New venture capital fund seeks entrepreneurs for downtown Cambridge

Local businesspeople offer entrepreneurs up to $50,000 in start-up capital

Dreaming of starting a business? Now may be just the time to do it, thanks to the new Cambridge Venture Capital Fund I, LLC, which is offering entrepreneurs up to $50,000 each in assistance in downtown Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The $250,000 fund has been established by local business people who want to invest in the core of downtown Cambridge.

“We want to give entrepreneurs some powerful incentives to open in Cambridge, Maryland,” said Brett Summers, Cambridge resident and developer of several downtown buildings, who spearheaded the creation of the venture capital fund. “If you have time, talent, and desire—but not enough capital—this is a great opportunity.”

The fund is limited to new retail businesses opening on certain blocks in the downtown core—the 300 block of High Street, the 500 block of Poplar Street, and the 400 or 500 blocks of Race Street.

CBMM presents Working Waterfront speaker series in November

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD begins a new speaker series entitled “Working Waterfront” on Thursday, November 1, with later sessions on Friday, November 16 and Thursday, November 29. Held in the Van Lennep Auditorium along the museum’s waterfront campus, the series welcomes CBMM members and the general public, with pre-registration needed.

From 6-8pm on Thursday, November 1, “Working Waterfront: Delaware” gives participants an in-depth look at the museum’s 1912 river tug, Delaware. Now celebrating her centennial, the Delaware was built in Bethel, DE, and is one of the last survivors of Bethel’s great age of wooden boatbuilding. Join CBMM’s Vessel Maintenance Manager Michael Gorman, CBMM boatyard staff, and others with connections to Delaware’s long Chesapeake Bay history as they share a closer look at her recent restoration and more.

From 6-8pm on Friday, November 16, “Working Waterfront: Tide, Trade, and Tugs” presents an evening with the Ward Family of Deltaville, VA, who operate one of the last “mom and pop” tugboat companies on the Chesapeake Bay. Join them for a conversation as several generations of the Ward family share stories of transporting crabs, oysters, produce, grain, and other goods by wooden buyboat, tug, and barge throughout the tributaries of the Bay.  


Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) invites local artists to submit original artwork for use as the poster image for the 2013 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.  The selected artwork will be used on the Festival’s publicity materials, including the Festival poster, flyers, print and online advertising, event programs and the CCM website. Posters will be placed throughout the Eastern Shore during the spring, especially during the months of April and May preceding the June Festival, and the image will be featured in both local and national publications to promote the Festival.  The selected work will be auctioned at the CCM Gala on March 2, 2013. The artist will be compensated for his or her work. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held in various Mid-Shore locations from June 5 through June 18, 2013.

Chesapeake Chamber Music is looking for artwork that will promote the Festival, emphasizing the beauty of the Eastern Shore as an appropriate setting for beautiful music.  The artwork should be an original, one-of-a-kind piece, created by the hand of the artist.  Artists who are residents of one of the Eastern Shore counties, including Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Kent, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico, Cecil, Worcester and Somerset, are eligible to submit entries.

Christmas Shopping Season Begins November 6 at Robin Hood Shop

The Robin Hood Shop’s annual Christmas Showcase begins on Tuesday, November 6 at 9 a.m. Featured merchandise will include Christmas decorations, toys, gift items, clothing and fashion accessories. The shop will be closed on Monday, November 5 to prepare for this annual event.

Shoppers who come to the Christmas Showcase on November 6 can also purchase raffle tickets to win a basket of holiday-themed prizes. The showcase will continue through the holiday season with new merchandise available daily.

Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary operate the Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in Cambridge.  Proceeds from the shop benefit programs and services of Dorchester General Hospital.

The Robin Hood Shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about making a tax deductible donation and joining the Auxiliary as a volunteer, call 410-228-6339.


Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., will sponsor its fourteenth annual Art Competition, to exhibit in February and March 2013. The theme of the competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. The Leon Andrus Award, in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, will be presented to the competition’s winner. A second-place award will also be given.

The competition is open to all original two- and three-dimensional fine arts, including outdoor sculpture and installations. The show will be juried by Alex Castro, lecturer in art and Architect, Exhibition and Book Designer in Residence at Washington College, Chestertown. Castro recently initiated a studio art course in environmental art at the college.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 7, 2013. Digital images of up to three pieces of art by each artist may be sent Submissions should include title, medium, dimensions (maximum of 6 feet in any direction, excluding outdoor sculpture), and artist’s name and address. Works should reflect or interpret broadly the show’s theme of wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain region.

The artists of work selected will be contacted by Jan. 18 to submit the original art ready to hang by Feb. 1. The exhibit will open Feb. 4 and will run through March 29, 2013 with a reception on Sat., Feb. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no fee for the competition, but artists are responsible for all shipping expenses. Selected artists may be considered for future exhibits at the Arboretum.

For more information, visit, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or send e-mail to


If ever there was art that communicates the exuberance of nature, Katherine K. Allen’s work is it. On view at Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through Nov. 30, her captivating exhibit of botanical works, titled Dance of the Seasons, teems with the energy of life. On Sat., Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a reception with the opportunity to talk with Allen about her unusual way of making art.

Allen delights in experimenting. In her sunny studio in a forest clearing near Easton, she paints, stitches by hand and by machine, collages, and screen-prints ink on top of plants so that when she lifts them away, their silhouettes remain, preserving the details of their leaves, stems and seedheads with photographic crispness. Over the past eight years or so, she has been developing this unique method of creating botanical artworks that are as inventive as they are energetic and colorful.

While earning her BFA from the University of Arizona and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Allen studied a wide variety of art mediums. She went on to work as a sculptor, then moved on to art quilts, before focusing on creating botanical art on fabric.

She explained, “I took everything in art school, and now this represents the snowball effect of it all coming together.”

Small brushstrokes in pastel shades of yellow, salmon pink, lilac and blue dance around the tall grasses that fan across the surface of “Tangible Light.” Within the silhouettes of the plants, splashes of bright color show through from an earthy green-brown layer underneath. It’s as if both the plants and the air are pulsing with activity.

CNB partners with Habitat for Humanity Choptank to provide financial seminars

Employees of CNB, member of Shore Bancshares family of companies, have been meeting quarterly with new Habitat for Humanity Choptank applicants to provide training tips on personal budgeting, ways to cut spending, how to save and the importance of balancing a checking account.  As part of the application process, new Habitat for Humanity Choptank applicant’s attend seminars to strengthen and broaden their financial skills  for home ownership. 

 CNB colleagues, Julia Morris, Branch Manager, Wanda Harmon, Asst. Branch Manager, and Dawn Parks, Customer Service Representative, of the CNB Denton office demonstrated tips about the power of budgeting, saving, cost cutting and how to balance a check book.  Immediately following each seminar, applicants are given the opportunity to discuss what they have learned and to ask questions. The CNB staff is also available to work one on one with a Habitat family who wants to receive more detailed instruction.  

Shore Health Welcomes Interns to Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Shore Health System’s fall session of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program includes five chaplain interns. This advanced clinical and pastoral education program prepares clergy and lay ministers for their work with the sick and their families.

Rev. David G. Berg of Annapolis is the program supervisor. Interns include Vinton Fisher, Stevensville; Emanuel Johnson, St. Michaels; Maggie Mayo, Easton; Ray Rogers (chief intern), Delmar; and Holly Wright, St. Michaels.

The national standard for certification as a hospital chaplain requires a minimum of four units of clinical pastoral education. A unit consists of 400 hours of supervised ministry, didactic education and group process. The chaplain interns consult with patients and their families at all Shore Health facilities, including the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton. The trainees apply their learning in religious congregations out in the community.

Ordained ministers and lay people who participate in clinical pastoral education receive specialized training that augments their general education in ministry. The program is scheduled so that local clergy may study while still serving their own congregations.

Register now for 16th Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2013

The 16th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will be held February 23, 2013 at Chesapeake College, in Wye Mills, Maryland.  This year’s conference features thirty sessions/workshops—the most ever. Topics include: the internet for writers, the craft of writing, genre fiction, poetry, publishing, marketing, editing, pitching, essays, and non-fiction.  One-to-one manuscript reviews by published authors will be available by appointment. 

Conference fees will be $99 for adults and $55 for students with ID.  As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, last year's conference drew a sellout crowd of over 200 writers from five states and the District of Columbia.    Registration is open now at  Early registration is recommended as the conference has sold out for the last six years.

Academy Art Museum Announces New Speakers Series

The Academy Art Museum has announced a new Kittredge-Wilson Speakers Series which will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Museum throughout the year.  The first lecture in the series will be an Environmental Film Night by speaker Thomas Horton, in conjunction with Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy on October 11, 2012, 6 p.m. This event is supported by the Town Creek Foundation in grateful appreciation for Tom Horton’s many years of commitment to the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Ticket sales from this lecture will benefit both the Academy Art Museum and the Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy.

Horton, a noted environmental storyteller and Bay advocate, will introduce two 20-minute films featuring Chesapeake waters. The films include “Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay,” an insightful investigation into the Bay's most essential fishery, and “Let Our Rivers Flow,” an evocative and moving portrait of the history and future of our mid-Shore rivers.  Horton covered the Bay for 33 years for the Baltimore Sun and is an author of six books about the Chesapeake.  He writes a regular column for the Bay Journal and narrates the feature film, “Let Our Rivers Flow.”

The speaker series continues with a lecture, Catesby, Audubon and the American Wilderness, by Esther Sparks on November 15, 2012, 6 p.m. Esther Sparks will speak on the two artists, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon, both of whom most shaped the popular sense of wildlife in the New World. Burt Kummerow will present, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, on December 13, 2012 at 6 p.m. Kummerow will recount the War of 1812, which occurred in the Chesapeake region and explore the Tidewater world of two centuries past.  The presentation coincides with the recent release of his book, “In Full Glory Reflected, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.” On February 28, 2013 at 6 p.m., author Christopher Tilghman, a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, will present The Right-Hand Shore.  Tilghman’s life has revolved around his family’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His new novel, “The Right-Hand Shore,” follows his acclaimed novel, “Mason’s Retreat,” telling the multigenerational story of a farm on the Eastern Shore modeled after his own.  On March 21, 2013 at 6 p.m., Martin Kemp will present a lecture on Leonardo's Graphic Invention. Leonardo da Vinci reformed every aspect of drawing as a tool for study and invention. His design techniques not only affected the whole course of art but also encompassed almost every method of graphic demonstration in architecture, engineering, the sciences of nature, and mathematics before the advent of X-rays.   The series will wrap up with a presentation by Professor David M. Stone, Signed in Blood: Caravaggio's 'Beheading of St. John' and the Knights of Malta, on April 25, 2013. Stone is with the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware and a Trustee with the American Academy in Rome.

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