4-H Coming Events for June


Volunteers needed in 4-H: Looking for volunteers as Kent County Fair 4-H Division chairpersons, judges and much more! Call the Extension Office if interested, 410-778-1661. The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

June 2018
7 – 4-H Animal Science Workshop Series #2: New 4-H Family Fair Orientation, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office, UME 4-H Online Volunteer Training, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Webinar. Must register in Kent Office 1 week prior
9 – Dr. Temple Grand in 4-H Program on Animal Behavior, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Salisbury University Horse Judging & Hippology Contest
11 – MANDATORY Biosecurity and Quality Assurance Workshop for all Kent 4-H Animal Exhibitors, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Extension Office
15 – DEADLINE: KENT COUNTY FAIR ENTRY DEADLINE FOR ALL PRE-ENTERED EVENTS! Entries must be delivered to the Extension office by 4:30 pm or postmarked by Friday June 15th
16 – Kent 4-H Clover Kids: Bite Into Beef, 1:00 – 3:000 pm, Hill Farm Kennedyville. Learn about Beef cattle! Eastern Region Aerospace Qualifier Event
18 – MD 4-H Foundation Golf Tournament
20 – Ag Center Board Meeting, 7:00 pm Extension Office
21 – UME 4-H Volunteer Training, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Extension Office *Note: This is a daytime training!
23 – 4-H Craft Day, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Kent Ag Center
24-29 – National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational, Grand Island NE. Best Wishes Matt Hofstetter & MD Shotgun team!
26 – 4-H Animal Science Wksp Series #3: Animal Project Records (What I need to know!) 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Ext. Office
27-29 – MD 4-H Issue Forum: Food Security, University of MD, College Park
29 – MD 4-H Day @ Orioles, Camden Yards. Reservation info coming soon.


Bits and Bridles Horse Club – Meets 1st Monday business meeting: Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec. Activity on all other months 6:00pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church.
Kent 4-H Triple Shots Shooting SportsShotgun – Meets 2nd Sunday, Noon, Kent County Gun Club, 4th Sunday, Noon, Sudlersville Skeet Club, Archery, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Summer: Kent Ag Center, Rifle, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester. Business meeting held the 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm, Kent Co. Public Works Complex
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – 4th Monday monthly, 6:30pm, Greenscapes Land Care, Kennedyville
Kent Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, winter: Radcliffe Creek School, summer: Running W Kennels, Worton. Monthly business meeting, 2nd Tuesday, Running W Kennels, 6:30pm

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Receives Accreditations and Funding


To further their efforts to provide legal services to low-income members of the Eastern Shore community, Mid-Shore Pro Bono is pleased to announce that it has recently been authorized by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide legal services through its Recognition and Accreditation Program. This rigorous program requires significant training and once accredited, legal services organizations, like Mid-Shore Pro Bono, may handle more complex cases that involve federal government agencies. Both Mid-Shore Pro-Bono and their Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project Director, Ivette Salarich, JD, received accreditation from the DOJ.

“The accreditation from the Department of Justice is a huge step forward for our Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project,” said Sandy Brown, Executive Director. “We are now able to provide an even higher quality of legal services to members of our community who often fall victim to fraudulent scams preying on their low-income status, language barriers and unfamiliarity with the civil justice system.”

Members of Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project: Ivette Salarich, VPAP Project Manager, Arlene Lee, Esq. volunteer attorney and Clarice Gardner, Washington College Summer Intern.

To further the efforts of the VPAP, Mid-Shore Pro Bono recently received grants from the Maryland Bar Foundation and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. These funds will be used to support the VPAP’s work with immigrants living and working on the Eastern Shore, many of whom have fled natural disasters and political unrest to reunite their families and start a new life as American citizens.

“There is an enormous need to address the inequality of access to adequate legal assistance and representation on the Eastern Shore,” said Brown. “The poverty level on the Shore ranges from 8-18% depending on location, but our work reaches and affects everyone in our community regardless of socioeconomic status. By connecting low income residents with legal services and community resources we are able to keep families together, working, in their homes and financially stable.”

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of the Eastern Shore. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

UU Church – Benjamin Van Dyne on “What We Do Together” on May 27


On Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m., Benjamin Van Dyne will give a sermon entitled “What We Do Together” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr.,Chestertown.

Benjamin, a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary, explains: “Religious liberals prize individual self-determination, and often tell their own story as Us in terms of moving toward freedom and away from constraints. But what is the price of our freedom to choose?”

Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

All are welcome — call 410-778-3440 for more information.

Kelly Distributors of Easton Brings Budweiser Clydesdales to Chestertown Tea Party


Kelly Distributors of Easton is a platinum sponsor, bringing the Budweiser Clydesdales to the 42nd Chestertown Tea Party Festival on May 25 – 27, 2018 in Chestertown, MD.  This is the fifth year the company has supported bringing the Clydesdales to the Eastern Shore. Residents can get a glimpse of these magnificent horses at the Street Party on Friday evening May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the foot of High Street in Chestertown. On Saturday, May 26, the Clydesdales will be the guest of honor in the Colonial Parade at 10 a.m. After the parade at 11 a.m., the stately horses will be available for a meet and greet in Wilmer Park.

Sabine Harvey, President Chestertown Tea Party Festival, comments, “We are beyond grateful to Kelly Distributors for bringing the Clydesdales to the 42nd annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival. We could not have made this happen on our own. The entire community is looking forward to seeing those impressive horses in the parade. For Mary Simmons, who is in charge of organizing the parade, it is ‘like Christmas in May.’ Kelly Distributors has been a very generous supporter of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival for many, many years. Kelly’s success in bringing the Clydesdales to Chestertown is going to make this one of the best weekends ever.”

In addition to providing the Clydesdales at the Festival, Kelly Distributors also brings the craft beers to both the kick-off celebration and block party on Friday, May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the foot of High Street and at Festival’s Craft Beer & Wine Tasting event on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilmer Park. Over 15 craft beers will be represented at the event this year. Nina Fleegle, Washington College, running Friday Night Block Party, adds, “Kelly Distributors has been a great partner to the Young Professionals for all of our events, but especially for the events we host during the Tea Party. They provide exceptional customer service, understand how large events are run, and are flexible. They always embrace our wanting to promote local brews and craft beers and understand that we like to promote those in our community who are trying to break into the beverage business. Visitors and residents who attend the Tea Party like to try something new, and Kelly Distributors always gives great recommendations for craft beers that people have never heard about before but end up loving.”

The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter. The Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

J.C. Dodd Distributing was founded in 1948 by J.C. “Jack” Dodd in Easton, Maryland and changed its name to Kelly Distributors in February 2004.  Kelly Distributors is currently owned and operated by the Kelly family, descendants of Robert Lee Hall, Jr., founder of Bob Hall, LLC.  The company distributes Anheuser-Busch InBev and craft brewery products to Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Dorchester and Kent counties.

For a schedule about the Budweiser Clydesdales activities during the Chestertown Tea Party, visit http://www.chestertownteaparty.org.

Clydesdales to Visit Chestertown Tea Party Festival


The 42nd annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival is going to be extra special. Thanks to the efforts of Kelly Distributors, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be present. They will make their first appearance at the Friday evening Street Party at the foot of High Street. On Saturday, May 26, the Clydesdales will be the guest of honor in the Colonial Parade. After the parade, the stately horses will be available for a meet and greet in Wilmer Park.

The Clydesdales won’t be the only horses present at the Festival. This year, the 1st Regiment of Light Dragoons (Cavalry) will join other military units who are encamped in the Colonial Village on the lawn of Kent County’s historic Court House. There, guest can also visit with Ben Franklin, practice their sword skills with the Swordmasters, learn how to make chocolate from colonial grocers Dobyns and Martin, see a black smith at work or step into the 19th century with the Friends of the War of 1812.At noon, the Light Dragoons will move to Wilmer Park to hold a sabering and lancing demonstration.

Photo credit: Shane Brill

Visitors who enjoy arts and crafts won’t be disappointed either. Thirty seven new artisans will join the more than 100 crafters who set up their booths along High Street and Cross Street.  In addition, there will be walking tours of the historic district, children’s activities, local foods, a wine village near the Chester River and a wide array of musical entertainers. The famous Tea Party re-enactment starts at 2pm.

The festival concludes Sunday afternoon in Wilmer Park with local wine and craft beer tastings,more entertainment, crafts and food. The popular Raft Race is the main event at 2:00pm; teams compete to keep their home-made raft afloat for as long as possible in hopes of winning the coveted Tea Cup.

For more information about the Chestertown Tea Party Festival including a schedule of events, please go to website: www.chestertownteaparty.org. If you are thinking of staying over for the weekend go to www.kentcounty.com.

The Chester Chamber Singers Hail America’s Veterans


The Chester Chamber Singers, the auditioned component of, the Chester River Chorale, will once again honor America’s military veterans at the Chestertown Tea Party with a variety of patriotic songs featuring the popular music of World War I in which the Yanks helped defeat imperial Germany 100 years ago this coming November.

The concert is traditionally a highlight of Chestertown’s Memorial Day celebration. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in the Prince Theatre at the Garfield Center for the Arts. The concert is free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Chorale Artistic Director Douglas Cox has put together a program hailing American service members, beginning with the citizen soldiers fighting for the new nation’s independence from 1775 to 1783, and then concentrating on the doughboys fighting in the trenches and shell-pocked landscape of France in 1918 a century ago.

The concert opens with the Chorale’s signature Memorial Day medley, Independence Forever, which hails the Yankee Doodle Dandies that won freedom from Britain. A new medley, Doughboy Tribute, includes such popular music sung on the home front and in the trenches as Goodbye Broadway Hello France, How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm, Mademoiselle From Armentiers, and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.

The set “Women on the Home Front” features songs that were very popular during America’s participation in what was then called the “Great War.” America, Here’s My Boy speaks to the spirit of national pride that emerged after the enactment of the Selective Service Act in 1917. Countering that sentiment is I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier, a protest song of the time that is a response to the previous tune. Closing the set is a saucy cabaret song, If He Can Fight Like He Can Love, Then It’s Good Night Germany! that speaks humorously to the manliness of the American soldier, delivered from the perspective of a young woman.

Cox noted that the soldiers of World War I “will always be associated with the establishment of Veterans Day” which occurs on November 11 in remembrance of the day in 1918 when the guns fell silent at 11 a.m.—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—as the armistice that marked Germany’s surrender took effect.

“I think an accurate metaphor for Memorial Day and Veterans Day is that they are two sides of the same coin,” Cox said. “Both give us cause and opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of American soldiers through centuries of defending freedom at home and abroad.”

Frank Buckles, who lied about his age and enlisted at 16 years old to drive an Army ambulance in France in 1918, was the last surviving veteran of the Great War when he died in 2011 at the age of 110.

“Sadly, in these years since the passing of the last veteran of World War I, we tend to overlook the contribution of those soldiers who gave so much in advancing freedom worldwide,” Cox said, adding, “They left all they knew to fight in a distant land for a cause they would not fully understand that would bring an end to multiple empires in Western Europe and the Near East.”

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by Yerkes Construction Co., the Hedgelawn Foundation, the Kent County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The CRC’s Mission is to provide opportunity and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information, visit www.chesterriverchorale.org; check out the Chorale on Facebook or call 410–928–5566.

Paddle with the President June 2 at CBMM


On Saturday, June 2, from 10am–noon, join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway for a morning paddle on the Miles River and a demonstration of how to use a Greenland paddle.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Greenaway spent part of her youth with her parents and two siblings living aboard a 32-foot wooden yacht her father built. She is a frequent participant in the annual WaterTribe Everglades Challenge, a 300-mile, day/night small craft event from Tampa to the Florida Keys.

Noted to reduce stress on hands, elbows, and shoulders without sacrificing control and power, the Greenland paddle is remarkable for its narrower and longer blade. Based on a 1,000-year-old Intuit design, the paddle measures about the width of the kayaker’s shoulders, with a blade that is less than four inches wide that tapers to a shaft or “loom.”

The cost for paddlers bringing their own kayak and gear is $24 for CBMM members and $30 for non-members, with kayaks dropped in on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove. Participants can also rent a kayak and gear from CBMMat $44 for members and $55 for non-members.

Participation is limited, with advanced registration required to cbmm.org/presidentpaddle. The rain date for the paddle is Saturday, June 9. To learn more about this and other programs at CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Unitarians Examine Change through Growth


On Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled “The ‘Why’ of Going Deeper” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Often Rev. Sue says, “My hope is by doing this (or that) we can go deeper.” What does she mean by this? How has UUCR’s first year with Rev. Sue helped the congregation ‘go deeper’? Join us at this service with Rev. Sue as we explore the ways we’re individually and collectively inspired to stretch, grow and change.

Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

All are welcome — call 410-778-3440 for more information.

June History Happy Hour


Please join the Historical Society of Kent County on Friday, June 1 as we present, As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection, a talk by Mark Bramble. The title refers to the fact that tea was literally more precious than gold in the 18th century. The tea caddy collection was built over two generations and includes more than 400 examples, spanning the period from 1700 to the present. Marnie Bramble, of Chestertown, started the collection more than half a century ago, and enjoined her youngest son, Mark, in her hobby. As an author and theatre director Mark travelled the world putting on productions of his shows, which has provided unique opportunities for collecting, which is the subject of his book, A Tea Caddy Collection, recently published by Schiffer Publishing. With slides and anecdotes, he will take us through the history of tea and tea caddies from 1700 to the present.

The tea caddies are currently on exhibit at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s 18th century houses in Odessa, Delaware.

The exhibition continues through the end of August and features over 200 examples from The Bramble Collection.

History Happy Hour
Bordley History Center
301 High Street
Friday, June 1, 4 PM