Historic figures to come to life

In partnership with Cecil College, the Maryland Humanities Council will present "Chautauqua 2007: Food for Thought" at 7 p.m. Friday through July 16 on the North East campus.

The free program features scholars assuming the costumes and characters of historical figures, talking about their lives and answering audience questions. In event of inclement weather, performances will be held in the Milburn Stone Theatre.


The event will features impersonations of farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, presented by Fred Blanco on Friday; agricultural scientist, educator, artist, musician and humanitarian George Washington Carver, presented by Paxton Williams on Saturday; novelist, essayist, short story writer and social activist Upton Sinclair, presented by Doug Mishler on July 15; and chef Julia Child, presented by Mary Ann Jung on July 16.

Lead-in programs precede the Chautauquans. Elaine Barclay will speak about farming and chemicals in Cecil County on Friday; Ed Okonowicz will discuss regional food lore and storytelling on Saturday; Michelle Moyer will give a demonstration on healthy food preparation July 15; and Ann Stubbs will talk about herbs July 16.


Information: 410-685-4185.

Local artists join for college exhibit

Local artists Ed Friend, Therese Lavery, Heather Levy and John Styer will present the second annual Cecil Summer Sampler at Cecil College's Elkton Station Gallery through Aug. 16.

Painting, gouache, collage, ink, turned wood, and sculpture will be featured in this eclectic exhibit in the lobby of Elkton Station at 107 Railroad Ave.

Friend finds his inspiration in the beauty of nature. He paints full time and has experimented with media and artistic techniques.

Lavery's art reflects her ideal of beauty, from Victorian fashion illustrations mixed with old Hollywood styles and Indian sculptures to works incorporating history and mythology.

Ceramicist Levy exaggerates for effect to provoke emotions beyond art appreciation. She previously tried other media before turning to clay.

Styer said the turned wood pieces in this show are all from one tree, a limb from a centennial oak that stands along U.S. 40 in Elkton.


The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The artwork is available for sale.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 207.