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QAC Seeking Citizens to Serve on Boards & Commissions

CENTREVILLE – The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are looking for county citizens to fill vacancies on multiple county boards and commissions. The deadline for applications will remain open until filled.  
 
Animal Control Commission
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Appeals
Board of Building Appeals
Economic Development Commission
Employee Awards Committee
Personnel Board
Planning Commission
Plumbing & HVAC Board
Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board
 
Anyone interested in serving on a QAC board, commission or committee is encouraged to send a letter of interest and a brief resume to lthomas@qac.org or via mail to Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Please include your address and phone number.  Those with questions may also reach Ms. Thomas at 410-758-4098. Detailed information about each board, commission or committee is available at www.qac.org, just type “boards and commissions” in the search box.

Santa comes to Christmas in St. Michaels this December

Santa will be helping Christmas in St. Michaels celebrate its 35th year of weekend festivities with several appearances in St. Michaels during the December 10 -12 slate of events.

The highlight for children and families is Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa, which takes place from 8-10:00 a.m. on Dec. 11 at the waterfront Foxy’s Harbor Grille. Limited $10 tickets are available in advance, with online purchasing available.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be participating in the Talbot Street Parade, which follows the breakfast and begins at 10:30 on Saturday. The event was suspended last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spectators will also see plenty of people dressed as Santa for the Santa Dash as they run in the fun-filled, rain or shine Saturday event.

Christmas in St. Michaels also brings holiday music to the historic town, including a special Mid-Shore Community Band performance of seasonal music from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Sat., Dec. 11 at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Talbot Street. The Jackson Jubilee Singers are set to perform at 1:30 p.m. with soul-stirring gospel music.

This year’s events also include the return of the new Lighted Boat Parade; a Tour of Homes; Holiday Meals; a Marketplace and Sweet Shoppe, and a Light up the Night drive-by house and harbor tour.

The 2021 Christmas in St. Michaels collectible ornament features Maggie the Fire Truck—a local legend with an interesting history—and was rendered by local designer and artist Scott Sullivan.

The goal for this year’s events is to raise funds to distribute grants to local beneficiaries. More than 25 family services, education and child development, and community enhancement organizations depend on Christmas in St. Michaels funds to support their programs and activities.

Christmas in St. Michaels began in 1987 when a group of energetic volunteers recognized the need for daycare services in the community. Funds were raised through community support, and a daycare center was established, now known as Critchlow Adkins Children Centers. Sponsors and patrons of Christmas in St. Michaels since that time have helped raise more than $1.4M in support of numerous local non-profit organizations.

Proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels help the people served by local non-profit organizations, with event updates, online purchases, and more about Christmas in St. Michaels at

Tidewater Inn Brew & Oyster Brawl Returns to Easton, Maryland

The historic Tidewater Inn – a timelessly refined hotel ideally situated in the heart of downtown Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore – announces the official launch of ticket sales for the annual Tidewater Inn Brew & Oyster Brawl scheduled on Saturday, November 13th, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
 
Kicking off the celebration, the Brew and Oyster Brawl will feature live music by one of the Eastern Shore’s favorite bands since 1973, Bird Dog and the Road Kings, and oysters prepared every which way will be presented – including stationed raw oysters harvested by local watermen, savory chowder, oysters flash-fried to perfection and chargrilled oysters with infused flavors like lemon parsley butter and buffalo bleu cheese. Additionally, an open beer and wine bar will offer regional, craft, domestic and imported brews, along with a selection of wines, to pair with savory oyster dishes.
 
With a purchase of a $100 ticket, guests will receive a commemorative pint glass and enjoy a one-of-a-kind event that reflects the famed heritage and cultural fabric of the Chesapeake Bay region.
 
For more information, call Tidewater Inn at (410) 822-1300 or visit https://tidewaterinn.com/brew-oyster-brawl. Tidewater Inn is located at 101 East Dover St, Easton, Md. 21601.

CHURCH HILL THEATRE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS

Auditions for Church Hill Theatre’s January production of Neil Simon’s situation comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers will be held Tuesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 28th at 5:30PM in the theatre office and Saturday morning, October 30th at 10AM in the theatre. The theatre is located at 103 Walnut Street in Church Hill and parking is available at the town lot across the street. The theatre office can be accessed from the parking lot.
Director Bonnie Hill is seeking a cast of one man – age 45 – 60; and three women – ages 21 – 50. Familiarity with the script is helpful, but not necessary (scripts will be available at the theatre for perusal). Come prepared to do cold readings from the script and please wear appropriate shoes to move comfortably about the space. Technicians, set constructors, and props assistants are needed as well! For more information, call director Bonnie Hill at 410-708-2870 or email her at bonniehill@zimbracloud.com.

In Last of the Red Hot Lovers – set in 1969 – the sexual revolution is in full swing!
Middle-aged restaurateur Barney Cashman wants a piece of the action. In the midst of a
mid-life crisis and with no experience as a “hot lover”, he arranges three separate dates
with three different women in his mother’s apartment. A depressed housewife, a
foul-mouthed vixen, and a young actress line themselves up to meet the overworked
Barney. The results are both surprising and hilarious.
Performances of Last of the Red Hot Lovers will be January 28 – February 13, 2022 at
Church Hill Theatre; Friday and Saturday performances at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM.
Please note that the Church Hill Theatre, Inc. requires proof of vaccination for all
audience members, staff, volunteers, performers and Board members at all
performances and theatre activities. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Celebrate all things oyster October 30 in St. Michaels 

Get ready to celebrate the Bay’s favorite bivalve at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 30, in St. Michaels, Md. 
 
CBMM’s OysterFest features oysters served a variety of ways, along with other local fare, craft beer, and spirits; live music on two stages; scenic river cruises aboard 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle; cooking demonstrations, Chesapeake Bay retriever and oystering demonstrations; and children’s activities, and more.  
 
Festivalgoers can savor Chesapeake Bay wild and aquaculture oysters served steamed or raw, plus oyster fritters and oyster stew, along with a variety of other Chesapeake delicacies and other offerings. Windon Distilling Company will serve a specialty Lyon Rum cocktail, with other drink options including oyster shooters and Chesapeake-style Bloody Marys, featuring George’s Bloody Mary mix.  
 
A new feature at this year’s festival will be an oyster stew crawl being held in place of the popular stew competition. Beginning at 11am, participants will be given a punch card and invited to work their way around campus sampling stews from a variety of local restaurants and vendors.  Those who sample each stew will then be able to vote for their favorite one. The People’s Choice award will be announced Saturday afternoon once votes are tallied. Participation is limited to 500 people on a first-come, first-served basis, with a commemorative OysterFest mug and the tastings offered for $10. 
 
Family activities include Chesapeake-themed games, activities, and demonstrations, and a chance to build a take-home model boat. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club will also present retriever demonstrations on CBMM’s Navy Point.  
 
Guests will also be able to explore CBMM’s exhibitions, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where they can try tonging or nippering for oysters. They’re also invited to explore one of the visiting Chesapeake Bay buyboats and vessels or watch a historic diving demonstration. 
 
Tours will be offered throughout the day of Maryland Dove, where CBMM shipwrights will give updates on their construction of the new tall ship, a representation of the vessel that accompanied the first European settlers to Maryland in 1634. 
 
OysterFest is generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises, What’s Up Media, Eastern Shore Tents & Events, Bay Imprint, and Kelly Distributors.  
 
OysterFest admission is $5 for CBMM member adults and active members of the military (with ID); $18 for non-member adults; $15 for seniors (age 65 and up), college students and retired military (both with ID); $6 for non-member children ages 6–17; and free for member children 6–17, and all children 5 and under. CBMM members at the Family & Friends level and above also receive the $5 discounted admission for two adult guests. Food, drinks, and boat rides are an additional cost, with carry-on alcohol prohibited. For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, with leashed dogs permitted during regular operating hours.  
 
Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org.

Will Your Cell Phone Still Be Able to Call 911 in 2022?

If you are currently using an older cellular device, you may need to upgrade before your provider shuts down the 3G network in 2022. This will affect being able to text and make calls including 911. This will also affect many businesses and residences that rely on cellular devices to make notifications to their alarm companies in the event of a power failure or as the primary notification path. The larger alarm companies should notify the customer, but many are on-time purchases with a monthly fee, and they are not as likely to notify the customer. This also has an impact on public safety. The best way to find out if your device needs to be upgraded, is by contacting your mobile service provider directly.
 
As mobile service providers begin to phase out the older technology of 2G and 3G networks, it will make room for more advanced network services. Once your mobile service provider completes phasing out the 3G network, older devices that were not made to connect to 4G and 5G networks, will no longer work.  This phase out will also affect any devices that use 3G service such as medical devices, tablets, smart watches and even home security systems.
 
The phasing out of 3G will start as early as January 1, 2022 but will vary depending on the company and these dates are subject to change. The Department of Emergency services highly recommend that you contact your provider directly, but the major mobile service providers have announced dates.
 
  • AT&T: Plans to finish shutting down 3G by February 22, 2022
  • Verizon: Plans to finish shutting down 3G by December 31, 2022
  • T-Mobile: Plans to finish shutting down Sprint 3G by January 1, 2022 and Sprints LTE network by June 30, 2022. The T-Mobile 2G and 3G networks do not have a specific date yet.
If you do not see your provider listed, you could still be affected. Many popular carriers such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and several Lifeline mobile services use one of the major providers. (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile)
 
Many providers have been contacting their customers and offering programs to replace older devices that will be affected. 
 
To learn more about the phase out of the 3G network you can visit www.fcc.gov and search 3G. To find out if you need to upgrade your device and what programs are offered you need to contact your mobile provider directly.

Gunston Welcomes Comedian Brett Walkow as Bull & Oyster Roast Emcee & Auctioneer

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School is pleased to welcome comedian Brett Walkow as the master of ceremonies and auctioneer for their upcoming event, the Bull & Oyster Roast + Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 5-9 p.m. For more than 25 years, Walkow has been making audiences laugh with his signature blend of silliness, warmth, and off-the-cuff audience interaction. He’s performed alongside Melissa McCarthy & Jimmy Fallon, appeared on The Tonight Show, and in Seinfeld’s movie ‘Comedian’.
Walkow, who comes from a family of teachers and “truly believes we should all help one another,” spends a huge portion of his year performing for charities coast to coast with the help of his company, Team Love Army. His credits include: The Golden Globes, Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, FOX, CBS, Just For Laughs Festival, Lollapalooza, 11 years in Las Vegas (Harrahs & MGM Casinos), a 200 episode celebrity talk show (with guests including Kevin Nealon, George Wallace, The Simpsons, Family Guy), Hollywood red carpet specials, and various live venues worldwide.
“We are beyond excited that Brett agreed to emcee the Bull Roast,” said Event Director Lynda Scull. “His commitment to charity work, especially to teachers, is a perfect fit for this event. The Bull Roast has currently sold more than 200 tickets and gathered 50+ auction items (with more coming in every day). I think after 18 long months of the pandemic, coming together as a community to support the school will be just what the doctor ordered!”
The Bull & Oyster Roast + Alumni Reunion will be held outdoors on the school’s waterfront campus, overlooking the Corsica River on Saturday, October 23 from 5-9 p.m. The evening includes delicious food provided by Bayside Catering, premium beer and wine, plus a rye whiskey tasting bar. With both a silent and live auction planned, guests will have the opportunity to bid on an array of fantastic vacations (spring break at Deep Creek, Best of Bethany Beach A Trip to the Big Apple and more), golf outings, professional photography sessions, artwork, and a day cruise on a luxurious Fountaine Pajot MY6 Motor Yacht or Elba 45 sailing catamaran, among others. For the live auction, those unable to attend in person may appoint a proxy by contacting Jen Matthews at jmatthews@gunston.org.
Additionally, raffle tickets are on sale for $100 each. There will be five winners announced with four receiving $250 cash and the “grand prize” winner wins their choice of first pick of a live auction item or $1,500 cash. The event also features a Wine Pull in which attendees can pay $15 for the opportunity to choose (at random) from over 50+ donated wines from around the world, ranging in price from $15-$50 — the catch being that you don’t know what you’ll “pull” until you’ve opened it.
Tickets are on sale now at $100 per person and $65 for alumni and former faculty and staff members, with an option to also sponsor a ticket for current faculty and staff members. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Visit https://gunston.org/bullroast21 to purchase tickets, donate wine or an auction item, or to sign up for a sponsorship (or do all three!). For more information, or for those interested in donating wine or an auction item, contact Event Director Lynda Scull at 410-758-0620, ext. 1101 or email lscull@gunston.org, or fill out an online form.
Sponsorships are available and range from a Brisket Sponsor ($100) up to a Grill Master Sponsor ($5,000), with a price point for every budget. New this year are Heron Hero Annual Sponsorship options, which combine the sponsorship benefits of all three Gunston fundraising events (Bull & Oyster Roast, Heron Hustle, Golfing fore Gunston) into a yearlong package. Along with community-wide recognition, Gunston’s sponsors are also listed on the school’s Green & White Pages, a directory of Gunston community-owned businesses and services.
Grill Master sponsors include Heron Heroes Rick & Dani de los Reyes, P’23, Heron Heroes Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Easton (Janell & Jeffrey Frederick, P’23 ’25) and Friel Lumber Company (Jay & Gina Friel, P’22 and Jim & Mary Helen Friel).
Prime Rib sponsors include Heron Heroes Gillespie & Son, Inc. (Gillespie Family, P’20 ’22 ’24), Heron Heroes “Friends of Gunston” (anonymous),  McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker (P’25), and the Amygdalos Family, P’20 ’23.
Choice Sponsors include Shore United Bank and Mr. Glenn Michael. Select Sponsors include Heron Heroes Dr. Laurie Lewis & John Lewis,  Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat on Kent Island, KRM Construction, and Kent School. Sirloin Sponsors include Tiffany Cloud, Realtor with Meredith Fine Properties, ImPRESSive Printing, Griswold Travel (Emily Griswold, P’24), Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, and the Sanderson Family, P’22 ’23. Brisket Sponsors include St. Anne’s Episcopal School, the Thomas Family, The Day Family, P’24, and the Arthur Family, P’25.
Founded in 1911, The Gunston School is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory high school located in Centreville, Maryland. Visit gunston.org for more information.

 Choptank Health announces new Federalsburg health center planned

Choptank Community Health System has recently announced plans are underway for a new Federalsburg health center to open in 2024. Choptank Health has purchased land on Hayman Avenue for its new 15- to 20,000-square foot facility, and architectural plans are in progress.

“Our residents deserve the best access to quality care,” said Choptank Community Health CEO Sara Rich. “We have long outgrown our original facility in Federalsburg, and are eager to see patients for medical and dental care in our new state-of-the-art health center.”

An $829K one-time capital improvement grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has been received as initial funding towards the facility. The HRSA funding supports construction, expansion, alteration, renovation, and other capital improvements to modify, enhance, and expand health care infrastructure.

“Meeting Marylanders’ health care needs regardless of where they live is one of our top priorities. The new Federalsburg health center will help Choptank Community Health System continue to provide quality health care to folks in Caroline County. I’m glad we were able to provide federal funding to support this project, and we will continue working to invest in health care resources across our state,” said U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen.

“Choptank Community Health is a great example of Maryland’s leaders in innovation and discovery,” said U. S. Senator Ben Cardin. “This funding will support the infrastructure needed to help Marylander’s with expanded health care services on the Eastern Shore.”

Architectural and engineering firm George, Miles & Buhr, LLC of Salisbury is charged with the new facilities’ design. The new Federalsburg facility will include expanded spaces for dental and medical services, more parking, and space for Choptank Health’s residency programs and behavioral health services for patients.

GMB serves local, national, and international clients with a team of more than 90 professionals working from a network of Mid-Atlantic region offices. The firm was founded in 1960, with local architectural projects including the Onley, Eastville, and Atlantic Community Health Centers in Virginia; the Denton Health Center and Caroline County EMS Facility in Denton, Md.; and the Salisbury University Center for Entrepreneurship in Salisbury, Md.

“We’re grateful to be a trusted advisor to Choptank Community Health,” says GMB President and Managing Member James H. Willey, Jr., P.E. “This is very purposeful and meaningful work as we collaborate with the Choptank Health team to provide an exceptional immersive designed facility that meets the health care needs of Federalsburg area residents.”

Choptank Community Health System provides medical and dental services in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties, with a mission to provide access to exceptional, comprehensive, and integrated health care for all. Choptank Community Health’s medical services include primary health care, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health, chronic health management, and care navigation, with new medical patients now being accepted. More information is at choptankhealth.org.

Oxford’s Model Boat Show Sails in 2021

Oxford, MD –The Oxford Community Center’s (OCC) Board of Trustees confirm that the Model Boat Show will happen with careful Covid-19 safety precautions in place. The event will be a hybrid exhibit and sales welcoming regional modelers to showcase mostly outdoors in a tented environment surrounded by additional fall festivities. The Model Boat Show (MBS) will be held on Saturday, November 13th from 10am – 4pm at the OCC. The models represent the historic and cultural background of the Chesapeake Bay, the eastern shore and waterman life. Ed Theiler, the producer of the show says the show “brings together in one delightful, comfortable, setting, modelers who combine careful research, skillful craftsmanship, and artistic expression, across the broad range of boat modeling.” The MBS continues its tradition coinciding with Easton’s Waterfowl Festival.

 

2021 marks the eighth year Model Boat Show at OCC, an event that always ranks as one of the most popular and well attended shows of the year. Theiler continues, “It enables often isolated modelers to engage with one another to share ideas, techniques, and skills. Most importantly it gives visitors and modelers the opportunity to engage with one another. The visitors learn about the background research, skills, challenges, rewards, of model building from exhibitors and exhibitors often learn much from comments and questions from visitors.” Roughly 40 nationally recognized boat modelers from the Delmarva Peninsula and beyond will share their enthusiasm, skills, techniques, and stories with each other and with the interested public.

 

The displays range from quirky artistic representations, to precision scale replicas, to electronically controlled sailing vessels. Many of the techniques used to build these model ships and boats are identical to those developed by master shipwrights over a century ago, while others are thoroughly modern, including photogrammetry, laser cutting, and 3D printing. There will be models and books for sale, an opportunity to win a few kits and other surprises in the raffle.

 

New this year for families is the introduction of the mini wooden boat races. Kids of all ages will enjoy decorating their little wooden boats and watch them sail across the man-made pond erected in the front lawns of OCC. Fun for the whole family. “Adding games and crafts for the kids really excited me as a way to draw curiosity to the event. It may be the day that inspires a young mind to learn more about the craftsmanship of boat building as well as learn about the culture that surrounds it.” Adds Liza Ledford, OCC’s Executive Director.

 

Lunch will be offered for sale by the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company as they grace the OCC grill. The OFC Auxiliary adds to the food offerings with soups and baked goods to satisfy all weather appetites. The outdoor oyster raw bar and refreshments add to the festivities. Kelly distributors are curating the beers and hard seltzers selections for the day. Awful Arthur’s is sponsoring the oyster raw bar so it’s sure to be fantastic.

 

Adding to the day is the LIVE music of Jayme D. Enjoy the live music from a local woman who can move you to your core with her passionate, strong voice. A perfect accompaniment to the art and culture of the eastern shore life working hard on the water of the Chesapeake Bay.

 

The Model Boat Show is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

Admission is free to all indoor and outdoor exhibits. The oysters are “A buck a shuck” and the refreshments are available for sale to benefit the OCC. All lunch revenue benefits the magnificent OVFC and Auxiliary who had to cancel their annual antique show due to the pandemic. That missing funding is a meaningful loss and the importance of those organizations is immeasurable. For more information, visit oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5904. Oxford Community Center is a non-profit organization aimed at enriching lives with history, culture, education, entertainment and community.

The Randy Thrower Foundation

 A lifelong local, Randy Thrower had a passion for sports and helping others. He was the state champion in track in 2009 and was a member of the 4×200 relay team that won the states in 2012. He loved to help others, always offering a hand to anyone in need, especially at the gym he frequented.
In 2016, tragedy struck when Randy was killed in an automobile crash on the Bay Bridge. At the time, Randy was a student at Chesapeake College and was working at his grandfather’s business, Hunter’s Seafood. His family, and the community as a whole, was devastated.
“Randy cared a lot for people,” his father, Stephen Thrower, told me. “He always helped others… he was just a giver.” To help preserve Randy’s memory and further his goal of helping others, his loved ones founded the Randy Thrower Foundation.
Since its founding, the Randy Thrower Foundation has given out over $40,000 in scholarships to local students attending college. The foundation’s focus is on giving money to those who normally might not receive much in aid. “The straight A students; they get all the grants and loans and money,” Stephen told me. “We try to focus more on those who might not get straight A’s… sometimes we give to the less fortunate, and we also try to give to athletes like Randy.”
The foundation is currently holding off on events, but hopes to begin them soon. If you would like to donate or learn more about the foundation, visit www.randydthrowerscholarshipfoundation.wordpress.com  or contact Melody Thrower at mlynnthrower@gmail.com.
This academic year the foundation awarded four $2,000 scholarships to the class of 2021 seniors.

 

Winners for Kent Island High School
Juliana R. Biggam
Jenna Scalia

 

Winners for Queen Anne’s High School
Taylor L. Walls
Jurnee Shi” Ayr Wilson

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