Personal Growth

CBMM Model Guild offers lapstrake skiff workshop

February 24-26

The Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD will host a weekend model-building workshop in the museum’s Bay History building from 6 to 9pm Friday, February 24 and 9 to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26. Led step-by-step by skilled modelers, participants will create a 10-inch wooden rowing skiff with lapped side planking and a flat bottom. Class size is limited, with pre-registration needed.

The 10-inch model is formed over a frame in much the same manner as a real boat is constructed. Thin toothpicks are used along with fast-drying glue to fasten the models together. Models are made of one dark and one light wood, which are alternated in the design to make a handsome, two-toned appearance.  

CBMM’s Model Guild welcomes anyone 12 years of age or older to take these classes, and encourages new members of all skill levels to participate in the Guild, use its facilities, and trade model building experience with museum visitors. A special rate for a parent-child team can accommodate younger children.

CBMM’s “Foodways of the Chesapeake” lecture series begins January 12

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) begins a new lecture series entitled “An Abundant and Fruitful Land: Foodways of the Chesapeake, Now and Then,” on January 12, with the four-part series continuing through March 14. Held on the museum’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels, MD, the series welcomes CBMM members and the general public’s participation, with pre-registration required.

From 6 to 8pm on January 12, “Spirits of the Chesapeake: Taverns, Tankards, and True Stories from 18th Century Maryland” will take place in the museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium and features Rod Cofield, director of interpretation at Historic Londontown in Edgewater, MD. Cofield will share his research into the history of tippling in the Colonial Chesapeake, and how primary documents reflect the people, environment, and debauchery of 18th century life in the Tidewater. The lecture is followed by a presentation from Joe Dolce, manager of Chestertown’s Imperial Hotel, whose talk about the original colonial cocktail the “rum shrub,” will be highlighted with tastings and recipes. The cost is $15 for CBMM members and $18 for non-members.

African American History in Talbot County

Beth Hansen, the Curator at the Historical Society of Talbot County will present a program on African American History in Talbot County at the Brown Bag Lecture Series at noon on February 16 at Hospice House in Easton.  The Society has been working on a project to collect and preserve African American history.  This program is one small part of the project.  Beth has worked in small history museums for over 15 years.

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library sponsor the Brown Bag program.   Guests are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy coffee and sweets provided by the Friends.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  The Hospice location is at 586 Cynwood Drive off of Idlewild Avenue in Easton.  For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels’ Civil War Dead

Saturday, January 7, 2:00 p.m. 

Betty Seymour, a volunteer in the library’s Maryland Room and a member of the St. Michaels Museum, will talk about what she has learned during the past year as she has researched the local graves of Civil War veterans.  Some 56 Union soldiers and one (possible) Confederate soldier are buried in St. Michaels, each with their own unique story.  Talbot County Free Library - St. Michaels


Easton Meditation Group to Offer “Introduction to Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation”

The Easton Meditation Group is offering a five-session course, “Introduction to Insight Meditation” beginning Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Easton. During five consecutive Thursday evenings, the introductory course provides basic instructions on insight meditation with each week’s session building on the previous one.

Larissa Kitenko, founder of the Easton Meditation Group, will lead the five-week course. Ms. Kitenko is a longtime practitioner of insight meditation who regularly includes silent retreats as part of her practice. She teaches meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction throughout the Eastern Shore and recently in Washington, DC.

“At the heart of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness which is simply the cultivation of our ability to pay attention to the present moment,” says Ms. Kitenko.  “We are often preoccupied with thoughts about the past or the future that may contribute to stress, fear and suffering. Insight meditation is learning to overcome this preoccupation so that we can see clearly what is happening in our present experience,” she adds.

Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Brown Bag Lunch - Monday, February 6, 2012

Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

             Author Jill Ogline Titus will be the guest speaker for the February 6, 2012 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot County Free Library St. Michaels branch at noon. Ms Titus is the author of the book Browns Battleground, Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia. When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Prince Edward County, Virginia, home to one of the five cases combined by the Court under Brown, abolished its public school system rather than integrate. Titus situates the crisis in Prince Edward County within the seismic changes brought by Brown and Virginia’s decision to resist desegregation. While school districts across the South temporarily closed a building here or there to block a specific desegregation order, only in Prince Edward did local authorities abandon pubic education entirely--and with every intention of permanence.

Farm Management Classes for Women

The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct Annie’s Project during the winter of 2012 at sites in Maryland and Delaware.  Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.  Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices. 

The course will be 8 sessions held at a variety of sites in Maryland and Delaware.  Locations include: Carroll Community College Westminster  MD, Cecil County Main Library Elkton MD, Chesapeake College Wye Mills MD, HEAT Center Aberdeen MD, Prince George’s County Extension Clinton MD, University of Delaware Research and Education Center Georgetown DE, Washington County Extension Office Boonsboro MD*, Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury MD.  Classes will begin on January 25th.

Memoir Writing Class

Memoir Writing Class at St. Michaels Library

On Thursdays, December 8 - 22, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will continue its popular memoir-writing class.  Patrons can bring their lunch and learn how to preserve and tell their family’s stories.

Photography With Your DSLR

Photography skills include an eye for composition, color and contrast, but skills are much enhanced by a working knowledge of your camera. Instructor Don Dement will guide students through the use of their cameras and maximizing the camera’s features. This two-day class will cover camera and lens characteristics, settings and operation; using flash well, making selections (WB, PASM, PAW/JPG and others), storage and file-organizing software, image processing workflow, support equipment and many tips for shooting and handling digital single reflex cameras. Interactive discussions will be held for problem solving, and is geared toward DSLR owners and potential buyers.

Saturday, December 10 and 17 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Centre for the Arts in Centreville, MD. The deadline for registration is December 2. Fees for this class are $99 for Arts Council Members and $113 for non-members. Dement has taught digital photography and editing with high acclaim at Anne Arundel Community College, Chesapeake College, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and at the Centre for the Arts since 2002. He is an award winning photographer and exhibits his work widely. The Center for the Arts classes are designed to renew existing artistic interests, and to develop new skills.

Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, MD Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm, or by calling 410.758.2520, online, www.arts4u.info, or request via email at exhibit@arts4u.info. The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Become an Apprentice Boatbuilder for a Day at CBMM this winter

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels has announced the winter/spring 2012 schedule for its Apprentice for a Day program. During museum hours on Saturdays and Sundays from January 7th through May 27th, participants will be constructing a North Shore Sailing Skiff, “Miss B” Model. By constructing a boat from start to finish throughout the process, traditional Chesapeake boatbuilding techniques will be taught to participants of all skill levels under the direction of a CBMM shipwright.

Participants can be a part of the whole 21-week process, or can sign up only for specific dates. The “Journeyman's Special” package makes a great gift and includes any four days for one reduced price, and can diversify the experience to include several different skills.

Individual classes are $35 for museum members and $45 for non-members. The four-day “Journeyman’s Special” is $125 for members and $170 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. Gift certificates for the holidays are also available.

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