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Posted 5/31/24

Orchestra’s Legacy Awards

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has announced the 2024 Legacy Award Recipients, honoring exceptional individuals who have significantly contributed to …

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Dorchester Arts & Leisure briefs


Orchestra’s Legacy Awards

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has announced the 2024 Legacy Award Recipients, honoring exceptional individuals who have significantly contributed to sustaining the orchestra and providing resources to support their continued success and growth.

The first was presented to Mary Lou Tietz during the MSO's Gala on May 4. Ms. Tietz, who has dedicated 15 years to the MSO as a grant writer and fundraiser, was recognized for her unparalleled contributions to securing essential funding and organizing vital fundraising activities for the Orchestra.

On May 19, after the Ensemble Series concert at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, the MSO honored Jocelyn and George Eysymontt with the Legacy Award. The award recognized their generous and ongoing support of the MSO. The celebration included a special dinner in their honor at the Academy Art Museum.

House and Garden

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage will come to Dorchester County on June 1 for the first time since 2015. Tour ticket holders will have a chance to visit six private waterfront homes in the Neck District of the county plus historic St. John’s Chapel and Spocott Windmill Village. Proceeds of the tour will benefit the building of the Three Cultures Center at Handsell Historic Site.
A crab cake lunch will be served by the Neck District Volunteer Fire Company, as a fundraiser for the Fire Hall. Attendees are asked to support this cause by purchasing a separate lunch ticket.

All MHGP information can be found at including online ticket sales.

Yoga on Navy Point

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Yoga on Navy Point will take place in St. Michaels on Tuesday evenings throughout May and June.

Instructor Colleen Morrison will lead participants through an all-levels class on CBMM’s waterfront campus on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration is required and open now at The cost is $20 for a single session or $70 for all four sessions in June, with a 20% discount for CBMM members on all pricing.

Participants are invited to bring their own mats, props and water. In the case of inclement weather, class will be held in the Small Boat Shed or Van Lennep Auditorium.

No experience is necessary to enjoy Yoga on Navy Point.

To access the CBMM member discount for Yoga on Navy Point and become part of the Chesapeake story, purchase a membership by visiting or contacting Membership Services Coordinator Debbie Ruzicka at 410-745-4991 or

Tred Avon Players

Tred Avon Players (TAP) is seeking volunteers to join its creative team.

Scenic Designer: TAP needs someone with a creative vision to design captivating sets that enhance storytelling. The designer will work closely with the director to bring their vision to life and oversee the construction of the sets.

Set Construction: Are you handy with tools? Do you have experience or want to learn how to build theatrical sets? TAP needs additional crew members for its upcoming show, Vanities, and future productions. You’ll work closely with the scenic designer out of a workshop in Oxford.

As a volunteer, you will receive complimentary tickets to shows.

Upcoming Shows at Oxford Community Center:

The Hallelujah Girls: Aug. 15-25

Blithe Spirit: Oct. 24-Nov. 3

Email or call TAP President Melissa Barcomb-Doyle at (443) 831-1946.

Free line dancing classes

Learn & Burn line dancing classes, Mondays and Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m., free, perfect for beginners at Dorchester Lodge #223, 618 Pine St. Cambridge.

Dorchester Center for the Arts

Happening at DCA and no fees for any evening:

Tuesdays Open Mic 6-9 p.m. Come play music, sing, or just enjoy.

Wednesdays Open Art 6-8 p.m. Come create art and enjoy live music

Thursdays Open Dance 6-9 p.m. Come dance, learn, or just enjoy; and Ukulele Group, all welcome 4-6 p.m.

CFF’s 2024 Festival Dates

The Chesapeake Film Festival is now open for submissions on Film Freeway for its 17th edition. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their work for consideration for this event, set to take place in Easton, from Sept. 27-29.

As a platform dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema, the festival offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers to connect with audiences and industry professionals. 

The festival has also recently been awarded two grants: the Maryland Humanities’ Marilyn Hatza SHINE Memorial Grant and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation's Artistic Insights Fund Grant. These awards will further support the festival's mission of celebrating the art of filmmaking and fostering cultural exchange. 

For further information on becoming a sponsor, volunteer or to sign up for the festival’s newsletter, visit

Main Street Gallery

The Main Street Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Second Saturdays until 8 p.m. The gallery is at 518 Poplar St., in Cambridge.

Ridgely VFC line dancing

Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department offers line dancing to the public every second Wednesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free.

An instructor will teach one or two new dances each week and then there will be social time to show off dance moves. The Firehouse is located at 101 Sunset Boulevard, Ridgely. For more information, call 410-634-2424 or email

Dorchester County Public Library

If you or someone you know would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the library, become a summer reading sponsor, send us items from our Amazon Wishlist, or join the Friends of the Library, visit for more information.

Soup ’n Walk Program

Adkins Arboretum has announced the 2024 lineup for its Soup ’n Walk programs. Explore the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland on a guided walk themed to the season, then enjoy lunch and a brief talk about nature and nutrition.

Copies of recipes are provided. All gift shop purchases on these days receive a 20% discount. This year’s offerings include:

Sept. 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Walk the meadows in search of golden-brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers while watching and listening for bluebirds and dragonflies. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries.

Menu: split pea soup, wild rice berry salad, anadama oatmeal bread with orange marmalade, spicy pumpkin pie in easy crust.

Oct. 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Fall colors dazzle the eye and pique the appetite. Listen for migrating birds and woodpeckers while watching for changing color on red and orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip trees.

Menu: butternut squash sweet potato bisque, red pepper and chickpea salad, whole wheat flaxseed bread with blackberry jam, peach and berry crisp.

Nov. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Enjoy autumn as we hunt for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush.

Menu: kale and chicken soup with lemon, black-eyed pea salad, dill rye bread with raspberry jam, Black Forest cake with cherries.

Soup ’n Walk programs are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Early registration is recommended. Visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 100 to register or for more information.

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