Kent County 4-H Club Meeting Dates

August 2014


Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club -Meets 3rd Saturday, Running W Kennel, Worton, 1:00 pm, Leaders: Avra Sullivan, 443-480-3346 and Stephanie Turner, 443-262-9735

Clay Crushers 4-H Shotgun Club – Meets 2nd & 4th Sunday afternoons weekly, alternating between Kent County Gun Club and Sudlersville Skeet Club, Leaders: Russ Parson, cell (443-480-0292) and Robert Baldwin (410-348-5727)

Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Beth Hill (410-778-1661) and Cheryl Plummer (410-648-6828)

Junior Rifle Club – Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2:00 pm, Winter-Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Summer- Alexander Shooting Range, Weekly, Leader: John Curlett (410-778-0924)

Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Leaders: Jennifer Debnam (410-348-5905), Leader: Carrie Douthit (410-928-5860)

Kent Fuzzy Tails and Shiny Scales 4-H Club,Meets 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter: Presbyterian

Church of Chestertown, Summer: Lovett Farms, Worton, Leader: Carrie Douthit, 410-928-5860

Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Meets Wednesdays monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter-Radcliffe Creek School,

Summer-Mondays-Running W Kennels, Worton, Leaders: Bert and Jim Lindauer, 410-778-2887

Shore Shots 4-H Archery Club – Meets 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2:00-4:00 pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Leaders: Jesse Guilbault (410-275-2790), Teresa Quinn, (410-708-0217) email:

Udder Delights 4-H Club – Meets 4th Monday monthly, 6:30 pm, Chester River Friends Meeting House, Chestertown, Leaders: Owen McCoy (410-639-7217) and Christine Betley, 410-739-0304

“NEW” 4-H Clover Bud Club – Meets 4th Saturday of every month 10:30am-12:00pm at Colchester Farm. Ages 5-7. For more information contact:

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Washington College Men’s Soccer Season Preview

Washington College Athletics
August 19, 2014

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Year three for Roy Dunshee at the helm of the Washington College men’s soccer program began Saturday as the Shoremen held their first practices of the 2014 preseason. After an 8-8-1 record in Dunshee’s second season last fall – the team’s best in a decade – a veteran group of Shoremen take to the pitch poised for a breakthrough year.

No fewer than 11 seniors are on the Shoremen’s 2014 roster. Team captains and teammates since high school, midfielder Matt Wilfong (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and defender Zach Stocksdale (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) will serve in the formal leadership roles. The team’s Most Valuable Player last season, Wilfong scored four goals and had 10 total points while making 12 starts and playing all 17 games a year ago. Stocksdale took home Most Improved Player honors last year, making a career-best 11 starts in 16 games.

Midfielder Bob Libera (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) and forwards Sam Draper (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County) and Joseph Fili (Sparks, Md./Loyola Blakefield) are three other seniors who started double-digit games last season. Libera’s 15 starts in 17 games were second-most on the squad. Draper scored two goals and assisted on another while making 11 starts in 17 games, while Fili had two goals and one assist in 16 games, 10 of them starts. Senior midfielder Keegan Fisher (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) made six starts in 17 games, registering one assist, while midfielder Brandon Wilfong (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) also had one assist while making one start in nine games.

Senior goalkeeper Lin Robinson (York, Pa./York Country Day) made 13 saves and did not allow a goal in 208:22 of playing time last fall, making two starts in five games. Defenders Daniel Grosscup (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) and Adam Smith (Laytonsville, Md./Colonel Magruder) and forward Taylor Price-Kellogg (Clayton, N.Y./Thousand Islands) complete the senior class.

Junior defender Jack Butler (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) started 13 games and scored two goals a year ago. He’s joined in the Shoremen’s four-man junior class by forward Cody Gray (West Chester, Pa./Westtown School), midfielder Chris Koch (Hadley, Mass./Hopkins Academy), and goalkeeper David Myers (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill). Gray had two goals and one assist in 15 games, two of them starts, in 2013. Myers started 13 games in goal, posting a .673 save percentage, a 1.41 goals-against average, and two shutouts.

The Shoremen received a big boost from last year’s freshman class. Sophomore midfielder Dimitri Kaliakin (Landenberg, Pa./Salesianum School [Del.]) was the only Shoreman to start all 17 games a year ago and had a team-best four assists. Defender Cole Strong (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) made 14 starts – third-most on the team – in 15 games. Midfielder Drew Thompson (Dumfries, Va/Woodbridge) scored three goals and registered two assists while making 11 starts in 16 games, while defender Derek Stiles (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) made nine starts in 10 games and finished the season with one goal and one assist.

A duo of now-sophomore forwards – Brian Wilkinson (Sykesville, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and Chris Lewandowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) – made a tremendous impact on the offensive end as first-year college players. Wilkinson led the team with seven goals and added two assists, while Lewandowski scored four goals on the season and contributed two assists of his own. Both players made three starts in 17 games. Midfielder Christian Cooke (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) made two starts in 11 games as a freshman last fall. All told, the Shoremen’s class of 2017 accounted for 15 of the team’s 32 goals and 11 of its 23 assists as freshmen last year.

Four freshmen will bolster the Shoremen’s ranks this fall – defenders Michael Holowesko (Nassau, Bahamas/Asheville School [N.C.]), Stephen Boll (McLean, Va./Flint Hill School), and Chris Gingrich (Westfield, N.J./Union Catholic), and midfielder Skyler Clark (Washington, Conn./The Gunnery School). Holowesko is a member of the Bahamian National Team.

Dunshee welcomes two new assistant coaches to his staff for the 2014 season – Tom Batsios and Jade Mesias. Batsios, a four-year starter at Illinois College, is coming off a two-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Illinois Springfield women’s program. Mesias finished off an impressive collegiate playing career at Benedictine (Kan.) last year, earning All-American honors for the conference championship-winning Ravens.

The Shoremen will open their 2014 season with four consecutive non-conference home games against Gwynedd Mercy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Shenandoah, and Goucher. They are also slated to host Immaculata in a non-conference game and will go on the road for non-conference games at Albright, Salisbury, and Catholic. Salisbury is ranked 18th in the NSCAA’s Preseason Top 25, joining a pair of the teams – Franklin & Marshall (10th) and Dickinson (24th) on the Shoremen’s always challenging Centennial Conference slate in the national rankings. The Shoremen’s first two conference games of the season will be against those two squads, hosting Dickinson September 20th and traveling to Franklin & Marshall a week later. Washington fought hard in 1-0 losses to both the Red Devils and the defending Centennial Conference Champion Diplomats a year ago.

Conference play continues with road games at Haverford and McDaniel and home games against Muhlenberg and Ursinus. The Shoremen will finish the season by traveling to Gettysburg and hosting Swarthmore before playing the regular season finale at long-time rival Johns Hopkins. Washington upended the Blue Jays, 2-1, last season.

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4th Annual Taste of the Sassafras Rescheduled to October 10, 2014

Sassafras River Business Council (SRBC)
Galena, MD
August 19, 2014

Taste of the Sassafras Rescheduled to October 10, 2014

Due to a scheduling conflict the Sassafras Business Council (SRBC) has rescheduled the Annual Taste of the Sassafras. The event was originally scheduled to be held on September 12, 2014 and will now be held on October 10, 2014 at theKitty Knight House Inn & Restaurant in Georgetown, MD.

The Taste of the Sassafras, now in it’s 4th year, offer highlights of the food and wine vendors from around the Sassafras River region and will again be held under the tented pavilion on the lawn at the Kitty Knight House Inn & Restaurant from 5 to 9 PM. Tastings available until 7 PM. Dancing and entertainment until 9 PM.

Tickets will go on sale August 25, 2014. For more information visit the SRBC’s Taste of the Sassafras Web page at

The Sassafras Pass (Single $45/Couple $75) Food samplings and open bar from 5-7 PM on the featured wine and beer (mixed drinks and non-featured beverages not included, however there will be a cash bar available).

River Pass (Single $30/Couple $50) Food samplings and one complimentary drink ticket per person to sample the featured beer or wine.

It is one of the fundraisers for the SRBC with proceeds to be used to help various charitable organizations.

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Colchester Farm CSA’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest is October 4, 2014

August 18, 2014

Colchester Farm CSA’s second annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser is set for Saturday October 4, from 4 to 9 PM on the farm. This celebration of the fall harvest features a pig roast, an array of fall vegetable dishes, pumpkins, and a locally sourced, seasonal beer tasting.

New Sweden, a foot-stomping five piece band from Wilmington will entertain during and after the feast. Voted best band in Delaware for three consecutive years at the Tri-State Indie Music Awards, their music is best described as, “powerhouse folk-rock…a blend of Bright Eyes, Avett Brothers and a little bit of The Clash.”

Family fun begins at 4 pm, with a petting zoo and children’s games. The fall harvest buffet will open at 6 pm, featuring pulled pork and sausage by The Grill Meister, Gunner Roe, and seasonal dishes incorporating Colchester Farm vegetables prepared by Chef Sabrina Sexton. Guests are urged to arrive in a timely fashion, as the buffet will close at 8 pm. In addition, a cash bar will feature local beers and wines.

One lucky person will win a five hour afternoon sailing trip complete with music, wine, and cheese, on the schooner Martha White, along with five or his or her friends. Raffle tickets for the sail are just $10 and available at Chestertown Farmers‘ Market, Chestertown First Fridays, and at the fall celebration. Only 150 will be sold.

Proceeds from the event support Colchester Farm CSA’s education programs. Colchester Farm programs inspire healthful change and an awareness of the natural and edible world through community cooking classes, small-scale agriculture workshops, field trips for K-12 youth, and internship and work-exchange opportunities.

Tickets are available in advance at, at the Chestertown or Kent Island Farmer’s Markets, and at Chestertown First Fridays. Prices are $30 for current CSA members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for ages 12-17 (children under 12 free). Purchase tickets in advance and receive a $5 discount. (Children’s tickets not discounted.) Contact Nevin Dawson at 919-633-0378 or for more information. Colchester Farm is located at 31285 Georgetown Cemetery Road, Galena MD.

The Education Program Sponsor for the event is Astec Environmental Services. Other sponsors include JBK Ace Hardware & Rental; Dukes Moore Insurance; Kingstown Farm, Home, and Garden; Evergrain Bread Company; Friendship Montessori School; PNC Bank; Unity Landscape Design/Build; Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; People’s Bank; CNB; and Brook’s Tavern. Sponsorship inquiries are welcome at the contact information above.

Colchester Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a nonprofit, small-scale farm that grows fresh local produce for shareholders and community members, and offers apprenticeships and education programs. The CSA promotes an alternative model of farming that strengthens the relationship between farmers, community members, food, and the land.

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An Afternoon of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana at the Mainstay

Rock Hall, MD
August 18, 2014

The Mainstay, the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association, the Kent County Arts Council and the relatives of the late Karl Gottesman are again producing an afternoon of bluegrass, folk and Americana in Karl’s memory at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday August 24 12:30 to 6:00pm. Admission is free but donations will be collected on behalf of the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association and the Mainstay. For information you can call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Performing during the afternoon will be Banjo Man Tom McHugh, The Lions of Bluegrass, Colonel Leonard’s Irregulars, The Eastern Shore Foggy Memory Boys, and one of Karl’s favorite bluegrass bands, Patuxent Partners with Tom Mindte.

Mama Pia’s will set up outside the Mainstay with hot dogs, steak sandwiches, and more available and the Mainstay (cash) bar will be open all afternoon.

In 1969, Karl Gottesman took a position in the office of continuing education at Trenton State College (later renamed The College of New Jersey). He eventually rose to assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and served in that position till 1994, when he retired and moved to Chestertown. During his working years, he played guitar regularly at the Ground Round and Perimeter Coffeehouses in Camden and Trenton, N.J.

When he moved to Kent County, he became a regular participant in the bluegrass jams at the Crumpton Auction and played guitar in numerous groups including Col. Leonard’s Irregulars and with a bluegrass jam group – recently re-named “The Foggy Memory Boys.” At the time of his death, he had eight acoustic guitars – plus two banjos and a mandolin and was expert on all of them. Bluegrass was his favorite style, but he also played blues, jazz, folk and popular music of many eras. When not performing, he could often be found in the audience at the Mainstay in Rock Hall.

The Karl’s Music afternoon will end with a set by Patuxent Partners with Tom Mindte. Since 1975, their high lonesome bluegrass sound has been delivered with power and authenticity at festivals, dances, concerts, and special events throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Bandleader Tom Mindte sings and plays mandolin. His remarkable voice ranges from deep bass to soaring tenor, and he brings a wealth of traditional songs to the band’s repertoire. His mandolin virtuosity, inspired by bluegrass greats Bill Monroe and Buzz Busby, is the driving force behind the band’s sound.

Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Bryan Deere hails from southern Maryland. Whether the song is a country tear-jerker or a bluegrass classic, his expressive and powerful singing is pure and true to the roots of the music.

John Brunschwyler adds excitement and drive to the bluegrass sound on banjo and his inventive approach to traditional banjo playing has made him a favorite of bluegrass audiences throughout the region. He also sings the baritone harmonies in the group’s trios.
Fiddler Jack Leiderman brings years of experience and a bluesy, soulful fiddle style that complements the band’s vocals.

Pulling it all together is the strong, dynamic rhythm generated by bassist Victoria McMullen. Originally from south Georgia, she is equally at home in a bluegrass, swing or classical setting, and contributes an unwavering sense of musicality to the band.

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Kristen Wille Returns to Alma Mater as Assistant Field Hockey Coach

Washington College Athletics
August 18, 2014

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Washington College head field hockey coach Rachel Boyle has announced the addition of Kristen Wille, class of 2013, to her staff.

Wille, a two-year captain, capped off an outstanding four-year playing career with the Shorewomen in the fall of 2012, earning All-South Region and All-Centennial Conference first-team honors after tying for the team lead in goals with 10 and finishing second in points with 22. She was also named her team’s Most Valuable Player, was chosen to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Senior All-Star Game, and was the female recipient of the College’s Senior Athletic Award.

Wille previously earned All-Centennial Conference honorable mention in 2011 and All-Centennial Conference second-team recognition in 2009. She finished her career with 22 goals and 11 assists and started all 73 of her career games.

Wille was inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington College in May 2013.

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