Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 Noon - 6:00 pm La Plata Town Hall
The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is pleased to announce that ArtsFest 2013 will be held this year on Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
, at the La Plata Town Hall! This annual countywide outdoor event celebrates ALL the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature. Now in its 21st year, it is the largest arts festival in Charles County!
ArtsFest is returning to La Plata this year and will once again bring the festivities to the lawn surrounding the beautiful La Plata Town Hall. Last year's ArtsFest in La Plata was well attended by over 2000 individuals from across Southern Maryland. Previous ArtsFests have been held in Indian Head, Cobb Island and Waldorf.
Arts Alliance President Diane Rausch, said, "We are delighted with our continuing partnership with the Town of La Plata, and appreciate their support as our host. We are planning to make ArtsFest 2013 a memorable one!"
Visual artists of all media are invited to display and sell artworks on the lawn at ArtsFest 2013. In addition, arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as exhibitors are historical, heritage, multicultural and environmental organizations.
ArtsFest 2013 is the Art Alliance's "free gift" to the citizens of Charles County and Southern Maryland. There is no charge to the public to attend. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Last year's ArtsFest showcased over 60 artists and exhibitors at the La Plata Town Hall, along with musical and dance entertainment at several locations on the lawn. ArtsFest 2013 promises to be even more spectacular, with several special events taking place throughout the day.
ArtsFest 2013 Registration Forms and additional information are available on the CCAA website (www.charlescountyarts.org
), so please check there for all information needed to participate in this year's festival.
Please save the date and mark your calendars for ArtsFest 2013 on Saturday, June 8!
Pictured left to right: Mark Reaser, Director of LNG Operations, Concetta Laskey, Joan Clement, CHEARS - Board of Directors and Doug Alves, CMM Director
Dominion has awarded a $10,000 K-12 Education grant for the development of an environmental education curriculum inspired by Tom Wisner’s Center for the Chesapeake Story Collection (Chestory). The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM), in partnership with the Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS), and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) will work with selected teachers in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties to create hands-on classroom-based lesson plans that focus on local environmental science.
Tom Wisner (1930-2010), co-founder of Chestory, was a poet, folklorist, artist, singer, and Maryland’s first environmental educator. He spent most of his career helping students and audiences make connections with the Chesapeake Bay. Wisner left behind a lifetime of work including interdisciplinary educational activities, lessons, programs, artwork and music. Through a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program, CMM and CHEARS partnered to hire Concetta Laskey, who organized, catalogued and archived Wisner’s collection. In April 2012, the Chestory Virtual Archive became a reality at the Calvert Marine Museum and is available at http://www.chesapeake-envliteracy.com/CVA
Dominion’s support will provide not only for the creation of environmental education lesson plans, but for the piloting of this curriculum in the classroom. Eventually this will be shared with other teachers and available online.
People’s Choice Award via annmariearts on Facebook
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Annmarie Garden) congratulates Anya McCullough, 7, and Dennis Halcomb (Anya’s Grandpop), 77, winners of the People’s Choice Fairy and Gnome Home Contest! Anya and Dennis will receive a Gift Certificate to Wentworth’s Nursery and a Family Membership to Annmarie Garden for their beautiful 2 foot hexagon shaped cedar fairy home, titled Fairy Wishes.
Fairy Wishes, the perfect title for this perfect home, was inspired by a fairy home made from cardboard and leaves on a rainy day. Anya and her Grandpop developed this idea that created this magical home, complete with a loft, stone fireplace, furniture, removable roof (for easy cleaning and interior decorating), staircase with railings, and landscaping to follow once the house is returned (currently on exhibit at Annmarie Garden through October 8, 2012).
“Whether you are 7, or 77, fairy and gnomes are for everyone” states Anya’s mom, Gina McCullough. The Best in Show Competition via Annmarie Garden’s Facebook page, created a lot of positive energy and interest! McCullough and Halcomb’s home received 134 likes, 25 comments, and 25 shares!
The 3rd Annual Fairies in the Garden exhibit is on display until October 8, 2012...don't miss all the magic and fun! Be sure to look through one of the five windows of Fairy Wishes, you will be pleasantly surprised and may even wish that you were a fairy!
Scavenger Hunt, Fairy & Gnome Home Silent Auction, and Best in Show
fabulous handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered along the shady walking path at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Annmarie Garden) in Solomons, Maryland this summer. The beautiful backdrop of Annmarie Garden is the perfect setting for this fabulous collection of homes constructed of everything from gum balls to solar panels. With an exhibit that includes houses titled, Tooth Fairy, Meadow Flower Manor, Palm Tree Beach Resort, Tea House
to name but a few, a visit is necessary! Guests start their magical tour by stopping in the Arts Building to pick up the ‘Can You Find…?
guide, created by noted graphic artist, Melinda Fabian. Fabian has created a delightful guide that features hidden pictures, a puzzle, and a location map for all the houses. Fairy and Gnome homes for sale (over 20 homes to choose from)
Are you looking for a new home for your garden? This summer twenty–two homes are available for Silent Auction
! Houses for sale are labeled accordingly and the public can register to bid within the Arts Building (simply complete a form and a number will be allocated to place bids). The auction will take place throughout
the course of the exhibit; final bids are due the first week of October! The highest bidder of each home will be able to take their home…home! All proceeds from the auction support the artLAB, Annmarie Garden’s new creative reuse centre. Best in Show Competition – Like your favorite fairy & gnome home on Facebook
Vote for your favorite fairy & gnome home on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/annmariearts#!/annmariearts
The Fairy/Gnome home with the most comments and likes will win a Gift Certificate to Wentworth Nursery and a Family Membership to Annmarie Garden (should artists already be members, Annmarie Garden will simply extend their membership for an additional year). Annmarie Garden employees and their family members are ineligible to win prizes. The competition will conclude on July 31, 2012!
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. ‘LIKE’ Annmarie Arts on Facebook and then comment on the home that you love! Homes are numbered 1-58, with corresponding artist names. Happy voting!
Floridian Artist Dale Wayne (when it comes to recycling glitter is the new green)
This summer, from now through August 26, 2012, guests are invited to Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (Annmarie Garden) to participate in the summer public art project with Artist-in-Residence, Dale Wayne! Help create Dancing on Joy's Horizon, a glittery forest of bottle blossom trees made from plastic bottles salvaged from the Appeal Landfill. The bottle blossom trees will grow over the course of the summer, as guests of all ages add their painted and glittery blossoms to five 8’ trees.
Annmarie Garden’s Artist-in-Residence Program provides a serene place on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay for visual, musical, and literary artists to create works that address ecological issues and/or inspire community involvement. Artists have access to a private studio space, in addition to a variety of classroom studios and garage spaces, a waterfront, and fifty acres of forest and field.
Residencies focus on merging the arts and the environment that includes the involvement of the local community. Artist Wayne, a world traveler, who now resides in Florida, is fueled by the unexpected and embraces the opportunity to involve the public. “I love the transforming power of play and how people of all ages and abilities are moved by the process of turning ‘trash’ into something that will be celebrated as art. The glitter, silly as it sounds, draws people into the process and everyone goes home a little more sparkly.” Guests can participate in the growing process of these delightful trees, painting, decorating, cutting, and glittering will be involved.
Wayne developed her technique of cutting, painting, and heating plastic bottles in 2004 while teaching art classes in Orlando, Florida. “I was working in glass and was trying to figure out a way to translate that medium into a classroom setting. My dad, who is a sculptor, showed me how he was able to manipulate plastic to make armatures, to support the material he was working with at the time. I wondered if I could paint plastic bottles and use heat to make them take on a glass-like quality. It wasn’t long before I had a classroom of students diving into the project and going home in glitter from head-to-toe.”
The works Dale Wayne include an Earth Day installation for The Orlando Museum of Science, a poolside tower for a Home and Garden Television (HGTV) design program, award winning Christmas trees for The Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees, and an installation titled, “The Trees of Life Reclaimed” acquired by the Kent County Michigan Recycling and Education Center. Wayne has been featured in magazines, newspapers, television, and has published her methods widely. “I figure the more people who learn this process; the fewer bottles will hit the landfill,” Dale explains, “and the side-effect of their involvement is joy.”
For her Dancing on Joy’s Horizon installation, Wayne borrows from the African tradition of bottle trees, “hanging glass bottles in trees can still be seen in the deep-south and is a popular trend in today’s gardens. Historically, colorful bottles were thought to mesmerize and capture evil spirits.” Dale explains then continues with a laugh, “when I first made the connection I was already attaching the plastic bottles to trees and I thought, oh no, I’m metaphorically letting out all kinds of evil spirits! I soon realized that since my theme at the time, ‘The Trees of Life’, represented paradise…where there are no evil spirits and all spirits are free.”
Annmarie Garden’s 2012 Annual Summer Public Art Project is a collaborative project for all ages and is included with site admission. The activity takes place in the artLAB, open 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, and Sundays where you can either cut, paint, or douse your creations (if not yourself). When it comes to this garden party, it’s not strictly BYOB (bring your own bottle). The public is welcome to bring their own plastic water and soda bottles to recycle into Ms. Wayne’s project, but if you don’t have any on hand don’t worry. Annmarie Garden provides all the materials needed to participate. This activity is appropriate for all ages; reservations are not required.
Experience life as Waterman on July 21 and August 11
Celebrate the J.C. Lore and Sons Oyster House
and be Waterman for a Day
on Saturday July 21 and August 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Located south of the Calvert Marine Museum on Solomons Island Road, the J.C. Lore and Sons Oyster House was one of the largest and most successful seafood packing companies in Southern Maryland. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the Lore Oyster House has been restored to show all aspects of oyster processing – from receiving oysters at the dock to storing, shucking, washing, packing, and shipping the product to markets across the region.
One Saturday a month through the summer visitors may experience life and work in an oyster packing house, practice with oyster tongs off of the seawall, and try to lift a fully loaded bushel basket like the oyster floor men did. In the shucking room, stand in a shucking box wearing the requisite rubber apron and gloves, learn a work song, and learn how much the workers earned shucking oysters.
Museum educators will have Rocky, the oversized fabric oyster on display to help explain the fascinating biology of this bivalve. And the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society (SMOCS)
will be on site to demonstrate how to help restore the Crassostrea Virginica
oyster to the bay by becoming a local grower. They will also have tanks of oysters to show how these filter feeders help clean the water.
One of the most exciting features of the day is the opportunity to go out on an actual Chesapeake workboat with Captain Rachel Dean. Captain Dean is offering one-hour excursions aboard her workboat, the Roughwater.
Participants will experience what it’s like to be a working waterman on the Chesapeake Bay. Each excursion is limited to six passengers; the fee is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. Excursions leave from the Lore Oyster House at 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41
to reserve your space for the June excursions.
The Calvert Marine Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of David E. Moyer
, as Curator of Estuarine Biology. Relocating from Portland, Oregon, Moyer brings over 14 years of experience in laboratories, aquariums, and zoos. He was responsible for life support and water quality programs at the Oregon Zoo. Prior to that, he worked at the South Carolina Aquarium as a Senior Biologist. His background in public education as well as marine biology makes him an ideal fit for CMM.
A Virginia native, Moyer is thrilled to be back in the mid-Atlantic region where he grew up and completed his undergraduate education at Old Dominion University. “I’m excited to get back to my roots on the Chesapeake Bay and to hands on experiences like managing an aquatic collection, interacting with the visitors and working with a great staff,” says Moyer.
“David brings a unique combination of experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm. The fact that he is originally from the Chesapeake Bay region, has a lot of experience with marine life support systems, and is committed to our educational goals make him a good fit for the museum’s needs,” said deputy director Sherrod Sturrock. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Museum members and children under 5 are always admitted free. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call410-326-2042.
Grace Guggenheim and Flo StoneFriday, July 27 | 7:00 p.m. in the BarnAcademy Award Nomination - Documentary Short Subject 1998CINE - Golden Eagle Award 1999Earthwatch Institute Film Award - 1999Worldfest Flagstaff International Film Festival - Gold Award 1998
Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in announcing the upcoming 2012 Speaker Series presentation entitled “A Place in the Land” by Grace Guggenheim and Flo Stone. They will present this award-winning film for viewing with discussion to follow.A Place in the Land
is the story of George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and Laurance S. Rockefeller, three seminal figures in the history of the conservation movement in America. Though they were born generations apart and lived very different lives, the three were connected by a common vision and a common place. Marsh,Billings, and Rockefeller occupied the same home and surrounding land in Woodstock, VT – a place that instilled in each of them a determination to preserve America’s natural resources and to teach their fellow man to live in harmony with nature. Today, their legacy and the land in Woodstock that inspired them are preserved at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – the first National Park inAmerica dedicated to teaching the concept of land stewardship.
Grace Guggenheim is President of Guggenheim Productions and was Executive Producer of A Place in the Land.
She has produced over 15 documentaries for both television and theatrical release. Many of her films have been finished in 35mm for permanent exhibition at museums and presidential libraries around the country.
Flo Stone is President and Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, which she started 20 years ago. In March 2012, the festival showed 180 films from 42 countries which were presented at 64 different locations aroundWashington, with most events free to the public. This is the 6th year she has facilitated the viewing of award-winning films as part of the Speaker Series.
This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280
to make your reservation.Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission of serving as an educational resource and cultural venue while it seeks to preserve, interpret and research the plantation’s diverse cultures and environments through its history.
2012 Cruising Schedule Announced at the Calvert Marine Museum
Enjoy specialty cruises all year long aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison
departing from the Calvert Marine Museum. Built in 1899, the Tennison
is the only Coast Guard licensed log-hulled, passenger carrying vessel in the United States. The vessel served as an oyster buyboat until 1978 and has been designated a National Historic landmark. All cruises are open to the public, and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to purchase cruise tickets, please contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042, ext. 41
.Sunday, June 17Father’s Day Brunch Cruise
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dad’s love being out on the water-a perfect way to say ‘You’re the best’.
Adults $25, 12 and under $15.Advance registration by Wednesday, June 13. Father’s Day Evening Cruise
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
What dad wouldn’t feel special with this treat? Heavy hors d’ oeuvres served.
Adults $25, and children 12 and under $15.Advance registration required by Wednesday, June 13. Wednesday, July 4Fireworks Cruise
8:00 p.m. till......
Come aboard for the best view in town and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Adults $35, Sorry no children under 7. Advance registration required by Thursday, June 28. Saturday, July 21Sunset in the Tropics
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Experience a spectacular sunset on the Patuxent River while enjoying tropical appetizers. Parrot Heads are welcome. Adults $30.Advance registration required by Wednesday, July 17. Saturday, August 18Picnic Cruise
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bring a picnic basket along and enjoy a cruise on the Patuxent River. Adults $15, children 12 and under $10. Advance registration required by Friday, August 19.Saturday, September 8Kids Pirate Pizza Cruise
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dress like a pirate, eat pizza, and cruise around the Patuxent River aboard the Wm. B. Tennison
. Arrrrrrgh! $12 per person.Advance registration required by Thursday, September 6. Saturday, October 2711th Annual Monster Mash Cruise
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This cruise is for little goblins and their families. Adults $7, children 5-12 $6, children 4 and under $4. Advance registration required by Thursday, October 18.The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website atwww.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. LIKE us on Facebook.
The 2011 Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of two grants aimed at raising awareness and concern for the productivity of the Patuxent River and its life. The PRAD committee, through proceeds from its annual October festival, makes grant awards to non-profit organizations that either provide educational programs or conduct research activities focusing on the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin.
The 2011 recipients were the Calverton School, which is running ongoing scientific sampling and discovery of the Patuxent River and the newly formed Purple Martin Club which will be located at the Calvert Marine Museum. Purple Martins have been pushed out of their habitat and require specific manmade housing to survive in today’s environment. Also awarded was the Patuxent Naval Air Museum for a War of 1812 exhibit.
Awards are made on a competitive basis by the PRAD, Inc. Board and do not exceed $1,000 per organization in any one year. The PRAD, Inc. Board includes members of the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artist Guild, the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, SMILE, and the Calvert County Watermen's Association.
Funding for this year’s PRAD grants will provide a host of programs to the community in efforts to help educate citizens about how to protect and about the importance of the Patuxent River to not only people but to its creatures as well.
Information for next year’s grants will be forthcoming in February of 2013.