Mu­si­cian bring­ing to­gether jazz, tech at naval air mu­seum

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A lo­cal mu­si­cian wants peo­ple to re­al­ize that art and tech­nol­ogy are more aligned than they may ap­pear.

In­no­va­tion is the con­nec­tion, Do­minic Frag­man said. And to help demon­strate that con­nec­tion, he is or­ga­niz­ing an event that will bring to­gether U.S. Navy per­son­nel along with jazz mu­si­cians for an evening of in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment.

“Ad­vance­ments in art paved the way for tech­nol­ogy,” Frag­man said, point­ing to how sound in­flu­enced sonar and radar as ex­am­ples.

The event, to be held Satur­day, Jan. 12, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Patux­ent River Naval Air Mu­seum, is de­signed to con­nect the com­mu­nity to con­cepts ex­plor­ing free­dom, in­no­va­tion and the ad­vance­ment of ideas, Frag­man said. The evening in­cludes a panel dis­cus­sion and con­cert high­light­ing the value and role of im­pro­vi­sa­tion and un­con­ven­tional think­ing in both sound/ mu­sic and aero­space tech­nol­ogy.

Frag­man co-founded the Spirit of Jazz and Democ­racy to present ideas about “free­dom, in­no­va­tion, democ­racy and the peace­ful tol­er­a­tion of dif­fer­ences,” he said. To that end, he hopes to grow his ideas to meld with tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, specif­i­cally re­lated to the U.S. Navy, through the pro­gram Spirit of In­no­va­tion and Free­dom.

The panel will in­clude Pierre Sprey, who helped con­cep­tu­al­ize de­signs for the F-16 and the A-10; Matt Scassero, for­mer Navy test pi­lot and di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Un­manned Air Sys­tems Test Site; and Jim McCue, in­struc­tor at the U.S. Navy Test Pi­lot School at Naval Air Sta­tion Patux­ent River, will take part in the pro­gram. Fol­low­ing the panel dis­cus­sion, mas­ter mu­si­cians Paul Mur­phy on drums and Larry Willis on pi­ano will per­form a fully im­pro­vised con­cert, with guest per­for­mances by poet Jere Car­roll and Frag­man on drums.

Frag­man has pre­sented his pro­grams at St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land, Regis Univer­sity Den­ver, the Voice of Amer­ica, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, Mary­land Hu­man­i­ties and other places. He’s also been in­vited to speak at the up­com­ing TEDx pre­sen­ta­tion in Great Mills sched­uled for March.

Frag­man, who grew up in South­ern Mary­land, grad­u­ated from Patux­ent High School and later St. Mary’s Col­lege, said he’s lived in other ar­eas of the coun­try, al­ways in search of a place to per­form. Now liv­ing in Calvert County’s St. Leonard com­mu­nity, he’s dis­cov­ered, “If you were do­ing some­thing new or dif­fer­ent, it was go­ing to be hard no mat­ter where you are,” he said.

“The mu­sic we’re de­vel­op­ing is like a new lan­guage,” he said.

In keep­ing with the evening’s theme of in­no­va­tion, as vis­i­tors gather be­fore the Spirit of In­no­va­tion and Free­dom pro­gram, they will be able to tour a tiny house built for St. Mary’s Col­lege, and talk to fac­ulty and stu­dents about art projects. The new Enso Kitchen, based at His­toric St. Mary’s City, will pro­vide a se­lec­tion based on en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able sea­sonal and lo­cal foods, and there will be a cash bar.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the pro­gram will be­gin at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $25 for mem­bers of the pub­lic and $15 for mem­bers. For in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets, visit http:// pax­mu­seum.org or www. spir­it­jaz­zdemoc­racy.com or call 301-863-1900.

Test your knowl­edge

A South­ern Mary­land Jeop­ardy Tour­na­ment will be held at Great Mills High School on Fri­day, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., hosted by the school’s en­gi­neer­ing club. There will be a stu­dent tour­na­ment fol­lowed by an adult tour­na­ment. Cost to at­tend the fundraiser is

$5 per per­son. Com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing a con­tes­tant should con­tact Allen Skin­ner at cask­in­[email protected]­cps. org. For more, visit https:// schools.sm­cps.org/gmhs/ clubs/84-en­gi­neer­ing-club.

Blue­grass se­ries con­tin­ues on Jan. 13

The Lone­some River Band will be ap­pear­ing at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 238 in Hugh­esville on Sun­day Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. The Amer­i­can Le­gion Blue­grass se­ries is pre­sented by the Sons of the Amer­i­can Le­gion and Jay Armswor­thy. Tick­ets are $20 per per­son and may be pur­chased at the door. Al­though not re­quired, it is en­cour­aged to bring non­per­ish­able food items for the Help­ing Hands Food Bank in South­ern Mary­land. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.amer­i­can­le­gion­blue­grass.com or call 301-737-3004.

Ap­ply for schol­ar­ships

The 2019 BECA schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion is avail­able now. The dead­line for the an­nual com­mon schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion, which opens up dozens of schol­ar­ships to high school se­niors, has been moved up this year to Feb. 15. Ac­cord­ing to BECA or­ga­niz­ers, more than 70 St. Mary’s County stu­dents have al­ready re­quested in­for­ma­tion about the schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A schol­ar­ship fair is planned for Tues­day, Jan. 22, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. James A. For­rest Ca­reer and Tech­nol- ogy Cen­ter, where stu­dents and their par­ents can get more in­for­ma­tion about the ap­pli­ca­tion process and the many lo­cal schol­ar­ships avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ac­cess the schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion, visit www.sm­cbeca.org.

CSM changes Sun­day hours for fit­ness cen­ters

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Well­ness, Fit­ness, and Aquat­ics Depart­ment is chang­ing Sun­day hours for the La Plata and Leonard­town cam­puses. Be­gin­ning Jan. 6, these fa­cil­i­ties will op­er­ate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sun­days. For com­plete hours of op­er­a­tion, visit www.csmd.edu/ pro­grams-cour­ses/non-credit/ per­sonal-en­rich­ment/well­ness-fit­ness-and-aquat­ics/fit­ness-cen­ter-pool-hours/in­dex.

State grants for land ease­ments awarded

The Board of Pub­lic Works last month ap­proved Ru­ral Le­gacy Pro­gram grants to­tal­ing $3 mil­lion that will pro­vide ded­i­cated state fund­ing to per­ma­nently pro­tect work­ing farms and forests, and pro­vide veg­e­ta­tive stream buf­fers to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity in des­ig­nated ar­eas across the state.

Work­ing through lo­cal gov­ern­ments and pri­vate land trusts, the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources ac­quires con­ser­va­tion ease­ments from will­ing landown­ers to pre­serve large, con­tigu­ous tracts of land that con­tain valu­able agri­cul­tural and nat­u­ral re­sources. Two of those grants in­volve St. Mary’s County.

South­ern Mary­land Re­source Con­ser­va­tion and De­vel­op­ment Board will ac­quire two sep­a­rate con­ser­va­tion ease­ments to­tal­ing more than 183 acres in St. Mary’s, in­clud­ing more than 5,500 lin­ear feet of ri­par­ian buf­fers along trib­u­taries of the St. Mary’s and Po­tomac rivers.

Also, Patux­ent Tide­wa­ter Land Trust will ac­quire a 123.4acre con­ser­va­tion ease­ment in St. Mary’s to pro­tect valu­able agri­cul­tural and for­est lands and pro­vide wa­ter qual­ity pro­tec­tion by ri­par­ian buf­fers of trib­u­taries to Locks Swamp Creek.

Sot­ter­ley gets grant

The Mary­land His­tor­i­cal Trust, a di­vi­sion of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Plan­ning, re­cently awarded ten projects $300,000 in Non-Cap­i­tal His­toric Preser­va­tion Grants to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Mary­land gov­er­nor’s of­fice. The grants, made avail­able through Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly spe­cial funds, sup­port and en­cour­age re­search, sur­vey, plan­ning, and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

His­toric Sot­ter­ley was awarded $30,000 to con­duct an arche­o­log­i­cal sur­vey on the his­toric prop­erty in Hol­ly­wood to as­sess, ex­pand and up­date its in­ven­tory of arche­o­log­i­cal re­sources. The Sot­ter­ley prop­erty has ex­panded in size since the last arche­o­log­i­cal sur­vey, with 52 acres now com­pletely un-in­ven­to­ried, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Spe­cial hol­i­day pack­ages avail­able for jazz fes­ti­val

The Friends of St. Cle­ment’s Is­land and Piney Point Mu­se­ums is of­fer­ing spe­cial hol­i­day pack­ages for the 20th an­nual Po­tomac Jazz and Seafood Fes­ti­val, slated to take place next July. Pack­age in­cludes two event tick­ets, a $20 food voucher, spe­cial 20th an­niver­sary mer­chan­dise and a com­mem­o­ra­tive poster for $125. Pack­ages will be avail­able un­til Jan. 6, af­ter which gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets will go on sale. Visit www.Po­tomacJaz­zAndSeafoodFes­ti­val.com for more.

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