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A CAPPELLA ANTICS: FUN AND FOUR-PART HARMONY FOR MEN AND WOMEN

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SING A CAPPELLA MUSIC? Bring your spouse, your child and your friends to Queen Anne’s County Library in Stevensville on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a fun evening while you learn more about singing in four-part harmony. A Cappella Antics will also be held at the Talbot County Senior Center in Easton on June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
We invite you to attend both events! Besides the entertainment, come and meet others who like to sing!
Harmony On The Bay women’s A Cappella Barbershop Chorus and Bay Country Chorus men’s A Cappella Barbershop Chorus are holding this unique membership event. In addition to musical entertainment by each chorus, there will be an opportunity to learn about the joy of four-part harmony.
Don’t miss this! Free refreshments will be served too! Please contact us at harmonyonthebay@gmail.com or call Dale at 301-512-3288.

CHURCH HILL THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Director Sylvia Maloney proudly brings Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip to the Church Hill Theatre stage as this year’s summer musical performance. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised), with music, lyrics and book by Clark Gesner, will open on June 9th and run for three weekends.

Charlie Brown is light-hearted, tender and energetic. As in the comic strip, we share Charlie’s frustrations and pleasures as he interacts with his big, wide and wonderful world. But in this musical stage version, the characters quickly move off the page and into our hearts. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy, who is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder; the frustrated and frustratingly naive Sally, who is still teasing blanket-toting Linus; the playful but sometime manic dog Snoopy; and the loveable blockhead himself, Charlie Brown.

Church Hill Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) is directed by Sylvia S. Maloney, with music direction by Ellen Barry Grunden and choreography by Cavin Moore. Maloney has assembled an able cast: Matt Folker as Charlie Brown, Becca Van Aken as Lucy, Elliott Morotti as Linus, Maya McGrory as Sally, David Ryan as Schroeder and Julie Lawrence as Snoopy. Other “Peanuts” characters are played by Samantha Smith, Faith McCarthy, Amy Gilliland, Morgan Armstrong, Jarrett Plante, and Katie Sardo. Devin Kirchner is the production stage manager, Michael Whitehill is in charge of set design/construction, Brian Draper is the set artist, and Doug Kaufmann is the lighting designer. Tina Johnson and Erma Johnson are in charge of costumes and Jim Johnson is part of the technical staff.

The show opens on Friday, June 9, and runs through June 25, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm and Sunday shows at 2 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 410-556-6003 or online at churchhilltheatre.org.

Bonnie Scott, Rising Above Disease Founder, to Speak at Rally for Recovery on June 3

Recovery for Shore’s Rally for Recovery, set for June 3, 2017 in downtown Easton, will feature a special guest speaker, Bonnie Scott, in front of the Talbot County Courthouse at 4 p.m., Sharon Dundon, ad hoc coordinator for Recovery for Shore and program specialist for UM Shore Regional Health’s Substance Use Disorders Program, has announced. Scott is founder of Rising Above Disease (RAD), a six-bed women’s recovery house in Easton that opened in November, 2016. In recovery herself for more than 12 years, Scott was inspired to take action as a positive force in the local recovery community after the death of her son in 2012 due to a heroin overdose. At the time, there were few residential recovery options locally and she disliked the prevailing model of recovery facilities on the western shore. “It seemed to me that people are warehoused, sometimes four to six people in a room, their phones are taken away and they are isolated in an unfamiliar location. That does not promote real rehabilitation,” she says. With six other women, Scott began working on a plan for a recovery house where women could remain on the Eastern Shore near their jobs and their families. As she explains, “Our goal was to create a home-like, healing environment where we could help bring women out of the darkness and into the light. God sent me a wonderful committee and there was so much support that within 90 days, we had found, opened and furnished the house, and welcomed our first residents.” In addition to recovery support and resources, RAD residents benefit from special activities including equine therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy. As a nonprofit organization, RAD is now under the umbrella of the Mid Shore Community Foundation and has received special support from The Women’s and Girls’ Fund. The Rally for Recovery on June 3 begins at 3:30 p.m. with a walk from Christ Church to the Courthouse. Washington Street between Dover and Goldsborough Streets will be closed to traffic, 4 – 4:30 p.m., while the rally is in progress. The group will return to Christ Church by 5 p.m. for the “Alive at Five” Service celebrating recovery, followed by fellowship and refreshments on the Church lawn. According to Dundon, rally organizers are seeking volunteers to bring ‘finger food’ donations – anything that does not have to be heated or refrigerated and can be consumed without utensils – for participants to enjoy after the service. Anyone interested in donating food or volunteering to assist with the event may call the UM Shore Regional Health Substance Used Disorders Program, 410-822-1000, ext. 5469 or email recoveryforshore@gmail.com. The Rally for Recovery is open to persons in recovery as well as community advocates, individuals, families and friends whose lives have been touched by addiction and mental health issues, and other interested parties.

Free golf games and prizes at new driving range’s ribbon cutting ceremony

To commemorate the opening of the Blue Heron Driving Range the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are inviting the public to attend a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. June 13, followed by free games, prizes and light refreshments.

The driving range is just south of the 18-hole Blue Heron Golf Course off of Rt. 8 on Kent Island. The property is owned by the county, and is protected from development by a Maryland Environmental Trust Easement.

 “The range is approximately 320 yards long and 110 yards wide and encompasses 12 acres,” said Golf Operations Manager Eric Beaufait. “The 25 Tee Boxes were raised 3 feet to make the targets easier to see.”

He said, each range mat is equipped with rubber tees which can hold a regular tee so players can adjust the height. “There are 6 target areas: Red = 100 yards, Green = 125 yards, White = 150 yards, Yellow = 175 yards, Blue = 200 yards, Orange 250 yards.”

Golfers can purchase tokens for the range machine at the Blue Heron Pro Shop and keep them in their car to use anytime. But on the afternoon of July 13, range fees will be waived to encourage the community to come out and celebrate the opening of this new feature.

 The Blue Heron Driving Range is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. ill sunset.

Nation’s Largest Hero Savings Program Homes for Heroes Is Now Available To Local Queen Anne’s County Heroes

 Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, Homes for Heroes was started in Minneapolis, MN at the beginning of 2002. In 2009 it grew to become a national organization that has since helped over 14,500 heroes and given back over $22,000,000. Homes for Heroes’ mission is to provide extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and its communities every day. Heroes include: firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves and veterans), healthcare workers, EMS and teachers. Homes for Heroes is comprised of affiliate real estate and lending specialists across the country along with local and national businesses committed to providing Hero Rewards, which are easy ways for heroes to save significant money on a home; and when they make every day home-related purchases. When working with Homes for Heroes real estate and lending specialists specifically, heroes are able to receive significant savings when they buy, sell or refinance a home. Hero Rewards is our way to say “Thank You.” “We’re committed to giving back, serving and saying thank you to our local community heroes because they do so much to make our great community what it is today. They tirelessly serve and sacrifice for us that we feel it’s just the right thing to do and we’re excited to be able to give back and say Thank You in such a meaningful and positive way.” says Petra Quinn, local Homes for Heroes real estate specialist in Stevensville. About Homes for Heroes Homes for Heroes, Inc., was established shortly following the tragic events of 9/11 as a way to give back and say “Thank You” to our nation’s heroes. Homes for Heroes is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists, lending specialists and local businesses who provide easy ways for firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves and veterans), healthcare workers, EMS and teachers to save money when buying, selling or refinancing a home; or when making every day home-related purchases. Every time a hero uses Homes for Heroes for their real estate transactions, they are helping heroes in need. A portion of Homes for Heroes’ earnings is donated to the Homes for Heroes Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides assistance to heroes in need. If you have any questions, call Petra Quinn, Realty Navigator at 443-256-3773.

ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN TO HEADLINE STORYTELLING PREVIEW

 Nationally recognized funny man and story teller, Andy Offutt Irwin, will appear at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts in Centreville on June 10th from 7-9:00 pm. Mr. Irwin’s appearance will pave the way for more than a dozen notable storytellers that will appear at the arts council’s second annual Storytelling Festival scheduled for September 16th.. Mr. Irwin is an American storyteller, art educator, singer-songwriter, and humorist. He began his career in 1984 as a member of an improvisational troupe at Walt Disney World. In 1991 he returned to his native Georgia and began traveling as a singer-songwriter. By 1996 another nationally recognized storyteller, Carmen Deedy, convinced Irwin that he is a “storyteller.” That storytelling talent ultimately led him to the National Storytelling Festival, the “Super Bowl of storytelling.” Headliners for the fall event include Bill Lepp, Kim Weitcamp, and Tim Lowery. Storytelling themes will range from historical, “Harriet Tubman: the Chosen One and Rosa Parks: Such a Time” to humorous stories about family life and childhood experiences. The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council sponsored the first storytelling festival with Chesapeake College in the spring of 2016. The festival this fall will again be cosponsored by the two groups and will be held on the Chesapeake College campus. Andy Offutt Irwin will perform at the Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce Street in Centreville. Tickets for the Offutt Irwin event are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For tickets and additional information call the art council office at 410-758-2520 or go to the website www.queenannescountyarts.com

Queenstown Bank of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin B. Cashen as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Queenstown Bank of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin B. Cashen as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Kevin joins the bank with over 30 years of banking experience. He began his career with Loyola Federal Savings & Loan in 1984 before moving to Signet Bank in 1985. As a Senior Vice President at Signet, he led several initiatives within the real estate lending division in the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. During that time, he founded the Real Estate Capital Markets Group to direct the bank’s commercial real estate banking efforts in capital markets. In 2001, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Chevy Chase Bank and President of its consumer finance subsidiary. Later he co-managed the banks multi-billion-dollar commercial banking division. Kevin was the founding CEO of Bay Bank and Bay Bancorp, Inc. which opened in Lutherville in 2010. He has also spent time at Easiloans, LLC a start-up technology company developing an online marketplace lending business focused on mortgage lending.

Kevin holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from John Hopkins University, Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from Mount St. Mary’s University.

He has earned many accolades for his efforts including E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Maryland – 2014, Smart CEO Magazine – 2013 Circle of Excellence CEO Finalist and the Baltimore Business Journal – 2011 Power 20 Top Future Leaders in Baltimore.

  1. Thomas Rhodes, Jr. has not yet set a retirement date. He is working in conjunction with the Mr. Cashen to ensure a smooth transition. “Kevin is a true community banker and understands being involved in the community is a large part of his job.” “I really feel he is the right person to lead us in the future as we continue to prosper,” said Rhodes.

Tommy has been with Queenstown Bank, dedicated to the Maryland market, for more than 42 years. “We congratulate Tommy on his exceptional career at Queenstown Bank and for his business and community leadership on the Eastern Shore,” Patrick Thompson, Chairman of the Board said in a statement. “Tommy has been a strong advocate of our core values, including putting people first. He will leave behind a remarkable legacy.”

Queenstown Bank of Maryland was established in 1899 and currently has eight branch locations within Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline Counties offering convenience with award winning customer service.

CBMM offers free admission for military families this summer

For the 7th consecutive year, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is participating in the national Blue Star Museums program to offer free, general admission to all active-duty military personnel and their immediate families from Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

Blue Star Museums represents a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This year’s participating museums are listed at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Located near the nation’s capital on the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore, CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus offers 12 exhibition buildings to explore in a few hours or over multiple visits. Highlights of the experience include climbing and exploring the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, interacting with shipwrights restoring authentic, wooden Chesapeake boats, renting a small craft to paddle the Miles River on your own, taking a river cruise on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, and engaging in numerous hands-on exhibitions, family-oriented activities, and other programming and events.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in every state in the nation to support our service members and their families,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend time together.”

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts and maritime museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

While at CBMM, guests can see progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake continuing through April, 2018.

The free general admission program is available at CBMM to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard—as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. Festival admission is not included. CBMM also offers year-round free general admission to all active military individuals. General admission is otherwise good for two days and is free for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under.

Located on the harbor and within walking distance to the shops, restaurants, inns, and other attractions of historic St. Michaels, CBMM’s campus includes the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and numerous exhibition buildings, a floating fleet of historic Chesapeake boats, small craft rentals, and scenic river cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle. Free parking is available, with more information at cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

Academy Art Museum Hosts Juneteenth Celebration on June 17

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery and the end of the Civil War. On Saturday June 17, from noon to 5 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will host a celebration which will commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community.

Free activities include screening of the film, 13th, a NETFLIX original documentary by Ava DuVernay, Director of Selma; a Community BBQ in the Museum’s Courtyard; and the opportunity for individuals and families to create their own African American Family Quilt Patch, using Underground Railroad Quilt Codes.

For information visit academyartmuseum.org/juneteeth or contact Damika Baker, Director of Development (410) 822-2787 or dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.

Memorial Day Ceremony to Honor 4 Marylanders

Local Astronaut Reid Wiseman to Speak at Traditional Memorial Day Observance

2017 marks 50th anniversary of the dedication of Dulaney Valley’s Circle of Immortals

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will salute the men and women of the armed forces who have paid the highest price in defense of the United States of America and honor four Marylanders killed in the past 14 months. The traditional patriotic ceremony will feature a slate of local participants and dignitaries, including keynote speaker NASA Astronaut and Baltimore native, G. Reid Wiseman, (Commander, U.S. Navy).

In addition to honoring those fighting the battles of today and those who gave their lives in Korea, Vietnam and World War II, the 2017 ceremony will honor:

• Airman 1st Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt of Severna Park, MD, killed on April 15, 2016 in Jordan by the Islamic State.

• Private First Class Victor Stanfill of Fulton, MD died on May 10, 2016 from injuries suffered during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

• Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas of Takoma Park, MD killed by an improvised bomb blast on October 4, 2016, during a mission against the Islamic State’s Afghan branch.

• Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown of Takoma Park, MD died on December 6, 2016, from wounds suffered in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan the previous month.

Please note: Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of Edgewood, MD who was killed on April 8, 2017 in Afghanistan, will be honored on Memorial Day 2018.

WHEN

Monday, May 29, 2017

10:00 a.m.

Free and Open to the public

For Information: 410-666-0490 / www.dulaneyvalley.com

WHERE

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Circle of the Immortals

200 East Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093

SPEAKERS

• Emcee: Alan Walden, American Flag Foundation, Inc; Patriots of Fort McHenry

• Keynote speaker: NASA Astronaut and Baltimore native, G. Reid Wiseman (Commander, U.S. Navy)

• Memorial Address: Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, III

• Memorial Address: Brigadier General Sean M. Casey, Director of the Joint Staff Maryland National Guard

• Lt. Colonel Christopher Otten, Maryland Air National Guard 175th Wing Chaplain

MUSIC AND PAGEANTRY

• Color guard units: Maryland National Guard, Patriot Guard Riders, Elkridge Young Marines and Boy Scout Troop #340

• 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band

• Maryland Sings, Directed by Bill Myers

• Jon Wikstrom, singer and songwriter

• Laura Knutson, The Bellini Ensemble

• Military memorabilia and uniforms, courtesy of Butch Maisel and the Boys Latin Center for Military History, will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War I.

• As a special tribute to the 69 Marylanders who died on September 11, 2001 and the 143 others who gave their lives in the war on terror, Maryland’s 9/11 Rolling Memorial will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for the Memorial Day Ceremony.

• Presentation to Steven Wheeler, Location Coordinator, Wreaths Across America. Note: Veterans at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will be honored on December 16, 2017, as part of the Wreaths across America’s “Nation Wide Remembrance Ceremony.”

• 50th anniversary display: photos and programs from past Memorial Day ceremonies held at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

History of Memorial Day at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens: 50th Anniversary

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Circle of Immortals and Field of Honor, an area dedicated in 1967 and reserved for Marylanders killed in action. Twenty-six service members who died in Vietnam are buried within the Circle. The area is also home to the official Baltimore County World War II/Korean War Memorial, dedicated in 1998; and The Children of Liberty Memorial, which was added to the Circle in 1990 and is dedicated to Maryland servicemen and women who died at the hands of terrorists. It includes a plaque dedicated to the seven Maryland service members who lost their lives in the 1991 Liberation of Kuwait, the names of the three Maryland servicemen killed in 2000 aboard the USS Cole and the names of the service members killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens is a legacy of the former owners, the Armiger Family, who felt the public was losing sight of the meaning of Memorial Day. Since purchasing the cemetery in 2007, John O. Mitchell III and John O. (Jack) Mitchell IV, owners of the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc. in Towson, MD have been committed to continuing the tradition of honoring those who serve our country and they welcome the community to pay tribute to these dedicated men and women.

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