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

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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Samaritan Group Teams with Local Businesses to Support Winter Shelter

Samaritan Group
November 21, 2014

On July 1,2014 a Kent County resident who was homeless succumbed to depression and his own demons and passed away in Fountain Park. Though this was indeed a tragedy, it brought awareness to the public of how serious and close the problem of homelessness is in our own community.

Last winter the Samaritan Group of Kent County supplied approximately 700 bed nights and daily meals in the emergency overnight shelter from just January thru March. In addition, during months when the shelter was not open they provided short term stays in a local hotel, and assistance with utilities and bills to prevent eviction and shut offs.

The Samaritan Group is in need of support in order to continue to offer aid to those in our community that are in the most desperate circumstances. This winter is forecast to be just as daunting as last year and all indications that the number of guests at the shelter will increase.

In response to this need the Samaritan Group has partnered with numerous businesses in our community to raise funds and awareness for this vital need. During the first annual Winterfest Weekend, December 5 – 7, 2014, participating businesses will be donating a portion of their sales to support the shelter. In addition, these businesses will have donation jars and information about how anyone can become involved with the Samaritan Group.

The following business are participating: Book Plate, Chestertown Natural Foods, Empty Hangers, Finishing Touch, Haywire Letter Press, Houston?s Dockside Emporium, Houck?s Menswear, Mimi?s Closet, Music Life, Poor Richards, River Packet, Stam?s Drug Store, Treasures Re-Found,
Tree of Life Gallery, Twigs & Teacups, Village House and the Women in Need Thrift Store.

Additionally, the Garfield Center for the Arts will be donating a portion of ticket sales for its weekend Holiday Extravaganza towards the cause.

Bill Arrowood, Samaritan Group board member, explains, “For a long time the problem of homelessness was ignored in our community, not deliberately or maliciously, just without looking hard enough. Last summer’s tragic loss opened a lot of eyes to what was going on every day in our town and the response to participate in this pilot program for the shelter by local merchants has been nothing short of amazing. We know that our local business community does so much to support local charities, we wanted to find a way to work together to promote local commerce as well as awareness of this worthy cause.
We hope that our neighbors will be encouraged to shop locally for the holidays and know that in doing so, they will be helping make a difference in our community”.

Businesses will have a sign with the Samaritan Group logo posted, so that shoppers will easily recognize which businesses are participating.

For more information about the Samaritan Group, please visit
Flyer:Samaritan Group Shop Local Christmas 2014

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Historical Society Seeking Donations of Gently Used Items to Resell in Their Gift Shop.

Historical Society of Kent County
November 20, 2014

The Historical Society is looking for donations of gently used items that we could resell in our gift shop. We are searching for items such as Christmas and Holiday decorations and books relating to Kent County. Other best sellers are items that you might purchase as a gift – serving trays, coasters, decorative boxes or baskets, etc. We all have many of these items in our collections that no longer get used, and now is a wonderful opportunity to donate to a good cause. Doesn’t it make you feel good when you know an item is going to a new home where it can be used and appreciated again? Plus, the proceeds go to support the Historical Society!

Items can be brought to the Geddes-Piper House Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, or the Bordley History Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Karen at 410-778-3499.

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