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Sunset on the Choptank: Honoring our Heritage Heroes

Leslie Prince Raimond

On June 15, 2019, the certified heritage area for Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, Stories of the Chesapeake will announce its 2019 Heritage Hero Awards at its 6th Annual Heritage Heroes Celebration – Sunset on the Choptank. Heritage Heroes are those individuals, organizations, or projects that advance the heritage area’s goals to preserve, promote, and interpret the natural, cultural, historic, and archaeological resources that define this special place.

The 2019 Heritage Heroes are the Frederick Douglass 200th Anniversary Committee, Phil and Vicki Liske of Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farms, Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin, and Leslie Prince Raimond. The Frederick Douglass 200th Anniversary Committee convened over 35 community organizations and churches to plan for a yearlong schedule of events to celebrate and honor the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass and to highlight for our community and especially young people, his legacy, values and inspirational messages that is still resilient today.

Ten years ago, Phil was one of the first farmers who agreed to be a part of Tourism’s group tours and a heritage area travel site. Phil and Vicki were instrumental in building Caroline County Agritourism and hold a large event every fall that is free to the public. This event has grown steadily and is now one of the main attractions for visitors to Caroline County.

Long-time director of the Kent County Arts Council has been instrumental in incorporating heritage into the arts. Under her leadership, the Arts Council stepped in to help save Sumner Hall, one of only 2 remaining Grand Army Republic Halls in the United States. She and her late husband Vince saved and restored several historic houses. Ms. Raimond has been an integral part of almost every arts project in Kent County for the past 30 years. She has instilled a love of the arts and heritage in countless children and adults alike.

Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin is currently the Queen Anne’s County historian and founder of the Mary Edwardine Bourke Emory Foundation that is taking the restoration of Bloomfield as the home of the Maryland Women’s Museum. Mary Margaret has been instrumental in numerous historic interpretation and presentations on Queen Anne’s County history including the War of 1812, the Centreville Walking Tour, and Queen Ann’s History Day.

We are honored and excited to present this year’s keynote speaker, journalist, and radio documentarian Michael Buckley. For the past 20 years, Buckley has hosted a weekly radio program that airs Sunday mornings on 103.1 WRNR-FM Annapolis. His show includes an eclectic mix of music and a widely acclaimed oral history interview series, “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay”. For this series, Buckley has crisscrossed the six-state, 64,000 sq. mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, interviewing over 500 of its residents: farmers, Native Americans, watermen, writers, politicians, and many others.

In addition to sampling local foods and libations, guests can participate in a silent auction to raise money for Heritage Area grants, workshops, and marketing.

Contact: Gail Owings
Executive Director
Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area
(410) 778-1460
info@storiesofthechesapeake.org

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KCAC’s John Schratwieser appointed to Maryland State Arts Council

By Leann Schenke for The Kent County New – June 6, 2019

CHESTERTOWN — As anyone who is active in the arts community here knows, if there’s project involving the arts, John Schratwieser is most likely also involved.

As of Tuesday, in addition to his position as director of the Kent County Arts Council, Schratwieser can now add serving on the Maryland State Arts Council as a way he advocates for the arts.

“I’m really honored to have been appointed by Governor Hogan to the board of the Maryland State Arts Council,” Schratwieser said.

Schratwieser was sworn in Tuesday at the Kent County Courthouse by Clerk of the Kent County Circuit Court Mark Mumford.

Schratwieser was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan after another member — whose term began July 1, 2018 — stepped down from the position. Schratwieser will serve the rest of the three-year term and may be reappointed for additional term.

He noted that the funding formula the state uses to determine how much money is allocated to each county tends to favor the larger counties. He said hopes with his appointment, he will be able to better advocate for arts in Kent County and to represent Kent County in the conversation.

“Thanks to the Governor, and Mrs. Hogan, an artist, art teacher and extraordinary arts advocate, Maryland now stands as third in the nation in per capita funding for the arts,” Schratwieser said.

“That said, sometimes the smaller, more rural counties are not as well represented in the conversations about the powerful role the arts play not just in economic development but in education, social and civic engagement, and in the general quality of life.”

According to its website, the arts council, which meets four times a year, “comprises an appointed body of 17 citizens from across the state, 13 of whom named by the Governor to three-year term that may be renewed once.”

Schratwieser said, as far as he knows, he is the first person from Kent County to serve on the council.

“It’s an opportunity for somebody from a smaller, rural county who knows the business, knows the arts, knows that whole lobbying process — because I did it for seven years — and I can hopefully influence better representation for the smaller counties,” Schratwieser said.

Before joining KCAC, Schratwieser previously served as executive director of Maryland Citizen for the Arts, an arts advocacy organization with a mission to expand the nonprofit arts sector through public investment and service.

Schratwieser was first introduced to Kent County in 2004 when he was a graduate student at Georgetown University. He was hired as executive director of the Prince Theatre Foundation — now the Garfield Center for the Arts and held the position until 2010.

Schratwieser also has worked at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York as well as the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.

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