Beyond The Bay Bridge

If you think the Eastern Shore is a cultural wasteland only to be passed through on your way to Ocean City, think again.

If you think the Eastern Shore is a cultural wasteland only to be passed through on your way to Ocean City, think again. - April 2013

Beyond The Bay Bridge

If you think the Eastern Shore is a cultural wasteland only to be passed through on your way to Ocean City, think again.

If you think the Eastern Shore is a cultural wasteland only to be passed through on your way to Ocean City, think again. - April 2013

-Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine, Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine.

Myriad organizations and institutions have preserved its homespun traditions, as well as collected and produced art, music, and literature any city would be proud to claim. Here’s an intro to life beyond the Bay Bridge.

The Eastern Shore Writers Association helps nurture aspiring scribes. On April 6, Lynn Schwartz, founder of Writer’s Wordhouse, will conduct a workshop titled: “Fiction: Ten Steps to a Great Tale” in Easton to help others perfect their storytelling skills. ESWA is also planning a poetry workshop with Oxford-based award-winning poet Sue Ellen Thompson in May. easternshorewriters.org.

Photographs by Chestertown RiverArts artist Richard Hallwill be featured at Chestertown’s Imperial Hotel this month in Dishabille, a show highlighting Hall’s attempt to find beauty in abandoned places being “returned” to nature. Through April 7. chestertownriverarts.org.

The always-active Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is winging it with Crisfield Carvings—Bird Hunting on Broad Water, pictured, an exhibit highlighting the distinctive decoy-carving tradition of the tiny Tangier Sound hamlet of Crisfield. The show will include decoys representing a wide variety of birds, as well as artwork by renowned carver Lem Ward. April 13-Nov. 3. cbmm.org.

The Academy Art Museum in Easton is a quiet gem having hosted work by Rothko and Mondrian, among others. This month, it opensJames Turrell Perspectives, an exhibition of the famed light and space artist’s work, which is running concurrent to the part-time Eastern Shore resident’s retrospectives at the Guggenheim, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum. Apr. 20-July 7. academyartmuseum.org.

“Mr. Las Vegas” on the Eastern Shore? Believe it. Wayne Newton will play Easton’s historic Avalon Theatre on April 19, wooing the crowd with his smooth voice and charisma. 8 p.m. avalontheatre.com.

The 4th annual WineFestat St. Michaels returns this month with hundreds of local, domestic, and international wines to sample, as well as award-winning craft beers from Eastern Shore Brewing. There will also be a celebration to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the attack on the town during the War of 1812. The Sunday finale called “JazzFest comes to WineFest,” will feature some of the region’s finest jazz. April 27-28, 12-6 p.m. winefestatstmichaels.com.


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-Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine, Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine.

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