Crazy Days Ahead! July 25 Through July 27


Downtown Chestertown’s annual shopping bonanza, Crazy Days, is right around the corner. The sidewalk sale begins on Thursday, July 25 and runs through Saturday, July 27, with many stores carrying the specials into Sunday.  This mid summer tradition is sponsored by the Downtown Chestertown Association.

Great deals can be found on everything from men’s and women’s designer fashions, children’s clothing and toys, jewelry, home décor, kitchen must-haves, wine and cheese, books, art supplies, and even musical instruments.  There is plenty for the younger ones:  free face painting Thursday 10 am to noon, Friday 10 am – 1pm and Saturday 11 am to 2 pm.  Kent County Parks and Rec will be offering games in Fountain Park during the day on Friday.  The Lockbriar Ice Cream Cart will be in town Friday and Saturday.

Shops will be open Friday night until 7 pm. For those who wish to grab something to eat while perusing the bargains, downtown restaurants will be offering “Crazy” food and drink specials. Oyster lovers – Scott Budden of Oyster Point Farms will be in town Friday from 5 -7 pm with his ‘buck a shuck.“ Check out the Downtown Chestertown Facebook page for more deals

Bring the whole family to Downtown Chestertown for a fun filled day – or weekend!

The parking is always free.

Retreat House at Hillsboro Sponsors Women’s Retreat


Linda Mastro

The Retreat House at Hillsboro is sponsoring its first overnight retreat program for women on Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29 at The Foehliage Retreat Center in Galena, Maryland. The theme of the retreat is “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart,” inspired by the book Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness by Esther de Waal. The retreat will provide women the time and space to focus on their personal spiritual needs and would benefit all, including mothers, teachers, caretakers, healthcare or hospice workers, and business leaders.

“This retreat is an opportunity for women to step away from their daily routines to rest, reflect and awaken the spirit,” says retreat facilitator Linda Mastro. “Participants will ponder questions that spark their imaginations and listen for guidance from the practice of paying attention.”

Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday, September 27, and the retreat opens with dinner and a short session to set the tone for the weekend. Saturday’s program will flow in and out of silence, with time for journaling, walking on the grounds, reflection, and conversation. The retreat will conclude on Sunday, September 29 with a morning worship service and brunch.

“All that you need to bring is your whole self, all of your senses, and a willingness to see where God may be leading you,” Mastro says. “Dress for comfort and time outdoors. Women of all faith traditions are welcome.”

The Retreat House at Hillsboro was established in 2014 as a place to share God’s abundant love in the world by holding a sacred, compassionate and inclusive space.  “The Retreat House is a precious sanctuary for all kinds of people who want to experience more hope and joy through a deeper spiritual life,” says director Francie Thayer.“We recognize that coming to Hillsboro isn’t always an option and we are delighted to be able to offer our programs beyond the boundaries of our property. The women’s retreat will be a wonderful way to move out into the world.”

Thayer adds, “Linda Mastro has led several programs at the Retreat House and we are so pleased to have her facilitate our first overnight program for women. Linda’s ability to listen, laugh and engage others in meaningful conversation will make this a delightful experience for the women who attend this retreat.”

The Foehliage Retreat Center is located in Kent County, Maryland. In this intimate facility, participants can enjoy the beauty of nature, the flowing Sassafras River, and glorious sunrises and sunsets. Hosts Gene and Suzanne Foehl exemplify hospitality with homemade meals, comfortable sleeping rooms, and an assortment of inside and outside spaces in which to rest, reflect and explore the retreat themes.

Retreat participation is limited to 15 women. Costs are $375 per person for a single room and $325 for a shared room. The fee includes two nights of lodging, five homemade meals, snacks, and all retreat materials.

To reserve your space at “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart,” send an email to with your name and phone number and send a $100 deposit by July 15, 2019 to The Retreat House, P.O. Box 3, Hillsboro, MD 21641. Final payment will be due by August 15. For more information, call the Retreat House at (410) 364-7069. For more information about the Foehliage Retreat Center, visit

The Retreat House at Hillsboro is located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, and is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, meditation and any who seek a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information, visit our website at or contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7069 or

Haven Ministries Kicks Off #FoundHope Campaign with Hope Rocks


Do you need an idea about what to do with your children to pass away the lazy days of summer? Just like the modern-day treasure hunt, “geocaching,” that was popular a few years ago, there is a new activity being sponsored by Haven Ministries that families can do this summer while also spreading hope in Queen Anne’s County.

With the help of Queen Anne’s County residents and Kent Island Rocks, Haven Ministries is expanding their #FoundHope Campaign to include “hope rocks” to raise awareness about their ministries in Queen Anne’s County. In the month of June, Haven Ministries Hope Warehouse shoppers and volunteers, along with Kent Island Rocks, the Grasonville Senior Center, and Centreville United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, painted hundreds of rocks with messages of hope which are hidden throughout the county to be discovered by the public this summer. From July 1 through July 31, anyone who finds one of the painted rocks can photograph it with a cell phone and post it on Haven Ministries Facebook page: havenministriesshelter with #foundhope and the location where they found it. People can also bring the photo of the rock they found to Hope Warehouse in Queenstown for a prize. Finders should then re-hide the painted rock for others to find it. Hope Warehouse is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Susan Phillips, Manager of Hope Warehouse, “Hope is what Haven Ministries provides. It’s great for the community to come to share their hope through this campaign.”

Karla Horton, owner of Dragonfly Paddle and Fitness in Stevensville and founder of Kent Island Rocks, started painting “kindness rocks” three years ago. The project initially was as a kid’s project but grew as adults enjoyed painting the rocks as well. The rocks had encouraging messages on them. Once people found the rocks, they could either keep them for encouragement or hide them again for someone else to find. Horton has joined forces with Haven Ministries to help with its campaign.

Horton comments, “Haven Ministries does a ton of good work in the community and is one of the few groups serving people who are homeless in the county. It is great to partner with them on this project.”

According to Horton, the Grasonville Senior Center, which supports several social projects in Queen Anne’s County, was excited to also help with the project and clients painted nearly 100 rocks for the campaign.

For further information on the #FoundHope Campaign or Haven Ministries, call 410-739-4363 or visit or the Facebook page: havenministriesshelter.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a seasonal Homeless Shelter located at the Kent Island United Methodist Church in Stevensville, a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, the Haven Ministries Food Pantries at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville and Centreville United Methodist Church in Centreville, Our Daily Thread Thrift Store in Stevensville and Hope Warehouse in Queenstown.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Helps For All Seasons Clients Navigate Legal Matters


For All Seasons is partnering with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to provide free legal services to clients facing divorce, custody, foreclosure, consumer debt, and family law issues. Funded through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant, these legal services are offered through local volunteer attorneys.

According to Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid Shore Pro Bono, “This collaborative program helps victims of crime with the civil and legal matters that have created barriers for them. It brings the best of our services together. It’s what we do best.”

Ivy Garcia, Director of Victim Services of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center states, “We are excited about our partnership with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to assist our clients in civil matters that impact their quality of life.  The ability to have a warm hand-off to a great team of legal experts allows us to focus on our expertise of sexual assault, sexual abuse and trauma, all the while knowing that our clients are being served in a more robust way.”

Pictured are Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, and Ivy Garcia, Director of Victim Services at For All Seasons.

Since starting in 2018, 16 For All Seasons clients have used the services of Mid-Shore Pro Bono. Clients may be victims of crimes such as sexual abuse or trauma. Victims of crime can also be identified as family members of those suffering from opioid addiction. The program, therefore, has also provided referrals to those who are experiencing third-party custody issues due to an opioid issue resulting in incarceration or death.

Brown adds, “Mid-Shore Pro Bono has seen an 82 percent increase in third-party custody cases due to the opioid crisis. The funds provided by this grant enable attorneys to take these complex cases at reduced fees.”

According to Brown, lawyers can also provide services for immigration and asylum cases if they are related to victims of a crime.

She concludes that both organizations have created a referral source to one another depending on where the victim of a crime first seeks assistance. She states, “We are proud to be working alongside For All Seasons, sharing funds to serve our common clients.”

For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

MSCF Annual Business Breakfast last June 14


On June 14, Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosted its Annual Business Breakfast at Chesapeake College.  MSCF President Buck Duncan thanked six retiring Directors for contributing their time and talent to the mission of the Foundation: Bill Boyd, Dick Barker, Janelle Buck, Sara Jane Davidson, Ann Jacobs, and Greg Meekins.  Most of them will continue to volunteer as committee members or scholarship readers.  He then welcomed five new Directors: Bill Christopher and Tracy Tyler from Dorchester County, Becky Loukides from Caroline County, Joe Holt from Kent County, and John Lewis and Jenny Rhodes from Queen Anne’s County.

The keynote speaker for the event was Clay B. Stamp, Assistant Manager & Emergency Services Director for Talbot County. Clay spoke about the opioid crisis, the unique challenges this social and health problem presents, and Governor Hogan’s approach to combatting it through the Opioid Operational Command Center, which Clay led. He thanked State Senator Addie Eckardt,who was in attendance, for her assistance in these efforts. He also thanked the many non-profit representatives in the room for their work supporting the individuals and their families affected by this crisis in so many different ways.

Grant recipients and Clay Stamp

The highlight of the meeting was the distribution of grant awards. In the past fiscal year, MSCF has disbursed more than $4,000,000 in grants and over $700,000 in scholarships to Mid-Shore organizations and students. Another $250,000 was awarded at the meeting from the following MSCF donor advised funds: Artistic Insights, Ferree, Fryling, Reade and Mary Corr, Reynolds/Cristiano and George B. Todd.  Twenty organizations received awards: CASA of the Mid-Shore, Chesapeake College Foundation, Church Hill Theatre, Compass Regional Hospice, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Delmarva Community Services, Dorchester County Public Library, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, Easton Choral Arts Society, Echo Hill Outdoor School, Historical Society of Talbot County, Maryland Food Bank, MidShore Meals til Monday, New Beginnings Youth and Family Services, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Radcliffe Creek School, ShoreRivers, Talbot Community Connections, Talbot Interfaith Shelter and Wye River Upper School.

Kent County Public Library Celebrates Summer Reading Kickoff


Kent County Public Library’s summer reading program is back!

This year’s theme, A Universe of Stories, creates the opportunity for kids to explore the galaxy through books, special events, and the ever-popular summer reading game.

The excitement kicks off on Monday, June 24th with three performances by David Darwin, One Man Sideshow.  From juggling to fire eating, plate spinning to unicycling, this not to be missed family-friendly performance will take place at all three KCPL locations –North County at 11am, Rock Hall at 2:30pm, and Chestertown at 6pm.

KCPL’s calendar is packed with programs all summer long, including making a spectroscope to explore the science of visible light, creating galactic pendants, several family films, special after-hours storytimes, and making space slime.  This summer’s featured performances include The Insane Science of Fairyland, “The Sky is Not the Limit” with Story Tapestries, “Aliens!” by Sciencetellers, and the legendary Mr. Sam’s Nursery Rhyme Rock Concert.

This year’s A Universe of Stories summer reading game is full of activities and reading adventures designed to keep young brains engaged and curious.  Players complete activities to earn points and redeem them for prizes, including books, art kits, Orioles and Shorebird baseball tickets, gift cards, and more.  At the end of the summer, all players who have redeemed at least 50 points will be entered in the grand prize raffle drawing!  Kids can vote for what the grand prize will be–a telescope or a Chromebook–when they sign up to play the game.  Registration is open at all KCPL locations and points can be redeemed through August 31st.

Kent County Public Library’s summer reading program is made possible in part by the 2019 Library Readers Reach for the Stars grant from the PNC Foundation.

For more information about the summer reading game and the many special events happening at KCPL this summer, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Dr. Barbara Paca to Deliver Keynote Address at Independence Day Celebration


Aspen Institute and Queen Anne’s County Historical Society have announced that the Keynote Address at their annual Independence Day Celebration will be delivered by Dr. Barbara Paca, O.B.E. Dr. Paca is a direct descendant of William Paca, one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence.

The celebration will be held July 4, 2019 at 11am at Aspen Institute’s Houghton House on Carmichael Road near Queenstown. A Fourth of July tradition for more than fifty years, it will begin with a wreath laying at the William Paca Memorial. A color guard from the Sergeant Jason D. Mileo Marine Corps League from Centreville will be present. Music will be provided by the Chesapeake Bay Community Band. It will be held rain or shine and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Judy Price, the Director of Aspen Institute’s Wye River Campus, said, “On behalf of the Institute, I invite the community to join us on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. We promise our visitors a moving and meaningful ceremony to commemorate this treasured national holiday.”

Boy Scouts from Queenstown display historic flags as part of the Celebration.

Queen Anne’s County Historical Society President Jennifer Moore noted, “The annual Independence Day Celebration is an important moment for the Eastern Shore community to celebrate our nation’s independence. We look forward to hearing Dr. Paca’s address.”

Barbara Paca is based in Oxford, Maryland, Manhattan, and Paris, where she is the principal of Preservation Green LLC. With a professional degree in landscape architecture, Ph.D. from Princeton, Fulbright Scholarship, and post at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, Dr. Paca is the only American landscape architect to be awarded an Order of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth II appointed her as an Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for a lifetime achievement in historic preservation.

Today Paca’s work embraces creating beautiful, sustainable properties around the world. Her roster of clients includes noted philanthropists who value Paca’s requirement for design projects that pose an intellectual challenge. Her collaborative approach incorporates the aesthetic of timeless beauty, cutting edge environmental practices, accessibility, inclusion, and giving back.

Established in 1950, the Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. It has earned a reputation for gathering diverse and renowned thought leaders, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex issues.

The Queen Anne’s County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of Queen Anne’s County. The Society owns two museums in Centreville that are open to the public on the first Saturdays of each month.

Cars on High Adds Kid-Friendly “Touch-a-Truck” Event on June 20


Main Street Chestertown will offer a kid-friendly “Touch a Truck” evening Thursday, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. as a special addition to the monthly Cars on High gathering in downtown Chestertown by Fountain Park.  Park Row will be closed to traffic to display a range of impressive vehicles that will include an ambulance, a police car, a fire truck, a power company bucket truck, a tow truck, a National Guard Humvee, and racing carts from Nicholson Speedway.

As usual for Cars on High, the 300 block of High Street will be closed to accommodate a gathering of classic, antique and exotic cars whose owners gather to share them with other automobile enthusiasts and the general public.

There will barbecue, hotdogs, popcorn and ice cream for sale.  Bring yourself and the family out for a free evening of fun with cool cars and awesome working trucks.

Part of a national network created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street Chestertown is a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the Chestertown experience by fostering an inviting, diverse and prosperous downtown.  For more information, visit

The Cars on High evenings take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, April through October, weather permitting. Organizers Jon and Barbara Slocum provide information, photos and weather updates on the Cars on High Facebook page.

Centreville Notes: New Courthouse Open for Business June 17


The new courthouse for the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County is scheduled to open to the public on Monday, June 17.

Anyone doing business with the circuit court, including court appearances, jury duty, administrative services, family services, and all other functions and services associated with the clerk of court, should report to the new courthouse, located at 200 North Commerce Street in Centreville.

“The new courthouse brings Queen Anne’s County into the 21st century and provides increased security and ADA compliance, as well as additional courtrooms and space for services and staff,” said County Administrative Judge Thomas G. Ross, Second Judicial Circuit.

The current courthouse, located across the street at 100 Courthouse Square in Centreville, will not be used for regular court business after the close of business on Friday, June 14. The closing of the historic building marks the end of 224 years of service to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County. Built during George Washington’s first term as president, it is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland and one of the oldest courthouses in continuous operation in the country.

“When a courthouse is to be built in a county with the rich historic setting that characterizes Centreville and Queen Anne’s County, additional care and thought must be taken to honor the history and to serve the needs of the people of this county today, tomorrow, and well into the future,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “This new courthouse does exactly that.”

The new courthouse is the state’s first all-electronic court, which means it will operate under the Maryland Electronic Courts system, also known as MDEC. It will also feature CourtSmart, an electronic recording equipment system.

“We’ve gone from being the oldest to the newest courthouse in the state of Maryland,” said Queen Anne’s County Clerk of Circuit Court Katherine Hager. “While we will miss the charm and character of our historic courthouse, we look forward to serving the citizens in a 21st century courthouse allowing us to provide improved access to justice for all.”

Normal hours of operation at the new courthouse will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone numbers used for the historic courthouse will be retained; you may reach the clerk of court at 410-758-1773.


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