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T idewater Trader October 14, 2020 Page 44 to themanyworthwhile attractions downtown. The project is nearing the final stages and the committee was walking the locations of the signs to make sure they will be located in the best places to get people where they are going. The project is nearing the final stages and the committee was walking the locations of the signs to make sure they will be located in the best places - and with the right wording - to get people where they need to go. The wayfinding project is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development that includes the design and manufacture of the signs. Thanks to Mike O’Connor, Bob Ortiz, Alexa Silver, Bernadette Bowman, Jana Carter, Jenn Baker and 4 th Annual KART Klassic Golf Tournament on October 23 rd The Kent Association of Riding Therapy (KART) is hosting its 4 th Annual Kart Klassic Golf Tourna- ment at Back Creek Golf Club in Middletown, Delaware on Friday, October 23 rd at 1pm. Rest assured, great care is being taken to provide a COVID safe event. This golf tournament has been growing significantly each year. Back Creek Golf Club has been voted as Golfweek’s “Best 100 Modern Courses in the US” and Golf Travel Magazine’s “Top 40 Public Courses in the US” for two consecutive years. KART had to postpone the April date due to the virus, but now hopes to have a good turnout in October. The event is a major fundraiser to support their program, which pro- vides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with spe- cial needs, including wheelchair bound riders from Camp Fairlee, an Easter Seals camp servicing Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At no cost to the schools or families, KART serves six local Kent County schools including the High School, Middle School and four elementary schools. Last year, more than 350 partici- pants benefited from therapeutic horseback riding and horse relat- ed activities. Benefits can be seen through increased self-esteem, self-confidence, coordination, and other physical as well as social, cognitive, emotional and behav- ioral improvements. “We are particularly excited that funds raised this year by the Kart Klassic will be used to expand the summer program for Camp Fair- lee. In addition to the therapeutic riding programfor campers, KART will travel with therapy horses to the camp increasing access to campers unable to participate in riding activities at KART”, said Renee Bench, KART President. In 2019, a pilot program was very popular and traveling to the camp increased equine therapeutic ben- efits from 120 to over 280 campers. With your support, KART will be able to continue to serve and ex- pand services to the special needs community. Registration opens at noon. Tickets include 18 holes, post party, door prize ticket, drink tickets, free greens fees for return play in 2021, longest drive, straightest drive, closet to the pin, putting contest, and a souvenir gift. Awards will follow golf during a post party. Sponsorships start at $100 and do- nations are welcome. Visit www. kentridingtherapy.org/klassicgolf contact Theresa Snyder at 410-870-5596, or send an email to kentridingtherapy@gmail.com. Waterfowl Festival Creates New Virtual Art Gallery for 2020 To connect fine art buyers to the artists they love, Waterfowl Festi- val has gone online for 2020, cre- ating its first ever Waterfowl Festi- val Virtual Art Gallery. The web- based showcase launches Novem- ber 1 st and will bring the Festi- val “home” to art lovers, giving them the opportunity to explore and purchase exclusive carvings, sculpture, paintings and photogra- phy. While the new online gallery can’t replace the in-person thrill of the traditional Festival, it will sup- port artists by encouraging inter- est in their work in their home stu- dios and helps provide them with a much-needed way to continue to earn their living during this chal- lenging year. “Obviously we would prefer to be holding the Festival in person,“ said WF Board President Kevin Greaney. “However, these difficult times have offered us the time to create this new opportunity to use our website to support our artists while providing a small revenue stream for us. We want folks to be excited about what we are plan- ning for 2021 and at the same time remember the impact that the lack of a Festival in 2020 is having on the local economy”. The Virtual Art Gallery will be on- line at www.WaterfowlFestival.org and will include artists who were juried into the 2020 show. Each art- ist is submitting 3-5 pieces that can only be found in the Gallery. Visi- tors can shop from the comfort of home and when they make a pur- chase, the artwork will be shipped directly to them from the artist themselves. Online sales will ben- efit both the artist and Waterfowl Festival’s mission and future. The Gallery will change often, as piec- es are sold, so buyers should check in often! Pieces will be updated as sold and updated throughout the year as we get closer to the 50th Festival in 2021. Buyers will find works of art at all price points and can make online purchases through the Festival’s new secure, safe e-commerce system. As of October 5, over 30 artists have signed up to participate in the Virtual Art Gallery, including: Photographers Heather Orkis, Cal Jackson and Tony Masso; Sculp- tors Ken Newman, Fred Boyer and Ronnie Wells; Carvers Al Jor- dan and TomHorn; Painters Linda Besse, Keith Whitelock, Sara Linda Poly and Sandy Alanko to name a few. Painter Richard Clifton, who recently won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for 2020-2021 will also be participating and offering up some of his colorful waterfowl paintings for sale. Says Greaney, “By engaging our art buyers online and providing an exciting virtual experience for art collectors, we will keep the Festi- val moving forward toward a ter- rific 50 th Festival next fall!” Visit www.WaterfowlFestival.org/ waterfowl-festival-announces- virtual-art-gallery for more in- formation, or send an email to marketing@waterfowlfestival.org. The Waterfowl Festival will be online at www.waterfowlfestival.org on November 1 st . GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Wayfinding Project Forges Ahead You may have noticed a small troupe of people wandering Chestertown with a homemade sign and some clipboards in the last couple of weeks. Those are members of the Chestertown Wayfinding committee, tasked with identifying and plotting the location of walking and driving signs to help visitors find their way Wayfinding Project signs will help visitors find downtown attractions. Bob Ramsey for their ongoing service on the Signage Steering Committee! For more information about Main Street Chestertown, please visit www.mainstreetchestertown.org. Send In Your Good News Email to info@tidewatertrader.com, or mail to Tidewater Trader, P.O. Box 412, Chestertown, MD 21620.