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In 1967 a group of Oxford citizens came together to establish a fundraiser that would support the Oxford Museum, the Oxford Lions Club and the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department. A tradition was born with the Ladies Auxiliary serving lunches, snacks and refreshments at the Annual Antique Show and Sale. In 1988 the Oxford Ladies Auxiliary became the sole sponsor of the show, with all proceeds from admis-sions, lunches, crafts, baked goods, patrons and the show program supporting the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department. 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the show, making it the oldest continuous antique show on the Eastern Shore! The new show manager, Dottie Sommerville, has over 40 years in the business and has brought in many new dealers, and lots of old favorites to the show. This year there are 3 full rooms of antiques, making this the largest show ever and one not to be missed! Show hours are: Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4. Admission is $4.00
Over the years the Auxiliary has gained a reputation for the best crab cakes in Oxford and mouth-watering baked goods. Check out the kitchen for a delicious lunch during the show, and take home some fabulous baked goods and homemade jam or pickles for later. The show features a raffle of “The Little Gardener”. The original statue was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy and is in the Rose Garden at the White House.
This year the Auxiliary is honored to display the original parade hat worn by Mrs Sara Benson. After this year’s show, it will go on permanent loan and display in the Oxford firehouse, a generous gift from Miss Sara’s son Dale and his wife Susan.
Since making a commitment to help pay off the mortgage in 2012 Auxiliary fundraisers have raised more than $391,000 specifically for that purpose! As of July 2017, the remaining balance on the mortgage is $60,811 which they are targeting for payoff this year. The goal of the Auxiliary is to support the work of
the fire company through such activities as providing canteen on active fire scenes (no matter the hour or weather) and raising monies to help pay for apparatus, equipment and training.
The Auxiliary members are a hard-working and dedicated group who are proud to be an integral part of the Fire Company and the community of Oxford. In 2015 there was a name change to the Oxford Fire Company Auxiliary. Anyone within the 26154 zip code may apply who wishes to support the Oxford Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company as they provide services that are so vital to our way of life in Oxford. For more information on the Auxiliary call 410-226-0030.

Family Day at CBMM

On Saturday, September 23, the public is invited to Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., guests can follow a special Quest Card to explore family-friendly exhibits and enjoy hands-on activities along CBMM’s 18-acre campus.

Families can examine the critters living on an oyster reef, learn to take photos like Robert de Gast, and help construct a dugout canoe. Guests can dress as a lighthouse keeper and explore what life was like for those who worked in the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, before climbing to the top for a bird’s-eye view.

All of the day’s activities are free for CBMM members and are included with regular admission for museum guests, with no advanced registration needed. Educators can receive free family admission for the day by registering at bit.ly/CBMMFamilyDay. All pre-registered educators must provide credentials at check-in, such as certification or school/employer ID, to receive complimentary family admission.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, the museum’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to the museum’s Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through 2018, museum guests can see the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Cabaret @ OCC

Cabaret @ OCC
Sat., Oct. 7 at 5:30pm
Music by the Leo Lion Band
Cost: $150 per person
RSVP to 410-226-5904, oxfordcc@verizon.net, or buy your tickets here.

The Cabaret @ OCC is back! This gala fundraiser has been a huge success in each of its three years, and this year looks to continue that trend. It’s one of the biggest nights in town, and always a great time!

This year we have the amazing talents of the Leo Lion Jazz Band, playing upbeat jazz and Motown to make you want to dance the night away. Collectively, band members have played well known stages such as the Blue
Note NYC, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Hamilton, and Lincoln Center.

Get dressed up for an incredible dinner, great music and dancing at OCC!


Friday-Sunday, October 27-29, 2017, Easton, MD
Tickets and information – chesapeakefilmfestival.com

Easton, MD — The 10th Anniversary Chesapeake Film Festival brings filmmakers and a diverse audience of film enthusiasts to Easton for the region’s only weekend event that features independent films. Some critics call independent films the most important art form of the 21st century. Audiences have the chance to engage in critical discourse about the film, often with the filmmaker present.

The Avalon Theater is the Chesapeake Film Festival headquarters, with satellite venues at the Art Academy Museum, Talbot County Public Library, and Easton & Cambridge Premier Cinemas. Tickets are reasonably priced, $12 per film; $50 for one day; and $85 for an all-access pass. A special opening film and party is $30. For further information about all films, day and all-access passes, special events, and tickets please visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

Opening night, October 27th, begins at the Troika Gallery with a Greek-themed cocktail party before a short walk to the Avalon Theatre to enjoy the comedy Swing Away. Filmed mostly in Greece, it is about professional golfer Zoe Papadopolus who travels to her grandparent’s village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the women’s professional golf tour. Actor John O’Hurley (remember Seinfeld’s Mr. Peterman?) stars in the movie. An avid golfer himself, upper level Festival sponsors are invited to play golf with O’Hurley at the Talbot County Country Club.

Because environmental concerns are integral to the Eastern Shore across the political spectrum, Saturday, October 28th is a full day of documentaries with climate change as a common theme. A partnership with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy brings substantive expertise to the film discussions. Viewers will see the power of documentary filmmaking in understanding this widely discussed and often contentious topic. Discussion will be interspersed between films moderated by Stuart Clarke, Executive Director, Town Creek Foundation. Experts include Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Benjamin H. Grumbles; Dr. Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, 1990-2017; Dr. William C. “Bill” Boicourt,Professor Emeritus, Horn Point Laboratory, UMECS; and Brian Ambrette, Coastal Resilience Manager at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

The film sequence begins with National Geographic’s, Before the Flood, produced by Martin Scorsese, in which actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists worldwide to discuss the impacts of climate change. From the Ashes presents the voices from all sides of the debate about the coal industry as alternative energy gains steam. The coal industry provides tens of thousands of jobs to America’s blue-collar backbone. Regrettably, it is also the single largest source of the carbon dioxide emissions contributing to global warming, and public health officials warn of the myriad risks of mining and burning coal.

High Tide in Dorchester, written and narrated by Tom Horton, directed by Dave Harp, and produced by Sandy Cannon-Brown addresses the lack of adequate planning needed to meet the imminent challenges of living on the edges of a rising tide. Two shorts, The Ballad of Holland Island House produced by Lynn Tomlinson and The Waterman produced by Jess Jacklin, are touchingly intimate portrayals of our local legacy.

On Sunday, October 29th at the Art Academy Museum, the Festival will screen AlphaGo about an artificial intelligence; hosts a student film showcase featuring young filmmakers from Easton High School who are learning filmmaking under the guidance of instructor Garnette Hines. Hines will join Lori Snyder, Executive Director of Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), and filmmakers to discuss student engagement in this art form. The Festival closes with William Wyler: The Films & The Music, presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin. After the last film, an awards ceremony and cocktail party will close the Festival.

The Chesapeake Film Festival welcomes public support with sponsorships and program advertisements.

The Festival is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and the Maryland Film Office.

Unique Partnership Helps Save Lives in Talbot County

Unique Partnership Helps Save Lives in Talbot County

Chamber of Commerce Offers Naloxone ‘Lunch and Learns’ with Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office



EASTON – The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office have partnered to provide Naloxone training to local businesses starting in October.


Naloxone is a life-saving medication that reverses an opioid overdose yet has no abuse potential. Side effects are minimal and the medication is safe for children and pregnant women. 


Local business owners and employees are invited to a series of chamber ‘Lunch and Learns,’ which provide a unique opportunity for training during a weekday lunch hour. Training takes about 30 minutes and participants will receive a free box of Naloxone, with two doses in each box. Businesses that have staff trained will receive a window cling that shows customers that a business has had Naloxone training.

Each business trained will receive one free box of Naloxone, but may have as many employees trained as desired.


The first trainings are scheduled from noon until 1 p.m. at the chamber office on Oct. 5, Oct. 24, Nov. 8 and Nov. 30. Each session can hold up to 16 people. Registration is available online at www.talbotchamber.org or by calling the chamber at 410-822-4653.


“The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff welcome the opportunity to partner with the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office to offer Naloxone training for local business men and woman,” said Al Silverstein, President & CEO Talbot County Chamber.  “Our organization supports all efforts to combat the epidemic use of both legal and not-legal drugs.  We know this training will prepare our participating members so that they can be in a position to save a life.”


Alexandra Duff, prevention coordinator with Talbot County Health Department administers the trainings. Funding for the Naloxone came from a state grant that provided resources for 266 boxes of the life-saving drug. Those boxes, combined with Duff’s existing supply amounts to 350 boxes available for trainings. With two doses in each box, the trainings will provide 700 free doses for our community.


“Last year in Maryland more than 2,000 people died from an opioid overdose,” Duff said. “This grant enables us to get 700 doses of this life-saving medicine across our county, and this partnership with the chamber is invaluable in helping reduce opioid deaths in our county.”


Trainings include an overview of how to recognize the signs of an overdose; how to respond to an overdose; and how to administer Naloxone.


In addition, each training includes general information on Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law, which protects people who call 911 for an overdose from prosecution for certain crimes, and information on getting Naloxone.


Training certificates are good for two years. Renewal certificates do require a refresher training course.


Duff also is working with the firehouses in Talbot County to schedule additional trainings, starting in October. For more information on Naloxone or other substances contact Duff at 410-819-5600.


Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan is available without a prescription in Maryland. Cost varies based upon insurance coverage.


The Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office helps community groups, agencies and individuals in providing programs and activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, and to build a healthier community. Resources include parenting skills, video and resource loan library, awareness campaigns and educational workshops.

Talbot Goes Purple

Talbot Goes Purple

Over the past few months, we’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm and support for Talbot Goes Purple, our substance abuse prevention initiative. We’ve visited more than 50 community groups across Talbot County, talking about the project and spreading awareness about the dangers of recreational use of prescription painkillers.

Our stark reality is that we’re in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history and much of it starts with improper use of prescription painkillers. We’ve got to start teaching our kids these bills are basically synthetic heroin and misuse WILL lead to heroin dependency.

The good news is that our community has rallied together for Talbot Goes Purple, with hundreds of people ready to stand up against substance abuse. Countless people have reached out asking how to get involved.

Here’s how you can join us as we stand up against substance abuse:
Have the ‘new conversation’ with your kids.
Learn about the Good Samaritan Law and tell your kids about it.
Get trained on Naloxone, a life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
Share our educational messages on Facebook.
‘Go Purple’ with us on Sept. 1!

Talbot Goes Purple focuses on creating purple clubs in our high schools, through which our teens will learn they don’t need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges. The project encourages our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.

Purple lights are available at ED Supply in Easton, and we hope everyone can display purple lights starting Sept. 1.

To kick off the project, we invite you to our ceremonial lighting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Talbot County Courthouse. The following evening, Chris Herren speaks at a FREE event starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Easton High School.

You can find more information on our website, www.talbotgoespurple.org. We hope you all join us in this fight!

Joe Gamble, Talbot County Sheriff
Lucie Hughes, Tidewater Rotary

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