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Towne Spotlight: Local Business and Community News of Anne Arundel County October 2016

Sep 27, 2016 10:31AM ● By Nicole Gould

Miss Shirley’s Café selected to participate in the 2016 Governor’s Buy Local Cookout

The ninth annual Buy Local Cookout, hosted by Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan, celebrates and officially recognizes Maryland’s “Buy Local Challenge Week,” which asks Marylanders to make an effort to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day! This weeklong challenge from July 23rd through July 31st was intended to raise awareness of local farms, so that Marylanders will become frequent consumers of fresh, local products.

Earlier this year, Governor Hogan invited teams of chefs and producers to submit original recipes that highlight diverse local products – and Miss Shirley’s jumped at the opportunity!

Miss Shirley’s was honored to have their, “Chesapeake Cheeseburger Slider with Mini Jumbo Lump Crab Cake,” recipe selected for the Governor’s Buy Local Cookout, which was held at the Government House in Annapolis on Thursday, July 21st. The recipe included Roseda Farm black angus ground beef, mini jumbo lump crab cake, Palmyra Farm Chesapeake cheddar cheese, tabasco bacon onion jam, chow chow, yellow tomato, and micro arugula on a Rosendorff’s Mini Challah Slider Roll.

As a selected participant, Miss Shirley’s recipe was also included and published in the 2016 Buy Local Cookbook Recipes Book, along with the other 16 vendors. Miss Shirley’s proudly uses eco-friendly, local, organic and family owned brands and products whenever possible.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is the Beneficiary of The Harbour School's $25,000 Grand Prize from The Yum

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland recently received a $25,000 grant from the Harbour School in Owings Mills’ “Harbouring Hope for Hunger” Team. The team won Yum! Brands Foundation’s Lead2Feed Hunger Challenge Grand Prize for the third year in a row. Meals on Wheels once again benefitted from their hard work, and accepted the donation of $25,000 during a ceremony held at the Harbour School and attended by Yum! Brand Foundation staff.

“Over the last three years, The Harbour School’s Team has volunteered at Meals on Wheels and other hunger-focused organizations throughout the city, sent care packages with seeds, gardening materials, and healthy recipe books to at-risk areas to encourage students to begin a community garden and develop healthy lifestyles, and collected thousands of pounds of food to donate to those in need. We will use the grant to continue to provide nutritious meals and support services to homebound seniors and individuals,” said Stephanie Archer-Smith, Executive Director of MOWCM.

Last year, Meals on Wheels delivered more than one million nutritious meals to homebound seniors and individuals in Baltimore City as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and parts of Frederick counties.

The Harbouring Hope for Hunger Team is led by Siri Llamas, an English/Language Arts teacher at the Harbour School, a school for special needs. “The Harbouring Hope for Hunger Team has become a permanent organization at the Harbour School, and each year more and more students get involved. The fact that we have been selected three years running to receive the Yum! Brands Grand Prize is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the students at The Harbour School,” said Llamas.


FILMSTERS Academy Celebrates 15 Years of Creating Young Filmmakers in Annapolis

FILMSTERS Academy, a summer film camp for kids celebrated 15 years this past summer. Over 138 short films have been produced, shot, directed, acted in and edited by kids 11–18 years old. In the 15 year time span over 800 students have attended film camp, which offers three levels of instruction. The program took place from August 1st through August 8th. FILMSTERS Academy was co-founded in 2002, by Lee Anderson and Patti White, nationally credited TV producers and filmmakers. The duo are also the brains behind the successful Annapolis Film Festival which they co-founded together and is now heading into its fifth year.

Each student was given the opportunity to conceive, pitch, write, shoot, produce, direct, act in, and edit a short film over the course of 5, 10 or 14 days depending upon their level of expertise and experience. At the end of the program, they presented their work to family and friends at the film festival on Friday, August 12th.

“There’s a real place for this in the community,” says Ms. White, who’s won three national Emmy awards for her film work. “There are theater camps and acting camps, but not many film camps. Many focus on the technical alone, we focus on learning how to tell a good story. We are doing this because we really want to give back to kids in this community.”

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