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The Coveted “Chili Bowl” is on the line once again! The Kool Kats at Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits Annual Chili Cook-Off is going to the dogs (and cats too!) Friday February 12 from 5-7PM you will have the chance to taste chili dishes paired with wine or beer. Once again it’s a battle of the Dogs- Talbot Humane staff & volunteers verses “The Dog” staff in an effort to raise funds for the animals! You vote with your dollars to see which team wins! The generous folks at HOTD are also donating a 10% of the sale of featured wine and beer to Talbot Humane during this event. These folks really are AMAZING friends to the animals!
Stage and Screen Star to Appear in Easton Middle School’s Production of Peter Pan
This year Easton Middle School will be presenting the musical Peter Pan under the direction of Richard A. Vitanovec. Vitanovec, who has a BA in Acting, a BA in Directing, and his teaching certificate from Lycoming College and his Master’s Degree in Theatre Production from Central Washington University, has always strived to give the students at Easton Middle School the most professional, top-notch theatre experience possible. He has created a theatre community where not only middle school students can participate, but also elementary and high school students. This production of Peter Pan includes over 40 students as well as Talbot County Public School faculty.
Last year, NBC aired a production of PETER PAN LIVE that starred Allison Williams as Pan and Christopher Walkin as Hook. For the first time ever, a real dog was used to play the role of “Nana”, the Darling’s dog-nurse. Typically, this role is played by an actor in a dog costume. Bill Berloni, known for being one of the best dog trainers for Broadway and Hollywood, trained his rescue dog, Bowdie to play the role. Wanting his students to have as much of a professional experience as possible, Vitanovec contacted Mr. Berloni in hopes that he could help him with “Nana” for the Easton Middle School production. Berloni has trained dogs for years for Broadway and Hollywood. He provided one of his canine actors, Mikey, for last year’s EMS production of Annie. Mr. Berloni graciously agreed to bring Bowdie to reprise his role as “Nana Darling” in Easton Middle School’s production at the end of January. Although only the second time a real dog has played Nana in the musical, this will be the first time that a real dog has done it live on stage for an audience.
Bill Berloni found Bowdie in 2014 when his family could no longer keep this smart, energetic dog. He began training to be Winn Dixie in a production of BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE THE MUSICAL at the Delaware Theatre Company in the spring of 2015. Along the way, he was cast as the first dog to ever play “Nana” in PETER PAN LIVE on NBC. After performing in Delaware, Bowdie was cast in a music video and several television shows.
Mr. Berloni is a 2011 Tony Honoree for Excellence in Theatre and 2014 Outer Critics Circle award for Special Achievement. Broadway: THE AUDIENCE with Dame Helen Mirren; LIVING ON LOVE; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON BAR AND GRILL; ANNIE (original and all revivals), A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE, CAMELOT, FRANKENSTEIN, THE FIRST, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, OLIVER!, ANYTHING GOES, NICK AND NORA, THE WIZ, (20th Anniversary revival and City Center 2009) THE WIZARD OF OZ, DINNER AT EIGHT, DOUBLE FEATURE (NYCB), THE WOMAN IN WHITE, AWAKE AND SING and THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE.
Mr. Berloni is the Animal Director of the new musical BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. He has trained animals for hundreds of Off-Broadway, regional theatre, tours, television and movies. Recent films include Sandy in the new movie of ANNIE starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Other television includes POWER, BILLIONS and MR ROBOT. Mr. Berloni and his family are the subjects of a new docu-series entitled WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI on the Discovery Family Channel that premiered in August 2015. He is the author of BROADWAY TAILS, DOGA and SANDY THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A STAR. He is also Director of Animal Behavior at the Humane Society of New York.
It is an amazing opportunity and experience these students will have working with someone so highly accredited in the professional theatrical world. Sharing the stage with an experienced canine theatre star is something these students won’t forget for a long time.
Come see stage and screen star Bowdie as “Nana” in Easton Middle School’s production of Peter Pan. Performances are January 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:00 pm and January 24 at 2:00 pm.
“NANA’S PANTRY”- Bring 4+ cans of cat or dog food or a bag of cat or dog food to the show and you will be entered in a raffle for a special prize. The cat and dog food will be donated to Talbot Humane to help all the rescued animals that find their way there.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Easton Middle School, Crackerjacks, Little Rascals Consignment Shop, Reesers’ Pharmacy, and Rise Up Coffee Roasters on Dover St.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture and private funding, we are able to offer qualifying residents FREE spay/neuter services for ALL DOGS AND CATS within Talbot County and the City of Cambridge, Maryland.
Qualifications are simple.
For more information or to make an appointment to have your dog or cat altered for FREE contact Ashley Marshall today at (410)822-0107 or email@example.com
If you answered “Yes” to all of these questions you are eligible for this very special program regardless of income. Project Feline Fix is targeted to prevent litters of kittens from arriving in Talbot County. Thanks to a generous grant from The Snyder Foundation for Animals all cats 3 years old or younger, that are indoor/outdoor or outdoor only pets and owned by Talbot County or Dorchester County residents will be spayed or neutered for only $10- this includes the rabies and distemper vaccinations! Lets prevent more litters of unwanted pets from entering our shelters and get your Feline Fixed. To sign up for this program call Talbot Humane TODAY (410)822-0107.
On October 10th, for the 6th year in a row we had beautiful weather and a full Idlewild Park in Easton to celebrate our love for our pets! More than 1,000 visitors joined us in the 5K fun run, Dog Walk Homecoming Parade, Fun Dog Show and so much more. The day was full of fun, fellowship and fundraising for the animals of Talbot Humane! Raising more than $47,000 for the animals, YOU made the day a success for animals in need. The day would not happen without the support of our community partners, volunteers and visitors. Thank you all!
Here are the many photos for this year’s Bark in the Park! We will simply say, they were worth the wait! Our wonderful photographers out did themselves this year! Thank you Cal Jackson, John Barron and Randy Bachand for the capturing the wonderful day. https://talbothumanesbarkinthepark2015.shutterfly.com/4
Talbot Humane and Talbot County Animal Control would like to remind citizens during the times of high winds, heavy rain and potential flooding to PLEASE bring your pets indoors. Talbot Humane will lend crates to those in need during this time. Do not leave dogs tethered out or in confined areas such as kennels, sheds or any other structure which may flood or collapse. Please keep cats indoors during and after the event. Animals suffer from stress just as humans during extremes and may behave erratically, or not recognize their surroundings. If you see a problem within Talbot County, please contact our office at (410)822-0107.
You will want to contact friends or family outside of the immediate danger area to stay. Contact local hotels to see if they are pet friendly, or will waive their policy during an emergency. In Easton the following hotels will accommodate pet owners- Tidewater Inn, Days Inn, Comfort Inn and Inn at 202 Dover. These businesses ask that owners call in advance to find out their requirements.
In the event the Social Services Shelter at Easton High School is opened, the Talbot Animal Disaster Services shelter will also open to house pets for those residing in the shelter. Please be advised this shelter IS NOT a drop off for your pets- it is only for those residents living in the shelter. This shelter should also be used as a means of last resort- it will be stressful for you and your pets.
The Avalon stage will be rockin’ on May 29, but not with musicians or drums or electric guitars. Local art will take the stage and will blow you away as originality, functionality and charm mingle passionately in Talbot Humane’s second annual “chairity” auction. Rock On Talbot Humane will feature 20 one-of-a-kind, hand painted chairs for live auction to benefit the shelter animals at Talbot Humane. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include an uncommon and exceptional silent auction, delicious food, cash bar, and of course, the Avalon milieu.
“Local artists put their hearts and souls into painting these chairs,” said Susan Langfitt, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator for Talbot Humane. “Every chair comes back to us transformed from the planks of bare wood they start out as into a beautiful work of art. We love to see where each artist takes this project.”
This year, Rock On Talbot Humane will auction 15 custom-built, rocking Adirondack chairs, five children’s Adirondack chairs, and a signature bench. Each is sponsored by a local business, where it remains on display for the public to enjoy until they are auctioned in May. Chairs will start appearing at local businesses at the end of April. Photos of the painted chairs also will start popping up in the coming weeks on Talbot Humane’s Facebook page, the Rock On Talbot Humane Facebook page, and Talbot Humane’s website at www.talbothumane.org.
“Last year, we raised just over $17,000 for the shelter through our live and silent auctions, and of course, we hope to surpass that at this year’s event,” said Langfitt. “It’s a wonderful way for the public to support the work we do here at Talbot Humane and take home a beautiful piece of artwork they will use and enjoy for years to come.” From the original design of the rocking Adirondack chair, hand-built in Maryland, to the custom art work, Rock On Talbot Humane chairs are worth the investment buyers put both into the chairs and into caring for our community’s homeless animals. Chairs ranged in price last year from $300 to $2,000.
This year’s project features a signature bench, which is displayed at The Academy of Arts in Easton. Painted by local artist Jonathan Crist, who often combines stain and paint to create iconic Eastern Shore scenes, this year, The Robert Morris Inn is his muse. A fun addition to this year’s auction, conducted by Buddy Foxwell of Foxwell Auctions in Cambridge, are children’s Adirondacks, which will bring a fun new element to the night, and are include a sports chair and a mermaid theme. We are certain the “Bidder’s Choice” chair will also be popular. Famed pet portrait Artist Nancy Norman VanSchaik will be creating a chair of the bidder’s choosing! Imagine your furred love immortalized on a one-of-a-kind rocking Adirondack!
Doors will open at the Avalon at 6:30 pm and the live auction starts at 7 pm on May 29. For more information on the Rock On Talbot Humane project, contact Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choppy Seas by Jeff Crist sponsored by and located at Masons
Bartlett Pear Chair by Sarah Fagan & Sequoia Chupek sponsored by and located at Bartlett Pear Inn
Bidders Choice – Unpainted Chair by Nancy Van Schaik sponsored by Orion Safety Products (hosted at Avalon)
Funky Crab by Lorraine White sponsored by and located at Hair O’ The Dog
All for Rosie by Sean Wells sponsored by and located at Miranda’s
Stadium Seating by Deb Carney sponsored by and located at Crackerjacks
Dragonflies! by Bridget Whited sponsored by and located at Piazza Italian Market
Playmates by Laura Rankin sponsored by and located at Lizzy Dee
Sunflower Party by SMMHS Art Students sponsored by and located at Lacaze Meredith Real Estate
Daisy Dearie by Cherry Dearie Elizabeth Claire Salon
Flower Power by Melinda Sebastian sponsored by and located at Victory Garden Café
Seahorse by Robin Voshell sponsored by and located at Baird Wealth Management
Robert Morris Inn by Jonathan Crist sponsored by Alchemy Works (hosted at Academy Art Museum)
The Mermaid Chair by Maggi Sarfaty sponsored by and located at Bountiful
Yellow Brick Road by Ian Scott-Taylor
Field of Flowers by Diane DuBois Mullaly sponsored by and located at Gina’s Cafe
The Little Mermaid by Terri Griffin sponsored by and located at Theo’s
Advice From The Bay by Laura Wooters sponsored by Judge & Mrs. John C. North II (hosted at CB Maritime Museum)
Butterflies Are Free by Shalagh Hogan sponsored by Shore Pediatrics (hosted at Ouvert Gallery)
Good Day Sunshine by Faith Stiffler sponsored by and located at Awful Arthurs
The Hot Stuff by KC Bridges sponsored by and located at Preppy Redneck
To each of you who adopt, donate, volunteer, network, share our pets on social media, foster, or spread the good news of what we do, YOU SAVE LIVES. Here’s to 2015 being the best year yet for the animals of our community!
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