BERLIN—The Arts and Entertainment Committee has gone all out
to bring downtown alive on Friday, Aug. 9 with a major push for a wide variety
of Art Stroll events.
There will be something for everyone, including book events,
musical entertainment, artwork in multiple media and a major sidewalk sale.
Here are the events as reported by the committee:
A Little Bit Sheepish: Storeowner Brenda S. Trice will host
local hand spinner, Nancy Ferguson, from 5-8 p.m. Ferguson will be
Since retiring to the Eastern Shore in 2009 she has been
studying the cultural history of spinning and sheep flocks on the Eastern
Shore, according to Trice.
Ferguson is a frequent lecturer at the Tom’s Cove Visitor
Center in Virginia, on Assateague Island National Seashore. She will
demonstrate and discuss how yarn has been made for centuries, since before
the advent of woolen mills, and will exhibit raw wool from heritage sheep.
Ferguson will also have a variety of her breed-specific and
naturally dyed yarns for purchase. The shop is located at 2 South Main St.
Atlantic Hotel: The crowning of the new Little Miss Berlin
Peach and Little Mister Berlin Peach will take place on the hotel’s porch at 6
p.m. Contestants can still register until 5:30 p.m. at either the hotel or the
Treasure Chest. The contest is open to boys and girls age 4-7 years old who
reside in Worcester County.
The winners will represent Berlin at public events for the
year, including cutting the ribbon at the 2014 Berlin Peach Festival.
For information call Lisa Hall at 443-614-6135 or Terri
sexton at 410-641-0333.
Baked Dessert Cafe and Gallery: On exhibit will be paper
collages by Nina Tomaselli and musical entertainment by soloist Lauren Fagen.
Bungalow Love: The boutique of the unique will feature a
book event for the self-published book, “Orange on Gray: The Poetry Of Ghost
Gardner,” by Ghost Gardner.
Store owner Heather Layton said the book “is a compilation
of poetry of the years that is sure to hit all emotions within its pages.
Wonderfully written, at times shocking, never disappointing.”
Bruder Hill: Come take a look at Kristin Hooks’ “Hearts
Happen” collection of naturally occurring hearts she has been photographing
since 2003. “No hearts are set up, altered or injured in the making of Hearts
Happen,” she said.
Hooks’ work has been featured for sale in venues from
Ontario and Wisconsin to Ocean City and of course Berlin.
Burley Oak Brewing Company: Starting at 6 p.m., “Dueling
Worlds,” a collection of photography by Natalie DeHart, creative director for
Good Clean Fun Life, an online arts and entertainment magazine, will be on
exhibit. DeHart described it as “Live music photography, with photos of
At 9 p.m., the Brewery will also host live entertainment by
Pressing Strings, a band quartet with a sound that is a blend of Americana,
reggae, jazz and rock music.
The band opened for the Beach Boys and Sam Roberts
Band in 2010 and performs up to 200 shows a year, according to their Web
Church Mouse Thrift Shop: Stop in for a “Touch of Christmas
in August.” The shop, located at 101 N. Main St., will feature a collection of
musical Christmas ornaments.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will donate proceeds from Second
Friday to the Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity) program
for school supplies.
The G.O.L.D. program bills itself as “a nonprofit
organization that improves the quality of life of local citizens for whom
traditional means of well-being support is not fully available.” It provides
aid to children in foster care and to vulnerable families and adults.
Downtown Video: The artwork of Joanne Khom will be on
display, featuring her Santas. The exhibit will include a collection of cobalt
blue and frosty white ornaments and objets d’art.
More than a video store, the front area serves as a mini art
gallery, displaying stunning works of intricately hand painted gourds, cleverly
fashioned into wallets, key fobs, hair accessories and more. The shop is
located at 114 N Main St.
The Globe: The globe is hosting a public mural in the
gallery. Everyone is invited to participate.
Jeffrey Auxer Designs: Experience the beauty of glistening glass in spectacular, vivid colors.
Featured will be hand blown glass created in the studio of noted local artist
Jeffrey Auxer. Everything from ornaments and pumpkins to sinks and chandeliers
will be on exhibit.
JJ Fish Studio and Fine Craft Gallery: The decorative and
whimsical ceramic tiles of Lisa Muller will be on display at the gallery at 14
N. Main St.
“The imagery rich style I’ve developed combines mythology,
history and everyday observation using humor and metaphor,” the
Pennsylvania-based artist said on her website.
Miller said she exhibits her work in regional and national
shows and has created public ceramic installations for a variety of venues
including the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the North Dakota Museum
of Art and the town of Phoenixville, Pa.
Saltwater Media: The independent publisher will host a book
signing and reception with Salisbury author Andrew Heller, for his first novel
“Samuel Smythe and the Mystery of the Missing Papers.”
The book signing will begin at 5 p.m. Light refreshments
will be available.
The story is about a young adult action adventurer and the
book was completely published by Saltwater Media. Publisher Stephanie Fowler
described it as, “If Harry Potter was a Hardy Boy whose father is James Bond.”
Saltwater Media is located at 29 Broad St., #104.
Richard LaMotte will be available to discuss his book “Pure Sea Glass,” along
with jewelry designer Nancy LaMotte, who showcases her collection of handmade
silver and sea glass jewelry.
The LaMottes are from Chestertown and visitors will be
invited to bring in up to two pieces of their own sea glass for identification.
Richard Lamotte currently serves as President of the North
American Sea Glass Association, has been featured in newspapers around the
country, and has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Maryland Public
Television and National Public Radio.
TaDa is located at 18 N. Main St.
Victorian Charm: Dave Bradley, carver and painter, will be
the featured artist, carving in the street near Victorian Charm from 1-8 p.m.
Victorian Charm’s annual sidewalk sale will begin Friday
morning. Name brand bargains will be on sale from from 50 to 90 percent reduced
prices from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday,
and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The terms are
cash only, all sales final, and VC points will be awarded.
Worcester Arts Council: The Arts Council will feature artist
and member Brigitte Bowden at a “Meet the Artist” reception, free to the
public, from 5–8 p.m.
“My work is done mostly in oil on canvas or linen, but I
also enjoy working in acrylic and watercolor,” Bowden said.
She said her landscapes are meant to show the mood, mystique
and atmosphere of a place and her flower paintings are her way of celebrating
nature’s colors and mysteries.
Bowden is a member of the Worcester County Arts Council, the
Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury, and the Von Liebig Art Center in
The exhibit will be on display at the Arts Council Gallery
located at 6 Jefferson St. until Aug. 31.
Zenna Wellness Studio: The distinctive works of three
artists will be on exhibit: Kelli Pavon’s whimsical interpretations of the
powerful, life-affirming symbol the “Tree of Life;” Bonnie Preziozi’s watercolor and acrylic paintings, jewelry
and free form crochet pieces; and Betsy Levin’s Burma bags, the proceeds of
which will be donated to benefit Burmese refugees.
Zenna Wellness Studio is located at 10 South Main St.