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12th Annual Women Helping Women Concert Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Please join us for 12th Annual Women Helping Women at the Garfiled Center for the Arts on March 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 pm. The theme for this year’s concert is SHINE A LIGHT!  This concert always sells out! Please purchase tickets EARLY!

Performers: Lester Barrett, Jr. • Sydney Berna • Maddie Berna • Meredith Davies Hadaway • Nevin Dawson • Barbara Ferris • Sylvia Frazier • Jen Friedman • Rebekah Hardy Hock • Joe Holt • Beth Anne Langrell • Jodie Littleton • Sue Matthews • Beth McDonald • Melissa McGlynn • Tom McHugh • Jerome McKinney • Bob Ortiz • Pam Ortiz • Barbara Parker • Caitlin Patton • Mary Phelps • John Schratwieser • Nina Sharp • Mary Simmons • Karen Somerville

Those of you who have been with us for the entire journey of WHW know how far we’ve come. The concert is a joyful celebration for our performers and the audience too. The clinic has a core group of “Angels” who provide for Maria both financially and with hands on assistance.

The Garfield Family welcomes us with open arms and invaluable support each year. Francoise Sullivan of Moo Productions continues to manage our Facebook page and the website for Women Helping Women. Sue Matthews and Joe Holt go above and beyond guiding the production to the stage.

This year, in addition to our fundraising efforts for the Marydel free clinic, Maria wanted to reach out to our local community and SHINE A LIGHT on a serious public health issue – the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic – devastating our families on the Eastern Shore. Since 1986, For All Seasons has provided mental health treatment and crisis services to men, women, children and families in the five counties of the Mid-Shore (Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties) regardless of one’s ability to pay. For All Seasons recently announced a new partnership with Dr. Eric Ciganek and Corsica River Substance Use Disorder Services in their Chestertown office – providing mental health, substance use disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment. Funds raised by WHW will help provide services to community members regardless of their ability to pay.

Women Helping Women is a private account created solely for the collection of funds for this event. 100% of donations and 80% of ticket sales used for Dr. Boria’s Marydel Clinic and a portion for For All Seasons, Inc.

If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation. For donations please make your checks payable to: Women Helping Women 203 High Street, Unit 2, Chestertown, MD 21620


7th Annual Empty Bowls Monday, March 27, 2017

RiverArts’ Clay Studio potters are busy creating bowls for the 7th Annual Empty Bowls, Monday, March 27, at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. This popular community event, a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world, raises funds for the Kent County Food Pantry.

For the price of a $25 ticket, $10 for students with ID, guests will enjoy a meal of soup, bread and dessert in a keepsake handmade pottery bowl. Entertainment will be provided by the Chestertown Ukulele Club.

The event is hosted by the RiverArts’ Clay Studio, and The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Sponsors include Bookplate, Kent County Arts Council, Mimi’s Closet and Massoniart.

Reservations are required. There are two seatings, 5 pm and 6:30 pm. For tickets please call the Garfield Center box office at 410 810 2060, or purchase online.


Sumner Hall Featured on WBOC as Must See African-American History Museum in Delmarva

Black History Month: Exploring Delmarva’s African-American History Museums

Feb 13, 2017 | Posted by Paul Butler | WBOC’s DelmarvaLife

During Black History Month, many people like to tour historic museums and attractions to learn about the history of our country.

One of the most popular museums to get into on this side of the country is the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Currently, there is a three-month waiting list to get tickets to see the thousands of exhibits at the museum dedicated to telling the the history of African Americans in this country.

However, there are plenty of stories rich in African-American history right here in our own backyard. There are several smaller museums across Delmarva that showcase this history, such as the Charles Sumner Hall in Chestertown, Maryland.

“It’s a special building. Everyone that walks in here can pretty much tell that this is a special place,” said Nina Johnson, executive director of Sumner Hall.

After fighting in the Civil War, 28 African American men returned to Chestertown, and founded Charles Sumner Post #25 of the Grand Army of the Republic.

“There’s a lot of history here in terms of what this building stood for in terms of the community, in terms of helping people, outreach, and doing whatever needed to be done to support people in the community,” said Johnson.

For blacks living in Kent County, this hall later became known as the place to be to watch musical legends perform. Robert Earl Price, member of the Sumner Hall Committee, said he saw many well-known performers pass through the historic place.

“Performer’s of the quality of Ella Fitzgerald and the Sisters of the Rhythm have appeared on the stage inside Sumner Hall,” Price said.

The building had fallen in disrepair through the years, but with support from the community and organizations in Kent County, Maryland worked to bring it back to its glory. Now in great shape, the hall is open to school, church, and community tours.

A little farther south on Maryland’s mid-shore, is the well-known Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center in Cambridge. This local monument is a tribute to Tubman, who spent a third of her life in Dorchester County before escaping in 1849. It was shortly thereafter that she started the legendary Underground Railroad.

“During the 50’s up until 1857 she made at least 11 trips within the vicinity of Dorchester County to help members of the Ross family to escape this area,” said William Jarmon, a curator for the museum and education center. “And she was very successful and that she never loss a passenger, as she would say on the Underground Railroad.”

This humble museum in downtown Cambridge is rich in Tubman history, and stories of African Americans from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“We have a wall of portraits of Harriet Tubman which are all after the Civil War,” Jarmon said. “We also have paintings and artwork of what she might have looked like when she was younger.”


Jarmon said that the Museum is great for people of all ages, and interactive tours are done where participants can get on a bus and travel the 125-mile trek Tubman took on the Underground Railroad byway.

Also in Dorchester County, there is a brand new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center opening the weekend of March 11-12. This attraction on 17 acres in Church Creek hopes to tell Tubman’s story in a way that has never been done before.

“Tubman is timeless, she speaks that regardless of your disadvantages you can make choices and decisions that positively impact the community, and in Tubman’s case, the nation,” said Dana Paterra, manager of the park.

Inside the new 16,000-square-foot building will be exhibits placed all over, documenting the history and influence Tubman had on the Eastern Shore and this country.

Paterra added that a Tubman biographer, Kate Clifford Larsen will be conducting a program and book signing at the new park. Also on hand will be the National Park Service’s Poet, Dr. Sonia Sanchez, doing readings of her Harriet Tubman Haikus, as well as conducting writing workshops for families. The grand opening will take place on both March 11 and 12.

These places are a treasure to our national history, as well as our local story, and do the honor of displaying the history of thousands of African Americans from Delmarva.

Below is a list of each attraction from above with the address:

Charles Sumner Hall

206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center

424 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, MD, 21622


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