The Caroline County Humane Society along with Turnbridge Point Inn is excited to host the first annual Purses for Pets Luncheon, Saturday September 12th from 12 – 3pm at Turnbridge Point, 119 Gay St, Denton MD. This event will feature a scrumptious luncheon to include chopped garden salad cups, open faced tea sandwiches, artichoke hummus with tortilla chips, savory palmiers, fruit salad cups, assorted cookies and bars, ice tea, lemonade, wine and sangria. The highlight of the event will be a live and silent auction of new and gently used purses. Coach, Vera Bradley, Longaberger and Vera Wang are just a few of the name brands that will be available. There will be a huge $5.00 for any purse table. Costume Jewelry will also be available to purchase. Live Music will complement the afternoon experience.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Caroline County Humane Society and the animals in their care. Tickets are $35.00 per person and are available for purchase at the Caroline County Humane Society, by calling 410-820-1600 or email email@example.com. Event is limited to only 50 tickets so purchase your tickets today!
To rent a yard sale table or to become a vendor please call 410-820-1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
No county in America can exceed the military service record of Caroline County. Apart from the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolution, someone from Caroline County has participated in every major battle involving the U.S. military in the history of the United States. World War II was no exception. The Caroline County Historical Society’s World War II exhibit honors those who have served and opens September 2nd at the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Maryland.
Just in the exhibit section entitled Lost Lives, visitors will note the names Corregidor, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Tripoli, Monte Cassino, The Bulge, Guam, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Liberator, Flying Fortress, Torpedo Bomber, Cruiser and Aircraft Carrier.
Between 2000 and 2005 the Caroline County Historical Society professionally video-recorded surviving local combat veterans telling their stories, which make up Recollections.
Together with Letters Home and Romance, visitors get a compelling and straight-forward insight about how World War II impacted rural Caroline County, America’s leading county in terms of breath of military service.
The museum, which is located at 16 N. 2nd Street in Denton, Maryland, is open on Saturdays from 11am – 3pm or by appointment. For more information, contact 410-479-1750.
Outstanding Dreams Farm is hosting their 7th Annual Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 19th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 20th from noon – 4:00 pm. The farm, which is located at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, is home to more than 25 Huacaya Alpacas and a gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind merchandise crafted from Alpaca fiber.
This family-friendly event will feature farm tours, fiber arts demonstrations, live music by Ampersand, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, and of course, lovable Alpacas and their products. Attendees will also be able to meet the owners of Outstanding Dreams Farm, Phil and Vickie Liske, and learn about the wonderful world of alpacas.
Visitors to the festival will find a variety of products crafted from alpaca fleece at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. Alpaca fleece is a soft, luxurious and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities, and the shop carries an array of products made from the luxurious natural fiber. Products available for purchase include scarves, clothing, hats, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and more.
Admission to the event is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. In addition to the Alpaca Festival, Outstanding Dreams Farm hosts a Holiday Open House in December and offers year-round Farm Tours to groups of all sizes. For more information on the Open House & Alpaca Festival or to arrange a tour of the farm, please contact Phil and Vickie Liske at (410) 673-2002, visit OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
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“Common Sense & Pin Money: The Material Culture and Legacy of Lula Annie Butler 1909-2009” is a four-generation exhibition opening August 15th, 2-4 p.m. at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore located at 7 North 4th Street in Denton, MD.
The exhibition runs through November 14th, 2015 and features quilts by matriarch Mrs. Butler, canvas- needle work of Edna Viola Butler, photography, poetry and mixed media paintings of Robin Caudell and ceramics, jewelry, and mixed-media paintings of Nicole Caudell.
The late Mrs. Butler’s quilts are the exhibition’s focal point. Her “make do” ethos made a way out of no way decades before recycle, repurpose and green were hash tags.
A lifelong Caroline County resident and domestic worker, her Preston household was outfitted with passed-down linens from family and employers as well as quilts, tablecloths, aprons, and pillows she created from fabric-sample books and fabric remnants obtained from the late Mrs. Sarah Covey, her longest employer, who operated a drapery and upholstery business in Federalsburg, Maryland.
Mrs. Butler’s artistic impulse –vibrant, improvisational and individually expressive in her way — is part of a rural Atlantic World continuum spanning from East Preston, Nova Scotia to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, all of which are rooted in African- weaving traditions.
Like Harriet Ross Tubman, Mrs. Butler sold gingerbreads and quilts for income using skills she learned from her mother, Harriet Dyer Thomas, who learned from her mother Martha Adams Dyer, the earliest quilter, thus far, identified in this lineage of Eastern Shore women of African and Native American descent.
Mrs. Butler made dozens if not hundreds of quilts to provide warmth for her family, friends and fellow congregants at Mt. Calvary Methodist Church in Preston.
Nova Scotia, the Eastern Shore and Gee’s Bend have isolative geographies. Preston and Gee’s Bend have approximately the same population but unlike the Alabama quilters’ collective and the African Nova Scotia Quilter’s Association, Mrs. Butler created her Chesapeake vernacular alone.
Her voice, singing the old hymns, was the only one heard in her westward-facing bedroom on Newton Road as she sewed strips of cloth together at her teal-metal Singer sewing machine.
This seer’s stitchery was a fabric scat embedded with a post-modern timeline of textile arts in the United States. The fabric also reveals popular motifs such as hunting dogs, waterfowl, Bicentennial, Wye Oak and Flying Cloud.
“Common Sense & Pin Money: The Material Culture and Legacy of Lula Annie Butler 1909-2009” is curated by Robin Caudell, and the quilts are drawn from her collection.
The exhibition was made possible through the assistance and support of Mary Lou Beauharnois and Sue Minnie of the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild New York, Brenda LeClair of Northland Upholstery, Plattsburgh, New York; Vera Vivante of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; The Estate of Susan Barnes Crosland; Dr. Sylvie Beaudreau of SUNY Plattsburgh; Alice Green and Charles Touhey of the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Essex, New York.
From Yappy Hour at Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts to Trivia Night at Parlour 7 Salon, there are many reasons to head to downtown Denton this Thursday, August 20th. Spend an enjoyable evening exploring historic Denton as part of Third Thursdays, where restaurants and businesses extend their hours and offer from 5pm – 7pm.
For the month of August, Denton’s newest waterfront bed and breakfast – Turnbridge Point – invites you to their Wine and Pastry Tasting with a gallery viewing with artist Joe Terrone. Head to the Market Street Public House for a Devil’s Backbone Tap Takeover and stop by Black Anchor Tattoo to check out their ever-changing display of vintage and historic tattoo memorabilia.
Patti’s Petals is hosting “Yappy Hour” where you can bring your pup in for a treat and to check out the new selection of dog gifts. Pups can also have their pictures taken and enter for a chance to win treats.
Parlour 7 Salon invites you to their Trivia Night, where you can draw a card and answer a trivia question correctly to receive a coupon for a free haircut. Check out the latest gifts, jewelry and home décor at Joviality’s Sip and Shop, and then head over to Jan Baker’s Fourth Street Gallery in the Denton Artsway to enjoy original artwork, artisan jewelry, refreshments and a preview of the next Paint Night project.
Also in the Artsway is the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), where you can partake in the monthly Sip and Sew Ladies Night from 6-9pm. This month’s project is an infinity scarf. Drop-ins are welcome to observe and explore the gallery, but participants must pre-register to participate in the project, which costs $20/ $15 for FACES members.
For more information on Third Thursdays, visit downtowndenton.com.
Come join the fun at the 2nd Annual Linchester Mill Antique and Art Festival on Saturday, September 19th 2015 for a day filled with antiques, history, art, food, music and more! The event, which takes place from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the historic Linchester Mill, features more than 40 quality antique and art dealers.
In addition to a large number of quality antique dealers, the event will also feature live music, food vendors and artisan demonstrations.
Attendees will be able to tour the Linchester Mill, one of the last operating water powered mills on the Eastern Shore that Charles Kuralt described as “treasure of America” because its original equipment reflects the long evolution of American milling. The Linchester Mill Campus also includes the recently restored Hog Island Schoolhouse, the Miller and Assistant Miller’s Houses and a Nature Braille Trail.
Proceeds from the festival support the Caroline County Historical Society.
In the event of rain, the Linchester Antique and Art Festival will take place on Sunday, September 20th. The Linchester Mill Campus is located at 3390 Linchester Road in Preston, MD. For more information, please contact Sally Campbell of Tandem Antiques and Fine Arts Center, LLC at 410-829-3559.
Finite and Alive, drawings by Rebecca Clark, on view at Adkins Arboretum
Reception to meet the artist is Sat., Aug. 15
Finite and Alive, Rebecca Clark’s show of new drawings, is filled with wonder and curiosity about the natural world coupled with a poignant sense of loss. On view through Oct. 2 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, this Hyattsville artist’s exquisite drawings of birds and animals are remarkable for both their skill and their sensitivity. There will be a reception on Sat., Aug. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.
Wings angled and strong against the air rushing past them, beak razor sharp, eye clear and bright, Clark’s “Kestrel 1” is the very image of the speed and unrelenting focus of a bird of prey. It’s rare these days to find an artist who has the technical ability and patience to draw so beautifully. Clark’s attention to detail is scrupulous. Every muscle of the kestrel’s compact body is engaged and every intricately patterned feather precisely angled for swiftness and accuracy.
“I’ve been an artist my whole life and studied art and art history,” Clark said. “But it wasn’t until I took a botanical illustration course at the Corcoran College of Art with Leslie Exton that I really learned how to draw. She taught us very particular techniques, and it opened up a whole new world for me.”
Clark draws primarily in graphite, making full use of the nuances of her pencils, but occasionally, she introduces touches of color to focus on a detail or enrich her subject. In “Worlds without End,” she uses varied hues of red to highlight the subtle relationships and contrasts between the colors of rose hips and the feathers of a pair of cardinals. Borrowing its title from Allen Ginsberg’s desolate lament on the nature of contemporary life, “Howl” is a riveting drawing of a howling coyote with a tiny patch of angry red deep in the shadows of its open mouth.
Luscious and tactile, Clark’s drawings of oyster shells were created especially for this show at Adkins Arboretum and acknowledge its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. Fascinated by their varied shapes and sizes, she drew the oyster shells’ graceful contours and sketched in their subtle colors with colored pencil, watercolor, pastel and oil pastel.
“The oysters are just so symbolic of my childhood in Annapolis and on the Chesapeake Bay. I collected and drew them way back,” she explained. “I also wanted to draw attention to them because of their dwindling population and their crucial value to the health of the Bay. Plus, I’m so mesmerized by their subtle beauty—the concentric rings and build-up of growth, the irregularities, the vibrant colors and iridescence and the stains from algae and bay residue. They’ve been incredibly fun to make.”
Clark’s oysters, as well as her animals and birds, are drawn absent of any background. Their isolation on the stark white of the paper emphasizes the rich textures and forms of their shells, fur or feathers and the pure sense of aliveness of each one. But curiously, it also creates an eerie feeling of separateness.
No living being can exist without its natural environment. Surrounding these creatures with empty space, Clark creates an underlying tension. The creatures she depicts are imperiled, cut off from the environments that created and sustained them. In doing this, she intimates not only the effects of pollution, habitat loss and climate change on individual species but, even more significantly, the loss of human consciousness of our intimate connections with the delicate balance of life on earth.
This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Oct. 2 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or email@example.com for gallery hours.
Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore invites you to the 7th Annual One Stop Shop Hop on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the Denton Volunteer Firehouse, located in downtown Denton, Maryland. Shopping hours are 2pm – 8pm. Admission is $3, which includes an entry ticket for door prizes. Inside the firehouse you will find twenty-five vendors from the Mid-Atlantic region, including quilt and fabric shops, crafters, a long arm dealer, raffle quilts, door prizes and more!
Just blocks away from the firehouse, there is an antique quilt display located at Caroline County’s Rural Life Museum where you will be able to step back in time to enjoy a journey of quiltmaking! Featured from the collection of Heartland Quilt Guild members will be quilts from as early as 1840 to the red/green applique quilts of the 1860′s to the depression era quilts of the 1930′s. There will also be featured a series of quilt tops which were “works in progress.” Learn the types of stitches and stories that quilters used to render these old but beautiful quilted treasures. Quilts on display 7/29 thru 8/31.
Be sure to visit the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to view “A Showcase of Heartland Talent.” This quilt exhibit features 25 quilts that have been made by members of the Heartland Quilt Guild of the Eastern Shore. In one room there will be patriotic quilts to honor those who have served our country. The second room will feature a spring/summer theme that is sure to inspire! Quilts featured at FACES from 6/22 thru 8/8.
Heartland Quilters, currently with a membership of 40, was established to bring together persons interested in quilts and quilting. They support and encourage the art of making, studying and enjoying quilts. Throughout the year, Heartland Quilters offers a variety of programs, lectures, and classes/workshops related to quilting. The group meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Choptank Electric Meeting Room (Alt 404 & Rte 328) in Denton, MD.
American Pickers on History, a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking,’ is on the hunt for interesting characters in Maryland with unique items! This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.
American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.
The team will film episodes throughout Maryland in early August. If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org 855-OLD-RUST.
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. 4th Street, in historic Denton, Maryland is a destination for the area’s many quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, visitors, and residents to view historic and recent works by quilters and fiber artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula.
Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore: Summer Floral and Patriotic Quilts, on display through August 8, 2015. Denton’s own local quilt guild will be joining us to show off their best work in this collective quilt show. Taking on two summer themes of flowers and patriotism, the group members will be showing off technique, color, and fun.
Common Sense and Pin Money: The Material Culture and Legacy of Lula Annie Butler, on display August 13 through November 14, 2015. An inter-generational and multi-media exhibition of four generations of former Caroline County residents. The focal point of the show will feature the modern quilts of Mrs. Butler made from scraps to supplement her income. Her family then followed in their own creative paths to create art including poetry, photography, fiber art, jewelry, and painting. Each subsequent generation adding to the family treasures.
Friday Night Teen Sew-In Club; Teen led sewing projects on the first Friday of every month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Advisor Lynn Davis; $20 annual dues; for ages 14-18. Group to determine sewing projects using donated supplies. Encouraged to bring your own sewing machine. Drop-ins welcome to observe. First Friday dates: August 7, and September 4.
Sip & Sew Ladies Night at FACES; Instructor led sewing projects on the third Thursday of every month from 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Instructor Lynn Davis; $15/members, $20/non-members; for adults 21 and over; supplies and pizza included; bring your favorite beverage. Drop-ins welcome to observe.
- Thursday, August 20, 6-9pm, Infinity Scarf. The must-have accessory for fall. “Sew” stylish.
Scrappy Stars; Sunday, August 9, 9am-4pm and Monday August 17, 6-9pm; Instructor – Lynn Davis; $30; for 16 and up. Use your scraps to make 12 ½ inch wonky stars for an easy quilted throw using the quilt as you go method.
For more information and to register for classes visit www.fiberartscenter.com or contact (410) 479-0009, email@example.com
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