March 31st, 2011

Tales the Tombstones Whisper

RFA098Several years ago, I had the chance to spend some time in Paris with a good friend.  One place at the top of our “must-see” list was the famous cemetery, Pere Lachaise.  We stayed for hours, wandering through the vast and beautiful resting place of countless celebrities such as Chopin, Gertrude Stein and Jim Morrison.

Pere Lachaise is huge, more like a maze than any cemetery I’ve seen in the United States.  Graves are laid out in odd places and sometimes right on top of one another.  The cemetery even has a resident black cat that followed us around for an hour or so, and if that wasn’t creepy enough, we got completely lost in the middle of the oldest section.  Jim Morrison’s grave turned out to be a bit of a let-down, but meandering through the 118 acres of history that is Pere Lachaise was simply amazing.   The 200-plus years of well-crafted tributes are more like works of art than gravestones, giving little glimpses into the lives of the departed…

Graveyards can reveal so much, from local history to family history. Although a wee bit morbid, tombstones never fail to peak my curiosity – When did this person live?  How old were they?  Did they have a family?  How elaborate is their epitaph?

Mike Dixon delves into these questions and more with the April 7th program Tales the Tombstone Whisper, discussing the evolution of the graveyard and what we can learn about our own local history in Cecil County. This is a must for anyone who enjoys local history or genealogy. Just click the link above to register.

Are you intrigued by graveyards? If so, what’s your favorite?


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March 24th, 2011

Cecilwood: Festival of Short Films

Lights, Camera, Action! We’re gearing up for our second annual Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM). This is YOUR chance to participate in a local film festival, even if you’re just a beginner. We’re accepting all kinds of short movies, from documentaries to comedies to dramas . All submissions must be less than 5 minutes in length. The festival is split into two age divisions – the teen competition and the adult competition. The first prize for each is a $100 Visa gift card!

If you want to get a leg up on the competition, we have two great programs coming up that can help you improve your film-making skills:

This Saturday, March 26th, Elkton High School librarian Kim Dyer will be leading a workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 on Introduction to Film-making. Bring a bagged lunch and learn the basics of creating a short film. Participants will work in teams and get hands-on practice with Flip cameras provided by the library.

Have questions about how to use your video camera? On Monday, April 4th, Daniel Krukosky from Cecil College will help you Make the Most of Your Video Camera! Bring your own video camera to the library along with the instructional booklet (if available) and Dan will help you advance your skills.

Both programs still have openings, so give us a call at 410-996-5600 ext. 481 and sign up today! Entries for Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM) are due Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by 8pm. We will show the films and announce the winners at the Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2011. For more info click here. And here are some suggestions for types of films you may want to create…

•    DocumentaryCB057409
•    “Moc”umentary
•    Comedy
•    Drama
•    Romance
•    Public Service Announcement
•    People/Community (“Where I’m From”)
•    Land/Landscape (Environmental)
•    Animation
•    Personal Narrative
•    Experimental

Do you enjoy watching different types of movies or do you stick to a certain genre? Comedies, dramas, romance, documentaries – what’s your favorite?


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