Arts coun­cil gar­dens are in full swing

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART -

It’s a big night for the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil this Fri­day! From 5 to 8 p.m., the open­ing re­cep­tion for the an­nual mem­bers show will take place and, for the first time ever, this show will in­clude fea­tured artists.

Se­lected for this honor are mixed media mas­ters, Liz and Iris, who have filled the front gallery with brightly-col­ored, whim­si­cal, play­ful pieces. The back gallery will fea­ture the works of some of the most tal­ented artists we are proud to call mem­bers of the arts coun­cil.

The an­nual mem­bers meet­ing will be­gin promptly at 5:30 p.m., where a vote will be taken to ac­cept the nom­i­na­tions for the new of­fi­cers of the board of direc­tors and also to ac­cept an amend­ment to the by­laws.

Did you know that this is also the day that Ce­cil County cel­e­brates its 342 birth­day? Join the party by scoop­ing up a big bowl of your fa­vorite Kilby Cream frozen confection while you check out all of the amaz­ing art. Light re­fresh­ments will be served and Box Tur­tle Bob will play through­out the evening.

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The arts coun­cil not only has lovely things to look at in­side the build­ing, but the gar­dens are in full swing.

Miss Ham’s gar­den is in full bloom with well-es­tab­lished peren­ni­als kept safe un­der the watch­ful eye of the multi-col­ored elk (does any­body have a name in mind for him?). The back has a straw bale gar­den fully planted with or­ganic pro­duce, herbs and more peren­ni­als.

We re­searched or­ganic gar­dens and, with in­put from sev­eral suc­cess­ful straw-bale gar­den­ers, started one of our own. The his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, arts coun­cil and other vol­un­teers have been coaxing their shared “ba­bies” along and the results are spec­tac­u­lar. It takes a vil­lage.

*** The arts coun­cil has pro­vided free, out­door, live mu­si­cal per­for­mances for decades all over the county — with per­for­mances in Ris­ing Sun, Elk­ton, Ch­e­sa­peake City and North East, to name a few. This year, we have been in­vited to bring our sum­mer mu­sic con­certs to Main Street in North East.

The own­ers of the Port House Grill restau­rant have land­scaped the back of their restau­rant and in­vite any­one and ev­ery­one to join in the fun. Ev­ery Sun­day in June and July, con­certs will take place be­tween 3 and 5 p.m. There will be food avail­able for pur­chase and you can buy some adult bev­er­ages, which you are per­mit­ted to en­joy out­doors (on the premises).

This Sun­day, we kick off the con­cert se­ries with a per­for­mance from HowsMyHat (out­doors) and show­case the works of pho­tog­ra­pher John Dixon (in­side). John has beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs of an­i­mals, bi­cy­cles, peo­ple, places and things all around Ce­cil County on dis­play.

*** Feel­ing a lit­tle rusty? The art of yoga has ar­rived at the arts coun­cil.

Start­ing ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day, two dif­fer­ent classes with two dif­fer­ent in­struc­tors will take place on the sec­ond floor of the gallery. Classes will fo­cus on re­lax­ation and each in­struc­tor will tai­lor the ses­sion to best suit the needs of par­tic­i­pants.

Not only do you get yoga, you get to ad­mire art. No bor­ing blank walls or ster­ile en­vi­ron­ments for our yoga prac­tice – Shay and Sar- ah will take your prac­tice to new heights.

Each class be­gins at 7 p.m. Tues­day evenings are with Shay; show up for one or for as many classes as you like for $5 per class. Sarah’s class is $10 per ses­sion, or you can buy a block of classes at a dis­count.

*** The arts coun­cil is plan­ning Brew­ery Tour for the Arts.

Our bus trip will visit Delaware brew­eries in­clud­ing 16 Mile in Ge­orge­town, Dog­fish Head in Mil­ton, and Mispillion River in Mil­ford.

The event on June 18 is $40 per per­son, which in­cludes brew­ery tours, sam­ples, lunch and more. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds ben­e­fits arts pro­gram­ming.

For the art com­po­nent, Dog­fish Head is ask­ing ev­ery­one to bring some­thing to leave be­hind on their

A wall, which they have ti­tled “Off Cen­ter.” Be cre­ative! Bring your friends. Make reser­va­tions by call­ing 410-392-5740.

*** The Tilted Can­vas is hold­ing a paint and sip at the arts coun­cil at 7 p.m. on June 24. They pro­vide the can­vas, easel, smock, paint brushes, paints — even a glass of wine. You pro­vide the laugh­ter and what­ever you feel like munch­ing on.

Cel­e­brat­ing a grad­u­a­tion, en­gage­ment or birth­day? Bring your party to the arts coun­cil and for $35 per per­son ($60 for two). You make the mess and we’ll clean it up! For more information or to reg­is­ter, visit www.tilt­ed­can­vas­party.com.

*** Join our friends and neigh­bors at Mini­hane’s Ir­ish Pub on June 25, from noon un­til 11 p.m., for an art and mu­sic fes­ti­val.

There will be two stages, live mu­sic in­side and out, cabaret shows, dancers, yoga, Zumba, face paint­ing, pup­pet shows, and lots of food and drink.

Any and all artists are wel­come to share space un­der the gi­ant tent that will be pro­vided for you. Artists call 410-392-5740 for de­tails or to re­serve your space un­der the tent.

An­n­marie Hamil­ton is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil, 135 E. Main Street in Elk­ton. For more on the arts coun­cil or to share your art news, con­tact An­n­marie at 410-392-5740 or an­n­marie@ ce­cil­count­yartscoun­cil. org. Visit the arts coun­cil on­line at www.ce­cil­count­yartscoun­cil.org.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE CE­CIL COUNTY ARTS COUN­CIL

The Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil now has a straw bale gar­den fully planted with or­ganic pro­duce, herbs and more peren­ni­als.

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