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Caroline County and the Arts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 15:50

 

Like many rural areas, Caroline County has to work to develop and maintain a cultural calendar. But cooperation and planning between the Caroline County Library, the Caroline County Council of Arts, and the Department of Recreation and Parks gives the county a program a lot of metropolitan areas envy.

 

According to Debby Bennett, Administrator of the Caroline County Library, the idea for joint cultural programs started back in the 80s when the Arts Council staged a Mardi Gras Ball fundraiser. The library joined in promoting and putting it on. Things went so well that the two groups looked into other programs they could co-sponsor. Recreation and Parks saw the benefits to the county and added its expertise. Before long, it evolved into the two series of musical, cultural, and entertainment programs: Friday Nites in Caroline and Second Story Live Coffeehouse.

 

“Friday Nites is a variety of free cultural events the family can enjoy. The focus is on good fun,” says Bennett. “We put on the programs at several locations around the county, both at the libraries and the high schools when the program is too large for the meeting rooms.”

 

The programs are the second and fourth Friday of each month. Past Friday Nites have featured Blues vocalist “Big Joe” Maher, contemporary pianist Ann Sweeten, Bay Country Barbershop Chorus, and Circo Comedia comedy and daredevil duo. Once or twice a year, it’s ‘open mic’ night for local artists and performers to shine. Keeping Friday Nites free is a priority. “We have a strong partnership with the Arts Council which picks up a lot of the costs involved. Recreation and Parks also helps out.” It’s a sign of the level of cooperation that when budgets are being cut and agencies are understandably looking to protect themselves that these groups are still supporting each other.

 

The other program is Second Story Live. Held once a month at the main library in Denton, it features nationally known singer/songwriters in an intimate setting for a small audience. There’s a small fee ($10) for the show which helps offset the performers’ fees. “This was always envisioned as a showcase for singer/songwriters with a real coffeehouse atmosphere. They enjoy performing here because we have good acoustics and sound system and a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience.” The Coffeehouse has hosted folk Americana, Celtic fiddle, and acoustic guitar concerts.

 

This Friday, Feb. 11, is one of the most popular Friday Nites shows. The UMES Jazz Band treks up from Princess Anne for its annual, standing-room-only concert. It starts at 7p.m. in the auditorium of the North Caroline High School. 410-479-1343 for information.

 

For details about the Friday Nites and Second Story artists, check the websites for the Arts Council: http://www.carolinearts.org/secondstorylive.php http://www.carolinearts.org/events.php

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 February 2011 16:17
 
Hot & Happening on the Eastern Shore, Feb. 7-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 07:58

 

Feb. 7

Frederick Douglass’ Years in the Bayside, St. Michaels Library. Brown bag lunch series continues with Pricilla Morris, local researcher, speaking on her research into the places Douglass spent his time in 1833-36 and the impact of his descriptions when he published his memoirs in 1845. Noon. FREE. www.tcfl.org. 410-745-5877

 

Tidewater Camera Club Seminar: Trends in Contemporary Photography, by Brian Young, curator of the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7-9 p.m. at the Museum. He’ll be conducting a tour of the current exhibit, “Constructing Spaces: Contemporary Color Photography” before the lecture. www.tidewatercameraclub.com 410-901-2223

 

Feb. 9

Purr-fectt Love, Valentine Cocktail Party to benefit the Dorchester County Humane Society. $20 includes appetizers, door prizes. “Matchmakers” will be on hand with pet profiles of adoptable cats & dogs. Cambridge Yacht Club. 6-9 p.m. www.dorchesterhumane.org or 410-228-3090.

 

Feb. 10

Growing Garlic Workshop, Carvel Center, Georgetown, DE. Learn about the many different types of garlic and how to grow your own. Taught by Master Gardener Fred Silva. Registration required. FREE. 302-856-2585, Ext. 542

 

Feb. 11-12

Lewes Winterfest Bark Fest, Lewes DE. Annual winter festival is goin’ to the dogs, with many events and activities geared towards pets and their owners. Friday night “Yappy Hour” at Irish Eyes pub (bring your dog to the enclosed, heated porch). Pet pageant on Saturday with prizes for costumes and look-alike pet/owner combos. Pet photography. www.leweschamber.org. 877-465-3937

 

Feb. 11

Friday Nites in Caroline. UMES Jazz Band in concert at North Caroline High School. Annual packed performance by the University’s acclaimed jazz band. 7-9 p.m. FREE (get there early for good seats) 410-479-1343

 

UMES Concert Choir, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 25-member ensemble performs at the Center. Tickets $5 members, $7 non-members. www.dorchestersrts.org. 410-228-7782 7 p.m.

 

Delaware Black History Past & Present, Milton Historical Society. Dr. James Newton, University of Delaware Faculty and head of Black American Studies Department, presents an overview of the history of African-Americans in Delaware from Colonial times to the present, including religion, education, Underground Rail Road, civil rights, and cultural & folk traditions. 7 p.m. Lydia Cannon Museum, Milton. FREE. www.historicmilton.org, 302-684-1010

 

Feb. 12

Book sale, Dorchester Library, Cambridge. Stock up on books to get you through the rest of the winter. 9-12.

 

Tundra Swan Program, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the elegant birds which migrate to the Chesapeake in winter. Program is FREE. 10a.m. – noon. Dress for the weather. Meet at the visitor center. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/

 

Ballet Theater of Maryland, Mar-Va Theater, Pocomoke, MD. Troupe performs “Romeo & Juliet” in the restored theater (worth going just to enjoy the venue). Shows at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $5. Tickets available at Worcester libraries and PNC banks in Worcester and Somerset Counties. www.mar-vatheater.org.

 

Second Saturday Arts Demonstration, The Foundry, 401 Market St., Denton. Monthly demonstration and exhibit at the Caroline County Council of the Arts’ community gallery. 2-4 p.m. FREE. 410-479-1009.

 

Ham and Oyster Supper, Galena Fire Hall, Galena, MD. All-you-can-eat ham, fried oysters, scalloped potatoes, green beans, homemade desserts. 3-6:30. 410-648-5104.

 

Second Saturday, Cambridge, Berlin, Rehoboth Beach. 5-9 p.m. Galleries, studios open late. Special events at restaurants and shops.

 

“Il Mio Valentino Buoffo.” The Virden Center, Lewes DE. The Delaware Comedy Theater presents the very interactive show “My Funny Valentine.” “Guests” toast the happy couple, dine, dance, and engage in the staged and improvisational antics. $60 per person includes the show, dinner, dancing. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit The Wellness Community, Delaware. 7 p.m. www.wellnessdelaware.org. 302-645-9150

 

Feb. 13

Sunday Morning Pancake Breakfast, Oxford Fire House, Oxford, MD. Why cook on a lazy Sunday morning when someone else can do it for you? Pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, coffee. Just bring the Sunday paper and relax! Proceeds benefit the fire company. 7-11 a.m.

 

Burton Island Interpretive Hike, Burton Island Nature Preserve, DE. Take a guided walk with a park naturalist around the upland areas of the Burton Island Interpretive Trail. On this State Nature Preserve, you will find wide expanses of salt marsh along the new state-of-the-art boardwalks. Expect to see a rich variety of trees, plants and wildlife on this hike, as well as traces of man's past habitations and influence on the land. Call to pre-register. $4 per person. 302-227-6991.

 

The Mullins Trio, Cape Charles, VA. An afternoon of classical chamber music including Schubert, and Frank sonatas for piano and violin. $15/$8 (students) 4 p.m. at the Prince Theater. www.artsentercapecharles. 757-331-2787

 
Assateague Pony Shot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:37

 

I don’t hunt, mostly because I am a lousy shot, so this is not a rant against hunters. But some idiot shot and killed an Assateague pony in mid-January. Nobody’s sure exactly when it happened but a hunter found the carcass of the mare on January 15. THAT person had a legal permit to be hunting on the National Seashore. There are a limited number of permits issued and a two-day hunt is held in January to keep the herd of Sika deer at a manageable level. Since there are no predators on the island, without a regular culling the deer will over-populate and very quickly overstrip the forage available.

 

Park officials say it appears the mare died almost immediately, so this is not a case of someone shooting the animal and then not being able to track it.

 

Checking records, the bay mare was 28 years old and had delivered several foals. There’s a $1,000 reward for information leading to finding the person who did this. Depending on the circumstances of the shooting, the person could face charges. If you have information, place call 410-629-6055 or e-mail Chief Ranger Ted Morlock at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Hot Happenins' on the Eastern Shore Jan 31-Feb 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:16

 

Feb. 1

“Those Who Wore the Shoe” A ‘staged documentary’ which uses music, dance, and archival photography to explore slavery and its impact. 7:30 p.m. Guerrieri Center, Salisbury University.

 

Feb. 2

Hyperion Ensemble, Holloway Hall, Salisbury University. Founded in 1996, this Salzburg-based string sextet quickly became one of the most talked about chamber music ensembles in Europe. 7p.m. Free

 

Feb. 3-26

Members Show, Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St., Cambridge. Mon-Thur 10-5, Fri-Sat 10-4. Closed Sunday. www.dorchesterarts.org

 

Feb. 4-6

Superbowl Food Blitz, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Toll collectors will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items over the weekend. All food collected on the Eastern Shore side goes to food banks in the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Whatever is collected on the Virginia Beach side stays there.

 

Feb. 4

1st Friday, Chestertown, Easton

Galleries, shops open late. Special events. Artist receptions. 5-8 p.m.

 

Feb. 5-6

Polar Bear Plunge Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE. A weekend of winter fun, culminating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sunday afternoon. Saturday includes a Polar Bear Cakeoff with contestants from TLC’s Greatest Baker competition, each trying to make the ultimate “Polar Bear” cake. There’s an ice sculpture demo, a 5K run/walk, and a chili competition at area restaurants. Lots of kids activities throughout town all day. The plunge is Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by an Apres Plunge party at the convention center ($5 admission) with chili, pizza, and hot drinks. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. Details at www.plungede.org

 

Feb. 5-26

“The Heritage Collection” Somerset Arts Center, 26430 Burton Ave., Crisfield. Exhibit focuses on the African-American community in Crisfield and surrounding areas, particularly within the seafood industry. Artist reception with Azinith Williams on Feb. 5 from 2-4 p.m. 410-968-2787

 

Feb. 5

Local Appreciation Day, Delmarva Discovery Center, Pocomoke City. 50% off admission to the center’s 2011 Kick Off and Reef Tank Celebration.

 
Hot Happenins' on the Eastern Shore, Jan. 24-30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:41

 

January 28-29-30 (Also Feb. 4,5,6)

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Dinner Theater. Possum Point Players, Georgetown, DE. Musical comedy about the angst of every overachiever involved in the spelling bee of a lifetime. All performers are adults, even those portraying the middle school age contestants. Audience volunteers are an integral part of the show. 28-29, Dinner 6:30, Show 8 pm. 30th Dinner 12:30, Show 2 pm. Tickets $40 for dinner and show, $20 show only. 302-856-4560, www.possumpointplayers.org

 

January 28

ESO Cabaret, Belle Haven, VA. Some of the Eastern Shore’s best singer/songwriters collaborate for an “Original Coffee House” at the ESO. “Pay as you Will” with all proceeds to benefit the ESO scholarship fund for young artists. 7:30 pm. Reservations 757-442-3226 or www.esoartscenter.org

 

Wild Delmarva: Photography of Kevin Fleming, Ward Museum, Salisbury, MD. FREE reception to open an exhibition of his works (runs through April 10). Fleming is known for his fabulous images of the wildlife and waterfowl of Delmarva. Many of the photos are from his new book. 5-7 pm. 410-742-4988. www.wardmusuem.org

 

January 29

Bowen McCauley Dance Troupe, Nandua, VA. Acclaimed troupe known for its high-energy, highly original choreography for pieces in a wide range of musical styles from classics to bluegrass. 8 pm. $20 adults $5 students. 757-302-0366

 

100 Voice Choir, Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Annual gospel concert to benefit the Rev. Vincent Hyson Scholarship. The ‘full ride’ scholarship is given to a Kent County Student with financial need who emulates the life of community service shown by the late Rev. Hyson. 4-6 pm. $7. 410-778-7700

 

Frosty Tales, Starry Nights, Terrapin Nature Park, Stevensville, MD. Star gazing, learn the constellations, take a walk through the winter woods, warm up by the campfire. $5 per person, $20 per family. 410-758-0835 for time.

 

Fishing Flea Market, American Legion Post 278, Stevensville, MD. Unload those old rods, reels, waders, and other fishing paraphernalia and pick up a whole load of new stuff. Sat 8-4, Sun 8-3. 410-643-3970

 

The Blues Ball, Crisfield Elks Lodge, Crisfield, MD. DJ and live music, live auction, dinner catered by Peakey’s. $25, table for $200. 6pm- 12 am. Proceeds benefit Somerset Community Services. 410-623-2261

The Harlem Quartet, Bethel United Methodist Church, Lewes, DE. Part of the Coastal Concert Series. The highly acclaimed all-African-American and Latino quartet explores the traditions of classical music while engaging audiences with the works of minority composers. 8PM. Tickets $25. www.coastalconcerts.org

 

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail, Holts Landing State Park, Millville, DE. Bundle up for the 1.7 mile ramble through the park, learn about the Indian River Bay and Assawoman Canal. FREE. 1 pm-2:30 pm. Meet in the parking lot. 302-227-6991.

 
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