Calver­ton to host con­cert by top con­tes­tant on ‘The Voice’

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It’s a tale of two high school bud­dies. One went on to be a top 12 con­tes­tant on TV’s “The Voice” and the other chose a ca­reer path to be­come a mu­sic teacher at The Calver­ton School. The pair, Troy Ramey and Bryan Frates, will per­form in a ben­e­fit con­cert for Calver­ton’s mu­sic de­part­ment at 7 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 22.

Frates and Ramey grew up in the small town of Wood­stock, Vt. They were both ath­letes in high school but both even­tu­ally pur­sued mu­sic and con­tin­ued to stay in touch. Ramey re­cently made it to the top 12 on “The Voice” and quit his job in the last year to pur­sue mu­sic full time.

Frates said dur­ing the blind au­di­tions on the show, Ramey got all four chairs to turn around quickly in sup­port. The two stayed in touch through­out Ramey’s time on the show and de­cided they wanted to play a cou­ple of shows to­gether. They played a show about a month ago in their old home­town.

Now, Ramey and Frates will per­form to raise funds for The Calver­ton School’s mu­sic de­part­ment.

“My hope is we can gen­er­ate enough money to roll out a small [record­ing] stu­dio this year,” Frates said.

The cost is $10 per per­son. The con­cert is out­doors, so bring­ing blan­kets, chairs and pic­nics is en­cour­aged. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in ad­vance at www.calver­ton­­pus­life/events.

Arts coun­cil ap­points new board, di­rec­tor

The Arts Coun­cil of Calvert County has ap­pointed new mem­bers to the board of direc­tors, along with a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. The new board in­cludes:

• Dona Baker, a res­i­dent of Hunt­ing­town. Baker is a fine arts teacher at Hunt­ing­town High School. Her five teacher rat­ings con­trib­ute to Hunt­ing­town High School’s rank­ing of 120 in Mary­land;

• Eleanor Nel­son, a res­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach. Nel­son re­cently re­tired as the di­rec­tor of Job Match Re-Em­ploy­ment Project, a model de­signed to as­sist mid- to up­per-level man­agers who have been dis­en­fran­chised by the down­turn in the econ­omy;

• Sue Mills, a res­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Beach since 2009. She re­tired as the di­rec­tor of re­search ser­vices at Pills­bury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman law firm in 2015 and turned her at­ten­tion to the cre­ation of the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail un­der the aus­pices of the Arts Coun­cil, cre­at­ing an economic de­vel­op­ment project that con­nects the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to Calvert County; and

• Jan Hill, a res­i­dent of Sun­der­land. She re­tired from teach­ing art and coach­ing cheer­lead­ing, golf and swim­ming at Calvert High School in 2001. She do­nated her time through the years to art-re­lated projects at His­toric St. Mary’s City, Calvert Marine Mu­seum, Calvert County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and Calvert County 4H.

The new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Arts Coun­cil is Carol Eberly, a res­i­dent of Long Beach in St. Leonard. Eberly’s love of the arts and her work as a pro­fes­sional mar­ket­ing and public re­la­tions ex­ec­u­tive with large non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., along with her vol­un­teer work with Solomons Plein Air Fes­ti­val, CalvART Gallery and Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, have contributed to the thriv­ing art com­mu­nity in South­ern Mary­land.

Arts­fest com­ing up

An­n­marie Sculp­ture Gar­den and Arts Cen­ter will present its an­nual juried arts fes­ti­val, Arts­fest ’17, on Sept. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The park pro­vides a unique set­ting for this week­end ex­trav­a­ganza of the arts with more than 165 artist booths, 35 per­form­ers on three stages, cre­ative fun for kids, artist demos, food and drink.

Those bring­ing kids to Arts­fest ’17 will find a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep them en­gaged and en­ter­tained, a press re­lease states. Of­fer­ings in­clude the Dis­cov­ery Tent, where kids can “keep calm and make art,” in­clud­ing fid­get spin­ners, zen­tan­gle zoo draw­ings, fin­ger labyrinths and stress balls. Kids can run off their ex­cess en­ergy in the Zany Zone and the Fairy Lolly, and en­joy cre­ative play in the Pa­tio Play Area. All ages will en­joy play­ing with clay in the Clay Stu­dio and ex­plor­ing the fun­da­men­tals of still-life draw­ing in the Stu­dio School. Check out the entertainment sched­ule to learn more about the many chil­dren’s per­form­ers, in­clud­ing bub­ble magic with Marigold Bum­ble­root and face painting with Kreative Khar­ac­ters.

Vis­i­tors won’t go hun­gry at Arts­fest with an ar­ray of food op­tions, in­clud­ing wine and mi­cro­brews, smooth­ies, freshly squeezed le­mon­ade, crab cake sand­wiches, stuffed ham sand­wiches, bar­be­cue, rock­fish wraps, shrimp po’ boys, ice cream, fun­nel cake, fried Oreos, ket­tle corn and more. Most food ven­dors ac­cept credit cards, but there will be an ATM at the fes­ti­val.

Ad­mis­sion is $6 per per­son and free for mem­bers and kids 11 and un­der. For de­tailed event in­for­ma­tion and to down­load a $1 off coupon, visit­n­mar­ie­gar­ or call 410-326-4640.

Up­com­ing walk/run to ben­e­fit those in need

The third an­nual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run to ben­e­fit those in need and liv­ing in poverty in the Calvert County area will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 7, at The Calver­ton School ath­letic field. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 7:30 a.m.

The goal this year is to raise $15,000 to ex­pand the out­reach to those in need in Calvert County. To reg­is­ter or do­nate, go to www.face­­ineDrex­elCon-fer­ence or contact 443-6849261.

Crafters needed for craft show

St. John Vian­ney Catholic Church in Prince Fred­er­ick is look­ing for crafters for its an­nual craft show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 11.

Only hand­crafted items can be sold. Last year, there was a wait­ing list for crafters. To ap­ply, go to or call 410-414-9099.

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