Calverton to host concert by top contestant on ‘The Voice’
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.calvertonschool.org/campuslife/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, visit www.annmariegarden.org 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.facebook.com/SVDP.St.KatherineDrexelCon-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 www.sjvchurch.net or call 410-414-9099.