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Sept 20 – HUGE YARD SALE-proceeds to parish outreach program. 8am-1pm. Old Wye Church 14114 Old Wye Mills Rd, Wye Mills.

Colonial History Lives At Old Wye May Fair

Young and old alike can step back into Maryland’s Colonial past from 10 until 3 on Saturday, May 5 at the Colonial May Fair on the beautiful grounds of Old Wye Church in historic Wye Mills.

At last year’s May Fair, visitors enjoyed the chance to experience what life was like almost 300 years ago on the Eastern Shore. This year, the Colonial May Fair has expanded, providing many more opportunities for you and your family to experience living history. There will be blacksmithing, furniture making, beekeeping, spinning, basket weaving, candle making and other demonstrations.

Take a Clydesdale horse drawn wagon through Wye Mills to the 1682 Grist Mill, and see it in operation. Enjoy choral music and a docent-led tour in the historic 1721 Old Wye Church. Colonial games, crafts, and costumes, along with May Pole dancing will interest and delight children. A fife and drum corps will provide the appropriate musical setting for the day.

Just as in Colonial times, animals will be everywhere. Besides the handsome team of Clydesdales, there will be farm animals for petting and feeding, plus there will be a pony for small children to ride. The Maryland Park Service will bring a selection of native wild animals. Rev. Charlie Osberger, the rector of Wye Parish, will bless the animals, including yours if you bring him or her.

Local crafts will be available, such as handmade quilts and lavender products made in Queen Anne’s County from lavender grown in the County. A tent will be filled with flower and vegetable plants ready to plant in your garden. Children will have the opportunity to make a special Mother’s Day gift. At the Silent Auction Market, you can bid on – and win – a wide variety of items for gifts or your own use. And, of course, there will be lots of food to enjoy for lunch on the grounds or in the Parish Hall — or to take home for an easy dinner after your day of Colonial experiences.

Old Wye Church is at 14114 Old Wye Mills Rd. (Rt. 662) in Wye Mills. The proceeds from the Colonial May Fair benefit the outreach programs of Wye Parish. There is no charge for admission to the Fair.

In photo: Jeff Dunkelberger, who regularly demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean Virginia, will be sharing his craft at the Colonial May Fair on May 5. Other demonstrations include candle-making, beekeeping, basket making, furniture making, spinning and clothing-making.

The Popular Maryland Boychoir Returns to Old Wye Church

The renowned Maryland State Boychoir returns to historic Old Wye Church in Wye Mills, MD. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20. The Boychoir, Maryland’s “Official Goodwill Ambassadors,” are offering a concert, “Music Through the Ages,” with something for every musical taste, motet to barbershop, anthems to world music, Renaissance to gospel. Admission at the door is $12, with age 15 and younger free.

Trained according the rigorous system of the Royal School of Church Music established in 1927, the Maryland State Boychoir has performed in more than 30 States and nine foreign countries since its founding in 1987. The choir’s reputation for excellence has resulted in invitations to perform in notable venues ranging from the White House and Kennedy Center in Washington to Coventry Cathedral in England.

The Boychoir returns to our area as a part of the annual Concert Series of the Wye Conservatory of Music, founded to carry on and expand music programs initially developed by Wye Parish. The Conservatory is under the overall direction of former New York opera lead Bonnie Forgacs of Denton and Assistant Director, Amy Morgan of Easton. Its other programs include the high school-age Choral Scholars program, the Wye Youth Chorale for younger students, individual voice and piano training for all ages, and the popular summertime Wye Operetta Workshop (WOW!) for high school- and college-age participants.

Further information concerning the upcoming Boychoir concert can be obtained by calling the Wye Parish office at (410) 827-8484. For more information about the Maryland Boychoir, go to http://www.marylandstateboychoir.org/about-us/. For information on the Conservatory, contact Marie U’ren at (410) 822-5089 or muren@goeaston.net.

Concert by the Maryland State Boychoir

Concert by the Maryland State Boychoir, “Church Music Through the Ages”, Sunday, January 16, 4:00 PM. Hear inspiring choral music by this internationally known group (see http://www.marylandstateboychoir.org/about-us/). Admission $15 at the door; children 12 or under free. Old Wye Church (1721), Rt. 662, Wye Mills. 410.827.8484

Colonial May Fair Comes to Wye Mills

Enjoy and celebrate the Eastern Shore’s Colonial Heritage at the Colonial May Fair in historic Wye Mills, Maryland, on Saturday, the first of May from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This May Day celebration on the grounds of the beautiful 1721 Old Wye Church will include docent-led, Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides to the old (1682), working Grist Mill and the restored Colonial one-room structure in Wye Oak State Park.

Fair-goers interested in the craft of building are invited to join local volunteer carpenters in the finishing and raising of the timber frame of a “dependency” shed.  This construction will be done with authentically milled lumber using traditional Colonial building techniques, which visitors can watch and participate in.

For the children, there will be May Pole dancing with the participants weaving brightly-colored ribbons around a live-flower bedecked May Pole.  Youngsters are also invited to take part in Colonial games and crafts that will introduce them to the ways children entertained themselves over 200 years ago.  Children will have the opportunity to paint and plant a flower pot – a wonderful handmade gift for Mother’s Day.  There will be a modern fire engine for the children to climb on and learn about – a great improvement from the Colonial bucket brigades!

Animals were everywhere in Colonial times, and they will be at the Colonial May Fair, too!  Bring your pets to the traditional Blessing of the Animals so that Wye Parish Rector Charlie Osberger can give your animal friend an individual blessing.  The Maryland Park Service is coming to the May Fair with Scales & Tales, giving Fair-goers the opportunity to see live wildlife, all native to Maryland, up close. Stewardship of Maryland’s wildlife is promoted through “tales” – or stories –  of how these live non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles came into the care of the program.

This year’s Wye Auction Market will feature gift and furniture items and rare books as well as the 23” by 63” wood-framed, diamond-paned stained glass windows that were removed from Old Wye Church in the 1940s prior to its restoration.

Tours of the Church will be available throughout the day.  The authentically restored Colonial Vestry Cottage will be the home of the Lavender Shop, where candles, sachets, eye pillows and other items made from locally grown lavender will be sold.

With the last frost date just past, there will be all kinds of plants – flowers, vegetables and herbs – to buy for your garden, plus a selection of fresh produce for your table.  A number of vendors will be there displaying their crafts.  The colonial heritage of Wye Mills will be celebrated in music by the Wye Choral Scholars and in colonial costumes.

Of course, there will be lots of food  – especially Eastern Shore specialties like Barbequed Chicken dinners to take home or eat on the spot, Smith Island Cake and other baked goods, as well as a homemade luncheon prepared by the women of the Parish.

Old Wye Church is located at 14114 Old Wye Mills Road (Route 662) in Wye Mills.  Proceeds from the Colonial May Fair support the outreach programs of Wye Parish.  For further information, call 410.827.8484.

Mardi Gras Jazz Comes to Wye Mills

Get ready for Carnival time with “A Hot Time in New Orleans” concert at the Old Wye Parish House in Wye Mills on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.  “Bags” Howard and his Riverside Carnival Band will put you in the Mardi Gras mood with their happy and energetic New Orleans jazz. The band features “Bags” on trumpet accompanied by his fellow jazz musicians on banjo, trombone, tuba and clarinet.  The Riverside Carnival Band is a favorite at musical and social events in the Baltimore-Washington area. Following the performance, the audience is invited for refreshments.

“A Hot Time in New Orleans” is the third of four concerts presented by Music at Wye this season.  The popular performances have ranged from instrumental to vocal, from sacred to secular, from classical to jazz.  The 1721 historic Old Wye Church and its Parish Hall, where the concert will take place, is located at 14114 Old Wye Mills Road (Route 662) in Wye Mills. Tickets are available at the door for $15.00 each.  For further information, call 410.827.8484.

The Madrigal Singers Return With “A Prelude to Christmas”

AACS Madrigals 047a (400 x 286)Back by popular demand, the Madrigal Singers return to Old Wye Church with “A Prelude to Christmas” on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.  This candlelight program is a wonderful introduction to the Christmas season designed to appeal to the whole family.

Directed by Cindy Bauchspies, The Madrigals are a group of seventeen auditioned a cappella singers from the Annapolis Area Christian School. They perform a wide variety of repertoire in venues ranging from European cathedrals, the White House, and the National Gallery to nursing homes and Orioles Baseball Park.  Recently, they received the highest score at the Maryland State Choral Festival.  In June 2009, the Madrigals made their third appearance at the International Church Music Festival in Rome when the Festival marked its 25th Anniversary.  The Madrigals are the only high school choir ever invited to perform at this international festival.

An accomplished choral director and singer/songwriter, Ms. Bauchspies is also the Director of the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club.  For the past twenty-three years, Director Bauchspies has been developing choral programs at the Annapolis Area Christian High School, which now boasts four choirs.

Old Wye Church, the setting for this Christmas Season event, is a beautifully restored colonial church dating from 1721.  It is known for its fine acoustics.  The Church is located at 14114 Old Wye Mills Rd. in Wye Mills.

“A Prelude to Christmas” is the second performance in the Music at Wye 2009-2010 Concert Series.  The next concert, February 6, will present New Orleans jazz.

Tickets will be available at the door for $15 for non-season ticket holders. For further information, please call 410.827.8484.