Out of the World There Passed a Soul
Commissioner Ann Borders, Town Manager Jean Weisman, and Talbot County Tourism Director Cassandra Vanhooser accepted the Maryland Cultural Heritage Tourism Award on Thursday, Nov. 7 at an awards luncheon at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.
Later that evening, Maryland’s Chesapeake Campaign, a series of weekend festivals that commemorated the bicentennial of the War of 1812 actions across the state, won the Cooperative Marketing Partnership Award from the Maryland Tourism Council.
“Two hundred years ago, the British Navy launched its ‘Chesapeake Campaign,’ looting and burning and creating economic devastation in Maryland towns along the Bay,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “The War of 1812 in Maryland is our most important national heritage story, when diverse Marylanders from every walk of life banded together to defend our freedoms. Maryland’s Chesapeake Campaign celebrates a national story of triumph while creating tremendous economic benefit for Maryland towns and businesses.”
On August 10 and 11 this year, the Battle of St. Michaels Bicentennial commemoration filled the historic harbor town to near capacity with an estimated 5,500 guests. According to a research study conducted by Forward Analytics, a market research firm whose clients include festivals and events throughout the United States, the total direct and indirect economic impact of visitor spending is estimated at $524,790.
During the celebration, the town’s waterfront and historic district turned back time to 1813 with re-enactments, boat rides, canon firings, horse drawn carriage rides and a Talbot Street parade. The battle was a “whole town” event with residents, visitors, and businesses all contributing to the red, white and blue festivities.
The Battle of St. Michaels commemoration also corresponded with Talbot County’s annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This event featured celebrity guest appearance of reality television shows, Deadliest Catch and Swamp People. Highlights included live music, boat docking contest, museum tours, and all-you-can-eat steamed crabs.
“We always enjoy welcoming visitors to our town,” said Ann Borders, a St. Michaels commissioner. “Seeing our restaurants, shops, hotels and attractions filled was a great testament to the economic benefits of the statewide celebration. We are particularly pleased that this event focused attention on our rich history, and we believe we’ve created a lasting legacy for future generations.”
On Sunday, December 1, the award-winning Eya Ensemble based in Washington D. C. will perform a concert entitled “The Jesse Tree” at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church in downtown Easton. Specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices, Eya has established its place in the Baltimore/Washington, DC community as an early music ensemble of impeccable vocal quality, deep spirit, and smarts.
Directed by Allison Mondel, Eya presents concert programs that interweave diverse repertories of the 12th through 15th centuries, from Hildegard von Bingen to Notre Dame to the flyleaves of early English manuscripts and beyond. Through this lens, these programs seek to tell a story that forges new points of connection between contemporary audiences and medieval repertoire, underlining our common humanity with these early poets and composers.
Eya’s performers are some of the finest young early music specialists in the region. Audiences have praised the ensemble for its vocal beauty, fascinating and accessible programming, fresh and inspired interpretations, and musicianship of the highest standard. Most recently, Eya is the proud recipient of the 2013 Greater DC Choral Excellence Award for Best Specialty Group: Early Music.
For centuries, the season of Advent has been recognized over four weeks leading up to Christmas. The concert, based upon Isaiah’s ancient prophecy, “a shoot shall come out from the root of Jesse and a flower shall grow out of his roots,” is particularly appropriate for the season as December 1 marks the first Sunday in Advent. The symbol of the “Jesse tree,” as representing the spiritual and genealogical lineage of Jesus, lit the medieval imagination. Stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts testify to the prominence of this image within the visual arts. In medieval music, countless works examine this theme, realized in works of both humble devotion and exuberant praise. Eya explores these fascinating and thoughtful interpretations of Isaiah’s prophecy in a program ranging from the monasteries of 13th-century England, to the visionary songs of Hildegard von Bingen, to the grand splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Christ Church is located at 111 South Harrison Street in Easton. A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments will follow in the parish hall. This concert is a part of the 2013-14 Christ Church Concert Series and is sponsored in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils. For information call 410-822-2677.
EASTON — ‘Tis the season! The Town of Easton and Easton Downtown Partnership proudly present the 2013 Easton Holiday Parade, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Easton.
A traditional celebration of family, friends and community, visitors and residents can expect to see an evening lineup of pure jolly culminating in floats decked with boughs of holly. They will delight in row upon row of revelers donned in holiday apparel, of bands and choirs all chiming in with Yuletide carols. Mixed into the joyous melee will be dancers, classic cars, fire engines, furry friends, girl and boy scouts, local sports teams and many more. And … don’t forget Santa, of course.
Easton Utilities will host the traditional tree-lighting ceremony at Thomson Park at 6:00 p.m. on Dover and Washington streets where Santa will make his first appearance to start the season and the parade with flair and the flip of a switch.
The Tidewater Inn will be hosting FREE carriage rides for the public that day from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as on Saturday, Dec. 14 and 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Bring a coat, mittens, some spare change for cups of steaming cocoa and heart-warming snacks and let the holiday festivities begin!
EASTON—The Tidewater Inn will be hosting FREE carriage rides for three days only this December to celebrate the upcoming 2013 holiday season.
Residents can enjoy a tour of downtown Easton’s streets decorated with festive Christmas cheer on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The carriage will leave the Tidewater Inn and travel down Harrison Street and include a tour of Washington and Goldsborough streets.
The Tidewater Inn is offering the rides free of charge.
For more information call the Tidewater Inn at 410-822-1300.
WASHINGTON – The Whigs, the 19th century political party that disbanded before the Civil War over the question of slavery, is trying making a comeback as the voice of reason between embittered modern day Republicans and Democrats.
In Philadelphia, the election of Heshy Bucholz, a software engineer and first candidate to run and win as a Whig in that city in 157 years, has brought national attention to the party and spurred hundreds of new members to sign up.
In Maryland, where the Whigs held four of their national conventions in the mid-19th century, the hub of the renaissance is in Cecil County. Tim Zane, a registered Republican and a former vice president and senior cash manager at a large international bank, is in talks to be in charge of the Maryland branch of the new and improved Modern Whig Party.
Like Maryland, Idaho, Arizona, Virginia and Hawaii are seeking new chapter leaders.
There are about 200 members of the Modern Whig Party in Maryland, and another 200 support the group by receiving its newsletter. Maryland would benefit from a third party because of its problem with representation, Zane said.
“Maryland has two major parties and two minor parties. It’s a strange way of looking at it,” Zane said.
The major parties, in Zane’s view, are the progressive Democrats and moderate Democrats, while moderate Republicans and conservative Republicans form the minor parties. He cites tax increases, including Gov. Martin O’Malley’s infamous “rain tax,” a stormwater fee, as evidence that a Democratic monopoly on decision-making is bad for Maryland’s citizens.
“Everything in Maryland is controlled by the counties between Baltimore and Washington,” Zane said.
Four Whig National Conventions were held in the old Maryland Institute in Baltimore, a grand building which stood at the corner of Market Place and East Baltimore Street. It burned down in 1904, and now in its place is the Power Plant Live! entertainment center.
After a century and a half of dormancy, the Modern Whig Party was relaunched in 2007 by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and claims 30,000 members. Historically a party of compromise, the Whigs believe in incorporating ideas from multiple viewpoints to arrive at the best solution.
Modern Whigs favor allowing issues to be decided at the state and local level, painting themselves as the party of logic, research and reason. The Whigs see themselves in stark opposition to the two main political parties, which brought about the recent government shutdown.
In Washington today, “one side shuts down so the other side doesn’t talk,” said Brendan Galligan, chairman of the New Jersey chapter of the Modern Whig Party, and an elected school board member in Westfield, N.J.
Galligan’s own foray into Whigism began after he discovered the Westfield, N.J., school budget had increased by nearly 30 percent in five years. Propelled into action, he ran unopposed as an independent in 2012 and was elected to the Westfield School Board with 7,000 votes at age 23.
“They haven’t done anything for a couple hundred years, but let me click on their link,” Galligan said about his discovery of the Whigs.
An electrician working in New York City, he was recently re-elected to a three-year term, coming second by 200 votes among four candidates.
“The old Whigs were about building the country. Now it’s about helping us from falling apart,” Galligan said.
A historical comparison between the old and Modern Whig Party is difficult because the United States is dealing with a completely different set of issues, said William Anthony Hay, an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University, and author of a book on 19th century Whigs.
“It is a rebellion against gridlock in Washington,” Hay said.
But that doesn’t mean the party will resonate today.
“I think if you ask people about the Whig tradition today, they’d think you were talking about a hairpiece,” Hay said.
While they date back to 17th century Scotland, the American Whig Party was originally formed in 1833 to oppose what opponents saw as President Andrew Jackson’s imperialist presidency and government expansion. The party split just before the Civil War over issues like state’s rights and slavery.
As a moderate party that tried to appeal to as many people as possible, its lack of concrete ideology seemed to contribute to its implosion. Many northern Whigs went on to form the core of the Republican Party, while southern Whigs turned to the Democratic Party.
“The Whigs … can claim to be the first real party of the people,” said Andrew Evans, national chairman of the Modern Whig Party, who counts Abraham Lincoln and John Locke among the party’s notable alumni.
“We are very proud of our history. We are a rebirth,” Evans said. “We’re not trying to take everything back to the 19th century, that’s crazy.”
A final death knell for the Whig Party was at its last official convention in 1856. The candidate nominated for vice president was Andrew J. Donelson, the nephew of “King Andrew” Jackson, the president the party was originally created to rally against.
The Whigs went into hibernation, and are now trying to re-emerge on the political stage as a third option for beleaguered voters.
During the government shutdown in October, a Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans asked believed a third party was needed. Only 26 percent of those asked believed the two main parties adequately represent Americans.
“There’s not a need for more parties. There’s a need for Americans to have options that can really represent them,” Evans said. “It’s about competition, as well. The quality of the product improves, the price goes down. Things are supposed to be better. Politics is the same.”
Interest in the Modern Whig Party coincides with public malaise at the gridlocked two-party system, Evans said. The party saw an uptick of new members during the recent government shutdown, and following the election of Bucholz to Judge of Elections in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia there were 2,500 new Whigs in two or three days.
Bucholz garnered national attention as a breakthrough candidate in a political climate of near-constant partisan fighting, and won by 36-24 votes. Evans was “a little surprised” by Bucholz’s victory.
“Since we have two major parties here, I definitely think that a third party could mediate and move conversation,” Bucholz said.
But even three parties might not be enough.
Galligan believes the U.S. should adopt a five-party system, with the Socialists and Democrats on the left, the Whigs in the center, and the Republicans and Libertarians to the right of the spectrum. Multiple parties would allow people to caucus together, Galligan said.
“I’ve seen 4-year-olds in a minivan act better” than politicians in Washington, Galligan said.
By LUCY WESTCOTT
Capital News Service
Easton, Maryland -The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) was pleased to bring to town, three (3) Virginia filmmakers working on a new film entitled “Chesapeake” to a group of local Talbot County residence. Bringing filmmakers into the region to interact with local audiences is part of CFF’s mission. “It is such a great part of what CFF does – to invite our audience members to rub elbows with filmmakers.” says Sandra Johnson, a CFF board member who attended the luncheon at The Bartlett Pear Inn on October 29th.
The film “Chesapeake” is in the pre-production stage; funding, casting, location scouting as they prepare for shooting in the summer of 2014. The two producers, Erica Arvold and Sara Elizabeth Timmins and the one writer/director Eric Hurt enjoyed an incredible gourmet menu thoughtfully prepared by Chef Jordon Lloyd with a dozen local residents who support the local arts in our community. An important aspect for CFF was to introduce a few local foundations to the project as a main element in the film centers on conserving the Bay.
“Having that close interaction in the early stages of a project offers truly unique connections and opportunities to the people who attend. Now the door is open for future interaction and long-lasting relationships.” says Liza Ledford, a CFF organizer, “Events like this support our chances of bringing the production back to our region for filming. It is a wonderful way to showcase our locations and generate economic incentives as well.” The production crew continued after lunch with Lisa Gowe of the Talbot County Watermen’s Association for a tour of St. Michaels.
To find out more about “Chesapeake” the film, starring Keith Carradine, visit http://www.chesapeakethefilm.
The Chesapeake Film Festival, to be held September 19-21, 2014 in downtown Easton and Oxford, MD brings the best in independent film to Talbot County – along with wonderful music and loads of excitement – CFF invites its audience to “Watch-Think-Discuss” together as a community and experience the inspiration, education and fun that films can provide. If you would like to get the CFF newsletter and hear more about CFF events please sign up on the website.
September 19-21, 2014 – Chesapeake Film Festival – www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com
About the Chesapeake Film Festival
The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) mission is “to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing the finest in narrative, documentary and short film to the Chesapeake Bay community.” For more information, call 410-822-3500 or visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com or emailinfo@chesapeakefilmfestival.
Diabetes is one of the more prevalent but treatable diseases, and its incidence in the general adult population has been rising steadily in the Unites States. The American Diabetes Association draws attention to this emerging health crisis each year in November, which is American Diabetes Month.
At present, in the five-county region served by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, nine percent of the adult population has the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes – slightly higher than the national average of 8.3 percent. The American Diabetes Association projects that in addition to the 26 million Americans now diagnosed with some form of diabetes, an additional 79 million are now at risk for type 2 “adult onset” diabetes.
The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UM Shore Regional Health is the only diabetes specialty clinic on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Center’s mission is to provide the highest level of comprehensive diabetes care through prevention, treatment, education and research. The Center’s medical director, Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD, is an endocrinologist who is board certified in endocrinology including diabetes. Dr. Ligaray is joined by Faustino Macuha Jr., MD, and a team of nurses, nurse educators, a dietitian and other staff.
According to Trish Rosenberry, BSN, RN, manager of outpatient services for UM Shore Regional Health, up to 4,000 patients each year have received treatment for diabetes and endocrine problems through the Center. The Center’s services include diagnosis and comprehensive care for persons with diabetes or prediabetes; and ongoing self-management education and support for people with diabetes.
More than 150 patients, many of them newly diagnosed, completed the Center’s Diabetes Education Program last year. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality diabetes self-management education, this 10-hour program is taught by registered nurses and dietitians who specialize in diabetes education and who act as a team supporting each patient.
“Participants learn to manage their diabetes so that they can enjoy their highest quality of life and avoid complications that might affect their independence or mobility, or even cause them to be hospitalized,” says Rosenberry. “The class also serves as a kind of built-in support group of nurses and other patients who are working toward the same goals.”
The next session of the class begins during the first week of December, 2013.
The Center’s diabetes educators — Doris Allen, RN, CDE, Karen Canter, BSN, RN, Karen Hollis, RDN, CDE, and Renee Woodward, RN — attend health fairs and senior events in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. By request, they also speak at meetings of community groups throughout the five-county region.
Center physicians also engage in community outreach. On November 12, Dr. Macuha and Dr. Ligaray visited Hearthstone Fitness Center in Easton to tour the facility and talk with staff and members, and with staff assistance, hosted an open house on November 15 and a dinner meeting for area primary care physicians on November 21.
For more information about the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and its services, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.
Easton, Md.—Mary Kramer, Chairman of the Talbot Parent Coalition, announced today that the Coalition will present UNDERAGE DRINKING — a PARENTS360 module that is part of the PACT (Police and Communities Together) 360 program. The PACT360 program consists of research-based, multimedia community education presentations designed to engage and educate all entities in a community (including parents and teens) about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and other dangerous substances that adversely affect young people.
“This presentation on underage drinking is just one of the modules that Talbot Parents’ Coalition will be taking into the community — to all types of groups and organizations — to educate Talbot County residents about the dangers of substance abuse among young people,” Kramer said recently. “All of the modules deal with substance abuse of one type or another, and each has been tailored to present data and information relevant to Talbot County.”
The presentation begins with a two-minute preview of the PACT360 video WRECKED and ends with an open panel discussion. The panelists are Gary Peace, Director of the Talbot Partnership; Beth Williams of Check Yourself Talbot; Gabriel D. Rose, Addictions Program Care Coordinator for the Talbot County Health Department; and a representative (to be announced) from the County’s Emergency Medical Technicians community.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The cafeteria at Easton Middle School, 201 Peachblossom Road, Easton
Refreshments will be served
OTHER NEWS FROM THE TALBOT PARENT COALITION
The 2013 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf Tournament planned for Friday, November 1, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014.
Talbot Parent Coalition Chairman Mary Kramer is seeking Talbot County parents and other interested adult to serve on the organization’s steering committee. The work being done by the Coalition is important to the health and welfare of all County residents – especially the young people – and the work cannot continue without solid community support. Anyone who can serve on the steering committee should contact Mary Kramer at 410.725.6350.
About the Talbot Parent Coalition
Since its founding, the Talbot Parent Coalition has been working with the Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention to help parents have an active and effective role in understanding, preventing, and dealing with drug, alcohol, and other abuses by their children. Visit them on the Web atparentscoalitionoftalbotpartne
In an effort to make this holiday season a little brighter for seniors in the area, St. Michaels Events, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, in partnership with The St. Michaels Community Center, The Department of Aging, and the St. Michaels Community Food Pantry, is kicking off the first annual ELVES FOR ELDERS. The three-week event will collect and distribute personal hygiene supplies, non-perishable food items and monetary donations to those in need.
The drive begins November 30 and extends through December 14th. Drop off locations will be throughout the Town of St. Michaels including shops, Inns and restaurants. Many of the participating business will also offer a discount with a donation thereby supporting a local merchant as well as assisting local needy families.
Participating business include: The Candleberry Shoppe, Aida’s Victoriana Inn, Claire Murray, Clark Gallery, Carpenter Street Saloon, Marcoritaville, A Wish Called Wanda, Key Lime Café, Olivin’s, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Calico Toys & Games, Charisma, Simpatico, Black Thorn Pub, Ophiuroidea, Five Gables Inn & Spa, Peddlers Cottage, Wades Point Inn, Tri Cycle & Run, Justine’s, Trissell Consulting, Sophie’s Poseys, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels Grille & Artisans of the World
Items will be collected and distributed through the St. Michaels Community Center with a portion of the food donations also given to The Community Food Pantry providing for families in the Bay Hundred area. The Food Pantry is located in the Christ Church parish house and is also supported by the local area churches. In these tough economic times, there are people who need a helping hand every day while making choices between paying bills and putting quality food on the table. Your generosity will bring joy to a member of our community who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season.
For more information, visit www.stmichaelsevents.com
Troika Gallery continues to celebrate its 16thAnniversary Gala Group Show through December 31. Take an artistic journeythrough the visual treasures of the Eastern Shore and beyond. This show is arare opportunity to experience a complete re-hanging of the entire gallery andto see new original works by all 33 of the renowned regional, national, andinternational artists represented exclusively in the area by Troika Gallery.
This unique gallery displays a multitude of diversestyles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism,watercolor impressionism to Trompe‑l’œil—it’s all here under one roof.With endlessly varied subjects, there is something for everyone, includinglandscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits,sculpture, porcelain and more.
“Our artists are sought after by collectors and artenthusiasts across the country,” says gallery co-owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton.“Our Anniversary Show is always very popular, and we are grateful for sixteenyears of successfully featuring the finest of fine art.”
During the exhibit’s run, as paintings sell, they willbe replaced with new pieces, so stop by several times to see more excitingartwork.
Add a touch of artistic distinction to your holidaycelebrations and gift giving during this special show by giving the gift offine art. Or commission a keepsake portrait of loved ones. Gallery owners LauraEra and Jennifer Heyd Wharton create commissioned portraits, includingchildren, families, pets, and homes, in an open studio setting behind the main gallery.Come see current commissions in progress any time the gallery is open.
Visit the gallery on December 7 from 5-8:30pm duringEaston’s First Saturday Gallery Walk and enjoy fine art and holiday refreshments.
Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street indowntown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm andSunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are availableonline atwww.troikagallery.com. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 410.770.9190.