December 2, 2010
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at the North Beach Loop SAT DECEMBER 4th – “Christmas at the Beach” Parade at noon, Santa on the Beach and Business Open Houses!! Visit the following businesses for specials and Open Houses that day including raffles, specials, discounts, samples, food, drink and more! Bay View Boutique Bay Wine & Spirits Chez elle Boutique Coffee, Tea & Whimsey Nice n Fleazy Willetta’s Antiques
Chesapeake Antiques Old Town Candy SeaScapes Home Accents & Gifts Sweet Sues
Tans Cycles & Parts - Trains Display
Nov 26 - Jan 15 Weekdays: 3:00-8:00 pm • Saturday: Noon-5:00 pm
Coffee Tea & Whimsey -
The economy is taking such a toll on our area that local toy drives may need three times as many toys this year, and they’re asking for your help. Find out how you can bring happiness to a needy child this holiday season. See page 12.
10% Tuesdays for the month of December
At The Bay Healing Arts Center Holiday Gift Certificates available..
BayView Boutique.. Jewelry & more....
December 9- At the Bay Healing Arts Center: Reiki share
for practitioners at 6:30 pm
Friday, December 10 “North Beach Loop First Annual Winter Walk” 5-9 PM -
Luminarias will line the streets. Music and laughter as well as goodies and gifts will abound. We encourage all to come out and shop our local businesses and enjoy our slice of paradise by the Bay.
9106 Ches. Ave.,NB, Md 410-257-7658 www.bayviewboutique.com
Participating Businesses include: Bay View Boutique Bay Wine & Spirits Chez elle Boutique
Chesapeake Antiques 4133 7th Street, North Beach
Coffee, Tea & Whimsey, Inc.
Fanciful Gifts with a Whimsical Flair!
Deanna Dove Island Girl Radio
Greetings Deanna Dove shoppers! In an effort to extend your hard earned dollars a bit farther this year we're having a sale on all CDs for only $9.99! Log onto www.deannadove.com and order yours today!
Coffee, Tea & Whimsey Lighthouse Marketplace Old Town Candy
Visit our website for more information & participating businesses at www.northbeachloop.org
December 11- At the Bay Healing Arts- Basic Holistic Nu-
trition for Health 2:00
Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop & Coffee Bar 7th & Bay Ave. 410 286-8041
. . .a fine shop for gifts, crafts, foods Please see our ad on page 10 of this edition
Tans Cycles Parts 410-257-6619
SeaScapes Home Accents, Gifts & Inspiration
December 12- At the Bay Healing Arts-Womens Empower-
“Holiday Décor & Gifts in a Cozy Coastal Cottage”
December 17 - Annual Wine Sale Coffee Tea & Whimsey-
Old TOWN CANDY
ment and Transformation 6:30
December 21 - Winter Sale to celebrate the first day of the
9122 Bay Ave. 410-286-7300
season at Coffeee, Tea & Whimsey!
December 27 Sale
Coffee Tea & Whimsey- After Christmas
SeaScapes Home Accents & Gifts Earn $5 in SeaScapes Dollars for purchases of $25 or more to be used on future purchase
Kairos Counseling and Education Center Give the gift of a fun class, books, and more! www.kairoscentermd.com 301 332 4568
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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We are ONE STOP HOLIDAY SHOPPING. You will find unique gifts, including Melisa & Doug toys. 9124 Bay Avenue 301.855.0707
Buy local gift guide This year, forget the hassle of the malls and shop local for your holiday gifts. From craft fairs to original artwork, there’s so much here in your own backyard! Check the Chesapeake Current’s Buy Local Guide for some truly original ideas, starting on page 4.
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Heart-Warming Production of “A Christmas Carol”
The Cast of “A Christmas Carol”:
An All-Children’s Musical
More than 40 area youngsters ranging in age from six to 18 will captivate you with their incredible performances in the Twin Beach Players all-children, music production of “A Christmas Carol.” This beloved story, directed by Regan Cashman tells the tale of miserly old curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas, and whose heart has turned cold since the death of his business Charity Workers (Brittney Collins and Danielle Langford), partner and the sad end Caroler (Kirra Orescan) and Party Guest (Selena King) to his engagement years singing at curtain call. earlier. It takes a enlightening encounters with Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to help turn Scrooge around. Scrooge (Chris Skarin) and Nephew Fred (Bryan Bowen). This production will include several classic holiday songs and an unforgettable, magical performance from some of Maryland's most talented kids. Location: Holland Point Civic Center 919 Walnut Ave North Beach, MD The Holland Point Civic Center is located just over the Calvert County line in Anne Arundel County. For directions call (410) 474-4214. Ticket information: General Admission - $12.00 Seniors, Students, Military and TBP members - $10.00 **For groups of 10 or more - $8.00/ticket** Tickets are available at the door, a half-hour prior to performances. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets may also be purchased at SeaScapes and Blondie’s Baking Company in North Beach, and Medart Galleries in Dunkirk. Watch for updates on www.twinbeachplayers.com and www.facebook/ twinbeachplayers. For more information, call Director Regan Cashman at (410) 474-4214 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cratchit Family (clockwise)- Peter (Mickey Cashman), Belinda (Aiyonna White), Mrs. Cratchit (Brianna Workcuff), Bob (Jeffrey Thompson), Martha (Emmeline Jones) and Tiny Tim (Phillip Mervine)
Performances of “A Christmas Carol” - Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. - Friday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. - Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. (Show is approximately two hours long.) Jacob Marley (Erik Martin) and Scrooge (Chris Skarin).
JEFFREY THOMPSON- BOB CRATCHIT CAMDEN RAINES- BELLE/ CAROLER A.J. ROBINSON- MR. FEZZIWIG DAVID LYNN- PARTY GUEST/ SCROOGE’S SCHOOLMATE/ CAROLER JORDANA NYE- FAN/ POVERTY CHILD/CAROLER DANIELLE LANGFORD- CHARITY WORKER/CAROLER MICHAEL CASHMAN- PETER CRATCHIT/CAROLER MIKAYLA MERVINE- FLORENCE FEZZIWIG/PARTY GUEST/ CAROLER EMMELINE JONES- MARTHA CRATCHIT/FEZZIWIG PARTY MUSICIAN/CAROLER AIDEN DAVIS- OLD JOE ANNA GORENFLO- DILBER/ CAROLER MICHAEL SAUNDERS- YOUNG ADULT SCROOGE/ADULT TINY TIM CHRIS SKARIN-EBENEZER SCROOGE BRYAN BOWEN- NEPHEW FRED ANA COLLINS- GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST/CAROLER BRITTNEY COLLINS- CHARITY WORKER/CAROLER/ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER EDEN BRADSHAW- PARTY GUEST/CAROLER/SOLOIST KAYLEIGH HUBBERT- PARTY GUEST/CAROLER ERIK MARTIN- JACOB MARLEY PHILLIP MERVINE- TINY TIM COLTON JARBOE- STORY CHILD SHELBY TUGWELL- FRED’S WIFE/CAROLER MADDIE METCALFE- MERCHANT/ CAROLER BRIANNA WORKCUFF- MRS. CRATCHIT ANGELINA WORKCUFF- PARTY GUEST/CAROLER AIYONNA WHITE- BELINDA CRATCHIT/CAROLER MELISSA DONNELLY- BEATRICE FEZZIWIG/CAROLER KELLY HUTCHISON- NARRATOR REGAN HALL- GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT/CAROLER HALEY MORGAN- FRED’S MAID/CAROLER KIRRA OSESCAN- CAROLER KIARALI BRACERO- MERCHANT/FEZZIWIG PARTY MUSICIAN DANIEL CAREY- STORY CHILD NATHANIEL CAREY- BOY SCROOGE ABIGAIL PETERSEN- STORY CHILD CALEB PETEREN- DICK WILKINS/CAROLER TABITHA PETERSEN- STORY CHILD SAM RODILOSSO- CHRISTMAS CHILD/SCROOGE’S SCHOOLMATE KAYLA FANTOZZI- MRS. FEZZIWIG/STAGE MANAGER SELENA KING- PARTY GUEST/ CAROLER TAWNY CASHMAN- GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE/CAROLER
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Shop Here This Year! Forget the crowds, the mega-malls, the big box stores, and the chains. There are plenty of opportunities right here in our area to support your friends and neighbors who own small businesses this holiday season by buying local. Here are just a few of some of the places where you can find very special gifts close to home. After the North Beach Parade on Saturday, December 4, take the time to look at the Loop Merchants along Bay Avenue, 7th Street, and Chesapeake Avenue for unique gifts. Three shops in a row, Nice & Fleazy Antiques, Willetta’s Antiques, and Chesapeake Antiques welcome everyone to their Antiques Christmas Festival and Open House on December 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. They’re located on the corner of 7th Street and Bay Avenue in North Beach. The shops are decorated for the holidays and filled with Christmas items, formal and country furniture, lamps, linens, glassware, books, fishing and kitchen collectibles, jewelry and so much more that would make oneof-a-kind, personal gifts. Spend your day on a sentimental journey and reminisce over a bounty of refreshments, prepared for your enjoyment to get you into a holiday mood! Christmas is just around the corner and so is Sisters’ Corner Gifts and Crafts, 8905 Chesapeake Avenue at 2nd St. in North Beach. Here you’ll find the perfect gift for just about everyone on your list. In addition to handbags, accessories and jewelry for ladies, check out the Maryland tee shirts that are great for men and kids as well. They’ve added North Beach and Chesapeake Beach to the design so these comfy cotton shirts are great for those away from home. A variety of colors and a choice of short or long sleeves make it easy to satisfy several folks on your list. Handmade novelty pillowcases are perfect stocking stuffers as are soft cloth books for the baby. Come check out the selection of themes—great for all ages! Want a personalized gift basket? Come choose your jams, jellies, relishes, or other goodies and Kathy and Carol will package it for you. They make holiday shopping that easy! Check out their Christmas wreaths, décor, aprons, and ornaments, ornaments, ornaments at Sisters’ Corner.
If you’re a locally-owned small business, call the Chesapeake Current at (410) 231-0140 to get into our December 16 edition of the Buy Local Gift Guide or email email@example.com for more information. SeaScapes Home Accents, Gifts & Inspiration, “Holiday Décor & Gifts in a Cozy Coastal Cottage” is offering shoppers $5 in SeaScapes Dollars for purchases of $25 or more to be used on future purchases! Also be sure to get stop in to Bay Wine & Spirits, 9100 Bay Avenue, North Beach to get into the holiday spirit with fine wines, champagne and liquors. The North Beach Loop is also hosting its First Annual Winter Walk from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10. Luminarias will line the streets. Music and laughter as well as goodies and gifts will abound! Another great idea is the gift of music, and locally there are many choices. Garrett Music Academy in Owings is a spectacular place to pick up a diverse range of Holiday gifts or gift certificates. You can enroll a loved one in private lessons, an ensemble, or purchase hours of studio time. Families enjoy our pre-filled stockings for each instrument such a guitar player’s stockings filled with strings, picks, polish, and a music book. The drummer’s stocking is also popular and features a variety of sticks, a stick bag, and a practice pad. Quality instruments and accessories also make perfect holiday gifts. For more information visit them online at www.garrettmusicacademy. com. Lay away is available on larger items. Sacchetti Music in Huntingtown is another place where you can find musical gifts. Owner Pete Sacchetti says, “What’s hot this year is the Fender Starcaster Guitar Pack which includes a guitar, amp, guitar strap, tuner, DVD instructional video, picks and a cable for $179. There’s a Dean bass pack with the same gear that’s $239, and a complete five-piece drum set in red, black or blue for $299. We have digital keyboards as well as smaller guitars for younger kids for $89 that actually play. We’ll also match any Internet prices and every purchase includes two free lessons.” For more gift ideas, visit them online at www.sacchettimusic.com.
Celebration of Christmas Concert
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Come prepared for a wonderful night of holiday cheer! The South County Concert Association presents the Annapolis Choral in "Celebration of Christmas" on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern High School Auditorium, 4400 Solomon's Island Rd. (Rt. #2) in Harwood, MD. Under the baton of music director J. Ernest Green, the 180 strong Annapolis Choral will sing seasonal classics as well as traditional carols accompanied by the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Admission is free to subscribers of the South County Concert Association and the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association. There is a $20 admission fee to nonsubscribers. For additional information, call (301) 261-5802 or visit www.southcountyconcerts.org.
Think ORIGINAL for the Holidays! What’s a more thoughtful gift than something original? Fortunately, in our area there are plenty of places to find an original work of art to give to your loved ones and friends this holiday season. At the Artworks at Seventh’s December Show, it’s easy to find the Best of the Best! This holiday season, the artists have gone all out to produce for this show the state of the art, one sample from each artist that represents his or her best and finest work. It’s a beautiful showing. And with this, explore a collection of hand-made artisan wreaths, ornaments and handmade Christmas cards available through the holiday shopping season. Attend the opening for the Best of the Best, December 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and enjoy the holiday atmosphere with the artists. Items will also be available the rest of the month.
Muddy Creek Artists Guild
Get in the holiday mood with a roving band of intrepid artists to celebrate the season! The works of more than 70 artists from Southern Anne Arundel will be available at the Muddy Creek Artists Guild at South River Colony, Mitchell Chance Road in Edgewater. Meet the Artists night is Saturday, December 4 from6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Southern and South River High School Art Student’s Reception will be held Sunday, December 5 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ladies Night is Thursday, December
9 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Join the Guild on Saturday, December 11 for an Artist’s Demo and People’s Choice Awards from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visit them online at www.MuddyCreekArtistsGuild.org.
Plum Point Elementary’s Holiday Festival
Santa Claus is coming to Plum Point Elementary School’s (PPES) Annual Holiday Festival, on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Friday, December 3rd PPES PTA will host its annual Holiday Festival. This is a great event for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit. Have a pizza dinner with Santa, get a photo taken with him (please bring your own camera), decorate a holiday cookie and make wonderful holiday crafts to give as gifts. There will also be a large assortment of local vendors and craftspeople available for the adults to knock out some holiday shopping while the kids work on their crafts. Reservations are required for the dinner with Santa, but the holiday crafts and shopping are open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the Holiday Festival, please contact co-chairs Jen Klotz at cekjlk@ yahoo.com or Amy Kane at thegazelle@ comcast.net. The proceeds from this event will go towards the purchase of 5th grade class t-shirts. Admission is free. However, the dinner, craft activities and shopping have nominal costs.
NHS Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Northern High School Music Boosters will hold their annual holiday craft fair on Saturday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the school at 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings, MD 20736. Crafters wanted and tables are available, so call now! Shopping for that unique gift? Plan to attend the 2010 Northern High School’s Holiday Craft Fair showcasing unique gifts and crafts. Call (410) 257-5984 for details.
All Saints’ Church at the corner of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD holds their annual Christmas Market on Saturday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Terrific local craftspeople will help you with your Christmas shopping and holiday decorating needs. Also available: lunch, baked goodies, hot chocolate and authentic glühwein to add to your holiday spirit! Rain, snow or shine! No admission fee. Proceeds benefit the parish & community projects.
Holiday Gift Shoppe
Support local businesses and crafters by shopping at the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Gift Shoppe from Monday, December 6 through Thursday, December 23 at the
chamber office at 5503 Muddy Creek Road, Churchton, MD 20733. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Interested vendors or shoppers should call (410) 867-3129 for additional information.
The Bay Business Group (BBG) has just a few of its very popular “Taste of the Beaches” Cookbooks left, in fact, less than 100! The beautiful cookbook includes an Obama family chili recipe personally submitted by First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s also filled with local recipes from “chefs” whose names you will recognize is brimming with Blue Crab, Rockfish, and oyster recipes, appetizers, and special occasion dishes. There’s even a Kids in the Kitchen section, and lovely photos showcasing the natural beauty of our area. The cost is only $20.00 each, and proceeds are used to fund BBG initiatives to help area small businesses and provide scholarships for local students. Buy one at SeaScapes in North Beach, or in Chesapeake Beach at Chesapeake Pharmacy or the Twin Beaches Library. Order online at www.baybusinessgroup.org (note that shipping charges apply).
Gifts of a Lifetime At CalvArt Gallery
CalvART Gallery Presents "Gifts of a Lifetime" featuring one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts available through December 31 in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center, Rt. 4 and Rt. 231, and online at www. calvartgallery.org. Call (410) 535-9252 for more information. The CalvArt Gallery is a program of the Arts Council of Calvert County. Showing in December in the Student Art Gallery at CalvART Gallery is “The Art of the Students of Dona Baker Hun-
tingtown High School.” It’s open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Rt. 4 & Rt. 231, Prince Frederick, MD. They’ll also host the a community open house, the Prince Frederick Art Walk 2010 on December 11, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Enjoy many stops along this wonderful walk around Prince Frederick! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 586-3236.
Get a Local Christmas Tree The Kiwanis Club of Shady Side has begun its annual Christmas tree sales at the intersection of Muddy Creek Road, Shady Side Road and Deale-Churchton Road. To insure freshness, the trees are grown locally and will be fresh cut each week. Select from White Pine, Douglas Fir and Colorado Spruce. All trees will be in the six to 12 foot range but smaller ones can be cut for those who need table top trees. All trees are only $30 and proceeds help support the club's community events, building fund and local charitable donations. Tree sales are Monday thru Friday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 8:00pm. For further information about the Kiwanis Club of Shady Side’s tree sale, call (410) 867-2599. The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department is also selling Christmas trees this year to raise money for their operations. Stop by the fire department and check out their large selection.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Artist To Attend Holiday Open House
Teresa Schrodel, owner of Medart Galleries in Dunkirk, says she’s honored once again that noted artist, Paul McGehee, will be on hand for her annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 4. It’s a tradition that dates back 15 years. Paul is such a talented artist and a close friend. It’s always special when he does a show with us and people are able to meet and talk with him,” she says. “He is a fascinating person to get to know.” Paul McGehee was born in Arlington, VA and grew up in the Washington, DC area.
Medart Galleries Owner Teresa Schrodel in front of a Paul McGehee print.
Dunkirk Gallery Hosts Celebrated Artist Paul McGehee
He is primarily self-taught, but studied at the prominent officials and celebrities. prestigious Corcoran School of Art where One unusual project was his creation of he was able to work with live models in a a moonlit portrait of the White House on an classroom setting. Understandably, his ar- egg, created at the request of President Clintistic interests were greatly influenced by the ton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton waterfront and historic port cities of George- for an Easter exhibit at the White House. It town and Alexandria. Today, Paul maintains is now in the collection of the Smithsonian a gallery in Old Town Alexandria. Institute. The Paul McGehee collection now More recently, Paul’s painting called spans 32 years and covers a broad range “So Proudly We Hail” was selected as the of thematic catimage for the naegories, including tionally televised Medart Galleries’ Holiday Open House feaMaritime, Chesa“A Capital Fourth” turing Paul McGehee will be held Saturday, peake, Beaches Independence Day and Surf, Civil concert and fireDecember 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. War, and Western. works celebration MedArt Galleries is located in the Dunkirk In 1982, Paul (see the Medart Market Place (Safeway Shopping Center). presenedt PresiGalleries ad in the dent Ronald ReaJuly 1st issue of the gan with a gift for Current archived at his 71st birthday - a small watercolor called www.chesapeakecurrent.com). “Pennsylvania Avenue – Market Square in The quality of craftsmanship in the pro1911.” The picture shows the “Pathway of duction of McGehee’s limited-edition prints Presidents” as it appeared the same year that has also been recognized in a nationwide Ronald Reagan was born. The original is competition by The Printing Industries of now in the collection of the Reagan Library. America. His print, “Winter in Annapolis,” Other works by McGehee are found in the received a coveted “Certificate of Merit” collections of former Presidents George Bush award in 1992. and Bill Clinton, besides those of many other There are several aspects of Paul Mc-
Artist Paul McGehee
Gehee’s style that set his works apart from other artists. First, there is a quality of light that seems to exude from within each scene known as “luminism.” Paul says he always admired artists and illustrators who used this technique and continues with this style of thought. His “Mount Vernon by Moonlight” is a great example. Secondly, he is committed to retaining historical accuracy. It is not uncommon for Paul to spend a year or more researching a historical site, working up preliminary sketches, and even tracking down eyewitnesses to events or scenes. The merger of his talents as a painter and historian results in pieces that give the viewer an uncanny (Continued on Next Page)
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Reflecting on the Holiday Season By Nick Garrett In first grade, we are taught about Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and Indians sitting around a plentiful table sharing food and laughing together. To further the celebration, we even got to make little turkeys out of paper plates, construction paper, and cotton balls. We are led to believe the first Thanksgiving was a picture of absolute harmony, peace, and festive feasting, but that may not be completely historically accurate. Who am I to judge though? I have to eat Thanksgiving dinner with my brother-in-law year after year and reach my hand out in much the same way that the Indians must have done for the pilgrims! Deeper thoughts about the historical accuracy of such an event, the complexities of the relationships between natives and pilgrim settlers, and a comparison to us as people today yield an important and unapologetic look that may inspire us to celebrate in a new way, with a new understanding. Imagine my heartache when I read the first unofficial Thanksgiving Proclamation from William Bradford at Plimouth where he thanks God for protecting them from, “the ravages of the savages.” That statement hardly paints a picture of absolute trust and fellowship between natives and pilgrims. The first Thanksgiving celebration, for them, must have highlighted an acknowledgement that both peoples would have a long way to go in learning how to coexist in peace with vastly different experiences and perspectives on life. In their first year together, there were times that the pilgrims were starving and stole stockpiles of corn and desecrated the graves of Indian ancestors both accidentally and, at times, on purpose. There are indications that Indian translators like Squanto and Hobomok attempted to pit the Pilgrims and Indians against each other by embellishing the truth and playing on the fears and weaknesses of the people, all done for their own personal gain. At the time of the autumn festival, there had been a year of ups and downs demonstrating the strengths and flaws of human nature that both peoples shared in common. (Medart… Continued from Previous Page) glimpse into the past, incorporating scattered pieces of information that might otherwise remain in obscurity. Beach and amusement parks are another passion. In paintings like “Old Ocean City – Boardwalk,” “Rehoboth Beach Memory,” and “Glen Echo Amusement Park,” viewers find themselves drawn into places that once were commonplace, but have since faded with the passage of time without being properly documented. The appeal is very real.
Massasoit, the Grand Sachem of the Indians had land and techniques for agriculture that the Pilgrims would need to survive. On the other hand, Pilgrims had imports and technology that the Indians wanted. So as they sat around a Thanksgiving table with a variety of different foods, languages, and experiences, this feast for them must have celebrated and highlighted the complexities of their lives together. I am sure they were literally thankful for life, food, and family. It is safe to assume in a situation like theirs, the event was marked by tolerance, forgiveness, hope, and openness. Perhaps in our time, a Thanksgiving celebration could evolve to be one where we step outside of our comfort zones and the safety of our routines, and demonstrate thanks in new ways. Not because we have to, but because we realize that no matter how poor or rich, black or white, Republican or Democrat, we may be, that we are part of the same race and are indirectly reliant on each other for all things. With little effort, we all find gratitude for our families, jobs, and necessaries. This holiday season I am going to try to demonstrate my thankfulness through increased tolerance, forgiveness, and openness. I am also going to do my best to “speak and understand the language” of those who are different from me. During a time when wars still plague the globe, natural disasters deprive people of necessities and shelter, moral fiber unravels through negative individualism, poverty and economic challenges flourish, we can look forward to improvements in all things. If vastly different people can make such bold accomplishments in humanity such as an autumn festival or Thanksgiving celebration, I know I can listen to my brother-in-law or neighbor tell me “what I need to do,” with a little more openness and candor. I want to thank all of you who have read my articles and given feedback since I started writing this year in the Chesapeake Current and I promise to continue offering honest, fair, and objective looks at the politics affecting our everyday lives here in Calvert County. It is my honor to be a part of such a wonderful community and I thank you. Happy Holidays!
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It’s no wonder that Paul has been asked by people in our area to paint a picture of old Chesapeake Beach when the steamboats and railway brought people into what was once a prime amusement area. Medart Galleries will have between 7080 prints of Paul McGehee’s works available for sale during their Holiday Open House. Most are limited editions. “It’s a great opportunity the public won’t want to miss,” says Teresa Schrodel. For more information about Paul’s works, visit www.paulmcgeheeart.com.
Prince Frederick Market Square (Next to Library) 916 Costley Way (410) 535-4338 • (301) 855-1020
Dunkirk Market Place (Next to Safeway)
10286 So. Maryland Blvd. (410) 257-2772 • (301) 855-8770
*Pandora, flyer specials and prior sales excluded. Layaways must be paid in full by 12/31/2010.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Deer Hunters Urged to Practice Safety How to Prevent Tree Stand Accidents
Christmas Bar Crawl Raises Money for Toys
The Christmas Bar Crawl started last year is expanding this year to two dates in December. Jeff Wyvill and Tom Keeley, operators of Beach Front Limo Taxi by Flynn Executive Limosine Service started the first annual Christmas bar crawl to benefit the “Toys for Kids of the Twin Beaches” effort. Wyvill says it was a success, with toys collected for ten local families in need. This year, they are offering to two Bar Crawls. Wyvill says the December 5 event is for North Beach, while December 19 will cover Chesapeake Beach. It will begin at 12:00 noon on both days and is limited to 50 people. Wyvill says, “A $10.00 donation per person is requested along with a new, unwrapped toy or a $20.00 donation, and we will buy the toy. Bar sponsors are $50.00 and business sponsors are $20.00, and a ‘Best Drink in the Beaches’ award will be presented by beach Front Limo. The proceeds will help buy toys for needy families in the beaches.” They also want to encourage safe drinking this holiday season by offering a driving service. For more information, call (301) 627-8048.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s newest ReStore is coming to Calvert County!
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Tilghman Island Men Charged With Fishing Violations Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Jerome William Janda Jr., age 55, of Tilghman, MD on November 24, with multiple striped bass (Rockfish) violations after an investigation relating to illegal fishing activities in the Tilghman area. On November 10, at approximately 2:35 a.m., NRP Officers observed Janda Jr. and his fishing vessel exit Knapp’s Narrows without using his navigational lights and proceed to a pound net located on the south side of Poplar Island, Talbot County. The Officers observed the occupants of the vessel fish the pound net and then docked at Lowes Wharf. At approximately 4:00 a.m., the officers confronted Janda Jr and the two other occupants on the vessel, Jerome William Janda 3rd, age 28 from Tilghman and Burton Robert Curtis, age 25, unknown address. Officers found the individuals loading untagged striped bass onto a truck. Police seized the 2,731 pounds of untagged rockfish. Initially, the Officers thought Janda Jr. was 1,784 pounds over his seasonal allocation limit according to the information noted on his allocation card. Subsequent investigation into the seafood dealer’s records indicated that Janda Jr. was illegally checking striped bass caught from a pound net as fish caught by a commercial hook and line fisherman. This record information indicated that Janda Jr. exceeded his quota by 7,568 pounds (2,273 fish), and Janda Jr. would have obtained his limit on October 6 had the catch been checked-in properly. Commercial fishermen are allowed to catch striped bass by using three gear types; hook and line, drift gill nets and pound nets.
Each gear type has specific poundage of fish that can be caught by each gear during specific periods of the year. A striped bass pound net and striped bass drift gill net license cannot be held by the same licensee at the same time. All commercially taken striped bass must be tagged and checked into a designated check-in station. Janda Jr. had a pound net license that had 3,760 pound quota. The 2010 pound net and hook and line season runs from June 1, to November 30. The last segment of drift gill net season starts on December 1 until December 31. Jerome Janda Jr. was charged with 21 counts of using striped bass allocation permits assigned to another, 19 counts of using striped bass tags assigned to another, 14 counts of exceeding seasonal allocation limit of striped bass, one count of possessing striped bass greater than 36” commercial size, one count of possession of undersize flounder, one count of possession of untagged striped bass, one count of operating a vessel at night without proper navigational lights. Jerome Janda 3rd, age 28 of Tilghman, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting exceeding seasonal allocation limit of striped bass and one count of possession of untagged striped bass. A court date has been set for February 17, 2011 in the District Court of Maryland in Talbot County. The maximum penalty for each count is $1000 plus $1500 per each striped bass. The investigation is on-going and authorities say additional charges may follow.
Big Stripers are Late... By Bob Munro As this issue hits the streets, there will be less than two weeks remaining in the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Striper season in Maryland waters. The Potomac River season stays open until December 31, as does the Virginia Striper season in the Bay (creel limits in Virginia Bay waters are different). Diehard anglers with boats on trailers can extend their Striper fishing opportunities by sailing out of Point Lookout (where the Potomac enters the Bay) and either staying in the River or running below Smith Point (into Virginia waters). It is perfectly legal to leave from and return to a Maryland port after catching and keeping Stripers while below the Virginia line (or staying in the River) just don’t stop to fish for anything on your return trip. Know the regulations, but above
all, be prepared for cold weather fishing with all your boating equipment and safety gear in good condition. Big Stripers are being caught but in numbers far less than those expected for this time of year. Last fall in particular saw lots of 40-inch plus (total length) Stripers being caught. Currently, charter boats running out of Chesapeake Beach and Deale report daily catches of only 2-4 big Stripers if they target the big fish (big parachutes, planer boards, etc.). And that’s with a full spread of deck rods and planer board rods, some with tandem parachutes for maybe six hours of trolling. However, there are quite a few “resident” Stripers (less than the larger migratory fish, 36 inches and longer) that have moved downstream to river mouths or out into the Bay itself. Now is a great time to look for birds flocks of seagulls and terns feeding on baitfish being driven to the surface by Rockfish. Remember this - the bigger the gull the bigger the bait and hopefully the bigger the fish. Even though some of the fish will be close to the surface in a feeding frenzy, generally the bigger fish will be
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Meet These BBG Members By Lynda Striegel YOUR LOCAL ANTIQUE CLOCK REPAIR AND SALES SERVICE Didn’t know you had one? Well, you do. And, not just any ordinary clock repair and sales service, but something very special. Bert Ruggles, owner of PiecesN-Time Antique Clocks of Chesapeake Beach, has been fascinated by clocks for 43 years. It began with his purchase of a “basket-case” clock in the flea market in Seville, Spain in late 1967. After the successful restoration of the case, which had five different identifiable coats of paint hiding a beautiful rosewood veneer, and the repair of the movement, which involved making two parts that are still in the clock, Bert was hooked on a hobby. In 1971, he was sponsored for membership in the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Over the years, additional clocks, many considered by their former owners to be lost causes, were rescued from flea markets, yard sales and the back rooms of antique shops throughout Spain and in many states in the U.S. As Bert’s skills and his array of tools expanded, friends and family called upon him to “have a look” at clocks that came out of their attics,
basements and barns. One of the many beautiful antique Many of them had clocks Bert Ruggles has in his invennot run in the own- tory is this "Bristol" model, circa: 1904, er’s memory — and by the Ansonia Clock Company, New thanks to Bert, they York. If you have an antique clock that needs repaired, contact Bert today! do now. When Bert retired as a chemist, he opened Pieces-NTime, offering his services as a clocksmith and a dealer in antique clocks. Bert’s business is both local and national, with clocks shipped to him for repair from all over the country. Check out his website at www.pieces-n-time.com. Bert is a master craftsman in his field and he’s right here in our area! SAVE MONEY ON YOUR UTILITIES It’s FREE, and with winter coming, here’s a smart way to save you money on your BGE or SMECO electric bills while supporting the BBG Scholarship Fund for local high school students. BBG has partnered with Viridian Energy to offer the savings. You do NOT have to be a BBG member to obtain the discount. You do NOT have to enter into a contract to obtain these savings. Just go to www.viridian.com/BBG and follow the instructions.
Under Veridian’s fundraising program for non-profits, your participation will help the BBG receive funds for its college scholarships for needy students in our area. What do BGE and SMECO say about this program? They like it. BGE and SMECO don’t make money on supplying electricity to customers so if customers can save money on their electric costs, they are in favor of it. As a BGE and SMECO customer, you will continue to receive your regular bills from your utility company—the only change you will see on your BGE or SMECO bill will be a reduced rate for “electric supply”. Everything else will stay the same. And, if you want to cancel the program for any reason, you can do it with no penalty. It gets better. The Veridian program offers you two prices for 20% green electric and 100% green from wind power. So, those of you who wish to support 100% environmentally sound usage can do so this way. Go to www.veridian.com/BBG and start saving today! And, send this link to your friends and family who are BGE or SMECO customers. I’m saving about $60 a month on my BGE bills—you can too and help fund a college education for our students at the same time. Attorney Lynda Striegel is a partner in the law firm of Striegel and Buccheister in North Beach, and President of the Bay Business Group (BBG), representing more than a 100 small businesses in the Beaches, Dunkirk, Owings, and Deale. For more information, visit www.baybusinessgroup.org.
Meat Processing Training Offered To help farmers meet growing consumer demand for local meats, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the University of Maryland and Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) will conduct a training workshop for on-farm poultry and rabbit slaughter and processing. This workshop is part of a voluntary certification program to assist small poultry and rabbit operations to meet the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s approved source requirements to sell poultry and/or rabbit (off-farm) at farmers’ markets or to restaurants and retailers in Maryland.
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Internship and WorkBased Learning Jobs The Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) is partnering with the Center of Applied Technology South in Edgewater to connect students with local businesses in our community. Students participate in internship and work-based learning jobs during their senior year in high school. These experiences give the students an opportunity to apply skills learned as well as learn new skills. If you are interested in learning more about the program and how you can help our local students, please contact Tammy Diedrich, Work Based Learning Coordinator at (410) 956-5900.
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Happy Holidays! By Lisa Payne As the holidays approach it seems appropriate to reflect on the good things we have in this town called North Beach. It is a season of change as well. I think that it is important to acknowledge that we are all in this together. Working together, businesses, town and citizens, we are better and stronger even in this economy. North Beach Business Loop’s slogan is “businesses working together.” Thanks to the businesses who have worked together to become a team. We all have something to give to the community. We are here year round and our goal is to be the best at what we do to serve our community by providing products and services to enhance your life. We are grateful for your patronage and look forward to hosting more events and working with the Town and Community to make North Beach a place where people are proud to call home and a shopping community that serves our residents. Visit our website at www.northbeachloop.org for details. Forget the mall. During the upcoming holiday season shop in your local businesses first. You might be surprised at what you find. Decorate yourself and your home for the holidays. Make your gatherings sparkle. Anything from wine and spirits, clothing, ornaments, holiday home décor, hostess gifts, gourmet food, antiques, candy and sweets, crafts, jewelry and more! Visit your local restaurants. Spend a Saturday evening listening to jazz music at Westlawn Inn. Bring out your inner child as you enjoy the annual “Holiday Train” at Tans Cycles. Local Businesses will host “North Beach after Dark” on Friday evenings until Christmas Eve with late shopping hours, refreshments, discounts and giveaways. Check with your local merchants for Christmas Eve hours. The Holiday Parade on December 4 will be followed by Santa on the Boardwalk, a tree lighting and business open houses. Where else can you enjoy food, drinks, discounts, lights and even a holiday train all in
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Even the Grinch has a great time at the Holiday Parade in North Beach, which will be held this year on Saturday, December 4 at 12:00 noon along the boardwalk. This annual event is sponsored by the North Beach House & Garden Club and the Bay Business Group (BBG). Everyone’s encouraged to shop local this holiday season.
one place? Friday, December 10th, the North Beach Loop will host our first annual “Winter Walk”. Luminarias will line the streets. Music and laughter as well as goodies and gifts will abound. We encourage all to come out and shop our local businesses and enjoy our slice of paradise by the Bay. Check out our schedule of events for the month of December. Bring your family and friends out for a great time! You’ll be glad you did. Citizens of North Beach: without you the businesses would not exist and the Town government would be working without a goal. It is for you that the town government and local businesses work to make North Beach a place we are proud to call home. Get involved. Give back to your community. Attend town council meetings and participate in town events. Remember that this is your town and that we are here to serve you. About the author: Lisa Payne is the owner of SeaScapes Home Accents, Gifts & Inspiration at 4105 7th Street in North Beach.
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Build your business through networking at these local business events: The Bay Business Group will hold its annual Holiday Party and Business Awards Presentation on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Running Hare Vineyard, 150 Adelina Road in Prince Frederick. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the BBG web site at www.baybusinessgroup.org. A Business After Hours (BAH) will be held December 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, 115 Williams Road, Prince Frederick, MD. Get in the holiday mood and join the festivities with fellow Chamber members. There will be great appetizers and beverages and lots of door prizes. Come join us for the last BAH of the Year! For more information, call the Chamber at (410) 535-2577. The Annual Christmas Party will be held at Historic London Town and Gardens on Friday, December 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of socializing with fellow chamber members and guests, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much, much more! Cost for members is $30 per person, $55 per couple. Please RSVP no later than November 26. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call (410) 867-3129. Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Holiday Gift Shoppe from Monday, December 6 through Thursday, December 23 at the chamber office at 5503 Muddy Creek Road, Churchton, MD 20733. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Interested vendors or shoppers should call (410) 867-3129 for additional information. Join us for our monthly Business After-Hours Mixer hosted by Partners In Care, Inc. at the Chamber Office during our Annual Holiday Gift Shoppe on Tuesday, December 21 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of networking with fellow Chamber Members and guests, refreshments, 50/50 Raffle, door prize drawings and do some last minute Christmas shopping! RSVP no later than December 17. The SAACC is now scheduling 2011 Networking Events, which include Business After-Hours (BAH) Mixers, Breakfast Mixers and Educational Seminars. If you are a business interested in hosting an event, please contact the Chamber at (410) 867-3129 for available dates. (BAH Mixers have already been booked for April, May & June 2011).
It is with sadness that the Chesapeake Current reports that BilVil, a beaches café at 4114 7th St., North Beach will soon be gone. Owner Bil Shockley, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Sandi, sent the following message to Facebook followers, “It is with much regret that I must announce that Bilvil, a beaches cafe will be closing on Saturday, December 4. Thanks to all who supported us. Anyone with gift certificates, please redeem them soon.” In 2009, Bilvil was given certificates by both the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners for its positive economic impact and contribution to improving local quality of life and business. Bil Shockley, owner of BilVil.
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unwrapped toys or donate money through their web site: www.calverttoysfortots.com. Kepich says this is the best and fastest option, because, “It is deposited directly into our account – no holds on checks and if someone gives us cash, The weak economy continues taking its toll on our nawe have to go get money orders then send it in so there’s a tion – and our area. As a result, fewer families may be able lag. So we’re hoping that people will use our secure web to have a very merry Christmas. site this year to give – especially at the last minute.” Jerry Kepich of Chesapeake Beach, a Navy Reservist, The cut-off date for toy donations is Friday, December is coordinator for Calvert and Charles County for the Ma17. rine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. He says in order “What I want to stress to people is that although Toys to reach their goal of two toys per child; they will need to for Tots is a national campaign, what you give stays local,” collect three times as many toys as last year. Kepich says. “What’s donated in Calvert County stays in “This is just our second year for Toys for Tots in CalCalvert County. It’s not sent up nationally, and that’s really vert County,” Kepich tells the Chesapeake Current. “What’s Navy Officer Training Programs known as at NJROT at local high important for people to know.” happening is that we’re getting a lot more requests this year schools helped collect Toys for Tots last year and are participating “We don’t get a lot of big donations,” Kepich says. “But because of the economy. Word is getting out. Social ser- again this year. the biggest part is just the $10 here, $20 there that all really vices end their program October 15, and churches and other says. “So I hope people will keep this in mind when they adds up. A lot of the funding comes from these small donagroups are getting the word that maybe we can help. So our shop for Toys for Tots. And maybe even give a monetary tions. I think in all of Calvert last year, we collected $700 in goal is to collect 5,000 toys cash. And we can only spend a maximum of $30 per toy. I donation so we can fill in the ages where needed.” this year, just for Calvert.” Kepich says last year, Toys for Tots made Christmas know a lot of the donors spent much more than that on each The Angel Tree promerry and bright for about 150 families in Calvert County. toy last year. But we accept all toys, regardless of price, and gram allows for the adopThey had an average of three children per family, so toys then can offer a wide range for the kids.” tion of a family, which has Kepich says there are a number of drop-off spots for were provided for about 450 kids. However, they will need specific needs they request. about three times that many this year, probably around toys and monetary donations. The Stallings-Williams But Toys for Tots focuses American Legion Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake 1,500. only on playthings for girls Here’s how it works. To receive toys, families have to Beach is being used as a collection and distribution site. and boys, from newborns to Other major drop-off spots include all fire departbe pre-registered. They can call Kepich directly or fill out age 16. Clothing and food the online request for toy donations at their web site: www. ments, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department, all World are not accepted, although calverttoysfortots.com. Families fill out the form online Gyms, Fastop and Sneade’s Ace hardware stores. Kepich these items may be welwhich will be emailed it to him, and he forwards to social says there are 80 plus other drop-off spots, all listed on the comed by other groups. services. Families can go to any public library if they don’t web site: www.calverttoysfortots.com, where businesses “What we normally Many Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts have online access and get help. can also sign up to be an additional location. don’t get enough of is toys and Young Marines in the area Navy Officer Training Programs known as at NJROT A date and time is set for families to come to the disfor older children,” Kepich also help with Toys for Tots. tribution center for an opportunity to select toys for their at local high schools are also collecting toys. Many Girl children. Toys are sorted Scout, Boy Scout Troops and Young Marines in the area for boys and girls and by also help. In addition, the Toys for Tots campaign gets an outage level. Those interested in pouring of community help. CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD “U-Haul donated trucks again for two months. And helping can give new, portable storage units are donated to us – Friendly Self-Storage in Owings donated CUSTOM FEATURES, BETTER THAN NEW, again this year. The cost of things like this Here’s how you is huge for us and a real help because with EXCITING INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING! a charity, the funding we get should go can give to Toys for Tots. toward purchasing toys and not overhead Just 2 blocks to the beach! costs. So corporate sponsors like this are Contact: a huge help,” Kepich adds. PO1 Jerry Kepich, Coordinator Aside from the Chesapeake Beach Toys for Tots American Legion, the Food Lion ShopP.O. Box 428 ping Center in Prince Frederick also is 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road allowing the local Toys for Tots to use a Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 vacant store as another distribution center Cell: (301) 379-1557 for the rest of the county. email@example.com
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North Beach Children’s Fund is also experiencing an increase in demand for gifts for needy families in North Beach and Chesapeake Beach, with 90 children so far identified. Cash donations are also welcomed to buy certain things that the youngsters request, according to Barbara Callis, who has been organizing the toy drive for more than 20 years. “Barbie dolls are still very popular among little girls. Boys still want cars and trucks, and bath sets are popular for our teenagers,” Callis says. Toys and donations can be dropped off at North Beach Town Hall and donations can be made by mail to: North Beach Children’s Fund P.O. 546 North Beach, MD 20714 Everything is needed by December 18 at the latest. Call Barbara Callis at (301) 922-1965 or (301) 855-8748 for more information.
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Rotary Club Gives Students Useful Gifts Annual Dictionary Project a Hit
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"Do I get to keep this?" It’s the most common question that children ask when members of the Northern Calvert Rotary Club comes into their schools each year and hands out dictionaries according to Club President Phil Pfanschmidt. He adds, “The answer we always give them is – yes, of course! And even in this day and age, the students are all very proud to have their own dictionary and extremely thankful for the gift. It’s amazing how excited they get about it. And they usually tell us that no one’s ever come in and given them anything for free before!” Third graders at all the Northern Calvert Elementary schools: Beach, Huntingtown, Mt. Harmony, Plum Point, Sunderland, and Windy Hill get the free gifts from the Northern Calvert Rotary. Pfanschmidt says this year, a total of 637 free dictionaries will be given out by the Club. Beach and Mount Harmony Elementary schools will be getting theirs before Christmas. “We’ve been doing this for six or seven years. The goal is to improve language skills for young students. The Rotary determined that 3rd Grade is the right age based on language skills to help them improve their vocabulary. It’s part of a wider project. The District Dictionary Project aims to distribute a free dictionary to each third grade student in the public schools of Rotary District 7620 each
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fall – about 70,000 dictionaries. The District Dictionary Project is a collaborative effort among the District 7620 member clubs, public school systems of Maryland (twelve counties on the western shore) and Washington, DC, and, the business community, where applicable. Renee O'Brien (shown in most of the photos) was the project coordinator, with help from Rotary members Pat Tyndall and Cathy Sheriden. President Phil Pfanschmidt also helped distribute the dictionaries at the school assemblies. “Renee gives a great presentation, and points out some of the most important things in the back of each dictionary: biographies of the US Presidents, the Constitu- Sunderland Elementary School tion, the Declaration of Independence, facts about our solar system and planets, maps of the seven continents, etc. We pass them out to the first child in each row, and ask them to pass them down, and then thank the child who gave it to them. The kids also like the longest word in the dictionary, which is listed in the back.” “At each assembly, we also go over the Rotary’s Creed of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? We then give each school a banner to reinforce the Rotary’s ‘service above self’ goal,” Pfanschmidt adds. “It’s a good reminder to hang in their cafeteria for the kids to see each day.” Windy Hill Elementary School
Commissioner President Wilson Parran is being honored for his years of service to Calvert County at a buffet dinner at Rod 'N’ Reel Restaurant on Sunday, December 12 from 4:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Calvert County Concerned Black Men, the Calvert County Concerned Black Women, the Minority Business Alliance, the National Congress of Black Women and the NAACP. Tickets are $45.00 per person. Checks should be made payable to CBW/Wilson and mailed to P.O. Box 97, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. The deadline for reservations is December 6. Tickets will not be mailed, but instead can be picked up at the door on the afternoon of the event. For information, please contact Annette Funn by calling (301) 8121117 or by emailing annefunn@ prodigy.net. Chris Reynolds Calvert County Democratic Party Chair
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Dear Editor, Nick Garrett's interesting observations on the 2010 local elections in the November 18 Chesapeake Current prompt me to take a quick look at Calvert politics from a more historical perspective. Calvert's current Republican voter registration and electoral wave began about six months ago, but for decades or longer, whether under a Democrat or GOP label, the county has been a relatively traditional, conservative place. In September 1982, 69.9% of Calvert's 15,523 voters were Democrats, 24.6% were Republican, and 5.5% were “Other.” When registration closed on October 18, 2010, the corresponding figures showed Democrats are 41.2% of our 56,300 voters, the GOP represents 39.9%, and “Others” comprise 18.9%. Except for a 45-month period of Republican malaise and Obama ascendancy, roughly from August 2006 to May 2010, the Calvert GOP's threedecade progress toward electoral parity in our county has been fairly steady. Political balance and equality is usually good for citizens. It's debatable how much of the Republican growth is a result of party actions and candidates and how much can be attributed to demographics, such as new people moving in, or other factors. The only certainty is that the pendulum will swing the other way some day. Finally, in December, for the first time in history, all members of the Board of County Com-
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missioners (BOCC) will be Republican with the election of three GOP newcomers: Evan Slaughenhoupt, Steve Weems, and Pat Nutter joining incumbents Susan Shaw and Gerald “Gerry” Clark. But this is not the first instance of a one-party monopoly of the BOCC. From 1966 to 1986 when Joyce Lyons Terhes was elected, all members of the BOCC were Democrats. Jay Lounsbury Dunkirk Long fascinated by voter registration (VR) and electoral trends, he served on the county Board of Elections from 2003 to 2007 and is currently VR Chair for the Calvert County Republican Central Committee.
I wanted to extend the Northern Music Boosters appreciation for the announcement of our Annual Holiday Craft Fair in your last issue - THANK YOU! What a wonderful surprise to see our event in the side bar of the Community Events section. In addition, a photo of the marching band in last year’s cold, rainy North Beach Christmas Parade. Hopefully this year’s weather will be a little more conducive for a parade. With the help of businesses like the Chesapeake Current the Music Boosters are able to help the instrumental program at Northern High School. Thank you again. Vicki Geneva Owings
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Edward Coates, 83 Mr. Edward (Eddie) Coates, age 83, of Huntingtown, MD departed this life on November 10, 2010 at Southern Maryland Hospital after a long illness. Eddie was born December 7, 1926 to the late Charles and Alice Coates who preceded him in death. Eddie attended Young’s Elementary School in Huntingtown Maryland. Eddie was united in marriage on March 1948 to Sarah C. Brown. Eddie later divorced and had years of friendship with Minnie Stepney. He worked for the Maryland Department of Transportation as a truck driver and retired in 1979. After his retirement Eddie was affectionately known in the community as “Mr. Purple Head” when he started selling ice cream from his truck. During Mr. Purple Head’s ice cream years, his sons and daughters took time to work with him, each gathering his/her fond memories. His favorite employee was his granddaughter Porscha who begin working on the truck strapped in her toddler seat. Whether at the ballpark or one of the many neighborhoods he visited, a crowd gathered for their favorite ice cream treat along with having the opportunity to share with someone who brought joy to their community. During the late 80’s, Eddie rededicated himself and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. He began a new journey serving Christ and grew in his commitment of being the earthly father Christ called him to be. He began his fellowship with Bishop White of Salvation Free in Washington, D.C. and later united with Patuxent United Methodist Church in Huntingtown.
When he could no longer drive his ice cream truck before becoming a patient at Clinton and Prince Frederick nursing facilities, he resided in the homes of his children. Robin, the youngest, and Kim Mitchell were his caregivers. He was spoiled by all of them; being great cooks, each brought his favorite dish upon his request for lunch and dinner. The sons had the job of ensuring the shaving and haircuts were timely and right. Eddie had a great sense of humor, was no nonsense and enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren. You could tell the love he had for Troy and Tracy as they were often the center of his conversation. How grateful his sons are that he took the time a year ago to share his wisdom and give instruction on being God-fearing men. We praise God for technology that though he was not able to attend church he was able to listen to sermons and healing scriptures throughout his illness, affording him to hold on to his faith and God’s unchanging hands. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alice Coates, Sisters Belinda Coates and Mary Jenkins; brothers Charles, Willie, Carrie and Thurman Coates. He leaves to cherish his memories; Sister: Lorita Coates, Sons: Edward Jr., Stevie Stepney, Kim Stepney (Glenda); Daughters: Diane Kyler-Pierce, Lorraine Williams, Deborah Stepney, Sherry Evans (Gary), Barbara Rollocks (Michael), Robin Sweetney (Thomas); five step-children: Edward Stepney (Carol), Brenda Stepney, Joanne Brooks (Isaac), Donald Stepney and Vegina Torney (Michael), a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements. Services were held at Dunkirk Baptist Church, and he was laid to rest at Patuxent UM Church in Huntingtown.
Juanita Lee “Nita” Edger, age 58, of Huntingtown, MD passed away November 26, 2010 at her residence. Nita was born September 6, 1952 in Ft. Worth, TX to Edison and Edith Norma (Gambrell) Estill. She moved with her family to the Washington area when she was a young girl. Nita attended Prince George’s County public schools and graduated from Suitland High School in 1970. She married her high school sweetheart, Jeffrey Lee Edger, on January 3, 1975 in New Carrolton, MD. They had resided in Calvert County since 1985. Nita was employed as an accountant for the Safeway grocery store chain and most recently a worked as a clerk at Bowen’s Market in Huntingtown. In her leisure time, she enjoyed crafting, particularly with dried flowers, gardening and shopping with friends. Her greatest pleasure came from being with family, especially her grandchildren, and with her many friends. Nita is survived by her husband Jeff L. Edger, a daughter Shawna Lee Edger and her companion Steve DeYoung, and a son Ryan J. Edger and his wife Erin, all of St. Leonard, MD; grandchildren Darren W. Boggs, Tessa M. Edger and Dylan R. Edger, and a grand-daughter due in February 2011; a brother Barry Estill and his wife Versalee of Laurel, MD. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or online at: www. calverthospice.org
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James Louis Kirchner, age 65, passed away November 12, 2010 at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, St. Cloud, FL. Ja m e s was born October 17, 1945 in Eastport, MD to Harry R., Sr. and Grace V. (Phipps) Kirchner. He attended school in Eastport and at the age of 16 became a volunteer firefighter. He became a paid Annapolis City Firefighter and remained in fire service until retiring as Firefighter First Class
after a 29 year career, due to a disability he sustained after being struck by lighting while on duty. He also owned and operated Dunkirk Radiator Repair Shop before his retirement in 1997. He was married to Phyllis Jean Binger in Annapolis on November 15, 1976. They made their home in Dunkirk, MD from 1985 until moving to Kissimmee, FL in 2000. Surviving are his wife Phyllis Jean Kirchner of Kissimmee, FL, sons Robert Bryson Nutwell, Jr. of Dunkirk, MD and Christopher Jon Long of St. Cloud, FL, a granddaughter Kaylyn Elizabeth Brewer and grandson Dylan Matthew Brewer both of Dunkirk, MD, a sister Brenda Virginia Maxwell of Centreville, MD and brothers Richard Kirchner, Sr. of Centreville, MD and Marion Joseph Kirchner of Millersville, MD. James was preceded in death by three brothers. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Smithville United Methodist Church or Dunkirk V.F.D.
Rosemary Marselas, 61 Rosemary Marselas, age 61, of Chesapeake Beach, MD died November 20, 2010 at Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital in Cheverly, MD. She was born August 20, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Stanley B. and Billie (Steidel) McCabe. Rosemary was educated in Cincinnati Schools and graduated from Bethesda Nursing School in Cincinnati. She was married to Stanley E. Marselas, Jr. October 28, 1972. Rosemary was a registered nurse and worked at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Greater Southeast Community Hospital and with a physician in his office in Clinton, MD. She returned to work at Calvert Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 2004. Surviving are her husband Stanley E. Marselas, Jr., three children: Christopher C. Marselas of Friendship, MD and Gregory R. and Margaret E. Marselas, both of Chesapeake Beach, MD; three brothers: Thomas McCabe and his wife Mary of Howard, Ohio, Irwin McCabe and his wife Cindy of Cincinnati, Ohio and Paul McCabe and his wife Kathy of Amelia, Ohio; and by a sister Janice M. Walker and her husband Mike of Belleview, Kentucky. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 1860, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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J o h n James Martin, age 68, of Churchton, MD passed away November 20, 2010 at Washington Hospital Center. He was born in Washington, D.C. on October 7, 1942 to Frank James and Elsie Ann (Christiani) Martin. He grew up in Forestville, MD and attended Suitland High School. John had various occupations during his life including driving tow trucks, installing siding and plumbing. He married Frances E. Barger in Upper Marlboro, MD. They resided in Upper Marlboro until moving to Churchton about 10 years ago. In his spare time John enjoyed fishing and bowling. He was a member of the High Rollers Bowling League at Lord Calvert Lanes in Huntingtown. Surviving are his wife Frances E. Martin of Churchton, MD; six children: Lise Kreuter of Broomes Island, MD, Karen Brewton of Olney, MD, John Brewton and his wife Carrie of Prince Frederick, MD and Dianna Lewis of Lowville, NY, Rosemarie Clevenger and her husband James and John Harlow of WV; twenty two grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard Martin of Lothian, MD and Kenneth Martin and his wife Ruth of Winchester, VA. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements.
John Alfred Prouty, age 87, a lifelong resident of Huntingtown, MD passed away November 17, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Mr. Prouty was born at Women’s Hospital, now Union Memorial Hospital, on December 15, 1922 in Baltimore, MD. He returned home to Calvert County with his parents Alfred Howe and Florence Chesley (Beck) Prouty aboard a steamboat, and they arrived at the Deep Landing port on the Patuxent River in Huntingtown on Christmas Eve, 1922. John was raised on his family’s farm and attended the Huntingtown Elementary School and graduated from Calvert High School, Class of 1940. He attended the University of Maryland in College Park where he majored in agriculture until enlisting in the US Navy in 1943. He served as a Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class until being discharged in 1946. He returned to Calvert County and married Margaret Gray on May 7, 1949 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick. They made their home on the family farm where they raised their family and John farmed the land, raising tobacco, grains, cattle, hogs and chickens. In his leisure time, John enjoyed crabbing, fishing and boating on the Patuxent River. He also enjoyed sports and played softball into his 50’s. He was fond of travel in his later years, and had a lifelong love of meeting people and making new friends. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an active member of the Calvert County Farm Bureau where he served as President from 1965-75, and was a member, Director and a past Vice President of the Maryland State Farm Bureau. He advocated for the establishment of zoning regulations in Calvert County, was a past member of the Calvert County Planning Commission, was a citizen water monitor who took samples of the of the Patuxent River for environmental study, and was a member of the Calvert County Agriculture Preservation Board. Mr. Prouty is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Margaret Gray Prouty; a daughter Susan Howe Prouty, M.D. and her husband Vincent Garone of Phoenixville, PA; a son John Chesley Prouty and his partner Roxana L. Whitt, and a daughter Elizabeth Anderson Prouty and her husband Richard C. Due, all of Huntingtown. He is also survived by grandchildren Katherine E. Garone, Andrew T. Garone, Meredith V.
Diane Palmer, 46 D i a n e Elaine Palmer, age 46, of Chesapeake Beach, died suddenly on Thursday, November 18, 2010. She was born on May 22, 1964. She is the loving wife to Daryl Palmer and mother to Jennifer Marie D’Agostino, Tina Lynn Green and Ryan Palmer. Arrangements were provided by Lee Funeral Home in Owings.
Prouty-Due and Clare O. Prouty-Due. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 231 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or to Calvert Farmland Trust, P.O. Box 3448, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Ruth Snider, 90 Ruth R. Snider, age 90, of Chesapeake Beach, MD, formerly of Berlin, MD died November 22, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born October 7, 1920 in Monterey Park, CA to Addison Thomas and Angie (Gomez) Roland. She was raised and received her education in Texas and Oklahoma. Ruth moved to Washington, D.C. as a young woman and was employed as a telephone operator for the Department of the Navy where she met a young Marine named Carl William Snider. Carl and Ruth were wed in Washington on September 2, 1949. They made their home in Silver Spring, MD and after the death of her husband, Ruth moved to Berlin in 1980 and to Chesapeake Beach in 2006. Ruth enjoyed traveling and had visited all of Europe as well as China and Japan. Ruth was preceded in death on by her husband, Carl, on February 8, 1976 and also by a son James A. Snider. Surviving are three children: Carl Snider and his wife Jan of Silver Spring, MD, Patricia Snider and her companion Janet Colomo of Chesapeake Beach, MD and Sharon Muldoon and her husband Joe of Perrysburg, OH; six grandchildren, one great-grandson and a brother Albert Roland of Greeley, CO. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Mary Ellen Trott, 85 Mary Ellen “Mazie” Trott, age 85, of Lothian, MD passed away November 15, 2010 at the Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House in Harwood, MD. M a z i e was born April 8, 1925 in Greenock, MD, now part of Lothian, to William and Josephine (Griffith) Tucker. She was raised in Greenock, attended Owensville Elementary School and graduated from Southern High School in Lothian. She married Marvin E. Trott in 1948 and they lived in Lothian. Mazie was a homemaker and later worked as a library assistant and secretary at Southern Jr. & Sr. High School in Lothian. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Lothian, sang in the church choir and was active in the adult fellowship group for many years. In her leisure time, Mazie enjoyed reading, quilting, watching her grandchildren’s baseball games, and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed taking seniors’ bus trips with her friends. Mazie was preceded in death by her husband Marvin E., Sr., a grandson Lewis T. Trott, a brother Earl Tucker and a sister Marie Tucker. She is survived by a daughter Sandra T. Collinson and husband Richard, sons Marvin E. Trott, Jr. and wife Bonnie, Dale E. Trott and Larry W. Trott and wife LaVina, all of Lothian. She is also survived by a sister Thelma Crandell and a brother Lester Tucker, both of Lothian, and by fourteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy in Mazie’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
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Celebration of a Life Well-Lived Will Conard: 1946-2010
Wilbern E. Conard, known as “Will” to his friends, will always be remembered in this area as a warmhearted soul with a great sense of humor who loved antiques and the special shop he operated for years in North Beach, known as “Antiques-Brocante.” Mr. Conard, a recently retired college administrator who created, managed and marketed the study abroad programs for American Intercontinental University (formerly The American College in London) and The American University in Dubai, died at his primary residence in Washington, DC. He was 63 and had lung cancer. A celebration of his life was held at the Westlawn Inn in November attended ment full of things, he decided to open by his friends from both from DC and his own antique shop. He owned and opthe Beaches. Two of Will's favorite flowerated “Antiques-Brocante” (brocante is ers were red roses and white gardenias. French for second-hand trade) in North There was a table with three large bouBeach, MD in 2005. Mr. Conard’s store quets of red roses in silver vases, with was recognized in both 2006 and 2007 as some of the model Eiffel Towers Will the “Best Antiques Store” on the Chesacollected throughout his life, along with peake Bay by a local newspaper. He also a large photograph of Will. On the small set up as a dealer at many antique shows tables where some sat and visited were rose bowls with gardenias floating in Will Conard at “Antiques-Brocante,” the beautiful shop he owned and operated in North Beach from 2005 in the Washington, DC area including the DC Big Flea in Chantilly, VA. them, sending up that wonderful aroma. until this year. Wilbern Elbridge Conard, Jr., was He was toasted by friends with glasses born November 5, 1946 in Union, South of his favorite Italian sparking wine, demic affairs division and developed and implemented Carolina. He served for two years (1969-1971) in the Proseco. academic policies related to new degree programs. For Between 1989 and 2008, Mr. Conard worked ex- six years beginning in 1981, he served as Associate Air Force and taught English in Vietnam. During his lifetime, he traveled extensively to Eutensively with administrators in international educa- Executive Director for the Commission on Colleges, tion, chief academic officers, college deans, depart- Southern Association Colleges and Schools and helped rope and liked to mention the fact that he had been to ment heads, faculty, and academic professional asso- led the development of new standards for accreditation France more than 50 times. Survivors include his partner of 26 years, Miciations to promote awareness of study and intern op- focusing on institutional effectiveness. He also taught chael Phillips; one daughter, Mary Catherine Conard portunities at the university and to develop institutional undergraduate and graduate courses at both the Uniof Summerville, SC; one brother and one sister; one affiliations. versity of South Carolina and Florida State University granddaughter; and thousands of friends in our area From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Conard served as Vice during his career. and across the world. President of Academic Affairs at the College of Boca One thing that Mr. Conard is remembered for Ration (now Lynn University) and supervised the aca- was his “joie de vivre” for life, people, and food. He was always the person who could walk into a room of strangers and befriend folks within a few minutes. He was always telling stories about his travels and adventures all over the world. Besides his college administration career, Mr. Conard had a passion for buying and selling antiques. He started going abroad and spending time in antique markets. After filling two garages, a Will Conard (green shirt) with his partner of 26 years, Michael Phillips. huge attic and a base-
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How to Be a Backyard Composter By Anna Chaney Willman Frank Gouin (pronounced go-in) touted himself the King of sh*t, when I interviewed him. Walt Disney World and Prince Edward Island know him as the King of Compost. Mr. Gouin is a local here in Southern Anne Arundel County, yet has travelled the world assisting large and small commercial operations in composting everything from sandwiches to sewage. Herrington on the Bay, my event design and catering service, consulted Mr. Gouin for our own composting operation. Mr. Gouin quickly dispelled any myths we had heard about composting. First of all, everything that is “organic material” can be composted and even composted all together. There is no need to separate meat from potatoes or paper from vegetables. Great news! Things just got a whole lot easier. What type of container do we need, we asked? “No container is necessary”, Gouin told us. Wow, this is great! I thought. He said, “Basically, I’m going to teach you how to compost every organic item that you have in this place including your shredded paper waste, except sewage with minimal investment, other than sweat, elbow grease, and time.”
I like this guy. First, he gave me a little background education about composting and what is actually happening in that organic heap. Composting, he says, is the science of converting organic waste into humic materials that provide nutrients for plants. Composting is executed in a controlled manner for optimization of process and final product. Composting is associated with the reclamation, recycling, treatment, and disposal
By following some simple steps, anyone can create a nutrient-rich compost pile to supplement their gardens in just three months, even during the winter.
Community Effort Cleans Up River Patuxent Riverkeeper reports that more than 30 volunteers converged recently on a former gravel pit on Sands Road near Lothian in Anne Arundel County in order to complete the second phase of a massive junked car cleanup that started almost two years ago. The rusty relics located in the floodplain of the Patuxent River were abandoned ages ago and subsequent tree growth had marooned them into hard to access areas on rugged terrain. On November 6, a local four wheel drive club, Patuxent Roughnecks, local citizens and a civic minded landscaping company and a local dumpster company converged on the area to clean it up. The equipment and resources included one-ton
winches, oxy-acetylene torches, bumper mounted winches, a bobcat, battery and generator power saws. Credited for this project are local Roughneck Chip Walsh and various members of the Chesapeake Paddlers. The challenging terrain and the distance from the hard packed road required that many of the abandoned vehicles be cut into pieces, pulled out of ravines with winches or brought up using human fire lines. An estimated 12 tons of car debris was removed, and Patuxent Riverkeeper says no one was hurt. They proclaim it a successful day for a cleaner, free-flowing river through our area.
of wastes. Reclamation and recycling are means of saving and reusing natural resources. Disposal has become a less desirable option because of environmental concerns. Okay, great, how do we get started? This same philosophy can be applied to any backyard that has even a little space for a pile or a composting barrel or two. The goal here is to create a space in which the composting process will take place that does NOT attract varmints, specifically rats. Mr. Gouin recommends a mound of “starter” materials. The best starter options, according to Mr. Gouin are leaves, grass, garden cuttings, horse manure and/or soil from your yard or garden. Here’s a step-by-step process for setting up your own backyard, residential composting pile. This can be done yearround. What better time to start than during the holidays when our collective kitchens produce so much waste? 1) Obtain your starter material (leaves, grass clippings, soil, horse manure, peat, etc.) 2) Create a mound with this material that’s approximately 5’x4’x4’ 3) Dig out an area in the middle of the mound
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Some of the most beautiful homes in Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties will be open on a Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rice Home in Dunkirk is reminiscent of Louisiana “This is our inaugural house tour,” plantations, and features a ten-foot Christmas tree. says Republican Women Leaders of Calvert House Tour Chair Carolyn Rice of “The Vineyard” located in Lothian is Dunkirk. “This will definitely be a top-notch event. I promise that ticket-holders will not the home of the Entzian family. The 14,000 square feet of living space reflects the fambe disappointed!” ily’s love of Italian design. Denison LandRice says the proceeds will be used to scaping, the family’s business, created a establish scholarship funds for outstanding magical landscape in the gardens and the students who participate in Republican Clubs at Northern, Huntingtown and Calvert High Italian allure and romantic maze of rooms will draw you into a home filled with ChristSchools. The tour will take visitors through nine mas love. The Alvey and Hess Home in Twin beautifully decorated homes and gardens for the holiday season, along with several local Shields was built in 1997 and sits on 10 acres businesses in the Northern end of Calvert with beautifully detailed gardens. The curved and Southern Anne Arundel Counties. All stairwell adorned with garlands, sprays and are within an eight-mile radius from Dunkirk lights complements the 12-foot Frazier fir. The owners also own Dunkirk Florist and through Owings and Lothian. Gifts, and invite all to enjoy their whimsical tree in the parlor adorned in a western cowGet your tickets now for the boy motif and antique ornaments. The Rice Home, also in Twin Shields, RWLC Christmas House Tour on is reminiscent of the Louisiana Plantation Saturday, December 4 by calling homes of the Old South. A ten-foot Christ(410) 610-0257. Tickets are $25.00 mas tree is a favorite along with a collection per person and proceeds will help of beautiful antiques. fund scholarships for area teens. The Wolfley Home in Twin Shields
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gives visitors a Williamsburg Christmas here cated to its current location in “Lower Marlin Dunkirk! The elements are subtle and well boro.” Overlooking the Patuxent River, the balanced and materials used are the same as large windows offer beautiful vistas and perhaps memories of the 1812 Battle of Lower the original 18th Century construction. The Hargrove-Busada Home in Marlboro. Those participating in the house tour are Lothian overlooks many rolling acres of farmland. Stone enhances the old world invited to also stop by several businesses infeel, coupled with a tin roof cupola atop the cluding J. Pink and Company at 36 Dalrymbreezeway. Take a moment to gaze out the ple Road in Sunderland and Dickinson Jewlarge glass windows to catch a glimpse of lo- elers in the Dunkirk Market Place shopping center. Make sure to carry your tour booklet cal wildlife! The Grasso Home off Jewel Road was with you for holiday specials. The Republican Women Leaders of Calbuilt in 1975 on two acres and features a formal garden maintained by the homeowner’s vert say refreshments will be offered at each own Master Gardener Frank along with a home on the tour and pre-paid tickets are a charming pool house. See their Byers holi- must. Tour tickets will be $25 per person. day collections and family heirlooms, includ- To purchase tickets, get directions and more information, please contact Carolyn Rice, ing a colonial dollhouse! The Lubrano Home in Dunleigh Chair of the RWLC Tour, at (410) 610-0257 blends timeless charm and modern comfort or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. with a Tuscany touch. Enjoy aDickensonian Village, Mark Robert Fairies, several Christmas trees and sweeping views of a beautiful pool and lovely landscaping. The Slaughenhoupt Home off of Lyons Creek Road is a two story colonial with an open floor plan allowing for festive parties. Christmas greenery welcomes visitors and many different themes are featured in the many rooms on the main level and in the family room. The 14,000 square foot Entzian Home in Lothian is beautifully decorated for the holidays inside and out. Be sure to see the Elvis tree The Walker Home in Owings was a tavern built in 1704 and relo-
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Clare O’Shea Auditions for America’s Got Talent in NYC
The Music Notes column in the November 4th issue of the Current featured a story about an area singer, Clare O’Shea, who had made plans to audition at the “America’s Got Talent” show in NYC (archived at www.chesapeakecurrent.com). The auditions took place in mid-November, and we are pleased to provide an update of Clare’s experience as promised. For the benefit of new readers, Clare is a self-described “torch singer” with a long career as a professional actor, singer, writer and producer spanning both coasts. At age 65, she thought that competing in this show would be “a great self-challenge to help me remain creatively alive and continue to grow.” She also wanted to serve as an inspiration for young people and late bloomers everywhere. Several days after her return from NYC, Clare was kind enough to share her experience with me over coffee. In preparing for her audition (all of 90 seconds!), Clare
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Saturday, December 4: The psychedelic days are back! Dress up like hippies and come see Slow Rush Revival featuring brothers Pete and Steve Sacchetti, Jimi Simon and Fred Musengo play live at Mangos at Rose Haven. Sunday, December 5: The US Navy Band presents a Christmas Concert in Owings at the Mary Harrison Center! Come and enjoy a free Christmas concert by the best of the U.S. Navy Band on Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m. This celebration features music by the Navy Sea Chanters Chorus and the Country Current Country & Bluegrass Band. For advance (will call) tickets, call (410) 257-1519. General admission doors open 2:45. The Mary Harrison Center is at 2950 Chaneyville Road (next to Northern HS), one mile west of the traffic light at MD Route 4. For additional info, go to www.navyband.navy.mil. Saturday, December 11: The South County Concert Association presents the Annapolis Choral in “Celebration of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. at Southern High School Auditorium, 4400 Solomon’s Island Rd. (Rt. #2) in Harwood. The 180 strong Annapolis Choral will sing seasonal classics as well as traditional carols accompanied by the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Admission is free to subscribers of the South County Concert Association and the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association. There is a $20 admission fee to non-subscribers. For additional information call (301) 261-5802 or visit www.southcountyconcerts.org. Have an upcoming music event you’d like listed here? Email details to MusicNotes@ChesapeakeCurrent.com.
told me that her goal was to stay “present in the moment” and not be swept away by the momentum of all the steps and procedures in the auditioning process. “Let there be no mistake,” she said, “this was a cattle call with little tolerance for personal vanities.” Over 4,000 people had auditioned the previous day! “I wanted to be sure and not cop a ‘diva’ attitude, because it would be easy for me to do with over 40 years of auditioning experience under my belt. But where would that have gotten me?” Clare’s strategy was to arrive by 5:30 a.m. at the Jacob Javits Center on Monday, November 15th, where the auditions were being held so she could be among the first contestants of the day. She arrived in NYC by bus on Sunday afternoon and had a restful evening. I had to laugh when she told me that she set three alarm clocks for the next morning: a hotel wake-up call, a personal alarm clock, and her cell phone alarm. Despite some confusion over where to enter the building, she was number 51 of the first 75 people in the contestant line. Upon entering the Javits center, contestants were efficiently processed through security screening and then signed various media release forms before passing through a sequential series of waiting rooms. The producers of the show took advantage of these moments to film waiting groups of people by asking them to “flail” and pretend to sing. At one point, they asked everyone to come to the center of the room and sing “New York State of Mind” and “I Love New York.” This was the balancing part, Clare said: “How to give them what they wanted but not overlook what you needed to maintain your own concentration.”
By 9:15 a.m. she was ushered into a room with ten other singers. A man and a woman, both with laptops, sat behind a rectangular table. A blue X was taped to the floor in front of the table so contestants knew where to stand when singing. The man, she said, “looked like a raccoon with dark circles around his eyes. He must have been exhausted from the day before.” Nonetheless, he was pleased when Clare announced that she would be singing “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles. As Clare sang, the man was busy inputting into his laptop, but there were no visual clues or feedback on her performance that she could discern. How did she do? “I felt like I delivered the goods,” she said. By 9:45 a.m. everything was over and she had left the building. The next psychological challenge will be waiting to hear if she made the first cut. “You have to guard against being overly selfcritical after a performance,” Clare explained. “It’s so easy to think about what you could have done better, but you just have to let it go.” The producers of the “America’s Got Talent” show told everyone that those contestants progressing to the next round would be notified in the March/April timeframe. Those who don’t hear anything can assume they didn’t make the cut. The Current will be crossing our fingers for Clare and hoping she gets a call in the spring!
Northern H. S. Hosts Navy Band Holiday Concert By most military standards, Navy Master Chief Petty Of- form. The Sea Chanters Chorus, consisting of 23 singers and ficer Bob Snider has had a great career. For one thing, he hasn’t a 3-piece rhythm section, will perform a variety of traditional had to change duty stations and move around the country every holiday music, contemporary tunes, and even some world mufew years. But more importantly, he has been able to do what sic. The Country Current is an 8-piece bluegrass band that he loves by being a part of the U. S. Navy Band organization will perform country Christmas songs by artists such as Garth for almost 30 years. “It’s been a wonderful career and I’ve been Brooks, Keith Urban, and Randy Travis. “There will be something for everyone,” Snider pointed out. very lucky,” he says. The Navy Band actually consists of five different musical The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Mary Harrison Culensembles that cover many styles of music. They are known tural Arts Center, 2950 Chaneyville Road in Owings. Tickets as the Concert Band, the Sea Chanters, the Commodores, are free and can be reserved by calling Northern H. S. at 410the Country Current, and the Cruisers. Snider started out 257-1519. Additional tickets will be available at the window playing percussion (drums) in the Concert Band for 11 years, before the concert begins. then moved over to the Country Current Band for four years. For the past 15 years, he has been the National Tour Director of the Navy Band. More information about these various musical ensembles can be found at www.navyband.navy.mil sacchettimusic.com Snider and his family have lived in Owings for the last 28 years. Partly for that reason, he thought it would be nice to schedule a Navy Band concert in Calvert County when the right opportunity arose. Last year, Northern High School offered to host a holiday concert event, which We can match Internet prices! drew about 400 people. On Saturday, December 4th of this year, Northern will host a repeat event with the same (410) 257-7620 lineup as last year. Bob told me a great show has been planned and he is hopeful that even more people will at7 Oxford Way • Huntingtown, MD 20639 tend this year. (Near Chancellor's Park community) Two musical ensembles of the Navy Band will per-
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Out&About Now Through December 6 Calvert Library is collecting donations of new children’s books to be given to the youngsters selected to receive gifts through the United Way Angel Tree program. Please bring your new, unwrapped books for ages birth through 16 to any Calvert Library location, including the Fairview in Owings and the Twin Beaches Branches through December 6.
Saturday, December 4 Holiday Parade: Join the Bay Business Group (BBG) and the North Beach House and Garden Club for this annual holiday event. Every child gets to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus following the parade to tell his or her wishes! The parade goes along boardwalk, beginning at 1st Street at the St. Anthony’s Church parking lot and begins at 12:00 noon. Contact Pat Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 855-4265 for more information or to participate in the parade. Christmas Made Easy and Elegant: Chesapeake Garden Club will hold demonstrations of beautiful and practical holiday designs for your home at St. Anthony’s Church Hall in North Beach from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Bid on fabulous Silent Auction items, purchase fresh greens, and take a chance on raffle items. Light refreshments will be served as well. Design demonstrations begin at 1:00 p.m. by Vickie Trego, Linda Masland and Sylvia Deck. Admission: $10.00.
Christmas Market: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at All Saints’ Church, corner of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Terrific local craftspeople will help you with your Christmas shopping. Also available: lunch, baked goodies, hot chocolate and authentic glühwein to add to your holiday spirit! Rain, snow or shine! No admission fee. Proceeds benefit the parish & community projects. Seniors Holiday Party: The Calvert County Office on Aging invites senior citizens to enjoy the holiday season with other seniors. All three senior centers will hold their annual Christmas parties on December 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., including the North Beach Senior Center at 9010 Chesapeake Ave. Call (410) 535-4606 or (410) 257-2549 for more information.
Saturday, December 18 Our Lady Star of the Sea Inaugural Run/Walk: The fundraising event begins at 8:30 a.m. as runners and walkers will wind through beautiful Solomons Island and the surrounding neighborhood. A beautiful view of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay will be enjoyed as you complete the course. A Post-Race Party will be held from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. This will include food, refreshments, face-painting, and many other activities. Entry fee is $25.00 to benefit the Our Lady Star of the Sea School’s Support Our Future Together Campaign.
Tuesday, December 21
Texas Hold’em Tournament: $100 buy-in with 80% payout to winners. Sign in from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., start at 4:00. Sponsored by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Pre-register in person at the Post or call Karen Miller (301) 855-0188 or (301) 855-6466 for more information.
The Polar Express: Capture the magic of this classic children’s story with a reading at 6:00 p.m. at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and a Trolley Tour of the holiday lights. Call (443) 486-8893 for details!
Sunday, December 5
Polar Bear Swim: On New Year’s Day at 2:00 p.m., the Town of North Beach invites you to take a dip in the icy cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Then enjoy hot apple cider and roast marshmallows over a roaring fire on the beach as you warm up. Assemble at the beach at 5th Street and Bay Avenue in North Beach. Phone (410) 257-9618 or (301) 855-6681 for more information.
Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House: The tree is up, the lights aglow, it’s time to celebrate with folks we know! Families are invited to join the festivities from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 NHS Annual Holiday Craft Fair: Northern High School Music Boosters will hold their annual holiday craft fair from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the school at 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings, MD 20736. Crafters wanted and tables are available, so call now! Shopping for that unique gift? Plan to attend the 2010 Northern High School’s Holiday Craft Fair showcasing unique gifts and crafts. Call (410) 257-5984 for details.
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Children’s Holiday Party at Shady Side Museum Children of all ages are welcome at the “Children’s Tree Trimming Party” to be held at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road, on Sunday, December 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and no reservations are required. The program will give children the opportunity to celebrate the holidays in the fashion of 1860’s. Participants will take part in an old-fashioned taffy pull. Crafts will be conducted with the children permitted to take home the items they create. There will be stories and songs of holidays past in the Old House parlor. And perhaps Santa will even pay a visit, bringing candy for the children. Children at the Lula Scott Head Start program are making ornaments to decorate the tree in the Museum’s great room. Refreshments will be served in the room festively decorated for the holidays. The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society has presented this free program for over 20 years, to the delight of the community. For more information, please call (410) 8674486, or visit www.shadysidemuseum.org.
Anime Night for Teens The Calvert Library Prince Frederick is hosting a special Teen Night for anime-loving young adults. This one includes some Japanese lessons. Maybe you want to learn to write your name in katakana or maybe even kanji. Or perhaps you would like to learn a few key phrases or maybe be able to read those funny symbols in your favorite manga. If so, this is the event for you! And if “lessons” sounds too much like school, don’t worry, there will also be an anime showing, one in which world destruction is threatened. You won’t need to know Japanese if that happens! Perhaps you have met the characters before on your Nintendo DS, but you will want to keep an eye on Morte and Kyrie as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The event will be held Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00pm. Irashaimase! (Welcome!) For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.
Ballroom Dancing in Southern Anne Arundel Interested in learning how to dance? Consider enrolling in the next round of classes offered by the non-profit Davidsonville Dance Club. The next series of Friday Night Ballroom Dance Classes begins Friday, December 10, and runs for eight weeks. Two different classes will be held each night: 7:00 – 8:00pm Tango 8:00 – 9:00pm Paso Doble International Style is taught by a professional instructor and no partner is required. The cost per class is $50 per person (plus $10 membership fee in the Davidsonville Dance Club for the year). For more information, dial (410) 257-0631.
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