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Local artist repaints sign attributed to urban legend

Posted On: 11/22/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

BERLIN — For the first time in 15 years, local artist Jim Adcock has touched up the sign he painted that has long been rumored to be the inspiration for the naming of the fictional town of Hale, Md. in the Hollywood film, "Runaway Bride." The 1999 film that starred Julia Robers and Richard Gere is one of two Hollywood films filmed in historic downtown Berlin. The other full-length feature, Tuck Everlasting, was filmed in the town in 2002. "When Reggie Mariner built the building, he wanted it to look old, so he installed rusty roofing and I distressed the paint," Adcock said. Although the building — now Go Organic Grocer in the large parking lot off North Main Street — was fairly new 15 years ago, the structure looked as if it was decades old, especially after Adcock used skills such as chipping paint off.  "There actually was a Hale Harrison peach," said Adcock, in explaining his inspiration for the design. The Harrison family h...
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Food and drink shops get into the holiday spirit

Posted On: 11/15/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

Food and drink shops get into the holiday spirit BERLIN/OCEAN PINES — As chilly, winter-like weather has hit the area, several local businesses are preparing specialty foods and drinks for families eager to get into the holiday mood. Many good eateries are in the area and most have space to sit down while also offering a take-out service. Si'culi on North Main Street in Berlin always has a rotating daily special and winter-related entrees will be served all winter. Main Street Deli on South Main Street in Berlin will create combination meat and cheese trays, featuring items from national distributor Dietz & Watson. Any sort of meats and cheeses can be incorporated, and varieties offered include roast beef, pastrami, New York sharp cheddar cheese and American cheese. Several pies can also be purchased, such as sweet potato pie, apple pie, apple crump and pumpkin pie. In December, Enchanted Tea Room on South Main Street in Berlin will serve Victorian-era desserts: plum pudding made with a combination of five se...
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Mentalist plays mind tricks at Whimsical Cottage

Posted On: 11/8/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

Mentalist plays mind tricks at Whimsical Cottage  BERLIN – Mentalist Dan Cain will present his “Experiments of the Mind” show this weekend at the Whimsical Cottage of Berlin to prove to audience members that there is no such thing as a random happening. "I know this dispels the notion of free will, but everything’s pretty much meant to be," Cain said. "I like to show connections between people." These connections, according to Cain, are not connections such as discovering a long-lost relative, but rather seemingly random associations between people in unconventional ways. As one example of what could be seen in his show on Friday, No. 9, Cain said he will have two random people come up on stage, one with his or her ticket to the show and another who has a $1 bill. Cain will then have the person with the ticket scratch off a section on its backside to reveal a series of letters and numbers. He will then compare that series of characters to a sequence on the other audience m...
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Winter crafts fair Saturday in OP just in time for the holidays

Posted On: 11/1/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

Winter crafts fair Saturday in OP just in time for the holidays OCEAN PINES – Forty local artisans and businesses will be selling their original works at the 3rd annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Craft Fair at the Ocean Pines Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 3. "It gives people in the area an opportunity to attend a fair where everything is handmade," said Carol Quinto, co-chairperson of the event and a member of the Pine'eer Arts & Crafts Club, which is sponsoring the fair. Between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public can stroll the Community Center, which will be filled with vendors selling original, holiday crafts such as wreaths, photographs, handmade soap, jewelry and stained glass. There will be no charge for admission. Most vendors are private artists, but some area businesses will participate as well. Before being accepted to sell their crafts at the fair, vendors’ applications are reviewed to ensure what is being sold meets appropriate guidelines to provide a wide array of items for attendees. "We have ...
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'Create Early Bliss' through pumpkins

Posted On: 10/25/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

'Create Early Bliss' through pumpkins BERLIN — With Halloween approaching, local artist Kenny Bliss of Create Early Bliss has been busy constructing his custom-made pumpkins for businesses and private homes alike. “I have always kept that motto in my art and work,” Bliss said of his company’s name, which that is meant to conjure thoughts of euphoria and peacefulness. “Those kind of feelings can also come from my art.” While Bliss is a multi-medium artist, he has spent a lot of time recently working on his pumpkin products that take a little more effort and skill to design than the typical, run of the mill Jack-o-lanterns. When a design is submitted to Bliss, he photocopies it and enlarges the layout to an appropriate size. A straight blade is then used to cut through the pumpkin, but not to create holes. The lines make indents into the pumpkin, and gives the image a unique texture. When all indents are made, Bliss lets the pumpkin dry overnight. The next day, he uses a variety of co...
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Local artist exemplifies 'pure' photography

Posted On: 10/18/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet. staff writer

Local artist exemplifies 'pure' photography  BERLIN – The Worcester County Arts Council's latest resident artist, Ron Michaels, prides himself on his photos that capture scenes in their purest form, while adding an extra element to the image. That is, as long as his viewers look beyond the actual subject of the picture. "It's amazing what you can see when you look closely," said Michaels, who began taking photography seriously when he moved down to the area five years ago from Pennsylvania with his wife, Priscilla. Most of his photos display scenes of nature or local architecture, and each picture is meant to emphasize an extra, yet subtle, feature. Looking at a piece Michaels calls "Morning Angel," he described how an Assateague Island pony grazing in the picture is illuminated by the sunlight, thus giving the photo a heavenly feel. One of his favorite works, "Therapy," features a similar pony that happened to look at the camera at the exact moment it was being taken, and even seemin...
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Ayers Creek ‘Pink Paddle’ outdoor fundraising event

Posted On: 9/20/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

Ayers Creek ‘Pink Paddle’ outdoor fundraising event BERLIN -- In support of breast cancer awareness, Ayers Creek Adventures off Grey Fox Lane will hold its third annual Pink Paddle fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. "I use the event as an opportunity to remind all women, and men, to practice preventative measures by leading a healthy lifestyle and to ensure they are regularly screened," said Suzy Taylor, who owns Ayers Creek Adventures with her husband, Steven. Those who wish to participate in a day of creek paddling, games and music must make a donation. All proceeds will be split between nonprofit breast cancer organizations Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Women Supporting Women. For a single kayak, a $50 donation is required. Two-person kayaks and canoes are each available through an $80 donation. Supporters of breast cancer awareness who already have their own kayak or canoe are allowed to bring their vessel, but must pay a $40 donation. All kayaks and canoes being used on that day have to be registered with Ayers Cre...
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Dew Tour athletes take time to view local artwork

Posted On: 8/23/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

BERLIN — While the past weekend’s Dew Tour in Ocean City allowed residents to watch their favorite world-class athletes compete in person, it also gave those same athletes an opportunity to meld with the local life. On Saturday, Matt Dove, a local retired professional skateboarder and artist, held an art show and reception at his newly relocated gallery, Punk Rock Fish Studio in Berlin that brought visits from many of the athletes who competed in the Dew Tour. Among those who stopped in to visit, eat and drink with residents were skateboarders Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi. “There’s a lot of people from out of town that have never eaten a blue crab and we just wanted to embrace the Eastern Shore lifestyle,” Dove said of the decision to stock his reception with local fare. “I have known a lot of these athletes for 20 years,” he said. “It’s awesome because they are people I never thought I would meet when I was young.”...
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Local artists cover town this weekend to ‘Paint Berlin’

Posted On: 8/9/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

Local artists cover town this weekend to ‘Paint Berlin’ BERLIN — Local artists will be scattered this weekend throughout downtown Berlin, where they’ll capture historic old-town sights on their easels for Paint Berlin, a celebration of local painters. The public is welcome to observe these artists perform their work on any of the event’s days, Aug. 10-12. Painters may choose any scene on which to base their work, as long as it is within the town limits, according to Anna Mullis, executive director of the Worcester County Arts Council, organizer of the third annual event. “It’s an experience for our artists to network and for people to come out on the streets,” she said. “It is our mission to promote the local arts around Worcester County and we’re really proud of our artists.” About 20 artists participate yearly and spread out in town to paint on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of Paint Berlin. The final day, Sunday, is a gathering in front of the Atlantic Hotel, where the ...
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Businesses can buy ‘Berlinopoly’ spots

Posted On: 8/9/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

BERLIN — Local businesses are encouraged to reserve a spot on Berlinopoly, a custom Berlin-themed Monopoly board to be sold in town this winter, before all sponsorship opportunities are claimed. Although the Berlin Chamber of Commerce is behind the board’s creation, its final design is dependent on the community. Nearly all parts of the game are available for sponsorship by a business, save for the die and player pieces. Other aspects, such as the individual properties, hotels, game cards and play money, can be sponsored to prominently display a business’ name. “We want to make it a collector’s item,” said Aaren Collins, executive director of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, who came up with the idea to organize this community effort after remembering a similar Ocean City project done many years ago. Spaces on the board and other items cost between $50 and $700 to sponsor, with the more desirable areas of the game being the most expensive. Some ar...
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