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Multicultural Festival

Each year on the first Saturday in May, friends, neighbors and visitors celebrate the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, crafts, games, food, fellowship and more. The 2012 Multicultural will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10am – 2pm in Idlewild Park in Easton and is free and open to the public. Rain location is Easton Middle School. The Festival celebrates cultural diversity by providing events that positively showcase cultural differences and encourages people to share and celebrate in unity.

Are you, your group or business interested in participating in Multicultural Festival? The Multicultural Festival Committee is actively seeking organizations and individuals interested in becoming involved. This includes exhibitors, food vendors, entertainment, supporters, sponsors and volunteers. Exhibitors and food vendors may download an application form at theavalonfoundation.com. Entertainers should contact Ryan Finch at 443-924-4778 or ryan@avalontheatre.com. If you would like to become a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Kathy Hanna at 410-829-3560 or kathy@theavalonfoundation.com. Join us to help make the 2012 Multicultural Festival amazing!

As the schedule develops, more information will be posted at theavalonfoundation.com.

The Multicultural Festival is the work of the Avalon Foundation with support from the Talbot County Arts Council and made possible by the generous sponsors, participants and volunteers.

Chautauqua – Three Different Shows in Easton This Summer

In partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council, the Avalon Foundation will be presenting Chautauqua in Easton this summer. The Chautauqua series is an entertaining and educational experience with audience participation. This year, meet Jefferson Davis, Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman in “The American Civil War: A House Divided”. The first part of the evening will have character actors in costume portraying the historical figures through skits, humor and stories while educating the audience about our history. This is followed by a Q & A while the actor remains in character and then the audience will be able to ask questions to the actors themselves. This event is one of a kind and perfect for all ages.

As part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Maryland Humanity Council’s living history series will feature three key figures: Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, Abraham Lincoln, “The Great Emancipator”, and “The Moses of Her People” – our own Harriet Tubman, the conductor of the Underground Railroad to freedom.

Mon-Wed, July 11-13, 7pm
Chautauqua – “The American Civil War: A House Divided”

Mon, July 11, in Thompson Park: Jefferson Davis portrayed by Doug Mishler

Tues, July 12, at Londonderry Manor House: Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Jim Getty

Wed, July 13, at Idlewild Park: Harriet Tubman portrayed by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand

This series is underwritten by Hope & Tony Harrington and the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton and St. Michaels. This is the work of the Avalon Foundation. www.theavalonfoundation.com 410-822-7299

Avalon Foundation Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Each summer the Avalon Foundation presents an outdoor summer concert series of musical performances that are free and open to the public. This year’s series consist of five shows held on downtown Easton streets and parks throughout June, July and August. The schedule includes a varied line-up of regional performers and military bands that cover a wide range of tastes in good music.

Streets are closed to traffic so that visitors can fill streets and sidewalks with chairs to enjoy the performances. Please bring your own chair. Children are welcome; dancing is encouraged and all concerts are free and open to the public. Rain location is the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street. 410-822-7299 www.theavalonfoundation.com.

The Avalon Foundation is able to present these performances for free thanks to the generous sponsorship from Fred Frederick Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram and William Hill Manor along with support from the Talbot County Arts Council, Easton Police Department, Easton Utilities and the Town of Easton.

2011 line up:
Sunday, June 12, 3pm – US Air Force Heritage Ramblers Dixieland Jazz Ensemble in Idlewild Park – sponsored by Fred Frederick Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram

Saturday, July 30, 7pm, Washington Street – US Navy Cruisers – sponsored by Fred Frederick Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram

Saturday, August 6, 7pm, Washington Street – Chesapeake Bay Community Band – sponsored by Fred Frederick Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram

Saturday, August 13, 7pm, Harrison Street – Just Add Water- classic & modern rock (no sponsor to date)

Saturday, August 27, 7pm, Harrison Street – US Navy Commodores Band – Sponsored by William Hill Manor in honor of their 30th anniversary

For more information, visit theavalonfoundation.com or call 410-822-7299.

“The Arts In Easton” Banner Auction – Saturday, Dec 11th at 7pm.

This year marks the ninth year of The Arts In Easton Banner Program and 45 artists have participated to create 88 pieces of art. The Project was born out of a desire to celebrate the thriving arts community that exists in Talbot County and centers on downtown Easton. The artists who participate in the program are representative of the hundreds of artists working in the community. Whether amateur or professional, their work adds depth to the experience and enjoyment of this charming small town. The banners themselves are more impressive than ever, reflecting the growing talent in the local arts community.

The banners will be auctioned at a lively free event with light fare, drinks and music, at the Waterfowl Festival Building, on Saturday, December 11th from 7pm to 9:30pm. All banners will be placed in a silent auction from 7pm-8pm. When silent auction bidding ends, any banner with more than 10 bids will automatically go to live auction. The minimum starting bid for each banner is $100.00. Most of the artists plan to attend the auction offering a great opportunity to talk shop with the creator of your favorite work.

Original artwork of this size and quality often sells for much higher price points, making this event an opportunity to purchase original artwork the chance to start building a collection.

Last year’s Banner Auction was by all accounts a resounding success resulting in the sale of every banner and gross sales totaling nearly $73,000. The Arts In Easton Banner Program is the work of the Avalon Foundation and is designed to help promote local artists, the arts in Easton and Easton as an Arts Destination. Proceeds from the auction benefit participating artists and support the banner project and other Avalon Foundation free community events.

The banners are hung early in the Waterfowl Building to allow the public an opportunity to preview these fine original works of art. Banners may be previewed on Friday, December 10 from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 11 from noon – 4pm. Stopping by to see the banners prior to Saturday’s bidding frenzy is a great idea. People are often surprised by their size (30X40) and by how many banners they have never seen before. Previewing is also a great chance to plan bidding strategy.

Images of all of the banners and bios of the artists, along with absentee bid sheets for buyers who cannot attend the event can be found at www.theavalonfoundation.com. Posters of the entire collection of banner images are available for purchase at the Avalon Theatre Box Office (40 E. Dover) and at the banner auction for $25 (including sales tax).

U.S. Navy Cruisers Concert

Saturday, 8/21 @ 7pm

Downtown Easton, MD – Harrison Street

FREE

www.theavalonfoundation.com

http://www.navyband.navy.mil/cruisers.shtml

As the U.S. Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer, Musician 1st Class Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy’s versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to their namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the U.S. and abroad with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances.

Don’t miss this special performance –  the last installment of the Avalon Foundation’s FREE Summer Outdoor Concert Series for 2010! This week’s concert is located on Harrison Street in historic downtown Easton, with music starting at 7pm.

The Avalon Foundation thanks its proud sponsors of the Free Concert Series – Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the Talbot County Arts Council, Easton Police Department, and the Star Democrat.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Downtown Easton Presents…

Chopteeth (Afro-Funk/Big Band)
Saturday, July 10th @ 7 p.m.
FREE!
Washington Street in Downtown Easton, MD
www.theavalonfoundation.com
http://www.chopteeth.com/

Chopteeth is a 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of their sound is best described as Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.

The band’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages.

In February 2009, the musicians and music professionals who are the members of the Washington Area Music Association voted the band Artist of the Year in their annual Wammie Award voting. In 2009 the band also won it’s second Wammie Award for Best World Music Group as well as the awards for Debut CD of the Year and Best World Music CD.

Washington Street will be closed to traffic so that visitors can fill streets and sidewalks with lawn or camp chairs to enjoy the performance. The family-friendly concert series is free and open to the public. Children are welcome and dancing is encouraged!

The free Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Easton is the work of the Avalon Foundation, and is sponsored by these generous organizations/businesses: Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the Talbot County Arts Council, Town of Easton, and Easton Police Department.

Avalon Foundation Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Each summer the Avalon Foundation presents an outdoor summer concert series of musical performances that are free and open to the public.  This year’s series consist of eight shows held on downtown Easton streets throughout June, July and August.  The schedule includes a varied line-up of regional performers and military bands that cover a wide range of tastes in good music.

Streets are closed to traffic so that visitors can fill streets and sidewalks with chairs to enjoy the performances.  Please bring your own chair.  Children are welcome; dancing is encouraged and all concerts are free and open to the public.  Rain location is the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street.  410-822-7299   www.theavalonfoundation.com

The Avalon Foundation is able to present these performances for free thanks to the generous sponsorship from Fred Frederick Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram along with support from the Talbot County Arts Council, Easton Police Department, Easton Utilities and the Town of Easton.

The 2010 awesome line-up is…
Saturday, June 19, 7pm – US Navy Country Current, Country/Bluegrass – Harrison St.
Saturday, June 26, 7pm – The Crawdaddies, Cajun/Zydeco – Goldsborough St.
Saturday, July 10, 7pm – Chopteeth, Afrofunk Big Band – Washington St.
Saturday, July 17, 7pm – Surf, Sun & ’65, Sun Records/Surf/Songs from ’65 – Harrison St.
Saturday, July 31, 7pm – US Navy Sea Chanters, Sea Shanties & Broadway Tunes – Washington St.
Saturday, August 7, 7pm – Mike Elzey & Band, Rock/Blues/Pop – Goldsborough St.
Saturday, August 14, 7pm – The Reminders, Gospel/Country – Washington St.
Saturday, August 21, 7pm – US Navy Cruisers, Contemporary Music – Harrison St.

Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is proud to sponsor the Avalon Foundation’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series.  It is a privilege to take part of such a festive event.  The Fred Frederick organization is equally proud to be part of such a great community and town as we celebrate Easton’s 300th anniversary.  For 15 years in Easton, the Fred Frederick organization has been built on the same philosophy that started the family owned and operated business 50 years ago-treat others the way we want to be treated.  All are welcomed to stop in and see the all new Jeep Grand Cherokee, Motor Trend’s truck of the year-the all new Ram 2500, the award winning Chrysler Town and Country, the nostalgic Dodge Challenger and any of the new and exciting products offered by the new Chrysler Group LLC.  We hope you enjoy the Avalon’s Concert Series and the great things Easton has to offer.  We wish you an enjoyable Summer and prosperous 2010.

July 2010 Avalon Foundation’s Calendar Events

Cinema by Starlight

Friday, 07/02, at dusk – Jurassic Park, sponsored by Easton Market Square, FREE Outdoor Movie, corner of Harrison St. & Brewers Lane (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Friday, 07/09, at dusk – Pink Panther, FREE Outdoor Movie, corner of Harrison St. & Brewers Lane (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Friday, 07/16, at dusk – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, sponsored by Candlelight Cove, FREE Outdoor Movie, corner of Harrison St. & Brewers Lane  (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Friday, 07/30, at dusk – Shrek, FREE Outdoor Movie, corner of Harrison St. & Brewers Lane (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Avalon Foundation Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Saturday, 7/10, 7pm, Washington St. – Chopteeth – Afro Funk Big Band, FREE outdoor concert sponsored by Fred Frederick Foundation (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Saturday, 7/17, 7pm, Harrison St. – Surf, Sun & ’65 – Sun Records/Surf/Songs from ’65, FREE outdoor concert sponsored by Fred Frederick Foundation (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Saturday, 7/31, 7pm, Washington St. – US Navy Sea Chanters – Sea Shanties & Broadway Tunes, FREE outdoor concert sponsored by Fred Frederick Foundation (Rain venue – Avalon Theatre)

Easton’s Carnival & 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, 6/29, 6pm-11pm – Easton’s Carnival, behind the Target Store (one price bracelet night discount coupons at the Avalon Theatre)

Wednesday, 6/30, 6pm-11pm – Easton’s Carnival, behind the Target Store (one price bracelet night discount coupons at the Avalon Theatre)

Thursday, 7/16pm-11pm – Easton’s Carnival, behind the Target Store (one price bracelet night discount coupons at the Avalon Theatre)

Friday, 7/2, 6pm – 11pm – Easton’s Carnival, behind the Target Store (one price bracelet night discount coupons at the Avalon Theatre)

Saturday, 7/3, 4pm-11pm – Easton’s Carnival, behind the Target Store

Saturday, 7/3, 4pm – Vintage base ball team, the Fair Plays challenge a team TBD on the Easton Carnival grounds, behind the Target Store

Sunday, 7/4, 4pm-11pm – Easton’s Carnival, behind the Target Store

Sunday, 7/4, 4pm-11pm – Easton’s 4th of July Celebration behind the Target Store, The Shades Band, Patriotic Program, XPD’s Band & Fireworks – FREE (rain date – Monday, 7/5)

Monday, 7/19 – Sunday, 7/25 – Plein Air-Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, visit www.pleinaireaston.com for details – most events are FREE

Free Avalon Foundation Movie and Live Theatre

Thursday, 7/22, 8pm – The Rape of Europa movie screening, Avalon Theatre, sponsored by the Chesapeake Film Festival, panel discussion following the show –FREE

Friday, 7/23, 7:30pm – Wye Operetta Performs Gilbert and Sulivan’s Iolanthe, Avalon Theatre, FREE live theatre performance

Saturday, 7/24, 7:30pm – Wye Operetta Performs Gilbert and Sulivan’s Iolanthe, Avalon Theatre, FREE live theatre performance

Sunday, 7/25, 4pm – Wye Operetta Performs Gilbert and Sulivan’s Iolanthe, Avalon Theatre, FREE live theatre performance

Avalon Foundation’s Free Summer Outdoor Concert Series

All concerts listed are on the street mentioned in downtown Easton.

Sunday, May 30, 6pm – Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Presents Blake Meister Jazz Ensemble on Harrison St.
Saturday, June 19, 7pm – US Navy Current – Country/Bluegrass on Harrison St.
Saturday, June 26, 7pm – The Crawdaddies – Cajun/Zydeco on Goldsborough St.

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“The Arts In Easton” Banner Auction

As the Arts In Easton Banner Program, produced by the Avalon Foundation, celebrated its 8th year Saturday, Dec. 12th a resounding success was apparent during the auction!  Enthusiastic attendees filled the Waterfowl Festival Building marveling at the awesome work created by local artists.  From the beginning of the evening, it was obvious that this year’s event was even more special than ever as the crowd was overwhelmed by the artwork and the bidding was brisker than usual.  All banners in the live auction received outstanding bids.

Of the 88 pieces of original artwork, 56 went to live auction.  For a banner to be entered in the live auction, it must have at least 10 bids (minimum starting at $100 and bids increasing by at least $25 increments) during the silent auction.  Total sales were almost $73,000 and individual banners sold from $100 – $2400.  Proceeds from the sale of banners go the artists and to maintain the Arts In Easton Program.

Top selling banners this year were:
Log Canoe Race by Gwen Cameron – $2400
Got’ Cha! by Dudley Davis – $2300
Evening Reflections by Wallace McGarry – $2300
Shimmer by Jennifer Heyd Wharton – $2300
Steamed Crabs with Seasoning by Matthew Ghrist – $2200
Moon Marsh by Laura Era – $2001

The Arts In Easton banner program, an innovative and growing promotion of the region’s vibrant arts community, was created eight years ago to promote local artists and Easton as an arts community.  Each year local artists produce original works on canvas banners, which are displayed on lampposts throughout downtown Easton from July through Thanksgiving.

The banners themselves have become more impressive each year, reflecting the growing talent in the local arts community.  Original artwork of this size and quality often sells for much higher price points, making this event an opportunity for people who do not think that they can afford original artwork, the chance to start building a collections.

Additional notes: The auction bartenders were joyous to donate their tips of $320 to A Brighter Christmas Fund.  Thank you to the over 30 volunteers who help produce the Arts In Easton Banner Program for our community.

Mark your calendar for next year’s event, Saturday, December 11, 2010.