Maryland Poetry Circuit Featuring Meredith Davies Hadaway and Robert Earl Price

Poetry Reading and Discussion with poets Meredith Hadaway and Robert Earl Price
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD
FREE!

The Kent County Arts Council will launch the Maryland Poetry Circuit with a reading by the circuit’s first touring poets, Meredith Davies Hadaway and Robert Earl Price. Both award-winning poets and teachers, Hadaway and Price will read from their writings and discuss their works with local writers and audience members. Robert Earl Price is an African American playwright and poet who is the author of four books of poetry and has had eleven plays produced in American regional theaters and abroad. He is a recipient of the American Film Institute’s William Wyler award for screenwriting. His most recent work, the musical Red Devil Moon featured music by Pam Ortiz. Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of three collections of poetry, At The Narrows, The River is a Reason and Fishing Secrets of the Dead all published by Word Poetry. Her work explores the birds, bugs, trees, marshes—and especially the waters—of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, evoking memory and mystery. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and multiple Pushcart nominations. The Maryland Poetry Circuit is an initiative of the Kent County Arts Council and is made possible by a planning grant from the New World Foundation.

6th Annual Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Kent County Arts Council and the Garfield Center for the Arts invite you to attend the 6th Annual “Lift Up Our Voices in Song” concert on Saturday, January 14th at the Garfield Center in Chestertown.

The commemoration in honor of the birthday of Dr. King begins at 5 pm. Admission is free with donations encouraged to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Celebration.

6th Annual Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, January 14, 2017This annual performance will recognize the power that music and poetry played in the Civil Rights movements, while celebrating the culture that continues to work for social justice. It is dedicated to the memory of Reverend Clarence Hawkins, a beloved member of our community and fierce advocate of social justice who passed away last year. Reverend Hawkins was the first African American to be elected to the Kent County Commissioners in 1993. He served as president during his last four years with the Commissioners and was the pastor of the Holy Trinity AME church in Edesville. He was an educator in Kent County for 32 years and was an inspiration to those looking for ways to positively effect change in the community.

The program will include performances by Lester Barrett, Jr., The Mt. Olive Praise Team, Andre Sisco, The New Gospelites, The Brian Black Family, and the Gospel Shepherds. There will also be poetry read by Robert Earl Price, comedy from Rakeem Hicks and Rakeem King, and a performance by the praise dancer Alberta Johnson. The emcees for the evening are Reverend Sheila Lomax and George Lomax.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association Breakfast Celebration, the Kent County Arts Council and the Garfield Center for the Arts. For more information please visit www.garfieldcenter.org or call the box office at (410)810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

6th Annual Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Kent County Arts Council and the Garfield Center for the Arts invite you to attend the 6th Annual “Lift Up Our Voices in Song” concert on Saturday, January 14th at the Garfield Center in Chestertown.

The commemoration in honor of the birthday of Dr. King begins at 5 pm. Admission is free with donations encouraged to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Celebration.

6th Annual Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, January 14, 2017This annual performance will recognize the power that music and poetry played in the Civil Rights movements, while celebrating the culture that continues to work for social justice. It is dedicated to the memory of Reverend Clarence Hawkins, a beloved member of our community and fierce advocate of social justice who passed away last year. Reverend Hawkins was the first African American to be elected to the Kent County Commissioners in 1993. He served as president during his last four years with the Commissioners and was the pastor of the Holy Trinity AME church in Edesville. He was an educator in Kent County for 32 years and was an inspiration to those looking for ways to positively effect change in the community.

The program will include performances by Lester Barrett, Jr., The Mt. Olive Praise Team, Andre Sisco, The New Gospelites, The Brian Black Family, and the Gospel Shepherds. There will also be poetry read by Robert Earl Price, comedy from Rakeem Hicks and Rakeem King, and a performance by the praise dancer Alberta Johnson. The emcees for the evening are Reverend Sheila Lomax and George Lomax.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association Breakfast Celebration, the Kent County Arts Council and the Garfield Center for the Arts. For more information please visit www.garfieldcenter.org or call the box office at (410)810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Federation of State Humanities Councils Cites Grateful American Book Prize 2017

 

 

 

 

News from the Humanities Community

The Grateful American Book Prize has just announced that it will begin accepting submissions for its 2017 award on January 1.  The Prize is given each year for outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction based on historical fact and written to inspire 11- to 15-year-old students.  Books published between July 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 are eligible.  This year’s award will be the third presented through this initiative, which was founded in 2015 by former NEH chairman Bruce Cole and author David Bruce Smith.  The first award went to Kathy Cannon Wiechman for her Civil War-era novel, Like a River, and last year’s award-winner was Indiana author Chris Stevenson for The Drum of Destiny, the story of a boy who joined the Continental Army in the fight for American independence. The award-winning authors receive a cash prize of $13,000, in recognition of the thirteen original colonies.

Federation of State Humanities Councils Cites Grateful American Book Prize 2017

The Gate Keeper with Copper Wheat

Sculptor Dana Albany recently completed a monumental sculpture called The Gate Keeper. Morgan Raimond was commissioned to hand hammer enormous 7 feet tall stalks of wheat to accompany the towering 17-foot-tall sculpture.
 
The Gate Keeper is comprised of stainless steel, brass copper, steel and other non-ferrous metals. The sculpture will be installed at a private residence in Marin County.


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copper wheat by Morgan Raimond for Dana Albany's Gatekeeper

 

 

Morgan Raimond’s Copper Artichoke at “la Casina del Carciofo”

Artist/Gardener Morgan Raimond was commissioned to create a copper artichoke for a client’s Georgetown garden. The sculpture was crafted at the forge, a renovated 18th century smokehouse at Toad Hall, the Raimond’s property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The artichoke was placed in front of a recently renovated carriage house in the fall of 2016. The house was christened “La Casina del Carciofo” (Little House of the Artichoke) once the sculpture was installed.

 

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Contact me if you are interested in commissioning a sculpture by Morgan Raimond.