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Hot & Happenin' on the Eastern Shore Feb. 14-20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 13 February 2011 16:03


Feb. 13- 19

Celebration of The Music of New Orleans, From Louis to the Graveyard. The Mainstay, Rock Hall, MD.

Tickets $15 per event or $35 for all shows.

Feb. 13: The Music of Louis Armstrong, The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble, 4 p.m.

Feb. 17: Oysters and Ned Sublette: Singer, songwriter, historian, and musicologist performs and reads from his memoir. (Also oysters). 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19: Beltway Brass Band, a tribute to the classic New Orleans funeral band: the mournful trip to the graveyard & joyous return. 8 p.m.

www.mainstayrockhall.org. 410-639-9133


Feb. 14 –March 1

The Eastern Shore through the Eyes of the Photographer, Nabb Center Gallery, Salisbury, MD. Reprisal of the nationally recognized exhibition by photographer Orlando Wootten. Includes enhanced photos not previously seen. 410-543-6312


Feb. 18

3rd Friday, downtown Salisbury. Special events, arts, activities on Main Street in downtown Salisbury. 5-8 p.m.


Bounty of the Bay, Crisfield Elks Lodge, Crisfield, MD. Po’ Boy sub $7, Platter $8 includes slaw and potato salad.


Feb. 18-19, 25-26, 27, March 4-5

“Crowns” North Street Playhouse, Onancock, VA. Brimming with joyful news and ‘hattitude.’ Soulful, searching gospel music and stories of African-American women and their ‘crowns.’ Tickets $18, $10. All shows 8 p.m., Feb. 27 2:30. www.northstreetplayhouse.org.


Feb. 19

Cashore Marionettes, Clear Space Theatre, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Incredibly lifelike and superb craftsmanship of Joseph Cashore’s marionettes. Two shores filled with engaging pieces. Shows at 3 and 7 p.m. 302-227-7303. Tickets $30 adults, $10 kids, $25 seniors, $20 students. Tickets at www.clearspacetheatre.org. Info on the marionettes at www.cashoremarionettes.com


“Discover Love” Dine & Date, Mar-Va Theater, Pocomoke City, MD. Catered dinner, a rose for your love, coupons for concessions, and VIP seating for the showing of “Casablanca,” one of the greatest love stories ever on film. In cooperation with the Delmarva Discovery Center. 5 p.m., $85/couple. Reservations: 410-957-9933, Ext. 101.


Jasper String Quartet, Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Newly named quartet-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory performs a concert of works by Beethoven and Brahms. Tickets $15 at the door. 8 p.m. Gibson Center for the Arts. www.washcoll.edu.


Death by Chocolate, Chincoteague, VA. Visit participating Main Street Merchants, fill out the question card, enjoy the chocolate at each stop. Finish at the Waterside Inn to find out who has the most correct answers and win prizes from merchants. 11-6. 757-336-3434.


“The Shoremen,” Bluegrass/Gospel concert. Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, Stevensville, MD. 410-604-1700.


“Owl Prowl,” Pocomoke River State Park, Snow Hill, MD. Join a naturalist to seek and find the nocturnal birds. 5-7 p.m. $3 or $10 for family of 4. Reservations needed 410-632-2566, Ext. 115.



Feb. 19-20

Wine and Chocolate Trail, Various wineries on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Visit wineries across the Shore, enjoy chocolate/wine pairings, music, and special events. Bordeleau, Cassinelli, Costa Ventosa, Dove Valley, Layton’s Chance, St. Michael’s Winery, & Terrapin Station. Details at http://www.marylandwine.com/chesapeake/events/index.shtml


Feb. 19-20, 24-25, 26-27

Rock n Roll Revival, Wicomico High School, Salisbury, MD. Annual review of the music and dance of the 50s and 60s by over 200 kids from Bennett High. Evenings 7 pm., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $15. Available at PNC Bank Beaglin Park Dr. & Snow Hill Rd. 410-430-8634.


Feb. 20

All-You-Can-Eat Sunday breakfast, Millington Volunteer Fire Company, Millington, MD. Better than Bob Evans! Bacon, sausage, scrapple, eggs, pancakes, chipped beef & gravy, biscuits. Coffee, juice. 7-11 a.m, $8 adults, $6 kids. 410-928-3171.

Salisbury Zoo: Already Special and Planning to be More PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 10:59


Love is in the air at the Salisbury Zoo. This Sunday, Feb. 13th, the zoo is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a program that shows off the Lovers of the Natural World. These are the animals which mate for life, including the Red Wolf and the Bald Eagle. The program is at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the education center. Admission is FREE, although the zoo will never turn down a donation!


The Salisbury Zoo is an often-forgotten and overlooked treat. Set among the trees and along the water in Salisbury’s city park, it’s as much a part of the neighborhood as the walking trails that lace through the park. Some of the paths skirt the enclosures and many of the houses overlook the animals. It must be pretty cool to have your morning coffee watching the critters get started on their day. It’s open daily and it’s FREE!


It is very unusual for a city as small as Salisbury to have any kind of zoo, much less one this well-designed. Each enclosure tried to replicate the animals’ natural habitat as much as possible. They’ve got room to move around and the sorts of plants and terrain that they’d find in the wild. Some people say zoos are unfair and unnatural. I posed that to a friend of mine who worked at the National Aquarium. She felt that the concern about the animals was a good thing because it was demonstrating one of the reasons zoos and aquariums exist. “People don’t care about what they don’t see,” she told me. “But when they come to the aquarium and see the dolphin show or find the sloth in the rainforest (exhibit) they care what happens to them in the wild.” She also pointed out that studying animals in the wild is difficult and a captive population gives veterinarians and scientists some idea of what’s normal and healthy for that species as well as a cushion for population in areas where habitat decline or disease threaten the species.


The zoo focuses on animals from the Americas, but it’s not trying to present a comprehensive living catalog of species. It’s large enough to have lots of displays and animals, but small enough that you can take the time to see and enjoy them all without feeling like you’re racing to finish a checklist before closing. You can trade unblinking stares with the jaguar and watch the red wolves look longingly into the white-tail deer enclosure. I can spend hours watching the antics of the river otters. The flamingos are always a big hit while the alligator disappoints kids by refusing to do anything terrifying. (I’ve always thought ‘gators are kind of the Jimmy Buffetts of the reptile world – just hangin’ out and being mellow). Then there are the animals you haven’t heard of or probably haven’t seen, like the ocelot (wasn’t there a really bad TV series about a female private eye who had an ocelot as a pet?) the capybara (it’s a bird), and the Patagonian Cavy (which looks like a rabbit that wanted to become a kangaroo). The elder statesman of the zoo is Poopsie, the female Andean Bear who turned 37 in December. She holds court next to the beaver display.


The zoo is in the middle of a $3-million capital campaign which will give it new facilities and new exhibits. This is not the best time to be looking for money, but it is critical. In order for the zoo to maintain its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, it needs a new animal health clinic. This will be state-of-the-art with examining rooms, an operating theater, on-site laboratories, and quarantine facilities. That’s the big ticket item, with a price tag of $1.5 million


The other plans will bring the rest of the zoo experience up to that same level. A new interactive Environmental Center is designed to augment the zoo experience for the 20,000 students and the dozens of special programs for kids and families throughout the year. The center will also be a ‘green’ building and use environmentally friendly and effective technology that will be incorporated into some of the programs. One of the focuses on the center is the magnitude of the changes in the world’s amphibians and what that means to nature and man.


Then there’s the new exhibit. Crikey, Mates, we’re going Down Under! Moving away from the animals of the Americas, the new exhibit will bring in animals from Australia. You’ll get to see a wallaby overwhelmingly cute little kangaroos), hear a Kookaburra laugh (sounds like a deranged monkey), and watch the too-colorful-to-be-real lorikeets swoop overhead in the walk-through aviary. It will be interactive and full of information about Oz’s unique plant and animal life.


Both the Environmental Center and the Australian exhibit come with $750,000 price tags, but they won’t be started until the health clinic is paid for. Information about the campaign is on the zoo’s website: www.salisburyzoo.org. The zoo is open daily from 9-4:30.

Becoming a Beekeeper PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 16:14


I’m allergic to bee stings, so I can never become a beekeeper. That’s too bad since the world of bees and beekeeping fascinates me: the way hives work, the dances bees use to communicate, how honey is made and collected.


With concerns about the decline in bee population and what that can mean to things like, oh the survival of humankind (no pollination; no plants) some folks are looking into beekeeping. If you are one of them, check out Sustainable Beekeeping: A Course for Beginners Presented by the Beekeepers Guild of the Eastern Shore, presented at the Barrier Islands Center in Machipongo, VA. On Tuesday Feb. 8 and Tuesday Feb. 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. participants will learn everything from getting your first bees to extracting your first sweet honey. (There will be a third session in April when the weather gets warmer.) You’ll learn how to get a beehive started and keep it going strong.


And you’ll get a good dose of bee-keeping trivia. From the “I’ll take BEES for $50, Alex” category, consider that the oldest record of beekeeping is found in a rock painting in Spain that’s about 6-thousand years old. Bees are not native to North America. Native Americans called bees “the white man’s fly.” They can fly up to 8.5 miles looking for food sources. And it takes 9 or 10 bees to equal the weight of an M&M.


For more information on the Beekeeping Course, call the Barrier Islands Center 757-678-5550

Caroline County and the Arts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 15:50


Like many rural areas, Caroline County has to work to develop and maintain a cultural calendar. But cooperation and planning between the Caroline County Library, the Caroline County Council of Arts, and the Department of Recreation and Parks gives the county a program a lot of metropolitan areas envy.


According to Debby Bennett, Administrator of the Caroline County Library, the idea for joint cultural programs started back in the 80s when the Arts Council staged a Mardi Gras Ball fundraiser. The library joined in promoting and putting it on. Things went so well that the two groups looked into other programs they could co-sponsor. Recreation and Parks saw the benefits to the county and added its expertise. Before long, it evolved into the two series of musical, cultural, and entertainment programs: Friday Nites in Caroline and Second Story Live Coffeehouse.


“Friday Nites is a variety of free cultural events the family can enjoy. The focus is on good fun,” says Bennett. “We put on the programs at several locations around the county, both at the libraries and the high schools when the program is too large for the meeting rooms.”


The programs are the second and fourth Friday of each month. Past Friday Nites have featured Blues vocalist “Big Joe” Maher, contemporary pianist Ann Sweeten, Bay Country Barbershop Chorus, and Circo Comedia comedy and daredevil duo. Once or twice a year, it’s ‘open mic’ night for local artists and performers to shine. Keeping Friday Nites free is a priority. “We have a strong partnership with the Arts Council which picks up a lot of the costs involved. Recreation and Parks also helps out.” It’s a sign of the level of cooperation that when budgets are being cut and agencies are understandably looking to protect themselves that these groups are still supporting each other.


The other program is Second Story Live. Held once a month at the main library in Denton, it features nationally known singer/songwriters in an intimate setting for a small audience. There’s a small fee ($10) for the show which helps offset the performers’ fees. “This was always envisioned as a showcase for singer/songwriters with a real coffeehouse atmosphere. They enjoy performing here because we have good acoustics and sound system and a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience.” The Coffeehouse has hosted folk Americana, Celtic fiddle, and acoustic guitar concerts.


This Friday, Feb. 11, is one of the most popular Friday Nites shows. The UMES Jazz Band treks up from Princess Anne for its annual, standing-room-only concert. It starts at 7p.m. in the auditorium of the North Caroline High School. 410-479-1343 for information.


For details about the Friday Nites and Second Story artists, check the websites for the Arts Council: http://www.carolinearts.org/secondstorylive.php http://www.carolinearts.org/events.php

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Hot & Happening on the Eastern Shore, Feb. 7-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 07:58


Feb. 7

Frederick Douglass’ Years in the Bayside, St. Michaels Library. Brown bag lunch series continues with Pricilla Morris, local researcher, speaking on her research into the places Douglass spent his time in 1833-36 and the impact of his descriptions when he published his memoirs in 1845. Noon. FREE. www.tcfl.org. 410-745-5877


Tidewater Camera Club Seminar: Trends in Contemporary Photography, by Brian Young, curator of the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7-9 p.m. at the Museum. He’ll be conducting a tour of the current exhibit, “Constructing Spaces: Contemporary Color Photography” before the lecture. www.tidewatercameraclub.com 410-901-2223


Feb. 9

Purr-fectt Love, Valentine Cocktail Party to benefit the Dorchester County Humane Society. $20 includes appetizers, door prizes. “Matchmakers” will be on hand with pet profiles of adoptable cats & dogs. Cambridge Yacht Club. 6-9 p.m. www.dorchesterhumane.org or 410-228-3090.


Feb. 10

Growing Garlic Workshop, Carvel Center, Georgetown, DE. Learn about the many different types of garlic and how to grow your own. Taught by Master Gardener Fred Silva. Registration required. FREE. 302-856-2585, Ext. 542


Feb. 11-12

Lewes Winterfest Bark Fest, Lewes DE. Annual winter festival is goin’ to the dogs, with many events and activities geared towards pets and their owners. Friday night “Yappy Hour” at Irish Eyes pub (bring your dog to the enclosed, heated porch). Pet pageant on Saturday with prizes for costumes and look-alike pet/owner combos. Pet photography. www.leweschamber.org. 877-465-3937


Feb. 11

Friday Nites in Caroline. UMES Jazz Band in concert at North Caroline High School. Annual packed performance by the University’s acclaimed jazz band. 7-9 p.m. FREE (get there early for good seats) 410-479-1343


UMES Concert Choir, Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 25-member ensemble performs at the Center. Tickets $5 members, $7 non-members. www.dorchestersrts.org. 410-228-7782 7 p.m.


Delaware Black History Past & Present, Milton Historical Society. Dr. James Newton, University of Delaware Faculty and head of Black American Studies Department, presents an overview of the history of African-Americans in Delaware from Colonial times to the present, including religion, education, Underground Rail Road, civil rights, and cultural & folk traditions. 7 p.m. Lydia Cannon Museum, Milton. FREE. www.historicmilton.org, 302-684-1010


Feb. 12

Book sale, Dorchester Library, Cambridge. Stock up on books to get you through the rest of the winter. 9-12.


Tundra Swan Program, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the elegant birds which migrate to the Chesapeake in winter. Program is FREE. 10a.m. – noon. Dress for the weather. Meet at the visitor center. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/


Ballet Theater of Maryland, Mar-Va Theater, Pocomoke, MD. Troupe performs “Romeo & Juliet” in the restored theater (worth going just to enjoy the venue). Shows at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $5. Tickets available at Worcester libraries and PNC banks in Worcester and Somerset Counties. www.mar-vatheater.org.


Second Saturday Arts Demonstration, The Foundry, 401 Market St., Denton. Monthly demonstration and exhibit at the Caroline County Council of the Arts’ community gallery. 2-4 p.m. FREE. 410-479-1009.


Ham and Oyster Supper, Galena Fire Hall, Galena, MD. All-you-can-eat ham, fried oysters, scalloped potatoes, green beans, homemade desserts. 3-6:30. 410-648-5104.


Second Saturday, Cambridge, Berlin, Rehoboth Beach. 5-9 p.m. Galleries, studios open late. Special events at restaurants and shops.


“Il Mio Valentino Buoffo.” The Virden Center, Lewes DE. The Delaware Comedy Theater presents the very interactive show “My Funny Valentine.” “Guests” toast the happy couple, dine, dance, and engage in the staged and improvisational antics. $60 per person includes the show, dinner, dancing. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit The Wellness Community, Delaware. 7 p.m. www.wellnessdelaware.org. 302-645-9150


Feb. 13

Sunday Morning Pancake Breakfast, Oxford Fire House, Oxford, MD. Why cook on a lazy Sunday morning when someone else can do it for you? Pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, coffee. Just bring the Sunday paper and relax! Proceeds benefit the fire company. 7-11 a.m.


Burton Island Interpretive Hike, Burton Island Nature Preserve, DE. Take a guided walk with a park naturalist around the upland areas of the Burton Island Interpretive Trail. On this State Nature Preserve, you will find wide expanses of salt marsh along the new state-of-the-art boardwalks. Expect to see a rich variety of trees, plants and wildlife on this hike, as well as traces of man's past habitations and influence on the land. Call to pre-register. $4 per person. 302-227-6991.


The Mullins Trio, Cape Charles, VA. An afternoon of classical chamber music including Schubert, and Frank sonatas for piano and violin. $15/$8 (students) 4 p.m. at the Prince Theater. www.artsentercapecharles. 757-331-2787


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