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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Chestertown RiverArts’ new Clay Studio Grand Opening is November 15, 2014

Chestertown RiverArts
October 23, 2014

Chestertown RiverArts’ new Clay Studio is up, running and waiting for you to visit. Help us celebrate the Grand Opening on Saturday, November 15, from 5 until 7 p.m. at 204 High Street in Chestertown.

We’ll have refreshments and show you around our beautiful new space!

Other News:

Two new classes have been added to our November schedule. Karen Douglas is leading a four-week workshop in Hand-building. Karen has been fascinated with clay since her teen years. After college, she studied with two internationally-known potters who insisted she start with handbuilding. Karen’s taught classes to adults and children and helped organize shows. Let her share her love of clay with you. Classes start November 3.

Talavera Pottery, a decorative pottery tradition found primarily in Italy, the Iberian peninsula, and Mexico, will be the subject of a four-week class led by master ceramicist, Fredy Granillo. Students will strengthen their pottery decorating skills and develop their own Talavera-inspired designs. Classes start November 11.

More information at the Web site:

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100-Voice Choir Plans November 22, 2014 Concert As Its Final Fundraiser for Hynson Scholars

Washington College NEWS
October 2014

The 100-Voice Choir, Kent County’s celebrated gospel group, will perform its final benefit concert for the Vincent Hynson ’87 Scholarship Fund on Saturday afternoon, November 22, 2014 at Kent County High School in Worton. The concert is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.; doors will open at 3:15 p.m.

Choir organizers Sylvia and Bill Frazier, owners of S&B Productions, founded the choir in 2005 and produced the first 100-Voice concert that year as a fundraiser for the Vincent Hynson ’87 Scholarship. Named in memory of a beloved teacher, coach, pastor and community leader in Kent County, the scholarship is awarded to a Kent County resident from an underserved population who is an outstanding scholar and who emulates Hynson’s personal qualities and values. The College remains committed to the scholarship in Hynson’s name and to continuing to grow its endowment.

Sylvia Frazier says this will, indeed, be one of the last performances by the 100-Voice Choir. “It’s just time to bring it to end,” she says. “It’s been a very good 10 years, and I’m going to miss it, but health concerns have slowed us down and many of the original choir members have passed on.” Membership, which had started at 102, has diminished over the years to today’s 48 active singers.

Frazier is proud of both the quality of music the 100-Voice Choir has offered over the years and the way it has brought the community together. “It had been a dream of mine, a vision,” she says. “We had a lot of seekers. And I always told them, if you want to sing the gospel, this is the place to come.” That open door policy brought a diverse group together. “We have teachers, preachers, professors, people from all walks of life,” says Frazier.

This year’s 100-Voice Concert is co-sponsored by Washington College and the Kent County Arts Council. Advance tickets ($5) for the concert will go on sale November 1 at local retail outlets including Big Mixx’s Salon, Twigs & Teacups, The Bookplate, and Music Life. Admission at the door will be $7.

Out of town guest artists who will appear with the choir include The Sisters in Song (Delaware), Purpose (Grasonville) and The Second Generation Choir (Federalsburg). Kent County talent will include members of the Chester River Chorale, Serenity, The Sensational Stars, and God’s Wealth. Brother Clark Kennard, of Emmanuel U. M. Church, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Photo: Sylvia Frazier leads members of the 100 Voice Choir during the Grand Opening of the GAR Post on September 21, 2014.  Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

Sylvia Frazier leads members of the 100 Voice Choir during the Grand Opening of the GAR Post on September 21, 2014. Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

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