Special Programs to Honor Veteran’s Day

The Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) will present two special programs in November to honor Veteran’s Day. Activities include a photography exhibit by Adjutant General James A. Adkins and a concert by the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage Brass Band. Adjutant General Adkins will have an individual show of his photography work in the front gallery at DCA in November. Highlighting the exhibit will be a discussion about the importance of Veterans Day led by General Adkins on Saturday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.  The talk will be part of the Second Saturday events from 5:00 – 7:30 that evening at DCA. On Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. the USAF Heritage Brass Band will present a free concert at the George B. Todd Performance Hall on DCA’s 2nd Floor in Cambridge.  Heritage Brass features the diverse talents of five professional Airman-musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. From Bach to the Beatles and patriotic favorites, Heritage Brass offers a musical experience enjoyed by all audiences. The personnel performing will be on trumpets: Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon and Technical Sergeant Jon Rattay; on horn Staff Sergeant Juan Jimenez; on trombone Staff Sergeant Michael …

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MD House & Garden Pilgrimage Visits Dorchester

The 2015 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) is planned for this Saturday, May 9. The tour will include stops in East New Market and Cambridge. The Chicone Village Longhouse and Garden at Handsell, Huntington Residence, Choptank River Lighthouse, Haller Garden, and Summer Inn are just a few of the named stops on the tour. The Dorches­ter Visitor Center is serving as the information headquarters with tickets, tour information, and available restrooms. Dorchester County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker said, “We are pleased to wel­come the Maryland House and Pilgrimage Tour to Dorchester County.  This is truly a unique opportunity to showcase the his­toric treasures of Dorchester County while generating eco­nomic impact through heritage tourism.” By advanced reservation only, a box lunch is available for $15 the day of the tour by calling the Dorchester Center for the Arts at 410.228.7782. The 2015 MHGP benefits Dorchester County’s Handsell, an 18th-century plan­tation house located on Indian­town Road just north of historic Vienna. Other 2015 tours will be in St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, and Washington counties. For tour schedules, additional information, or reservations, visit mhgp.org or call 410.821.6933.

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Lively Arts Scene Draws Visitors & Residents

When Mickey Love arrived in Cambridge in 2007 to run the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), she saw firsthand how the beauty of the environment inspired people to create amazing art. As she rolled up her sleeves to join the board and staff to plan DCA’s expansion and relocation to the historic Nathan building, she quickly discovered that the arts would be a key player in growing Dorchester County’s creative economy. “I used to say when I first moved here that you couldn’t throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting an artist,” she laughs, adding, “The arts have quietly and quickly become an economic and employment force in the county, creating artistic enterprises, supporting restaurants and retailers, and attracting tourists.” Since August 2008, the landmark Art Deco Building at 321 High Street has been home to the Dorchester Center for the Arts. With approximately 500 members, a world-class artisans’ shop, more than 100 classes and workshops, a dozen performances, and over 5,000 visitors each year, it is the anchor of the county’s arts industry. The 14,000-square-foot former Nathan’s Furniture Store was renovated in two stages. The recently completed second-floor performance and rental space will increase visitors and visibility. Love …

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Water Moves Us to Paint Perfect Pictures

Arts advocate Mickey Love believes the county’s unsurpassed natural beauty and growing creative class inspires and nurtures artists in ways few places can. As Executive Director of the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), Love has been a driving force overseeing the expansion and relocation of this popular attraction. Along with galleries, performance venues, special events and public art, the DCA is an anchor tenant in Cambridge’s Arts & Entertainment District. Love is fond of saying; you can’t “throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting the arts.” She points to the caboose next to the train station that houses Powell Realtors, now a canvas for renowned Church Creek muralist Michael Rosato. The latest public art project beautifully illustrates her point, as Chesapeake’s iconic landscape comes to life on Cambridge Creek. Visit the DCA, and discover how water can move you to paint a masterpiece.

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