Easton Business Alliance awarded grant from State

EASTON, Md. – The Department of Housing and Community Development recently awarded the Easton Business Alliance a grant of $20,000 through their Main Street Improvement Program. The money has been awarded to help fund the salary of the EBA’s manager, allowing the EBA to reallocate some of its administrative budget toward more marketing for the Town of Easton. 

“Winning this grant from the DHCD allows our organization to use more of our funding toward our mission—marketing and community development for the Town of Easton,” Easton Business Alliance manager Ross Benincasa said. “We have made a concerted effort over the past six months to diversify our funding resources, and it’s great to see some of those efforts recognized and awarded by the State of Maryland.”

The Main Street Improvement Program is a grant provided under the broader category of the State’s Operating Assistance Grants. The grant’s purpose is to stimulate the economic development of Maryland’s Main Street districts through a broad range of initiatives aimed at supporting the development and revitalization of these historic districts. 

In September 2016, the Town of Easton recertified as a Main Street Maryland community and a Main Street America affiliate. There are only 28 districts across the State of Maryland recognized as Main Street communities, and Easton is the only one in Talbot County. 

“We view the Main Street Maryland and Main Street America designations as vital components of Easton’s growth moving forward,” Benincasa said. “Not only do these programs provide support for our community and independent merchants, but the recognition from the State of Maryland and the National Main Street Center opens doors for more funding opportunities to help our town grow.”

Third Haven Meeting House featured as "Top 10 Historic Church"

VacationsMadeEasy.com recently featured Easton's Third Haven Meeting House as one of its "Top 10 Historic U.S. Churches That Will Leave You in Awe." 

The blog said of the church:

In 1682, the land for this meetinghouse was purchased and in 1684, the buildings were finished. That same year, the first worship was held at the Third Haven Meeting House, known as, quite possibly, the oldest meetinghouse for the Religious Society of Friends. The founder of the Quakers worshipped here in 1673 and later sent books to the location, which led to the beginning of the Meeting's Library and the oldest public library in Talbot country. Another notable Quaker, William Penn, also worshiped here. 

You can visit the church at 405 S. Washington St. in Easton, MD. 

Please see the original article here: https://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/TheBLT/Top10HistoricUSChurchesThatWillLeaveYouinAwe704.html?r=78771

Community Comes Together to Help Seniors in Need

The Eastern Shore of Maryland community came together to help Comfort Keepers® collect 540 lbs. of food through its Feed Seniors Now™ food drive for local seniors in need during September, Hunger Action Month.

“We asked the community to help make food donations to assist local seniors and raise awareness of the growing epidemic of senior hunger and malnutrition, and they came through with open arms,” said Amy Fenzel, General Manager of the Eastern Shore Comfort Keepers. “It is obvious the people of our community care about helping our elders, and with this kind of support, we will be able to help our senior neighbors live healthy, independent lives by getting the food and nutrition they need.”

Comfort Keepers partnered locally with Easton Business Alliance, Shore United Bank and Safe Chain Solutions of Cambridge to place food collection bins at Hampton Inn – Easton, Shore United Bank, Lanhan Hall Design- Easton, Charles Schwab – Easton, Troika Gallery – Easton, Safe Chain Solutions – Cambridge September 15, 2016 to September 30, 2016.

“There are many factors involved in malnutrition, and hunger is just one of those,” said Fenzel. “We hope this campaign helped people to understand the depth and seriousness of the malnutrition problem among seniors and how it impacts families beyond just food security and availability.”

Malnutrition is the result of the body not absorbing enough nutrients – which can be caused by hunger, and many other factors including lack of interest in eating, loneliness, dental problems, or the side effects of medication. It can have an immediate impact on the body, mind, and the safety of senior citizens. When seniors suffer from malnutrition, their bodies may become weak or unstable and their minds may become fatigued. The combination of these two effects significantly increases the risk of a fall and many other common accidents. It can also weaken their immune systems which will increase seniors’ chances of becoming ill. The seriousness of malnutrition cannot be stressed enough, especially considering that one in nine seniors is at risk of hunger in America according to Feeding America, and as many as 85 percent of seniors in the care of others suffer from malnutrition according to the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Ageing. For seniors, malnutrition means the potential for increased hospital stays, increased health complications, early entry into assisted living or even premature death.

In response to a growing need for awareness about senior hunger, the Comfort Keepers system has launched a nationwide campaign called Feed Seniors Now to create awareness for the importance of a healthy diet for those 65 and over. This senior nutrition campaign aims to help seniors preserve their independence by providing diet and nutrition information, encouragement and necessities.

For more information on the local Nourish Senior Life campaign, please contact your local Comfort Keepers office at 410-822-4414 or easton-596.comfortkeepers.com. 

About Comfort Keepers®

Comfort Keepers® is a leading franchise network in the in-home care market for senior and other adults needing care. Since its founding in 1998, the company has grown to more than 700 franchised locations around the world by staying true to the founders' goal of providing in-home care services that allow clients the opportunity to age in place. In August of 2009, the brand was strengthened even further by the purchase of the franchisor, CK Franchising, Inc., by Sodexo, one of the world's leading food and facilities management services companies and the global leader in the health care and seniors markets. For more information, visit www.comfortkeepers.com.

Academy Art Museum Announces Appointment of Ben Simons as New Director

The Academy Art Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin T. Simons of Washington, DC as its new director. Most recently, Simons served as Capital Campaign Major Gifts Officer for Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.
In addition to development experience, Simons has curatorial expertise and experience with museum accreditation. From 2006 until 2013 Simons served as chief curator and senior management member of Nantucket Historical Association, an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum and campus of historic properties with a $5.3 million budget. He has a Master’s Degree in History of Art from Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and also a master’s degree from Yale University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. In addition, he has attended Getty Leadership Institute for museum professionals in Claremont, CA. Simons has written two books on private collections of maritime art and authored several collections and exhibition catalogues, as well as served as editor of the award-winning quarterly Historic Nantucket.

Carolyn Williams, Chair of Academy Art Museum’s Board of Trustees, comments, “We are thrilled to announce that the Museum has hired Ben Simons as its director.  We are looking forward to his leadership as we participate in reaccreditation by American Alliance of Museums.” She adds, “For more than 40 years, the American Alliance of Museum’s Accreditation Program has been recognized as the ‘gold standard’ of museum excellence. The Academy Art Museum is one of fewer than 5 percent of American museums accredited by the AAM. Our twin mission of arts education and exhibition of world class art will be well served by Ben.”

Simons and his wife are natives of Washington, DC.  His wife, Alison Cooley, is a practicing artist and they have a six-year-old son, Finley.
Simons comments, “We are all looking for ways to live more deeply, more imaginatively, and even more adventurously. The whole program of the Academy Art Museum allows residents and visitors to engage with art at the highest levels.” He adds, “I am passionate about the idea that art is central to our lives, and it's a thrilling opportunity to lead the Museum, an institution that has that belief at the heart of its mission. I can't wait to explore ways to make the Museum’s offerings even more vital to the cultural life of the region where natural beauty, a love of the arts, and a thriving non-profit culture enhance and enrich the lives of all residents and visitors.”

Simons will begin work on October 3, 2016. Doing so will allow Simons a month of overlap with incumbent director, Dennis McFadden, to ensure an orderly transition before McFadden's resignation takes effect on November 1.

Troika Gallery announces "Bodacious Blossoms: The Beauty of Bloom"

Featuring the “Finest of Fine Art,” Troika Gallery in downtown Easton, presents “Bodacious Blossoms: The Beauty of the Bloom,” opening on September 9, 2016 at 5 pm with a reception in the gallery.

Twenty artists represented by the gallery are creating special floral works for this colorful exhibit. They include; Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, John Ebersberger, Deborah Elville, Laura Era, J.A. Ferrier, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Bo Jia, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, Victor Letonoff, Lynne Lockhart, Lou Messa, Raoul Middleman, Victor Nizovtsev, William Storck, Carol Lee Thompson, Jennifer Heyd Wharton and Chris Wilke. The show will feature works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and porcelain.

Thirty six artists from across the United States are represented in the gallery and exhibit original works of art in a variety of subject matter including; seascapes, landscapes, portraits, still life, florals, wildlife, sculpture and ceramics. Voted the Best Art Gallery on the Eastern Shore, Troika Gallery offers exceptional fine art, personalized framing services and knowledgeable owners who are professional artists.

Laura Era, Jennifer Heyd Wharton and Peg Fitzgerald welcome you to visit “Bodacious Blossoms” and view the “Beauty of the Bloom” exhibit. They will graciously share their art expertise. The show will be on view through October 4, 2016.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 South Harrison Street and is open every day from 10 am until 5:30 pm except Sunday. 410-770-9190. www.troikagallery.com

Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery announces new exhibit by John Schisler

TRIPPE-HILDERBRANDT GALLERY is pleased to open a new exhibit “Still-Lifes by John Schisler” during Friday’s Gallery Walk with a reception from 5-8. 
John Schisler paints in the classical realist style, using the oil painting medium and techniques of the Dutch Masters. He makes his own Maroger medium, which offers qualities of permanence, transparency, shadow, brilliance, and luminosity that bring a special quality to his paintings.  
Schisler learned to make and use ‘black oil’, which is used as a basis for the mediums of such masters as Titian, Rubens, and Rembrandt. The advantage of this medium is the ability to obtain the qualities of color, shadow, and brilliance found only in their paintings. His style is classical realism. Keeping with the tradition of the old masters, he makes the black oil that is then used to make medium as well as oil paint by mixing with powdered pigments. Schisler also makes his own mastic varnish.
In early 2011, John began to pursue a full time career in art. Along with painting, he also teaches his traditional painting techniques at his home studio in Georgetown, DE. Schisler was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1972.  He began painting at the Conrad Miller Studio in Fells Point, Maryland at the age of 17. In 2016 his work has been juried into four prestigious shows-International Guild of Realism's 11th International Juried Exhibit;The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society’s 26th BEST OF AMERICA Exhibition; Oil Painters of America's of America’s Eastern Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils; Oil Painters of America’s Salon Show of Traditional Oils. 

Celebrate 90 years of business with Shearer the Jeweler

We want to be the first to congratulate Shearer the Jeweler on their 90th anniversary! Below are some ways that you can celebrate with our downtown landmark business. 

September 27th - October 1st: Town wide scavenger hunt!  Each day we will hide one beautiful piece of jewelry.  Follow our Facebook, Instagram or call (410) 822-2279 for clues.   

September 29th:  Open house from 4-6 with champagne & chocolate. 

  • Ribbon cutting at 5 PM followed by a drawing to win a gift certificate.  

Starting October 4th:  90 days of sales!  Each day, a different item will be discounted 26% through the New Year. 

Studio B welcomes internationally-renowned artist Hiu Lai Chong

Studio B Art Gallery in Easton, Maryland is proud to represent Hiu Lai Chong. Studio B will premiere Hiu Lai’s work during the First Friday Gallery Reception on Friday, August 5 from 5-8 p.m.

Hiu Lai’s award-winning paintings have been shown in museums and galleries around the country.  Her numerous awards include Best in Show at Maui Plein Air Invitational, First Place at the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Art Competition, and Grand Prize and Artist’s Choice Award at Plein Air Easton in 2012.

In addition to her many awards, Hiu Lai was featured in Plein Air Magazine by Editor-in-Chief Steve Doherty, and in 2011 was recognized as an Artist to Watch by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

Hiu Lai traditionally finds her inspiration at local marinas and shorelines along the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Her consistent use of vivid color and sensitive brush strokes evoke the strong mood and emotions within her work.

Studio B Gallery is owned and operated by Easton-based artist Betty Huang. Located at 7B Goldsborough St. in beautiful downtown Easton, Studio B features art works by Betty Huang, Stewart White, Hiu Lai Chong, Natalia Dik, and Rick Casali. 

Attention Businesses: Help with "Feed Seniors Now" campaign

According to Feeding America. at least one in nine seniors is at-risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household or having to choose between food and medical care. During September, National Hunger Action Month, Comfort Keepers  for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Easton Business Alliance are asking the community to make food donations to the Feed Seniors Now food drive to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic that impacts millions of older Americans trying to remain healthy and independent.

If your business is willing to provide a small space in your location for a drop-off box from September 12-30, you will have your name and logo featured in future print and radio advertisements for the two-week collection period. We really appreciate any help our members can provide to this worthy cause. ALL items donated go directly toward helping seniors in our local community. If you can donate a space in your store for a drop-off location, please fill out the form below. 


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Register for the St Patrick's Day Irish Tea

Easton Business Alliance invites you to the St Patrick's Day Irish Tea held at the Academy Art Museum (106 South Street) from 1-2:30pm.

A traditional tea with lite fare is offered free to the public. Please register for this event to help us estimate a number of attendees.

If you have any questions, please call Julie at (410) 690.4395 or email discovereaston@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Julie Phillips Corson
Executive Director
Easton Business Alliance

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