RiverArts Announces its Aannual Non-juried Judged Show, “The Artist’s Touch”

Chestertown RiverArts
April 17, 2015

RiverArts announces its annual non-juried judged show, “The Artist’s Touch” opening First Friday June 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and running until June 28, 2015.

This is a non-themed show open to all artists over the age of 18 working in original painting or sculpture. Artists may submit two works of art properly framed and wired for hanging. If there are unusual accommodations needed to exhibit the sculpture, please contact RiverArts.

Submitted works must have been completed within the past two years and not previously exhibited at RiverArts. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in both painting and sculpture. Presentation of awards will be at 6:00 pm during the opening reception on June 5, 2015.

“The Artist’s Touch” exhibit showcases the participants’ best work reflecting how the artists express their view of the world. The show will feature original sculpture and original works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and egg tempera.

RiverArts is pleased to announce that “The Artist’s Touch” will be judged by Barbara Nuss. Barbara is a well-known artist, writer, and educator. She has exhibited throughout the US and in Europe, including solo exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and New York. Recently two of her paintings exhibited at Arti e Amicitiae in Amsterdam, Holland. Barbara has written for North Light books and for The Artist Magazine; see her latest article in the Jan/ Feb issue. Her awards are too numerous to print here but readers are encouraged to visit her website at www.barbaranuss.com

Check-in is Sunday, May 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and Monday, June 1 from 10:00 to 1:00.

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Relay For Life in Kent County, MD – Everyone Loves a REUNION!

Relay for Life, Kent MD
April 17, 2015

Message from this year’s Chair, Louise (Weasie) Skinner

Relay For Life in Kent County, MD
Everyone loves a REUNION!

Lets think back to the fun and good times we had as we Spent the night with our friends, co-workers, family or even strangers to raise money to eradicate CANCER.

I know we are all getting older but let’s get together one more time.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 – “Relay Reunion”
Time: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm (NO OVER Night).

We are trying to form teams and contact anyone we can.

The Website for Relay for Life, Kent MD is RelayforLife.org/KentMD. We also have a Facebook Page – Facebook.com/RelayForLifeKentMD

Editor’s Note:
I am one of the members of this year’s planning committee and can forward your contact information to Weasie if you don’t already have it. Either leave a comment (comments are moderated) or send an email to events@shoretobefun.com. Thanks Steve Atkinson

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Cancer Support Group – April 17, 2015

Cancer Support Group

Speaker: Julie Gillespie

My Daughter’s Battle with Cancer

Monday, April 27, 2015, 7:00PM

Education 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,

Paul Showalter at paulshowalter007@gmail.com or 410-404-0298
Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE 410-778-7668 Ext. 2175

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Trout Fishing in America Comes to the Mainstay

April 16, 2015

Trout Fishing in America brings their folky, campy, rootsy and fun-loving show to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Friday April 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Trout Fishing in America - Contributed Photo

Trout Fishing in America – Contributed Photo

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine. Together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured the imagination (and hearts) of audiences of all ages for over three decades.

The band is in town to do a school program sponsored by People’s Bank, the Rock Hall Elementary School PTA and the Mainstay at RHES and will stick around to do their wonderfully entertaining show for grown-ups in the evening. Known as stars in the world of children’s music, this Trout Fishing in America show for adults will be a bit more sophisticated but youngsters are welcome too. One of the hallmarks of TFIA’s music is that their kids’ music is enjoyed by adults and kids are entertained by their music for grown-ups.

Ezra Idlet plays guitar and banjo and stands 6’8″ tall. Keith Grimwood on bass stretches to 5’5 1/2″ on a humid day. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved but they each bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny.

The San Jose (CA) Mercury News described them best when they said, “Their songs are folky and intelligent, part country, part roots, a mix of cheeky lyrics and soulful harmonies. Their live shows blend campy humor and instrumental prowess …The power of their music is that they write kids’ songs that grownups can share without feeling embarrassed or lowbrow. And they write grown-up songs that don’t bore kids.”

The duo has earned four Grammy Nominations and recently released “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”. Try saying that five times fast! The CD features tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life. In September 2010, they the first full length CD for adults in 11 years a folk/pop CD called “Lookin’ at Lucky.” Included in their catalog is a children’s book/CD “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” published through Secret Mountain. The spoken-word tale is followed by 11 original songs relating to the story. Real people and animals in Keith and Ezra’s lives inspired the characters in the songs.

Grimwood began playing music professionally when he was still in his teens. In school, he made the Texas All-State Orchestra four years and later earned a degree in music from the University of Houston. At 22, he landed a position with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He put himself through college playing pop music in local clubs and that led to his fortuitous meeting with Ezra Idlet. Idlet attended McClennan College in Waco, Texas on a basketball scholarship. He was a “One-and-Done” player, but not exactly because of his incredible basketball skills. Instead, he decided to leave college and pursue his true love, a lifetime of playing music. In 1976, Idlet and Grimwood met as members of the Houston based eclectic folk/rock band St. Elmo’s Fire. They became the best of friends and musical partners and when St. Elmo’s dissolved in 1979, Trout Fishing in America (named for Keith’s love of Richard Brautigan’s writing and Ezra’s love of fishing) was officially born.

Always independent, their label, Trout Records was in the first wave of artist owned labels to successfully record and market independent music. In 2008, Performing Songwriter Magazine chose Trout Fishing in America as one of the top 100 most influential independent artists in the past 15 years. Their infectious mix of folk/pop and family music is the result of their diverse backgrounds as well as growing up in the musical melting pot that is Texas. Their recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards, multiple Parents Choice and NAPPA Gold awards, the American Library Award, as well as four Grammy nominations.

In 1992, they relocated their families to the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Besides being a lovely place to live and raise a family, this central location helped to expand their touring territory to all 50 United States and several Canadian provinces.

Since the beginning, they have played shows for adults as well as kids. Sharing knowledge and encouraging art has become another musical mission of TFIA. In the past few years, they have developed a variety of songwriting workshops for teachers and students that illustrate how art and music come from the fabric of everyday life. Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and their audiences of all ages so real.

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6th Annual Character Counts! Six-Pillar Essay Contest Winners Announced

Character Counts! Kent Couty
April 15, 2015

The 6th Annual Six-Pillar Essay Contest awards ceremony was held on April 14th, 2015 at Washington College. There to support the winning students were family members, teachers and school faculty, Character Coaches, United Way Board Members and KCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch.

Of the more than 1,400 essay submissions, 33 winners where chosen by a panel of judges and volunteers. Each essay was blindly read and critiqued by multiple independent judges in the selection process. Character Counts Kent County Chairman, Jim McColigan, congratulated the student winners on their achievement – praising them as the top 2 percent.

Several students braved the stage to deliver their essays to the audience. Quinn Lindsay of Rock Hall Elementary School shared a touching essay about his role model and brother. Chelsea Bender of Worton Elementary School brought smiles to the crowd as she read her rather convincing argumentative essay; she opened with the line “What do you think about me, Chelsea, a dog owner”. Chelsea proudly showed the audience a picture of her new dog at the conclusion of her reading. Destiny Frase of Kent County Middle School shared a heartwarming essay about her appreciation, respect and admiration for her mother. Cheyeanne Eggers of Kent County High School concluded the readings with an essay about taking responsibility. Cheyeanne proudly spoke to the audience about her journey towards accepting responsibility for herself, her actions and her successes.

Following the essay readings, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each grade level took to the stage to accept their awards. Students were joined by teachers, character coaches and mentors on the stage to commemorate their achievement.

Special thanks were given to the United Way for sponsoring the contest, to Washington College for providing an awards venue and to the teachers, parents, school faculty and character coaches who supported the student writers. Character Coach, George Best, photographed the awards ceremony to view photos, click here.

Winners of the 2015 6th Annual Essay Contest are as follows:

Elementary School Winners
1st Prize $30, 2nd Prize $25, 3rd Prize $20

Grade 2
1st Quinn Lindsay (RHES, Teacher Jory Yerkie)
2nd Sydnee Carr (WES, Teacher Stefanie Zottarelli; Coaches Mary Price, Crystal Killen)
3rd Madi Raleigh (RHES, Teacher Kris Hickman; Coach Eugenia Auchincloss)

Grade 3
1st Maya Whyte (RHES, Teacher Lori Receski; Coach Suzanne Einstein)
2nd Jaci Manning (MES, Teacher Debbie Smith; Coach Shelly Holland)
3rd Emily Blusk (WES, Teacher JacquelynWalters; Coach Susan Joyner)

Grade 4
1st Noah Macielag (RHES Teacher David Jachimowicz)
2nd Brooklyn Usilton (RHES, Teacher David Jachimowicz)
3rd Chelsea Bender (WES Teacher Megan Smith; Coaches Michael Mench, Tony Reed)

Grade 5
1st Mackenzie Clark (WES, Teacher Laurie Hogans; Coach Lauren Kemp)
2nd Benjamin MacLeod (MES, Teacher Bill Reseski; Coach Linwood Lively)
3rd Zoe Termine (MES, Teacher Bill Reseski; Coach Linwood Lively)

Middle School Winners
1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50

Grade 6
1st Will Ashmore (KCMS, Teacher Laura Fratangelo; Coach Holly Langenfelder, Amy Lepter)
2nd Madilyn Conner (KCMS, Teacher Brooke Marvel; Coach Lisa Mazingo)
3rd Brandon Myers (KCMS, Teacher Brooke Marvel; Coach Lisa Mazingo)

Grade 7
1st Kacey Willis (KCMS, Teacher Barbara Stevenson)
2nd Isaiah Hockiss (KCMS, Teacher Laura Hoyer; Coach Madhu Sidhu)
3rd Mallory Helfenbein (KCMS, Teacher Laura Hoyer; Coach Madhu Sidhu)

Grade 8
1st Destiny Frase (KCMS, Teacher Melissa MacLeod; Coach Dawn Wright)
2nd Taylor Walters (KCMS, Teacher Samantha Ragghiant; Coach Thelma Ellwood)
3rd Kaylee Raimond (KCMS, Teacher Melissa MacLeod; Coach Dawn Wright)

High School Winners
1st Prize $125, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50

Grade 9
1st Gbenga Taiwo (Kent County High School, Teacher Sara Ratajczak)
2nd Mei-An Blatchford (Kent County High School, Teacher Sara Ratajczak)
3rd Madison Walbeck (Kent County High School, Teacher Sara Ratajczak)

Grade 10
1st Cheyeanne Eggers (Kent County High School, Teacher Gillian Spero)
2nd Abby Clark (Chestertown Christian Academy, Teacher Amanda Smith)
3rd Boswana Elias (Kent County High School, Teacher Christine Fletcher)

Grade 11
1st Courtney Barney (Kent County High School, Teacher Melissa Walters)
2nd James Ciganek (Kent County High School, Teacher Christine Fletcher)
3rd Taliyah Russell (Kent County High School, Teacher Christine Fletcher

Grade 12
1st Alexa Jones (Kent County High School, Teacher Cynthia Phillips)
2nd Jake Jones (Kent County High School, Teacher Cynthia Phillips)
3rd Rachel Jones (Kent County High School, Teacher Cynthia Phillips)

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The Crazy Carls Announce Special Performance for 90.5 WKHS Benefit Concert at Kent County High School on Friday, 4/24/15 at 8 p.m.

New York, NY – April 14, 2015

Orlando-based pop-rock outfit, The Crazy Carls, are happy to announce a special performance at the 90.5 WKHS Benefit Concert. The event will take place at Kent County High School on Friday, April 24th at 8 p.m. Joining The Crazy Carls on the bill will be pop/hip-hop artist and Maryland-native Kyle “Kotic Couture” Wilson. The proceeds from the concert will be benefiting the 90.5 WKHS Studio Improvement Project.

Best known for their energetic live shows, The Crazy Carls combine pop, rock, dance and funk into their tracks, drawing favorable comparisons to Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and One Republic. The Crazy Carls have shared stages with several major acts, including Train, Big Sean, The Wailers, Schwayze, Better Than Ezra, Dirty Heads, and toured with Aaron Carter from The Voice.

With almost 2 million views on YouTube and over 10,000 Twitter followers and FB likes, the band’s loyal fanbase only continues to grow as frontman Alex Baugh and his band continue to tour the US. Pop Culture Madness raves, “the music of The Crazy Carls is delightfully catchy and they are without a doubt a band that you should definitely keep on your radar this year!” Be sure to catch The Crazy Carls at the 90.5 WKHS Benefit Concert on April 24th at 8 p.m.!

For More Info on The Crazy Carls: www.thecrazycarlsmusic.com

For More Info and to purchase tickets: www.wkhsradio.org

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