interview format to understand more fully a candidate’s points of view as well as their personalities. We continue this practice again this year with six conversations with those running to be one of the three Kent County Commissioners. During these chats, candidates have been asked questions on economic development, public school funding, public transportation as well as understanding their backgrounds and motivation for running for office.

We continue our series with Bob Jacob. Born and raised in Kent County, Bob is the owner and president of Chesapeake CNC Manufacturing Center, producing Swiss Screw Machining of precision parts and assembly.

Kent County Commissioner Race: A Conversation with Tom Mason

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Every election year, the Chestertown Spy uses the power of multimedia to introduce candidates for local office in a way that is far less traditional than the typical community forum or debate. Rather than be limited by a set amount of time to state policy views or answer questions, the Spy has used the video interview format to understand more fully a candidate’s points of view as well as their personalities. We continue this practice again this year with six conversations with those running to be one of the three Kent County Commissioners. During these chats, candidates have been asked questions on economic development, public school funding, public transportation as well as understanding their backgrounds and motivation for running for office.

We continue our series with Tom Mason. Born and raised in Cecil County, Tom began his career as a dairy farmer after graduating from the University of Maryland. He has been actively involved in state agricultural policy and on the Maryland Farm Bureau and a trustee of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation.

This video is approximately twenty minutes in length.

Kent County Commissioner Race: A Conversation with William Pickrum

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Every election year, the Chestertown Spy uses the power of multimedia to introduce candidates for local office in a way that is far less traditional than the typical community forum or debate. Rather than be limited by a set amount of time to state policy views or answer questions, the Spy has used the video interview format to understand more fully a candidate’s points of view as well as their personalities. We continue this practice again this year with six conversations with those running to be one of the three Kent County Commissioners. During these chats, candidates have been asked questions on economic development, public school funding, public transportation as well as understanding their backgrounds and motivation for running for office.

We continue our series with William Pickrum, a Democrat incumbent on the Kent County Commission. A product of Kent County public education, William earned his BS degree from the Coast Guard Academy and a masters degree in public administration from New York University. After serving as a commander in the  USCG, Pickrum is a project manager and adjunct professor at Delaware State University. He has served on the Kent County Council for fifteen years and acts as its president in the current term.

This video is approximately twenty minutes in length.

Kent County Commissioner Race: A Conversation with Bill Short

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Every election year, the Chestertown Spy uses the power of multimedia to introduce candidates for local office in a way that is far less traditional than the typical community forum or debate. Rather than be limited by a set amount of time to state policy views or answer questions, the Spy has used the video interview format to understand more fully a candidate’s points of view as well as their personalities. We continue this practice again this year with six conversations with those running to be one of the three Kent County Commissioners. During these chats, candidates have been asked questions on economic development, public school funding, public transportation as well as understanding their backgrounds and motivation for running for office.

We continue our series with Bill “Billy” Short, a Republican incumbent on the Kent County Commission.  A product of Kent County public education, Billy has been a local entrepreneur for several decades with the creation of three businesses, including Eastern Interiors on High Street in Chestertown. Appointed to replace ailing Commissioner Alex Rasin in 2012, Short consequently has won two elections since that time.

This video is approximately nineteen minutes in length. 

Kent County Commissioner Race: A Conversation with Tom Timberman

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Every election year, the Chestertown Spy uses the power of multimedia to introduce candidates for local office in a way that is far less traditional than the typical community forum or debate. Rather than be limited by a set amount of time to state policy views or answer questions, the Spy has used the video interview format to understand more fully a candidate’s points of view as well as their personalities. We continue this practice again this year with six conversations with those running to be one of the three Kent County Commissioners. During these chats, candidates have been asked questions on economic development, public school funding, public transportation as well as understanding their backgrounds and motivation for running for office.

We start this series, in reverse alphabetical order, with Tom Timberman. A retired foreign affairs expert on military policy who has lived on the Eastern Shore, first in Rock Hall, and now Chestertown, for close to two decades, Tom during his career at the State Department headed a provincial reconstruction team and was embedded within a combat brigade in Iraq. He has also helped implement a new counterterrorism strategy in Southeast Asia.

This video is approximately fifteen minutes in length. For more information on Tom Timberman, please go here