Personal Growth

Much Ado About Beer: Tasting & History

January 27: Ages 21+, Friday, 6-8 p.m., Develop your knowledge of Standard American Brew and Micro-Brews with Certified Master Brewer, Jack Ehmann. Top off the evening with a sampling of some of the finest brews in the area and appetizers. Register by 1/20. $25 per person. Centre for the Arts, 206 South Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

Meet David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower as they discuss Life with President Dwight Eisenhower

David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower featured speakers for Easton fundraiser Dec. 8

Regional history buffs and patrons of education and literacy will enjoy a rare insider’s view of 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower as grandson David Eisenhower and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of U.S. President Richard Nixon, discuss their book Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961-1969, on Thursday, December 8. The Joy of Reading fundraising event will support tuition assistance at Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC).

            The VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m. at Scossa Restaurant & Lounge, 8 N. Washington St., Easton, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. Tickets are $135 for the reception, which includes cocktails and light fare, reserved seats at the presentation and a signed copy of the book, or $35 for general admission to the presentation. For tickets, call (410) 822-8061 or visit www.cacckids.org.

Greenhouse Growers Conference - Learn to solve problems and increase profits!

A Greenhouse Production Conference has been scheduled for anyone interested in starting a greenhouse to experienced greenhouse operators.  The conference is ssponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association.

The workshop will be held on Friday November 18th, 2011 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Chesapeake College Cadby Theatre in the Kent Humanities Building.  Topics will include: Production Cost of Growing Plants in a Greenhouse: How to keep a handle on your cost, Learn From an Experienced Scout:  A hands-on approach with and emphasis on scouting techniques, using pH/EC meters, diagnostic kits, sticky cards, humidity chambers, scouting forms, and beat tests, Cutting off the Really Big Losses from Diseases in Greenhouses, Keeping the Nasty Thrips, Aphids, Whiteflies and Mites from Bringing Down the House Using the Latest in IPM and New Chemistry, Producing Quality Geraniums and New Guinea Impatiens, Ways Growers Can Get The Most Profit On What They Grow, What Can Go Right and Wrong With Bedding Plants: Correcting problems before they cost you money, Try Something New That Can Make You Money In The Greenhouse Business.

Learn About the Value of Group Tour - November 16th

Ever wondered how to tap into the family reunion, church, corporate event or meeting industry?  The Dorchester County Office of Tourism and the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area invite you to explore this market with an expert in the field. 


Please join us as we welcome Rich Gilbert, Travel Trade Sales Manager with the Maryland Office of Tourism.  Rich has 24 years of experience with the Maryland Office of Tourism and will share helpful hints about creating or improving your marketing message and increasing your exposure to the group tour decision makers.


This FREE workshop will be held at the Dorchester County Visitor Center on Wednesday, November 16th at 4p.m. 


For information or to RSVP, contact: amanda@tourdorchester.org or call 410-228-1000.

Farm Tax and Quickbook Classes

November 21, 2011


Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center, AUD 01

8 am – 10 am

Cost: $15

As you are finishing harvest, it is time to review your income tax situation. We will discuss end of the year planning as well as options for long-term deprecation.  Unless you plan, you could miss out on possible deductions or be required to recognize more income than you expected.

Register:  Call University of Maryland Extension 410-822-1244 or sdill@umd.edu

Brown Bag Lunch - Archaeology

January 2, 2012

Using Archaeology to Understand Current Issues:  Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, and Critical Areas

Darrin L. Lowery, Ph.D. Research Associate, Dept. of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution will be the featured speaker at the January 2nd  Brown Bag Lunch at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library. Darrin Lowery was raised on Tilghman Island, Maryland.  He developed a long-term interest in both geology and archaeology while growing up on the island.  He has degrees in anthropology, archaeology, and a Ph.D. in geology.  He has documented over 1,800 archaeological sites and published over sixty reports, articles, or monographs related to the archaeology and geology of the Chesapeake Bay region.  He and his colleagues at the Smithsonian are currently working on several research projects within the bay area.  He is greatly interested in integrating archaeology, geology, and soil science to better understand the long-term history of the Chesapeake Bay.  Lowery is married to Dr. Brooke Buckley and they currently reside on the Choptank River near Easton, Maryland.

The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the lunch and patrons are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desserts provided by the library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information you can call (410) 745-5877 or go to the library website at www.tcfl.org.

Lewis and Clark Expedition Talk

Thursday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m., the Talbot County Free Library will sponsor a talk in the Wagner Witte Gallery (5 North Harrison Street, Easton) by Smithsonian scholar Dr. Herman Viola.  

Dr. Viola will discuss the ways in which the Lewis and Clark Expedition used and built upon geographical information first developed by Native Americans.  “The Lewis and Clark Expedition,” writes Dr. Viola, “has been a special interest of mine for many years.  In fact, since 1985 I have been the study leader on an annual horse-back trip over the Lolo Trail, the Indian route that Lewis and Clark used in crossing the Bitterroot Mountains during their epic crossing of the continent.”  

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

An evening with biologist and nature writer Joan Maloof

Pickering Creek Audubon Center presents....

Adventures in Eastern Old Growth Forests with
Author Joan Maloof

November 9 at 5:30 PM

In her new book, biologist and nature writer Joan Maloof takes readers on both a practical and lyrical journey to some of the oldest and least known forests in the land. Join us for hearing her talk about her wonderful experiences around the writing of this exceptional book.

Light refreshments served

RSVP by calling 410-822-4903

Held at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center
11450 Audubon Lane
Easton, MD 21601

Click here for directions





October 14  Time: 9am – noon    Location: Chesapeake College, EDC - 27  Register: 410-822-1244 or sdill@umd.edu

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--is required as a project participant.

Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices.

Note: Proposal deadlines are December 1 with awards announced in March.

 If you need special assistance please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about grant writing and SARE projects.

Love Times Three - A Peek Inside Modern Polygamy

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Mention "Polygamy" and people start laughing, waiting for the punch line. The guy stutters, right? I Do, I Do, I Do..... I DO! Beer lovers can indulge in the plural with Polygamy Porter, and the motto "Why Have Just One?"  

Polygamy has been a media hot topic, lately. On the small screen we had the successful HBO series, "Big Love" (which had some good moments) and the reality show "Sister Wives" (which I found as stupid fascinating as every other reality show). For print, there's a LOT of memoirs like "Stolen Innocence" and "Wife no. 19".  The books I've read have always solidified the mainstream viewpoint as polygamy as evil, a way to imprison women and control children by marrying them off at age 12 to old men.  In no way do I want to minimize the women who had that experience - nor their bravery at seeking a better life. But perhaps their story of abuse is not the ONLY story of polygamy. 

I just spent a day reading Love Times Three: Our True Story of a Polygamous Marriage , an autobiographical look into a plural marriage. The book is written by Joe Darger and each of his three wives, Alina and twins Vicki and Valerie Darger, along with journalist Brooke Adams. There's talk that Joe and his family were the inspiration behind "Big Love", and indeed, some scenes from the show came directly from Joe's experiences. His mother DID win a state award for mothering, only to be "outed" during the awards ceremony. Not surprisingly, Joe and his three wives all came from a polygamous background. They remember their childhoods fondly, full of fun, love and companionship. 

The book details their courtship and marriage from each unique viewpoint, and doesn't minimize the jealousies and misunderstandings that MUST be part of a plural relationship. The many (24!) children go through normal rebellions, made more poignant by the taunts of other children - and adults.  The organization and efficiency needed for such a large family to function boggles the mind - and leaves me wondering why I have difficulty managing merely one spouse and three children - and various critters, of course. 

Plural families have a long history of secrecy. Not only will the neighbors NOT understand, but in many states, polygamy is defined as bigamy, and is illegal.  Technically, bigamy is taking two or more legal spouses. Polygamists have only one legal wife, the rest are married in private, religious ceremonies. Historically, the state has taken women and children away from their husbands in well-documented raids. Fear of discovery is a tangible presence in a plural lifestyle. 

So why has this family left the shadows to tell the world about their lifestyle? Besides writing this book, they’ve appeared on syndicated talk shows such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and 48 Hours. Why would a family deliberately put themselves out in public view, knowing that most of the reactions will be negative?

I'll let them explain their actions:

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