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For All Seasons Offers Dare To Lead™ Training for the Community

For All Seasons is excited to bring Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ courage-building program to the community to provide practical tools and in-depth exploration of courage-building skills that will help prepare members of the Mid-Shore community to lead in work and life. Beth Anne Dorman, President and CEO of For All Seasons, and Lesa Lee-Mulcahy, LCSW-C, Chief Clinical Officer at For All Seasons are Certified Dare To Lead™ facilitators — two of fewer than 400 certified facilitators nationwide. They trained the entire For All Seasons staff in the program over the past few years.

The Dare To Lead™ curriculum is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston, and author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers. Dare To Lead™ is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. According to Brown, courage is a critical skill set that leaders need if they are going to lead successfully and thrive during these times of volatility, ambiguity, change, and uncertainty.

For All Seasons is offering several cohorts of the four-day training to community members beginning November 12 – 15, 2024, and continuing January 28 – 31, 2025, March 25 – 28, 2025, and May 13 – 16, 2025. The training focuses on four skill sets, including:

Rumbling with Vulnerability – Learning about the myths of vulnerability that stop us from fully leaning into our leadership roles and the relevance of emotional literacy.

Living into our Values – Transitioning from professing values to truly practicing them, even when it is uncomfortable. Gain clarity around beliefs and values, while taking care that intentions, words, thoughts, and behaviors align with those beliefs.

Braving Trust – Shifting from unproductive power dynamics to authentic and inclusive connection. Leaders operationalize this concept of trust into actionable behaviors, increasing trust in themselves and their teams.

Learning to Rise – Creating space for failure and mistakes — for ourselves and others. Leaders own their stories and sift through the discomfort, risk, and emotional exposure of vulnerability in service to connection, creativity, and courage.

“When you can come from a place of courage and understanding in the workplace, we can create a culture where everyone can show up authentically, we can have hard conversations, we can move through difficult times, and also celebrate all of the successes in a much different way,” comments Dorman.

“It’s important to us that we share out this knowledge beyond our organization, and strengthen leadership across our community and all professions. Representatives from several business sectors across our region participated in our community-wide training this past spring and reported that it was a ‘life-changing experience.’ When we think about leadership development and impacting the lives of those who serve our community, that feedback says it all. This is not a ‘check-the-box’ training, but rather an experience that allows us to dig in together and shift the lens we lead within our place of work, at home, with our friends and family, and in our community. It surpasses the typical ‘work training’ in ways that allow participants to grow both personally and professionally,” she adds.

“When I heard that For All Seasons was offering Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ training in Easton, I jumped at the chance to participate. I had read Dr. Brown’s books and listened to her podcasts on leadership, but never considered that there could actually be certified trainers here on the Eastern Shore. The training, led by Certified Dare to Lead™ Trainers Beth Anne Dorman and Lesa Lee, far exceeded my expectations and positively impacted my relationships with family, friends, and colleagues,” stated Lori Ramsey, University Relations & Recruitment, The Aerospace Corporation.

“Rather than jumping to judgment, I now take the time to ask people to ‘say more’ to better understand their perspective. And, I try harder to remember that people are usually doing the best that they can. This program was a gift of time and personal growth, that has greatly impacted how I manage my team at work. I highly recommend the Dare to Lead™ program to anyone who would like to strengthen their personal leadership skills or corporate/non-profit teams that are looking to take their success to the next level.”

Another participant shared, “Admittedly, I was a skeptic coming into the Dare to Lead™ training. A friend of mine hounded me for years to read Brené Brown’s book, and I kept putting it off. Now, having experienced it, I can say with confidence that I am a better leader at work, at home, and in every aspect of my life. I gained new communication skills and learned a lot about myself,” says Liz LaCorte, Chief Advancement Officer Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The goals and outcomes of Dare to Lead™ are dependent upon each participant’s full engagement. Your Dare to Lead™ experience will be best when you read the provided copy of the book Dare to Lead in advance of the program. Program days begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily. Participants who complete this four-day Dare to Lead™ program will receive a certificate of completion and the right to add the “I am Dare to Lead™ Trained” badge to their LinkedIn account.

According to Brown, “Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.”

For further information and to register for this training, go to If you have questions, contact For All Seasons’ Center for Learning at

For All Seasons provides the highest quality mental health and victim services to children, adults, and families across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Services are offered in both English and Spanish and include therapy, psychiatry, victim advocacy, 24-hour crisis hotlines, outreach, and community education. For information about For All Seasons walk-in hours, contact For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or visit


Church Hill Theatre is eager to receive proposals from new talent and well-established veterans to direct the following productions in the upcoming 2025 Season.
• The Philadelphia Story, by Phillip Barry, is a comedy about Tracy Lord’s wedding weekend on the Philadelphia Main Line and the events that ensue involving her ex-husband, fiancé, a couple of journalists and her family. Production Dates: March 14-30, 2025
• The Bridges of Madison County, a musical based on the novel by Robert James Walker, with music by Jason Rober Brown and book by Marsha Norman, a sweeping “what if” love story set on the Iowa plains. Production Dates: June 6-22, 2025
• Murder on the Orient Express, adapted by Ken Ludwig from the Agatha Christie novel, a mystery with Hercule Poirot trying to solve the murder of an American tycoon while the train is stuck in a snow drift. Production Dates: September 12-28, 2025
• Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage, a drama in which truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption as they aspire to create the perfect sandwich. Production Dates: November 7-23, 2025
• A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, the classic Dickens tale based on the Orson Welles radio broadcast of 1938. Production Dates: December 19-21, 2025
Note: The first production of 2025 season, The Belle of Amherst by William Luce. Production Dates: January 10-12 is already in rehearsal.
Information and instructions for submitting a proposal are on the CHT website: Perusal copies of the scripts from the office are limited. Interested directors may also call the office (410-556-6003) to arrange a mutually convenient time to walk the stage, inspect the light booth, look at our props and costume collection, and generally get a feel for the facility. Proposals must be received by September 15. The CHT Production Committee then will review submissions and reach decisions by early October. Nobody on the Production Committee will be eligible to direct during the 2025 season.
Note that some parts of the submittal are very open-ended and require an explanation of director’s vision and how it would be created on the CHT stage. Directors who have not directed at CHT before should include enough information for the committee to evaluate proposals accurately. Any director interested in submitting a proposal should notify the CHT office of their interest so that changes in the program or proposal procedures can be communicated to them before the deadline.

Church Hill Theatre is excited about the upcoming season and hopes area directors share our enthusiasm.


Church Hill Theatre is delighted to confirm its September production of August, Osage County by Tracy Letts. One of the best American plays of the 21st century, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, and an Oscar nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, the CHT revival promises to be a highpoint of the cultural season.
Director Shelagh Grasso will create the claustrophobic intensity of a dysfunctional Oklahoma family with a stellar cast and crew in the September 13-29 production. The play is often funny, but the comedy is dark, and the Weston family’s secrets are deeply held and searingly painful. This is not a play for children or young teens.
The family patriarch, the noted poet Bev Weston (Greg Minahan), is missing and his pill-addicted wife Violet (Kathy Jones) expects her three daughters to suspend their own lives and come to her aid. Violet’s sister Mattie Fay (Debra McGuire) and brother-in-law Charlie Aiken (Gil Rambach) are around but don’t have much to offer in the way of support.
The daughters have problems of their own. Barbera (Tess Jones) and Bill Fordham (Christopher Wallace) are headed toward divorce and worried that the discord has affected their daughter Jean (Addyson Crooks). Karen (Sharon Herz), who bounces from one bad relationship to another, has decided that less-than-perfect Steve (Steve Hazzard) is the man of her dreams. Spinster Ivy (Chelsea Clough), who lives nearby and resents her caretaker role, plans to flee to New York City with her cousin Little Charles Aiken (Paul Briggs).
Before disappearing, Bev had hired a Cheyenne woman to cook, clean and take Violet to medical appointments. Johnna Monevata (Brianna Johnson) watches over the house with quiet care. An old friend of Barbara’s, Sheriff Deon Gilbeau (James Diggs), brings critical information.
August: Osage County opens on Friday, September 9 and runs for three weekends, ending on Sunday, September 29. Tickets will be available on the CHT website: or through the box office at (410) 556-6003


ShoreRivers is proud to be in the midst of four separate projects to develop and design conservation and best management practices that will, in turn, protect local waterways.

The restorative design of a headwater stream on the mainstem of the Sassafras River is the focus of one project as part of a holistic, nature-based conservation approach for the property. ShoreRivers has contracted Ecotone for the design, which will concentrate on reconnecting the historic floodplain and developing a dynamic stream/wetland complex that will provide stormwater storage, nutrient processing, habitat uplift, downstream flood mitigation and resiliency, and carbon sequestration.

Another project is a continuation of work completed in 2020 that restored wetlands on a large grain farm on the headwaters of Black Duck Creek and the Little Bohemia. Phase II of the project will work downstream of those initial practices, restoring the historic coastal plain by reconnecting floodplain wetlands, groundwater, and the stream channel. Sustainable Science has been contracted for the Phase II work, focusing on three drainages, each with a slightly different approach, that will restore 3,100 linear feet of stream and 5–7 acres of floodplain wetland.

A third project—on a peninsular shoreline separating Little Creek from Crab Alley Bay in Chester, MD—seeks to address increasing erosion. Underwood & Associates is contracted to design a living shoreline to restore this quickly eroding 500 feet of shoreline, which serves as a natural barrier protecting marinas, a public boat launch, docks, homes, and other infrastructure located along Little Creek Road. The living shoreline will mitigate wave energy, reduce erosion, and support sand accretion and, once implemented, will result in 838 feet of resilient living shoreline and 40,825 square feet of tidal marsh habitat.

Each of these projects is generously funded through the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection. This program provides support for watershed restoration project designs and permitting and for watershed planning and programmatic development.

With funding through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program, the fourth project will address flooding concerns in Rock Hall, MD. To complement and support the Town of Rock Hall’s own adoption of green infrastructure and stormwater practices, ShoreRivers will be developing concept-level plans for the Rock Hall Civic Center and the Rock Hall Ball Park, and investigate and prepare design solutions for a stormwater issue at Rock Hall Elementary School. These three plans will identify stormwater projects and green infrastructure opportunities that, when implemented, will better control stormwater, enhance community enjoyment, increase habitat and biodiversity, and reduce runoff and pollutants in stormwater entering the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay.

ShoreRivers is a leader in designing, funding, and managing major restoration projects to reduce the sediments and nutrients that pollute our waterways. We work with our community to install projects on county-owned properties, private lands, school campuses, town properties, and church lands. Visit to learn more.

Celebrate Watermen’s Appreciation Day at CBMM on Aug. 11

ST. MICHAELS, Md., July 12, 2024 – Get ready to experience the vibrant spirit of the Eastern Shore at Watermen’s Appreciation Day, hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10am-4pm.

A partnership between CBMM and the Talbot Watermen Association (TWA), this annual celebration honors the hardworking men and women who define our coastal heritage.

With a thrilling boat docking contest, steamed crabs straight from the Bay, live music, family activities, and more, Watermen’s Appreciation Day promises unforgettable fun for all. Tickets are on sale now at

“Watermen’s Appreciation Day is a time-honored celebration of our Chesapeake Bay heritage, showcasing the skill and dedication of those who work the waters every day,” TWA President Jeff Harrison said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and support our local watermen.”

A must-see Eastern Shore tradition, the watermen’s rodeo is an always-spirited boat docking contest along the Miles River near CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, beginning at noon. Guests are invited to grab a seat in the bleachers and cheer on these “Chesapeake Cowboys.”

Starting at 11am, TWA members will serve steamed crabs at a cost of $40 per dozen, plus an ear of corn. There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more available for purchase.

Throughout the day, guests can enjoy live music from Bird Dog and the Road Kings at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand and peruse local arts and crafts vendors spread across campus. Don’t miss the silent auction in the Small Boat Shed in support of the TWA.

Children can join in the fun with a variety of junior watermen activities. The Phillips Wharf Fishmobile traveling aquarium will be on site, too.

In addition to the special festivities, guests are encouraged to explore all the exhibitions and historic structures across CBMM’s 18-acre campus, including Waterman’s Wharf highlighting the life and work of a Chesapeake waterman and the working Shipyard that is currently home to several projects spotlighting the care of traditional Chesapeake Bay workboats.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door. Admission is set at $22 for adults, $19 for seniors (65+) and students (17+), $10 for active and retired military members, and $9 for children ages 6-to-17, with all children 5-and-younger admitted free.

CBMM members receive discounted pricing to Watermen’s Appreciation Day and other annual festivals throughout the year. Adult member tickets are $10, and all children of members (17-and-younger) receive free admission. To support CBMM’s mission as a member and discover all the terrific benefits of membership, visit or contact Membership Services Coordinator Debbie Ruzicka at 410-745-4991 or

This year, all licensed watermen and their immediate families receive free admission to the festival by showing an active license at the door.

All food and beverages are an additional charge for all guests.

During the festival, additional free event parking will be available at St. Michaels Middle/High School, with a complimentary shuttle service running to and from CBMM.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs must be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is also prohibited. Spectator boats wishing to view the competition from the water must remain outside the buoyed channel.

Maryland READS Introduces the READ Strong Network To Queen Anne’s County

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, Maryland READS launched the READ Strong Network in Queen Anne’s County. Education and community leaders across the county united to address Maryland’s reading challenges and collaborate on establishing a robust reading ecosystem to ensure all children achieve proficiency. More than twenty stakeholders, including school board members, educators, and nonprofit leaders, gathered at the Centreville Public Library for an event aimed at mapping out and initiating the development of a vibrant reading environment for the youth of Queen Anne’s County. Shannon Bent, Vice-President of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, opened the session with a heartfelt personal story and words of encouragement for all attendees. This event marks the first of several planned Read Strong Maryland gatherings statewide and the beginning of a transformative initiative in Queen Anne’s

Mid Shore Behavioral Health Team Strengthens Bonds While Serving the Community During Annual Volunteer Day

Easton, MD – On May 30th, 2024, the Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. (MSBH) team participated in their annual volunteer day. This year’s volunteer day was hosted by Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center in Preston, MD, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering individuals through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission is to “…strive to build confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment for individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional needs…” Since 1981, they have provided transformative equine-assisted services that foster personal growth and rehabilitation.
The MSBH team engaged in a range of activities during the volunteer day. They assisted with grooming the horses, maintaining, and cleaning the property, and supporting riders as side-walkers during therapeutic horse-riding sessions. These efforts were particularly meaningful as they helped prepare for the annual Jaime Lee Hutchison Memorial Spring Horse Show & Festival, showcasing the remarkable progress, skill, and achievements of the riders.
“The MSBH team was proud to contribute to such a worthy cause,” said Jon Qvarnstrom, Communications Manager of Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. “Our team not only strengthened their bonds but also supported an organization that profoundly impacts our community. This experience underscored the importance of community service and the positive effects it has on both the recipients and the volunteers.”
Positive Strides CEO Kimberly Thomas added, “our riders were thrilled to have new faces to showcase their improved riding skills. We were so grateful for this amazing group that came in with great energy and a willingness to tackle any task that was asked of them. The farm was so pretty for the show and our riders brought their best for the show, and we have Mid Shore Behavioral Health to thank for that.”
For more information about Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center and ways to get involved, please visit their website
As the Core Service Agency for the mid-shore region, MSBH’s mission is to continually improve the provision of behavioral health services for residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties through effective coordination of care in collaboration with consumers, their natural support systems, providers, and the community at large. For more information about MSBH,

A Favorite Local Business Owner- A Lovely Little Coffee House

In our annual Golden Anchor Awards our readers vote for their favorite local businesses, and we’re highlighting unique winners who won last year! This month we talked to Samantha Zippilli, founder and owner of A Little Lovely Coffee House, who you voted a favorite local business owner. We had the chance to talk to her to learn more about coming up with unique drink recipes, tips for other local business owners and more!

     Samantha’s Husband, Anthony, has been a store manager at Under Armor for 13 years. He saw firsthand the need for more food and beverage options for customers at the outlets. Samantha, a stay-at-home mom, wanted work that would give everyone in her family the opportunity to work together. As a lover of coffee, a coffee shop in the outlets was the perfect fit for the Zippilli family.  “We love coffee for the connection,” Samantha explained to me, “A coffee shop is a great place to make, share and come together… everyone is so busy these days and coffee presents an opportunity to slow down and connect with people around you.”

     A standout feature at A Lovely Little Coffee House is their unique drinks. They are launching a brunch inspired coffee flight with quirky breakfast inspired items like a chocolate chip pancake latte and a cinnamon roll pop tart cold brew. One of their most popular items right now is a cookie dough cold brew. Samantha says that coming up with such unique items is “very much a team effort” with Samantha, her husband, and their baristas coming together to brainstorm creations you can’t find at most coffee shops.

     For other new or potential entrepreneurs Samantha offered some words of encouragement. “Don’t give up,” Samantha told me. “It’s been one of the most difficult experiences of our lives, but also one of the most rewarding… Look in the mirror and see where you need to grow. Keep looking at yourself and your heart.”

     A Lovely Little Coffee House is open from 9am to 7pm in the outlets. You can stay up to date on what delicious and unique drinks they are serving up on their Facebook page at

     2024 Golden Anchor voting is now live and the perfect opportunity to lift up our local businesses and organizations. You can vote for your favorites and honor those who give so much to our community in this year’s 80’s themed Golden Anchor awards! Just visit or scan the QR code to vote online or download a printable ballot.

MMS Performing Arts Teen of the Week— Ronan Diederichs

Matapeake Middle School (MMS) proudly announces Ronan Diederichs as the QACPS Performing Arts ‘Teen of the Week’.

Ronan was nominated for this honor by Mr. Chris Flaherty, Band Director at MMS as an 8th grader, and is now an incoming 9th grader at Kent Island High.

“Ronan played in the Matapeake Band, the Marching Stingrays Band, and in a new PFY Strings afterschool ensemble at MMS. Ronan has a love of music and learning and is currently studying percussion, saxophone, and violin,” said Mr. Flaherty, who has been Ronan’s music teacher for the past two years and cited his “tremendous talent and dedication”. Mr. Flaherty further states, “Ronan excels in his academics and his extracurricular activities. He is a kind, young man who has a bright future ahead of him”.

Ronan became inspired to join the Band in 6th grade by a friend who played percussion at MMS. He said he wasn’t sure which instrument to try, but chose percussion because it gave him the opportunity to play many different instruments.

Ronan has continued his interest in instruments by adding the saxophone to his skill set in 7th grade and the violin in 8th grade. He is excited about joining the band at KIHS. Ronan is looking forward to, “being able to work with a larger group” and, “playing longer and more complex pieces of music,” said Mr. Flaherty.

Ronan’s most memorable event in the band so far has been his performance in the Centreville Christmas Parade in 2022. It was his second parade and according to Ronan it was “when I really knew that I loved marching.”

Ronan states that he believes he has made most of his friends in the band and that it, “gives people an opportunity to play instruments they probably wouldn’t be able to play”, and to, “meet people they wouldn’t normally meet”. Recently Ronan stated he enjoyed playing at the MMS Spaghetti Night Fundraiser with his friends Jackie and Wesley.

Wesley Cahall, another 8th grade percussionist from the 2023 – 2024 school year, stated that Ronan is, “very good at the instruments.” Wesley also plans on joining the band at KIHS next year.

According to Ronan’s mom, Marya, “Ronan has always been the music lover in our household. He was calling out favorite songs on the radio and on TV nearly as soon as he could talk. ‘Rio’ by Duran Duran was a favorite of his as a child. When he joined the band in 6th grade, Ronan found his people, and a way to channel his talent and interest. Since then, he has jumped at opportunities to try new instruments. Ronan prides himself on not only accumulating various instruments, but also sharing them with other students. This summer, Ronan will attend the Terrapin Music Camp at UMD for the second year in a row. Our family is so proud of Ronan, not only for his musical ability and his hard work, but for the conscientious, smart, and kind person he has become.”

Ronan enjoys reading, writing, and studying history and geography. He enjoys camping and his summer plans include camping at Cherry Hill in Washington, D.C.

Chesterwye Plans 45th Annual Gala

Grasonville, MD – The dog days of summer may just be getting started, but the volunteers at the Chesterwye Center are busy preparing for their 45th annual fundraising event, in support of the Chesterwye Foundation.
Planning Committee Co-Chairs, Wheeler Baker and Kathy Dubel lead an all-star cast of volunteers working to assemble the event, held Saturday, September 21st at the Kent Island Fire House, beginning at 5pm.
The committee is now seeking sponsors interested in supporting the event. Sponsorships include event tickets and recognition. Donated items are also being sought for the live and silent auction. Interested members of the community can contact the Chesterwye Center directly for more information or visit
The Chesterwye Center, Inc. has been serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Queen Anne’s County since 1967. The organization assists individuals in pursuing community employment, independent living, and meaningful relationships in their community.
Chesterwye Center is dedicated to a client-centered approach. They are a licensed provider of the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality and the Maryland Department of Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). For more information about the Chesterwye Center, Inc. visit them online at or call 410-827-7048.

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