Historical Society Unveils Holiday Windows

Historical Society of Kent County
November 2014

Little Shop and Museum Have Extended Holiday Hours

The Bordley History Center, at the corner of High and Cross Streets, has unveiled its holiday windows. This year’s windows feature a furnished doll house’s based on an historic Kent County house and sleds racing down High Street.

“We strive to make our holiday windows as posh and noticeable as those on Fifth Avenue in New York City,” said Barbara Jorgenson, who is the Historical Society’s coordinator for the windows. “We have lots of lights, but it’s all about Kent County history,” she said.

This year the south window features a scale-model of “Friends of Flowers,” a house that once stood on Rt. 290 between Chesterville and Galena. “It was built about 1800 and was in serious decline when my husband measured its rooms in 1970,” explained Patricia Seitzer, owner of the dolls’ house. “My husband, William, spent many nights during 1971 in our basement building the house exactly to scale. Then I furnished the house with period furnishings. It is very authentic, inside and out, except for the kitchen, which we decided to move inside,” said Mrs. Seitzer.

The house features six fully furnished and lighted rooms. Each room has not only furniture, but many small items like tiny candle sticks on the mantles, a toy box filled with miniature toys in the boy’s room, dishes in the cupboards and on the tables, little ice skates in the hallway, and even a chamber pot under one of the beds. There is a family of five too, each dressed in Colonial style. Look for the family’s cat and two dogs too.

The north window moves forward in Kent County history by about 100 years. It features a large photograph of horse-drawn sleighs racing down High Street. The photograph was taken almost exactly in front of the Bordley History Center, facing north towards Spring Avenue. To the north is Voshell House, which was a luxury hotel at the time of the photograph. Peoples Bank is there now. “We estimate the date of the photograph to be about 1900, but there are clues which might give a better date. For example, there are electric power lines so the photo was taken after electricity came to downtown Chestertown. And the Methodist Church, behind Voshell House, still has its original steeple,” said Ms. Jorgenson.

Both windows will be on display until at least First Friday in February. The Bordley History Center, which houses a Museum and The Little Shop, is regularly open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We will have special extended hours from Black Friday through Christmas Eve, probably 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, December 22, to Christmas Eve,” said Ms. Jorgenson.

The Little Shop has a wide array of gift items, holiday décor, and books on local history. Of special note this year is a reprint of the 1877 Atlas of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties with beautiful colored maps, drawings of local buildings, and genealogical information on local families. A special event highlighting the Atlas will held at the Center on Friday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, and local historian Kevin Hemstock who has published the reprint of the Atlas will be available to answer questions.

The Center’s museum currently has two exhibits: artifacts from the Caulk’s Field Battlefield, including a video presentation of the Battle itself, and Maryland’s Emancipation Day. Admission to the Museum is free.

The Bordley History Center is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Kent County. The Society also owns and operates the Geddes Piper House, a house museum on Court Street in Chestertown.

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Sue Matthews and Camilo Carrara at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
November 2014

Sue Matthews, one of Kent County’s favorite vocalists and Camilo Carrara, The National Music Festival’s favorite Brazilian guitarist, team up to present “A Work in Progress,” a preview of music they are recording together. The concert is at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD at 8:00 p.m. on Friday December 12 and is a benefit for The National Music Festival and The Mainstay. Admission is $25. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Sue Matthews and Camilo Carrara had the opportunity to play together at the home of a host family in Chestertown, MD during The National Music Festival last June. Carrara then invited Matthews to sing a couple of numbers as a guest for each of his solo Festival performances. They enjoyed the experience and each other’s approach to the material so much that they made plans to record together.

Matthews and Carrara have studio time booked in December and are taking time off from rehearsals to present this benefit concert, “A Work in Progress” at The Mainstay while Cararra is here from Brazil for the recording. Matthews describes the repertoire they are creating as “Great American Songbook, intimate love songs well-suited to guitar and voice, ballads with a Brazilian touch.”

“Camilo didn’t want to focus on Brazilian composers for this project. He loves American songwriters, especially from our ‘American Songbook’, so that’s where the material is coming from, though I’m hoping for at least one Jobim. We’re close to narrowing down a list, but it hasn’t been easy….too many wonderful songs to choose from. Love ballads mostly because they suit his amazing intimate sound.”

Sue Matthews is a very accessible jazz singer who incorporates cabaret and traditional pop elements. She brings a lot of blues feeling to her work with a big, full voice and an impressive range. She has made a number of recordings from 1991’s “Love Dances” to her most recent recording “Live at the Mainstay”, released in 2008.

Camilo Carrara graduated from the music department of the University of São Paulo, and is renowned for building bridges between the universe of both classical and popular music. He is in demand for recordings, festivals and concerts in Brazil and abroad, frequently performing with artists such as Alaíde Costa, Antonio Nobrega, Carmina Juarez, Cida Moreira, Eliete Negreiros, Fortuna, José Miguel Wisnik, Lokua Kanza (Congo), Mônica Salmaso, Olivia Byington, Paulo Bellinati, Rodolfo Medeiros (Argentina), Toquinho, Vania Abreu, and Zizi Possi among others. He plays with the Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo State (OSESP), the Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo, the Symphonic Band of São Paulo and with the Het Spectra Ensemble-a Belgium contemporary music group.

His 2002 recording “Song of The Rising Sun” contains songs from the Japanese folk tradition specially arranged for solo guitar by Carrara.

He teaches at every major music school in São Paulo, including the Brooklin Paulista Music Conservatory, Espaço A.U.E., Espaço Musical, Colégio Friburgo, Colégio Galileu Galilei and Universidade Livre de Música Jobim-U.L.M. and is a Professor of Guitar at the Cantareira University and Espaço Musical, in São Paulo.

He can be heard most recently on the recording of Villa-Lobos, Floresta do Amazonas, and Ottorino Resphighi, Roman Festivals with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, as well as on 60 other recordings.

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Maryland’s Herb Basket Christmas Open House – December 13, 2014

Maryland’s Herb Basket
Christmas Open House
Saturday December 13,2014 from 10-4

Enjoy Wassail with Maryland’s Mulling spices, Dill Dip and Herbes de Provence spread while you shop for herbs,teas, vanilla beans, potpourris, sachets,incense, scented candles and more.

Custom made gift baskets or fix your own – silk seasonal arrangements

Free holiday gift wrapping


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Katie Gorman & Lucas Morgan are Washington College’s Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week.

Washington College Athletics
November 25, 2014

Lucas Morgan
Shoreman of the Week

Junior swimmer Lucas Morgan (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Morgan won a pair of individual events in the Shoremen’s 138-66 win at St. Mary’s Friday, taking the 400 individual medley in 4:15.72 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.30.

Morgan also swam the breaststroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay, which captured first place in 1:38.93.

Katie Gorman
Shorewoman of the Week

Freshman swimmer Katie Gorman (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Gorman won two individual events in 134-58 win over Bryn Mawr Saturday. She finished first in the 50 freestyle in a WC season-best 25.73 and in the 100 butterfly in a WC season-best 1:04.09. She swam the butterfly leg of the winning 200 medley relay, which placed first in 1:58.85.

Gorman also swam the butterfly leg of the winning 200 medley relay in a 113-92 loss at St. Mary’s Friday, finishing in

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Matuto at the Mainstay – December 6, 2014

Rock Hall
November 2014

The folkloric rhythms of Northeastern Brazil combine with deep Americana as Matuto takes the stage at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday December 6 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.

Matuto: Submitted Photo

Matuto: Submitted Photo

Matuto’s songs are hip-swaying, toe-tapping and full of deep insights. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana—from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams—Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American combinations to craft appealing, roosty, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace.

With an honest love for roots and world music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto’s rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, their earthy vibe and thoughtful reflections mingle to create an inspired Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.

Band founder Clay Ross, a wide-ranging Americana and jazz guitarist, is no stranger to the Mainstay having appeared there years ago with Canadian fiddler April Verch. Since then his interest in Brazilian sounds and rhythms has led to a partnership with master accordionist Rob Curto. Born in New York, Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions.

Ross and Curto played on each others’ recordings a few years ago and began exploring a shared musical vision. They set about combining their individual repertoires into an extensive library of Pan-American influences and in 2009 they received a prestigious Fulbright Grant for a six-week residency in Recife, Brazil.

What began as a curious exploration of their shared musical loves, Matuto (a Northeastern Brazilian slang term for “bumpkin”) has blossomed into a platform for expressing broad truths, ideas inspired by Buddhist sutras, personal epiphanies, and the musicians’ down-home upbringings.

This mix has proven to have real legs, taking the band from club dates in the Deep South to diplomacy-minded State Department tours across Eastern Europe and West Africa. Matuto is available in several configurations. For this mostly acoustic exploration of Brazilian gone Americana composite, Ross and Curto will be joined by Aynsley Powell on drums, and Mike Lavalle on bass and percussion.

Matuto are part of a broader, loosely defined movement of hard-to-define acoustic innovators, musicians savoring their own heritage as they commune across genre and cultural bounds. Friendship and co-creation honed the original Matuto idea. Ross and Curto turned what could have been little more than a zany side gig into a serious musical venture, in which seemingly disparate threads and brainstorms are woven together organically. “Our sound has really gelled,” explains Curto, “and our style had become more codified, from a musical stand point.” Their most recent recording is “The Devil and The Diamond” released on Motema Music in May 2013.

A concert can start with an unexpected arrangement of an old chestnut like “Wayfaring Stranger” (resulting in “Diamond”), or with harmonium lines from a jam session with an Indian vocalist (“Tears”). Inspiration may come from Recife (“Toca Do Sino”) or from Carolina childhood horseplay sessions (“Horse Eat Corn”). But it all comes together, as far-flung sounds converge in coherent, seamless songs, in music leaping beyond the fun of fusion, to express a bigger artistic picture, be it a tale of thwarted desire or the challenge of tussling with inner demons.

“Matuto does what we do out of love,” reflects Ross, “and our message is simple: Follow your passion, if it leads you to Brazil, or to Cajun, klezmer, or hip hop music, it doesn’t matter. Just follow your bliss. Follow it and don’t worry.”

“We feel that way playing music together,” Curto adds. “We can just look at each other and start laughing. There’s a lot of humor and joy, even in the most serious moments.”

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Queen Anne’s County Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

Maryland State Police Press Release
11/21/2014 11:56


(CHESTERTOWN, MD) – A Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation has led to the arrest of a Queen Anne’s County man for the distribution of child pornography.

The accused is identified as Zachary A. Geyer, 24, of the 300-block of Longfellow Drive, Chestertown, Md. He is charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. Geyer was arrested yesterday and is currently being held on $1 million bond in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The arrest was the result of an investigation begun by members of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section. The online investigation focused on persons suspected of being involved in the distribution of child pornography.

During the investigation, several files of child pornography were distributed online to police investigators. A State Police investigator identified the suspect believed to be distributing the child pornography files as Geyer. A search warrant was served at his home and numerous pieces of digital media including computers and cell phones were recovered and sent to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensic Lab for analysis. The forensic examination provided evidence to support the investigation and led to the charges filed against Geyer.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

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