Category Archives: Non-Profit

Stories Awards $15000 in Small Grants

Stories of the Chesapeake
December 2017

The Stories of the Chesapeake, the Heritage Area of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties, is pleased to announce the award of a total of $15,000 in small grants to local organizations for projects designed to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote our heritage. Congratulations to our FY18 grantees.

Kennard Alumni Association
The Kennard Alumni Association proposes to development, design a new website, logo, tri-fold brochure, rack card, and E-newsletter to promote the programs and exhibits of the Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center and African American History Museum. These tools will then be used to seek out volunteers and donors.

Friends of Wye Mill
Friends of Wye Mills received funds to preserve its collection of old grain and flour bags from mills across Maryland and the nation.

Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism
Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism plans to update and transition the Frederick Douglas Driving Tour to a mobile responsive website format and have purchased the name

Caroline County Council of the Arts

Caroline County Council of the Arts will develop a program designed to address the marketing skills gap of local artist via a tow pronged approach. First, CCCA will produce a one-day workshop featuring speakers on a variety of marketing topics. CCCA will then produce how to guides in printed and digital form.

Town of Federalsburg
The Town of Federalsburg proposes to survey and estimate the condition and repair cost of the Chambers Lake Log Cabin. The cabin was built in the 1930’s and was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Kent Narrows Development Foundation
Kent Narrows Development Foundation plans to develop a portable companion exhibit to the Waterman’s Heritage Trail. The exhibit will be used at community, trade, and consumer shows to promote visitation to Kent Narrows.

Adkins Arboretum
Adkins Arboretum requests funds to prepare the construction documents for the South Meadow Viewing Platform, the first phase of its Native Meadow Heritage Project. The viewing platform will serve as a resting point for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the meadow with views above grass level.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on behalf of the Tilghman Island community plans to construct a visitor kiosk that will house an ITM, interpretative map, and racks for brochures.

Caroline County Historical Society
Caroline County Historical Society will conduct a preliminary archeological investigation of Mellvills Wharf. Mellvills Wharf served as the seat of government from the time of Caroline County’s founding in 1774 until 1790.

Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association Presents Check to Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
February 1, 2017

For the third year, the Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association, Inc. chose Compass Regional Hospice and the Caroline Hospice Foundation as the beneficiaries of their annual tractor pull held at the Chestertown Elks on September 10, 2016.

The Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association presented a check for $2,400 to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation at the organization’s January 21, 2017 banquet held at the Goldsboro Fire Hall.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. People of all ages benefit from Compass services as they face the challenges of living with a life‐limiting illness and learn to live following the death of a loved one.

As a non‐profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Compass Regional Hospice’s partner in Caroline County, the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice services provided in Caroline County by Compass Regional Hospice in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

For more information about how you can support hospice care and grief support in your community, call 443‐262‐4100 or visit

Photo: Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation. – Submitted Photo

Benefit Dinner Cruise

September 26, 2014

Benefit Dinner Cruise – Saturday October 18th, 2014 from 6 – 9 pm to benefit the Caroline County Humane Society and The Caroline County Hospice Foundation.

3 hour cruise on the Dorothy Megan with Dinner (prime rib and crab cake) Silent auction, DJ, Keg and Cash Bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Please call Ruthann Asche at 410-924-2193 for tickets. Tickets are $75.00 each

Tattoo the Director Fundraiser for Caroline County Humane Society

September 12, 2014

The Caroline County Humane Society has just begun a fundraising campaign to go along with Black Anchor Tattoo in Denton’s Tats for Tails event which is on October 25, 2014. Amanda Showell, the Humane Society Director, has agreed to get her first tattoo if $5000 is raised before the event. (Click HERE to Donate)

Tats for Tails, which was originally conceived by Black Anchor, was for them to donate a portions of the proceeds of all tattoos done between 12pm and 8pm to the Caroline County humane Society. The Humane Society decided to expand the event by hosting a block party in front of Black Anchor between 1 & 4pm with vendors, food, corn hole, music, raffles and a stuff a pick up truck with pet food

From Amanda ” August 19th,2014 was my one year anniversary as the director of the Caroline County Humane Society. I am honored to serve the people and animals of Caroline County.Running an open admission animal shelter that brings in 1800 animals in a year is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am so proud of our Open Door, Open Heart mission, where no animal from our county is ever turned away no matter how great the need.”

The Fundraiser began earlier this week and in just this short time and with 43 days remaining has already achieved nearly 10% of the goal.

So Long Summer: Chesapeake Culinary Center to host End of Summer Celebration

Chesapeake Culinary Center
September 2014

Denton, MD – Come enjoy the last days of summer with burgers and brews at the inaugural End of Summer Celebration to benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center. The event will take place on Saturday, September 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Caroline Schoolhouse, located at 512 Franklin Street in historic Denton.

Kick back and enjoy one last backyard bash before the autumnal equinox. The event will feature build-your-own burger and mac n’ cheese bars, beer and wine, a raffle, lawn games, music and more.

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased by calling 410-479-2144. Reservations are suggested. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center, a community-driven facility that promotes a positive culinary learning experience for students, and a professionally trained workforce for the hospitality industry.

About the Chesapeake Culinary Center
The Chesapeake Culinary Center is a grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to the betterment of the community through job training and economic development. Established in the fall of 2004, this organization provides culinary training to youth and adults and offers many student-run programs, affording practicum-learning experience. In 2014, the Chesapeake Culinary Center moved into the recently rehabilitated circa 1903 Caroline Schoolhouse. In addition to serving as the headquarters for the organization, the multi-use facility is home to the Career and Technology Center’s culinary arts classes. The center also features a Commercial Kitchen Incubator, where prospective clients, including caterers, bakers and farmers, are able to produce their culinary product in a health-approved commercial facility that provides a wealth of shared resources. For more information on the Chesapeake Culinary Center, please visit

Community Meeting to Discuss Current Issues on Animal Cruelty – September 24, 2014


September 24, 2014, 6pm-8pm

Please join The Humane Society of the United States and the Caroline County Humane Society for a FREE community meeting to discuss current issues and learn how you can help animals.

This meeting will focus on animal cruelty and animal fighting and how citizens can help crack down on these illegal activities. We’ll give an overview of existing laws, hear about the work of the Caroline County Humane Society and local animal control officers to combat animal cruelty and fighting in the community. You’ll learn how to recognize dogfighting and animal cruelty and how to help your local law enforcement. If you’re concerned about animal cruelty, animal fighting or just generally creating a more humane community, please attend this free meeting!

RSVP today ( or 240-731-7862) and hope to see you there!

September 24, 2014, 6pm-8pm
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
100 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629

Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum’s 2014 Art Competition Show, on View through March 29, 2014

Adkins Arboretum
February 4, 2014

No two artists look at the landscape in the same way, as Discovering the Native Landscapes of the Coastal Plain, Adkins Arboretum’s annual Art Competition exhibit, plainly shows. On view in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center through March 29, it includes a wide variety of paintings, photos, prints and sculptures by artists from the Mid-Atlantic region.

From the wildly flapping snow geese in George Drake’s photograph, to “Cloud Curtain,” an oil painting of a gentle waterscape by Anne Griffith, to two different “Green Man” wall sculptures in which Marita Lupo and Timothy Hoover each depict the ancient god of vegetation, this exhibit is energetic and diverse.

The show was juried by John Ruppert, Full Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently a Distinguished Visitor at Washington College in conjunction with its multi-disciplinary environmental Sandbox initiative. There will be a reception on Sat., Feb. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artists and the juror.

Now in its fifteenth year, the show’s highlight is the annual Leon Andrus Awards, named for the Arboretum’s first benefactor. Ruppert chose “Samothracae,” by Jack Elliott of Ithaca, N.Y., to receive the First Place Award.

“It interests me because it relates to the human form,” he explained. “It’s very classical, and he made clear choices about what to leave natural and what to refine.”

An Associate Professor at Cornell University College of Human Ecology, Elliott studies environmental ethics and aesthetics. His massive abstract wooden sculpture stands five feet high and resembles the “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” a well-known Greek statue of the goddess of victory, long missing its arms and head. Elliott fashioned it from a section of a weeping willow that had grown in the F. R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell. One half of the segment was broken and severely weathered. Angled sharply outwards, it recalls the open wing of the famous statue, while the other half, cleanly sawed off, stands in for the statue’s body and severed neck.

The Second Place Award went to two impressionistic photographs by Baltimore artist Cathy Leaycraft that Ruppert chose for their strong color and dreamlike quality. A photographer for over 30 years, Leaycraft creates her work on location, photographing through reflective or refractive objects, such as a glass sphere. She works intuitively, allowing elements of the landscape to shift and distort into vividly colored abstract forms. Full of light and rainbow hues, they also retain glimpses of trees, leaves and a beautifully ruffled fungus.

The quiet beauty of the Eastern Shore is found in several works in the show, including Margery Caggiano’s oil painting, “Marshlight,” with its glowing green marsh grasses and purple-blue water, and photographer Ann Rohlfing’s luminous tree, “Beech in Soft Light.” The reflections of trees become a lively pattern of line work in Geo McElroy’s painting, “Ayres Creek,” while contemplation is the subject of Sharon Jones’s simple photo of an empty bench facing the water. There’s even a glimpse of the area’s agricultural history in a lively primitive painting of an abandoned tractor by Carlin McLamb called “But Not Forgotten.”

Gesturing from McLamb’s painting across the gallery to Elliott’s sculpture, Ruppert said, “There’s a whole spectrum between those two pieces. I tried to pick strong works from the different genres, so the art is kind of a cross-section, but what’s consistent is there’s so much of a landscape element to it all. There’s almost a horizon line that runs through the show.”

The 2014 Art Competition is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from the Fessler Foundation of the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund. The show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through March 29 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 for gallery hours.

Submitted Photo: “Samothracae,” an abstract wooden sculpture by Jack Elliott of Ithaca, N.Y., was awarded first prize in Adkins Arboretum’s fifteenth annual Art Competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Competition show is on view in the Arboretum Gallery through March 29

“Samothracae,” an abstract wooden sculpture by Jack Elliott of Ithaca, N.Y., was awarded first prize in Adkins Arboretum’s fifteenth annual Art Competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Competition show is on view in the Arboretum Gallery through March 29. Submitted Photo

Free Computer Classes for Job Seekers at Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Library
August 2013

The Caroline County Public Library will offer a three week series of free computer classes, focusing on online job searching, using email, and resume templates. The weekly classes begin Friday, September 13th, 2:00pm at the Central Library in Denton. To register, visit the Central Library, located at 100 Market Street, Denton or call 410-479-1343. Library computers will be available or students may bring their personal laptops.

“Chrome City” Cycle Ride to Help Kids with Disabilities

Benedictine School
Ridgely, MD
June 2013

Gleaming motorcycles, awesome street rods, classic and custom cars will roar in from all over the region to the Benedictine School in Ridgely for the highly anticipated 12th Annual Chrome City Ride on Sunday July 28, 2013. The event will fund tuition assistance for children, and opportunities to work and live in the community for adults with disabilities. Organized and produced by volunteers primarily from state and local law enforcement, the previous eleven years of Chrome City Rides have raised over a million dollars.

“Chrome City Ride is a wonderful opportunity not only to raise needed money, but for our friends to come here, meet our special people, and see what a great place this is,” said Benedictine’s Executive Director Scott Evans. “The kids and everyone here look forward to when the motorcycles and cars come up the lane onto our campus. It is a spectacle, but we especially appreciate that the riders return year after year. Our friends mean a lot to us.”

Owners of impressive cars and bikes from all over Maryland and Delaware will gather at various designated locations, then cruise in convoys with police escorts to the Benedictine School campus. The $25-per-rider pledge provides each rider with an official Ride T-shirt, a delicious catered lunch, entertainment (including the return of “Rockin’ Elvis”), a chance for prizes and trophies, and a day of fun showing off their chrome to an appreciative crowd. Spectators are also welcome, and their $25 minimum contribution also provides them with an official Ride T-shirt, lunch and a day of fun. The riders and their machines are expected to arrive on campus around 11:30 AM.

For online registration and further information on the 12th Annual Chrome City Ride, visit our web site You may also call the Benedictine Foundation at 410-634-2292 for information on times, rally point locations, registration, and more.

Benedictine Programs and Services is located near Ridgely, Maryland, with educational, residential, and day services for children ages 5 through 21. In addition, Benedictine operates state-licensed group homes throughout Maryland and Delaware and provides supported employment for adults with disabilities. The organization was founded by the Sisters of St. Benedict and is recognized nationally for its pioneering approach to educating and caring for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Benedictine is a fully approved, non-sectarian service provider serving children and adults without regard to racial, ethnic, or religious background.

For more information about Benedictine, please call 410-634-2292 or visit us online at

Pie Wars- Food Fight! to Benefit Horse Force One Hay Bank and the Caroline County Humane Society

Pie Wars- Food Fight! June 15, 2013

Horse Force Productions Presents…Pie Wars!

Join us for a food fight of epic proportions to take place on June 15, 2013 at the 4-H Park far far away… OK not so far away in Caroline County on Detour Road in Denton, Maryland.

Those attending should be prepared to throw lots of pies as well as be pied! With pie in the face fun like pie toss, dodge pie, beard relay and pie mayhem it is sure to be a fun filled day for the entire family.
Live music from local Southern Fried Rock Band Justified, pony rides and Barnum the Zebra and Henry the Camel from Workhorse Farm & Exotic Rescue will be in attendance.

Pie Wars offers some unique fun for equestrians as well, bring your horse and pie joust, participate in the pie obstacle relay or cream toss all included with the all day fun pass! Please note horsesare not pro- vided you must bring your own.

We will have demonstrations from several local equine and K9 groups.

It is a day you won’t want to miss!

Proceeds benefit the Caroline County Humane Society and the HF1 hay bank.

The hay bank has donated 2800 bales of hay to horses in need on the Delmarva.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at:
Caroline County Humane Society, 407 West Belle Street, Ridgely, MD 21660,
Rainbow Bridge Kennel 27528 Substation Road, Denton, MD, and
Out Back Tack 29535 Dover Road Easton, MD 21601 or at

We hope to see you all out Saturday, June 15, 2013 for the first ever PIE WARS!

Pie Wars Details
Gates Open at 9:00 AM
Fun starts at 10:00 AM

$15 for all day pass or $10 one event Children 12 & Under
$10 all day pass or $5 Per event
$5 Spectators
Save 10% with our Family/Group Discount (3 or more)
Church groups, clubs and organizations welcome!

For more information please contact Tracey at 410-479-0983 or visit Brought to you by Horse Force Productions and in part by: Hetrick Farms, Earth Origins, Talbot Guide and the Caroline Review.

For more information on Pie Wars, please contact Tracey at 410-479-0983 or visit

Flyer - Pie Wars in Caoline County June 15, 2013