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; check out the Chorale on Facebook or call 410–928–5566.

Auxiliary Makes Donation for Vital Equipment at Chestertown


In response to a request by the nurses at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary – Naomi Blackshire, President, donated $1000 to purchase manual blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes that can be used in the event of an extended power failure.

Photo: Front row: Marjorie Shaffer, RN, BSN; Reverend Mae Etta Moore; Naomi Blackshire, president; Ralph Beaton and Beth O’Patterson, RN. Middle row: Robert Tate; Barbara Wilson; Alice Johnson; Ann Mae Dorsey and Margaret Cooper. Back: Virginia Roberts; Linda Blake; Henry Cotton; Howard Tille and Charlotte Murray. 

Today, nearly all medical equipment is powered by electricity and operated though a computer. Emergency power generators and special electrical outlets are available throughout all hospitals; however, not every piece of equipment can be plugged in when the power goes off.

“The addition of these blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes will allow our nurses to continue to provide exceptional patient care in a timely manner even when the power goes out,” says Sandy Prochaska, inpatient nurse manager. “Blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate are three of the most important vital signs to monitor. During a power outage, our new manual equipment will better enable nurses to assess the general health of a patient, get possible clues to impending conditions and show their progress toward recovery. We are grateful for everything our auxiliaries do for us and our patients.”

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 The rain date for the paddle is Saturday, June 9. To learn more about this and other programs at CBMM, visit

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

Maryland Operating Budget Includes Historic Funding for Rural Communities


On April 10, 2018, the Maryland Legislature adjourned. Among the session’s many accomplishments, the Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2019 State Operating Budget that includes funds to support the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), a key step forward in addressing disparities in the State’s rural areas. The Rural Maryland Council thanks Governor Hogan for budgeting funds to support RMPIF, the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate for their strong support, and the numerous individuals and organizations that voiced their concerns for increased rural investment.

“We want to express our sincere gratitude for these important and necessary funds that will be used to reinvigorate Maryland’s rural economies and communities” said RMC Board Chair, Josh Hastings, “What happens in rural Maryland reverberates through the entire state and these critically needed funds will improve the quality of life in rural communities through focusing on entrepreneurship, infrastructure, health care and more.”

The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will receive $6,000,000 in funding for targeted investment to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s traditionally disadvantaged and underserved rural communities. These funds will sustain efforts to promote rural regional cooperation, facilitate entrepreneurial activities, and support key community colleges and nonprofit providers. For Fiscal Year 2018, 27 grants were distributed to 27 organizations throughout the State. Information on grantees may be found at

The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will support the Rural Maryland Council’s activities and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), which provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. It will also support the states’ five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development, and rural health care organizations. Applications for the MAERDAF and RMPIF program are open for proposals until Friday, May 25, 2018, 11:59pm. The online application form and guidelines are available here:

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council and functions as the official voice for rural Maryland. The RMC advocates for rural communities across the state to flourish and to gain parity to their suburban and urban counterparts. The RMC envisions a future where rural communities are achieving success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and vital public services, and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are sustained for future generations.

Unitarians Look to Expand their Spiritual Practices


On Sunday, May 13 at 10 a.m., Rev. Greg Chute will give a sermon entitled “Forty Days of What?” Rev. Chute explains, “Yes, I know it’s no longer Lent, but the idea of intentionally setting aside time for self-awareness and personal assessment is always a good idea. Jesus went into the desert for forty days in search of himself. Where would you go? Or, what would you choose to give up for forty days as a spiritual practice? More importantly, perhaps as Pope Francis asks: ‘What would you be willing to take up for forty days as a spiritual practice? And to risk changing your life?’”

Pianist Dick Durham will provide special music for this service. 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.

Kent County 4-H Calendar for May


May 2018

8 – Livestock Weighing & Tagging, 5:30 – 7:00pm Kent Ag Center. All Market, feeder steers and commercial livestock must be tagged! More info will be sent directly to family. Register # of animal with 4-H office by 5/1!
10 – Basic Job Prep Skills 101 for 4-H Youth, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Washington College Career Center. Register by 5/8/18
12 – Eastern Shore Spring Show, QA County 4-H Park, Centreville
14 – Jr. Leadership Council (JLC) 7:00pm, Extension Office
17 – Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00pm KUMC (Back to 3rd Thursdays monthly)
19 – Kent Clover Kids, 9 – 11am
20 – MD State Council, 2 – 5pm, MD 4-H Center, College Park
21 – New 4-H Nature Afterschool Club, 4 – 5pm, Kent County Library (Yellow Building)
22 – 4-H Leaders Council, 7:00pm, Extension Office
23 – 4-H Animal Science Workshop, Series # 1: Youth learning through AS projects, 7 – 8:30pm Ext. Office
28 – Extension Office Closed – Memorial Day Holiday
29 or 6/11 – MANDATORY Biosecurity and Quality Assurance Workshop for all Kent 4-H Animal Exhibitors, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Extension Office


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 Sports – Shotgun – 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

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.

Upper Eastern Shore Anglers May 15th Meeting


The Upper Shore Eastern Anglers fishing club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, may 15th , at 205 Spring Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620).  We meet at 6:00 PM for dinner (optional at $18 per person), and the meeting begins at 6:30.

Upper Eastern Shore Anglers is a diverse group of fishermen from Delaware and the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We’ve been fishing together for over twenty years now.  Our goal is to share our love and knowledge of fishing with other fishermen.  We meet on the third Tuesday of each month to socialize, share a meal, plan events, listen to expert speakers, and swap fish stories. Members enjoy discounted charters, tournaments, and fishing trips, as well as annual fish fries and crab feasts.

The public is welcome to attend.  For more information, check us out at