On October 23, 2010 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will sponsor Frederick Douglass Day, an event to wholeheartedly celebrate Frederick Douglass. The celebration will include entertainment featuring gospel and choir music from the Union Bethel AME, the Union Baptist Mass Choir and the Gospel Inspirations as well the jazz and blues selections from Sombarkin’, a musical group from Kent County. The Sankofa African Dancers and the band XPD will also be there to excite the audience with their talent and skill. In addition to dance and music, educational activities to teach participants more about the life of Frederick Douglass, the times in which he lived as well as the culture of the Eastern Shore which shaped Frederick Douglass’ early beginnings will be offered through museum’s exhibits, community organizations’ displays, and children’s activities. Certain to be of interest to event visitors will be a genealogy workshop to help participants begin their research into their family trees with an emphasis on Maryland resources. A food bazaar featuring regional food ranging from seafood delicacies to popular children fare of hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream will surely satisfy all visitors’ appetites. A young “Frederick Douglass” will be present throughout the day, making history come alive through re-enactment and connection to Frederick Douglass to this current time. Please join us on 10/23/10 from 10 to 4pm at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for Frederick Douglass Day, an event that is destined to be a truly unforgettable day. Cost: adults $10; children under age 16 free. All proceeds will be used to fund the memorial to Frederick Douglass at the Talbot County Courthouse, in Easton, MD. For questions and tickets, please call 410-745-2916.
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the YMCA of Talbot County announce the Frederick Douglass Honor Society/YMCA of Talbot County 10 Mile Race and Celebration scheduled for May 1, 2010.
The Race is two-fold. First, it will allow participants to retrace the 10-mile route Frederick Douglass walked from St. Michaels to his confinement at the Talbot County jail in Easton, MD after a failed escape attempt in April 1836. Walkers, runners and wheelchair athletes will retrace this path to raise monies for the creation of a memorial to honor Frederick Douglass on the Talbot County Courthouse lawn, celebrating both the triumph and achievements of this great American. Frederick Douglass (born circa 1818 into slavery in Talbot County, MD – died as a free man on February 20, 1895 in Washington, D.C.) is one of the most prominent figures in African American and United States history. His imprisonment at the jail set the stage for a sequence of events that led to his eventual escape to freedom, accomplishments that changed history and also for extensive improvements in the lives of all Americans.
Pam Black, PR liaison for the Frederick Douglass Honor Society remarks, “Erecting a statue in the county of Frederick Douglass’ birthplace will further the respect and honor already afforded to this distinguished American who was a man of great accomplishment: abolitionist, women’s suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer.”
The YMCA of Talbot County will share 50% of the race proceeds to promote physical fitness in the community where “the Y” serves one in three citizens in the area. The YMCA of Talbot County is currently in the middle of a $5 million capital campaign where a majority of those funds will be used to build a new Teen and Family Center. Robbie Gill, the Y’s executive director continues, “Monies received from the Race will be earmarked for continued youth development and enrichment programs as part of our capital campaign.”
Megan Cook, councilwoman for the Town of Easton and chair of the entire race committee says, “The partnership of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the YMCA underscores the connection of the past and present, to promote the community’s best interests of both legacy and health.”
Mary Ann Henker, marketing and PR chair for the race explains the reasoning for the ‘Accomplish the Possible’ tagline, “Frederick Douglass taught us that anything is possible with effort and hard work. He said in his speech to Talbot County schoolchildren, ‘What was possible for me is possible for you.’ This is a philosophy shared by the YMCA as it strives to promote strength in both body and character. It is an appropriate tagline to support this shared partnership as both missions of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and YMCA will be realized.”
The event, to also include a post-Race celebration in the historic district of Easton, is expected to attract a total of 5,000 participants to include racers, bystanders and celebration visitors.
Manning Lee, co-chair of the celebration sub-committee, says, “After the Race, everyone (participants, family members, friends and others from the region) will join in a “family-friendly” celebration event in downtown Easton, now commemorating its 300th anniversary. The Celebration will include music, food, and vendors along with the participation of all shopkeepers and restaurants in the heart of the historic district.”
The race and celebration committee consists of the following members (listed in alphabetical order):
• Pam Black – Marketing & PR Co-Chair
• Delores Bowens – Treasurer
• Childene Brooks – Transportation Chair
• Megan Cook – Committee Chair | Town of Easton Councilwoman
• Tracy Cohee – Health & Safety Chair & Registration Chair | Executive Director, St. Michaels Family YMCA
• Mary Ann Henker – Marketing & PR Co-Chair | President, The Henker Group
• Manning Lee – Celebration Co-Chair | Deputy Director, National Autism Association of Maryland-Eastern Shore
• Eric Lowery – Materials Chair
• Harriette Lowery – Celebration Co-Chair
• Kelley Malone – Sponsorship Chair | Town of Easton Councilwoman
The event has also received in-kind graphic design services from Tim Young of Eclectic Graphics and web development support from Joel Shilliday of Diving Dog Productions.
For more information on the race and celebration and to register, please visit www.frederickdouglassymca10miler.com.
About the Frederick Douglass Historical Society/YMCA of Talbot County 10 Mile Race and Celebration
To learn more about the Race and Celebration, please visit http://www.frederickdouglassymca10miler.com or contact Mary Ann Henker of The Henker Group at 410.253.7023.
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society/YMCA of Talbot County 10-Miler recently named Mary Ann Henker, president of The Henker Group, as the marketing and PR chair for the road race and post-race celebration. Tim Young, owner and creative director of Eclectic Graphics, will further support the marketing efforts with graphic design expertise and Joel Shilliday, CEO of Diving Dog Productions will oversee all development of the event’s web site at www.frederickdouglassymca10miler.com.
Henker comments, “In addition to supporting the mission of the YMCA, the race is important on so many levels as it relates to Frederick Douglass’ life. The 10-mile route will retrace a portion of Douglass’ path from St. Michaels to his confinement in the Talbot County courthouse jail. His imprisonment at the jail set the stage for a sequence of events that provided him the opportunity to escape and set forth on his journey to support pivotal change in this country. I was honored to be asked to be a part of this planning group. With the support of Tim’s award-winning graphic designs and Joel’s web development expertise we aim to market this event and attract racers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.”
Megan Cook, councilwoman for the Town of Easton and chair of the entire race committee says, “Residents in the area have been wonderful in supporting the purpose of the race – 50% of the money raised will go to support the YMCA of Talbot County’s capital campaign and the other 50% will be used by the Frederick Douglass Honor Society for a bronze memorial of Frederick Douglass on the Talbot County Courthouse lawn – but we will use Mary Ann, Tim, and Joel’s respective expertise to build the momentum needed to promote the race past our immediate community as the purpose of this event should be recognized throughout the entire region.”
Henker has 18 years experience in organizational management, business development and international business to include completing business and contract negotiations both in and with individuals of 22 countries. Her management and business style is that of aggressive marketing, detailed planning and strict fiscal management that results in a consistent increase per year in sales, membership numbers and other revenue generators for her clients. From a marketing standpoint, Henker excels in gaining exposure and attracting attention for the underfunded effort, product or service. Prior to establishing The Henker Group in 2004 she was the executive director of the Giant Screen Theater Association, the worldwide association for IMAX theaters.
Young established Eclectic Graphics in 2004 and has over 25 years of creative experience. He’s been designing Talbot County Tourism’s advertising for many years, has created corporate identity packages for The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, The St. Michaels Harbour Inn and his designs for the Talbot International Food & Wine festival won a Maryland Tourism award. He has art directed magazines, toy and product designs, and worked with national clients such as The Muppets, Universal Studios, Disney, Popular Science, Golf Digest, National Lampoon and many others. Young is also the Author/Illustrator of the pop-up book I’m Looking for a Monster!, published by Random House in 2008 and the creator of the iPhone Application Creatures & Characters Mix-Em-Ups.
Shilliday has been creating educational multimedia and developing web sites since establishing his online communications firm Diving Dog Productions Inc. (DDP) in 1996. DDP has built well-over 400 web sites for both large and small businesses, including many Eastern Shore organizations. Additionally, he is an officer with the Shark Research Institute and paints endangered and protected species. Further, Shilliday was a participating artist in the 2009 Arts in Easton that is a public banner art program sponsored by Easton Main Street in Easton, MD.
The Frederick Douglass Society’s next meeting will be on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 6:00pm at the Easton Welcome and Resource Center on Harrison Street. Members and community are invited to attend and learn about the major fund raisers that are planned: March 20, “Evening with Douglass” at the Avalon Theatre and May 1, The Frederick Douglass Honor Society/YMCA 10- Miler race. Both events promise great excitement for the community and the region as well as the opportunity to earn funds toward the memorial to Frederick Douglass. Discussion will also focus on the FDHS and Town of Easton’s efforts to complete the contract with the memorial sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter as well as steps needed to secure the Talbot County Council’s approval for the memorial design. The public is encouraged to join the Frederick Douglass Honor Society’s vision of a true community-wide effort to realize the dream to Honor Frederick Douglass!
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society will host “An Evening with Frederick Douglass” on March 20, 2010 from 6 to 9pm at the Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland. The evening’s program includes an enactment of Frederick Douglass by famed actor Fred Morsell, music by Sombarkin and a silent auction. This event will raise funds to create a memorial to Frederick Douglass on the front lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse.
Acclaimed across the United States for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass, Mr. Morsell’s acting career has spanned more than 38 years and includes seasons with The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory Theatre of the Lincoln Center, The New York Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter Theatre of Princeton and other regional theaters throughout America. His television credits include the role of Frederick Douglass in the CBS Bi-Centennial production, WE, THE WOMEN in addition to his portrayal of Douglass across the nation, most notably as the performer of choice for the National Park Service Celebrations in Washington, DC. During his performance at the Avalon on March 20, Mr. Morsell will enact his interpretation of Frederick Douglass ‘life and thoughts and answer audience questions in character at the close of his performance.
Another highlight for the March 20th event will be the music performed by Sombarkin’, a powerful a cappella gospel trio (Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett Jr. and Jerome McKinney). Sombarkin’ is renowned in their musical interpretations of jazz, folk, gospel, spirituals and map songs, having played at regional and national venues including the Hampton National Historic Site. The music provided by Sombarkin’ is certain to enrich the audience’s enjoyment.
The silent auction will raise funds for the important mission of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society dedicated to the creation of a memorial to Frederick Douglass. Some of the featured silent auction items include a painting donated by Mrs. Nancy Hunter, an art piece by artist Carol Minarick and a bust of Frederick Douglass by Jay Hall Carpenter. A design by the Maryland sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter has been selected for the memorial and will be on display at this evening’s event. Attendance at the March 20th event will garner both funds and enthusiasm for this important community project to realize the dream to honor Frederick Douglass in the county of his birthplace.
Tickets can be purchased for a minimum of $35 by contacting Pam Black, FDHS public relations liaison, at 410-770-3751.
The Frederick Douglass Society’s next meeting will be on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:00pm at the Easton Welcome and Resource Center on Harrison Street. Members and community are invited to attend. On December 21, 2009, a memorial design created by Jay Hall Carpenter, an artist from Silver Springs, Maryland, was selected to commemorate Frederick Douglass on the grounds of the Talbot County Courthouse. The January 18th meeting will highlight more discussion pertaining to the Carpenter winning design including timeline, costs and Talbot County Council approval process. Specific fund raising activities notably “ Evening with Frederick Douglass” program and silent auction at the Avalon Theater on March 20,2010 and the Frederick Douglass- YMCA Ten Miler, race/walk on May 1, 2010 will be detailed. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting, to learn more about the efforts of The Frederick Douglass Society’s mission and to assist in the realization of the goals to honor Frederick Douglass. Come join us on January 18, which is also Martin Luther King Day, a fitting opportunity to show community support for two great Americans. For questions, contact Pam Black at 410-770-3751