Motivational Theatres’annual “Friendraiser” features new play

New York area playwright Brian C. Petti is the 2012 winner of the "Carlton E. Spitzer Excellence in Writing" award presented by the HGGMT, Inc. for his play “Ten Seconds”.  Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre’s Annual ‘Friendraiser’ Celebration is Saturday, December 1, in Easton featuring this new one-act play “Ten Seconds” and an act of monologues. 

Ten Seconds is a powerful play which illustrates the negative effects our perceptions of, and actions toward, people with challenges,” states HGGMT artistic director, Anita Tecce. The roles are moving and riveting; substantial roles that offer an opportunity for actors to challenge their talent. Taking on the challenge are Zack Schlag, Larlett Cash, Ricky Smith, Erica Tecce, Sarah Crump, and Meg Parry.

Monologues includetwo Carlton E. Spitzer monologues, "That's Why She Holds the Racket Like That" performed by Meg Parry and "Snob Mob" performed by Terry Taylor. "Valedictorian Speech" is written by Paul Briggs and performed by Larlett Cash and Sarah Crump.


Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) invites community members to enter their Gingerbread House Contest for the holidays. They are looking for creative works that will be displayed at the Center from December 1-15.  Both children and adults are encouraged to enter.

Guidelines for entries are as follows:                                               

  • The mounting board for the entries must be no larger that 20” x 20” for adults; no larger than 15” x 15” for children                                                          
  • Everything on the display that is visible (other than the mounting board) must be edible. Non-edible interior supports that cannot be seen may be used.
  • Creations must be at least 50% gingerbread.
  • Entry fee: $10.00 children (under age 17), $8.00 for DCA members; $15 for adults, $13 for DCA members.

The houses will be judged for overall appearance, originality, imagination, use of materials, design execution and holiday spirit. Ribbons will be awarded, and community members are encouraged to vote by December 15 for the People’s Choice award.

All entries will be sold in a silent auction to benefit DCA. Auction winners can pick up houses on December 17.

To enter, please bring the completed houses to Dorchester Center for the Arts by Saturday, December 1. Entry forms are available at the Center or online at For more information, call 410-228-7782.

Silver Linings Donates Over $4,000 to Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery

Local Jeweler donates portion of oyster and crab pendant sales to support a healthier Chesapeake Bay

Silver Linings, a sterling silver and gemstone jewelry storewith locations in St. Michaels and Easton, donatedover $4,000 to the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery in Cambridge Maryland. The contribution was generated by sales of the silver sterling and 14k Oyster & Crab Pendant from April through October.

As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery produces oyster larvae to be used for research, restoration, and educational projects. As a result of the hatchery’s spawning efforts, over 3.5 billion oyster spat (essentially “baby oysters”) have been deployed to the Chesapeake Bay over the last decade.

“We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the community’s response to this initiative,” commented Aida Leisure, owner of Silver Linings. Our customers were excited to have a way to support the real-life inspiration for this beautiful piece of jewelry.”

Oysters are crucial to the health and cleanliness of the Chesapeake Bay. These filter feeders serve as “vacuum cleaners” for the Bay’s entire aquatic ecosystem — a single oyster can filter over 50 gallons of water per day. The abundance of oysters in local bodies of water is important to both the ecological and economic systems we rely on. Crassostreavirginica (the Eastern Oyster) is native to the Bay. Each year, Horn Point Oyster Hatchery begins spawning these oysters in April.


Troika Gallery in downtown Easton celebrates its 15th Anniversary Gala Group Show from November 9 to December 31. Take an artistic journey through the visual treasures of the Eastern Shore and beyond. This show is a rare opportunity to experience a complete re-hanging of the entire gallery and to see new original works by all 34 of the renowned regional, national, and international artists represented exclusively in the area by Troika Gallery.

Savor a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompe?l’œil—it’s all here under one roof. With endlessly varied subjects, there is something for everyone, including landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, porcelain and more.

“Our artists are sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts across the country,” says gallery owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton. “Our Anniversary Show is always very popular, and we are grateful for fifteen years of successfully featuring the finest of fine art.”

The Memoir "Why I Left the Amish" shatters our illusion of an innocent, Amish childhood

The Amish have always been a part of my life. As a child, we visited Lancaster, PA frequently. Some of my favorite toys were cast iron Amish figures, complete with two children on a see-saw. Today, of course, Amish live among us on the Eastern Shore, and we regularly "brake for buggys". We have Amish markets in Crumpton, Easton and Middletown, DE. I've traveled to an Amish farm near Dover to purchase fresh milk. I even took my children there to play for several hours when the Amish kids had chicken pox- though mine stubbornly refused to contract the illness. 

My vision of an Amish childhood involves lots of animals. chores, laughter, good food and family togetherness. But I'm now reading a book that has me questioning that innocence. 

"Why I Left the Amish", a memoir by Saloma Miller Furlong, has opened my eyes to the possibility of physical, emotional and sexual abuse among the Amish.  Furlong, raised in Ohio, believes her father suffered from some form of mental illness that made him reclusive and violent. The Amish community was unable to deal with the challenges and the children were left to fend for themselves.

The plight of the eldest son is particularly terrifying to me. He was apparently sexually molested while working on a nearby English horse farm, and Furlong believes Amish boys are highly sought after by pediophiles, as they're trained to be obedient and to NOT make waves. This, combined with a physically abusive father, resulted in a young man that could easily show up on a Criminal Minds show as a serial killer.  He tortures rabbits, refusing to let his siblings feed them as he determines how long it takes them to starve to death. He sexually molests his many sisters, resulting in at least one pregnancy. Their mother is aware of the abuse - but does nothing except blame the girls for allowing the behavior.  

Computers Classes for Farm Businesses

Computers are an important tool for farm business management.  The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a series of computer classes focused on farm use on December 14, 2012.  Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks.  Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.  Class sizes are limited so please register or 410-822-1244.  The cost of each class is $15.00.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

Excel Spreadsheets for Farm Businesses – December 14, 9am - noon

Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Spreadsheets are a great tool for farm businesses.  They help with recordkeeping, budgeting and organizing data. This workshop will provide hands on applications of Microsoft Excel 2007. Topics will include navigating the software, setting up a spreadsheet and inserting formulas and calculations.  Participants will practice with laptops and spreadsheet templates.

Bay Hundred Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Seeks Donations

The Bay Hundred Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort, founded by local business, nonprofit and community leaders throughout Talbot County, will support NY and NJ victims of Hurricane Sandy with a clothing and supply drive. Due to difficulty with transportation within NJ and NY, monetary contributions are preferred. You can give financial support by sending a check to:

 SMCC/Hurricane Relief

PO Box 354

St. Michaels, MD 21663

*Contributions are tax deductible

 The group seeks local donations of warm clothing, blankets, cleaning and other supplies for distribution in New Jersey and New York communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The most needed items are:

  • Heavy coats, hats, gloves
  • Blankets
  • New underwear, socks, t-shirts (packaged new items only)
  • Cleaning products, shovels, garbage bags
  • C&D batteries, latex gloves, facemasks and goggles for clean-up efforts
  • Diapers

Donations can be dropped off at the St. Michaels Community Center and the St. Michaels YMCA. The effort is expected to last as long as necessary – trucks are expected to leave from Bay Hundred each week for the rest of the year, or as long as needed. The first delivery is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8th.

Artists & Small Businesses - Get More Customers for Less Money!

Building a Strong Mid-Shore with our Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts!

 Did you know that for every $100 you spend with an independently owned local store $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures? Spend that same money at a national chain store and $43 stays here. Spend it online and $0 is returned to the community. [check out the 3/50 Project for more information] 

This year Mid Shore Life is setting up the Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts to promote and encourage everyone to keep those hard earned dollars on the Shore. All types of gifts will be showcased, including traditional presents, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to local shows, sports lessons, art classes and more. Think funky, original - and LOCAL! 

We want to make buying local as easy and irresistible as possible.

Your graphic ad will be featured on Mid Shore Life til January - AND you're individual gifts will be shown, repeatedly, to potential customers via the website, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Get more customers with more visibility and promotion!

Gift Wrapping Fundraiser for the Elkton Boys and Girls Club

 The Palette & The Page – 120 E. Main St. Elkton

Are you all thumbs when it comes to wrapping your holiday gifts?

Don’t you wish you knew a creative elf who could manage the task of wrapping all those packages for you?

Your wish has come true!  Margie Blystone will be thrilled to wrap your gifts in the grand fashion they richly deserve, in exchange for your generous donation by cash or check to the Elkton Boys & Girls Club.  Simply bring your gifts for wrapping to The Palette & The Page any time between the hours of 11:00am to 6:00pm from Monday, November 26th thru Thursday, December 20th.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the Elkton Boys & Girls Club.  

For further information please call The Palette & The Page - (410) 398-3636

Attention All Writers The Delmarva Review Opens Submission Period

The Delmarva Review announced the opening of its submission period for the 2013 issue, from November 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Writers interested in submitting short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for the sixth edition should consult the Review’s website for guidelines at

The Review selects original literary prose and poetry for publication in a print and digital edition. All writers are welcome. The literary review encourages great story-telling and moving poetry. Its standards are for memorable prose and poetry exhibiting skillful expression. Editors only read electronic submissions. A submission link is on the “Guidelines” page of the website.

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