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Updates From the Nelson Homestead / Wood and Stone Retreat
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The Nelson Homestead Crisfield, MD
1. Rehabilitation News
2. Nelson Homestead's First Artist in Residence
3. Graveyard Restoration
4. Summer Arts & Education Series
5. The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat
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1. Beginning Phase II this Spring!

The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant is finally "in process". It will lift the house, repair the framework and build a new raised foundation underneath it. There are still a couple hurdles to cross, but we are optimistically moving forward. Thanks to your support with our 2014 Crowd Funding Campaign, we have been able to sustain this project through 2015 & 2016 while waiting for this big piece to happen. We will use the remaining balance of your contributions towards the "matching funds" we are required to provide under the terms of the grant. 

Hillis-Carnes Engineering

Sherri Marsh Johns - Retrospect, LLC

2. With the help of The Somerset County Arts Council and Tawes Insurance, the Nelson Homestead's first Artist in Residence - Katrina Kadoski - spent 2 weeks at the property in October, researching the history, characters & stories of Crisifeld and Smith Island and is now creating a theater production, The Waterman's Daughter, that will debut on Vancouver Island in April with plans for performances on the Eastern Shore in late Summer.
3. With the support of The Crisfield Heritage Foundation, UMES honors students through the University Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UELL) Initiative spend a weekend in September restoring the Nelson Homestead Graveyard under the supervision of Joe Paden and The Crisfield Story Project. What an awesome team!
Graveyard Rehab with UMES and Joe Paden
4. We were able to add even more exciting programs to our 2016 Summer Arts & Education Series with the support of Shawna Kearsley, The Chamber of Commerce, The Somerset County Arts Council, Somerset County Management Board, Tawes Insurance, Annemessex Plumbing and Heating, Somerset County Recreation and Parks, Somers Cove Marina and the Judy Center:

April 19 The 5thL Assembly Somerset Intermediate School - Westover, MD

May 23 Kevin Martin Steel Drum Experience at It Takes a Village - Crisifeld, MD

May 23 Steel Drum Experience at Garland Hayward Youth Center - Princess Anne, MD

May 24 Steel Drum Experience at Washington High School - Princess Anne, MD

June 4 Masters of Song Free Concert Somers Cove Marina - Crisfield, MD

August 25 Jennifer Daniels Music & Math - Back to School Open House & School Supply Giveaway: at Woodson Elementary, Princess Anne Elementary, Greenwood Elementary

If you have ideas for, or would like to support the Summer Arts & Education Series, shoot us an email: nelsonhomesteadcrisfield@gmail.com or give Jen Smith a call at 410-882-1606. We'd love to hear from you!

5. THE JUNE WOOD AND STONE SONGWRITING RETREAT will be moved to Sept/Oct 2017. This Spring/Summer Janes Island State Park Cabins will be closed for construction and we will also be focusing time on family obligations and the Nelson Homestead Rehabilitation work. We will keep you posted as soon as we have dates! 
Enormous THANKS to everyone that is helping push this project through! You are truly amazing!
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