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Hot & Happenin' on the Eastern Shore, Feb. 21-28 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 19:07

Feb. 21

President’s Day Nature Walk, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Join members of the Kent County Bird Club for a guided walk through the refuge and see what early spring (we hope) life is showing. FREE, but reservations are appreciated. 9-11 a.m. 410-778-7295

 

Feb. 22

History on Broadway series: “The Scottsboro Boys.” Moderated discussion of the development of the play based on the infamous 1930’s case of 9 black teens falsely accused and convicted of raping a white girl in Alabama. Legendary composer John Kander and librettist David Thompson (Cabaret, Chicago) join actor Forrest McClendon to explain their approach to the story and the play’s development. 5:30 Decker Theater, Washington College, Chestertown. Free. 410-810-7161. www,starrcenter.washcoll.edu

 

Feb. 23

Winter Wednesdays by Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Harrisons Chesapeake House Restaurant, Tilghman Island, MD. Marine Biologist Kelley Cox, founder of the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, presents “Two if By Sea” exploring the underwater network of life in the Chesapeake Bay. FREE. Lecture starts at 6:30. People are encouraged to come early and eat at the restaurant before the program. 410-886-9200.

 

Feb. 24

Sparkling Wine Course, Nage Resataurant, Rehoboth, DE. Answer all of your sparkling wine questions during this one night of learning and tasting presented by Laura Lamprecht of Specialty Wines. What are the types of sparkling wines, why are they called by different names depending on where they come from, what to eat with them, how to buy and store them, how far can you make the cork fly across the room when you open them. (Just checking to see if you were paying attention.) $40 per person, all reservations made on-line. www.nagerestaurant.com

 

Feb. 25, 26, 27

Desire Under the Elms, Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill, MD. Love, Lust and Sibling Rivalry in Eugene O’Neill’s classic play. Fri/Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Tickets $18 adults $10 students. 410-758-1331 www.churchhilltheatre.org

 

Lysistrata, Fulton Hall, Salisbury University. Classic Greek comedy. Lysistrata convinces the rest of the girls to withhold their ‘favors’ from their men in order to end war. Think how *that* could balance the budget! Mature audiences. Fri/Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. http://bit.ly/fn0zRi

 

Snoopy, the Musical, Guerrieri Hall, Wor-Wic College, Salisbury, MD. Salisbury Community Players present the musical based on the enduring comic strip. Fri/Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. $11 adults $9 senions, students. 410-546-0099 http://www.communityplayersofsalisbury.org

 

Feb. 25

Chili Challenge Cookoff, Greensborough Trading Company, 105 S. Main St., Greensboro, MD. Think you have the best chili on The Shore? Here’s your chance to prove it. Bring your recipe to the Trading Company and you might win a cash prize. 50/50 drawing. Barb’s cornbread. 7-10 p.m. 410-482-2200

www.greensboroughtradingcompany.com

 

Feb. 26

Wildlife Tracks Program, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Get the kids out of the house and into the fresh air! Rangers will point out animal tracks and show how to make casts of them. FREE Meet at the visitor center. 9-12. 410-639-7056. www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck

 

Singles Night, Riverside Country Inn, Greensboro. Music by Imagine. Casual, friendly. Buy dinner at the Tavern. 410-482-6550.

Salisbury Symphony Concert, Hollway Hall, Salisbury University, Vive la France, a concert of French Music. FREE 8 p.m.

 

Coastal Concerts Presents Stephen Hough. Bethel United Methodicst Church, Lewes, DE. One of the most acclaimed, prolific, and multi-talented pianists, composers, and writers of his generation. 8 p.m. $25 888-212-6458 www.coastalconcerts.org

 

Frank & Frankie at the Crisfield Library. Crisfield, MD. Maryland State Banjo Champion Frank Nana keeps you smiling as he keeps pickin’ and grinnin’ along with his fiddle-playing son, Frankie. 4 p.m. FREE

 
Pamela Barefoot and the Blue Crab Bay Company PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 18:41

 

I always look forward to talking to Pamela Barefoot. The founder and owner of Blue Crab Bay Company generates good energy and good ideas. She’s so positive that you forget that there’s a depression going on and that the sky is falling. At a time when businesses are barely eking out survival, her Accomack, VA based snack food company is introducing new treats and may be on the snack platters at the Royal Wedding.

 

OK, maybe that’s a little wishful thinking, but she’s been contacted by Harrods in London to send them samples of her wares. If they pass the taste test, the famed department store will stock some of Blue Crab Bay’s unique Chesapeake-oriented goodies. Gourmands in London’s West End could enjoy Virginia peanuts spiced with the blends Pamela first developed in her kitchen back in 1984.

 

I love the names: Skipjacks – peanuts covered with a spicy honey coating, Crab House Crunch – sweet & spicy peanut squares, Crab House – peanuts dusted with crab seasoning, Dune Buggies – sea salted almonds, and her newest offering, Sandbaggers. These sea salt & cracked pepper coated peanuts were a big hit at the Fancy Food Festival in San Francisco a couple of months ago. Considering that the Festival is the venue where *everybody* shows off their newest big thing, even getting the thousands of buyers and food critics and professional foodies who nosh their way through the displays to stop is a challenge. Getting them to return and bring their friends is like going viral on Facebook and Twitter. (They are on both platforms, by the way.)

 

It was a long trek from her kitchen to San Francisco and London. Her vision was more than having a ‘nice little earner’ as the British would say. She wanted to give to her adopted Eastern Shore of Virginia home. She wanted to create local jobs, to make people aware of the resources and beauty of the region, to use that to improve her community. There are a fair number of companies and corporations doing that now – Ben and Jerry’s, L.L. Bean, New Balance Shoes – for instance. But back then, it was a radical idea.

 

The early years were hard. Her first shop and kitchen burned down; the rebuild washed away by Hurricane Gloria. But with true Eastern Shore cussedness, she pressed on. She entered a national write-in contest describing her vision for her business and what it could do for her neighbors and home. She won $7500, national publicity, and validation of her ideals. In 1999, she was the Virginia Small Business Person of the Year; in 2003, the U.S. Small Business Administration named her one of the nation’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs. She is very proud of her staff of equally energetic employees and their dedication to their mutual goals. They’ve expanded from peanuts to spice and seasoning blends for steaming shellfish and making crab, clam, and shrimp dips; her Sting Ray Bloody Mary mix has Ocean Clam juice and is the only Bloody Mary mix without High Fructose Corn Syrup; there’s a new line of soaps and toiletries which contain seaweed harvested locally. And she’s always thinking about what might be intriguing, successful, and fun to add to the inventory.

 

You can find Blue Crab Bay Company on-line at www.bluecrabbay.com. If you are headed on Rt. 13 in Accomack, their retail store is in the airport business park.

 
Hot & Happenin' on the Eastern Shore Feb. 14-20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 13 February 2011 16:03

 

Feb. 13- 19

Celebration of The Music of New Orleans, From Louis to the Graveyard. The Mainstay, Rock Hall, MD.

Tickets $15 per event or $35 for all shows.

Feb. 13: The Music of Louis Armstrong, The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble, 4 p.m.

Feb. 17: Oysters and Ned Sublette: Singer, songwriter, historian, and musicologist performs and reads from his memoir. (Also oysters). 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19: Beltway Brass Band, a tribute to the classic New Orleans funeral band: the mournful trip to the graveyard & joyous return. 8 p.m.

www.mainstayrockhall.org. 410-639-9133

 

Feb. 14 –March 1

The Eastern Shore through the Eyes of the Photographer, Nabb Center Gallery, Salisbury, MD. Reprisal of the nationally recognized exhibition by photographer Orlando Wootten. Includes enhanced photos not previously seen. 410-543-6312

 

Feb. 18

3rd Friday, downtown Salisbury. Special events, arts, activities on Main Street in downtown Salisbury. 5-8 p.m.

 

Bounty of the Bay, Crisfield Elks Lodge, Crisfield, MD. Po’ Boy sub $7, Platter $8 includes slaw and potato salad.

 

Feb. 18-19, 25-26, 27, March 4-5

“Crowns” North Street Playhouse, Onancock, VA. Brimming with joyful news and ‘hattitude.’ Soulful, searching gospel music and stories of African-American women and their ‘crowns.’ Tickets $18, $10. All shows 8 p.m., Feb. 27 2:30. www.northstreetplayhouse.org.

 

Feb. 19

Cashore Marionettes, Clear Space Theatre, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Incredibly lifelike and superb craftsmanship of Joseph Cashore’s marionettes. Two shores filled with engaging pieces. Shows at 3 and 7 p.m. 302-227-7303. Tickets $30 adults, $10 kids, $25 seniors, $20 students. Tickets at www.clearspacetheatre.org. Info on the marionettes at www.cashoremarionettes.com

 

“Discover Love” Dine & Date, Mar-Va Theater, Pocomoke City, MD. Catered dinner, a rose for your love, coupons for concessions, and VIP seating for the showing of “Casablanca,” one of the greatest love stories ever on film. In cooperation with the Delmarva Discovery Center. 5 p.m., $85/couple. Reservations: 410-957-9933, Ext. 101.

 

Jasper String Quartet, Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Newly named quartet-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory performs a concert of works by Beethoven and Brahms. Tickets $15 at the door. 8 p.m. Gibson Center for the Arts. www.washcoll.edu.

 

Death by Chocolate, Chincoteague, VA. Visit participating Main Street Merchants, fill out the question card, enjoy the chocolate at each stop. Finish at the Waterside Inn to find out who has the most correct answers and win prizes from merchants. 11-6. 757-336-3434.

 

“The Shoremen,” Bluegrass/Gospel concert. Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, Stevensville, MD. 410-604-1700.

 

“Owl Prowl,” Pocomoke River State Park, Snow Hill, MD. Join a naturalist to seek and find the nocturnal birds. 5-7 p.m. $3 or $10 for family of 4. Reservations needed 410-632-2566, Ext. 115.

 

http://www.beach-fun.com/Merchants-Attic-Public-Garage-Sale/.

Feb. 19-20

Wine and Chocolate Trail, Various wineries on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Visit wineries across the Shore, enjoy chocolate/wine pairings, music, and special events. Bordeleau, Cassinelli, Costa Ventosa, Dove Valley, Layton’s Chance, St. Michael’s Winery, & Terrapin Station. Details at http://www.marylandwine.com/chesapeake/events/index.shtml

 

Feb. 19-20, 24-25, 26-27

Rock n Roll Revival, Wicomico High School, Salisbury, MD. Annual review of the music and dance of the 50s and 60s by over 200 kids from Bennett High. Evenings 7 pm., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $15. Available at PNC Bank Beaglin Park Dr. & Snow Hill Rd. 410-430-8634.

 

Feb. 20

All-You-Can-Eat Sunday breakfast, Millington Volunteer Fire Company, Millington, MD. Better than Bob Evans! Bacon, sausage, scrapple, eggs, pancakes, chipped beef & gravy, biscuits. Coffee, juice. 7-11 a.m, $8 adults, $6 kids. 410-928-3171.

 
Salisbury Zoo: Already Special and Planning to be More PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 10:59

 

Love is in the air at the Salisbury Zoo. This Sunday, Feb. 13th, the zoo is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a program that shows off the Lovers of the Natural World. These are the animals which mate for life, including the Red Wolf and the Bald Eagle. The program is at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the education center. Admission is FREE, although the zoo will never turn down a donation!

 

The Salisbury Zoo is an often-forgotten and overlooked treat. Set among the trees and along the water in Salisbury’s city park, it’s as much a part of the neighborhood as the walking trails that lace through the park. Some of the paths skirt the enclosures and many of the houses overlook the animals. It must be pretty cool to have your morning coffee watching the critters get started on their day. It’s open daily and it’s FREE!

 

It is very unusual for a city as small as Salisbury to have any kind of zoo, much less one this well-designed. Each enclosure tried to replicate the animals’ natural habitat as much as possible. They’ve got room to move around and the sorts of plants and terrain that they’d find in the wild. Some people say zoos are unfair and unnatural. I posed that to a friend of mine who worked at the National Aquarium. She felt that the concern about the animals was a good thing because it was demonstrating one of the reasons zoos and aquariums exist. “People don’t care about what they don’t see,” she told me. “But when they come to the aquarium and see the dolphin show or find the sloth in the rainforest (exhibit) they care what happens to them in the wild.” She also pointed out that studying animals in the wild is difficult and a captive population gives veterinarians and scientists some idea of what’s normal and healthy for that species as well as a cushion for population in areas where habitat decline or disease threaten the species.

 

The zoo focuses on animals from the Americas, but it’s not trying to present a comprehensive living catalog of species. It’s large enough to have lots of displays and animals, but small enough that you can take the time to see and enjoy them all without feeling like you’re racing to finish a checklist before closing. You can trade unblinking stares with the jaguar and watch the red wolves look longingly into the white-tail deer enclosure. I can spend hours watching the antics of the river otters. The flamingos are always a big hit while the alligator disappoints kids by refusing to do anything terrifying. (I’ve always thought ‘gators are kind of the Jimmy Buffetts of the reptile world – just hangin’ out and being mellow). Then there are the animals you haven’t heard of or probably haven’t seen, like the ocelot (wasn’t there a really bad TV series about a female private eye who had an ocelot as a pet?) the capybara (it’s a bird), and the Patagonian Cavy (which looks like a rabbit that wanted to become a kangaroo). The elder statesman of the zoo is Poopsie, the female Andean Bear who turned 37 in December. She holds court next to the beaver display.

 

The zoo is in the middle of a $3-million capital campaign which will give it new facilities and new exhibits. This is not the best time to be looking for money, but it is critical. In order for the zoo to maintain its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, it needs a new animal health clinic. This will be state-of-the-art with examining rooms, an operating theater, on-site laboratories, and quarantine facilities. That’s the big ticket item, with a price tag of $1.5 million

 

The other plans will bring the rest of the zoo experience up to that same level. A new interactive Environmental Center is designed to augment the zoo experience for the 20,000 students and the dozens of special programs for kids and families throughout the year. The center will also be a ‘green’ building and use environmentally friendly and effective technology that will be incorporated into some of the programs. One of the focuses on the center is the magnitude of the changes in the world’s amphibians and what that means to nature and man.

 

Then there’s the new exhibit. Crikey, Mates, we’re going Down Under! Moving away from the animals of the Americas, the new exhibit will bring in animals from Australia. You’ll get to see a wallaby overwhelmingly cute little kangaroos), hear a Kookaburra laugh (sounds like a deranged monkey), and watch the too-colorful-to-be-real lorikeets swoop overhead in the walk-through aviary. It will be interactive and full of information about Oz’s unique plant and animal life.

 

Both the Environmental Center and the Australian exhibit come with $750,000 price tags, but they won’t be started until the health clinic is paid for. Information about the campaign is on the zoo’s website: www.salisburyzoo.org. The zoo is open daily from 9-4:30.

 
Becoming a Beekeeper PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 16:14

 

I’m allergic to bee stings, so I can never become a beekeeper. That’s too bad since the world of bees and beekeeping fascinates me: the way hives work, the dances bees use to communicate, how honey is made and collected.

 

With concerns about the decline in bee population and what that can mean to things like, oh the survival of humankind (no pollination; no plants) some folks are looking into beekeeping. If you are one of them, check out Sustainable Beekeeping: A Course for Beginners Presented by the Beekeepers Guild of the Eastern Shore, presented at the Barrier Islands Center in Machipongo, VA. On Tuesday Feb. 8 and Tuesday Feb. 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. participants will learn everything from getting your first bees to extracting your first sweet honey. (There will be a third session in April when the weather gets warmer.) You’ll learn how to get a beehive started and keep it going strong.

 

And you’ll get a good dose of bee-keeping trivia. From the “I’ll take BEES for $50, Alex” category, consider that the oldest record of beekeeping is found in a rock painting in Spain that’s about 6-thousand years old. Bees are not native to North America. Native Americans called bees “the white man’s fly.” They can fly up to 8.5 miles looking for food sources. And it takes 9 or 10 bees to equal the weight of an M&M.

 

For more information on the Beekeeping Course, call the Barrier Islands Center 757-678-5550

 
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