Sea lovers and land lubbers of all ages will enjoy “A Chesapeake Christmas,” a fundraiser to benefit First Night Talbot and Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention. The event will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium in Easton. Steeped in maritime traditions, this family-friendly alcohol-free event will feature an evening of music by talented singer-songwriters Janie Meneely and Paul Diblasi, joined by their musician friends William Pint and Felicia Dale.
The event will thread together spoken word and song reflecting the Bay in winter and sailors abroad during the holidays. Students who have participated with Meneely recently in a songwriting workshop at the St. Michaels Community Center will perform their newly written song during the performance. Over 20 years ago Meneely authored the book, “Santa and the Skipjack” with illustrator Marcy Dunn Ramsey. Meneely will be on hand for a book signing with books available for purchase. A Christmas Shop in the lobby that evening will provide an opportunity to buy CDs by the musicians (“stocking stuffers” to be sure!) and First Night Talbot admission buttons for the advance price of $8 for adults and $4 for students.
First Night Talbot, an alcohol-free family New Year’s Eve event celebrating the Arts in downtown Easton since 1993, has continued to be a popular community event. This New Year’s Eve celebration features a variety of programming for all ages, including magicians, musical entertainment, dance, theatre, gospel, films, and the renowned “Maryland Crab Drop” countdown at 9 p.m. and midnight – with parades of sea creatures! Janie Meneely, Paul Diblasi, William Pint, and Felicia Dale, will return for a repeat performance as well.
Two levels of community sponsorship are available for “A Chesapeake Christmas.” A $200 Sponsor receives admission for two adults and two children to “A Chesapeake Christmas,” plus complimentary First Night Talbot admission buttons for two adults and two children. A $50 Sponsor receives admission for one adult and one child to “A Chesapeake Christmas,” plus complimentary First Night Talbot admission buttons for one adult and one child.
The cost of individual tickets for “A Chesapeake Christmas” are $20 for adults and $10 for students (children under 5 are free) and can be purchased at the door. To purchase advance tickets for the event ($15 for adults and $5 for students) or to become a sponsor of “A Chesapeake Christmas,” contact Gary Pearce at Talbot Partnership, call 410-819-8067 or visit www.talbotpartnership.org.
Talbot Partnership, which was founded in 1991 as a community coalition, encourages the community to recognize the problems and implement solutions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse by implementing policies, promoting early intervention programs and building a community culture that favors drug-free youth.
In Photo: Pictured left to right are talented singer-songwriters Paul Diblasi and Janie Meneely, who along with their musician friends William Pint and Felicia Dale, will perform at “A Chesapeake Christmas,” on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium in Easton. Proceed from this family-friendly alcohol-free event will benefit First Night Talbot and Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention.