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Adkins Arboretum and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) present Yarnstorming!

Adkins Arboretum and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore are partnering to offer a Yarnstorming exhibit from March 6th through April 3rd, 2021. Knitters and crochetersare invited to decorate an Arboretum tree with their creations.
Trees to be decorated are located behind the Visitor’s Center and marked with yarn. If you are unable to visit the Arboretum, you may email Jenny Houghton at
jhoughton@adkinsarboretum for photos of available trees. Yarn art will be installed by appointment only during the first week of March. You can schedule your appointment when you contact Jenny. Your email should include the following information:
Submitter’s Name
Phone #
Brief description of your yarn creation.

Rosendale Realty Welcomes A New Agent!

Matt is excited to join Rosendale Realty and brings his years of experience in
property investing, renovating, and flipping houses to the team.
A journeyman carpenter and licensed contractor, Matt uses his building expertise,
knowledge, and vision to help his clients find the quality and potential in homes
that may not be evident at first glance. Matt has been flipping houses since he
was 20 years old and continues this passion with his LLC, which has enabled him to become
particularly familiar with purchasing foreclosed properties.
As a lifelong Maryland resident, Matt lives in Centreville with his wife and 2 young children. In
his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting waterfowl, fishing, and boating.
Matt is upbeat, hard-working, and honest, and is uniquely qualified to help his clients find the
perfect long term investment, profitable flip, or forever home!
Matt can be reached at Rosendale Realty’s Centreville office 410-758-0333, or directly at 301-
955-6323, or by email at Matt@rosendalerealty.com.

CBMM offers reduced winter admission

For the third year in a row, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a reduced daily admission fee of just $5 per guest through the end of March. CBMM members enjoy free general admission all year long, as well as Museum Store discounts, free and reduced program fees, and more.

The one-day admission rate is offered to encourage guests to explore CBMM’s serene waterfront views, wide-open spaces, and interpretive educational exhibitions, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor.

Current special exhibitions for guests to enjoy include Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp, on display in the Steamboat Building through September, and Adze to Whittling Knife: Chesapeake Boatbuilders as Decoy Carvers, which can be found in the Waterfowling Building.

Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp features forty years of images by documentary photographer David Harp. Harp’s inspiration comes from exploring literal and figurative edges: shorelines, communities, habitats, and traditional worklife where culture and nature connect, creating the essence of what defines the Chesapeake. The exhibition can also be viewed, in part, at wherelandandwatermeet.org.

Where Land and Water Meet is presented thanks to the generous contributions of Diamond Sponsor Caroline Gabel; Platinum Sponsors Sandy & Omer Brown and H. Turney McKnight; Gold Sponsors Emma & Cullen Bailine and Finn & Jackson Falk, Bob Baugh, Meta & William Boyd, David M. Brown, Dorie & Jeff McGuiness, and The Bay Journal; Silver Sponsors Posey & Bill Boicourt and Susan Russell & William Thompson; and Bronze Sponsors Marty & Al Sikes.

Adze to Whittling Knife: Chesapeake Boatbuilders as Decoy Carvers shares the stories of Chesapeake Bay-area craftsmen who produced boats—and decoys—that were regionally distinctive. Boatbuilding was often a full-time occupation, and decoy carving was more typically a sideline. A few boatbuilders used the same carpentry skills to produce both boats and decoys. From the prolific decoy carvers of the Susquehanna Flats at the northern end of the Bay, to carvers whose production was much more limited, some of the Chesapeake’s most shapely decoys came from the hands of carvers who made their principal living building watercraft for fishermen, hunters, or boaters. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Judy & Henry Stansbury.

Shipyard programs that guests can view from a safe distance include the restoration of the 1912 river tug Delaware, and the construction of a new Maryland Dove. CBMM’s Rising Tide Program and its Apprentice for a Day Shipyard programs will also be underway over the winter months, as will a number of virtual programs, allowing guests to experience CBMM whether at home or on campus. For a full list of upcoming programming, both in-person and virtual, visit cbmm.org/events.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum requires its guests to follow the Town of St. Michaels ordinance and to wear facial coverings inside buildings at all times and outdoors when within six feet of other guests. For membership contactless entry, please renew or purchase CBMM memberships online at cbmm.org/membership. Additional information on CBMM’s enhanced health and comfort measures and operational changes can be found at welcome.cbmm.org.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health announces first baby of 2021

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s first baby of 2021 couldn’t wait to step into a new year and made her entrance into the world a few weeks earlier than expected.
Au’Bree Aretter Dior Butler was born at 4:27 p.m. Saturday, January 2, at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Both mom and baby were later transported to the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton for the rest of their stay.
“Our skilled team members at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, as well as our Kent County EMS providers, are trained for these unique scenarios,” said Sandy Prochaska, nurse manager, UM SMC at Chestertown Emergency Department. “Everything worked just as it should have with mom and baby being transported to Easton in a timely manner.”
Au’Bree was 18.5 inches long and weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces at birth. Her parents are Brianna Wilmer and Tre’von Butler, both of Chestertown. This is the couple’s first child.
Au’Bree and her family received a basket of gifts from UM Shore Regional Health, including diapers, clothes, blankets, baby bath supplies and toiletries, bibs, pacifiers, books, stuffed animals and a baby thermometer. Au’Bree also received a $100 savings certificate from Shore United Bank.
Welcome to the world, Au’Bree! Kudos to the Chestertown ED Staff!

Choptank Transport Sr. Director Named To NPFDA Board of Directors

PRESTON, MARYLAND – January 5, 2021 – Choptank Transport, a nationwide freight and logistics provider headquartered in Maryland, is proud to announce the appointment of Choptank Senior Director of Enterprise Accounts Charlene Keller to the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) board of directors.

I have worked with the poultry industry my entire career,” said Keller. “It is such an honor to be asked to join the NPFDA board of directors. After years of attending industry conferences and getting to know the past and present board members, I couldn’t be more excited. I look forward to combining Choptank’s supply chain expertise with the poultry industry’s goal of sustainable growth and progress over the next few years.”

This is great news,” said Choptank President & CEO Geoff Turner. “I can’t think of a better fit for the position than Charlene.”

New board members terms will begin after the NPFDA annual conference in Atlanta, currently scheduled for January 25-28, 2021.

NPFDA has been bringing together poultry producers, processors, distributors and transportation providers for more than fifty years. As a group, the members work together to find solutions to challenges as well as identify opportunities within their industry. The board of directors oversees the direction of the organization while working toward industry growth.

Choptank Transport is a third-party logistics company headquartered in Caroline County with six locations nationwide. The company is nationally recognized as a leading provider of transportation services for temperature-controlled truckload, less-than-truckload, intermodal, port and cross-border shipping.


All artists and writers are invited to enter a new exhibit at the Kent Island Federation of Arts entitled “Reflections on Heroes of 2020.”  The show will run from  January 27th through March 28th.   Artists and writers of ALL ages and media are invited to enter.   The show is open to non-members and members. There is no fee for this show.
Share the impact of our heroes in 2020. Up to 3 pieces may be entered and can be written, original song lyrics, artwork (all media 2D & 3D), and photos. Requirements can be found on the application.
Drop off for entries and completed applications are due on Sunday, January 24th from 2-5pm at KIFA, located at 405 Main Street, Stevensville, MD 21666. For other arrangements, please call the KIFA office at 410-643-7424, or email info@kifa.us, or call Maureen at 410-643-0850.
The application can be found on the KIFA website, as well as other information about this show. Visit www.KIFA.us
Join us for this tribute to our HEROES!

Talbot County Empty Bowls Fundraising Continues

Talbot County Empty Bowls is a local grassroots organization that, over 12 years, has distributed more than $230,000 to local organizations that feed the hungry.

“In January our committee volunteers are usually selling tickets for the annual community dinner,” says Anna Harding, founder and co-chair for Talbot County Empty Bowls. “The dinner, which is usually held annually in February, has been a mainstay of our fundraising efforts.”

Other activities related to the fundraising have included bowl painting at Kiln Born Creations, where community members added their creative flair to bowls that were donated for the community dinner. The committee also relied on a collection of donors and sponsors who have contributed funds every year.

After the February 2020 dinner, the Talbot County Empty Bowls committee decided that they would take a break from hosting the annual dinner. The group continued its commitment to eliminating food insecurity and to raising awareness about hunger in Talbot County.


“The Mid-Shore Community Foundation maintains the Talbot County Empty Bowls fund that we established with them in 2009,” says Harding. “Even after we announced that we would no longer host an annual dinner, many of our supporters made donations to our MSCF account so that we can carry on the tradition of making donations to local food pantries in the spring.”

Susan duPont, co-chair of the Talbot County Empty Bowls committee, says, “Not long after our 2020 dinner COVID-19 hit our community. Now, more than ever, our local food pantries need our support.”

Instead of purchasing an actual ticket to the soup dinner, the Talbot County Empty Bowls committee is asking friends of the cause to buy a virtual ticket. “Your $20 donation will boost the Talbot County Empty Bowls fund and ensure that we have money to pass on to the non-profit organizations that feed the hungry all year long,” duPont explains. “We welcome donations from past dinner guests and any of our neighbors who want to join us in helping our local food pantries in their essential work.


“The successes of Talbot County Empty Bowls have depended on the generosity of so many people in our community,” duPont says. “Even though we won’t be enjoying a meal together this year, we hope that you will serve yourself a bowl of soup on Sunday, February 28. Use one of the bowls you acquired from an Empty Bowls dinner if you attended one with us. Together we will savor the food and the progress we have made to eliminate hungry in Talbot County.”


To purchase a $20 virtual ticket and to make donations of any size, visit mscf.org/donate; designate Talbot Empty Bowls as the fund name. You can also donate by mailing a check payable to Talbot Empty Bowls to Mid Shore Community Foundation, 102 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601.

Mid-Shore Scholars Helps Two Local Cousins Attend Prominent East Coast Colleges

Naiset Perez and Sheily Bartolon-Perez, first cousins who live in Easton, have a great deal in common. Both are students from Easton High School (EHS) and both chose to participate in Mid-Shore Scholars (MSS), becoming first-generation college students in their Guatemalan families.

Although Sheily paved the way to college for her cousin Naiset, it was Naiset who introduced the two to Mid-Shore Scholars (MSS), a local nonprofit dedicated to helping high school students on the Mid-Shore fulfill their life goals.

Naiset recalls, “I heard about the program in my AP Spanish class while in 11th grade. I had just begun my college search and the process was daunting.”

Sheily, who was in the 12th grade at the time, was deep into her college applications when Naiset introduced her to the program. She adds, “I was starting with my college applications the fall of my senior year and was overwhelmed with the process. I was unsure that I could commit to the program because at the time I had a job on Saturdays to build up my college funds, the same day that some of the MSS workshops were held.”

“I decided, however, that I wanted to make my education a priority and joined.”

For Sheily, MSS changed the trajectory of her life. She had initially thought she would attend Chesapeake College and transfer to a four-year college for nursing after getting her associate degree. Instead, she was introduced to Towson University and Washington College on college visits organized by MSS.

She ended up selecting Washington College which gave her a full scholarship through its Scholar’s Program and she has just completed her first semester there. Although the pandemic changed her college experience to a virtual one this year, she looks forward to next fall when she will be on campus for the first time. She currently has a 4.0 average after her first semester at Washington College.

While at EHS, Sheily’s cousin, Naiset, began taking dual enrollment courses at Chesapeake College the summer of her sophomore year. She will finish her associate degree before she graduates from high school this June.

When Naiset reached 12th grade, she was exploring colleges closer to home, including Georgetown University. It was a friend in her AP Spanish class who had recently gotten into Dartmouth that made her realize schools like Dartmouth could be attainable. Dartmouth also had a Latin American Studies Department, which interested her. She applied to Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore, through the QuestBridge Scholarship Program, a program that helps academically-strong, low-income, first-generation college students. A few weeks ago, Naiset got notice that she had received a four-year QuestBridge Scholarship to attend Dartmouth College, her first choice.

“I have not been to Dartmouth yet, but I liked it because it’s a smaller environment and its small town is very green and reminds me a little bit of Easton. It feels like it’s a good fit,” she states.

“One of Easton’s young people has earned a full ride to an Ivy League education and has done so against significant odds. We are extremely proud of Naiset, of our staff, and of the village of support around her that has made her dream of attending Dartmouth a reality,” comments Vivian Landau, Executive Director of Mid-Shore Scholars, which together with Talbot Mentors, helped to shape Naiset’s life choices.

“This illustrates the impact that the Mid-Shore Scholars program and the Talbot Mentors organization is having on young people and their families in our community. We aspire to remove the barriers to success for the children we serve.”

In her college essay, Naiset wrote, “My parents worked tirelessly from sunrise to sunset, all the while pushing me to excel in academics and to realize the empowering ability that comes with being bilingual . . . I’ve translated, but I strive to do more, to connect. Realizing my dream of becoming an immigration attorney will be my opportunity to go beyond English words on paper and the translated documents. I’ll be able to understand, to feel the shared lived experiences, to be that guiding hand my family never had.”

Both Naiset and Sheily recall their mothers crying when learning of their daughters’ accomplishments –happy about their decisions, proud of their hard work to get there, and relieved about the financial assistance that would be there to help pay for their educations. Landau recalled Sheily’s mother hugging her when she heard the news and Naiset’s father calling her on the phone to tell her how proud he was of his daughter.

“In addition to the students, we work with the students’ families, explaining the obligations of the program and the students’ contract with MSS. We want the students to feel that they have a second supportive family in us. We all work together toward the student’s success,” comments Landau.

Sheily’s younger sister who is in middle school wants to join MSS when she gets to high school, realizing the help that her sister received in the program through Mid-Shore Scholars Prep Advisor Samantha Martinez, who helped both through the application process.

“I have seen how hard my parents work and the long days they have. College was a way for me to be different from my parents. I wanted a good job and college offers me the opportunity to get there,” comments Sheily.

Beyond the academic assistance offered by the program, MSS offers high school students such life skills as budgeting and networking – topics that might not be covered in the academic setting.

“I do not doubt that both of these young women will do great things – they have a zest to learn and do well,” adds Landau.

“Mid-Shore Scholars has been a great support system for us and a wonderful network of people, expanding our circle of contacts,” reflects Naiset.

Both Sheily and Naiset are paying it forward what they have gotten from MSS by being tutors two days a week in a pilot program (Lit Squad) through Talbot Mentors which helps elementary school students with their reading literacy skills. MSS is also starting a Math Squad in March 2021.

In 2021, Mid-Shore Scholars will fully integrate with Talbot Mentors, helping to mentor and serve students in elementary school through college and/or higher education. There are currently 25 students enrolled in the Mid-Shore Scholars Program. The nine seniors in the program have applied to such colleges as Towson University, Virginia Wesleyan University, Salisbury University, Liberty University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Washington College, Hampton University, and Johns Hopkins, among others.

“Our program doesn’t stop when they get into college. We want them to graduate from college. It is especially important for first-generation college students because their drop-out rates are high. When they hit stumbling blocks, we are there for them. We hope that after graduation many will return to Talbot County and pay it forward showing other kids that college can be in their future also,” adds Landau.

Applications to the program and donations to Mid-Shore Scholars can be made through its website midshorescholars.org. For further information, contact Vivian Landau, Executive Director, at vivianlandau@midshorescholars.org or visit midshorescholars.org.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation announces annual appeal

The UM Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced its annual appeal will benefit the Covid-19 Response Fund, a fund that helps support UM Shore Regional Health’s unique needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, said F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy.

Contributions to the fund are used for vital necessities such as health and medical supplies that protect patients and staff, technology that enables remote health support (telehealth) for patients, equipment that helps keep patients and families connected while social distancing, and the emergent needs of hospital staff members, who sacrifice to remain at the hospital for patients.

“Every day, our front-line team including doctors, nurses, technicians, respiratory therapists, transporters, rehab, lab, pharmacy, and environmental service personnel demonstrate extraordinary clinical expertise and innovation. They also show heartfelt compassion, comfort and kindness, strength and a selfless willingness to serve. Their commitment to our mission and your health during this challenging crisis is heroic. Please support community health and our front-line team today,” said Lee.

Gifts can be made online at ummhfoundation.org/20yeappeal or mail your check to: UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601.

Academy Art Museum Annual Members’ Exhibition Open Over the Holidays

The Academy Art Museum’s Annual Members’ Exhibition, Signs of the Times, is open through January 17, 2020, featuring over 130 pieces of artwork made by its members, in a wide variety of mediums and styles, ranging from drawing and plein air painting to assemblage and contemporary photography.

Matt Klos, an artist, co-director of Exeter Gallery and a Professor of Visual Arts at Anne Arundel Community College, was this year’s juror for the Members’ Exhibition.

The winners of awards given for this year’s Members’ Exhibition include Susan Holt, Best in Show in Honor of Lee Lawrie; Peter Hanks, Best Landscape (sponsored by the St. Michael’s Art League); Ted Vlach, Excellence in Photography Award (sponsored by the Tidewater Camera Club); John Moran, Nancy South Reybold Award for Contemporary Art; Carol Gordean, Susan M. Stewart, Award for Best Collage; James Plumb, Jane Shanahan Hill Offutt Award for Best Painting; Ken Warwick, Trippe Gallery Award for Best Work on Paper; and Celie Baussan, Academy Clay Award.


“2020 has been a troubling year that has at least brought moments of clarity, togetherness, and gratitude for many of our members. Members were asked to contribute imaginative and experimental works in any medium that address how this unique time manifests itself in our personal and shared world. The submissions speak to the commitment of our membership to continuing to explore the world through art,” comments Mehves Lelic, Curator at the Academy Art Museum.

The Museum’s holiday hours are as follows: Open December 26th, 27th, 29th, and 30th. Closed December 24th, 25th, 28th, 31st, and January 1, 2021. The exhibition will be on display through January 17, 2021. The Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star Democrat.  After January 1, 2021, the Museum, located in Easton, Maryland, is open daily, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787 for further information.

Caption: Pictured is the artwork, IMPERMANENCE: Prehistoric Fossils by Susan Holt, awarded Best in Show at the Academy Art Museum’s Members’ Exhibition on display through January 17, 2021. 


Per City, State, and CDC guidelines, safety measures have been implemented to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times by participants and instructors. Prior to visiting the Academy Art Museum, visitors are encouraged to visit AAM’s website to read more about the Museum’s reopening protocols. Responses to frequently asked questions can be found on the Visit Page.

If you aren’t able to visit the Museum at this time, please enjoy our available virtual tours, art activities, artist talks, and virtual platform, Art at Home. We look forward to seeing you soon at AAM.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

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