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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Children celebrate in the fountain in Celebration, Florida

Children celebrate in the fountain in Celebration, Florida

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Friday, February 27, 2009

NPR Belt Tightening Leads To Artistic Expansion

NPR Belt Tightening Leads To Artistic Expansion

February 27, 2009 NPR· Tough times can often be a springboard for creativity. When no one's job is safe, no one's house is secure and no one knows exactly what to do about it, artists get to work — and start pushing boundaries.

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Kevin and a friendly Florida alligator

Kevin and a friendly Florida alligator

February 26, 2009

Kevin and a friendly Florida alligator, stop to say hi from the Central Florida Everglades.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali. Narique Meneses/Rex Features
Update: February 26, 2009

This was originally posted as a picture of “Salvador Dali and Gala in 1964.” I obviously was not thinking when I originally posted it as I do not believe that it is a picture of Gala. This was corrected February 26, 2009… Kevin Dayhoff


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Greetings from a hot tub in Florida... River Island Orange Lake Orlando Florida








Greetings from a hot tub in Florida...

River Island Orange Lake Orlando Florida

February 24, 2009

Early evening, Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at about 60 or so degrees…

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Connectivity

Connectivity

February 24, 2009 Kevin Dayhoff

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Mayor David E Walsh passed away on January 27, 1927 by Kevin Dayhoff

Mayor David E Walsh passed away on January 27, 1927

© By Kevin Dayhoff January 27, 2009

This is the long version of my column that appeared in Explore Carroll on January 29, 2009: “Remembering the life of former mayor David E. Walsh.”

On Thursday, January 27, 1927 former Westminster mayor David E. Walsh passed away.

His passing was noted in a now defunct Westminster Advocate newspaper article which appeared on January 28, 1927 – “Ex-Mayor Walsh Dead – Was Stricken With Paralysis While Attending A K. of C. Meeting.”

His granddaughter, current Westminster councilwoman Suzanne Albert, was kind enough to provide me with a copy of the obituary some time ago to further my ongoing research on the city of Westminster’s elected officials.

As a matter of fact, if you have any old newspaper articles, photographs, or any historic information on Westminster city government, Westminster mayors, burgesses, commissioners, or council members, please be in touch.

The 1927 article on Mayor Walsh reported that he was only 53 years-old when he died. “Mr. Walsh had been in ill health for the past two years. He was in this city Tuesday evening and attended the meeting in St. John’s Hall.

“His death was caused from paralysis… (He was present at a meeting in the K. of C. (Knights of Columbus) Hall, Baltimore, Wednesday night when taken ill and was removed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he died at 12:30 yesterday afternoon.”

He had served our community as mayor from May 20, 1912 – May 15, 1916. His predecessor was Mayor Ernest J. Sponseller, who took his turn in office from May 16, 1910 – May 20, 1912. His successor was Mayor Howard E. Koontz who served from May 15, 1916 – May 17, 1926.

The 1910s were busy in Westminster. The population of Carroll County in 1910 was 33,934. It was during his term as mayor that Carroll County voted to become a “dry” county in 1914.

The automobile was beginning to bring about great changes in the community. According to a history of Carroll County during the 1900s, “From Our Front Porch,” by Jim Lee, gasoline cost 13 cents per gallon in October 1911. A Model T Ford cost $295 in 1923.

According to the Historical Society of Carroll County, on May 4, 1912, just days before Mayor Walsh took office, “Ex-President and Bull Moose Party candidate Teddy Roosevelt made a whistle-stop appearance in Westminster… He delivered a campaign speech from the front of the American Sentinel newspaper office near the intersection of Liberty and E. Main Streets.”

When I was growing up in Westminster in the 1950s and 1960s, Mayor Walsh was still mentioned in terms of great respect and appreciation. And for good reason; much of the article was devoted to his many accomplishments and the numerous civic organizations to which he belonged:

“He was a charter member of the Westminster Council, Knights of Columbus, of which he served as Grand Knight, and at the time of his death, he was connected with the Maryland State Council as District Deputy.

“He served two terms as Mayor of Westminster with exceptional ability.” In those days, mayors served two-year terms.

“He was a member of the Carroll County Bar. When the United States entered the World War (WWI,) he entered the Ordinance, where he remained until after the Armistice, when he was transferred to the United States Veterans’ Bureau, where his services will be remembered by many disabled soldiers.”

Mayor Walsh’s funeral was held on Saturday, January 29 at St. John Catholic Church. At the time, the church was located on East Main Street in Westminster where the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library is now.

A February 4 newspaper article noted that his funeral “was largely attended and numerous beautiful floral tributes testified to the high esteem in he was held.”

Father Martin P. J. Egan conducted the services before he was laid to rest in the Westminster Cemetery. The names of the pallbearers read like a who’s who of prominent Westminster community leaders: J. Gloyd Diffendal, Paul A. Logue, Nathaniel H. Baumgardner, C. Gloyd Lynch, Norman B. Boyle, Edward W. Case, J. Carbery Boyle, and C. Eugene Tubman.

A February 4 newspaper article noted that his funeral “was largely attended and numerous beautiful floral tributes testified to the high esteem in which he was held.”

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Westminster Mayor 1912 1916 Walsh, Westminster Mayor 1910-12 Sponseller, Westminster Mayor 1916 1926 Koontz

Mayor Ernest J. Sponseller, who took his turn in office from May 16, 1910 – May 20, 1912.

Mayor David E. Walsh served our community as mayor from May 20, 1912 – May 15, 1916.

Mayor Howard E. Koontz served from May 15, 1916 – May 17, 1926.


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Recent Explore Carroll columns by Kevin Dayhoff

Recent Explore Carroll columns by Kevin Dayhoff

Which comes first: a great person, or the great deed needing to be done?
Published February 20, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
As fate would have it, I've recently had a number of exciting conversations with readers as to how it is that I approach the history...

Luncheon in Washington has an international flavor
Published February 18, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
I recently had the delightful opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., and have lunch with Tõnis Kõiv, the former mayor of Paide, Estonia. ...

Reading, 'riting and raiding the money for schools
Published February 13, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
They say history repeats itself, and while reviewing old newspaper articles recently (I have no other hobbies ... really) I came across a number of...

Porkulus Spending Act of '09
Published February 11, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
This could be the week the U.S. Senate passes its version of an economic stimulus package. It comes on the heels of the House of...

Winter months turned up the heat to create fire departments
Published February 6, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
Sixty years ago, Carroll County community leaders made good use of the winter months to get together and plan for fire protection. In a February 2006...

Not that our presidents are exactly trivial, but ...
Published February 4, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
The election and inauguration of our nation's first black president has had many wonderful benefits. However, for those of us who are history geeks, the...

When 'breaking news' was all about horse and buggy accidents
Published February 1, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
EAGLE ARCHIVE More than 100 years ago, horse and buggy accidents were a staple of the "breaking news" diet of local newspapers. One example occurred Feb....

Remembering the life of former mayor David E. Walsh
Published January 28, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
On Jan. 27, 1927, former Westminster mayor David E. Walsh passed away. His passing was headlined in a newspaper article the next day. His granddaughter,...


Fitzhugh was just what the doctor ordered in Carroll's medical past
Published January 25, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
On Jan. 25, 1935, Dr. Henry Maynadier Fitzhugh, a well-known local physician, died at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Today, the name Fitzhugh is...

Even when Carroll County was dry, it really wasn't
Published January 21, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
The Union Bridge Pilot carried a curious news story on Jan. 21, 1921, under the heading of "Local Items," about a gentleman "who had violated...

60 years ago, Davis opened the first chapter of the library book
Published January 16, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
Bob Allen's piece in last week's edition of The Sunday Carroll Eagle on the future of the Carroll County Public Library reminded me that it...

Martin Luther King and Marvin Gaye still show us the way
Published January 14, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
For those who remember the push-button, dashboard AM radios in your cars in the 1960s, you may want to sit down before your read another...

A connection of Biblical proportions and a few presidential pet projects
Published January 9, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
I'm excited about the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. It is quite a testimony to our great country to have overcome the yoke of...

There is no such thing as a 'simpler time'
Published January 7, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
It's the first week of 2009 and, by now, most of us are back to work with the extra pounds of the holidays and the...

New Year celebrations filled with joy, hope ... and great food
Published January 2, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
Well, The calendar on the wall tells me 2008 is now but a memory. Now we can look forward to the twists, turns and opportunities...

New beginnings, new hopes and new adventures of 2009
Published December 31, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
Happy New Year. It is not happenstance that the month of January was named for the Roman god, Janus, who is pictured with two heads....

Carrying a tune, and its words of harmony, into the new year
Published December 28, 2008 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
As the 2008 Christmas and Hanukkah holidays come to a close, I do hope everyone has recovered from the shock and awe of spending the...

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Gallery taps Carroll's eclectic mix
Published February 20, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
Carroll County's art scene recently revealed a bright spot in a bleak winter landscape with the opening of Off Track Art Gallery in downtown Westminster....
Off Track gets on track with local artists
Published February 18, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
Between winter's gray skies and dark news headlines, the world can seem pretty bleak these days. However, a trip to Westminster reveals a veritable rainbow emerging...)


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Daniel L. Selby, 58, of Westminster


Daniel L. Selby, 58, of Westminster

(June 13, 1950 - February 21, 2009)

Danny is the older brother of Westminster High School class of 1971 classmate Dave Selby.

I have fond memories of Danny, especially how he enjoyed cutting up catalogs and magazines. It is a behavior that I copy to this day…

Daniel L. Selby, 58, of Westminster, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

Born June 13, 1950, in Gettysburg, Pa., he was the son of Sterling and Geneva Ohler Selby of Summerville in Westminster.

He attended Change Inc. and The Arc of Carroll County.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are brothers David Selby, of Silver Spring, and Dennis Selby, of Houston.

A private graveside service will be held at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Cemetery in Taneytown.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Arc of Carroll County, 180 Krider’s Church Road, Westminster, MD 21158; or to Change Inc., 115 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.myersdurborawfh.com/.

Arrangements are by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Taneytown.

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COLUMN ONE: Hit 'send,' then hit the door By Robin Abcarian February 23, 2009

LAT Column One Hit send then hit the door

From the Los Angeles Times

COLUMN ONE: Hit 'send,' then hit the door By Robin Abcarian February 23, 2009

Farewell e-mails become an art form in this age of pink slips. Some are funny, some are sad -- and some are just plain furious.

It was not the most eloquent subject line for a farewell e-mail to 5,000 co-workers: "So long, suckers! I'm out!"

But Jason Shugars worked at Google, whose off-center corporate culture is more forgiving than that of your average buttoned-down investment bank. In the rest of his goodbye, Shugars, a senior sales compliance specialist, reminisced about workplace moments that included putting cake down his pants at a sales conference, stealing a boss' $8,000 leather couch and singing "Hit Me Baby One More Time" in a miniskirt and braids.

[…]

That's a good question these days, now that thousands of people are finding themselves with pink slips and the need to let colleagues and contacts know they are moving on and -- perhaps more important for job seekers -- how they can be reached.

The farewell e-mail has suddenly become commonplace, a new art form in the electronic age. Yet like so many aspects of the Internet era -- how to unfriend on Facebook, how much to reveal on a personal blog -- the technology has gotten ahead of the etiquette. There are, quite simply, no rules.

[…]

In May, lawyer Shinyung Oh was let go from the San Francisco branch of the Paul Hastings law firm six days after losing a baby. The seven-year associate, who said she was told her previous, glowing evaluations may have been "overinflated," composed a blistering e-mail to the partners and fired it off to about 1,000 colleagues around the world.

She accused the firm's partners of "heartlessness" and of blaming her for failing to generate business "that should have been brought in by each of you."

"If this response seems particularly emotional," she wrote to the partners, "perhaps an associate's emotional vulnerability after a recent miscarriage is a factor you should consider the next time you fire or lay someone off. It shows startlingly poor judgment and management skills -- and cowardice -- on your parts."

Within an hour, Oh said, her e-mail was posted on a widely read legal affairs blog, then made its way into the mainstream media.

[…]

Will Schwalbe, coauthor of "Send: Why People E-mail So Badly and How to Do it Better," said the farewell e-mail was a reflection of two intersecting trends: the universality of e-mail and the confessional spirit of the times, which have resulted, as he put it, in "the democratization of the process."

In the pre-computer world, Schwalbe said, "Personnel wrote something -- a memo, Xeroxed -- generally, you didn't get to do it. They did it. But what had been an HR function is now a personal function." That, he said, leads to a different sort of message.


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Olympians receive a special gift of warmth By Katie V. Jones

Olympians receive a special gift of warmth

Westminster-based Hugs and Stiches knits its way into community's hearts By Katie V. Jones Posted
www.explorecarroll.com 2/18/09

When Sandi Schneider was 8, she awoke on Christmas morning to find her home's front hallway filled with toys and presents for her and her two brothers.

The gifts had not come from her family, but from complete strangers.

"My mother died when I was very young just before Christmas," Schneider explains of her childhood in Pittsburgh.

"My family grew up so poor," she said. "We had nothing."

While at the time she didn't think anything of it, today she is overwhelmed with the generosity that a local organization showered upon her family.

Today, Schneider is "warm and well fed" and wants nothing but to help others — just as she was helped those many years ago.

"I have just always wanted to do something to give back to the community," said Schneider, explaining the main purpose behind, Hugs and Stitches, an organization she helped create.

The local group provides knitted and crocheted items for Shepherd's Staff and other organizations. This month marks the weekly group's fourth anniversary.

"We typically knit between 800 to 1,000 scarves, 300 to 400 hats and about 100 pairs of mittens for Shepherd's Staff," Schneider said, adding with a chuckle, "We have only one little old lady who does mittens."

While Shepherd's Staff is the group's biggest project, Hugs and Stitches creates various items for other organizations and groups.

Recently, members made more than two dozen maroon and white scarves for Carroll County's Special Olympics team in preparation for the Olympians' ski trip.

"I thought it was fantastic, I thought it was wonderful they did this," said Karen Koenigsberg, whose daughter, Stephanie Carpegna, is a member of the ski team and a recipient of a scarf.

"This is the first year they've done it (for the team)," Koenigsberg added.

Every Tuesday evening about a dozen of the group's 20-plus members gather to knit or crochet items for the group's charities.

"Any yarn you take has to be made into one of our programs," Schneider said of the group's simple rules. "Anything made at our group (meeting) has to go to the group's programs."

Schneider provides all the yarn, though the group does accept donations. Members bring their own hooks and needles.

The charity recipients aren't the only ones who benefit from the sessions, however.

"We get benefits, too," said Rosalie Duncan, who has been a member almost from the start. "I like the camaraderie and the opportunity to learn different stitches and patterns."

Schneider noted that the group is not "a teaching group," but she acknowledges that members do "show and tell" what they've done over the week.

"One girl makes so much it is beyond words," Schneider said. "They're just a great bunch of girls in their mid-20s to late-80s, every age group you could possibly want -- but you would never know there was any age difference."

Even members who can't come every week often send in their completed items with someone.

"I have met some nice people," Duncan said. "We enjoy the giving part of it and helping some body else, and also enjoy the learning part and having a good time. It's a win-win situation."

"I'm just thrilled," Schneider said of her group. "They are all just so dedicated. They're there every week and turn in as much as they can."

For more information on Hugs and Stitches, contact Sandi Schneider at 410-848-8860 or e-mail crafter359@aol.com
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The Old Truck and the Sea

The Old Truck and the Sea

February 19, 2009 by Kevin Dayhoff

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Off Track gets on track with local artists By Missie Wilcox

Off Track gets on track with local artists By Missie Wilcox

Westminster Watch By Missie Wilcox Posted on www.explorecarroll.com 02/18/2009

More: Recent Missie Wilcox columns in Explore Carroll

Between winter's gray skies and dark news headlines, the world can seem pretty bleak these days.

However, a trip to Westminster reveals a veritable rainbow emerging in a small building just beyond the train tracks that criss-cross downtown.

Westminster, allow me to introduce you to Off Track Art and a world of color, texture and style.

The gallery is a cooperative of 20 immensely talented local artists who have joined together to bring an amazing array of mixed media and artwork to downtown.

The gallery is located at 11 Liberty St., at the corner of Main Street and Route 27.

As you might guess from its name, the gallery is just beside the train tracks. However, the name also describes the artists being a bit "off center" and eclectic.

The result of these varied styles and talents is a diverse display. From photography and collage to pottery and jewelry, the gallery has it. All work is handcrafted, beautifully finished and proudly displayed.

The gallery opened this past Friday the 13th, but the artists believe the superstitious date has brought them only the good kind of luck. It will be open six days a week, with a cooperative artist member being present at all times the gallery is open.

As a result, shoppers are guaranteed an interaction with an artist whose work is showcased.

"There is something really satisfying about knowing the person that made the object you just purchased," said Gail Elwell, one of the founding artists.

"If visitors stop by every time they come to Westminster, it's conceivable that they could meet a different artist each visit and be treated to a personal tour of that person's artwork," added Melinda Byrd, another local artist whose work is featured in the inaugural display.

The idea for an artist cooperative has been on the minds of several members for years, and the location and right mix of artists combine for a great time to launch the gallery.

"Several of us have wanted to open a gallery for some time," said Pam Zappardino, who serves as an adjunct lecturer in art at McDaniel College and Carroll Community College.

The artwork offered is as varied as the artists who have created it.
All work is original, and most artists are creating works that are exclusive to the gallery.

"The artwork will be that which no one has ever seen from me before," said Byrd.

The objective of the co-op is to sponsor the artwork of its members, and to provide support for the local arts community in Westminster.

"Downtown is a great place, and has the potential to be an even more wonderful destination with the arts as a centerpiece," said Zappardino. "I really hope that Off Track Art can play a part in making downtown Westminster a true arts and entertainment district."

The gallery is also an opportunity for art enthusiasts to "buy local."

"With our current nationwide economic meltdown, we believe there's nothing more important than community support for those who make and do in our neighborhoods," Elwell said.

Editor's Note: Due to an editing error, the print version of this story in the Westminster Eagle of Feb. 18 incorrectly referred to Pam Zappardino's role with Carroll Community College. It is corrected here. The Eagle regrets the error.
Off Track Art

The new Off Track Art Gallery is located at 11 Liberty St., Westminster. The gallery is open six days a week: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists include:

* Vestal Abbott, photography
* Sarah Abel-DeLuca, painting
* Melinda Byrd, painting and printmaking
* Christina Collins-Smith, photography and digital collage
* Kevin Dayhoff, painting, mixed media, digital collage
* Mary Decker, painting and mixed media
* Gail Elwell, sculpture and mixed media
* Judy Goodyear, jewelry
* Charlotte Laslo, jewelry
* Becki Maurio, photography
* Wasyl Palijczuk, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography
* Howard Riopelle, sculpture
* Cathy Sawdey, drawing
* Bob Sapora, sculpture
* Gordon Wickes, photography
* Vladimir Tzenov, painting and mixed media
* Linda van Hart, mixed media
* Robert Waddell, mixed media
* Susan Williamson, mixed media
* Pamela Zappardino, photography and mixed media

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Recent Missie Wilcox columns in Explore Carroll

Recent Missie Wilcox columns in Explore Carroll

Gallery taps Carroll's eclectic mix
Published February 20, 2009 by Sunday Carroll Eagle
Carroll County's art scene recently revealed a bright spot in a bleak winter landscape with the opening of Off Track Art Gallery in downtown Westminster....

Off Track gets on track with local artists
Published February 18, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
Between winter's gray skies and dark news headlines, the world can seem pretty bleak these days. However, a trip to Westminster reveals a veritable rainbow emerging...

Westminster says Bon Jour, Guten Tag and Hola
Published January 28, 2009 by Westminster Eagle
Westminster Watch Local residents looking for something to do on a cold Friday evening can find some warmth -- and perhaps impress their friends...

Starlight is a bright spot for shoppers
Published December 3, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
Main Street Minute Thanksgiving was late this year, leaving fewer than usual shopping days until Christmas. But fear not. On Saturday, Dec. 6, downtown Westminster...

Holidays step off in parade
Published November 24, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
Tree lighting festivities scheduled for Nov. 29 In the week before Thanksgiving, nearly every inch of downtown Westminster was being transformed into a holiday wonderland,...

I'll be home for a Main St. Thanksgiving
Published November 19, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
Main Street Minute Holiday recipes from our downtown chefs Thanksgiving is next week. And guess what? It seems really late this year, so we have even less...

Following the cookie crumbs in Westminster
Published October 29, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
November: The advent of decorations, shopping and holiday spirit throughout the land. In downtown Westminster, November means Holiday Open Houses and the fourth annual Cookie...

'Little Bit' adds lotta Tuscany to Main Street
Published October 15, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
Main Street Minute After a long week of work, chores, carpools and practices, it's time to kick back and have some fun. When looking for a...

Don't get mad, get Midnight Madness
Published September 17, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
Are you ready for some shopping? Grab a baby-sitter, don your walking shoes and gather your pals. On Friday Sept. 26, downtown Westminster welcomes...

Take a hike and enjoy downtown Westminster
Published September 3, 2008 by Westminster Eagle
On a recent vacation, we visited a bed and breakfast that provided a series of walk/run routes of the area. It was a great way...

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20 Artists contribute to Westminster co-op by Missie Wilcox

20 Artists contribute to Westminster co op by Missie Wilcox

Gallery taps Carroll's eclectic mix - 20 artists contribute to Westminster co-op” By Missie Wilcox

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Posted on www.explorecarroll.com 2/20/09

Carroll County's art scene recently revealed a bright spot in a bleak winter landscape with the opening of Off Track Art Gallery in downtown Westminster.

The gallery is a cooperative of 20 local artists, and is located at 11 Liberty St., at the corner of Main Street and Route 27. It's open six days a week: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As one might guess from its name, the gallery is just beside the train tracks. However, the name also describes the artists being a bit "off center" and eclectic, with varied styles and talents represented in the diverse display.

During gallery hours, an artist member is present at all times. As a result, shoppers are guaranteed an interaction with an artist whose work is showcased.

"There is something really satisfying about knowing the person that made the object you just purchased," said Gail Elwell, one of the founding artists.

"If visitors stop by every time they come to Westminster, it's conceivable that they could meet a different artist each visit and be treated to a personal tour of that person's artwork," added Melinda Byrd, another local artist whose work is featured in the display.

The artwork offered is as varied as the artists who have created it. All work is original, and most artists are creating works that are exclusive to the gallery.

"The artwork will be that which no one has ever seen from me before," said Byrd.

The objective of the co-op is to sponsor the artwork of its members, and to provide support for the local arts community in Westminster.

"Downtown is a great place, and has the potential to be an even more wonderful destination with the arts as a centerpiece," said Pam Zappardino.

"I really hope that Off Track Art can play a part in making downtown Westminster a true arts and entertainment district," she said.

Off Track Art
Off Track Art Gallery, 11 Liberty St., Westminster, is open Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists include:
* Vestal Abbott, photography
* Sarah Abel-DeLuca, painting
* Melinda Byrd, painting, printmaking
* Christina Collins-Smith, photography and digital collage
* Kevin Dayhoff, painting, mixed media, digital collage
* Mary Decker, painting, mixed media
* Gail Elwell, sculpture, mixed media
* Judy Goodyear, jewelry
* Charlotte Laslo, jewelry
* Becki Maurio, photography
* Wasyl Palijczuk, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography
* Howard Riopelle, sculpture
* Cathy Sawdey, drawing
* Bob Sapora, sculpture
* Gordon Wickes, photography
* Vladimir Tzenov, painting, mixed media
* Linda van Hart, mixed media
* Robert Waddell, mixed media
* Susan Williamson, mixed media
* Pamela Zappardino, photography, mixed media

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Gallery taps Carroll's eclectic mix 20 artists contribute to Westminster co-op
By Missie Wilcox Posted on
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevindayhoff: Gallery taps Carroll's eclectic mix 20 artists… Westminster co-op - Missie Wilcox www.explorecarroll.com 2/20/09 http://tinyurl.com/c5strn

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida









The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

February 19, 2009

A few pictures from my visit to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg on February 19, 2009.

I finally had the opportunity to visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida…

It was really exciting. It is the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain. The museum is very viewer friendly and informative. If you go, be sure to be available for all the docent tours. The docents were extremely knowledgeable and really brought Mr. Dali’s work to life.

Dali Museum » About the Museum » History

SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM

Our Present

The Dali Museum is the flagship of cultural tourism on the West Coast of Florida and welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year from around the world. Serving the Florida community, 10,000 students are admitted without charge annually. Our education programs produce study guides and web information for students and teachers. Two film series, lectures and concerts supplement the themes of the exhibitions. The Museum Store - one of the most dynamic in the museum world, with books and educational material as top sellers, reflects and extends the exhibition experience. A new series of small format exhibition catalogs is published to accompany the four new exhibitions mounted each year. The Dali maintains strong partnerships with the community of St. Petersburg, the State of Florida as well as museums and educational institutions globally. As a partner with locally based corporations, the Museum is an engine for economic development in Florida.

The Museum will create a new building to protect its collection and welcome its visitors. It is continually adding to the collection with acquisitions of paintings, drawings and prints. The Museum's extensive archival library is key to the advances in academic research on topics from Dali to Surrealism, to interpretations of contemporary art. Today, the Dali Museum continues to preserve and protect its collection, making it available for the enjoyment and education of all people, with special opportunities for our local community, enhancing the public appreciation of Dali.

For more information:
Dali Museum » About the Museum » History

Museum Directions

Street Address:
Salvador Dalí Museum
1000 Third Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-4901

Regular Hours:
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday 9:30-5:30pm
Thursday 9:30am-8pm
Friday 9:30am-6:30pm
Saturday 9:30am- 5:30pm
Sunday 12 noon – 5:30pm

The Museum store remains open 1/2 hour after closing on these days:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Holiday Hours:
Thursday, November 27, 2008 – Closed
Wednesday, December 24, 9:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 25, 2008 – Closed
Friday and Saturday, December 26-27, 9:30- 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 28 - 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, December 29-30, 9:30- 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 9:30- 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1, 12:00-8:00p.m.


Admission:
General Admission - $17.00
Senior citizens 65+ - $14.50
Teachers with ID/US Police/Military & Fire - $14.50
Students* ages 10+ (18+ with ID) - $12.00
Children ages 5 to 9 - $4.00
Children ages 4 and under - FREE*
Thursdays are $5 (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Tour Schedules and information on group rates and scheduling groups can be obtained by calling the museum's administrative office at 727-823-3767 weekdays, and 727-822-6270 on weekends.

Tours and discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available with advance reservations.
Group Adult - $15.00 per visitor
Group Senior - $12.00 per visitor
*Children ten and under must be accompanied by an adult.


20090219 SDOSM Salvador Dali Museum
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The Westminster Fire Dept. from approximately 1932

The Westminster Fire Department, Westminster, Carroll County Maryland, from around 1932

Kevin Dayhoff
19320000 FB SDOSM WFD 3 bays 3 enginessm

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Friday, February 20, 2009

My Dinner with Crayons a tartar


My Dinner with Crayons a tartar

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My dinner this evening took on a life of its own. I had lobster, garnished with delightful delicate lettuce leaves with a hint of colorful crayons tartar; all served on a china plate drawn on the paper tablecloth.

Helping me with my meal is Mrs. Owl and Krisztina.

20090219 My Dinner with Crayons a tartar
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Entrance to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


Entrance to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

February 19, 2009

The entrance to the “Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.”

Okay, I admit that I am biased because I am an horticulturist, however, if you are ever in the area, do not miss the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens… For more information: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Selby History

Retrieved February 18, 2009

Marie Selby was born Mariah Minshall in Wood County, West Virginia, on August 9, 1885. When Marie was still a young girl, the Minshall family moved to Marietta, Ohio where her father studied geology at Marietta College and invented parts for oil drilling equipment. The Minshall family frequently went on camping and hiking trips along the Ohio River; perhaps it was this early introduction to nature that spawned in Marie her love of the out-of-doors.

Marie was an accomplished pianist, and attended a music seminary in Illinois. Shortly after completing her musical studies she met William (Bill) Selby, a partner with his father in the Selby Oil and Gas Company. William and Marie were married on January 31, 1908, in the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta.

Early in their marriage the young couple was intrigued by the country's first cross-country automobile race. They decided to travel the same course, and outfitted their touring car with spare parts and camping equipment. As a result of the Selby's enthusiasm and determination, Marie Selby became the first woman to cross the country by car.

Bill Selby had visited Sarasota before his marriage and was drawn into the area by the excellent fishing waters and the astounding beauty of the west coast of Florida. He brought his young wife to Sarasota in hopes that she would share his enthusiasm. She did, and they bought seven acres of land bordering on Sarasota Bay and Hudson Bayou. Little did they dream, at that moment, of the exquisite Sarasota landmark their property would become in the not-so-distant future.

In the early 1920s the Selbys built a Spanish-style, 2-story house among the laurel and banyan trees. Landscaping of the Selby home site was planned by Marie. Borders of flowers bloomed along the roadway which led to the tip of the peninsula. A large rose garden figured prominently in the overall design - a garden Marie was always reluctant to leave behind during summers spent at the Selby ranch in Montana.

Despite their enormous wealth (vast holdings in the oil and mining industries had made Bill Selby a multimillionaire long before he settled in Sarasota); the Selbys lived a quiet and unostentatious life. Their home was modest, they entertained on a small scale, and they were not a part of the Sarasota social scene. Both Marie and Bill Selby dressed plainly, for their interests lay in outdoor activities. You would often find her in cotton dresses and sneakers.

They owned a ranch where they raised purebred Angus cattle and rode horses; often they could be seen around town in their dusty riding clothes.

Boating was another favorite activity at the Sarasota Yacht Club. In 1928, a reception was held at the Selby home for local members and visiting members of other yacht clubs participating in the annual Regatta. That year, Marie Selby won the "Express Cruiser Race" and the Sarasota Yacht Club won overall, retaining the trophy won in 1927.

Yet one guesses that Marie's love of nature and of gardening was her most consuming passion. She was a charter member of Sarasota's first garden club, the Founder's Circle. She had a great desire to keep Sarasota a beautiful and green place and was disturbed later in life by the proliferation of high-rise construction. The row of bamboo on the bay side of the property was planted by Marie to block her view of the offending condominiums.
The Selby Legacy

In 1955, William Selby had established the William and Marie Selby Foundation. The impact of Selby Foundation in the Sarasota community has been, and continues to be, enormous - on education, the arts, youth and children, libraries, health services, and programs in support of the aged.

William Selby died on December 4, 1956 and Marie continued to live quietly in the home she loved until her death on June 9, 1971. The contents of Marie Selby's will revealed her wish to leave her property to the community as a botanical garden "for the enjoyment of the general public."

A board of directors was appointed and after consultation with the New York Botanical Garden and the University of Florida, it was decided that the garden should specialize in epiphytic plants, thereby making it unique among the more than 200 botanical gardens in the country.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was officially opened to the public on July 7, 1975. Marie Selby's final wish was fulfilled, and the Selby legacy was in full bloom.

In November 2001, William and Marie Selby were reinterred in front of their beloved home on the grounds of Selby Gardens. A triangular-shaped fountain pays tribute to this pioneering couple whose generosity has touched generations of Sarasotans. A plaque on the Selby House honors Marie as a Great Floridian, so named by the Florida Legislature in 2000 for her significant contributions to the history and culture of the state.

Selby Gardens Today

Since the Gardens opened, the property has expanded from seven acres to nearly 13 acres. The elegant Mansion on adjoining property was purchased in 1973 and now houses the Gardens' Museum. The Gardens maintains a plant collection numbering more than 20,000 greenhouse plants, plus thousands more in the outdoor gardens. Eight greenhouses include the stunning Tropical Display House where unusual flora can be seen year round. The Center for Tropical Plant Science and Conservation provides headquarters for The Bromeliad Identification Center, the Orchid Identification Center and the Selby Gardens' Herbarium.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has, in short, become a respected center for research and education, as well as a famous showplace that delights more than 180,000 visitors each year.


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Mrs. Owl daily drawing – “Take Out Art.”


Mrs. Owl daily drawing – “Take Out Art.”

February 17, 2009

20090217 CB Takeout art
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Still Life with Broken Soap


Life with Still Broken Soap

February 16, 2009 by Kevin Dayhoff

20090216 Still Life with Broken Soap
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Sunrise at Crane’s Cove by Mrs. Owl

Sunrise at Crane’s Cove by Mrs. Owl

Tuesday morning, February 17, 2009

20090217 SDOSM BDD CB sunrise at Cranes Cove
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Crane’s Cove and Gulf of Mexico in Longboat Key Florida


Crane’s Cove and Gulf of Mexico in Longboat Key Florida

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dayhoff Daily Photoblog

20080217 DDP SDOSM Cranes Cove Gulf of Mexico
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The adventures of Mr Moose


The adventures of Mr Moose

February 16, 2009

The adventures of Mr Moose

Mr. Moose stops for a photo op as the intrepid traveler boards a Boeing 717-200.

Mr. Moose took no questions, however, was overheard to remark how much the traveling moose does not like cold weather and winter, and yearns to be in a warm clime soon.

All questions were referred to his publicist.

20090216 SDOSM The adventures of Mr Moose
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Palm Tree at the Sarasota Florida Airport


Palm Tree at the Sarasota Florida Airport

February 16, 2009

This palm tree greeted me as I walked out of the Sarasota Airport the first thing in the afternoon, Monday, February 16, 2009 and left the cold of Maryland behind.

Dayhoff Daily Photoblog

20090216-(15)bPalmsm / 20090216 DDP 15bPalm
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Off Track Art Opening - artist, Wasyl Palijczuk speaks with guests.


February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening

February 13, 2009

Off Track Art Opening - artist, Wasyl Palijczuk speaks with guests.

In this photo: Wasyl Palijczuk

Photo by Christina Collins-Smith

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February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening


February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening

February 13, 2009

Becki Maurio photo

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February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening


February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening

February 13, 2009

Christina Collins-Smith, Pam Zappardino and Susan Williamson

Becki Maurio photo

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Chris Stewart, Jaqui MacMillian, Caroline Babylon at Off Track Arts Opening February 13, 2009


Off Track Arts Opening February 13, 2009

In this photo: Chris Stewart, Jaqui MacMillian, Caroline Babylon

Photo by Christina Collins-Smith

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Random House Book Fair set for March 7

Random House Book Fair set for March 7

February 6, 2009

http://explorecarroll.com/news/2258/news-briefs/

Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, will host the annual Random House Book Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7.

The day's events will include: new book sales discounted by 20 percent, presentations by local authors, a silent auction, a children's story time and children's activity area ($2 admission fee), a family literacy resource area and free children's books, while supplies last.

There will also be presentations by three national authors: Lisa Gardner, Dan Yaccarino and Leo Bretholz.

Proceeds from the Random House Book Fair go toward student scholarships at CCC. For more details, call 410-386-8155.

20090214 SDOSM Random House Book Fair set for March 7
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February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening


February 13, 2009 Off Track Art grand opening

February 13, 2009

Susan Williamson and Bob Sapora

Becki Maurio photo

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Carroll Co Times article and Encore Minute about OTA by Brandon Oland


Carroll Co Times article and Encore Minute about OTA by Brandon Oland

February 14, 2009 http://tinyurl.com/cusswa

Brandon Oland’s Carroll County Times “Encore Minute” by Brandon Oland may be found here: http://www.carrollcounty.tv/encore/. (Hat Tip: Becki Maurio)

Look in “Encore Archives” for the “Encore Minute 02.12.2009 (2:38).”

Mr. Oland’s article on “Off Track Art” may be found here: Cooperative artistry: Area artists join forces to open Off Track Art

By Brandon Oland, Times Staff Writer Friday, February 13, 2009

[…]

It’s been a busy week for 20 area artists who have been putting the finishing touches on Off Track Art, a cooperative located just off the railroad tracks in downtown Westminster that is having its grand opening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today.

The gallery will be filled from floor to ceiling with sculptures, jewelry, photography, paintings and more.

Westminster painter Sarah Abel Deluca said artists are, generally, independent thinkers and creators.

But the co-op’s artists have come together for this project, splitting the rent and agreeing to staff the co-op located inside Roger Lewis’ Carousel Stained Glass at 11 Liberty Street.

“It’s been exciting to watch the group come together,” Maurio said. “Everyone is bringing their own strengths.”

The artists began meeting in December over breakfast to discuss plans.

Each of the co-op members gets their own space in one of the two rooms in the gallery.

The artists drew numbers out of a hat to decide where each would display their works.

Artists dropped by this week to start installing their works, stopping to admire and compliment the projects of their peers.

[…]

Artists featured: Vestal Abbott, Sarah Abel DeLuca, Melinda Byrd, Christina Collins-Smith, Kevin Dayhoff, Mary Decker, Gail Elwell, Judy Goodyear, Charlotte Lasio, Becki Maurio, Wasyl Palijczuk, Howard Riopelle, Cathy Sawdey, Bob Sapora, Gordon Wickes, Vladimir Tzenov, Linda Van Hart, Robert Waddell, Susan Williamson and Pamela Zappardino.

Read the entire article here: Cooperative artistry: Area artists join forces to open Off Track Art

http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/articles/2009/02/13/features/encore/encore1.txt

http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/2009/02/carroll-co-times-article-and-encore.html

In this photo: Christina Collins-Smith

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Christina Collins-Smith, Pamela Zappardino, Susan Williamson


Off Track Arts Opening February 13, 2009

In this photo: Christina Collins-Smith, Pamela Zappardino, Susan Williamson

Photo by Christina Collins-Smith

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Off Track Arts Opening February 13, 2009


Off Track Arts Opening February 13, 2009

Off Track Arts Opening Melinda Byrd behind Howard Riopelle's "Cat Fish" sculpture Photo by Christina Collins-Smith

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Gizmo's Lyndi McNulty


Gizmo's Lyndi McNulty

Off Track Arts Opening February 13, 2009

Gizmo's Lyndi McNulty

Photo by Christina Collins-Smith

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Estonian movie “Headwind Hall” – “ Vastutuulesaal” comes to Maryland


Estonian movie “Headwind Hall” – “ Vastutuulesaal” comes to Maryland

February 14, 2009

The English narrative is cobbled together from an e-mail… The Estonian material is from: http://eestiasi.co.cc/2008/11/27/vastutuulesaal/

Vastutuulesaal (2007) [Headwind Hall]
Estonia
Directed by Priit Valkna.
Cinematography by Rein Kotov (Somnambuul), Margus Malm, and Tauno Sirel.

Friends of Estonia,

Because Estonia is now in its final stages of being an official Sister State of Maryland, Estonia has been added to the list of being part of the State's International Art and Film events. In 2009, the first part of this is the showing of some international films around the state. An Estonian film, a documentary, will be shown at the following locations on the following dates at no charge: .

Monday, February 16 – Headwind Hall (Vastutuulesaal (Salisbury University, Caruthers Hall Auditorium);

Friday, February 27 – Headwind Hall (Vastutuulesaal ) (Towson University, Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium);

Wednesday, March 4 – Headwind Hall (Vastutuulesaal ) (Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis); and

Tuesday, March 10 – Headwind Hall (Vastutuulesaal ) (Room 201) (Frostburg University, Lane University Center).

All shows are at 7:00 PM.

Producer and co-writer of Headwind Hall, Artur Talvik, offers a light-hearted summary of the film.

Headwind Hall is a documentary film about the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste and his crazy idea of building an opera house on the estate of the past inventor Schmidt in Naissaar; an island which even today has no regular ferry line, no electricity and only one permanent resident.

In order to carry his idea through, Kaljuste must face situations bordering on the absurd, involving potential investors, snobby bureaucrats, construction workers, and the general public.

He transports construction materials and other necessities to the island with his own small boat.

The press and the representatives of different institutions cannot refrain from gloating - what is he trying to prove? The idea is almost as crazy as inventor Schmidt's erstwhile headwind ship that used the energy of headwind in order to move ahead with double power. However, in the summer of 2006, the Nargen Opera is completed and the first performances are carried through.

This amusing and dynamic film follows the activities of Tõnu Kaljuste during a period of five years.

The building of an opera house may not strike most people as a subject for a very dramatic film. Notwithstanding, sometimes the most extreme circumstances can be the setting for the most compelling stories.

The charismatic conductor Tõnu Kaljuste resigned his position as music director and chief conductor of the world renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in late 1999 and set out on a quixotic quest to build an opera/concert hall on the island of Naissaar, located about 12 miles north of Tallinn (the Estonian capital).

Naissaar, also known as the Island of Nargen, was once the family home of world renowned telescope and optical lens inventor Bernhard Schmidt (1879-1935) among whose other theoretical inventions was a wind-powered sail/propeller boat which used the force of the wind to sail directly into the wind itself.

The idea of this "against the headwind ship" becomes the metaphor for Kaljuste's dream to realize the construction of his opera/concert hall despite all the forces of bureaucracy, financing, and common sense working against him. Naissaar Island had no electrical supply, a barely functioning harbor, and only one or two permanent residents at the time this story begins.

How Kaljuste overcame nearly endless adversity and ultimately achieved his goal is shown in this exhilarating film.

Headwind Hall ends with the pop hit Minu inimesed [My People] by the Estonian rap/dance-club performer Chalice (the stagename of singer Jarek Kasar) and provides a musical benediction to Kaljuste's efforts.

At the same time, composer Arvo Pärt declares on-screen that "the Estonian people can't begin to appreciate the trouble that Tõnu has gone through"

Thanks to director Priit Valkna's triumphant film, audiences get the chance to see it and appreciate it for themselves.

Headwind Hall was given standing ovations at the 2007 Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. The film runs 60 minutes.


Vastutuulesaal

http://eestiasi.co.cc/2008/11/27/vastutuulesaal/

“Vastutuulesaal” on dokumentaalfilm dirigent
Tõnu Kaljustest ja tema hullust ideest rajada kunagise leiutaja Schmidti talumaadele ooperisaal. Idee pöörasus seisneb aga selles, et leiutaja Schmidti maad asuvad Naissaarel. Saarel, mis hiljuti oli Nõukogude Armee kinniseks sõjaväebaasiks ja millel tänaseni puudub regulaarne laevaühendus, kus pole elektrit ja kus elab aastaringselt ainult üks elanik. Kes seal ooperis käima hakkab? Mis mõte see selline on? Karismaatiline Tõnu Kaljuste aga tahab kõigi kiuste ja hoolimata üldsuse ning rahamaailma vastuseisust rajada sinna omanäolist kultuurikeskust, kus traditsioonid ja kaasaeg kohtuvad. Kus ooperi kõrgstiil kohtub looduslähedusega. Idee elluviimiseks peab Kaljuste läbima absurdseid situatsioone potentsiaalsete rahastajatega, üleolevate ametnikega, ehitajate ja laiema üldsusega. Ta veab oma isikliku väikepaadiga saarele ehitusmaterjale ja muud hädavajalikku. Laiem üldsus ja eri instantside ametnikud aga ei suuda oma muiet varjata – mida ta tahab sellega tõestada? Võiks öelda, et idee on sama hull, nagu omal ajal leiutaja Schmidti loodud vastutuulelaev, mis kasutas vastu puhuva tuule energiat topeltjõuga edasi liikumiseks.

Aga 2006. aasta suvel saab Nargen Opera valmis.

Lõbus ja hoogne film jälgib Kaljuste tegemisi viie aasta jooksul.

Režissöör: Priit Valkna
Idee autor: Artur Talvik,
Monteerija: Tambet Tasuja
Muusikaline kujundus: Priit Valkna
Operaatorid: Margus Malm, Rein Kotov, Tauno Sirel
Stsenaristid: Artur Talvik, Andri Luup, Priit Valkna
Produtsent: Artur Talvik
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