Winners Circle Reception celebrates grant recipients

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EASTON — The Talbot County Arts Council awarded grants to more than 30 organizations and 12 schools for its annual Winners Circle Reception Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Academy Art Museum.

The council also honored eight students who were awarded the Willard Lockwood Memorial Summer Arts Scholarships for 2016. All the recipients were females this year and four of them attended the event to talk about how they put their scholarship money to use.

“I can tell that this is such a collaborative community,” said Academy Art Museum Director Benjamin Simons. “I’ve never seen a more intensely art-loving community.”

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Talbot Hospice raises new flag

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EASTON — Talbot Hospice raised a new American and Maryland flag on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in a ceremony that was attended by members of the Blake-Blackston American Legion and Anthony Principi, who was the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under George W. Bush.

Numerous other veterans from Talbot Hospice were also present to enjoy the ceremony. The members of the Blake-Blackston American Legion helped to take down the old flags and raise the new ones.

Principi, who gave a speech before the old flags were replaced, worked under Bush from 2001 until 2005. He also serves on the boards for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Engility Inc., Get Well Network Inc. and Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, and he is chairman of The Spectrum Group in Alexandria, Va.

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Kelly Griffith speaks at Critchlow Adkins fundraiser

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EASTON — Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools (TCPS) Kelly Griffith was honored at the ninth annual Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center (CACC) fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Talbot Country Club.

The title of the fundraiser was “The Joy of Children: Little Engines that Can,” and the purpose is to celebrate the efforts of those who have helped CACC keep going on its way to 46 years of enriching the lives of more than 9,000 children in the community.

This year’s fundraiser began with a silent auction with cocktails and a gala-style dinner. The evening ended with musical performances by Mule Train and live auctions.

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Waterfowl Chesapeake director talks new Festival activities, art

EASTON — Executive Director of Waterfowl Chesapeake Margaret Enloe on Thursday, Oct. 27, gave a presentation on the upcoming Waterfowl Festival at the Young Professionals Luncheon hosted by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce.

Waterfowl Chesapeake is the umbrella organization for the Waterfowl Festival, and Enloe has been executive director since January of this year. The Festival started in 1971 as an appreciation and celebration of the Eastern Shore heritage and way of life. It also is in celebration of the hunting heritage that is engrained into the culture on the Eastern Shore.

“Waterfowl Chesapeake evolved just in the last six years because people wanted to take that weekend festival experience and that feeling and say, ‘How do we have more of an impact year-round?” Enloe said.

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Talbot Hospice attends Chamber Luncheon

EASTON — Members of the Talbot Hospice attended the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20, to discuss the Talbot Conversations education initiative and the process of obtaining an advanced directive.

The Talbot Conversations initiative is to encourage and assist as many residents as possible in understanding their choices at the end of life.

An advanced directive is a series of paperwork which consists of three main steps.

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Fireman’s auction to take place at Awful Arthurs

ST. MICHAELS — The annual St. Michaels Fireman’s Auction is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Awful Arthur’s Seafood Restaurant this year and has a new group of volunteers and local business owners participating.

The auction, which has been going on for about 15 years, was originally hosted at Carpenter Street Saloon. Last year the owners announced they would no longer be hosting it, sparking concerns and rumors from locals about whether the auction will ever happen again.

After learning about the issue at last year’s fireman’s auction, Arthur Webb, the owner of Awful Arthur’s, stepped up to say that he would take on the event.

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Avalon Foundation unveils recognition wall

EASTON — The Avalon Foundation unveiled a permanent recognition wall in its theater lobby on Sept. 24, honoring the supporters who gathered together to help purchase the theater from the Town of Easton this past year.

The new installation is an edge-lit piece of etched glass, drawing design elements from the building’s Art Deco architectural features. The adornment is hanging on the north-facing wall of the theater lobby, directly above the box office, and greets theater-goers as they enter the building.

The gala event, which drew about 80 community members, and wall recognizes those who donated $5,000 to $75,000 during the fundraising effort.

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