National Folk Festival Open for Vendor Applications

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National Folk Festival Accepting Marketplace Vendor Applications for

2018 Festival in Salisbury, MD

Salisbury, MD – The National Folk Festival, coming to Salisbury, Maryland, September 7 – 9, 2018, is now accepting Festival Marketplace vendor applications. Applications may be submitted through the festival portal on SlideRoom here.

Marketplace Vendor application deadlines are as follows:

Early Bird Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Final Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018

The Festival Marketplace at the National Folk Festival will exclusively feature the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula. It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions.

In order to ensure quality and integrity, a committee selects vendors based on a set of criteria that includes:

·        artistry

·        craftsmanship

·        distinctiveness

·        traditionality (if applicable)

·        connection to state/regional/local traditions

·        artist’s relationship to his/her cultural/artistic community

·        presentation (booth)

The committee reviews all applications and selects vendors who best meet these criteria.

Eligible items include, but are not limited to:

·       pottery

·       jewelry

·       paintings


·        quilts

·        custom furniture

·        textile art

·        stained & blown glass

·        photography

·        woodwork


·        sculpture

·        mixed media

·        packaged made-in-Maryland/Delmarva food products

Ineligible items include, but are not limited to:

·        crafts made from store-bought kits or molds

·        commercial reproductions

·        imported finished goods

·        manufactured items that have been assembled

Additional notes for applicants:

·        Vendors offering activities or services such as face painting or photo booths will not be considered.

·        All packaged food items sold must be made in the state of Maryland or on the Delmarva Peninsula.

·        The Festival strives to present a well-rounded marketplace; therefore, we may limit multiple vendors showcasing similar items.

·        Applicants will receive notification regarding acceptance status in early Spring 2018 (no later than May 7, 2018).

·        The National Folk Festival reserves the right to deny any application without explanation.

Applicants MUST read through the Festival Marketplace Guidelines BEFORE they consider applying. The guidelines may be found and downloaded on the festival website here.


About the National Folk Festival

Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival, the NCTA’s flagship event, has celebrated the roots, richness and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. Learn more here

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)

A leading non-profit in the field, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), is dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the U.S. Stressing excellence and authenticity, the NCTA presents the nation’s finest traditional artists in major festivals, tours, concerts, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, media productions, school programs, cross-cultural exchanges and other activities. Learn more here.  

About the City of Salisbury, Maryland

Founded in 1732, Salisbury is the county seat of Wicomico County, a place where John Smith touched land in 1608 during his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Situated on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore at the crossroads of the Delmarva Peninsula, Salisbury is now one of the region’s largest cities, and serves as the capital of the Eastern Shore, a rural area defined by its agricultural and maritime traditions, landscapes and industries. Learn more here.

Friday Nites in Caroline presents Walt Michael & Co.

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Caroline County’s concert season continues at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton with the sounds of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Walt Michael & Co. on Friday, February 16th at 7:00 pm.   Admission is free.

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian to Celtic.  His 35 years of musical performances ranged from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games.  Walt is the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as well as founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, an international traditional arts organization that seeks to promote interracial harmony through the traditional arts.  For a preview of Walt Michael’s music, visit his web site here.

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or

Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library, and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.  Additional support is provided by Caroline County Public Schools, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, and the Maryland State Arts Council.  It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).

Call to Artists for ARTsites 2018, a Public Art Exhibit in Howard County, Maryland

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The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists with public art experience to participate in ARTsites 2018, a year-long public art exhibit that will take place at up to 12 sites throughout Howard County, Maryland from August 2018-July 2019. Sites and artwork will be selected from submissions by a panel of arts and public art professionals. Artists may submit up to six existing works for consideration, or propose new work with proper concept drawings and/or models. Selected artists will receive a grant of $2,500 for the temporary loan of the work, insurance, installation and de-installation. There is no fee to enter. For details and to enter, click here.

Deadline to apply is March 2, 2018.

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference – March 10, 2018

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The next Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will take place on March 10, 2018. Christopher Tilghman, author of the critically acclaimed novel “Mason’s Retreat” and a professor of English at the University of Virginia, will deliver the opening keynote.

The conference features dozens of other speakers, including Pulitzer-nominated poet Sue Ellen Thompson; Nancy Northcott, award-winning writer of fantasy romance novels; Kathryn Johnson, who has authored more than 40 books of historical fiction; and Robert Bidinotto, author of popular crime thrillers.

The Bay To Ocean Writers Conference is a one-day nonprofit conference that has attracted and motivated more than 3,500 writers over its history. Attendees come from surrounding states and the District of Columbia as well as throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva region. The conference is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, a nonprofit organization of writers from across the tristate Delmarva Peninsula.

You can go to the Eastern Shore Writers Association website to register or get more information.

Friday Nites in Caroline

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Join us for a free concert series throughout January to March on Fridays at 7 pm. These performances are FREE and great for the whole family. Check under our classes and events for more information.

1/12 (Denton): Ultrafaux – UltraFaux is a Gypsy Jazz ensemble that draws inspiration for its original music from legendary Manouche guitarist Django Reinhardt.

1/26 (Denton): Flatland Drive – Influenced by the patriarchs of bluegrass music, as well as the likes of The Seldom Scene, Bluegrass Album Band, and Lonesome River Band. Sponsored by Tower’s Concrete.

2/2 (Denton): Bumper Jacksons – The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers.

2/16 (Denton): Walt Michael & Co. – Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt‘s wide repertoire ranges from old time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to folk, to breath-taking original compositions.

3/2 (Federalsburg): CHRS Rock and Blues Band – Colonel Richardson High School’s finest rock out with some blues. The group incorporates lean rhythm and vocals with powerhouse horns.

3/16 (Denton): Charles “Rahmat” Woods Trio – Charles “Rahmat” Woods and his ensembles specialize in great live jazz music. Come out and enjoy great jazz…from swing to funk and back again!

3/23 (Greensboro): Uncle Devin Show – The Uncle Devin Show® is an interactive, musical experience for children by renowned drummer and percussionist, Devin Walker.

CCCA/DDMS Public Art Survey

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Community Input Needed!

The Caroline County Council of Arts in partnership with Downtown Denton Main Street is considering a public art project in downtown Denton to enhance and attract people to Denton’s arts district. Your input is important in helping to make this project a true representation of our community. This survey will only take a few minutes.

Take the survey here.

Now Hiring – Administrative Assistant

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A part-time position working 15 hours per week. Pay range, based on experience level: $12 to $15 per hour. Responsible for assisting the executive director of the Caroline County Council of Arts. Tasks include:

  • documenting all internal policies and procedure;
  • reviewing all CCCA communications including website, social media, newsletters, etc.;
  • checking and following up on mail, email, phone calls, etc.;
  • keeping track of key performance metrics including volunteer hours, membership, sales, and program attendance numbers, social media and website indicators, etc.;
  • coordinating volunteers;
  • understanding The Foundry retail and class registration systems;
  • maintaining The Foundry online shop (via Etsy)
  • coordinating Foundry maintenance;
  • maintaining files, records, inventory, databases, supplies, etc.; and
  • assisting in the general administration of programs, grants, meetings, projects, etc.

The successful candidate will be a flexible team player, attentive to details, professional, and able to multi-task. Candidates should have strong interpersonal and computer skills, and the ability to work independently, providing weekly reports. It is important for candidates to be innovative, manage their time well, be organized, and eager to learn. They must also be deadline oriented and work efficiently with a high standard of quality.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word and Powerpoint). Experience with WordPress, Event Espresso, Signup Genius, Facebook, Intsagram, Canva, Meeting King, and Quickbooks preferred. Associates degree or higher education level required. If considered, references and background check will be required.

Interested applicants should email resumes with a cover letter to:, referencing “Assistant Application” in the subject line. Response deadline: January 25th, 2018.

Caroline County Council of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

FREE Poetry Contest

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Maryland poets, this FREE contest is for YOU!

The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review, enlarged for display in a Central Library show window, and honored at a reading at the Central Library. Runners-up may be considered for publication in Little Patuxent Review.

Contest Rules

  • Entrants must be Maryland residents, 18 or older.
  • Paid or volunteer staff of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Little Patuxent Review and their immediate families are not eligible, nor are previous Pratt Library Poetry Contest first-place winners.
  • Please send only one original poem, on any theme and in any form, for consideration.
  • Your entry must be unpublished, either in print or on the Web, including personal blogs, Facebook, or Twitter. It cannot be currently under review for possible publication.
  • Your entry must not exceed 100 lines.
  • Submit your typed entry as a Microsoft Word attachment by e-mail to
    or by mail to:
    Poetry Contest, Fiction Department, Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore MD 21201-4484
  • Entries received after March 1, 2018, will be disqualified.
  • Name, address, phone number, and the submitted poem’s title must accompany the entry on a separate page. Please do not put your name, address, and phone number on the entry itself.
  • Confirmation of receipt and comments on your entry will not be provided, nor will your entry be returned to you.
  • For the purpose of display in the Pratt Central Library window, the winning poem may be excerpted.

The winner will be announced in mid-April. For more information, click here.