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KIHS Arts Teen of the Week—Hannah Claggett

KENT ISLAND — (May 10, 2019) — Junior Hannah Claggett was recently one of four Kent Island High School artists honored at the Board of Education meeting May 1st in Centreville for earning two of the district’s first ten ever Scholastic Art Regional Awards. Scholastic is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 – 12 in the country, and out of 340,000 submissions this year, Hannah earned a Silver Key for a work entitled, “This is Me” and an Honorable Mention for “Blossom”. 
Visual Arts Supervisor Michael Bell describes her regional award-winning artwork as “both colorful and narrative, as well as decorative and ornately detailed in composition.” At the awards ceremony Superintendent Dr. Kane praised the outstanding work being done in the Arts this year and presented each student with a certificate of further public recognition for this monumental accomplishment. 
This wasn’t Hannah’s first brush with fame this year. Hannah also took home a 2nd place award at the Academy Art Museum’s annual Mid-Shore student art exhibition in Easton back in February when she and fellow student artists from both Kent Island High and Queen Anne’s County High made a clean sweep of awards. She also had artwork in ArtScene, the district’s first ever K-12 exhibitions that were launched at both high schools simultaneously during the same week this past April.
Hannah shared, “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to compete in the Scholastic Art contest and Academy Art Museum’s Mid-Shore show because it showed me how I compare to a much larger pool of people. I am so proud that my school and teacher provided us with the skills to be able to compete at such a level.”

“I have had the pleasure of teaching Hannah twice in the last two semesters and she is simply an exceptional student with an admirable work ethic. She actively seeks criticism and invests in the entire creative process. Hannah enjoys the challenge of working in new media and is dedicated to refining her technique but she also truly considers how her work will be interpreted by a viewer,” says art teacher Andrea Schulte.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s “Global Embrace” Event Raises $9,000 to Support Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project


(Chestertown, MD) On Sunday, April 28th, Mid-Shore Pro Bono welcomed more than 150 guests to its “Global Embrace” event hosted by Ms. Leslie Raimond at the historic Toad Hall on Still Pond Creek in Worton, Md. The event raised $9,000 in support of the organization’s Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project that provides critical legal services to the Eastern Shore’s immigrant community.


“It is a pleasure to be part of a community that is willing to enthusiastically participate in efforts to show compassion for those in need and support social justice,” said event host, Leslie Raimond. “This event brought funds and awareness to the issues faced by the Eastern Shore’s immigrant population. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to such a successful event.”


The event theme, a “Global Embrace,” reflected the warm welcome and compassionate care Mid-Shore Pro Bono gives to all of its clients, especially those served by the Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project. The event featured international sparkling wines from France, Italy, Spain and California paired with oysters and hors d’oeuvres. International music by several local performers created a festive atmosphere as attendees sampled the food and wine and learned more about the clients Mid-Shore Pro Bono serves.


“Mid-Shore Pro Bono serves clients from all parts of the Eastern Shore, and this event allowed us to connect with the Kent County community,” said Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director, Sandy Brown. “We are raising awareness across the Shore about the civil legal needs and challenges in our region by sharing our clients’ stories and the services we provide to help them. Thank you to the Kent County Community who came together to make this event an amazing success.”


Nearly 100% of the ticket sales will go directly to the program thanks to the support of many donors and volunteers. The appetizers were graciously donated by Magnolia Caterers, oysters were provided by Orchard Point Oysters, and music was offered by Pam and Bob Ortiz with Fred Schumann, Fredy Granillo and Tia Raimond Jones with Chad Jones.  Guest Bartenders were local bar stars, Paul Sonberg with Judge Gale Rasin, Neyah White, Jeff Maguire and Jesse Hammock. The beautiful floral displays were courtesy of Marilee Schumann. Other volunteers important to the success of the event were Kim Kohl, who assisted with promotion, parking attendants, Ian Mulligan and Brendan Cooper, Alosa Communications, that created the event logo, and Price Rentals and Events. The event was spearheaded by Ivette Salarich, Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project Manager, Arlene Lee, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board Member and Volunteer, and Clarice Gardner, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Intern.


About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of the Eastern Shore. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Tidewater Inn Purchases The Inn at 202 Dover




EASTON, MD (April 26, 2019) – Tidewater Inn wins bid of The Inn at 202 Dover at auction on April 25, 2019. Steeped in history and charm with roots tracing back 1712, the Tidewater Inn offers an unparalleled hospitality experience in the heart of downtown Easton. Located approximately one block from the Tidewater Inn, the addition of The Inn at 202 Dover will enhance the Tidewater Inn guest experience and the Easton community. The Inn at 202 Dover remains under its current management until the Tidewater Inn closes on the property.


The Tidewater Inn will own and manage the existing guest rooms and suites with a plan to convert the restaurant to private dining space ideal for corporate, social and intimate wedding functions. Management has numerous ideas that will enhance the properties charming interiors, gardens and courtyards. Guests staying at The Inn at 202 Dover will benefit from all the services and amenities now available at the Tidewater Inn.


In 2009, the Tidewater Inn was purchased by its current ownership with a plan to fully restore the historic property as the “Pride of the Eastern Shore”. Its ownership continues to make improvements to maintain the grace and charm of this iconic building ensuring that guests are being offered the finest services and facilities. The Tidewater Inn is excited to recapture the distinction and elegance of The Inn at 202 Dover.

Wye River Upper School Announces Two Key Positions


Wye River Upper School (WRUS) is pleased to announce two key positions have recently been filled.  Matthew Cowan will serve as the WRUS Director of Education and Kimberleigh (Nichols) Garcia will be the WRUS Director of Enrollment Management and Communications.


WRUS is an independent, coed high school offering an engaging and supportive curriculum for bright students with learning differences.  The school is located in the former Maryland National Guard Armory in Centreville, MD.


Mr. Cowan is returning to WRUS, having served as a social studies teacher for four years before leaving in 2017 to accept a position with Chesapeake Science Point Charter School in Hanover MD.  In addition to his advisory and teaching responsibilities at CSP, Matt designed and executed professional development for his peers and strengthened delivery of innovative, data-driven classroom instruction.


As the WRUS Director of Education, Matt will oversee most aspects of curricular design and instruction, teacher professional growth and development, and partnerships with parents when creating programming for individual students.  Chrissy Aull, Founding Head of School notes “The faculty, staff and students who know Mr. Cowan are simply thrilled to have him back and in a leadership role. He was an outstanding teacher and I have all confidence he will prove to be an excellent administrative leader.”


Another veteran Wye River teacher has accepted the position of WRUS Director of Enrollment Management and Communications.  Mrs. Kimberleigh (Nichols) Garcia recently accepted the position and is phasing in to her duties effective immediately. Employed with WRUS since 2010, Garcia brings years of experience in both public and independent school settings.  Aull advises, “Kim has a deep and sensitive understanding of the population of students we serve – she appreciates their numerous strengths and abilities and is constantly respectful of their needs. Kim will serve as an excellent ambassador for the school.”


WRUS accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent. For more info about the school, visit www.wyeriverupperschool.org or contact Kimberleigh Garcia at 410-758-2922.

CBMM to host Volunteer Fair June 27


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is planning its first-ever Volunteer Fair, inviting both existing and potential volunteers to its waterfront campus this summer.


Scheduled for 10am–noon on Thursday, June 27, the Volunteer Fair will be a chance for guests to mix and mingle with current volunteers and staff members and to learn about volunteer opportunities with CBMM. The Volunteer Fair is free, but registration is encouraged to cbmm.org/volunteerfair.


CBMM would not be the success it is today without the generous commitment of its dedicated volunteers—over the past year, more than 280 volunteers logged more than 28,870 hours of service to the museum. Volunteers put their hearts into many facets of CBMM’s operations, including education, exhibition maintenance, gardening, boatbuilding, marina operations, administration, and so much more.

In addition to fellowship, training, and enrichment trips, volunteers also enjoy special events and socials throughout the year, an annual recognition reception, library privileges, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. For details, visit cbmm.org.

QAC Senior Summit May 17th




CENTREVILLE – Back by popular demand is the 17th Annual Queen Anne’s County Senior Summit on Friday May 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the QAC 4-H Park.

Admission is free as are the Ballroom Dance Demo, Blood Pressure Check, Classic Cars Display, Giveaways, Hearing Screening, Line Dance Demo, Scales & Tales Exhibit, a WCEI Radio Broadcast, and live music by Elvis tribute artist Bob Lougheed.

This annual event is hosted by Queen Anne’s County Department of Community Services/Area Agency on Aging in Celebration of Older Americans Month. Limited transportation is available for $3 from each of the county senior centers.

Coinciding with the Senior Summit is Spirit Week from May 13-17. Show your spirit during the week leading up to the Senior Summit.

  • Monday is Americana Day, so show off your red, white and blue.
  • Tuesday we celebrate Marti Gras and wear purple, green, gold and blue beads.
  • Wednesday is Baseball Day so show off your favorite team.
  • Thursday is PJ Party Day so wear your coziest pajamas.
  • Friday is the 50’s Sock Hop – so dress like the 50’s and show us your dance moves.

Adkins Arboretum’s Medieval Forest Fair is Sat., June 15 


Revel in a day of forest fun when Adkins Arboretum celebrates its second annual Medieval Forest Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., June 15. Inspired by legends and lore of the medieval period, Forest Faire offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment for families in search of outdoor fun.


Adventurers of all ages are invited to embark on a forest quest and search among the trees for the Green Man of the ancient Celts. Some of the many activities planned include building with wattle and daub, guided foraging, archery practice, a labyrinth, cooking pottage over a campfire, medieval crafts and constructing “castles” with sections of tree stumps.


Medieval ballads and madrigals will be performed throughout the day by Ampersand and the Allegro Women’s Chorus. Fortunetelling and demonstrations by a local falconer will be ongoing, and the festivities will close with sword dancing by the Sammati Dance Company of Caroline County.

Fairegoers are encouraged to wear Camelot-inspired costumes and to bring their cameras for photos with notable nobles. Unicorn rides by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments, including ice cream by local Nice Farms Creamery, will be available for purchase.

Admission to Forest Faire is $10 per person for adults and children ages 6 and over. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Advance registration is appreciated. To register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Is a “Jack and Jill” ShowerRight for You?

Today’s bridal shower, rather than the traditional all-girls bridal shower or the men-only bachelor party, now centers around couples combining the their interests into one event and calling them “Jack and Jill” showers. After all, men have become more involved with planning weddings, and the mixed shower lends itself nicely to couples who share the same friends or brides who have lots of male friends.
     The traditional bridal shower was hosted by a relative and for the bride’s female family and friends. Games and food took a more feminine approach where special pastries or cakes were served and the bride “sat” in the seat of honor and opened gifts. Today, that bridal shower often is replaced with invitations to both male and female family and friends and usually hosted by a friend. The venue and food have changed to include barbeques, picnics, house parties and restaurant reservations with food and drinks that appeal to everyone.
     The venue can help set the tone for the shower. Many are held in someone’s home; however, there are many more options. For a more upscale party, consider reservations for brunch at a nice restaurant or a wine and cheese party. If looking for something more low-key, how about a sports bar or grill. Venues for the combined showers may even take place as weekend excursions. How about a weekend winery tour, particularly appealing if there are multiple wineries in your area. When planning for the co-ed shower, consider the likes, lifestyle, personality and incomes of the couple as well as their family and friends to make for a truly enjoyable event.
     The Jack and Jill showers are casual events meant to be both fun and creative. If there is a theme to the wedding or the honeymoon destination is known (beach wedding, a honeymoon in sunny Italy or Caribbean holiday, a cruise to Hawaii), consider using that same theme for the shower. Here are just a few ideas to consider:
•Yard and garden party – If the couple has a house, how about lawn, garden, outdoor tools, lawn-mowing service and outdoor entertainment items.
•Fitness Theme – Great for the couple who is health conscious or maybe who met during a 5K or other sports event… home gym equipment or a gift certificate for a local gym.
•Potluck Theme – Everyone brings a dish to share and also a copy of their favorite recipe along with a kitchen item needed to create the dish.
•Karaoke Theme – Guests participate in karaoke and gifts can focus on entertainment-related needs for a home.
•Wine Theme – Suggest wines the couple enjoys for guests who also can bring wine-related gifts such as wine glasses and wine books. Consider hiring a sommelier to teach the guests about wine.
     The types of gifts also vary for the Jack and Jill showers. Gifts can be meant for the happy couple, gifts that might appeal to both, or as gifts for either the bride-to-be or the groom. The variations on the Jack and Jill shower offer many more options and ways of focusing on the happy couple rather than on each as an individual.
     Recently, the Jack and Jill party also has been used as an event to raise money for the couple’s wedding expenses. Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid for the wedding. With couples getting married at a later age, today many couples pay for their own weddings. All proceeds from the event go towards the wedding or honeymoon budget. These fundraisers are intended to raise money for the couple, but also to provide an evening of fun for attendees. For example… a casino night with different card games or a packaged outing to a concert or game.
     The idea is to keep the shower light-hearted and fun. You want people to get to know each other, renew friendships, and anticipate the upcoming wedding. Through all of this, the bride-to-be, the groom and the host/hostess should keep in mind that attending a wedding can be quite expensive for guests who often have to pay travel and lodging expenses, purchase a wedding gift, and other expenses to attend the wedding.
     For more ideas about Jack and Jill showers, be sure to attend The Eastern Shore Bridal Show on April 7 from 1 to 4pm at the Waterfront Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville. We will have a bridal suite at the show with lots of ideas for you to consider.

Fees to Reserve QAC Parks’ Athletic Fields to Increase



CENTREVILLE – New pricing of recreational field usage for teams and tournaments begins next year.

“Many of our fees have remained stagnant for ten-plus years while our operating costs for maintaining athletic fields have risen considerably in that span,” said Steve Chandlee, Director of Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation. “At our All Sports League Meeting in November, we spoke to the league representatives about the likelihood of having fees increase. They were concerned about the timing of the new fees. We promised that we would give them ample notice so they could plan accordingly. In keeping our word, the League/Seasonal fee increase will not go into effect until July 1st.”

At the December Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting the board approved the departments recommendation to increase all athletic field use fees. All forms of athletic field reservations will see an increase in fees with the changes going into effect January 1, 2019 for all but league fees. League fee increases will go into effect July 1, 2019 giving outside leagues ample time to plan accordingly.

Chandlee said, “Our fee structure is a process we have been looking to update for some time and we will continue to examine as we strive to have the most efficient method of scheduling field use.”

To view a chart detailing the fee structure go to www.qac.org

Free Legal Advice to Be on Offer in Easton Library

On Monday, May 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, attorneys from Maryland Legal Aid will provide legal assistance on civil topics such as expungement, bankruptcy, housing law, landlord/tenant, domestic/family, etc., on a first-come, first-served basis for those that qualify based upon their income level.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to receive this assistance.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Press contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Host Afternoon Chess Academy

On Tuesdays, May 7 & 21, at 4:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites young people 6 – 16 years of age to come in to learn and play chess.  Snacks will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register at http://www.tcfl.org/child/programreg/ to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Press contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Young Gardeners Club to Offer Program at Easton Library

On Thursday, May 9, at 3:45 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Talbot County Garden Club will sponsor a Young Gardeners Club program for children in grades 1 – 4.   All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register at http://www.tcfl.org/child/programreg/ to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Press contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

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