November at RiverArts


The Art of Stewardship Exhibition will kick off the celebration of stewardship on November 6-7 at the RiverArts Main Gallery. Seventy-four artworks were juried into this wide-ranging collection depicting each artist’s expression of Stewardship. Marcy Ramsey, an acclaimed painter and president of the Chester River Association, was the curator and juror of the show.

On Thursday, November 6, 6-8pm, RiverArts will host the artists at a Preview Reception and Awards Ceremony. Greg Mort, an internationally renowned artist whose Stewardship series of paintings have been exhibited to much acclaim and Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum, exhibition judges, will be on hand to present awards, which include a two-person show for two Best in Show prize-winners, thanks to the generosity of Carla Massoni, and 2nd and 3rd place winners. Greg and Rebecca will also speak about the intersection of art and activism in the movement to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the Earth. A silent auction to benefit the Chester River Association is also planned. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To make reservations you may call 410-778-6300, email or go to To learn more about The Art of Stewardship Project go to or
The show opens to the public on First Friday, November 7, 5-8pm

Five Maryland woodturners will present a group show, The Five Turners, of turned objects at RiverArts Studio Gallery from November 7 to 22. Their work displays an extensive individuality of styles in a medium that dates back to ancient Egypt and continues to fascinate its practitioners even in this modern day of mostly molded plastic stuff.

Gene Adcock, Chuck Engstrom, Margaret Lospinuso, Lou Rudinski, and Tim Moore all work largely with wood discarded from unstable trees, road and building projects, and even the occasional firewood pile. Many of their objects are indeed useful as bowls, platters, and the like – but they are all objects of beauty and craftsmanship intended to highlight the natural beauty of the wood and the embellishments of their individual imaginations.

RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11-4 and Saturday, 10-4. On First Friday, November 7, the gallery will be open 11-8.

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Brazilian Jazz All-Stars at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
October 30, 2014

The Brazilian Jazz All-Stars, Duduka Da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet, Helio Alves and Chuck Redd return to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD at 8:00 p.m. on Friday November 7. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Duduka Da Fonseca, one of the most admired Brazilian drummers in the world, Maucha Adnet, a vocalist who toured for 10 years with Antônio Carlos Jobim’s Banda and their frequent collaborator the Brazilian jazz pianist Helio Alves will be joined by Mainstay favorite and jazz mentor Chuck Redd on vibes for this concert of Brazilian jazz highlighting the Jobim songbook and other Brazilian classics.
Since Da Fonseca and Adnet’s nearly sold out performance at the Mainstay in 2010, Adnet and Alves have released a highly acclaimed duo recording, “Milagre” and Alves and Da Fonseca have released “Constelacao” as 2/3 of the Brazilian Trio.

Brazilian jazz is often described as “magical”. The polyrhythms of the samba and bossa nova drive the music forward while the seductive vocals encourage a listener to linger and savor the experience of each note. It is a distinctive sound immediately evocative of the lush beauty and the cultural crosscurrents of Brazil.

Duduka da Fonseca has literally written the book on Brazilian jazz drumming, “Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset” (Manhattan Music/Warner Bros. Publications.) Born in Rio de Janeiro, he began playing the drums at the age of thirteen. By fifteen he was appearing on television, performing and recording with top Brazilian musicians.

In 1975 he moved to New York City establishing numerous Brazilian jazz groups including Trio da Paz, nominated as the best New Latin Jazz Group of 1993 and winner of the Jazz Journalist Association awards for the best Brazilian jazz album of 2002 (Partido Out), Brazilian Express, the New York Samba Band and the Brazilian Trio, nominated for a Grammy for their previous release, “Forests” in 2009.

He has recorded on over 200 albums and performed with artists such as: Antônio Carlos Jobim, Dom Salvador, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Mann, Claudio Roditi, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Jorge Dalto, Mário Adnet, Paulo Jobim, Phil Woods, Jacques Morelenbaum, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Emily Remler, Nana Vasconcelos, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, amongst many others. His first solo album “Samba Jazz Fantasia”(Anzic) was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 and his latest “Samba Jazz in Black & White” (Zoho) has been well received by jazz critics. JazzTimes describes the music as “infectious”, “churning” and “appealing” and said that he plays with a “nuanced touch and loose polyrythmic aplomb”.

Maucha Adnet was also born in Rio de Janeiro and started her professional singing career at the age of 15 as a member of vocal group Ceu da Boca who recorded two albums released by Polygram. From 1984 to 1994, she performed, toured and recorded with legendary composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and his group Banda Nova. The recordings included four CDs, “Passarim”(Polygram, Verve,1987), the Grammy winner “Antônio Brasileiro” (Sony Music,1995),”Tom Jobim Inédito”(BMG-Ariola,1995) and “Rio Revisited” Antônio Carlos Jobim and Gal Costa (Polygram, Verve, 1987).

She has also recorded with a who’s who of jazz artists including Dorival Caymmi, Chico Buarque, Dorí Caymmi, Caetano Veloso, Toninho Horta, Mário Adnet, Joyce, Nara Leão, Charlie Byrd, Gil Goldstein,Emily Remler, Rob Mounsey, Othelo Molineaux, Trio da Paz, Harry Allen, Duduka Da Fonseca, Slide Hampton and many others. She was the guest vocalist on Randy Brecker’s Grammy winning CD “Into the Sun”. JazzTimes described her vocal work as “alluring”.

Married to Duduka da Fonseca, Adnet has lived in New York for many years. She performs regularly with her own band and as a guest artist in concert with Claudio Roditi, Herbie Mann, Trio da Paz, Oscar Castro Neves, Eliane Elias, Mark Johnson, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In 2002, she performed as guest vocalist with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Cyro Baptista at Alice Tully Hall (NY).

Adnet has two solo CDs: “Songs I Learned From Jobim” (Venus Records) and “Jobim Songbook”(Kind of Blue), released in 2006, with arrangements by her brother Mário Adnet. She was the guest vocalist on Slide Hampton’s CD “Slide Plays Jobim”, on Duduka da Fonseca’s CD “Samba Jazz Fantasia”(Anzic Records) and was featured soloist on Latin Grammy winner (2004) and Grammy nominee (2006) Jobim Sinfônico(CD/DVD).

Her duo recording with Helio Alves “Milagre” is receiving rave reviews. In his review on Oscar Montagut says, “…Maucha Adnet permeates the air with her velvety, warm, and passionate voice full of incomparable diction and unique pitch. Her masterful way of pausing and continuing with whispers can move anybody´s heart, reaching an intimate and soft point in her singing…”

Joining Duduka da Fonseca and Maucha Adnet at the Mainstay will be their frequent collaborator, Brazilian pianist Helio Alves. Alves was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 and started piano lessons at age 6. Following his early immersion in playing the pop standards and classical music favored by his parents, he gravitated to jazz in his teens. Alves moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and received his BA in 1990. In Boston he met trumpeter Claudio Roditi, who advised the 24-year old pianist to move to New York City, and urged him to get in touch when he arrived. Alves eventually moved to New York City in 1993.

Since then pianist and composer Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D’Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Dave Samuels, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim and Oscar Castro-Neves, to name but a few.

From 1995 to 1997, Alves toured extensively with Joe Henderson’s DoubleRainbow Quartet celebrating the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and was featured in the Grammy-winning release, Joe Henderson’s Big Band (Verve, 1996).

Alves was the pianist on Grammy-winning releases by Yo-Yo Ma (Obrigado Brazil, 2003) and Paquito D’Rivera (Brazilian Dreams, 2002), and on the Grammy-nominated Samba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro Records, 2002), by Duduka Da Fonseca, and “Forests” (Zoho Music 2008) by the “Brazilian Trio”, that he co leads with Da Fonseca and bassist Nilson Matta.
Vibraphonist Chuck Redd, a Mainstay favorite and a mentor to the Mainstay’s jazz program, was the drummer for many years in the Charlie Byrd Trio. Byrd, along with Stan Getz, introduced Brazilian jazz to US.

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Dr. Roberta Lilly to Speak about Breast Tomosynthesis Screening to Cancer Support Group


Speaker: Dr. Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Lilly will speak about Breast Tomosynthesis Screening
Cancer Support Group
Note the change of day, time and location!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6PM
Conference Center
Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
All persons with any type of cancer, an interest in cancer and/or a caregiver, friend or supporter of someone with cancer are invited to attend and participate in this support group meeting.
For more information please contact:
Jean Spence 410-639-7029, Kathy Simmons 410-810-2699
Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE 410-778-7668 Ext. 2175

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Abigail Harting Interpreter and Historian at Historical Society

Historical Society
October 29, 2014

Had you ever had a time when you had to leave your house in a hurry? There’s always those last details that get in the way or bog us down. Imagine, having a whole army march into your home town, and not a friendly army, but a hostile one. How would you keep your wits about you? Imagine leaving your home, not knowing if you would see it or the ones you love again. Compound that by trying to avoid the raging destruction of battle. How would you respond? Meet Tillie Pierce, a 15 year old girl whose experiences of the great Battle of Gettysburg were chronicled in “What a Girl Heard and Saw of the Battle”. Listen as she remembers the harrowing week leading up to and encompassing the fight that raged around her little home town on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 1863, and the grueling aftermath that confronted her and the other citizens of Gettysburg.

Abigail Harting is an interpreter and historian. She has been interpreting history, and specifically Ms. Pierce’s story, for more than 10 years in sundry locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Ms. Harting graduated from University of Delaware in 2009 with a BA in History, Art History, and Art Conservation. She is currently working on a dual Masters degree in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Business Management, from Johns Hopkins University.

Sandy and Steve Frohock, who sponsor our First Friday Events, will have wine and cheese. Please join us between 4 and 6 PM for the perfect start to your First Friday.

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Washington College Brings Sophie Kerr Prize Announcement Back to Chestertown for 2015

Washington College
October 28, 2014

After four years on the road, the event revealing the winner of the world’s largest undergraduate literary prize is coming back home to Chestertown. Washington College has announced that the winner of the 2015 prize, which is valued at $62,900, will be named at a reading and reception on campus May 15 as part of Commencement weekend.

The Sophie Kerr Prize was created through a bequest of its namesake, an Eastern Shore native who built a successful career as a fiction writer and magazine editor in New York City and left the bulk of her estate to Washington College. She specified that half the funds endow a prize to be awarded to the graduating senior “chosen as having the best ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor.” (The other half of the fund supports scholarships, library books, and the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series, which brings a steady stream of nationally known writers and editors to campus.) Based on the investment performance of its endowment, the cash amount of the prize has grown over the years from an initial $9,000 in 1968; it peaked at $68,814 in 2009.

The College caused a stir in 2010 when it totally re-envisioned the Sophie Kerr Prize announcement. For 43 years, the winner had been named along with dozens of other academic and service award winners during Commencement. It was a feature that created great excitement and drew media attention to the winner but dampened the joy of graduation day for the non-winners and their friends and families. As English professor Richard Gillin observed at the time, “If you have 30 students who applied, one will be ecstatic when the winner is announced, but the other 29 are going to leave the last day of college feeling pretty miserable.”

At the request of then-president Mitchell B. Reiss, the Sophie Kerr Committee agreed to rethink the entire process of how the winner was named. To start, the Committee separated the announcement from Commencement and for the first time, in order to recognize the work of other exceptional writers, named a small group of finalists in addition to the one winner. “In the past, one student walked away with a check for more than $60,000, and the one who came in second would never know,” says English Department chair Kathryn Moncrief.

The 2011 and 2012 announcements were made at venues in New York City, with world-renowned novelist Colum McCann offering remarks and five finalists reading from their portfolios. For 2013 and 2014, the Sophie Kerr Committee moved the event to Baltimore, a close-by destination that made it easier for more alumni, students and family members to attend. There, in the historic Enoch Pratt Free Library, five finalists and their audience heard from Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda (2013) and acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter (2014).

In explaining the move back to Chestertown, Moncrief, who chairs the Sophie Kerr Committee, says it was largely a response to students, faculty, staff, and community members who wanted to be part of the excitement through more than just a streamed videocast. “By scheduling it for the evening before Commencement, we make it much easier for families and friends to attend and support the finalists,” she says.

“We’ve always looked at this as an evolving process,” she adds. “Once we broke the announcement away from Commencement and added finalists and a public reading to the mix, we were able to experiment to find the best possible combination of place and time.”

The 2015 Sophie Kerr Prize Announcement, which will be open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College campus. This year’s distinguished guest speaker has not yet been confirmed and will be announced at a later date. As specified in Sophie Kerr’s will, the winner will still receive his or her prize check the next day, May 16, during Commencement.

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KCHS Field Hockey Moves on to Regional Finals; Defeats Easton 2-1

Worton, MD
October 27, 2014

It was a beautiful late October afternoon when the Field Hockey Team from Easton High came to Kent County for the Regional Semi-Final game. The sun was shining with the temperature being around the 70’s.

At the beginning of the month (October 6th) the two teams meet in Easton with Kent losing the game (2-0). It was a disappointing game for Kent. They went into it feeling that were the better team and should win. It was their 2nd lost of the season.

It didn’t take long for Kent to prevent Easton from throwing another shutout at them. Less than 3 minutes into the game Kent’s Maddie Taylor scored. It was the only goal scored in the half, although it took a couple of saves by Kent’s goalie Elizabeth Collyer during the final minutes of the half to keep Easton off the board.

Kent came out quick in the 2nd half with Rachel Nelson scoring before a minute had run off of the clock. Kent took a 2 goal lead and it appeared as if they would avenge their earlier lost against Easton by the same score that upset them earlier.

With a little over three minutes remaining during a time-out, called by Kent, Easton’s coach told her team that scoring two goals in the final minutes to take it into overtime wasn’t impossible.

And it appeared that she may be right with Easton’s Lexi McDaniels scoring shortly after play resumed.

Kent was able to keep Easton out of the goal for rest of the game and took the 2-1 victory.

Kent moves on to the Regional Finals against Pocomoke at Pocomoke on October 28, 2014. Game time is 5:30.

Photo: Kent's Goalie Elizabeth Collyer swats the ball away from the goal late in the first half in the Regional Semi-Finals game again Easton.

Kent’s Goalie Elizabeth Collyer swats the ball away from the goal late in the first half in the Regional Semi-Finals game again Easton.

More Photos from the game can be seen at the Facebook Page.

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