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Parran Collery is having an open studio from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Collery has invited two guest artists, Sue Stockman a jeweler and mosaic artist from the Eastern Shore and Lisa Muller, a tile artist and clay sculptor from the Philadelphia area.

The event will feature art, food and drinks at 486 Main Street in Prince Frederick.

Collery has also just completed a tile mosaic sign for the Calvert Animal Welfare League, located on Stoakley Road in Prince Frederick. The installation of this 30-foot long sign is the culmination of a year long project, with all of the parts for the sign being fabricated in her studio.

Call 410-610-0456 or email

‘Watermen of the Chesapeake’ lecture at CMM

Pete Lesher, curator of exhibits at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will present a comparative gallery talk on “Watermen of the Chesapeake.”

Lesher will begin his presentation at the Calvert Marine Museum, discussing the Endangered Species: Watermen of the Chesapeake photography exhibit from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The discussion will resume at Annmarie Garden at 3 p.m. on the Marc Castelli: The Art of the Waterman exhibit.

Call 410-326-4640 or go to to register.

A fee of $10 is required. Light refreshments will be served.

#1 Credit Glen McClure Anna Jones, J.M. Clayton Seafood Co., Cambridge, MD, May 14, 2010.

#2 Credit A. Aubrey Bodine - A. Aubrey Bodine’s "Haul Seiners" shows four men and a woman with a haul seine at Langford Creek, Kent County, Maryland, in June 1958.

#3 Credit Glen McClure Carl Elder, Bayford, Virginia, May 23, 2009.

St. Mary’s College Jazz Combo to perform in Montgomery Hall

On Nov. 16, join the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazz Combo for an evening of special performances. Under the direction of Don Stapleson, guests will hear the combo’s rendition of music by Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Carlos Santana. The concert will be held in Montgomery Hall, room 25, at St. Mary’s College starting at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Stapleson, director of the St. Mary's College Jazz Combo, is well-known locally and in the Washington metropolitan area. An accomplished saxophonist and gifted flutist, he performs with his own group, The Don Stapleson Quartet, as well as with the popular classical/jazz crossover group, Clazzical Jam. He has performed with Ray Charles, Dexter Gordon, Nancy Wilson, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Martha Reeves. He has also appeared on MTV with Danny Gatton.

Stapleson has performed at the National Theater as a member of the pit orchestra during its productions of “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Cats.” He is a former member of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and has recently appeared as guest soloist with the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra. His flute playing can be heard on television's “America's Most Wanted,” The National Geographic Special “The Inca Ice Maiden” and “The Serval Cats,” and in the upcoming PBS series, “Realms of the Deep.” Stapleson can also be heard with the rock group, Xyra and Verborgen, on their recently released CD.


St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.

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