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"Storywriting on the Chesapeake" Writing Retreat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:43


If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a stunning novel or penning an award-winning film script based on the Chesapeake, here’s your chance.


James Bonnet is a veteran screenwriter (The Cross & the Switchblade) and TV writer (Barney Miller, Adam-12, Knot’s Landing) and a Board member of the Writers’ Guild of America, the union for professional screenwriters in L.A. For the past twenty years, he’s conducted weekend and week-long writing retreats in Los Angeles and France. This spring, he’s coming to Easton for “Storymaking on the Chesapeake,” Seven Day Writing Adventure Retreats.


Participants will explore writing principles, develop a script or story independently, work one-on-one with Bonnet, and discuss current and classic films and literature. At the end of the week, you’ll have a final draft and a strong foundation of the step-by-step fundamentals of creating successful stories or screenplays. It’s a truly intimate experience, since only 4 people are accepted for each retreat.


The dates for the retreats are March 27-April2 and April 3-9. They’ll be held at Easton’s Promise B&B. The cost for the retreat is $1650, with a $650 deposit. For more information, go to www.storymaking.com.

Delmarva Guide Dog Puppies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:16


I’m always impressed when I see guide dogs at work. When I lived in Bel Air, I had two friends who were both sight impaired. Their dogs were fantastic, both as essential factors in their ability to live independent lives and as great companions when they were ‘off duty.’


It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to train a guide dog. It starts in puppyhood when it’s placed with a family to spend its first year in a real-life environment. That’s something that can’t really be duplicated in a training center. Volunteers take them on outings. You’ve probably seen them in stores and on the street with their vests that advertise that the dogs are in training. At the end of the year, they leave their ‘family’ to start the serious training for their real mission in life.


Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Delaware is looking for volunteers to raise guide dog puppies. If accepted as volunteers, the family will get a four-footed, furry addition to their lives. The costs of training, support, classes, and vet care are covered by the association.


The pre-placement puppy class is January 11 in Milford. Two additional classes are January 18 & 25. There’s a screening process for all potential volunteers. Go to www.guidingeyes.org for more information.

Delmarva Heritage Area Grant Workshops PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 14:56


Non-profit and local government groups preserving and promoting historical, natural, and cultural resources on Delmarva should check out two free workshops to help them get Maryland Heritage Area Grants.


The first is set for January 7 at the Dorchester Visitor Center in Sailwinds Park in Cambridge. It’s limited to applicants within the Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, which covers most of Dorchester County. 3-4 p.m. Reservations are required. 410-228-1000.


The second is January 14 at the Chesapeake Exploration Center on Kent Island from 10-12. That’s open to all potential applicants in the region. You need to make reservations by January 5. 410-763-8967

What's Hot, What's Happenin' on Delmarva, Jan. 3-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 14:20


January 3

“Simplifying your photography” Tidewater Camera Club. Tim Poly shows you what to do with that camera you got for the holidays. Talbot County Community Center, Easton. www.tidewatercameraclub.com 410-310-2007

January 5

Evensong, Emmanuel Church, Chestertown. 6 p.m. www.emmanualchesterparish.org

January 5-29

Kent Island Federation of the Arts Annual Member Challenge. The theme is: Animal, Vegetable, mineral. See interpretations in all types of media and inspiration. Reception January 8 from 3-5. 410-643-7424

January 6

Annual Eagle Count, Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. They are not required, but if you have them, bring a field guide, binoculars, a spotting scope, and clipboard. Call to reserve your spot. 410-228-2698

January 6-29

Decoy Carvers Exhibition, Dorchester Center for the Arts. www.dorchesterarts.org

January 7

1st Friday, Snow Hill & Easton. Studios, galleries open later. Special events at shops and restaurants. 5-9 p.m.

January 7-22

Divine Feminine. 20 artists display their interpretation of that theme. At the Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. Thurs-Sat. 12-4. Reception January 8 from 5-8. FREE. www.cambrdigemainstreet.com

January 7-31

After Holiday Sale, The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St. Chestertown. Forgot someone this season? Didn’t get what you wanted? Want to stock up for next year? This great coop has works by talented regional artists and artisans. www.theartistsgalleryctown.com

January 8

Breakfast at Trappe United Methodist Church. Sure, you are going to eat healthier this year, but it’ll keep until next week. Besides, calories don’t count when you are supporting a church, right? All of the breakfast goodies that make a cardiologist cringe. 29421 Maple Ave. 7-10 a.m. 410-476-3384


Harvesting for the Native American Longhouse. Join the local Accohannock People as they collect materials to build a traditional longhouse in Vienna. Meet at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge at 9 a.m. 443-521-3059

Chilly Hay Ride, Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, DE. Learn how animals beat the chill. Join a park naturalist for a 90-minute ride, with a campfire, marshmallows, and stories afterward. $5 adults; $3 children under 12. Call for reservations. 302-875-5153.


2nd Saturday Art Demo, The Foundry, 401 Market St., Denton. 2-4 p.m. FREE! 410-479-1009


2nd Saturday Arts Night, Cambridge & Rehoboth. Studios, galleries open late; artist receptions. Special events at shops and restaurants. 5-9 p.m. www.cambridgemainstreet.com


January 9

Interpretive Walk of Burton Island, Delaware Seashore State Park, near Rehoboth. Guided tour of the salt marsh and a chance to learn about the wildlife, plants, and trees in the winter. $4. Call for reservations and directions. 302-227-6991

Assateague's Visitor Center: Escape from Cabin Fever PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 13:12


OK, the snow was fun for a day or so. But now the kids are bored with the toys they pleaded for before Christmas or they’ve played video games for so long their thumbs are grafted onto the joysticks. There’s nearly a week to go before schools re-open which means another weekend of enforced family togetherness.

With the weather this weekend predicted to be almost spring-like, escape cabin fever. Toss everyone into the SUV and head for Assateague.

The new Visitor Center opened last fall and it is a treat! The new, spacious layout has all sorts of interactive displays that manage to teach you a lot without you realizing it. The focus is on the role barrier islands like Assateague play in the great ecological scheme of things. There are maps which light up to show effects of winds and tides; displays of shore birds, fish, animals, and other critters and how they live and how their lives are affected by natural and man-made changes in their habitat; what global warming means to the coast and coastal habitat (How long can you tread water?); several great aquariums; and a touch tank. The windows overlook the great vastness of the marshlands. When you exhaust the displays, check out the unusually well-stocked bookstore, and then drive across the bridge and hike the beach or the trails and see if the ponies are out.

There’s even a new guided tour about the ponies you can access from your cell phone.410-864-9128. You’ll be prompted to press 1, 2, or 3 to get more specific information (where to see the ponies, how to safely observe them, legends and facts about where they came from). The tour is free, although you’ll be using your own cell service and minutes.

Ranger-led programs are offered all through the year. Guided walks, aquarium feedings, outdoor ‘scavenger hunts’, and cool lectures about Assateague’s residents and history are held every week. This Friday, there’s a Coast Quest, with a Ranger leading a walk along the beach to see what the waves washed up. Considering this week’s storm, that ought to be interesting. There’s also “Famous Storms of Assateague” a lecture and video presentation of the hurricanes and nor’easters which have run up our coast. You can start the New Year with the annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk, a 90-minute stroll down the beach with cocoa and cookies afterward. Sponsored by Assateague Coastal Trust, it’s a brisk way to meet that resolution to get fit. You can stick with it on Sunday with another guided walk that’s only 45 minutes long.

Click on http://www.nps.gov/asis/index.htm for the weekly schedule. The Visitor Center is open 9-5 daily. 410-641-1441.


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