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Pam Addy Named VP, Clinical and Ambulatory Services at UM SRH

Pamela (Pam) Addy has joined UM SRH as vice president, Ambulatory and Clinical Services, effective Monday, January 13, 2020. Reporting to Ken Kozel, Addy provides leadership over the clinical operations of the Cancer Center, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiovascular services, pulmonary and neuro-diagnostic services, and ambulatory services.


Addy joins Shore’s senior leadership team with more than 25 years of experience and achievements in diagnostic imaging, acute and ambulatory services, and medical group and practice management. Since 2005, she had served as regional director, Imaging Services for Sutter Health in Sacramento. In that capacity, she developed a network of 20 imaging centers with a radiology group of over 100 radiologists and 600 indirect reports. She also led strategic initiatives for excellence in patient care, employee engagement and financial improvement and received.


A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, Addy holds an M.S. in Health Care Management and a B.S. in Health Sciences from Excelsior College, and Radiology Technologist (RT) from the School of Radiologic Technology in Baltimore.


“We are excited to have Pam join our team and welcome her back to the east coast,” said Ken Kozel, UM SRH CEO and president. “Her knowledge, expertise and patient-centered focus will complement our efforts to achieve our health care system’s mission and vision.”

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council Accepting Applications for Community Arts Development & Arts in Education Grants

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is accepting applications for 2020/21 Arts in Education (AIE) and Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants. Each year the Council makes AIE grant awards to support programming in schools through the Art in Education Grant and to community organizations through the Community Arts Development Grant.   Qualifying programs range from art related assemblies and artists in residences in schools to performance and operational assistance to non-profit arts organizations. Since 1984 we have awarded more than $650,000 in support of the arts in Queen Anne’s County.

Rick Strittmater Executive Director said of the program, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to provide support to some of the wonderful art based non-profit organizations and groups we have here in Queen Anne’s County. My hope is that the financial boost these grants provide will help to expand their efforts in a meaningful way.” Eligible programming includes the visual arts, music, performance, and literary programs for presentation in local schools and performance and operational expenses for community arts organizations.

These awards are made possible in part by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council. Applications are available on line at or by calling the Council at 410-758-2520.   The application deadline is May 1, 2020 Anyone with questions regarding the application process can call the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council 410-758-2520.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. We are partially funded by the Maryland State Arts Council. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Kent Island Federation of Arts presents Authors and Artists on March 8th, 2020 Kent Island Library

A second annual Book/Art Affair will be held on Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 4 at the Kent Island Library at 200 Library Circle in Stevensville. Admission is FREE. Many local artists will display their work for sale.


The guest authors who will be available to sign and sell their books are:

Lucia St. Clair Robson’s first historical novel, Ride the Wind made the New York Times best-seller list in 1982.  The Western Writers of America gave Ride the Wind and her ninth novel, Last Train from Cuernavaca, their Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction.  Her tenth novel, Devilish, is a contemporary mystery with a supernatural twist.


Andrea Chamblee, widow of John McNamara, one of the five journalists killed at the Annapolis Capital Gazette in 2018, is an attorney for the US Food and Drug Administration, and an associate adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health. She finished John’s fourth book, The Capital of Basketball, which launched this holiday season. It has received favorable reviews in the Washington Post, WSJ, USAToday, and was recommended by the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide, among others.


Judy Colbert is a native Washingtonian who’s been writing about the mid-Atlantic area for decades. Her articles have appeared in international, national, and regional publications and on Websites. Her latest books are Virginia Off the Beaten Path: Discover Your Fun (12th edition), 100 Things to Do in Baltimore Before You Die, and Peaceful Places Washington, DC.


Alex Johnson wrote three books of poetry, Kent Island Blues, Beach Plums, and Home After Dark in his pen name, Alex on Bora Bora …all about growing up on Kent Island. A fourth book is in process for publishing. He is a folk artist fabricating with driftwood and discarded lumber, and just completed a replica of “White’s Heritage” home in Gibson’s Grant. He has served on both boards of QAC Library and Kent Island Heritage Society.


For more indormation, contact Kent Island Federation of Arts, Inc. Email or 410.643.7424


KIFA is a 501c3 non-profit partially funded by Queen Anne’s County Governent, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and United Way of Queen Anne’s County.

For All Seasons Heart & Music to Feature a Special 10-Year Tribute

For All Seasons Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center presents the 10th Annual Heart & Music on Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8, at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford. This year, Director Ed Langrell and Music Director Ellen Barry Grunden return with a special “10-Year Tribute,” showcasing such popular shows as Rent, Dear Evan Hansen, Jersey Boys, and Spamalot. The best-of-the-best songs featured over the last 10 years of the performance include selections from the Beatles, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, and Sonny and Cher. Heart & Music is produced by Beth Anne Langrell and Lisa Roth, with special guests from Crashbox Theatre Troupe.

Beth Anne Langrell, CEO of For All Seasons and co-founder of Heart & Music with her husband Ed Langrell, comments, “We are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of the show which has been our most successful fundraiser for the agency. This year we bring back some of our favorite numbers from years past. The show promises not to disappoint, showcasing some of the Mid Shore’s finest musical talent.”

Local talent featured in the show includes Lisa Roth, Mike Sousa, Beth Anne Langrell, Ed Langrell, Gail Aveson, Heather Scott, Malley Hester, Becca Van Aken, Matt Fokker, Bill Gross, Shelby Swann, Zack Schlag, Ricky Vitanovec, Marcia Gilliam, Maureen Curtin, Jane Copple, Joe Tyler, and Erinne Lewis.

Join the cast for a great show filled with talent and entertainment at the opening night gala on Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the gala start at $150 and include cocktails and a gourmet dinner. Weekend performances are Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on March 8 at 2 p.m. with tickets starting at $25 for adults and $10 for students.

To reserve seats, call 410-820-7007 or visit

Heart & Music benefits For All Seasons, the only non-profit Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center serving the five counties of Maryland’s Mid-Shore. To learn more about their services and to get involved, visit

Tidewater Inn presents New Orleans inspired Jazz Brunch featuring the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band

EASTON, MD (February 11, 2020) – The historic Tidewater Inn – a timelessly refined luxury boutique hotel ideally situated in the heart of downtown Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore – announces their New Orleans inspired Jazz Brunch scheduled on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Back for the third year, Tidewater Inn welcomes the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band, a seven-piece group of highly accomplished jazz performers. A musical repertoire encompassing Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Eddie Condon, Benny Goodman and other early jazz pioneers.

An expansive buffet will feature classic New Orleans inspired brunch dishes including Chef Ray’s Turtle Soup, Eggs with Green Onion Sausage & Shrimp Gravy, Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya Pasta, Stuffed Crepes, Bananas Foster Waffles, Southern inspired sides and desserts and more.
Seatings are available at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and priced at $39.95 per adult (plus tax and gratuity) which includes brunch and non-alcoholic beverages. For more information or reservations, call Tidewater Inn at (410) 822-4034 or visit Tidewater Inn is located at 101 East Dover St, Easton, Md. 21601.


Church Hill Theatre is delighted to bring The Philadelphia Story to new audiences as well as those who grew up with the play! Since so many on this part of the Eastern Shore hail from Pennsylvania, we wanted to revive what is often known only for the famous movie versions starring Katherine Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Directed by Christopher Wallace, the CHT production will run from March 20 through April 5.

The Philadelphia Story follows the wealthy Lord family as they prepare for daughter Tracy’s second marriage while trying to avert a scandal involving her father. Add Tracy’s first husband Dexter and a visiting team of journalists, stir well with eccentric Lord family members—and author Philip Barry creates a breezy, sophisticated comedy. Set at the end of the Depression, class and wealth differences add other ingredients to the mix.

Wallace has assembled a large cast that includes both veterans and talented newcomers to the CHT stage. Tracy Lord, the headstrong and vivacious bride, is played by Minnie Maloney. Her parents, Seth and Margaret, will be portrayed by Robert McGrory and Peggy Chiras. Charles Michael Moore and Maya McGrory are Tracy’s older brother Sandy and younger sister Dinah. Pat Patterson is her Uncle Willie. Lyle Pinder and Sharon Herz will play Mike and Liz, serious craftsmen forced by the economy to work for a gossip magazine. The director will play George Kittredge, a powerful coal company man—and Tracy’s fiancé. John Haas is her first husband, C.K. Dexter Haven, who just won’t get out of her life. Donald Hargy will play Thomas, the Lord’s patient butler, and Shane Moran, pastor of Church Hill United Methodist Church, takes on the cameo role of Parson Parsons.

Christopher Wallace is assisted by Stage Manager Michelle Christopher, Producer Sheila Austrian and Designer Shelagh Grasso. The Philadelphia Story, by Philip Barry, will open on Friday, March 20, and run through Sunday, April 5, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members and $10 for students, with a special two-for-one price for the first performance on March 20. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online at HYPERLINK “”

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Khalid Kurtom, MD, Receives Statewide Award from National Nursing Organization

Khalid Kurtom, MD, medical director, UM Shore Medical Group–Neurosurgery, has been selected by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as the State of Maryland winner of the 2019 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate Excellence. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of nurse practitioners. Past recipients of the advocate award have included physicians, legislators, educators and nurse practitioners.

Nominated for the honor by Gail Shorter, DNP, chair of Shore Regional Health’s Advanced Practice Provider’s Council, Dr. Kurtom was selected from a pool of five nominees for the Maryland award. Recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2020 National Conference, June 23-28, in New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to learn that Dr. Kurtom has been named this year’s recipient of the AANP award for Maryland,” said Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO. “We know Dr. Kurtom for his tireless effort towards excellence and patient-centered care. With this quest comes his recognition of the importance of the entire care team and specifically, the significant contributions of our medical staff’s nurse practitioners. His advocacy for nurse practitioners having a seat at all tables of healthcare leadership and governance ensures their important voice is heard in everything we do at Shore Regional Health.”

Safe Sitter® Class Set for March 7 in Easton

The popular Safe Sitter® class, taught by pediatric nurses for youth ages 11-13, will be offered on Saturday, March 7, 9 4 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Health Education Center.

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Over 175 lives have been saved by Safe Sitter® graduates using the skills learned through the Safe Sitter® training. More information about the program may be found at

The cost for this one-day class is $50; some scholarships are available. Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. There are three additional Saturday class opportunities this year: May 2, August 1 and November 7. For more information or to register, call Gladys Peeples, 410-810-5664.

Women’s History Celebration 5k Trail Run

 CENTREVILLE – Come discover the scenic trails around White Marsh Park in Centreville, MD while supporting Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 21st. This course incorporates paths around the park’s playing fields as well as the surrounding hidden ponds and wetlands among the various wildlife sanctuaries. Whether you’re looking to continue your New Year’s resolutions or just getting started, join in on the fun while celebrating Women’s History Month! Packet pickup will start at 8 a.m. and the run will begin promptly at 9 a.m.. Stick around for awards and information about the inaugural Maryland Museum of Women’s History opening later this year –  right along Bloomfield Farm Lane. The price is $30 online registration plus $2.50 participant registration fee which includes a t-shirt. Runners must register by March 14th to receive race t-shirt. Registration is now open at For more information call Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation at 410.758.0835, ext. 2536.

Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum’s 2020 Juried Art Show, on View through March 27

Viewers will find both beauty and food for thought in Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum’s 21st annual Juried Art Show. On view in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center through March 27, the exhibit was juried by Heather Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair of the Art and Art History Department and Studio Art Coordinator at Washington College. Both she and the artists will be on hand for a reception on Sat., Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. to talk with visitors about the work in the show.


In reviewing the 137 entries submitted for this show, Harvey chose 24 that she felt were most in keeping with the show’s theme and would create a compelling range of work, mood and mediums.


She said, “I was looking for works that reference or evoke nature, landscape, flora/fauna, human versus natural tensions, local histories, etc., whether generally or specific to the Eastern Shore.”


The show includes a remarkably wide range of work—from “Yellow Abstract,” a vibrant oil painting by John Moran of Chester, to Centreville photographer Kellen McCluskey’s spectacular flurry of snow geese, and from the dreamily naïve quality of Easton artist Doris B. Gerlach’s watercolor “Deer on the Lawn” to the exquisite precision of St. Michaels botanical artist Lee D’Zmura’s watercolor “Jack-in-the-Pulpit/Arisaema.”


Many of these works reveal a subtext. Harvey is especially interested in art that stimulates thought and questioning.


She explained, “I am drawn to challenging or distinctive work, work I don’t immediately understand, that requires time to explore and analyze and that yields interesting, complex, multivalent meaning. I am drawn to nuanced work that is contradictory, experimental or exploratory and has a unique voice or perspective.”


Her choices for the annual Leon Andrus Awards reflect this interest. She awarded first place to Easton artist Carol Minarick’s mixed media work “his own carbon,” in which a textured mass of gray appears in a landscape just barely defined by strokes of graphite. The title brings two terms to mind: Star Trek’s “carbon units” and the “carbon footprints” we all create.


Second place went to Chris Mona of Annapolis for his lithograph “Joanna Lumley in the Afternoon, Eastern Shore,” a curious image of the well-known actress and activist strangely positioned beside a tangle of vines in a lush woodland.


“It’s funny and dark,” Harvey said. “Some kind of offbeat commentary on the state of our world, our dysfunctional relationship to the natural world, ourselves, each other and the strange pop cultural mash-up we live in today, with the parallel degradation of the environment.”


Harvey’s fascination with looking deeply into the concerns that motivated the artists in this show are also evidenced in Honorable Mentions awarded to Mark Nelson and Joseph Minarick, both of Easton.


These two works capture familiar Easton Shore scenes, but while Nelson’s “Unionville Oak” is a stunningly beautiful photograph of a lonely oak standing in the flat expanse of a snowy field, Minarick’s “Rural Electrification (Trappe – Centreville Road)” is a little bit eerie. It shows a roadside cedar whose uppermost branches have been cut away to make room for electrical lines, turning it into a dark heart shape standing alone in the foreground of a wide-open rural landscape.


Harvey said, “It’s a familiar or clichéd landscape image but also dense, dark, almost ominous. I also see the shadowy undercurrents and think of the social-historical events that have unfolded on the Eastern Shore for centuries, both the beauty and the not so beautiful.”


This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through March 27 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

CUTLINE: “his own carbon,” a mixed media work by Carol Minarick of Easton, received the first-place Leon Andrus Award in Adkins Arboretum’s 2020 Juried Art Show. There will be a reception to meet the artists on Sat., Feb. 8. 

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