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Compass Regional Hospice Hosts Candlelight Remembrance Service in Kent County

Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center will host the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Kent County on Sunday, December 3. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross Street in Chestertown. The service is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of the Candlelight Remembrance Service is the reading of the names of Compass Regional Hospice patients who have died in the past 13 months. Members of the community are also invited to bring the names of their loved ones whom they would like to be remembered during the holiday season.

For more information about the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Kent County, contact Rhonda Knotss, 443-262-4109,

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties include, individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school based grief counseling, a grief retreat Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, Development Officer, 443-262-4106, or visit

Ring in the Yuletide Dec. 9 at Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration

Ring in the holiday season with an evening of music, light and merriment when Adkins Arboretum hosts its annual Candlelit Caroling Celebration on Sat., Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

At the Visitor’s Center, enjoy seasonal live music in the gallery by Chestertown performers Dovetail and Nevin Dawson, along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar. Take a candlelit walk along the woodland paths, stopping along the way to sing carols and roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire. Join Delmarva Stargazers in the meadow to view the winter sky, and top off the evening with a winter tram ride to see light displays around the meadow. Wildlife tree decorating and a gingerbread playhouse will be of special interest to children.

Tickets for adults are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children ages 3–18 are $10, and children 2 and under are free. This event tends to sell out; please register by Tues., Dec. 5.

To reserve tickets for the Candlelit Caroling Celebration, visit or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ Program Provides Comfort, Companionship and Cheer to Easton Seniors

EASTON, Md. – While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones. In fact, isolated seniors are at greater risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression.

This is why the local Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent and Caroline counties is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior® program.

“Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health. The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network,” said Jennifer Marchi, owner of the Easton Home Instead Senior Care office. “With Be a Santa to a Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive, but, more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them.”

Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered numerous local groups to help with gift collection and distribution for the sixth year of the program, which has continued to grow thanks to generous support from the community.

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from November 1 to December 1. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store wrapped and with the ornament attached.

“We’re excited to get started and see the tree ornaments turn into meaningful gifts and interactions that can make a real impact on seniors’ quality of life this holiday season,” said Marchi. “We know there are a variety of gift initiatives out there, and are so grateful to have our partners and community come together to support this important cause that will bring some much-needed holiday spirit to many of our senior neighbors.”

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:

  • Hill’s Pharmacy, 503 Cynwood Ave, Easton, MD
  • Mid-Atlantic Tire, 8105 Teal Dr, Easton, MD
  • Morgan Stanley, 28601 Marlboro Ave, Easton, MD
  • Bayleigh Chase Manor, 501 Dutchman’s Lane, Easton, MD
  • Lewis Auto Body, 8672 Brooks Dr, Easton, MD
  • Eglseder Wealth Management, 8694 Commerce Dr, Easton, MD
  • Shore United Bank, 212 Marlboro Ave, Easton, MD
  • Shore United Bank, 8275 Elliott Rd, Easton, MD
  • Shore United Bank, 18 Dover St, Easton, MD
  • Provident State Bank, 8133 Elliott Rd, Easton, MD
  • Shore United Bank, S. Talbot St, St. Michaels, MD
  • St. Michael’s YMCA, S. Talbot St, St. Michael’s, MD
  • St. Michael’s Hair Salon, 933 S. Talbot St, St. Michael’s, MD
  • Provident State Bank, 321 Main St, Preston, MD
  • Denton Pharmacy, 508 S. 5th Ave, Denton, MD
  • Craig’s Drug Store, 409 Race St, Cambridge, MD
  • Grasonville Senior Center, 4802 Main St, Grasonville, MD
  • Sudlersville Senior Center, 605 Foxxtown Dr, Sudlersville, MD
  • Kent Island Senior Center, 891 Love Point Rd, Stevensville, MD

For more information about the program, visit or call 410-822-1230.

Environmental Concern Workshops

Join Environmental Concern Inc. for upcoming workshops located on our campus at 201 Boundary Lane in St. Michaels, MD. Pre-registration is required a week before event as space is limited. For more information call 410-745-9620 or visit our website at

7 December Wetlands of the World 6:30-7:30 $15.00 Wetlands are located across the world, on every continent but Antarctica. Participants will view and explore the wonders of wetlands and how they are used across the world. 

9 December Gardening for Winter Interest  10:00-12:00 $20.00 Participants will gain inspiration to enhance an existing garden or create new gardens that incorporate winter interest into the space.

Wetlands Boot Camp – Educators Professional Development Holiday Series Join EC for a three-day long professional development series designed to connect your students to authentic wetland learning experiences. Pick one or join us for all three. Discounts are available for week-long registrants. Course information for each workshop is below.

12 December WOW! WOW Facilitator Course 10:00-4:00 $40.00 WOW!/ WOW! Facilitator is a special MAEOE customized combination course of Environmental Concern’s WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands and WOW! Facilitator Training workshops. Participants will learn the basics of wetland ecology while learning the processes of leading WOW! workshops and protocols of the nationwide WOW! Facilitator Network. Participants will also receive a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities, and ideas for student action projects. Upon the completion of this course, participants will have a strong background in wetland ecology and the ability to lead their own WOW! workshops for their local community.

13 December POW! The Planning of Wetlands 10:00-4:00 $25.00 Participants will learn the step-by-step process for creating or enhancing wetlands on school grounds or within the community.  POW! guides participants through wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom.  POW! includes cross-curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation and monitoring of a schoolyard habitat.

14 December Implementing Citizen Science in Your Outdoor Classsroom 10:00-4:00 $25.00 EC staff will guide participants through the various citizen science applications available (e.g. E-Bird, Project NOAH, Journey North, Project Budburst, Leafsnap and more) to connect your students to authentic learning experiences utilizing campus outdoor classrooms.

CBMM’s Holiday Open House is December 6

On Wednesday, December 6 from 4 to 7:00 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays with an open house that includes caroling, children’s holiday crafts, light refreshments, store discounts, and more.

Free children’s craft activities will be offered in the Welcome Center throughout the event, with carolers greeting participants inside the Museum Store.

While children are enjoying these activities, parents, grandparents and all adults are invited to shop in the Museum Store, enjoy a wine bar, light refreshments, and free gift wrapping. During the event, CBMM members will receive a one-day-only, 25% total member discount on their total Museum Store purchases. Half-priced gift memberships to the museum, excluding life memberships, will also be available for purchase.

Each year, CBMM’s historic structures, exhibition buildings, and boats are decorated in holiday greenery, created by CBMM volunteers and staff.  CBMM also lights the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and a small tree set atop the mast of the 1909 seven-log crab dredger, Old Point.

CBMM is currently restoring another historic log-bottomed boat, the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with all work being done in full public view through the re-launch on October 27, 2018 at CBMM’s OysterFest. Updates and more about the project are at

The December 6 event is free and open to the public, with ample parking and no need for reservations. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

QAC Commissioners Seeking Citizens to Serve on the Economic Development Commission

CENTREVILLE – The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are looking for county citizens to serve on the Economic Development Commission. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2017.

The Economic Development Commission (EDC) meets the 4th Wednesday of every month and members serve a three-year-term.

The purpose of the commission is to develop a vibrant economy with the necessary human and business resources to provide the highest quality of life for all residents, while preserving the county’s distinctive cultural and environmental heritage.

The EDC investigates and assembles information pertaining to economic resources, industrial sites and opportunities and disseminates this information by publication, advertising or other means. They periodically survey the over-all condition of the county from the standpoint of determining whether the county has a community climate and furnishes such services and facilities as are conducive to industrial and economic expansion and makes recommendations to the Department of Land Use, Growth Management and Environment regarding the development of commercial projects.

Anyone interested in serving on the Economic Development Commission is encouraged to send a letter of interest and brief resume to or via mail to Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617 by November 30. Those with questions may also reach Ms. Thomas at 410-758-4098. Detailed information about each board and commission is available at

Wye River Upper School Explores the Benefits of Mindfulness in Education

The work and mission of Wye River Upper School will be strengthened as the school partners with the WRUS Parent’s Association to provide training for faculty and staff in the Neurobiology of Stress Management, Mindfulness and Meditation Tools for Resilience.

Monica Jordan of Annapolis, is leading the on-site training.  Jordan holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.), and a Master’s Certificate in Mind, Brain and Teaching (MCMBT) from Johns Hopkins University.  Jordan’s research focuses on the consequences of stress overload on the nervous system, mood, learning, behavior, executive function, and overall wellbeing. Her research also encompasses the effectiveness of Mindfulness as an intervention to ameliorate, and as a way to transform our reaction to stressors.

Jordan is providing every member of the staff and faculty with fifteen hours of intensive training as well as guidance and instruction for independent work to be done between training sessions.  After the course is complete, teachers and staff will share what they have learned with the Wye River students.

“Like most teenagers, our students must manage much more than we of the Baby Boomer or Millennial generation,” notes WRUS Head of School Chrissy Aull.  “Social media being the biggest add-on to an existing list of stressors that include academics, friends, college, and job readiness.  Often students and adults simply miss the joy of the moment or, worse, their stress can be an obstacle to learning.  We think Monica’s research-based approach is an ideal fit for our students and the adults who guide them. The entire staff will better support our students, athletes, and artists by showing them how mindfulness techniques and strategies can be used in their daily lives.”

Research supports the positive impact that Mindfulness has on academics and happiness.  In 2015, researchers at the University of British Columbia found that fourth and fifth grade students that participated in a 12-week mindfulness program had higher levels of attention, better retention, and 15 percent higher math grades than their peers. This was on top of psychological benefits such as lower levels of depression and increased feelings of optimism. (Terada, Y. 2017, Feb.

The WRUS faculty expresses enthusiasm at this opportunity.  Veteran teacher Kimberleigh Nichols adds, “Teaching is inherently a demanding job, and when you add stressors from home, it can feel overwhelming sometimes.  This training will give me the tools to manage stress more effectively and allow us to model those strategies for our students and families, paving the way for more creativity and learning.”

Rounding out the partnership amongst WRUS stakeholders, Parent’s Association Kathy Stisted offers, “The WRUS Parents Association is pleased to provide support for the Mindfulness program.  The generous donations of the WRUS parent community during the 2016-17 school year, allowed this seminar to be brought in-house.  We look forward to seeing the results of the training as the lessons learned are put into practice at our school.”

A free Mindfulness Workshop will be offered to the public on December 13, from 7:00pm-8:15 pm at the WRUS campus: 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. Visit for more details. WRUS enrolls bright high school students with learning differences, including ADHD, dyslexia, and anxiety.  For more information, contact Katie Theeke at 410-758-2922.

Academy Art Museum Announces December Events


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star Democrat.

David Driskell: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints

Through December 31, 2017

Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell, PhD, (1931) is widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art. The exhibition comes to Easton from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, ME, and was curated by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME.

The Caprichos: Goya and Lombardo

Through February 25, 2018

The Caprichos by Emily Lombardo is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. Both explore and present a satirical critique of contemporary culture and the forces that influence society along economic, racial, political, religious, and gender lines. The exhibition is supported by the Childs Gallery, Boston.

The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo

Through March 11, 2018

A Soothsayer is a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means; someone who says “sooth,” meaning “truth” or “reality,” a term dating back to the 14th century. The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints, which represent excavated hearts from Magic 8 Ball toys that are positioned as divine relics of cultural nostalgia. The Magic 8 Ball was created in 1950, invented by Albert C. Carter, inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, a clairvoyant. The post-World War II boom in industry propelled this toy into thousands of homes across America.

Beth van Hoesen: Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Through February 4, 2018
Selections Gallery

Beth Van Hoesen (1926–2010) was an American artist who was born in Boise, ID. She earned a BA from Stanford University in 1948. After graduation, she continued her studies at the École des Beaux Arts de Fontainebleau, the Académie Julian, and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Throughout her career, Beth Van Hoesen distinguished herself as a draftsman and printmaker.


Open MIC

Second Monday Each Month

7 to 9 p.m.

The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.


Cocktails & Concerts

The Suspicious Cheese Lords

Friday, December 1, Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. with Concert: 6 p.m.

Cost:  $55 Members, $66 Non-members

All Male A Cappella Ensemble featuring Choral Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance


Oil Painting Workshop: From Fur to Feathers – Painting Animals in the Studio

Instructor: Julia Rogers

2 days:  December 2 and 3 Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: $160 Members, $194 Non-members

This year’s Waterfowl Festival Featured Artist, Julia Rogers, will show different ways to use animal reference to create exciting paintings through lecture and demonstration.


Winter Family Art Day

Family Ornament Day

Instructor: Museum Staff

Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. –1 p.m.


For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Call for Artists: Adkins Arboretum to Sponsor 2018 Juried Art Show

Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., will sponsor its nineteenth annual Juried Art Show, to exhibit in February and March 2018. The theme of the show—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. Named in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, the Leon Andrus Awards for first and second places will be awarded.

The juried show is open to original two- and three-dimensional fine arts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. It will be juried by Benjamin T. Simons, director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Simons previously worked for the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and was chief curator of the Nantucket Historical Association. He holds a master’s degree in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, a master’s degree from Yale University and an AB from Harvard University. He also attended the Getty Leadership Institute for museum professionals in Claremont, Calif. Simons has authored collections and exhibition catalogues, written two books on private art collections and served as editor of the award-winning quarterly Historic Nantucket.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 28, 2017. Digital images of up to three pieces of art by each artist should be sent to Submissions should include title, medium, dimensions (maximum of 6 feet in any direction, excluding outdoor sculpture) and artist’s name, address and phone number. Works should reflect or interpret broadly the show’s theme of wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain region.

Artists whose work is selected will be contacted by Jan. 13 to submit the original work ready to hang by Feb. 3. The exhibit will run from Feb. 5 to March 30, 2018, with a reception on Sat., Feb. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no entry fee, but artists are responsible for all shipping expenses. Selected artists may be considered for future exhibits at the Arboretum.

For more information, visit, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or send e-mail to

The 2018 Juried Art Show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists.

Bosom Buddies Charities to Honor Faces of Courage at 2018 Ball

Stevensville, MD: Bosom Buddies Charities is dedicating its annual Bosom Buddies Ball to individuals who have demonstrated courage as they battled breast cancer. The 2018 Faces of Courage Ball will be held on Saturday, January 13, at the Westin Annapolis Hotel.

Bosom Buddies Ball Chair Biana Arentz explained, “We are asking people to submit names of those who have bravely faced the challenges of breast cancer and have been an inspiration to those around them.” She said the committee will be sharing the photos and the inspirational stories on the Bosom Buddies Charities (BBC) website and social media, as well as in a video that will be shown at the Ball. Submission can be made via BBC’s website:

The Bosom Buddies Ball is the organization’s main fundraiser of the year. It is an elegant black-tie affair that features a five-star gourmet dinner and extraordinary silent and live auctions. Tickets to the event are $250 per person.

Over the past 12 years, BBC has raised over $2 million through its own fundraisers and events sponsored by local businesses and individuals, and has awarded grants to Anne Arundel Medical Center Breast Center, UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Compass Regional Hospice, Howard County General Hospital, and breast cancer support groups―all who provide outstanding services to the residents of our community.

Bosom Buddies Charities is actively seeking sponsors for this year’s Faces of Courage Ball and encourages any interested organizations or individuals to contact Biana Arentz at 410-490-0332. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the Ball, please email your mailing address to

For more information about the Ball and BBC, please visit

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