Founder of Coastal Heritage Alliance to Speak On Saving Wooden Boats and Watermen’s Culture

Washington College NEWS
October 2014

Mike Vlahovich, the founder and former director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance, will share his life-long appreciation for wooden boats and the watermen’s culture when he visits Washington College on Tuesday, November 4. Hosted by the Center for Environment & Society, he will speak in Hynson Lounge at 6:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Submitted Photo: Mike Vlahovich

Mike Vlahovich – Submitted Photo

Vlahovich founded the non-profit Coastal Heritage Alliance (CHA) in 2003 to help preserve the vessels, skills and stories of fishing communities in the United States. Based in St. Michael’s, Maryland, and Gig Harbor, Washington, the CHA leads restoration efforts, conducts research on watermen — their boats and their culture — and offers educational programs for the public.

Vlahovich grew up on the Pacific Northwest coast, where he would eventually work on commercial fishing boats and study to become a master boat builder and restorer. He co-founded the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma in 1994 and five years later received a Washington State Governor’s Art and Heritage Award for his work preserving that state’s commercial fishing heritage and folklore and its traditional craft of wooden boat building.

In Maryland, Vhalovich worked for several years as boatyard manager and director of special projects at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. He played a pivotal role in the restoration of the last remaining boats in Maryland’s working skipjack fleet, the last commercial sailing fleet in the country. Having stepped down as director of the CHA, he now divides his time between Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Gig Harbor, where he captains the 65-foot charter boat Commencement on natural heritage cruises in Puget Sound, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska.

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Ribbon Cutting: Bloomin’ Wild in Chestertown

Bloomin’ Wild at 335A High Street in Downtown Chestertown held their Ribbon Cutting and Open House on October 25, 2014.

Photo by Steven G. Atkinson: Ribbon Cutting Bloom' Wild - October 25, 2014

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Sunday: 10am – 3pm

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Inventive Author and Essayist Ander Monson To Read at Washington College November 4, 2014

Washington College
October 2014

The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College presents “An Evening with Ander Monson,” Tuesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. Part of the Living Writers Series “Poets Writing the Lyrical Essay,” Monson’s talk and reading will take place at the Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue, and is free and open to the public.

Monson is a professor of nonfiction in the University of Arizona’s creative writing program and editor of the online literary journal DIAGRAM, which he founded in 2000. He has published five books, most recently Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2010), which was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and The Available World (Sarabande Books, 2010). His newest work, Letter to a Future Lover, due out from Graywolf Press in February 2015, consists of more than 77 essays on seemingly random things he has found while exploring libraries—from a human hair, to a handwritten inscription in a book—and the conversations he heard around him.

Monson has been published in many magazines and journals, including Best American Essays and The New York Times. He was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award in Fiction, and is a 2010-2011 recipient of Brown University’s Howard Foundation Fellowship for fiction. In addition to his essays and books, Monson also has written such “paraphernalia” as chapbooks, a website, and a decoder wheel.

Reviewing Vanishing Point, Not a Memoir for The New York Times, author David Shields wrote that Monson “turns the banality of nonfiction inside out and thereby makes nonfiction a staging area to investigate claims of fact and truth, an extremely rich theater for exploring the most serious ontological questions.”

For more information about Ander Monson, or to read some of his essays, visit his website

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New Turf Installation Wrapping Up, Kibler Field to Host Games Next Week

Washington College Athletics
October 24, 2014

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The installation of the new turf on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium is wrapping up this weekend and the facility is scheduled to host this season’s remaining home varsity soccer and field hockey home contests beginning Tuesday.

With the ability to once again play night games, the men’s soccer home game against Swarthmore on Tuesday has been changed from a 3:30 p.m. to a 7:00 p.m. start time. The women’s soccer home game against Haverford on Wednesday has been changed from a 4:00 p.m. to a 7:00 p.m. start time as well. The field hockey regular-season finale on Saturday, November 1st, remains a 1:00 p.m. start. Tomorrow’s women’s soccer home game against Franklin & Marshall is slated to be the last game held on the College’s Lower Bermuda Grass Field.

The move back into Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium also means that those three games (as well as any postseason contests the College may host this fall) will also have live video webcasts available at

An historic rainstorm in August destroyed the previous turf surface, which was nearly nine years old. The new surface was produced by Shaw Sports Turf and features George Washington’s iconic signature above a “Washington College” wordmark on the midfield surface on the grandstand side of the fiel

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For Fall Dance Concert at Washington College, Students Perform Pieces Choreographed by Peers and Faculty

Washington College NEWS
October 23, 2014

The Washington College Department of Dance presents its first-ever Fall Dance Concert on Thursday, October 30, and Saturday, Nov. 1, offering ballet, tap and modern dance selections choreographed by students and faculty under the artistic direction of Asa Trinh-Smith.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. They are free and open to the public.

Titled “The Four Seasons,” the fall recital will offer two acts divided by an intermission. As part of the first half, sophomores Brooke Burghardt and Dazhane Merrit will dance solo to their own choreography. Other selections in the first act are choreographed by Trinh-Smith, who teaches ballet and modern dance, and her department colleague Paula Lynn Klopcic, who teaches ballet and tap.

A native of North Vietnam, Trinh-Smith studied dance in Hanoi and was an instructor and featured dancer with the National Dance Company of Vietnam from 1975 to 1987 before coming to the United States. Klopcic’s experience includes performing on Broadway (including Evita and Sophisticated Ladies) and in films (The Cotton Club, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and So Fine), and choreographing acts for a variety of venues, from Ringling Brothers Circus to opera stages in Germany and Ohio.

The second act features student-designed dances that interpret the individual characters of summer, fall, winter and spring through physical moves, lighting and sound. The student choreographers are Brook Burghardt ’17, Nicole Morgan ’16, Anna Nazario ’16, Pheobe Shelor ’15 and Trish Langley ’16.

Faculty member Polly Sommerfeld, a lecturer in drama, will narrate the “Four Seasons” performances. Lighting design is by assistant professor of drama Laura Eckelman, and the stage director is Larry Stahl, a lecturer in drama and technical director of the Gibson Center for the Arts.

“I am beyond excited to celebrate the academic dance program and give the students in Asa and Paula’s classes the chance to showcase their work,” says drama professor Michele Volansky, who serves as program director of the dance minor. “Asa’s careful and inspired curation of ‘The Four Seasons’ should make for a tremendous night of dance.”

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UM Shore Regional Health announces “Ask the Expert” events in November

UM Shore Regional Health
October 20, 2014

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health announces several dates for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region in November. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics, presented by clinical experts who live and work here on the Eastern Shore:

Beat the Bug — Staying Healthy by Preventing Infection: Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health, discusses the latest information on various infections and ways to avoid them, whether at home, traveling or even in a health care facility.
• 2 p.m., November 7, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton
• 10 a.m., November 12, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 19, Grasonville (Queen Anne’s County) Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville

Palliative Care: What Everyone Should Know: Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program, gives an overview and outlook of how palliative care works for patients, families and caregivers.
• 10 a.m., November 5, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 17, Grasonville Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville
• 2 p.m., November 21, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton

Relieve Pain through Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Khalid Kurtom, MD, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, an affiliate of UM Shore Medical Group, continues his popular discussion on the latest in minimally invasive surgery for pain relief.
• 7 p.m., November 20, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center, 100 Brown St., Chestertown

Staying Ahead of Diabetes: Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD and Faustino Macuha, MD, of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, provide enlightening facts about one of the region’s most prevalent health issues, including how to control risk factors — such as diet — and how to manage your care and medication if you’re diagnosed.
• 7 p.m., November 18, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, third floor classroom, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

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