Queen Anne’s Chorale Holiday Concert
–Christmas in the New World
The Holiday season is upon us and there is no better way to kick it off than with wonderful music. Queen Anne’s Chorale will be performing Christmas in the New World on December 7th in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College Wye Mills. Selections range from Colonial times to post-Civil War and will be accompanied by chamber orchestra. “You will recognize old standards” states Robert Huntington, Artistic Director “but the repertoire also includes music from the Moravian tradition and spirituals, along with our traditional audience sing-along”
As the first of two major concerts (there is a Spring Concert as well), the Holiday Concert sets the tone for those looking to get in the Holiday Spirit. Singers from throughout the region start practicing in early September to ensure the music will raise your spirits. A Select Ensemble and soloists will provide extra music along with the chamber orchestra. Also, a punch and cookie reception follows the performances.
Tickets are $20 for adults with children through High School admitted free. You can also purchase season tickets for $30. For more information, go to www.qachorale.org. You can also call 443-262-8146.
Queen Anne’s Chorale is supported in part through grants from the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Description of Show: M*A*S*H is a stage adaptation of the book that inspired the popular TV show comedy.
Copyright information: Adapted by Tim Kelly. From the book by Richard Hooker.
Location: 10990 River Road Ridgely MD 21660
Dates: Nov 15th and 22nd at 7:30, 16th and 23rd at 5:30
Prices: $4 for students and senior citizens, $6 for adults
Ticket Website: http://nchsmd.booktix.com/
M*A*S*H stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and joining it are two unpredictable madcaps, Hawkeye and Duke. They can’t be dealt with casually, however, because they are also two of the best chest surgeons in South Korea. They decide to wage a campaign to get a young Korean to the United States and entered into a good school. The thread of this effort helps tie together the pileup of comic adventures that pyramid right before the eyes of your astonished and hysterical audience! Hawkeye has a scene with a woman psychiatrist who believes he’s been trying to lobster-trap mermaids in a rice paddy! A sergeant is selling dumb GIs fishing rights in the Bay of Phum. Radar O’Reilly, a soldier with incredible hearing, anticipates things before they happen. It’s all here, including a little romance mixed in with dramatic moments and a genuine love of life.
Performances will be at North Caroline High School’s auditorium, 10990 River Road Ridgely, MD 21660, on Friday, November 15th and 22nd at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 16th and 23rd at 5:30 pm. Tickets cost $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults. Tickets may be purchased in advance at http://nchsmd.booktix.com/.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono is pleased to announce the launch of a series of free Financial Legal Literacy Workshops funded by the Rural Maryland Council. The workshops will be held at locations across the Eastern Shore and will empower consumers to prevent financial challenges becoming legal issues.
Mid Shore Pro Bono’s Financial Legal Literacy workshops are for those seeking assistance with vital personal financial matters such as household budgets, managing debt, renting vs. buying a home, navigating unemployment, student loans and record expungement. The workshops are free to the public and are appropriate for attendees of all ages and in all stages of their financial lives.
“The continued support of the Maryland Rural Council allows us to help families find financial stability, which means children grow up in safe homes with a roof over their heads and food on the table,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “Education and early intervention are critical to keeping clients in their homes and avoiding bankruptcy and other debt-related issues. Many individuals don’t know their rights and are reluctant to confront these issues, but we are here to help. We are especially grateful to our volunteer attorneys, Derek Hills, Tim Abeska and Ann Shaw who will providing free expert legal information at each of the workshops.”
The first workshop in the three-part series, “Budgeting: Understanding Debt Management,” will be held on Thursday, November 14th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Easton Family YMCA on Peachblossom Road. Attendees will learn about household budgets, managing debt (including student loans), credit reports, building credit and legal situations to be aware of. Childcare is available for those who register before November 1st.
The second workshop, “Know Your Rights Before Signing for a Home” will be held on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:00- 7:30pm at the Kent County Library, and the final workshop, “Navigating Unemployment and Record Expungement,” is scheduled for Thursday, December 5th from 6:00- 7:00pm in Salisbury, exact location is TBD.
All workshops are free, but registration is required. Door prizes, food and drinks will also be available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-690-8128 ext. 306 to register in advance.
About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources across the Eastern Shore. Founded in 2005, Mid-Shore Pro Bono is a Maryland501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Dedicated staff and volunteers work to eliminate barriers and provide access to justice for all Eastern Shore residents. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.
For All Seasons Hosts Presentation on Collaborative Problem Solving with Dr. Stuart Ablon
“Why won’t you change?” It’s the battle cry of anyone who has ever tried to help a troubled child or teen, a challenging colleague, a stubborn spouse…and anyone who’s ever tried to curb bad habits and behavior in him or herself. On Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at the Temple B’nai Israel in Easton, For All Seasons is hosting Dr. Stuart Ablon, the founder and director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, who will present a lecture, “Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Can Help Anyone Change at Home, at School, and at Work.”
Ablon will address why is it so hard to change unwanted behavior. This paradigm-shifting model offers an evidence-based approach that actually works. Rather than judging, blaming, harsher punishment, or a call for more willpower, a more effective response to problem behavior is recognizing there is a lack of skill, not a lack of will. Based on more than 25 years of clinical work with some of the most challenging populations (juvenile offenders, convicted criminals, and other institutionalized individuals) as well as training teachers, police officers, and other professionals, Ablon presents a new way of thinking about solving our most vexing behavioral problems–and practical advice to put the ideas into practice.
He states, “Forget tough love, zero tolerance, and other outdated ways to try to eliminate bad behavior. Instead, look for what’s missing–the ability to tolerate frustration and change, for example–and work together to find a solution that will actually stick.”
In addition to being the founder and director of Think:Kids, Ablon is also an associate professor and the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the books “Changeable: The Surprising Science Behind Helping Anyone Change,” “Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach,” “Collaborative Problem Solving: An Evidence-Based Approach to Implementation and Practice,” and “The School Discipline Fix.” Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
According to Beth Anne Langrell, Director of For All Seasons, Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach. She adds, “We are thrilled to have him in our community to help us all learn better problem-solving skills, particularly around the issues of flexibility and frustration tolerance. By doing this we can build healthy relationships with one another and better our community.”
Think:Kids, a program of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, teaches an innovative approach called Collaborative Problem Solving® for helping and understanding children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed. (thinkkids.org or stuartablon.com).
The lecture is FREE but advance registration is required due to limited seating. A book signing will follow the event. To register, visit https://changeable.eventbrite.com. For further information, call Katie Theeke at For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org. The Temple B’nai Israel is located at 7199 Tristan Drive in Easton, Maryland.
For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.
Prager family offers challenge gift for Flying Cloud restoration
The Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust has recently announced the Paul B. Prager family of St. Michaels, Md. has generously pledged to donate $75,000 towards Flying Cloud’s renovation, once the Trust has raised $75,000 from others.
Trust President Ned Hennighausen says the non-profit has raised $45,000 to date, and is now seeking to raise the remaining $30,000 to fully fund the project. Work on Flying Cloud is currently underway at Campbell’s Boatyards in Oxford, Md.
The Prager family’s philanthropy also includes generous support for the Paul B. Prager Family Pool at the Perkins Family YMCA in St. Michaels, Md., and the Prager Family Auditorium of the Talbot Historical Society in Easton, Md. A USNA graduate, Paul Prager is CEO and Chairman of Beowulf Energy and principal of Bluepoint Hospitality Group.
The new non-profit is organizing and financing the critical work required to return the historic log canoe to competitive sailing form for the 2020 racing circuit. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Flying Cloud is the second largest racing log canoe in existence today, requiring as many as 18 crew to campaign her.
“Funding to date has allowed us to complete most of the work to replace Cloud’s center log,” commented Hennighausen. “With more funding, work can continue so that she’s ready in time for next year’s races.”
The restoration work is taking place at Campbell’s Boatyards in Oxford, Md., and is being completed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s guidelines for the Restoration of Historic Vessels.
Flying Cloud was built on Tilghman Island, Md. in 1932 by the legendary John B. Harrison, who also built Flying Cloud’s sister ship, Jay Dee, a year earlier. The last time Flying Cloud raced was in 2016. During that racing season, she experienced multiple failures of key components. Additionally—and as with all log canoes—time and the stresses of competition have deteriorated the logs of the hull, despite ongoing maintenance.
The Trust is actively seeking donors, former crew members, and other interested parties to help bring Flying Cloud back to her place on the water. Donations to the Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust can be mailed to PO Box 130, Oxford, Md. 21654. For more information, please follow the Flying Cloud Log Canoe on Facebook and Instagram, or contact Allan Noble at Allan.email@example.com or Ned Hennighausen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with charitable donations tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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The Prager family of St. Michaels, Md. has generously pledged to donate $75,000 towards the log canoe Flying Cloud’s renovation, once the non-profit Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust has raised $75,000 from others. The Trust has raised $45,000 to date, and is now seeking to raise the remaining $30,000 to fully fund the project. Funding to date has supported much of the work needed to replace Cloud’s center log, with work continuing on her hull.
Event: Christmas in St. Michaels ORNAMENT RELEASE
Description: 2019 Christmas in St. Michaels Ornament Now Available
Christmas in St. Michaels has announced the introduction of its 16th annual collector’s Christmas ornament, available now in local shops and online.
This year’s ornament celebrates the much-loved St. Michaels Santa and Mrs. Claus and was designed by local artist Joanne Buritsch.
St. Michaels residents Tom & Abby Campi have brought the magic of Christmas to town for the last 21 years. Every year, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the end of the Christmas parade, riding in their antique one-horse sleigh, officially kicking off the holiday season in St. Michaels.
They didn’t audition for the role. Shortly after moving to St. Michaels from New Jersey, Tom met a man on the street and commented on how much he looked like Santa Claus. The man said he had been the Christmas in St. Michaels Santa for several years but was moving away and the committee was searching for a replacement. Tom mentioned that he had been Santa for thirty years in his hometown in New Jersey. The deal was quickly sealed, although it also required the services of Mrs. Claus and Abby joined the team.
It seems there must be a Santa gene. At a Campi family reunion some years ago, Tom was out in a boat with two cousins he hadn’t seen in some time, one from Georgia and one from Indiana. Their conversation uncovered the surprising fact that both of them also portray Santa in their home towns, and with the same enthusiasm.
Many distinctive touches make the St. Michaels Santa unique. The sleigh was an impulse purchase Abby made at an estate sale. It is an authentic one-horse sleigh from the early 1900s. Over the years it has been hitched to a variety of vehicles for parades – a borrowed truck, an antique firetruck, a tractor and, more recently, an SUV. (Sadly, no reindeer.)
Their costumes have been lovingly assembled. Santa’s suit was professionally tailored by a New Jersey costume maker and inspired by a Russian Santa Claus. Red silk velvet and Mongolian fur enrich its look. What you usually can’t see are the Santa Claus shirt buttons and the bright green reindeer suspenders.
Mrs. Claus’s costume is a replica of an 1800s skating costume. It was designed and made by Mrs. Claus herself and includes a white blouse with lace yoke, a green silk velvet skirt and jacket with maribou trim and a bonnet with trim that matches Santa’s costume. Outside, she wears a Forstman wool coat with beaver cuffs and collar.
Their carved wooden walking sticks were found at a shop in Vermont and Tom will tell you with a twinkle in his eye, “The power of Santa is in that stick — do you feel it?” Believe!
During the Christmas in St. Michaels weekend, children can have Breakfast with Santa just prior to the parade and later in the afternoon, sit on his lap at Santa’s Wonderland to share their Xmas lists and receive a souvenir photo.
Tom Campi has watched a generation of St. Michaels children go from sitting on his lap to, now, bringing their own children for a visit. He has a special knack for eliciting unique stories the children willingly share with him. He recalls one small boy who requested a “dumpster” for Christmas. Santa asked if he meant a dump truck, but the child was insistent; he wanted a Dumpster. When Santa asked what he would do with it, the child responded, “I’m going to clean up the world.” He can go on for hours with wonderful stories about the children he has met – children of all ages who continue to inspire his own inner Santa.
The Christmas in St. Michaels ornament was first produced in 2004 and a unique image has followed every year since. Previous year’s ornaments are available online at christmasinstmichaels.org. All ornaments are priced at $20.00
The 2019 ornament is available at these local St. Michaels shops:
All Pets Veterinary Hospital
Broken Rudder Sportswear
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store
Chesapeake Bay Outfitters
Chesapeake Trading Company
Pemberton Pharmacy & Gifts – St Michaels
Shore United Bank – St Michaels
St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina and Spa
St. Michaels Pet Supplies
The Christmas Shop
These local businesses generously sell our ornament and receive no profit from it. All proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels collector’s ornaments support local nonprofit organizations whose work enriches the community. The ornament is also for sale at the St. Michaels Farmer’s Market through October.
Christmas in St. Michaels is held annually on the second weekend in December, this year on December 13 – 15. The mission of Christmas in St. Michaels is to provide resources to help local non-profit groups enhance the quality of life for the residents of the Bay Hundred community. In 1987 a group of energetic volunteers recognized the need for day care services in the community. A daycare center was established and, since that time, this annual fund-raising weekend event has raised more than $1,400,000 for local, non-profit organizations. For 33 years, funds raised have benefited local citizens of all ages.
Christmas in St. Michaels, PO Box 873, St. Michaels, MD 21663 PH: 410-745-0745