Motivational Theatres’annual “Friendraiser” features new play

New York area playwright Brian C. Petti is the 2012 winner of the "Carlton E. Spitzer Excellence in Writing" award presented by the HGGMT, Inc. for his play “Ten Seconds”.  Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre’s Annual ‘Friendraiser’ Celebration is Saturday, December 1, in Easton featuring this new one-act play “Ten Seconds” and an act of monologues. 

Ten Seconds is a powerful play which illustrates the negative effects our perceptions of, and actions toward, people with challenges,” states HGGMT artistic director, Anita Tecce. The roles are moving and riveting; substantial roles that offer an opportunity for actors to challenge their talent. Taking on the challenge are Zack Schlag, Larlett Cash, Ricky Smith, Erica Tecce, Sarah Crump, and Meg Parry.

Monologues includetwo Carlton E. Spitzer monologues, "That's Why She Holds the Racket Like That" performed by Meg Parry and "Snob Mob" performed by Terry Taylor. "Valedictorian Speech" is written by Paul Briggs and performed by Larlett Cash and Sarah Crump.


Troika Gallery in downtown Easton celebrates its 15th Anniversary Gala Group Show from November 9 to December 31. Take an artistic journey through the visual treasures of the Eastern Shore and beyond. This show is a rare opportunity to experience a complete re-hanging of the entire gallery and to see new original works by all 34 of the renowned regional, national, and international artists represented exclusively in the area by Troika Gallery.

Savor a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompe?l’œil—it’s all here under one roof. With endlessly varied subjects, there is something for everyone, including landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, porcelain and more.

“Our artists are sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts across the country,” says gallery owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton. “Our Anniversary Show is always very popular, and we are grateful for fifteen years of successfully featuring the finest of fine art.”

Idlewild Park Goes To The Dogs For Talbot Humane

Great fall weather brought animal lovers out in support of Talbot Humane at the organization’s annual Bark in the Park festival at Idlewild Park on October 20th. The family-friendly  day for dogs began with a “moment of howl” following the pet blessing and National Anthem and ended with a tail-wagging contest for people. In between, the fun included a Dog Walk through the streets of Easton, a Dog Show with winners in ten classes, canine demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

A 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk each debuted at the event this year. More than a hundred runners and walkers participated in the races sponsored by Annapolis Volvo, helping to raise additional funds for Talbot Humane.

Educational as well as entertaining, the event featured local veterinarians, and rescue and humane groups that provided information on topics of interest to pet owners. Exhibitors and vendors offered pet-care products and services.

Bark in the Park’s focus is the animals awaiting adoption at Talbot Humane and other area organizations. A Pawrade of Adoptable Dogs allowed each group to showcase several of its dogs currently waiting for loving homes. Two of the Dog Show classes were testimony to those organizations’ efforts. Festival attendees entered a total of forty dogs in the “Dogs Adopted from Talbot Humane” and “Dogs Adopted from Other Organizations” classes.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in November of 2012

Children’s Programs

(Note: Pre-registration is requested for all programs except those requiring tickets.)


Easton   (100 West Dover Street, Easton)

First Step Storytime

Tuesdays, November 6 - 20, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult.


Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, November 6 - 20, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.  For 3 - 5 year olds.  Note: The Pickering Creek Audubon Center will conduct the program on September 11.


Meet the Creatures with Pickering Creek

Thursday, November 15, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  For all ages.

Academy Art Museum Announces New Speakers Series

The Academy Art Museum has announced a new Kittredge-Wilson Speakers Series which will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Museum throughout the year.  The first lecture in the series will be an Environmental Film Night by speaker Thomas Horton, in conjunction with Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy on October 11, 2012, 6 p.m. This event is supported by the Town Creek Foundation in grateful appreciation for Tom Horton’s many years of commitment to the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Ticket sales from this lecture will benefit both the Academy Art Museum and the Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy.

Horton, a noted environmental storyteller and Bay advocate, will introduce two 20-minute films featuring Chesapeake waters. The films include “Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay,” an insightful investigation into the Bay's most essential fishery, and “Let Our Rivers Flow,” an evocative and moving portrait of the history and future of our mid-Shore rivers.  Horton covered the Bay for 33 years for the Baltimore Sun and is an author of six books about the Chesapeake.  He writes a regular column for the Bay Journal and narrates the feature film, “Let Our Rivers Flow.”

The speaker series continues with a lecture, Catesby, Audubon and the American Wilderness, by Esther Sparks on November 15, 2012, 6 p.m. Esther Sparks will speak on the two artists, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon, both of whom most shaped the popular sense of wildlife in the New World. Burt Kummerow will present, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, on December 13, 2012 at 6 p.m. Kummerow will recount the War of 1812, which occurred in the Chesapeake region and explore the Tidewater world of two centuries past.  The presentation coincides with the recent release of his book, “In Full Glory Reflected, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.” On February 28, 2013 at 6 p.m., author Christopher Tilghman, a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, will present The Right-Hand Shore.  Tilghman’s life has revolved around his family’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His new novel, “The Right-Hand Shore,” follows his acclaimed novel, “Mason’s Retreat,” telling the multigenerational story of a farm on the Eastern Shore modeled after his own.  On March 21, 2013 at 6 p.m., Martin Kemp will present a lecture on Leonardo's Graphic Invention. Leonardo da Vinci reformed every aspect of drawing as a tool for study and invention. His design techniques not only affected the whole course of art but also encompassed almost every method of graphic demonstration in architecture, engineering, the sciences of nature, and mathematics before the advent of X-rays.   The series will wrap up with a presentation by Professor David M. Stone, Signed in Blood: Caravaggio's 'Beheading of St. John' and the Knights of Malta, on April 25, 2013. Stone is with the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware and a Trustee with the American Academy in Rome.

Talbot County Businesswoman Honored as a 2012 Maryland’s Most-Admired CEO

Aida Leisure ofand DBS Fine Jewelers and Silver Linings Recognized by The Daily Record

Aida Leisure, owner of DBS Fine Jewelers and Silver Linings of Easton and St. Michaels; was recently honored by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Most-Admired CEOs. Leisure was recognized at an awards ceremony on September 13th at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Baltimore.

The Daily Record created the Most Admired CEOs award to recognize some of the most notably talented CEOs leading the state’s nonprofit, for profit and public companies. The winners were selected based on their demonstration of strong leadership, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, financial performance and ongoing commitment to their communities and diversity.

The Daily Record was proud to honor the winners of the 2012 Most Admired CEOs award for the outstanding accomplishments they have made and leadership they have shown professionally and in their communities. The recipients demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence and have made Maryland a better place to live through their dedicated leadership and their ability to turn visions into reality,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record.

Academy Art Museum – October 2012 Calendar

Academy Art Museum Craft Show & Sale

Preview Party: October 19, 2012 6-9pm

Saturday October 20, 2012, 10am - 5pm

Sunday October 21, 2012, 10am - 4pm

The 15th annual Academy Art Museum Craft Show and Sale is the most prestigious, juried craft show on the Eastern Shore. This year’s show will feature 65 exhibitors, both established and emerging artists, more than 20 of whom are new to the show. Featured items will include unusual and hand-made home accessories, furniture, wearable art and jewelry, and gifts. The Preview Party on Friday, October 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. will offer a special shopping experience, including music, food stations and bars located throughout the show. Guests will have the opportunity to meet artists firsthand and see this year’s newest designs and hottest trends.  The ticket price for the Preview Party is $75 per person and allows the ticket holder unlimited re-entry to the show on Saturday and Sunday. The food for the Preview Party will be provided by Oxford Greens. 

There will be special lunches and snacks each day of the Show from the Gourmet Café, as well as craft demonstrations. Daily admission is $10.00. For more information, visit 아메리칸 룰렛www.academycraftshow.org. The Craft Show is one of the major fundraisers for the Museum and an easy way to support its many community-based programs for all ages.

What's So HOT About Power Yoga?

by Brenda Lain
Eastern Shore Yoga co-owner/instructor

It’s summer and 100 degrees in Easton, MD and the studio at Eastern Shore Yoga is beginning to fill up for its evening, hot yoga class.  The studio is a muscle limbering 88 degrees and the students are chatting, rolling out mats, preparing for a sweaty, vigorous class—looking forward to going to their edge.  So what brings people of varying genders, ages, and bodies to yoga in general and Eastern Shore Yoga (ESY) in particular?

I know what brought me to yoga, and anyone with an angst-ridden, 16-year-old, teenage daughter would understand completely, stress release.  It was 2000 and I had just moved with my husband and two daughters to Pittsburgh, PA.  My teenage daughter left behind her high school, friends, and “the boy she loved” in Georgia.  She hated life and especially me.  So when a newfound friend of mine suggested I take a yoga class with her, I reluctantly agreed, thinking a group of women sitting around chanting and stretching was not going to cure my ills.  I needed something stronger, like military school for girls, or a bottle of scotch for me.  What I found was something that changed my life, my relationship with my daughter, and my body.

Walk, Run And Fun At Expanded Bark In The Park

Talbot Humane’s third annual Bark in the Park family festival will feature even more activities for people and pets as it continues to grow in popularity as a community event. The free festival takes place on Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton.

New this year, Annapolis Volvo is sponsoring a 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk for human participants, starting at 9 and 9:15 a.m., respectively, from Easton Middle School, one block from Idlewild Park. Registration for the races opens there at 8 a.m.

The Dog Walk returns for the canines, along with the Fun Dog Show, which allows owners an opportunity to match their dogs against others in ten categories including talent, looks, size and costumes. L.P. Palmer and his Yorkshire Terrier, Jake, won both Best Look Alike and Best in Show at last year’s Bark in the Park Dog Show.

Registration fees apply for the runs, Dog Walk and Dog Show, with registration available in advance through the Talbot Humane website, www.talbothumane.org. Registration for the 10K and 5K also is available through Active.com.

Londonderry Retirement Community Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Londonderry Retirement Community in Easton, MD, one of several cooperative retirement communities nationwide, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house on October 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at its Community Center following the planting of a time capsule by its residents. The reception will feature decadent desserts, champagne and tours of the community.  All are welcome to attend.

In 1992, Londonderry Retirement Community was built on 24-acres at the head of the Tred Avon Creek, originally part of a 1664 land grant known as Westmoreland that was granted to Irish immigrant Francis Armstrong.  As the property changed hands over the next 100 years, it became known as London Derry, and eventually Londonderry, as it is called today.

In addition to 88 cottages and 26 apartments, Londonderry Retirement Community owns a Gothic Revival manor house, which was built at the end of the Civil War for a surgeon in the U.S. Navy, and an associated working windmill. The house, listed on the Maryland Historical Trust’s (MHT) Historic Sites Inventory, was designed by prominent architect Richard Upjohn.   Upjohn, a founding member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), also designed Trinity Church and the Church of the Ascension in New York City.  Locally, he designed the Christ Church Rectory and the Trippe-Beale House in Easton.

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