Personal Growth

Upcoming Programming in September at the Talbot County Free Library

 One Maryland One Book

One Maryland One Book is the Maryland Humanities Council’s immensely popular program in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  This year’s selection, Outcasts United, tells the true story of a coach and a group of likeable but disparate refugee children that overcame incredible challenges to play the game they loved: soccer.  In addition to being a great American story (people overlooking their differences to pursue a common goal), Outcasts United is a joy to read.  Stop by the library, check out a copy, read it, and then join your fellow Marylanders in a statewide discussion. 


Children’s Programs


 Family Crafts

Saturday, September 11, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Meet the Creatures from Pickering Creek

Thursday, September 23, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Live reptiles in the lobby!


Now that students are back to school, the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) invites the community to participate in upcoming classes and programs. New this session is a tap dancing class for adults and beginner ceramic classes

 (PHOTO: Willy Schlossbach, Instructor, is one of the many artists leading classes at DCA this fall.)


Oil Painting for Beginners and Intermediates, Taught by Tom Ryan

Learn to paint with oils in this class that is great for beginners or students continuing to perfect their skills. Beginners learn the fundamentals of still life painting including color, composition, form, and materials while intermediate students hone existing skills and explore more complex challenges. More advanced students will complete finished, professional quality work. Supply list available. All sessions: Monday mornings, six weeks, 9 a.m. – noon. The fall session begins September 20.

Discovering the “Know How” of Oil Painting, Mary Ekroos, Instructor

Learn the “know how” of creating a painting from your own photos. Students will be shown: how to compose a painting using basic elements in their subjects; how to use light and color; the importance of linear and atmospheric perspectives and how to understand what they see.  Basic principles of drawing will be reviewed. The class is oriented toward marine and landscape oil painting and is open to students at all levels of painting experience. A supply list is available. The class will meet for four weeks beginning Monday, October 4.                                                                                              -- cont --

Intermediate Landscape Oil Painting - Expressing Your Own Style, Taught by Willy Schlossbach

This class will teach intermediate and the more advanced oil students painting techniques in landscape and cityscape painting. Students will learn to interpret photographs and ideas into paintings that express themselves and make their paintings distinctively their own. Supply list is available. Thursday afternoons, six weeks; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The session begins September 23.


Watercolor for Beginners and Beyond, Taught by Jeanne Ewell

This class introduces basic techniques of watercolor and builds to the more complex.  Emphasis will focus on the basics of controlling the medium, color mixing, brush handling, and composition. Demonstrations are part of the class. Beginning and continuing students will receive individual attention while painting a variety of subject matter. Supply list available. The class will meet for six weeks on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon, beginning September 23.

Get Off the Diving Board and into Life!

By Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Don’t you hate when you KNOW what you have to do – but just can’t seem to find the motivation to actually get it done??? 

It’s like standing on a diving board – KNOWING you can dive into the water safely, but you’re still afraid to actually take the leap. So you a) climb down or b)do a half-hearted walk off the end of the board, going into the water as slowly as possible.  Neither feels good – and you’re left with that uneasy feeling in your stomach – you’ve let yourself down – again.

This half-hearted approach to life is found in every area of our lives:

  1. We don’t eat right and exercise regularly – even though we WANT to be healthy!
  2. We don’t organize our homes and our lives, we let clutter take over.
  3. We don’t spend enough quality time with our loved ones – we say we’ll do it later.
  4. We don’t follow the daily goals we’ve set for our business – assuming we’ve set the goals!
  5. We don’t follow our dreams – we let life rule US, instead of taking control ourselves!

The good news – you CAN overcome this common fear of taking control of your life!


Adkins Arboretum is offering a full slate of education programs for spring, from tree and meadow stewardship programs to poetry readings and workshops to a full complement of crafts sessions. Programs include:

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession
Tuesday, May 4, 4–5 p.m. with a reception to follow
Fee: $15 members, $18 general public
In this beautifully illustrated talk, Andrea Wulf tells the story of a small group of 18th-century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners. Friends, rivals and enemies, their correspondence, collaborations and squabbles make for a riveting human drama set against the backdrop of the emerging British Empire and America's magnificent forests. As botany and horticulture became a science, the garden became the Eden for everyman.

From the Tree’s Perspective
Wednesday, May 5, 10–11:30 a.m.

Fee: $10 members, $15 general public
Richard Murray will introduce the concepts of tree function and defense from the tree’s perspective. He will provide an overview of the basics of tree biology and how trees influence ecological associations and processes. Using samples and a hands-on approach, he will discuss how we can improve our efforts to establish and preserve trees.

Dance Your Way Through Summer

by Erin Mawn

One thing that I have always loved about the beginning of summer, besides the obvious answers like the smell of fresh cut grass, warm breezes and flowers in full bloom, is that it is dance recital season. I started dancing when I was three years old, and I continued all the way through college. I loved the excited murmurs and shouts of joy in the dance studio when the costumes finally arrived. We couldn’t wait to try them on, and imagined what we’d look like on stage performing in front of all those smiling faces. The weeks leading up to the performance were hectic in a wonderful way: frenzied mothers asking about tights, little girls parading around in adorable costumes that made them look like dolls come to life, older girls practicing their routines around the clock, and harried dance instructors frantically trying to corral their students. Being on stage was, and is still is, one of the greatest feelings, but it was also a little disappointing to know that dance classes were over until the fall.

Learn Glass Fusing

Greensborough Trading Company in Greensboro, Md. is offering in April and May a set of classes in Glass Fusing.

Due to popular requests Lynn Haneke, the Stained Glass Instructor, at Greensborough Trading Company has developed a beginning level short course in Glass Fusing basics.

The first class will be held April 17th at 10:00. The students will be creating two 4” coasters using multiple layers of glass and decorations with a wide array of colors. Lynn will be bringing into the store her own kiln, various colors of glass, and stringers, noodles and frit to decorate the coasters. Students will be able to pick up their finished projects in two weeks or less. This class will be full of hands-on instruction with examples of finished projects for inspiration. You need no prior experience in stained glass. The cost of the class is $35.00 with all materials and kiln firing provided. Class size is limited to 6 students and if more than 6 students sign up a second entry level class can be held that same day starting at 2:00.

The second class will build on the skills gained in the first one. It will be held May 15th at 10:00. We will be creating a birdhouse with wind chimes of glass hanging from it. The birdhouse is decorated with many chips of glass portraying a flower garden. The chips range in size from pencil eraser to dust. An artistic ability is helpful but not necessary. The cost of the class is $50.00 with all materials and firing provided. Class size is again limited to 6 students with a second class possible. Students must take the first class in order to participate in the second.

Students must pre-register/ pre-pay with Barbara Mutolo at Greensborough Trading Company,                410-482-2200.

Til Death Do Us Part

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I'm feeling a bit weepy and sentimental, today. We attended the funeral of my 92 year old great-aunt - and saw friends and family members you only see once in a great while - every ten years or so. This group, however, was familiar. We had gathered less than a month ago to bury my 91 year old great-uncle. Yup - my aunt and uncle had been married 63 years - and were living independantly until 6 weeks ago. Now they're both gone.

My uncle had several serious health issues - his death was not unexpected. His wife, however, was fine. I think she had neither the will nor the desire to continue without her rock and protector. So...she stopped.

And so today the same people gathered, at the same place, to set her beside her beloved husband.

My aunt and uncle are not unique. Many older couples simply wind down together as naturally as they lived beside each other for decades. They're in sync.

My tears are not simply for my loved ones - they're for little old couples everywhere, puttering through their day, secure in the love they share. If you know of such a couple - please go out of your way this week to do something nice for them - bring them some home-made food, fresh vegetables, or old pictures.

Or simply sit and listen to their story - a story of a love that has lasted two lifetimes, and will continue to bless the world long after they are gone.


Historians Delight - Washington Crossing the Delaware

  • David H.Fischer on Emanuel Leutze's 'Washington Crossing the Delaware'
  • Saturday, May 1   |  4:30pm Free event
  • This event runs Saturday, May 1
  • Location: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Reynolds Center for American Art and Portrait
  • Contact: LKitz2@washcoll.edu
  • Phone: 410–810–7165
  • Email: LKitz2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu/events_programs/a
  • One of our country's foremost historians, David Hackett Fischer has described his work as 'a deep affirmation of American values'. His books include Paul Revere's Ride, a main selection of the History Book Club; Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, winner of the American Association of University Presses Prize for Overall Excellence; and 'Champlain's Dream', the authoritative biography of French explorer and visionary Samuel de Champlain. Fischer received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for 'Washington's Crossing', an analysis of Washington's battles in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. A graduate of Princeton and Johns Hopkins Universities, Fischer serves as the Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis, where he has taught since 1962. He is presently at work on two books, a comparative political history of the United States and New Zealand, and a history of the endurance of African folkways in America.
    Free bus from Casey Academic Center, Washington College Departs 11:30am - returns

Homeschool and Educator Alert

National Geographic is celebrating World Water Day!

"Water: Our Thisty World" is available for free download starting on World Water Day, March 22, and extending through April 2, 2010. This interactive edition of National Geographic magazine presents complete content from the print edition, plus extra photo galleries, rollover graphics that animate features like maps and time lines, video profiles of photographers who contributed to the issue, and other interactive features. National Geographic's water issue is available in print on newsstands everywhere beginning March 30.

Click below to get the free materials!


Skipjack Looking For Volunteers On Board & On Shore

The skipjack Nathan of Dorchester is accepting new volunteers for crew, maintenance and administrative positions as she gets ready for her 2010 sailing season.

Owned, operated and maintained by the nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee, the Nathan sails late April through early November from Long Wharf in Cambridge. She offers charters for all occasions, educational sails and special event trips throughout the Chesapeake Bay, along with a regular public sailing schedule.

A volunteer orientation session will be held on Thursday, March 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dorchester County Airport. Registration for the session is requested by March 20. Light refreshments will be provided.

Special help is needed this year in handling reservations. The organization can use one or several individuals who have computer access and time to answer phone and email requests, along with someone to help at the dock during public sails. Except for the times at the dock, most of the work can be done from home.

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