Annual Fall Booksale is November 6-9, 2014

Friends of Kent County Public Library
October 2014

Annual Used Book Sale

Time to get ready for our Fall Annual Booksale, November 6th-9th

Thursday, Nov 6th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Members present your mailed invitations. Non-members join on the spot for $10

First Friday, Nov 7th 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 8th 10:00 am- 3 pm
Sunday, Nov 9th 10:00 am- 3 pm

Notice that we are limiting the public sale to three days this year. Sunday, box day, will be the last day of the sale.

Come browse through hundreds of books, DVD’s, games and music. Prices are very low, most ranging from 25c to $2.00. If you haven’t been before, come see why people come long distances just to be in Chestertown for book sale weekends!

Book Donations
We appreciate the community’s generosity donating and buying books. Be sure to give us books that are in good condition and will appeal to the general public. No textbooks please. As it takes us some time to get ready for a sale, please hold your donations two weeks before the Spring and Fall book sales.

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“The Art of the Song” at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
October 2014

Three vocalists known for their abilities to interpret a classic song, Julian Hipkins, Sue Matthews and Lena Seikaly will present “The Art of the Song” at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD at 8:00 p.m. on Friday October 24. Admission is $20. They will be backed by an outstanding jazz quartet with Robert Redd on piano, Randy Reinhart on trumpet, Max Murray on bass and Frank Russo on drums. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

In town for a daytime Mainstay-sponsored, Snow grant-funded vocal workshop at Kent County High School, these three star vocalists will create vocal magic for the Mainstay audience in the evening. Julian Hipkins is a powerful vocalist known for his ability to really swing a song. Sue Matthews is a superb singer with a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and a passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Lena Seikaly’s lush mezzo-soprano, clever phrasing and penchant for scat singing have made her a rising star on the DC jazz scene.

Originally from Orange, New Jersey, Julian Hipkins trained at Julliard and has lived in the DC area since 1980. His musical interpretations and acting abilities have earned him roles in dramas and musicals in the New York City area. His rich baritone voice has graced stages in Japan, Paris, Russia and the Virgin Islands and his lyrical, swinging vocal stylings have been enjoyed by BET network audiences and in many Washington DC venues including the Twins Lounge, Wolf Trap, The Lyceum, The Smithsonian Institution, The University of Maryland, American University and monthly at the Mandarin Oriental. His musical stage performances include lead vocal roles in the production of “The Forgotten”, a historical jazz opera and “Two to Tango”, a musical review of the greatest jazz and R&B duets of all time. As a producer and musical director, he has produced and performed in a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Rhythm and Rhyme Fit For A King” as well as poetry and jazz parings, “Lyrical Rhythms.” He has recorded two CDs with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, “One O’Clock Boogie, Two O’Clock Jump” and “All the Cats Join In”.

Kent County, MD’s own Sue Matthews has a well-deserved reputation as a superb singer with an intimate style and flawless delivery. She is a regular at the Mainstay often appearing as a headliner and also as a part of Max’s Mainstay All-Stars. She first gained notice in 1991, with the release of the traditional jazz album “Love Dances.” Her smoky croon caught on with audiences and two years later, “When You’re Around” scored her another hit. She spent most of the 90’s touring behind these two albums and appeared at many jazz showcases and festivals. In 2002, “One at a Time” marked her return to the world of jazz recording. Since then she has made several recordings including the recent “Live at the Mainstay with Steve Abshire and Gene Bertoncini.”

Matthews’ performance credits are varied. She has appeared at all of the top Mid-Atlantic jazz clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals and television studios and has been featured artist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Canada and appeared at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase, at the annual JazzTimes Convention, the Annual Cabaret Convention held at New York City’s Town Hall and has been featured artist at the Clifden ArtsWeek, County Galway, Ireland multiple times. She toured Hungarian schools by invitation of the Fulbright Commission showcasing American jazz and blues with her group Guys & Doll, has been an instructor at Augusta Heritage Center’s Swing Week and is a two-time recipient of the Maryland States Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance.

Lena Seikaly is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, D.C. A long-time student of music, she began her classical training at age 4 with piano, continued with classical voice in her teens, and went on to complete a Bachelors of Music in classical vocal performance at the University of Maryland School of Music. Though on course for a career as an operatic mezzo-soprano, she discovered a strong passion for jazz while still in college and embarked on a fervent education of jazz history, styles, theory and composition before pursuing a jazz career in the Washington, D.C. area.

As a vocalist with several D.C. ensembles, Seikaly was a participant at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass program directed by Christian McBride, performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands), the Jazz Ascona Festival (Switzerland), the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (CA), and several other national and international venues. In 2009, she was a participant at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., a prestigious program open to young performer-composers of jazz. She was a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence for the 2009-10 performance season. She has sold out performances at legendary D.C. institutions such as Blues Alley, the Strathmore Mansion, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Twins Jazz, and various Smithsonian venues. Her first album, “Written in the Stars”, is comprised of standards and original compositions.

The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust has been a strong supporter of the Mainstay’s efforts to enrich musical education in the local schools. Last year Tom McHugh, founder and Director of the Mainstay and DC jazz musician Chuck Redd used funding from a Snow grant to put together a group of accomplished singers who each have a strong background in teaching vocal workshops in response to a request from Keith Wharton, director of Music at Kent County High School to create a workshop for aspiring vocalists at the high school.

Fortunately for the Mainstay’s audience, the program was so successful that the Mainstay is repeating it for this year’s students and the three vocalists will again follow their daytime workshops with an evening concert in Rock Hall.

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Ronny Cox and Friends at the Mainstay

Rock Hall
October 2014

Ronny Cox, a singer and songwriter who is also an actor, will appear at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday October 30. Admission is $20. He will be backed by Radoslav Lorkovic on accordion and keyboards and T. Bruce Bowers on fiddle & mandolin. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

If Ronny Cox looks a little familiar it’s because he is a Hollywood actor known for playing the villain in films like “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.” He was also guitar player in “Deliverance,” his first role before a camera. Perhaps better known as an actor, he devotes about half of his time to his craft as a singer and songwriter traveling the country performing in clubs, performing arts centers and festivals.

As a singer-songwriter, he is a study in unforced charisma. He may wear a variety of hats, but if there is one common thread that pulls it all together it’s the “real” person that wears each hat and the warmth his craft brings to the audience. His musical style is eclectic and he confesses that he has no set-in-stone criteria for picking or writing songs. “I enjoy all kinds of music and I try to bring that eclectic approach to the music I play,” Cox says. “I’m interested in weaving a tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells us something about ‘the human condition’. I know that sounds kinda pompous… but that’s what I’m trying to do….. and to have a few laughs along the way.”

Cox grew up in New Mexico listening to Texas Swing tunes, but then played rock & roll in high school, and was eventually drawn to folk music after graduating from college. His music is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems. His craft as a singer/songwriter is a testament to his life on the Southwestern desert. The third of five children and a father to two sons of his own, he combines his experiences and his expansive view of life into a magnetic, likeable, onstage persona.

With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Ronny Cox is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like “Total Recall” and “Robocop” and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series “Stargate.” But music was always a part of his life.… his first time acting in front of a camera was as the guitarist in the famous “dueling banjos” scene in “Deliverance.” His second big film was “Bound for Glory,” Hal Ashby’s film about Woody Guthrie. The truth is that Cox has been writing songs and telling stories for over four decades. It is only in the last 15 years that the world seen him evolve from being an “actor who sings” into knowing him as a “singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting.”

His first album, titled “Ronny Cox,” was released in 1993 for Mercury Records in Nashville and, according to Cox, was “pretty much a country record –– at least it seemed so to me.” For his next album, “Acoustic Eclectricity,” (2000) he wanted a more “folkie” approach, so he turned to his son, John, to produce it. “Cowboy Savant” (2002) was a studio album produced by Wendy Waldman and his next two albums, “Ronny Cox Live” (2004) and “At the Sebastiani” (2006), were recorded live with almost no over dubs or corrections, “The idea was to capture that spontaneous magic, to give people a real sense of what we do in a live performance.”

For his next release, in 2007 his friend, producer and musician Jack Williams encouraged Cox do a tribute album to the great Mickey Newbury, one of the great Texas songwriters. “How I Love Them Old Songs” (2007) was dedicated to his wife Mary and re-released in February of 2010. He met Mary when he was 14 and she was his only love. Mary Cox passed away in 2006, 50 years to the day of their first date. He often talks about her in performance and confesses that one of the ways he has dealt her loss has been through his music.

His most recent recording, “Ronny Cox – Songs with Repercussions,” is a personal studio collection of songs that are mostly selected from other sources with three originals. Cox says, “The truly great thing about music is that it’s like a double-edged sword. Songs can be frivolous or sad but they can trigger an almost overwhelming emotion… immediately. What I have found is that if I open up to my audience, they not only accept that, they also help me get through it. It is that sharing… of silliness, or sadness… or mutual understanding that I find to be very compelling.”

Like Cox, the songs are eclectic, funny, touching, insightful and compelling. Each tune showcases an original, sophisticated lyric-driven sound and the stories that accompany these song are something else entirely. “The songs that I write and choose reflect that I pride myself in being able to find great songs and record them, not as covers, but as extensions of what I do as a performer.”

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RHES Fall Longaberger & Thirty One Bingo

Flyer: Rock Hall ES Fall Basket Bingo 11-7-14

Fall Longaberger & Thirty One Bingo

• Adult Admission: $20 in advance or $25 at the door
• Student Ticket: $10 (up to grade 5)

This is a fundraising event, everyone must have a ticket to enter.

To purchase tickets, please call Krista @ 443.553.4869 or the school 410.810.2622, email us at

Doors Open at 6pm and Games Start at 7 pm

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Mental Health Town Meeting Explores How to Get Help for Friends, Loved Ones

October 14, 2014

It could be a friend, co-worker, or a family member. A man or a woman. A child, a teen, a working adult, a retiree. You notice a change in habits, a difference in demeanor. Maybe he or she is more hyper. Or maybe he or she is more apathetic. You sense that something is wrong.

It could be a buildup of stress from a family problem, or the job, or school. It could be a case of the blues or the blahs. It could pass in a day or two. But somehow you don’t think it will. Is it a mental health problem? You are more and more afraid it is. Does the person need expert help? Does it call for treatment? Is it a dangerously deep depression? Or is it some other serious disorder of the mind?

What do you do? Who do you call on for help?

Those are questions the Kent and Queen Anne’s County Mental Health Town Meeting and Resource Fair hopes to help answer. The public is invited to the event which is being held on Saturday, November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive.

Submitted Photo: Dr. Mark S. Komrad, a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

Dr. Mark S. Komrad, a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Submitted Photo

The featured speaker is Dr. Mark S. Komrad, a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. One of his specialties is advising people on how to convince an emotionally or behaviorally troubled loved-one or friend to accept psychiatric evaluation and treatment. His book on the subject, You Need Help! A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince Your Loved One to Get Counseling, was published in 2012.

“Just about everyone knows a relative, friend, or co-worker who is exhibiting signs of emotional or behavioral turmoil,” Dr. Komrad said. “Yet figuring out how to reach out to that person can feel insurmountable.

“We know it is the right thing to do, yet so many of us hesitate to take action out of fear of conflict, hurt feelings, or damaging the relationship. Other times, we have talked with the person, but he or she just won’t listen.”

Dr. Komrad has used his frequent radio and television appearances to spread the word about getting help for mental health problems while trying to dispel the stigma attached to an illness that can affect anyone of us.

Among his professional honors, Dr. Komrad has been named a “Distinguished Fellow” by the American Psychiatric Association and a top practitioner by both the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its Baltimore chapter.

Dr. Komrad will take questions after his talk, and a panel discussion, moderated by Kate Farinholt, executive director of NAMI Maryland, will follow. Panelists, who are all directors of Eastern Shore mental health organizations, are Holly Ireland of Mid-Shore Mental Health Services; Beth Ann Langrell, of For All Seasons; Nancy Connolly, of Kent County Behavioral Health Services, and Ben Kohl, of Eastern Shore Psychological Services.

The Maryland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is helping coordinate the event. Sponsoring organizations include the Chester Valley Ministers Association.

Event organizers said the Mental Health Town meeting is being held to raise awareness of mental health needs, while stressing the importance of early intervention, and letting our citizens know what we have on the Upper and Mid Shore in the way of local resources to help.

They hope the event will lead to many discussions about mental illness that can inform the public of available resources and reduce the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral disorders.

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Poet Maggie Nelson to Read October 21, 2014 at the Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College NEWS
October 2014

Author and poet Maggie Nelson will read from her recent work on Tuesday, October 21, at the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, 407 Washington Avenue. Entitled “Poets Writing the Lyrical Essay: An Evening with Maggie Nelson,” the event begins at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow.

Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W.W. Norton, 2011), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), a meditation on the color blue. She is also the author of four books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005), which was a finalist for the PEN Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her next book, a work of autobiography and theory provisionally titled The Argonauts, is scheduled for publication next year by Graywolf Press.

Nelson has taught writing and literature at the Graduate Writing Program of the New School, and also at Wesleyan University and the Pratt Institute of Art. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches on the BFA and MFA faculty of the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.

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