It’s hard to imagine anyone with less in common with a small town life than Bob Oritz when he and his wife Pam arrived here in 1994. And yet this native son of Greenwich Village, with a long history in urban Baltimore, has nonetheless embraced the Chestertown life with gusto since his arrival. A gifted and highly regarded furniture designer and craftsman, Bob can also be found playing the lead role in a cutting edge theater production at Washington College, hitting his beloved drums at a public library gig, or offered his downtown studio to poetry readings.
When it comes to Chestertown’s future, Bob focuses on “what can be” rather than what it is. He sees Chestertown’s proximity to the over 12 million people who live within a ninety minute drive of town an exceptional asset to develop. While he admits that he “dispairs” at times as Chestertown works through issues like racial diversity, he nonetheless sees a bright future for all if positive energy can be tapped.
Chestertown Futures is a two-year project of the Chestertown Spy to provide a sustained community conversation on Chestertown’s future and aspirations through the unique voices of twenty-four members of the community representing all aspects of greater Chestertown. By design, these interviews are longer than most broadcast interviews to allow each participant ample time to express their views. It is therefore advisable to allow time for the YouTube video to load the interview fully before viewing, which may take up to three to five minutes.