FRIDAY 12/19: ‘Weary of War — the Shore in December 1864′

“Weary of War: The Shore in December 1864” is the subject of a free 90-minute seminar 12:30 p.m. Friday, December 19, in the Lecture Hall of the Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Hwy., Melfa. Historian Kellee Blake will address declining hopes for Southern victory, the Shore command of bright young colonel Frank J. White (including his handling of the previously enslaved population), the predicament of women, and the costly demand that every adult on the Shore take the dreaded oath. [Read more...]

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American Legion Food Drive for Eastern Shore Pantry

American Legion Post 56 in Cheriton has an ongoing Holiday Project to provide canned food to the Eastern Shore Food Pantry. A box is located inside Post 56 near the front door to collect canned goods for our neighbors who need help this year. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a family who can feed them during this Christmas season. All members and their families are asked to please consider donating canned goods to this project.

Danceable Drama Is Not Your Father’s Christmas Carol

By WAYNE CREED

December 8, 2014

In Cape Charles, Christmas is our best of times, and this season, Arts Enter and the Palace Theatre are excited to bring you their unique interpretation of the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol: An Original Danceable Drama.” Rather than just blowing dust off the pages, and trotting old Ebenezer out in a nightgown once again, we wanted to re-examine the story, not just relative to a mosaic of other literary work, but as a play between the elements of speech, music, and dance.

This sounds like a daunting task, but working with the brilliant Amy Watkins makes it so much easier. Her original choreography pushes our dancers’ movement and form in space, shape, time and energy. For Amy, it is the art of movement, using the language of ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, folk dance, GaGa, and even pedestrian movement, all fused together in a spiritual, emotional, and even non-literal textual context to create a vivid and intense narrative that invokes dance’s grandest ghosts of the past and present, Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp.

We are also blessed to have a supremely talented costume designer (who can lift a great deal of stress off of the directors), Vera Miller, who uses fabric to create the characters and fill the stage with texture and color. For period pieces, such as “A Christmas Carol,” she is marvelous in her ability to plot color, changing social status or period through the visual design of garments and accessories. This may sound simple, but it requires a unique knowledge of not just fabric and pattern development, but also an in-depth education in the history of textiles and fashion. [Read more...]

ESO’s 24th Nutcracker Dedicated to the Roll Family

Walt and Jeanne Roll

Jeanne and Walt Roll

Chris Roll

Chris Roll

By DONNA BOZZA

December 8, 2014

For many, their introduction to Eastern Shore Own Arts Center starts with a young daughter mesmerized by the Center’s annual performance of the Nutcracker ballet. With an “I wanna be a ballerina” proclamation, it’s off to ESO. It was much the same for parents Jeanne and Walt Roll and their daughter Erin. But their involvement with ESO morphed into an amazing two decades of selfless donation of time and talents that soon included their son Chris. Their mark is most evident during the months of intensive preparation for the Nutcracker and the reason this year’s 24th production is dedicated to the Rolls.

“Between creating elaborate costumes and props and producing countless videos and photographs, the Rolls have been instrumental in making the ballet happen for 20 years,” said Dana Floyd-Sutter, ESO Dance School Director. It would not be hard to dub the Rolls the First Family of ESO. Their dedication has greatly enabled the non-profit to keep the Nutcracker going year after year.

“Nutcracker is so important to the students,” said Floyd-Sutter. “It’s exciting for them to be part of the tradition and it builds their confidence. It is a great vehicle for team building — I see how it teaches them to love and support each other. It certainly makes them better dancers.” [Read more...]

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SATURDAY 12/6: Santa Train, Lighted Boats & Golf Carts, and Grand Illumination in Central Park

Celebrate the holidays with these festive events Saturday, December 6:

Santa Train — Santa Claus Comes to Town by Train! Departs 9 a.m. from Railway Stop on Mason Avenue. Tickets required.

Lighted Boat Parade –- The Cape Charles Yacht Club will again host a lighted boat parade, and will serve refreshments at the Bath House beginning 4:30 p.m. At around 5:15 p.m. boats will leave their slips and will make a few laps around the outer harbor in front of The Shanty. Cape Charles Town Harbor will then be illuminated and the golf cart parade will begin to leave the harbor and go to Central Park for the Grand Illumination. [Read more...]

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SATURDAY 12/6: Surplus Furniture, Vehicles, Equipment at Town Auction

The Town of Cape Charles will hold a Silent Auction 12-12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6, at the Public Works Maintenance Building located at 716C Randolph Avenue (behind Rayfield’s Pharmacy) to sell surplus furniture, vehicles, and equipment. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Items for sale include: [Read more...]

NOV 28/29: Eastern Shore Artisans Guild Holiday Tour Stretches from Cape Charles to Onancock

The Eastern Shore Artisans Guild Holiday Tour will be held Friday/Saturday (November 28-29) from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. There are 10 stops in Accomack and Northampton counties for this self-drive tour, stretching from Cape Charles to Onancock, hosting 21 juried guild members who will exhibit their work. Stops include artisan studios, historic buildings, an alpaca farm, and one vineyard/winery, and offer a wide variety of high-quality handmade items, most of which are one-of-a-kind pieces. Jewelry, decoys, and wildlife carvings, ceramics, art quilts, pottery, metal sculptures, wearable fiber, Windsor chairs, are available. The tour is free, self-directed, and self-driven tour. Light refreshments will be available at most stops.

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Pin-Up Pets Featured in SPCA Calendar

People love their pets. That’s why the SPCA Eastern Shore had an abundance of responses when they asked if any of their previous adopters would like to purchase a month to feature their SPCA alum pet in the shelter’s 2015 fund-raising calendar. From the cover shot of Maxie Mouse, a terrier, on the sandbar at Cherrystone through the December photo of Kermit the Cat daring anyone to touch her Christmas presents, the calendar showcases an array of former shelter residents who have found happy and loving forever homes. [Read more...]

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