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Faculty

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Patricio Acevedo specializes in Latin American stringed instruments such as the Andean charango, the Venezuelan cuatro, the Brazilian cavaquinho, and the Colombian tiple. He currently teaches Music Theory at the Creative Arts High School in Camden, N.J. Patricio is a founding member of Philadelphia groups Páramo (Chilean nueva canción) and Alô Brasil (Brazilian carnaval). (TW2: Brazilian Guitar & Song; Brazilian Percussion Ensemble)

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Kenan Adnawi is a well-established Oud virtuoso from Syria. Adnawi has accompanied Marcel Khalife in his Al-Mayadeen Ensemble in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Lebanon and many other places around the globe. He has also played with the Qatar Philharmonic, under the direction of world renowned Maestro Lorin Maazel, for its inaugural concert in October 2008. He toured with the Qatar Philharmonic in 2009, and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Theater des Champs-Elysees in Paris, La Scala in Milan, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo where he performed the Arabian Concerto composed by Marcel Khalife. In 2009, he won first place in the International Oud Competition in Beirut, Lebanon. (TW1: Middle Eastern Music; Riqq)

Scott Ainslie transcribed the original recordings and published a book on Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, and has an instructional DVD on Johnson’s guitar techniques. His most recent recording is an award-winning collection of songs played on a 1934 Gibson archtop, "The Last Shot Got Him," which was chosen as Album of the Year by the Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT (a Tammie Award). A sought after teacher and performer, Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. He has been a Public Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA, a federal agency in Washington DC) and the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council. Ainslie was also presented with an Indie (the Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award, Durham, NC), with the National Slide Guitar Festival’s ‘Living Heritage Award’, and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for “outstanding contributions to the fine arts” (from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC). (TW1: Blues Guitar Strategies; Singing the Blues; Slide Guitar Technique & Repertoire)

Jumoke Ajanku has been a part of the Common Ground on the Hill faculty for many years. He first came to Common Ground on the Hill as part of Sankofa Dance Theater. He was a music teacher at Connexions Academy, and has worked at Young Audiences/Arts for Learning and Wombwork Productions. Jumoke was a 2013 recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Apprenticeship Award with Master Manding Kora player Amadou Kouyate. (TW2: African Drumming; African Dance)

Guy Alchon teaches American history at the University of Delaware, where his courses emphasize contemporary affairs.  He has also taught at The Ohio State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. (TW2: The National Security State Through Film)

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Royce Anderson, M.B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., has lived in India, Israel, and Russia, and traveled worldwide. Retired from a career in international higher education, business, and professional exchange programs; he continues his global interest in intercultural understanding and building community. He likes international arts and music, thinks about ultimate questions, writes songs, and plays guitar. (TW1: Exploring Diversity, Developing Cultural Competence; Search for Common GroundTW2: Exploring Diversity, Developing Cultural Competence)

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Sheila Arnold Jones has been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old. She has been a full-time Storyteller since 2003 sharing a variety of stories - “whatever fits in her mouth”, with a great focus on folktales and historical stories. She travels throughout the country providing Stories, Historic Character Presentations, Christian Monologues and Professional Development for Educators to schools, churches, libraries, organizations and Storytelling Festivals. Sheila is often interactive and many times intersperses stories with song. Sheila will be a Featured Teller for the first time at the 2015 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN, where she was previously a Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center and participated in the Exchange Place. Festivals in Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina have been entertained by Sheila's stories. Sheila did a variety of jobs prior to fulltime Storytelling - a Colonial Williamsburg Manager and Theatrical Interpreter, Social Worker for aggressive adolescents with emotional problems, an in-house Residential Counselor, a tour guide, pizza delivery person, Executive Assistant and Receptionist. Sheila currently resides in Hampton, VA. (TW2: Folktales, Fairytales & Social Justice; Great Story Swap; Search for Common Ground)

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Randy Barrett is a fixture in the Washington, DC, bluegrass scene as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Randy appears regularly as a member of the band Mama Tried with Dede Wyland. Randy is also president of the DC Bluegrass Union, a non-profit dedicated to promoting bluegrass music in the greater Washington area. (TW1: Bluegrass Harmony Singing; Bluegrass Jam; Bluegrass Fiddle I)

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Kenneth Batista is a tenured Associate Professor in the Studio Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been for the past 39 years. He served as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences for the past nine, as well as Department Chair from 1987-1993.  An exhibiting artist whose work has been shown nationally and is included in numerous public and private collections, Ken has done two international artist residencies – one at ACE’ Fundación Para el Arte Contemporañeo Artist-in-Residence International Program in Buenos Aries, Argentina and the other at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland. Ken is also passionate about folk music.  For the past 26 years, he has volunteered as a producer and host of a specialty show on WYEP 91.3 FM in Pittsburgh called An American Sampler -- a weekly program dedicated to traditional & contemporary folk music and acoustic blues.  An American Sampler streams live every Sunday evening from 5:00-8:00 (eastern) at www.wyep.orgkbatista@pitt.edu (TW1: Anyone Can Draw)

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Barbara Bayne has been a metalsmith creating fine jewelry for more than 25 years. She has been using the die forming technique in her work since she was a student and continues to explore its many applications. She shows her work at fine craft shows throughout the country where she has received awards for excellence and design. Her work reflects her interest in the natural forms and textures that surround her. She seeks to capture some of that nature when she creates her unique jewelry. barbarabayne.com (TW1Make a Metal Bead a Day)

Susan Ruddick Bloom is known for her fine art photography. She uses alternative photographic processes and digital manipulation. Sue has been involved in making art on the computer since 1984. She holds a BFA and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Recently retired, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College. She is the author of three books on fine art digital photography. She teaches workshops throughout the US and continues to write magazine articles and lead photo trips abroad. Her work may be viewed at www.suebloom.com (TW2: Scanner Art)

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AJ Blye has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 1998. She studied long-term with Senior Level Iyengar teachers John Schumacker and Joan White. She started teaching in 2002 and plans to teach as long as there is breath in her body and students who want to practice and learn. Her favorite quote is, “The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life,” by BKS Iyengar. Her mission is to help anyone (at any age) who is interested in yoga to begin and continue their journey for any or all reasons that motivate them to learn, practice and grow. (TW1: Morning Yoga; Hatha Yoga)

A.J. Bodnar and Liza DiSavino are recording artists, performers, and founding members of Illegal Contraband, a concert/dance ensemble with an emphasis on high-energy New England and Irish folk dance tunes. A.J. is an exciting singer with a soaring tenor voice, expert melodicist, and virtuoso keyboard player who has toured America and Europe as a jazz musician, songwriter and folk musician. He accompanies dance classes at Berea College, is the accompanist for the Berea Country Dancers, and is the vocalist/accordionist for the Berea College Mariachi band. 'Like' Liza & A.J. on Facebook! (TW2Rise Up Singing; Beginning Piano; Big Song Swap)

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Robert Boner became interested in photography in 1968 when he lost his wife's camera in a canoe accident. Fortunately, he didn't lose her, and replaced her camera with a single lens reflex. He is essentially self-taught and has  taken no formal photography classes. However, he has read extensively about the subject, studied the works of other photographers, and pestered more accomplished photographers with countless questions. A chemist and an artist, he taught the first darkroom photography class at Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College in 1972. He continued this until the college hired a full-time photography teacher. With the advent of digital photography, he began teaching photography again. In 2007, after 37 years, Robert  retired from his full-time position in the mathematics department but continued teaching photography in Jan Term. His photographic interests are primarily nature/wildlife and his 7 grandchildren. (TW1: Intermediate Photography)

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Susan Boyer Haley learned folk music at home from her parents in Missouri.  Susan learned singing from her mother and learned to play the mountain dulcimer from her father.  The Boyer Family performed at regional events and folk festivals for 45 years and folk music was central in their lives and community.  Susan loved the music she learned at home and took it out into the world. She has been settled in the Deep South for the past 33 years, singing, teaching, and passing on a living folk tradition to her students.  Susan’s husband of 40 years, Bill, is a fine frailing style banjo player and the couple has raised two sons.  The family lives in Clearwater, Florida, where they enjoy singing to the seventh generation of the family, a little granddaughter. (TW2: Mountain Dulcimer; How Can I Keep from Singing; Big Song Swap)

Junious "House" Brickhouse is an internationally established dancer, choreographer, community leader, and cultural preservationist with over 30 years of experience in Urban Dance Culture.As a teenager, Junious became a regular in the underground dance scene and recognized that the artists in these communities were driven by creativity and continuation of culture. Through these experiences, he soon mastered the Hip Hop, House Dance, B-Boying, Popping, Locking, Tap, Waacking, Vogue, and West African Dance styles that were being celebrated by so many in these cultures. As Founder and Executive Director of Urban Artistry, Junious has inspired and created a movement of artists dedicated to the authentic preservation of urban dance culture and community. In 2009, Junious was honored by The Maryland State Arts Council with the Master Teacher Award. (TW2: Intro to House Dance)

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Pat Brodowski leads open-air natural dye workshops in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia for all ages. Formerly the Historian/Educator at the Carroll County Farm Museum, she currently grows the 2-acre Kitchen Garden at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, where she researches historic techniques for growing and using plants. patbfarm@hotmail.com. (TW1: Natural Dyes for Natural Fibers)

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Shelton Browder began traditional blacksmithing in 1980 after realizing that not everyone is capable of a desk bound career. He began teaching himself to do traditional forge work in 1980, moved to New Bern, NC in 1985 and established a blacksmith program at Tryon Palace, an 18th century historic site. In 1993, he began work in the public blacksmith shop at Colonial Williamsburg where he earned his journeyman papers under Master Blacksmith Peter Ross. After retiring in 2011, Shel began his own business, reproducing a variety of 17th and 18th century iron objects for individuals and museums. He teaches and demonstrates several times a year in various parts of the US. (TW1: Blacksmithing; CG on the Grill Dutch Ovens; CG on the Grill.TW2: CG on the Grill Dutch Ovens; CG on the Grill)

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Julien Bruneteau (SeeThe Jeremiahs) Julien’s first encounter with Irish traditional music began soon after starting the flute, when he was 10. Julien was initially inspired after meeting Sylvain Barou and Jean-Michel Veillon during masterclasses. Julien spent a while studying jazz music in the conservatoire of Agen and the Didier Lockwood’s jazz school in Paris. Thanks to his unusual musical background, Julien has developed a unique musical style which can be heard in his music. (TW1: Celtic Flute & Whistles I; Celtic Flute & Whistles II; Celtic Session)

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Robin Bullock's virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands, their vigorous Appalachian descendants, and the timeless masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance eras into one powerful musical vision. Robin's honors include “Editor’s Pick” and “Player’s Choice” Awards from Acoustic Guitar magazine, the Association for Independent Music’s prestigious INDIE Award (with the world-music trio Helicon), multiple Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards, a Governor’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a bronze medal at the National Mandolin Championships in Winfield, Kansas. He maintains a busy international touring schedule, performing solo, in Celtic duos with guitarist Steve Baughman and Irish singer Aoife Clancy, and as sideman with Grammy Award-winning folk legend Tom Paxton, including Tom’s 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 “Together at Last” tours with fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian. Robin's fifteen solo and collaborative CDs include his most recent, volume one of the first-ever complete recording of the Bach Cello Suites on solo mandolin, and 2016's The Carolan Collection, a compilation of the legendary Irish bard’s compositions, sales of which benefit North Carolina animal rescue organizations and raised over $8000 for the cause in the CD's first year of release. www.robinbullock.com. (TW2: Guitar According to Robin Bullock; Celtic Mandolin; Celtic Session)

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Howie Bursen Chicago Magazine said, "Stunning guitar arrangement… easily one of the finest banjo players ever heard" while Frets magazine said, "He has the ability to dazzle audiences with displays of virtuosity and instrumental cuts on his album contain some of the most intricate clawhammer banjo work ever recorded." Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Holly Near and others have recorded Howie's songs www.sallyrogers.com/howie (TW1: Rise Up Singing; Beyond Beginning Guitar; Old-Time Banjo II)

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Dr. Chad Edward Buterbaugh is Director of the Maryland Traditions folklife program at the Maryland State Arts Council. As Director, he works to identify, support, and safeguard Maryland folklife through grants, heritage awards, and the annual Maryland Folklife Festival. He also manages a collaborative partnership in which regional organizations work in their local communities to identify and support folk artists and produce fieldwork data for depositing into the Maryland Folklife Archive at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Buterbaugh is a folklorist trained in oral tradition, ethnographic methods, and public folklore. His research focuses on professionalized oral traditions in Ireland. He has published his work in peer-reviewed journals and books and has presented at numerous academic conferences. (TW2: Keynote Lecture; Search for Common Ground)

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Melinda Byrd was born into a rya rug family. She learned this centuries-old craft from her grandparents.,who imported Scandinavian rya yarn, backings, and kits in the “mid-century modern” era when Scandinavian design was discovered in the USA. She has taught hundreds of rya rug-makers as they developed their skills through classes and on-line training. In addition, through the years, Melinda worked as an environmental educator -- abstract images of nature are abundant in her rya work. After a video of her work was released on YouTube in 2012, nearly a quarter million viewers have witnessed the craft, and a resurgence of interest is occurring worldwide. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trl3V5Q2kG4 ) She recently “bought back” her grandparents supplies and currently represents rya supply companies in Scandinavia. She is in the process of writing a book on Designing and Making an Off-loom Rya. For more information, go to her website: http://byrdcallstudio.com byrdcallstudio@gmail.com (TW2: Design Your Own Rya Rug)

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Roj Caswell, a 5th generation native of the northeastern Isaan region of Thailand, hailing from the mountainous Mekong River border province of Loei, is well-versed in central Thai cuisine, as well as lesser-known local specialties from her home region. She has resided in the United States with her family since 2014. Roj looks forward to sharing her Thai food and culture with others. (TW1: Thai Cooking)

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Mandy Chappell became interested in the art of pysanky in an effort to learn more about her Ukrainian heritage. After attending a Ukrainian festival in Baltimore several years ago, she became determined to teach herself this art of egg decorating. She was drawn to the traditional geometric designs for their intricacy and enjoys the process as much as the end result. Mandy holds a BFA from Frostburg State University with a concentration in photography. (TW2: Pysanky)

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Peter Chen was born in China. Before he came to the U.S.A. in 2002, he had studied and worked in Shanghai University of Sports. He graduated from Minnesota State University in 2007 and taught P. E. classes in the public schools in the U.S.A. since. Tai Chi is a part of P.E. classes, which he has been practicing and teaching for various groups. He is currently a board member of Tai Chi Friends Club of Greater Washington and participates in various Tai Chi events in the Greater Washington DC region. (TW1: Tai Chi Chuan. TW2: Tai Chi Fans)

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Erica Chesnik discovered the beauty of yoga in 2006 while looking for more variety in her physical work out routine. She quickly learned that yoga had so much more to offer than just a physical practice. Her style of teaching is fun and energetic, but will also leave you feeling restored and inspired. Erica yearns to help you find balance in your life, both on and off the mat. Erica will challenge you to flex the boundaries of your comfort zone with mindfulness, while guiding you through a safe practice. You will leave Erica's yoga class feeling empowered and ready to take on life's next challenge. Erica's passion for yoga and life are infectious! Erica is eternally grateful for the opportunity to transform her practice and perspective though Kim Manfredi's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Charm City Yoga. Erica has enjoyed practicing with many elite yoga teachers, including Dharma Mittra, Cindy Lee, MC Yogi, and Shiva Rea. She looks forward to practicing with you soon, too! (TW1: Gentle Yoga. TW2: Gentle Yoga)

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Daniel R. Collins is an award-winning filmmaker, founder of an independent media production company (Dan Collins Media, L.L.C.), and the director of development and outreach for the Delaware-based non-profit media initiative, Hearts and Minds Film. He has attended Common Ground on the Hill as a volunteer, performer, and instructor for fifteen years, and now serves as faculty of the CGOTH Distinctive Lecture Series and helps manage the CGOTH Veterans Initiative. Dan is also an actively performing musician and published poet, currently based in Philadelphia. www.teleduction.com. www.heartsandmindsfilm.org. (TW1: Hearts and Minds Film; Veterans Initiative; Big Song SwapTW2: Hearts and Minds Film; Big Song Swap; Veterans Initiative)

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Charles Collyer and Pamela Zappardino are nonviolence educators, authors and trainers with a long history of activism. They studied and continue to work with Dr. Bernard LaFayette, who was a member of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s executive staff, and is today's principal spokesperson for Kingian nonviolence. Charlie plays "bad guitar" and teaches at the University of Rhode Island, where he co-founded the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. A photographer and art critic, Pam is the president of PlanWorks Consulting, a nonviolence educator, and is on the board of directors of Common Ground on the Hill. Charlie and Pam co-founded and serve as Directors of the Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education at Common Ground. (TW1: Nonviolent Problem Solving; Stories of the Civil Rights Movement. TW2: Nonviolent Problem Solving; Stories of the Civil Rights Movement)

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Guy Davis is a musician, storyteller, author, and actor considered to be “America’s greatest link to the blues right now” (Windsor Star). Guy has been turning out chart-topping, award-winning blues since his debut in 1995. His album Kokomo Kid was named 2016 Acoustic Record of the Year by Blues Blast Magazine and received nominations for the Blues Music Association Acoustic Album of the Year 2016 and Acoustic Artist of the Year. These awards follow his 2014 Blues Music Association nominations for Acoustic Album of the Year (Juba Dance) and Acoustic Artist of the Year. Guy Davis “breathes new life into the country blues idiom” (Blues Blast Magazine). The son of famed actor/civil rights activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Guy celebrates and expands the music and stories he learned at the knees of his parents and grandparents. This most recent recognition continues Guy’s history of honors, including awards from National Public Radio and the Blues Foundation, including the W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive Award and nine Handy Award nominations, as well as acclaim on and off-Broadway. Recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts (TW2: Play the Blues with Guy Davis; Blues Harmonica II; Juke Joint Blues)
 

Liza DiSavino & A.J. Bodnar are recording artists, performers, and founding members of Illegal Contraband, a concert/dance ensemble with an emphasis on high-energy New England and Irish folk dance tunes. Liza, in addition to being a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and concert French horn player with performances from Broadway to Carnegie Hall and under the batons of Zubin Mehta and Loren Maezel, is an award-winning songwriter. She teaches music education and Appalachian music at Berea College and is the director of the Berea Folk-Roots ensemble. 'Like' Liza & A.J. on Facebook! Liza DiSavino (TW2: Beg. Tin Whistle; Rise Up Singing; Beg. Guitar)

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Stevie Dissinger is an artist who lives in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture in 2012. Currently she uses fibers, recycled, and found materials in her interactive and sculptural works, and teaches with Creative Alliance. (TW2: Traditions Today: Community Installations)

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Alice Dorsey is a pianist, keyboard player and organist who has played for a number of churches in Baltimore and the Voices of Freedom choir at Social Security in Baltimore. Since 1987, Alice has accompanied her daughters, the Sisters in Harmony, anchored by Shelley Ensor. (TW1: Singing with Shelley Ensor; Gospel Music with Shelley Ensor. TW2: Singing with Shelley Ensor; Gospel Music with Shelley Ensor)

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Kirk Dreier is Senior Naturalist at Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. He has been practicing primitive technology for over 30 years. Just out of college, Kirk attended the “Knapp-In” at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Northern Virginia. There he met Scott Silsby, then director of that facility. Kirk was astounded at how Scott could manipulate flint, obsidian, jasper, and green stone to create beautiful and functional axes, knives, spears, and arrowheads. Dr. Errett Callahan was his first teacher, and through him Kirk learned the fundamentals of how and why stone fractures. After repetition and practice with hundreds of pounds of stone, he reached the level of proficiency he now shares with others. (TW2: Primitive Skills)

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Debra Duffin is a life time resident of Montgomery County. She has been a Special Education teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools for many years. She is certified in C.P.I. In previous years she has held many leadership positions and continues to hold those positions throughout the community. She and her family own and show their Jersey cows in the 4-H Club that she is affiliated with. She loves tending to all of her many animals. Debra is also very involved with various school activities. Most of all she enjoys being a wife and a mother of twin daughters. (TW1: World Village. TW2: World Village

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Rachel Eddy was born and raised in rural WV, where she recently returned after 5 years in Stockholm.During that time, she invigorated the Swedish old-time scene, inspiring dozens of people to learn Appalachian music and dance. She has taught fiddle, banjo and guitar at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins WV, at Sore Fingers Summer School in the UK, and different various weekend workshops from the hills of West Virginia to Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, London and Wales. (TW2: Old-Time Fiddle I; Old-Time Fiddle II; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Don Elmes has been exploring his environment through his camera lens for over thirty-six years. Inspired by the natural forms in his remote Appalachian home and from trips to the West and overseas, Don has continued to capture imagery of the beauty existing all around us. His more recent work with Photoshop and InDesign has merged his skills in photography and computer graphic design, expanding his creative endeavors. Recently retired, Don worked as the office manager at the Appalachian Arts Center in Wardell, Virginia, for eight years. In that capacity, he prepared imagery for publication and website construction, restored imagery for public displays, and designed brochures and publicity materials, Don provides classes, seminars, and workshops in photography and framing for art students at Southwest Virginia Community College and for entrepreneurs and artisans in his region. He exhibits and displays his photographic works at Heartwood in Abingdon, Virginia, and at the Appalachian Arts Center. don.elmes1@gmail.com (TW2: Basic Skills in Photoshop)

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Ellen Elmes regards painting as her “second language.” For her, the process of creating watercolors provides a means to explore – sometimes on the spot, and sometimes in retrospect – the rich experiences of her homeplace in Southwest Virginia, of travels across the US and Scotland, of activism and teaching in her community, and, more recently, of exploring anew mountaintop landscapes where she lives on Bearwallow, Jewell Ridge, Virginia, through plein air painting. The mix of narrative style and spontaneity embodied in her watercolors have received acclaim in the Middle Appalachians and beyond. Also a mural painter, Ellen has devoted much of the last ten years, since retiring from full-time teaching at Southwest Virginia Community College, to large-scale mural commissions for cities and towns, colleges, churches, and businesses. ellen.elmes@gmail.com (TW2: Painting Watercolors; Figure Drawing for Teens)

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Shelley Ensor comes from a highly gifted musical family and possesses a rare, beautiful and powerful voice. She sings with The Sisters in Harmony who released their CD, Your Love, in 2001. Shelley was the vocalist with the Howard Burns Quintet, appearing on their CD, Lucinda's Serenade, and performing at Blues Alley. She appears on the Ron Kearns CD, Live at Blues Alley, and sings with the Frederick Community College Jazz Band. Shelley directs the Mens Choir and Voices of Faith at First Baptist Church of Baltimore. She is a past director of Trinity Baptist Gospel Choir, the Men's Choir of St. Luke’s UMC, Bertinna Randall Gospel Choir of St. Mark UMC, St. Paul's UCC choir in Westminster, MD, and the McDaniel College Gospel Choir. Shelley led the Common Ground Gospel Choir for sixteen years and is revered at Common Ground on the Hill as one of its most inspired, respected instructors. Shelley is accompanied on piano by her mother and mentor, Alice Dorsey. (TW 1: Gospel Music with Shelley Ensor; Singing with Shelley Ensor. TW2: Gospel Music with Shelley Ensor; Singing with Shelley Ensor.)

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Trista Fedoruk is a homemaker, mother, and an avid crafter. She has loved crochet ever since she was a small child watching her mother create afghans, hats, and scarves. Over the years she has developed her own crochet skills, learning various stitches and working with many patterns. Several years ago she started her own business, Wella Crafts, selling her work through consignment and at various events. Working with different fibers, stitch by stitch, and watching the yarn come alive to create accessories or toys is always rewarding.. Color and texture are very important to her and she tends to seek out yarns that are both eye-popping and tactilely distinctive. Even with the simplest stitch an ordinary hat can be beautiful, and allowing the yarn to speak for itself is really all that matters. tfedoruk@outlook.com (TW1: Crochet Critters

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Mary Flower is an award-winning guitarist and lap slide player, a Blues Music Award nominee and twice a finalist at the International Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says "There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music..." She has performed at Merlefest, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and on Prairie Home Companion. Her 9th CD, Misery Loves Company, was released last fall on Yellow Dog Records. A seasoned teacher, Mary has a handful of Instructional DVDS and has taught at Fur Peace Ranch, Swannanoa Gathering and Centrum Blues. www.maryflower.com “A world class finger style guitarist and lap slide player” Downbeat Magazine (TW1: Finger Picking Blues & Ragtime; Open Tuning Arrangements; Juke Joint Blues)

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Phil Gallery In his real life, Phil Gallery is a 5' 7", 136-pound author, newspaper writer, former Naval Officer, raiser of four kids, and grower of Christmas trees. In his Walter Mitty life he is a 6", 180-pound professional golfer, albeit on the senior tour. He has played courses throughout the United States, Asia, and Scotland, including Prestwick and the Old Course at St. Andrews. He will be happy to share his ideas on golf and life--two things he often gets mixed up. Or, if you prefer, he will simply join you in the woods for a stroll. (TW2: Golf)

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Nolly Gelsinger first saw original glass beads for sale while searching out beads for stringing on eBay, She learned that glass beadmaking was revived in America in the 1980’s--completely from scratch. These new beadmakers studied ancient beads and began to determine how they might have been made. Using available technology, acetylene torches, and stained glass, these pioneers shared failures and successes over an infant internet. By 2002, when Nolly took her first class, torches and kilns had greatly improved. Beautiful glass that reacted well to the flame was available from Italy. That class was the first step on a road that Gelsinger still travels with great happiness and enthusiasm. Her jewelry designs have been included in juried exhibits in the US and in Japan.. She teaches beadmaking at Common Ground on the Hill and at The Glass Resort in Frederick, MD. Her beads are available at bead shows on the East Coast; she sells her finished jewelry at Off Track Art in Westminster, MD and regional juried craft shows. More information, including a show calendar, can be found on her website, www.nollysfolly.com. nolly@nollysfolly.com (TW1: Adventures in Glass Beadmaking I. TW2: Adventures in Glass Beadmaking II)

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Joe Gibney (See The Jeremiahs) Male Vocalist of the Year Chicago Irish American News 2015. Joe, with his instantly recognizable timbre, offers a diverse repertoire of songs, from rousing sea shanties to emotional traditional songs of hardship, love and loss. His obvious passion and love for these songs, old and new, is plain to see and hear and will entrance and warm the heart of any music lover. A talented Dublin born singer with a melting pot of influences. (TW1: Irish Song; Celtic Session)

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Jonathan Gilmore is a proud Baltimorean He is soul singer and is currently recording his first ep. Jonathan had his start in musical theater performing in 10 musicals as well performing as solo performer in the DMV. Having also performed background vocals for national recording artist Donnie, Jazmyn Sullivan, Keshia Cole, Jahiem, and Navasha Daya. Jonathan has performed at Artscape, Afram, Baltimore Book Festival, and headlined his own set at the Common Ground on the Hill festival in 2012 as well was a featured singer for the “Mobtown Moon: Pink Floyd tribute concert”. Jonathan has been teaching poetry and music for 6 years. Between gigs and studies Jonathan also works with many community organizations to aid in the improvement of all people. (TW2: Gospel Choir; Sing Out Loud; Martin’s Dream; Writing a Political Poem; Search for Common Ground)

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Ralph Gordon is a much sought-after free-lance musician (bass and cello) performing internationally and teaching in the Washington, DC area. He is classically trained and performs in a variety of styles including folk, classical, Celtic, blues and jazz. He toured and recorded for years with Trapezoid, and performs and tours with a multitude of groups including Magpie and Walt Michael & Company. Ralph appears on well over one hundred recordings, including albums with John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Trapezoid, Alexander Mitchell and Rhythm Ranch. www.ralphgordonmusic.com (TW2: Swing Band/Dance Workshop; Bass Tutorial; Bowed String Ensemble)

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Randall Gornowich is a multi-faceted visual artist. He is best known in Baltimore for his creation of the 30’ pink flamingo which adorns the facade of the Cafe Hon in Hampden. He’s been a featured artist on the HGTV’s show “That’s Clever.” His photographs have been published on the cover of Baltimore’s City Paper as well as international magazines. Gornowich studied art in Baltimore, Maryland; Florence, Italy; San Antonio, Texas as well as at Oxbow in Saugatuck, Michigan. He earned both his Bachelors (with honors) and Masters degrees from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He’s spent time working in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, National Museum of American History and National Geographic Society. In addition to working as a freelance photographer he teaches art and photography workshops to adults, inner city youth and individuals with special needs. Visit his website to learn more. http://www.randallart.com/  (TW1: T-Shirt Design)

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Martin Grosswendt is best known as an interpreter of 1920s and '30s blues, from classic Delta and East Coast blues to early country music to Creole and Cajun music. As a solo artist, Martin has shared the stage with legendary performers including Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee, Sam and Dave, Taj Mahal, Paul Geremia, NRBQ, Henny Youngman, and many others. Martin plays Telecaster and sings with Salem-Schatz in the Boston-based band Honky Tonk Masquerade. He also plays bass (and occasionally fiddle, guitar, and accordion) with the popular Cajun dance band Magnolia, and plays guitar and sings with the Rhode Island Bluegrass super group the Pegheads. Sunday evenings usually find him at the Skellig in Waltham, Massachusetts, playing rhythm guitar with ace fiddler Alan Kaufman, helping to lead the Boston area’s longest-running old time music jam. In recent years Martin has released two CDs, Call and Response and Payday!, which feature country blues classics, more contemporary, roots-oriented material and original compositions. His 1979 LP, Dog on a Dance Floor, is still available on vinyl. http://www.martingrosswendt.com. (TW2: Intro to Swing Guitar; East Coast Blues Guitar Repertoire; Juke Joint Blues)

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Phil Grout has worked as a photojournalist since 1966 locally and across the Americas as well as Africa, India and Asia for newspapers, magazines, wire services and book publishers. His work has been awarded by the Associated Press, Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association and various arts organizations. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books of photography and prose and several self-published works. He currently works as a freelance photojournalist covering Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region for newspapers and magazines. (TW1: The Open Road)

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John Hampshire was a recent resident at the Saltonstall Foundation. Selected solo exhibitions include: Layers and Labyrinths at The Show Walls in NYC (2008); Expressive Eccentricities, State College of Florida (2009); and Labyrinthine in The Project Room at the Phoenix Gallery, NYC (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: Black and White, Lana Santorelli Gallery, NYC (2010); International Small Works Exhibition; New York University, NYC. (2001-2009); and International Works on Paper Soho20 Gallery, NYC (2001). Recent awards include 2011 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, and the Dr. Arthus C. Collins ’48 Purchase Award, University at Albany Alumni Association. Numerous articles/reviews have been written about John, including in such publications as Artvoices Magazine, The New York Times, and an upcoming article in The Artists Magazine/Drawing. John is Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY and lives and maintains his studio in a former church in Troy, NY with his dachshund. www.JohnHampshire.weebly.com. (TW2: Portrait Drawing; Portrait Painting)

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Gwen Handler and her family live on the Hill Farm outside of Westminster with a flock of Leicester Longwool Sheep and a herd of Norwegian Fjord ponies. She is chairperson of the prestigious Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and has taught weaving, photography and ceramics at the Sandy Springs Friends School for over 30 years. She has traveled with students extensively through the U.K. Gwen knows the weaving process from "sheep to shawl." www.hillfarm.biz/hillfarm. (TW1: CG on the Grill Dutch Ovens; CG on the Grill. TW2: CG on the Grill Dutch Ovens; CG on the Grill)

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Dr. Roxanna Harlow is founder and executive director of Higher Learning, Inc., a non-profit designed to provide out of school time learning experiences, including travel abroad, for minority and low income youth. An expert in the areas of race, gender, education, and social inequality, she also teaches Diversity in the U.S. and Introduction to Sociology at Carroll Community College. Before starting Higher Learning Inc., Roxanna was Associate Professor of Sociology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She has been invited to do numerous presentations and workshops on issues of race, gender, education, diversity and multiculturalism. She also serves on the boards of Common Ground on the Hill, the Westminster Community of Shalom, Silver Oak Academy, the Board of Education's Education that is Multicultural council, and is an active member of the Carroll County Chapter of Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland. (TW2: Gender: Understanding the Complexities of a Seemingly Simple Term)

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Slim Harrison is a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and full-time Artist in Residence with the Maryland State Arts Council. Slim has had the privilege of performing with Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Bud & Ola Belle Reed, John Jackson, Patsy Montana, Blind Rev. Pearly Brown, Albert Hash, Ella Jenkins and numerous others at festivals, hoedowns, house concerts & street corners. He is the founder of the Barnstormers, Piney Mountain String Band and the Sunnyland Skiffle Band and has called dances or played with countless bands including the Corndodgers, Fiddlestyx, Jolly Joe’s Jugband, Double Decker Stringband, Sassafras Jugband, the Heartbeats, Sunshine Skiffle Band, Fennig’s All Stars & even Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys. He builds banjos & dulcimers in his workshop at Sugartree Farm & leads workshops with children making everything from whammy-diddles to stomper-doodles. He performs on fiddle & fiddlesticks, banjo, autoharp, mountain & hammered dulcimer, 6 & 12 string guitar, resophonic guitar, harmonica, mouthbow, jaws harp, jug, skiffleboards, washtub bass and his one-of-a-kind “Kazoozafone”. www.sunnylandmusic.com (TW1: Jugband; Old-Time Jam/Dance; World Village. TW2: Jugband; Old-Time Jam/Dance; World Village)

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Virginia Harrison went to Carver Technical High School aiming to be a dressmaker. After her first child was born, Virginia returned to her love of dressmaking and created Dressing by Virginia. Virginia is noted for her involvement in community, education and youth programs. She is on the Human Relations Commission; serves with Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality; is currently or has been on the Carroll County Community Service Board; the Local Management Board; the Department of Social Services Board; the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County; The United Way’s Community Partnership; the YWCA of Greater Maryland; South Carroll Diversity Roundtable; and the Advisory Council on Career and Technology Education. Virginia was appointed to the Carroll County Board of Education in 2008 and was elected to that Board in 2010 and again in 2014. Her many major awards include Maryland Most Beautiful Person (2005), NAACP Award, and the United Way Bernard Cook Meritorious Leadership Award (2012). (TW1: Beg. Sewing)

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Linda Harrison-Parsons is an award-winning artist whose work is inspired by the natural world. Travel to Africa has influenced her work by giving her the opportunity to see nature in the wild. A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, where she found her passion in drawing--she works in a reductive technique on hand made cotton rag paper. She received a M.F.A. from George Washington University. A charter member & past president of Maryland Printmakers, Inc. she co-chaired & hosted the Southern Graphics Council conference in Baltimore, MD. Linda organized international printmaking exchanges & exhibits with the Cultural Arts organization in Brazil. She was certified as Artist in Residence by the Maryland State Arts Council, and has worked with students of all ages & special needs students since 1994. (TW1: Birds in Art: Pastel)

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Ellen Hartge has been weaving for 30+ years and currently teaches weaving to students at Sandy Spring Friends School. (TW1: Beginning Harness Floor Loom Weaving)

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Mimi Hay is a fiber artist specializing in creating wearable art and costumes. She has been exhibiting her creations for over 30 years at juried fine art and craft shows around the country. Her wall pieces are installed in numerous businesses, banks, libraries, museums, hospitals and private homes. Born in Japan,her artwork is influenced by Japanese design and techniques such as Arashi Shibori – Japanese pleating and dyeing. www.mimihaydesigns.com (TW2: Artistic Tie Dyeing - Japanese Style)

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Kristin Helberg makes her home and studio in the Rodgers Forge area of Towson, MD. Recognized as a painter and an artisan specializing in Early American vinegar graining, she has also been a teaching artist with the Maryland State Arts Council for twenty years. Her grained boxes are sold in the gift shop of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC as well as the New York Historical Society Museum in NYC. In 2003, President William Clinton chose her painting “Bill and Elvis” to become part of the permanent collection at his Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her portrait of Grandma Moses was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in May of 2011. For five years, she was a visiting artisan at Colonial Williamsburg where she gave vinegar-graining demonstrations at the St. George Tucker House. (TW1: Vinegar Graining)

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Joe Herrmann is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has been making music for over 45 years. He is well-known in traditional music circles for his singing and playing. He co-founded The Critton Hollow String Band with his wife, Sam Herrmann, in 1975, and has toured internationally and recorded 8 albums. Joe is known for his patient and generous teaching. He says,"My first instrument was the 5-string banjo à la Pete Seeger and as a child of the '60s we actually had ‘hootenannies’ in our back yard where we would play and sing the popular folk music of that era. In high school it was rock and roll which was a very healthy form at the time and an influence in my musical sensibilities. A bit later it was jazz and by 1974 I had sold all the electric guitars and amplifiers and moved to Paw Paw, WV with my Yamaha acoustic guitar. Discovered fiddle about that time. Rediscovered banjo. Music has been good to me, think I'll just keep it up." Joe Herrmann plays music that draws from his background in traditional folk and old-time traditions: songs and instrumentals from traditional and contemporary sources, songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers, instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen. Joe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. http://www.crittonhollow.com/ (TW1: Beg. Old-Time Fiddle; Old-Time Fiddle II; Old-Time Jam/Dance. TW2Bustin’ LooseSouthern Appalachian Dance)

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Josh Hisle, a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq war is one of the most honest and passionate songwriters today. His work with Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash in the film "Deja Vu" jettisoned him into a life of honest songwriting and solo performance. Hisle’s work has been reviewed by critics from Rolling Stone Magazine, Glide Magazine and Variety. He was crowned "Neil Young’s latest discovery" in 2008, with a performance at Sundance Film Festival with Young and Graham Nash. 2011 found him on tour opening for Stephen Stills. Josh has worked closely with Common Ground on the Hill to develop this year's Veterans Scholarship Initiative. (TW1: Veterans Initiative; Big Song Swap; Search for Common Ground. TW2: Veterans Initiative)

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Vincent Alexander “Alex” Hisle is an award-winning Percussion Educator/Performer/Recording Artist from the OH/KY/IN tri-state area. Vincent attended Northern Kentucky University as a music education and performance major, earning his B.M. in 2015. He is an avid percussion educator and has been teaching percussion since the summer of 2008. Having taught over 15 local Cincinnati area drum-lines and front ensembles, most of his ensemble teaching experience lies in percussion ensemble and the marching percussion idiom. (TW1: Snare Drum)

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Therese Honey is a specialist in Celtic and Early harps, with a background in classical pedal harp. Childhood fascination with the harp blossomed into an exciting and successful career as a professional harpist and recording artist. As a self-proclaimed “crusader for music of great heritage”, Honey draws on her vast knowledge of early music history and her stunning virtuosity to bring alive for her audiences the incredibly beautiful music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras. (TW2: Medieval Improvisation for Harp; Traditional Aires for Harp; Cantigas de Santa Maria for Harp)

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Cristina Huertas was born in Mexico and danced before she could walk. Dance is an essential part of Christina’s life and she often assists classes or dance parties where there is a variety of different styles of music. Coming from a Hispanic background, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and Bachata dancing is an organic part of Christina’s life. She is a co-founder of a Mexican folkloric dance group in the U.S.A. (TW1: Latin Dance)

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Christopher James; While still in his teens Christopher headed south to live in the land where blues began performing with various blues groups from Clarksdale, Mississippi to Dallas, Texas. Returning to Maryland, James founded his own group, won the Baltimore Blues Society's Blues Challenge, was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, released five albums and received two Wammie nominations from WAMA for Best Blues Recording and Best Blues Vocalist. The Maryland State Arts Council presented Christopher James with the highly competitive Individual Artist Award for his CD When the Moon Gets High Tonight: The Blues Mandolin Experience, recorded with Grammy nominated producer Professor Louie and featuring Christopher's mandolin playing. Through teaching, recording, writing and performing Christopher “Singing Hawk” James shares his hope, excitement and passion for music and its endless possibilities. www.christopherjames.com. (TW2: Blues Mandolin; Ukulele; Beginning Mandolin; Juke Joint Blues)

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The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Since founding in 2013 the quartet have trailblazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and Festivals. The band has racked up awards, including 2015 Best Vocal & Instrumental Album Live Ireland; Male Vocalist of the Year 2015 Chicago Irish American News; 2015 Christy Moore Songwriter Showcase, winners; and 2013 Ballyshannon Folk Festival Showcase, winners. The Jeremiahs are Joe Gibney (Vocals, Whistle), James Ryan (Guitar, Bouzouki), Jean Christophe (JC) Morel (Fiddle, Mandola), and Julien Bruneteau (flutes and uillean pipes). *NOTE: Isaac Alderson has been replaced by Julien Bruneteau. Find out more about the band at www.thejeremiahs.ie. (TW1: Joe Gibney - Irish Song; Celtic Session. James Ryan - Celtic Guitar I; Celtic Guitar II; Celtic Session. JC Morel - Celtic Fiddle I; Celtic Fiddle II; Celtic Session. Julien Bruneteau - Celtic Flute & Whistles I; Celtic Flute & Whistles II; Celtic Session.)
 
The Jeremiahs are presented in part through a grant from Culture Ireland.

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David Kandel has been a middle- and high school math teacher in both private and public schools in Baltimore City for the last twenty years. He rediscovered the joy of origami many years ago while teaching at the Waldorf School. He has pursued this passion by combining his teaching of geometry and paper folding to first graders through graduate students and adult learners in classes, workshops, retreats, and after-school clubs. He has watched the growth of origami folders and their interest in geometry grow enormously in the last decade. David is committed to introducing the beauty and joy of folding to all who are interested. For the last three years, he has served on the board of Origami USA, the largest origami association in the country. (TW2: Geometric Origami for Teachers; Mastering the Basics of Geometric Origami)

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Danny Knicely has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, and fiddle expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His masterful mandolinistry and original compositions can be heard on his debut album “Roots and Branches” and his colorful, versatile, acoustic guitar picking can be heard on his latest release "Waltz for Aimee". He is also musical director for the Mountain Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving traditional musicians worldwide, and he plays a major role in a feature length documentary film called “The Mountain Music Project”. The film follows two Appalachian musicians on a journey through the Himalayas of Nepal and the mountains of Virginia while they experience the extraordinary connections between these two mountain cultures. http://dannyknicely.com/index.html (TW2: Old-Time Mandolin I; Old-Time Mandolin II; Old-Time Guitar; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Brad Kolodner Regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Kolodner has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo at just 27 years of age. Old-time clawhammer banjo is experiencing a rebirth in American folk music and Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, Strathmore Artist in Resident, radio DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for Old-Time music. He was awarded the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for Industry Involvement. He regularly performs across the country in a group with his father Ken Kolodner, a world renowned hammered dulcimer player and with the acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction. He is a three-time finalist of the banjo finals at the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, WV. He is a highly sought-after teacher and has taught workshops at the John Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), Common Ground on the Hill (Westminster, MD), the House of Musical Traditions (Takoma Park, MD), the Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL), and the Mountain Arts Gathering (Paul Smiths College, NY) to name a few venues. Currently residing in his hometown of Baltimore, Brad teaches private banjo lessons to over 30 students. While banjo is Brad’s primary instrument, he also sings and performs on the fiddle, gourd banjo and banjola. www.bradkolodner.com (TW2: Beginning Old-Time Banjo; Old-Time Banjo II; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Ken Kolodner Recently called “a world class instrumentalist” by Sing Out!, Kolodner is widely recognized as one of “one of today’s most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists...” and a fine old-time fiddler. After years of touring as a soloist and in ensembles with Robin Bullock, Chris Norman, Laura Risk, Elke Baker and many others, Kolodner has had the great pleasure of touring with his son Brad for the last two years. Their first CD Otter Creek was the most played instrumental CD on the Folk Charts in 2011. Their 2013 release Skipping Rocks debuted at #4 on the Folk Charts and in the top 20 on the Roots Charts. In more recent years, Ken has received greater recognition nationally as an old-time fiddler and in 2010 completed a book/CD for Mel Bay on Appalachian fiddling. In addition to over a dozen recordings, Ken recently released two new books on playing the hammered dulcimer with Mel Bay. Ken founded The 10th Annual Sandbridge Dulcimer Retreat, a series of three weeks of master classes which attracts advanced players from around the U.S. and beyond. http://www.kenandbrad.com. (TW2: Hammered Dulcimer; Beg. Fiddle; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Ken Koons is a photojournalist, luthier, carpenter, potter, blacksmith and builder of his log home and the wooden furniture it contains. He is also a professional musician, playing traditional Celtic and Nordic music in the Mid- Atlantic area. See: www.wherligig.com. He has worked wood since childhood and researches traditional hand tool working methods and joinery, timber framing and makes and restores hand-tools. He also creates instructional videos on disappearing arts. http://www.worldcommunityproductions.org/handcraftedtraditions.html. (TW1: Building Thoreau's Cabin. TW2: Building Thoreau’s Cabin)

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Ryan Koons received a PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 2016, where he is now a lecturer in the Departments of Musicology and of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, and director of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble. As an ethnomusicologist, he studies and publishes on Native American traditions, baroque performance practice, and LGBTQ experiences in traditional music. As a professional musician, Koons performs and teaches early music and traditional music from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the British Isles.(TW2: Celtic Fiddle; Hidden Voices; Bowed String Ensemble; Celtic Session)

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Katherine La Pietra comes back to Common Ground after many joyful classes. She is a Professor of Theatre Performance and serves as the Educational Theatre Instructor and Costume Designer at Ferris State University in Michigan. She has wondrously managed to make a ‘living’ as a Theatre Artist for most of her life-including the ‘adult’ years. She encourages everyone to follow their bliss and find new blissful things to do-whether they are playing music, building a cabin, planting seeds or planting ideas. (TW1: Costume Design on a Shoestring Budget. TW2: Set Design on a Shoestring Budget)

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Bobby A. Little Bear is a painter, illustrator, sculptor and wood worker. She completed her education at the Harrogate College of Arts in Harrogate, England at the age of 18, and completed another B.A. at The University of Central Florida. She served a six-year term as Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs. Bobby has lectured on Native American Myths and Mythologies at institutions such as the Pentagon, Departments of Energy and Labor, Andrews AFB, Ft. Belvoir, colleges, churches, schools, and other organizations. As a Native Dancer, she has taught Plains style buckskin, traditional, and cloth dresses and dance styles. Bobby is often called upon to organize Pow Wows. Today, she lives in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico, with the bears, elk and big cats. In addition to her art, she works with the schools and law enforcement in bullying prevention. She enjoys antique truck restoration, jewelry making, wood carving, and finding new challenges. (TW1: Southern Plains Buckskin Moccasins; Native American Tribal Arts)

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Liza & A.J. (Liza DiSavino & A.J. Bodnar) are recording artists, performers, and founding members of Illegal Contraband, a concert/dance ensemble with an emphasis on high-energy New England and Irish folk dance tunes. Liza, in addition to being a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and concert French horn player with performances from Broadway to Carnegie Hall and under the batons of Zubin Mehta and Loren Maezel, is an award-winning songwriter. She teaches music education and Appalachian music at Berea College and is the director of the Berea Folk-Roots ensemble. A.J. is an exciting singer with a soaring tenor voice, expert melodicist, and virtuoso keyboard player who has toured America and Europe as a jazz musician, songwriter and folk musician. He accompanies dance classes at Berea College, is the accompanist for the Berea Country Dancers, and is the vocalist/accordionist for the Berea College Mariachi band. 'Like' Liza & A.J. on Facebook! (Liza - TW2: Beginning Tin Whistle; Rise Up Singing; Beginning GuitarA.J - TW2: Rise Up Singing; Beginning Piano; Big Song Swap)

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Shawn M. Lockhart is a seasoned relief printmaker and book artist, making handmade books since the early 1990s. Her limited edition
prints are in collections worldwide. She has had her work in shows and
galleries on the east coast US and in the west of Ireland. Shawn has
been involved with Common Ground since 1995, being one of the first
artists to exhibit her art along with Linda Van Hart. She taught from
1996-2002, managed the Common Ground Store for a few years, and is 
happy to be back teaching again. (TW1: Interweaving: Artist’s Book Project)

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Professor Louie (aka Aaron Louis Hurwitz),five time Grammy nominee, keyboardist, accordionist and vocalist, resides in Woodstock NY. His musical journey began playing R & B and blues traveling the gospel circuit with the renowned Mighty Gospel Giants of Brooklyn. He then moved on to co-producing and playing on CDs for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame group "The Band" in the 90s, leading him to perform as a duo with the late vocalist/bassist Rick Danko (who nicknamed him Professor Louie). His group, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, have been touring far and wide for the past fourteen years, performing songs from their eight Woodstock Records CDs. In 2013, David Lynch's recording label, TMusic released the Professor Louie & The Crowmatix song "The World Belongs to You." Louie and his writing partner Miss Marie recorded their award winning song (Naxos International Arranging Award) “Melody of Peace” in Prague with The Czech Symphony for the ERM/Naxos label. The song was aired and performed for CBS as the theme for CBS Holiday Special "Melodies of Christmas." Professor Louie has recorded with The Band, Levon Helm, Guy Davis, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ireland's Four Men and a Dog, Garth Hudson, Graham Parker, Tony Trischka and many more artists. Louie was also the recipient of the 2015 Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts. More info www.professorlouie.com. (TW2: Music of The Band; Blues Piano with Professor Louie; Juke Joint Blues; Gospel Choir)

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Chris Luquette (See Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) (TW1: Bluegrass Guitar IBluegrass Guitar II; Bluegrass Jam)

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Stephen Mankowski started blacksmithing in the summer of 1981 with Jeff Jubenville, at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford NY. He then worked with Paul Spaulding at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown NY. From 1986-1988. In 1988 he started an apprenticeship at Colonial Williamsburg under Peter Ross and is presently working as journeyman under Ken Schwarz. Stephen has been interested in traditional methods of blacksmithing since the very beginning and has demonstrated around the country sharing his blacksmithing methods. Most recently he has been working with Shel Browder making wrought iron from a bloomery that they constructed on site. The blooms of iron are cut and are forged into traditional tools and hardware. mankyoungrs@verizon.net (TW2: Traditional Blacksmithing)

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Blaine C. Martin is a poet living in the Philadelphia area. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from DeSales University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University. Blaine's poems have appeared in Apiary, Words Apart, Shaking Like a Mountain, and Girls with Glasses. His chapbook, A Whole Armada of Loss, is available through Plan B Press. Blaine has read as part of the Staghorn Reading Series, the Red Dog Reading Series, the Hungry Sphinx Reading Series, and the Movable Beats Poetry Series. Blaine was recently interviewed for the radio show Prosody, which is available online. He taught Introduction to Poetry at DeSales University and has run numerous workshops around Philadelphia. (TW1: The Poetry of Loss; Poetry of the Civil Rights Movement)

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Lydia Sylvia Martin has played for many years with The Martin Family Band, whose roots are in Southwestern Virginia and Maryland. Lydia plays downstroke and up-picking as well as old-time fingerpicking styles on banjo. With a background in music history and music theory, she co-authored “Robert Johnson for Banjo”, available from Hal Leonard Publications. Lydia also has a recording side project with musicians Steve Steckler and Paul Garisto, and plays with Robbie Caruthers and Ralph Gordon. Lydia’s solo banjo album, “Chasing the Ghost,” was produced by Dirk Powell and recorded in Maryland, New York and Louisiana. More about Lydia's album, which reached #5 in the country for folk radio in February at https://lydiasylviamartin.bandcamp.com/releases. “Lydia is a wonderful banjo player with depth and technical expertise. Her unaffected singing is beautiful as well.”–Tony Trishcka (TW1: Beginning Old-Time Banjo; Old-Time Song Repertoire; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Randy Mayer, a Green Valley Samaritan, is the Pastor of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona. When Randy began to look for a church to pastor, he and his wife Norma wanted to be as close to the US/Mexico border as possible. For the past fifteen years Randy has served The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ as their Lead Pastor where he has carefully blended his love of church camp and mission work into a very unique ministry of action, compassion and inclusion of all. Randy is known in the Santa Cruz Valley as a musician, community organizer and a steady progressive voice. He is a founding member of most of the border humanitarian groups and seeks to follow and teach about a "God That Is Still Speaking." Randy and Norma reside in Sahuarita with their two boys, a dog, a cat and a yard full of packrats. www.gvsamaritans.org/ and www.thegoodshepherducc.com/Staff.html (TW2: Samaritans at the Border)

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Frank McGuire is a talented percussionist, bodhran and whistle player from Scotland. He has been playing music since he was old enough to hold an instrument. He was invited as the guest of honor for the first Kremlin Zoria in 2007. Frankie has traveled all over the world, teaching and performing on TV, radio and at festivals, including "Celtic Connections". In 2010, Frankie recorded with the legendary viol de gamba player and composer Jordi Savall from Catalan and harpist Andrew Lawrence King, resulting in one of the highest awards in music, the Premio De La Musica, for the album Celtic Viol Vol 2. He now tours as part of a trio with Jordi and Andrew. He is also a founding member of the band Drever McGuire Young. (TW1: Bodhran Construction; Celtic Session. TW2: Bodhran Construction; Beginning Bodhran; Celtic Session)

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Ted McNett is President of the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, Inc. and Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education for Carroll County Public Schools. He started blacksmithing in 1996 through an interest in living history, traditional arts, and woodworking. Since then his historical and traditional inspirations have evolved into the abstract, artistic, and sculptural. He demonstrates at a variety of events and teaches blacksmithing classes at the Carroll County Farm Museum’s Traditional Arts Academy. He has taken Jewelry I, II, III, and IV from Linda Van Hart at McDaniel College and Fold Formed Metal (Common Ground on the Hill 2007) and Linear Forging (Maryland Institute College of Art) from John Fix. He has continued to broaden and develop his skills and style working with a variety of metal smiths and students. (TW1: The Luna Moth Project; CG on the Grill Dutch Ovens; CG on the Grill.TW2: The Luna Moth Project; CG on the Grill Dutch Ovens; CG on the Grill)

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Marya Michael, M. Ed., Author, Speaker, Life Coach, Meditation and YogaRhythmics Instructor. Marya's background includes several years of partnering with a licensed nutritionist. This experience provided her with an enriched understanding of the reciprocal relationship between energetic and health issues. For over thirty years, Marya's classes have included themes of stress reduction, self-esteem, personal transformation, peace education, dance and multicultural education awareness. Marya masterfully inspires individuals to embrace the innate power and purpose of the human heart. The spirit of spontaneity and joy activate the heart during her dance class. Public school teachers who have attended Marya's YogaRhythmic class at Common Ground on the Hill have attested to the potential of its uplifting and resonate value, personally and professionally. www.maryamichael.com. www.spiritualcoachingforchildren.com. marya@maryamichael.com. (TW1: YogaRhythmics. TW2: YogaRhythmics)

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Walt Michael Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt's wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a band leader, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded fourteen albums, appeared at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers and toured internationally. His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC and PBS. Walt is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, and the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College. www.waltmichael.com. (TW1 : Search for Common Ground. TW2: Search for Common Ground)

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Jeremy Middleton (See Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) (TW1: Bluegrass Bass I; Bluegrass Bass II; Bluegrass Jam)

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Carly Miller is a sixth grade teacher in Carroll County Public Schools. She has been braiding for over twenty years and enjoys trying new braids out on her students. Her business, “The Braiding Booth” is a local business for parties, festivals and weddings. (TW1: Braided. TW2: Braided)

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Geordie Mitchell is the Director of Enrollment Management at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. He has extensive coaching experience, including two high school bike teams. Geordie has raced bikes both on and off road, has built several bikes from scratch, and done extensive touring. (TW2: Bicycling)

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JC Morel (See The Jeremiahs) JC Morel is from Bordeaux in France and has been playing classical and jazz music from the tender age of 4. JC's love affair with Irish Music began when a friend handed him a copy of The Bothy Band. This affair cumulated in a permanent visit to Dublin to study Irish Music and also where he met the band. He has since completed a Masters in the prestigious Lyon Conservatoire of Music. A master musician JC brings an exotic style of fiddling to the band’s sound. (TW1: Celtic Fiddle I; Celtic Fiddle II; Celtic Session)

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David Morris, of Gaithersburg, MD, is an award-winning songwriter and a frequent leader of songwriting workshops. He and co-writers won the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest (bluegrass category) and picked up third place and an honorable mention in the DC Bluegrass Union’s 2015 Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. His songs have been selected four times for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter Showcase, and have been recorded by Valerie Smith, Adkins & Loudermilk, the Kevin Prater Band, Circa Blue, Dave Adkins and others. He studied music publishing, licensing and copyright law at the Berklee College of Music. (TW1: Bluegrass/Americana Songwriting; Bluegrass Jam; Search for Common Ground; Keynote LectureTW2: Songwriting with Others)

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Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and two poetry collections, Here at Least and Terrarium. Her award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. She provides editing services, conducts writing workshops, and speaks on women's and poverty-related issues. She is also the owner of a small press and speaks about publishing and marketing. She has maintained her Monday Morning Books blog since 2006 and tweets regularly about poetry @bmorrison9. For more information, visit her website and blog at www.bmorrison.com. (TW2: Sharing Our Stories)

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Jo and Wayne Morrison are Port Righ. They specialize in Scottish and other Celtic music with harp, bagpipe, concertina, and voice. Port Righ may be heard on their CD, Na Bi Gorach. Jo is an award-winning Scottish harper, as well as being a Distinguished Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) judge, one of only five in the country. She is also a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP), providing therapeutic music at the bedside for the ill or dying. In addition to playing the Highland bagpipe, Wayne also performs on the Shuttle Pipes, the Highland Pipes' quieter cousin, and on the English concertina. Port Righ has played at locations such as the Library of Congress, the US Capitol, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Norway, and various Scottish and harp festivals around the United States. http://www.portrigh.com. (TW1: JoBeginning Celtic Harp; Stress-Free Harp. Wayne Beginning Highland Bagpipe; Beginning English Concertina.TW2: JoJo’s Harp Favorites; Stunning Harp Music from Around the World.)

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Mike Munford (See Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) (TW1: Bluegrass Banjo I; Bluegrass Banjo II; Bluegrass Jam)

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Dominick Murray has been called one of the most influential figures on the Irish music scene in the Baltimore/Washington area since settling here in 1979. Born in Detroit into a large Irish family (he has more than 100 first cousins in the U.S. and Ireland), Dominick grew up with a strong connection to Irish music, nurtured by his father, an immigrant from Co. Sligo, and his mother, whose parents hailed from the North. For 10 years, Dominick was both lead singer and rhythm guitarist with Celtic Thunder and featured prominently on the band's INDIE-Award-winning album, The Light of Other Days (Green Linnet). His driving rhythm guitar and harmony vocals can also be heard on recordings by Chris Norman & Ken Kolodner (of Helicon) and Grace Griffith and Irish Fire (the trio of Murray, Griffith and fiddler Dave Abe). (TW2: Irish Song; Celtic Session)

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Guy R. Neal grew up hunting and fishing the backlands of Maryland. He developed an interest in primitive technology while in middle school after finding and collecting many surface artifacts from prehistory. He is currently a member of the Monocacy Archaeological Society, and operates Primal Knowledge LLC where he teaches classes in primitive skills and often lectures at schools on primitive technologies. guyrneal@yahoo.com. (TW1: Primitive Skills: Making a Green Wood Bow)

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Lee Newman earned his MFA and BFA from American University and is a founder of the Washington Studio School. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship and Kreeger Painting Award. Newman’s prints, paintings and drawings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor among others. https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/lee-newman?page=4. (TW2: Monotype & Drypoint Printmaking)

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Steve Nida is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a well-known social psychologist who has held academic appointments at four different universities; his research and publications have addressed such topics as helping behavior in emergencies, group processes, and ostracism. With his co-editor Kipling Williams, Steve is currently working on a book, The Frontiers Handbook of Ostracism, Social Exclusion, and Rejection, which will be published by Psychology Press in 2017. A past-president of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Steve enjoys national recognition as an accomplished teacher of psychology. During the course of his 35 years as a college educator he has consistently emphasized the theme that an understanding of basic social psychological principles empowers an individual to make a positive difference in his or her social world. (TW2: Ostracism, Social Exclusion & Bullying; Search for Common Ground

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Melanie Nilsson is an educator-activist committed to social responsibility, inclusivity, and interdisciplinary collaboration in science and technology. She has a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Chemistry at McDaniel College. She conducted research into the causes and treatments of diabetes for 20 years and, through this work, was exposed to the inequities both within the scientific community and beyond. Her current work is focused on breaking down the silos between science, the arts, and the general public to promote a sustainable, innovative, and socially responsible climate for scientific and technological advancement. Reach her at mnilsson@mcdaniel.edu. (TW1: Social Responsibility in Science. TW2: Why Science and Technology Need the Arts)

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Emily Oleson is a crossover dance artist interested in framing American Vernacular Dance to include broad ranges of movers and styles, from traditional Appalachian flatfooting to contemporary urban dances. She is a co-Artistic Director of Good Foot Dance Company with her husband Matthew Olwell where she makes “trad dance theater,” and she pioneered the first undergraduate degree devoted to American vernacular dance at Davis & Elkins College. In 2013, The Meaning of Buck Dance, a show she co-conceived and directed was selected to tour in Russia under the U.S. State Department Arts Envoy program. Emily’s performance highlights include appearing with The Chieftains, Lunasa, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, at Performatica in Cholula, Mexico, the Strathmore Music Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Wheatland Music Festival, Lake Eden Arts Festival, the Dance Flurry, Floydfest, and the Newport Folk Festival with Seeger’s Clogging All-Stars. (TW1: American Vernacular Dance Remix; Jazz Era Party Dances; Flatfooting & Clogging; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Matthew Olwell has performed and taught as a musician and dancer at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. The son of renowned flute-maker Patrick Olwell, Matthew began his professional career touring for nine years with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, with whom he appeared in Riverdance. As well as performing, he teaches Irish flute, pennywhistle, bodhrán and percussive dance, and composes original music and dance, as well as arranging traditional material. In particular, his interests lie at the intersections of traditions that emphasize the communal and social context of dance and music-making as expressions of culture and identity. Matthew has taught and performed at numerous camps and festivals, including The Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Heritage Center, and The John C. Campbell Folk School. (TW1: Beginning Bodhrán; Flatfooting & Clogging; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Harry Orlove is a consummate studio and performance guitarist. For more than twenty-five years, he has been a widely sought-after session guitarist in L.A. He played in the NBC/Dick Clark production Hot Country Nights House Band, was the band leader of the Palomino Club House Band in North Hollywood, is an endorsee of Martin, Fender, Eastman, and now, Flaxwood Guitars, plays for a half-dozen L.A. area bands and has recorded with many artists both famous and not so famous. In the 1970’s, Harry played with several major folk acts and bluegrass bands, including Pearls Before Swine, Bottle Hill, The Monroe Doctrine, the Vassar Clements Band, and the Limeliters. www.cdbaby.com/cd/harryorlove. (TW2: Blues Electric Guitar; Music of the Band; So You Wanna Make a CD

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Kathryn Osgood is a metalsmith and associate professor in Professional Crafts Jewelry at College of The Albemarle in Manteo, NC. She has an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University. Her work has been featured in publications including The Art of Enameling, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and 500 Earrings. www.kathrynosgoodjewelry.com. (TW2: Torch-Fired Enamels; Creating a Personalized Amulet)

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Greg Padrick is a nationally licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, as well as a member of the Maryland Acupuncture Society, the British Acupuncture Council, and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine in the United Kingdom. After graduating with a BA in Religion from Davidson College in North Carolina, he received his medical training from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, England. Greg returned to the United States and moved with his family to Westminster, opening his practice in 1999 at the Center for Healing Arts, where he combines acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy to create an optimum healing dynamic for his patients. In addition to teaching Chinese medical theory at the Maryland University of Integrated Health in Laurel, Maryland, Greg is a Wing Chun Kung Fu instructor. (TW1: Acupressure and Self Care)

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Paide Gymnasium Folk Dance Group The group was awarded first place in the Estonian Dance category at the School Dance Festival, and a second place in the New Dances competition in Estonia. Old Estonians believe that dancing had a powerful and magical influence on the surrounding world. It was an inseparable component of everyday life, parties and festivities. The Folk Dance Group comes to us through a partnership with the Westminster – Paide Partner City Program.  (TW2: Estonian Folk Dance, Music, & Craft)

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Jesse Palidofsky Azalea City Recording artist Jesse Palidofsky's latest CD Dancing Toward the Light garnered a Producer of the Year nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, a nomination for best Folk Contemporary Recording at the Washington Area Music Awards, and three honorable mentions at the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. Jesse has taught beginning piano improvisation everywhere from Common Ground on the Hill to the Detroit House of Correction. Encountering Phil Och's music in his teen years inspired Jesse to become a non-registrant for the military draft during the Vietnam War. He has worked as an organizer for the McGovern campaign, for the United Farmworkers Union and for the Nuclear Freeze campaign. (TW1: Music & Healing; Blues Piano; Juke Joint Blues)

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Jim Paulsen was born in Iowa and grew up in Illinois. He has a BS from Western Illinois University, an MA from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from the University of Delaware. Jim is currently Professor Emeritus from Towson University where he was head of the Sculpture Program for 43 years. Jim has exhibited and lectured widely in the United States, Europe and Asia. Jim’s public sculptures can be seen in Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Glasgow (Scotland) Bristol (England), Oldenburg (Germany) and Beijing (China). Jim not only makes heroic sized public sculptures but also exhibits drawings and smaller works in metal, wood and cast paper. (TW1: Model & Cast a Half Life-Size Caricature Portrait)

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Pun Plamondon is a member of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa (Michigan), and Turtle Clan. He is a tradition bearer, oral historian and Master Storyteller. He has served as a Tribal Council member and First Nations Advocate. He is an author, pow wow master of ceremonies and lecturer. In a former life he co-founded the radical White Panther Party, was an FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive, and successful U.S. Supreme Court litigant. His Supreme Court challenge stopped the Nixon Administration from wiretapping domestic dissidents without a warrant. Currently he is President Pro Tem of CURR, the Congress of Unrepentant Radicals. (TW2: Storytelling with Pun Plamondon; Great Story Swap; Search for Common Ground)

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Tim Porter performs with The Contemporary Ensemble in New York, lectures and performs at the National Jazz Museum In Harlem, and other venues in the US, and Europe, including the annual Festi Jazz Festivals in Saint Cezaire, France, as well as an upcoming program entitled "Mies and Miles; Architecture and Design in Music" at Parsons Paris in France. Tim was an original member of The Common Ground on the Hill Old-Time Black String Band. He has performed with mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff, with jazz greats Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano, Bill Wurtzel, and Steve Williams, with blues and folk musicians Mike Baytop, Guy Davis, Earl White, Sparky Rucker, and Rhonda Rucker, and Celtic vocalist Kerrin Kennedy Perkins, among others. He serves on the Board of Trustees of jazz radio station WBGO Newark Public Radio, and is also on the Boards of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, the New School University, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. In 2012, Tim was Co-Executive Producer of the hit jazz CD Our Thing featuring Roni Ben-Hur, Sant Debriano, and Duduka Da Fonseca released on the Motema record label. (TW2: Jazz Mandolin/Jazz Guitar; Migration Sketches: Music of the Diaspora)

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Joel Proper is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice specializing in five element acupuncture and Chinese herbs. He resides in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (TW2: Creating a Personalized Amulet

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Rebecca Quattrone Drayer is a retired professor from York College of Pennsylvania in the Music, Art, and Communication Department. She is also an Art Director for the Pine Grove United Methodist Youth Group as well as a conduit between the artistic processes and local communities. She earned her Master of Arts at Pennsylvania State University and Advanced and Introduction Mosaic Certification from the Scuola Arte Del Mosaico, Ravenna, Italy. Her public and fine artworks span the United States and abroad. Rebecca has recently completed several large scale public collaborative mosaic works in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Her mixed media studio, Rocksie’s Ranch, is located in Southern York County, were she resides with her husband and pups Smokey and Chopper. (TW1: Mosaics for Everyday Life- Intro; Mosaics for Everyday Life - Advanced)

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Ragtime is a Marine veteran of Vietnam, who found peace and a sense of worth by becoming a stained glass artist 40 years ago. He is working on an extensive project which includes a meditation on peace as he explores many variations of the peace symbol. He would like to help his students create a glass piece that can bring years of visual and spiritual joy. Ragtime has been part of The Veterans Initiative at Common Ground since its inception. 1000pointsofpeace.net. (TW1: Glass Camp with Ragtime. TW2: Glass Camp with Ragtime)

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Tatiana Rahkmanina is a Russian milliner born and raised in St.Petersburg, Russia. She has been living in West Virginia since 1990. Tatiana learned the basics of the millinery craft from her grandmother Larissa, who was a hat maker and couturier in Russia in the first half of the 20th century. Tatiana’s company "Hats by Tatiana Rakhmanina" has been operational since 1995. She has been teaching millinery trade for the past seven years. Ms.Rakhmanina has won numerous awards at various exhibitions and design competitions. Her hats have been featured in museums and runway shows in the US and abroad. Twice she received Professional Development Grant from the WV Department of Culture and History in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008 Tatiana studied hat making in London, England under Mrs. Rose Cory, formerly a milliner by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Mother. Her work has been chosen to be shown at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show. (TW1: Hat Making)

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Rich Ramirez learned his trade from master tiler and woodworker, the late Carl Bruns. Rich has been doing tile work for over 30 years, specializing in motifs from the Southwest and Mexico since moving to southern Arizona, where his work can be found in numerous homes in the borderland, including Sahuarita and Green Valley. His earlier work graces many homes in the San Francisco Bay area. Furniture, niches, back splashes, mosaics, and technique are some of the many strengths this artisan brings to the table. azrichgv@msn.com (TW2: Southwest Tile Mosaic)

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Tareq Rantisi was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. Tareq has shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians and associations throughout the Arab world and Europe, including Kudsi Erguner, Manfred Leuchter, Ilham Al Madfai, Edward Said National Conservatory, the Popular Arts Center and Alkamandjati Association. In 2008, Tareq received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States, receiving a degree in Percussion Performance and graduating with honors. Since his arrival in the United States, Tareq has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Jack deJohnette, Steve Smith, Paul Winter, Simon Shaheen, Aaron Goldberg, Srinivas Krishnan,Victor Mendoza, Husnu Senlendirici, Eguie Castrillo, Bertram Lehmann, Bassam Saba, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Bruno Råberg, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía, Glen Velez and many other important virtuosic musicians, composers and ensembles. Tareq has offered master classes and workshops in collaboration with Arabic Music Retreat, Brandeis University, The Center for Arabic Culture, NAFDA, The Gaza Music School, Qattan Foundation, Al Kamandjâti Association, Kufiyyeh Center of Music, and the Yamaha Music School. (TW2: Middle Eastern Music; Riqq; Search for Common Ground)

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Henry Reiff While earning his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of New Orleans, "Hank" was a journeyman acoustic and electric bassist in America's true music city. He is comfortable in a number of musical genres, including classical, R&B, blues, rock & roll, folk, jazz, and bluegrass. Henry served as Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College from 2008-2013. (TW1: Bass Guitar; Juke Joint Blues)

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Cinda Rierson is passionate about the deeply transformative power of both yoga and travel. Both have created opportunities for her to cross personal boundaries and challenge perceived limitations. In a yoga class, she creates a practice that encourages each student to mindfully focus on their personal experience using their own body and breath as a guide. Students leave class reporting that their breath flows more freely; they feel stronger, more flexible, more focused - more open to life. Students often share surprise at how good they feel and how much more energy they have following a yoga session. Although Cinda primarily teaches in Indiana and Michigan, she combines her passion for teaching yoga with travel and has taught classes & yoga workshops in Belize, Bonaire, Haiti, Mexico, Morocco and while cruising through the Middle East. She has certifications in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Yoga for Pain Care having studied with leading instructors both in the US and Canada. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT-500 level. (TW2: Morning Yoga (7 AM); Afternoon Yoga)

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Sally Rogers has been performing for over 30 years. Her songs are included in both the Unitarian and Quaker hymnals while her fifteen recordings (including four for children) have won consistent accolades. She is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, in the Creative Arts in Learning program. She has presented at American Orff Schulwerk workshops and Kodaly Music Education conferences as well as at professional development programs in integrated curriculum through the arts at schools across the country. Rogers is also known for her work as a Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and has worked in the Commission’s HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Schools Program. Her residencies have included many school visits teaching students how to collect oral histories and transform them into songs. She is past president of the Children’s Music Network and has earned her MA in Integrated Curriculum through the Arts at Lesley University. www.sallyrogers.com (TW1: Rise Up Singing; ArtSmart; Mountain Dulcimer)

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Michael G. Ronstadt For two decades, Michael G. (Michael J.’s oldest son) has entertained audiences throughout North America on cello, guitar and voice. An exceptional musician-composer conversant with a wide range of styles, he not only executes captivating solo performances, but participates regularly in duo and trio situations with a diverse camp of young, innovative musician-songwriters including Lisa Biales, Serenity Fisher and David Trotta. As a core member of Ronstadt Generations, Michael G. displays genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics. Michael G. is a much sought-after studio musician who has appeared on more than 200 albums in the last 15 years. He holds both a Master and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and studied under esteemed pedagogues Yehuda Hanani, Nancy Green and Dr. Gordon Epperson. An exceptional musician-composer conversant with a wide range of styles, he not only executes captivating solo performances, but participates regularly in duo and trio situations with a diverse camp of young, innovative musician-songwriters including Lisa Biales, Serenity Fisher and David Trotta. His versatile talents have been tapped for concert and studio work by such artists as David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Muriel Anderson and Craig Bickhardt. (TW2: Cello Tutorial; Mariachi Guitar; Bowed String Ensemble)

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Sparky & Rhonda Rucker sing songs and tell stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky has been performing more than forty years and accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda plays blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs, and spirituals as well as originals. They have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as on NPR’s On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their music was included on the Time-Warner TV mini-series, The Wild West. Rhonda’s historical novel, Swing Low, Sweet Harriet was published by Motes Books in 2013. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times. www.sparkyandrhonda.com. (TW2: RhondaBeg. Blues Harmonica; Blues Piano 1; Songs of Political Change. SparkyInt. Slide Guitar; Songs of Political ChangeJukejoint Blues)

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James Ryan (See The Jeremiahs) Dublinese accompanist James has amassed a wealth of experience having already performed in over 14 different countries to date. James’ draws on a wide a range of influences from different genres and traditions, which is evident is his unique percussive backing style. As well as an established teacher James is also an experienced sound engineer having worked with a long list of talented and well respected musicians and singers in the studio. (TW1: Celtic Guitar I; Celtic Guitar II; Celtic Session)

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Bohuslav “Bob” Rychlik is an internationally recognized player and teacher of fujara, koncovka and other Slovak overtone flutes who has performed at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, St. Petersburg Russia, and the Slovak Embassy, as well as at Czech and Slovak ethnic festivals in Baltimore, Miami, San Diego, Virginia, and New Jersey. He co-organized 4 international fujara festivals in Slovakia, and has taught fujara workshops in the U.S., Slovakia and Czech Republic. He played fujara in films, and on TV and radio in the U.S. and Czech and Slovak Republics, and has been teaching fujara and koncovka at Common Ground on the Hill every year since 2011. Bob has connected fujara makers and players through his database. Bob’s love for American acoustic blues and Slovak overtone flutes intersected when he discovered that blues can be played on the overtone flutes, and he has been jamming blues with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and at their performances for many years. Born in Czechoslovakia, Bob and his family escaped the former communist country in 1983. To watch web-cast of his Library of Congress fujara lecture /performance, search “Library-Congress-Fujara” (in Library archives and YouTube) Or click: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5044. (TW2: Beginning Fujara/Koncovka Overtone Flutes; Fujara/Koncovka Overtone Flutes II)

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Sue Sachs trained at the University of Wisconsin, and continued to perfect her skill by taking and teaching classes and workshops. She has taught continuously at the Visual Art Center of NJ since 1981. She also taught at the Newark Museum from 1993 to 2013. Since 2004 she has been teaching in her studio at the Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston NJ. Over the years she has taught many workshops at Peters Valley (NJ), Brookfield (CT) Craft Center, and Guilford (CT) Art Center. Sue has juried many craft shows, among which are the Morristown Craft Market, the Guilford Craft Show, the Peters Valley Craft Show, and the Monmouth Arts Festival. A regular participant in the prestigious American Craft Council Show in Baltimore for many years, she also participates in the Morristown Craft Market and the Guilford Craft Show. Sue has made her living as an artist, teaching jewelry-making and creating and selling her work, since 1979. Her sculptural work is inspired by nature -- flowers, leaves, birds, and sea creatures. (TW1: Forming Sheet Metal into Functional Objects)

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Diana Sáez, a leading specialist in the field of Latin American music and an accomplished choral conductor, is the founder and artistic director of Cantigas, the only chamber choir in the Washington D.C. area dedicated to the performance of choral music from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. This past June, Cantigas was presented with the 2014 Choral Excellence award for Most Creative Programming by the Choralis Foundation. Ms. Sáez is frequently invited as a guest conductor for regional and state festivals. In 2008, she conducted the Montgomery County Youth Chorus, a county-wide auditioned choral ensemble that provides recognition for talented young singers. In 2003, Ms. Saéz was presented the Tony Taylor Award by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington for her artistic excellence and noticeable assistance to artists in the region. She was also awarded the Arts in the Community Award for Excellence 2002, for her major contribution to the quality of life in Montgomery County through the arts. Her choral arrangements are published by Roger Dean Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation. In addition to conducting choirs, Diana has sung in several Latin American folk groups in Boston and Washington D.C. She began her musical education at the Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, PR, where she studied piano with Violeta de la Mata. Ms. Sáez earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Maryland in College Park. (TW1: Songs from Latin America; World Music Community Chorus)

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Sakim (C. Randall Daniels) is Apalachicola-Creek from northern Florida, a hereditary tribal town king, a “Maker of Medicine,” and tradition bearer for Pine Arbor Tribal Town. He is a conveyor of history, story, and ceremony regarding ancient and modern Muskogee life ways. Sakim has written books and articles on Creeks and Seminoles of Florida, and other southeastern Indians and Muskogee Words & Ways, a Southeastern Reader. As a traditional herbalist, he works with doctors and hospitals to treat the native community and is a caregiver for the elderly and dying. Sakim has both played and taught native flute since the 1940’s, holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology and occasionally contributes to film soundtracks. In addition to operating a horse farm, sitting on many boards, teaching community classes and providing religious counseling at a federal correctional institute, he is a major contributor to a forth coming book on Native Southeastern Star Lore and Cosmology, and subject of several educational projects and dissertations. Sakim and his community provide full services for non-traditional burial and cremation and is trained in embalming and restorative arts. In his free time, he chefs, plays music, restores pipe organs, sweeps chimneys, and attends Sacred Harp sings. His farm recently divested horse and sheep to establish an all organic pig herd. The farm is also home to Great Southern Forestry, a full service environmentally sound field, forest and Hugel agricultural culture consultants and demonstrators who teach sustainable agriculture and promote forest-fed foods. It is a favorite stopping place for CGOTH participants visiting north Florida. CANCELLED

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Cliff Santiago is a sculptor with works in private collections from Boston to Mexico City and Baltimore to San Jose. He has shown predominantly in Baltimore, Washington DC, and York PA, where he established a studio 10 years ago, and is an active member in the York art community. While in the Navy, he was stationed near Philadelphia and loved going to New Hope PA on off times. There, he saw the works of George Nakashima, an extraordinary wood worker, which started his fascination with the possibilities of wood as a medium. Many of Clif’s works have been completed in wood and polyester resin, although he has worked in steel, concrete, stone and mixed media. Life experiences are his source of inspiration. He explores the relationship of man with the environment as well as with machines. In a juxtaposition of material, the machine images are portrayed with an organic material, wood, while the organic human form is displayed in polyester resin painted black to emphasize the material change. Recently he has been doing figure studies as well as starting to incorporate glass in some works. His photography and collages explore the same relationships in different media. (TW1: Sculpture Carving)

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Andrew Sartorius lived in rural Japan for four years teaching English as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, and became a self-taught potter as he began to discover traditional Japanese ceramics. Throughout his life, he has photographed and collected a visual narrative of patterns and textures from the world around him.. Working in process-based series focusing on the relationship between clay, form, and the surfaces, he marks each piece with texture to create a body of work that changes through repetition and process. In the end, his method remains undefined, but based in the creative process itself. His pots are a tangible record of his life’s journey brought into being to better share his story, and foster a sense of adventure and wonder for the natural world. absartorius@gmail.com(TW2: Making Your Mark on Clay; Raku Kiln Building)

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Norm Sartorius is an award-winning artist specializing in carving wooden spoons. For the past 40 years, Norm has participated in the best high end juried craft shows in the nation and won top and life time achievement awards from for example The American Craft Council. In addition to prestigious private collections, works by Norm are in permanent collections of  over 2 dozen Universities and Museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in DC. Norm is this year’s recipient if the Common Ground on the Hill Fine Arts & Crafts Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts.

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Sharon Schaeffer is an artist, educator, and basketmaker. She began making baskets in 1980 as a natural progression of her weaving as a fiber artist. Sharon’s baskets and woven vessels reflect a blend of traditional and contemporary styles and techniques. Each basket is handmade using a variety of natural materials: reed, ash, oak, and seagrass. Colored reed is hand dyed and/or stained. Her recent work has combined weaving traditional baskets using colored reed in bolder patterns and more complex handle designs. The baskets have been exhibited in numerous shows and galleries throughout the East Coast and photos have been featured in several publications, including the book Baskets by Nancy Schiffer. As a public school art educator for 42 years, Sharon has taught in both Anne Arundel County and Carroll County, Maryland. She earned her National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art in December 2007 following a rigorous portfolio and assessment process. Visit her blog at http://swschaeffer-baskets.blogspot.com. (TW1: Do You Need a Basket for Your Hen?; TW2: Weave an Egg Basket)

Eileen Carson Schatz, Founding Director of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble in 1979, has toured internationally, including as guest choreographer and performer in “Riverdance” in London and with the Smithsonian Institute in Japan. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, an Annie Award for Performing Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, MD, was a guest artist on the Grammy nominated "Memories of John", a tribute to John Hartford, was selected Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of Maryland, and is a two time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Choreography (1996, 2014). Eileen is also the lead vocalist for Footworks and is an award winning song writer. She has performed and taught residencies for over thirty five years in the Maryland schools and is a Certified Teaching Artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. (TW2: Bustin’ Loose; Southern Appalachian Dance; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

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Mark Schatz Twice named International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bass Player of the Year, Mark Schatz has toured and recorded with a stellar array of artists including Bela Fleck, Maura O'Connel, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, and four years with acoustic innovators Nickel Creek. Mark is the Musical Director for internationally acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble which showcases other talents such as clawhammer banjo and Southern Appalachian clog dancing. Mark currently tours with The Claire Lynch Band and Footworks, and does selected dates with his own group, Mark Schatz and Friends. (TW2: Bustin’ Loose; Southern Appalachian Dance; Old-Time Jam/Dance)

Joyce Schaum is a nationally known, award-winning basketmaker from Maryland. She was a full-time basketmaker for 15 years, exhibiting in the top art shows in the country including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Cherry Creek Art Festival, many American Craft Council shows across the country, and others. Demonstrations and presentations have included the Museum Conservation Program at the Winterthur Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of Art. Her work is based on traditional techniques, influenced by Native Americans, Shakers, and New England traditional baskets with a contemporary flair and form, incorporating color and patterning. Awards she has won range from Best of Show, First Place Fiber, Best in Fiber, and First Place in the Miniature category among others. jpsmaggie@yahoo.com. (TW1: Splint Woven Basketry. TW2: Seat Weaving.)

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Riki Schneyer, a self-taught artist, has been making art and music since she was old enough to sit up. Born to a family of musicians, visual artists, and social activists, her art reflects the cross-section of multi-cultural influences that have permeated her life. While her art work ranges from jewelry-making, to oils, water media, mixed media collage and assemblage, the enduring constants in her work remain: the use of vivid, saturated color to evoke emotion, a whimsical sense of design, and a boundless lust for life. She has long been involved with Art for the People, a non-profit organization which brings the life-enhancing pleasures of art-making to at risk populations, and has studied Art for Process with Stewart Cubley and the Painting Experience. She has toured and performed as a musician and singer for most of her life, and has released a solo album, as well as appearing on the tribute album “Dear Jean”, in honor of the folksinger, Jean Ritchie. Some years back, she retired from an almost 30-year career as a psychotherapist in private practice. Riki is particularly interested in the intersection between the arts and psychotherapy, and firmly believes that making art enhances mental health and community building. She loves making art and music to her very bones. www/rikischneyer.com. (TW2: Collage Art Journaling)

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Tim Scully founded the Baltimore County Homeless Union and worked with Project Millenium, a music and arts program for adolescents in the Dundalk area and the Night of 100 Elvises. He is on the Board of Directors for Common Ground. He has been working with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and is the Deputy Chief Attorney for the Mental Health Division working with veterans in the VA hospital in Baltimore. He is also an adjunct professor at Goucher College teaching Law and Society, a class on the sociology of law. (TW2: Veterans Initiative; Big Song Swap)

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Carolyn Seabolt of Cat Tracks Studio is known for her one of a kind silk painting and 18th century tinsel paintings. Her subject matter is usually feline and floral designs, although other subject often appear. She is inspired by her two Siamese cats, and the beautiful gardens that surround her studio. Carolyn is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, with BFA and MFA degrees. She has an extensive background in teaching art at all levels. She is a member to the National League of American Pen Women, adjunct instructor at Carroll Community College, and is a partner at Off Track Art Fine Art and Gift Gallery in Westminster. Maryland. Carolyn was recognized as one of Carroll County’s Outstanding Teachers and is listed in Who’s Who among American Teachers. She is currently writing and illustrating children’s books. Cat Tracks Studio is part of the Carroll County Artisans Studio Tour held the first weekend in December each year. www.cattracksstudio.com. cattracksstudio@aol.com. (TW2: Creative Silk Painting)

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Joe Selly has appeared with Phoebe Snow, Vassar Clements, Barbara Eden, Melissa Manchester and Tex Logan and toured nationally with the Lombardo Orchestra. He is featured on countless recordings and is in demand as both performer and instructor in bluegrass, jazz and swing. Joe is the guitarist with Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys from New York City. Joe is an adjunct Professor of Guitar at Bergen Community College. (TW2: Jazz Mandolin & Jazz Guitar; Jazz Guitar Topics; Migration Sketches: Music of the Diaspora; Swing Band/Dance)

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Richard M. Smith, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Sociology at McDaniel College. Specializing in the areas of the Sociology of Race and Racism, black culture, and religion, he has done research, given presentations, and lectured on these issues. Additionally, he has been sought after to speak to youth groups, churches, and the college community about racial and cultural issues and to help improve understanding of people’s racialized perceptions about themselves and others. Richard has also spent years working in Philadelphia and Baltimore to inspire and mentor youth in diverse, urban communities to achieve personally, academically, and socially. (TW1: Race: A Laughing Matter?; Search for Common Ground)

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Raised in the bluegrass tradition from California to Alaska, Frank Solivan has been an award-winning musician almost since he was old enough to hold up a fiddle, as well as a key mentor to some of bluegrass’s young stars. Frank Solivan is a multi-instrumentalist who sings with power and passion, writes articulate songs that go straight to the heart, and combines the pure, hard drive of classicbluegrass with contemporary twenty-first century acoustic music. He’s also an excellent band leader, coaxing amazing performances out of the members of Dirty Kitchen, each of whom are master musicians. Already the 2016 AND 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Group of the Year, the band garnered a repeat nomination in that category for 2015, as well as a nomination for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for their tune, “Yeah Man,” from the album, Cold SpellCold Spell, the band’s acclaimed second release for Compass Records, entered Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart at No. 3 and was nominated for a 2015 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. These honors follow up on a string of successes: in 2013, the band earned 5 IBMA awards, with wins for Mike Munford (Banjo Player of the Year) and guitarist Chris Luquette (Momentum Award—Instrumentalist of the Year); in addition, the band continues to dominate the Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE), earning Best Bluegrass Band award (2012, 2013, 2014), among 8 WAMMIEs won in 2014. Frank Solivan is joined by Mike Munford (banjo), Chris Luquette (guitar), and Jeremy Middleton (bass). (TW1: Frank SolivanBluegrass Mandolin II; Bluegrass Fiddle II; Bluegrass Jam. Chris Luquette - Bluegrass Guitar I; Bluegrass Guitar II; Bluegrass Jam. Mike Munford - Bluegrass Banjo I; Bluegrass Banjo II; Bluegrass Jam. Jeremy Middleton - Bluegrass Bass I; Bluegrass Bass II; Bluegrass Jam)

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Bill Spence is a senior lecturer in the English Department of McDaniel College, where he teaches courses in linguistics, writing, and environmental literature. His particular interests include issues of language and power, the dialects of English, and the literature of sustainability. (TW1: Nature Writing: Envisioning Our Place in the World)

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Philip Spiess has worked as a live sound and recording engineer since 2005, beginning with the Marine Corps Band, Air Force Band, Navy Band, and as the head sound engineer for Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Philip has worked and understudied with Jim Bienemann and Mike Atherton at Common Ground on the Hill since his arrival in 2006, mixing sound on various festival stages since 2009. He has done sound mixing and engineering for Taylor Swift, Carbon Leaf, State Radio, Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Sierra Hull, Tony Trischka, and Walt Michael and Company. Currently he is a fire fighter in Woodbridge, Virginia, and is recording his first solo album. (TW1: Recording Your Music; Modern Music Technology & How to Use It)

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Barbara Steele is a nationally-known herbalist, who has presented herbal programs from the East to West coasts. She lectures, demonstrates, and entertains her love of green-growing health-giving herbal plants to gardening clubs, herbal symposiums and botanical groups. She has been the featured speaker at the York Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival presenting the Herb of the Year selection. For 38 years, Barbara and her husband Roger owned and operated Alloway Creek Gardens, a well-known mid-Atlantic herb and plant business located just south of Gettysburg PA. The nursery closed in 2014 and Barbara is pursuing her art, spending time in her own garden, and presenting programs. Her background is in art, with a B.F.A. from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. Teaching, gardening, designing, and being in the out-of-doors occupy much of her time. Always a wealth of information and encouragement, she will be lecturing and demonstrating at garden clubs and activities in the region. www.allowaycreekgardens.com. (TW1: A Painting a Day)

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Thomas Sterner is an artist, master printmaker, and sculptor. He revels in understanding how things are made, and enjoys the discovery process of making. His artwork seeks to elevate nature or ordinary objects to a god-like stature through use of motif and imagery to make people think and smile. (TW2: Pizza Oven Construction; Opening Doors: Shrine Carving & Painting)

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Caleb Stine has been called "the lynchpin of the Balitmore folk scene." (Baltimore Sun) Like his Baltimore home, Stine keeps the music honest– hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is. To date, Stine has released over 10 albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, and traveled the country singing his songs. Filmmaker Michael Patrick O’Leary filmed the Stine’s album making process, from writing stages in Baltimore to recording at Verdant Studios in rural Vermont, with the resulting film ‘It Would Not Let Me Be’ set to premiere at The American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs. (TW1: Beginning Guitar; Songwriting: Fishing with the Muse; Big Song SwapTW2: Beginning Guitar; Songwriting: Fishing with the Muse; Big Song Swap)

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Robert Strasser has been forming earth into objects of art and utility since high school. His studio work explores themes reflecting a broad range of folk traditions in ceramics and music from the United States, England, the Mid-East, India, and Japan, where he spent six months pursuing advanced independent work in the ancient kiln centers of Tokoname and Shigaraki. Another important theme in his work is biodiversity, which bridges his professional interests and conservation ethics in the biological sciences to his creative work in the studio arts. A lifelong native of Maryland, Robert earned degrees from Earlham and Hood Colleges. He has led workshops on slipware and drum making for all ages in schools, colleges, arts organizations, and public parks, and has been a visiting artist in many settings in the US and abroad. His primary areas of expertise include slipware traditions and hand percussion instrument making. He is also an avid musician. (TW1: Masks & Tiles. TW2: Porcelain Beads)

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Miranda Wilde ten Broeke began dancing with The Vanaver Caravan at age five, and has been performing and teaching with them ever since. She has taught creative movement and modern dance for their dance institute, developed and directed their Caravan Kids Week Summer Program, and is now working as a Teaching Artist in their school residencies. She is currently living in Brooklyn, pursuing a BA in Education Studies at The New School for Liberal Arts, and teaching musical and improvisational theater, social studies, cooperative play and, of course, dance throughout NYC: at the Bank Street Children’s School, and for various arts-in-education organizations, including Broadway Bound Kids, Adventure Game Inc. and Hands-on History. Her training and experience with the Vanaver Caravan has given her much of the material she uses in teaching and has also fundamentally influenced her love for teaching in the arts. (TW2: Swing Band/Dance; World Village; World Dance)

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Robin Tillery, of Scot/Cherokee heritage, is respected in his community as a maker of traditional native cedar and cane flutes. Having served as an apprentice for years, he now has earned the right to make flutes for ceremonial use. Robin’s flutes are soft of voice and gentle to the ear. They speak to the heart and acknowledge the Creator. He is equally recognized for his skills in restoring vehicles and as a potter. After years of study and experimentation, his work with traditional shell carving techniques and symbols is collected by East Coast and European shell carving enthusiasts. (TW1: Native American Flute Making; Native American Flute PlayingTW2: Native American Flute Making)

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Bill Troxler is the Founding President of Common Ground on the Hill, President Emeritus of Capitol College and a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences. He is an innovative and award winning educator. He is known to the hammered dulcimer world from his thought-provoking articles in Dulcimer Player's News and in Mel Bay's e-zine Dulcimer Sessions, and is a member of 3 Sheets. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he is a gifted teacher and performer, having taught at Augusta Heritage Center and the Swannanoa Gathering. Bill runs the Island Coffeehouse for the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Bill also engineers and produces recordings for Longtayle Studios on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. www.billtroxler.com. www.3sheetz.net. and www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org. (TW1: Common Ground of Music; Just Enough Music Theory; Creating Melody. TW2:  Common Ground of Music; Just Enough Music Theory; Creating Melody)

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Linda Van Hart exhibits her botanical portraits, sculpture and mixed media collage in predominantly east coast galleries and about 10 high end juried crafts shows annually. Her work can be seen Wednesday- Saturday 12-5 at Off Track Art: an artist co-op in Westminster, Maryland where she is a founding partner: www.offtrackart.com. She is also a partner in NOMA Gallery, 437 N Market Street Frederick, Maryland with openings First Saturdays all year! Check out: nomagallery2@gmail.com. Annually, Linda's metalsmithing is featured in Carroll Artist's Studio Tour first weekend in December: www.ccartists.com. Linda was named National Art Educator of The Year by The National Art Education Association. She teaches Jewelry 1, 2, 3 and 4 Tuesday evenings each semester as part of the Art and Art History Department, McDaniel College where she is also Visual Arts Coordinator for Common Ground on The Hill. lindavanhart@earthlink.net. (TW2: Reticulation: Flat & Hollow Forms)

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Bill and Livia Vanaver, founders and directors of the Vanaver Caravan dance and music ensemble, have headlined at all major folk festivals in the U.S. Bill, a well-known musician and composer, has played to audiences throughout the world for the past forty-five years. Known for his stellar work on the banjo and a myriad of other folk instruments, he has a vast knowledge of traditional songs and musical styles. Livia has researched and performed dance styles from the US and abroad for the past thirty-five years. A leading authority and pioneer in dance education, she has introduced world dance styles to schools, conferences and workshops in the US and Europe and writes a regular dance column in Sing Out! Magazine. Their recording project, Pastures of Plenty - Tribute to Woody Guthrie in Dance and Music, was honored as Best Independently Produced Folk Album. www.vanavercaravan.org. (TW2: Bill - World Dance; World Song; Swing Band/Dance. LiviaWorld Dance; World Song; Big Song Swap

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Kelsey Wailes is a Maryland based toymaker, illustrator, teacher, and occasional kaiju. She hopes to do at least one of these things professionally. She travels up and down the east coast and sells her work at comic conventions and performs at Super Art Fight competitions. She has gotten many art awards locally and has a growing following on the internet for her humorous comics and custom toys. Her illustrations, custom toys, and comics have been featured on io9, Mental Floss, BBC America, People Magazine, The Nerdist, Kotaku, Nerd Approved and more. You can find her online by looking for Eattoast on Facebook, Instagram, Etsy and Twitter. (TW1: Manga; Custom Vinyl Toys)

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Shura Wallin is a Green Valley Samaritan. She grew up hearing from her parents that "if people are in need, you help them." That spirit of sacrifice for others followed her. With a promising career ahead as a music teacher, having studied dance with the Royal Ballet and piano at the American Conservatory of Music, eventually earning a teaching degree at the University of Illinois, Wallin instead set her sights on a variety of causes. After serving with Planned Parenthood and the Population Council in New York, an organization that provides family planning and contraceptive access to the poor around the world, she coordinated food programs for the homeless in Berkeley, California, where in 1996 she was selected as The Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. Retiring in Green Valley Arizona in 2000, she became involved with Humane Borders, a humanitarian group that puts water tanks and 30’ flags in areas where there is significant migrant traffic. Working with them, she began to realize the enormity of the problem of migration and teamed up with Tucson Samaritans and eventually co-founded Green Valley Samaritans. "Our mission is to save as many lives on the desert as we possibly can – in short, no more deaths! We walk on the desert carrying backpacks of food, water and medical supplies, calling out in Spanish, 'Somos Amigos, Somos Los Samaritanos, Necesita ayuda?" Shura works every Tuesday in Nogales, Sonora at an aide station, providing food, water, medical help and above all taking time with people, letting them know that her heart is with their hearts. In 2012, Shura was presented with the Hon Kachina Award, the most prestigious volunteer award given in the state of Arizona. www.gvsamaritans.org. (TW2: Samaritans at the Border; Search for Common Ground)

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Bobbi Ward is a devoted knitter who, for any years, has shared the joy of knitting with others through teaching. She has a vast knowledge of knitting, including pattern design, working with color charts, pattern stitches, felting, redesigning and updating garments. Repairing and restoring knitwear has also been a part of her profession for many years. Bobbi has taught in a number of shops in the Baltimore area and presently teaches knitting for Carroll County Recreation & Parks. She also exhibits at the Carroll Arts Center as well as other locations in the Baltimore area. Even a shop on Prince Edward Island in Canada carries one of her designs. Private lessons are also available. (TW1: Creating Triangular Pattern Knit Scarf. TW2: Two-Color Reversible Knit Scarf)

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Ryan "Future" Webb is the Education Director for Urban Artistry Inc., a cultural ambassador for multiple forms of urban dance, and a community leader within the global urban dance scene. Mentoring all ages, creating curriculum, conducting dance research, cultural exchange, battling, performing, lecturing, community building, preservation, and innovation are some of the core values that he actively participates in. Ryan’s dance disciplines include Boogaloo/Popping, Memphis Jookin, London Locking, Hip Hop, Breakin, and House Dance. Mentored by Rashaad Pearson and Junious Brickhouse, his dance lineage and influence also includes gentleman such as Damon Frost, Steen Koerner, Thomas Herodt, Lock Smith, and Dr. Rico. Taught to be 3-dimensional, culturally driven, and fearless as an artist; Ryan has innovated and inspired others in multiple styles of movement such as Tutting, Popping Ground Dance, Memphis Jookin, Struttin’, Fusion, Freestyle Applications, and Routine Work. Throughout his career as a dance professional, his art has brought him to various countries such as Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Sweden, France, England, Germany, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and all over the United States. (TW2: Intro to Popping/Boogaloo)

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Wayne Werner is a third generation metalsmith from Maryland. He has been around the world to study metalworking in villages in Java, Bali, Egypt, and Italy. His work explores ancient techniques and fluid forms. He has participated in over 200 high end craft shows all over the country. Werner has been adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art for over 15 years, and also teaches internationally. In his spare time he enjoys playing blues harmonica with his partner in crime, Baltimore Red. They have opened up for many blues legends over the years and have graced the stage of many traditional music festivals. Common Ground on the Hill gives Wayne the chance to share both his passions, music and art with a diverse group of participants. (TW1: Blues Harmonica; Make Synclastic Bracelets)

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Veronica Wilson attended classes at the Art Institute of Pennsylvania where she met Mark Schwenk, a metal worker and sculptor. Together, they built an expanding art studio and metal forge in Berkeley Springs, WV. Veronica was one of the founding artists of the now thriving Morgan Arts Council Co-op Gallery. With other local artists she worked to organize two studio tours annually which draw many tourists to Berkeley Springs and the surrounding area. At Frog Valley, she has taught classes and provided individual instruction in various art glass and pottery techniques. Veronica learned to apply her designs to stained glass creations by serving as an apprentice to Ragtime, a Berkeley Springs glass artist. Veronica’s work has been juried and accepted into the West Virginia Tamarack collection, a state sponsored center in Beckley for supporting talented artists who meet high standards of craftsmanship. Recently, Veronica has teamed with another local artist to teach the art of glass mosaic to area enthusiasts. Work created by this group has been sold with proceeds going to support Multiple Sclerosis research and military veteran’s well-being. Common Ground on the Hill is one of the beneficiaries of these funds. (TW2: Stained Glass Sun Catchers)

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Cary Wolfson has been a soulful and award-winning radio talent in Colorado for over 30 years and has produced the syndicated Blues from the Red Rooster Lounge program since 1985. He has been an integral part of Common Ground on the Hill since 1997, hosting (as his alter ego, the Red Rooster) Common Ground’s Blues Night for the 20th consecutive year. He founded, and for 12 years edited and published, Blues Access, one of the world’s most distinguished blues periodicals. He is a two-time winner of "Keeping the Blues Alive" awards, in both broadcasting and journalism, from the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Cary is the author of “What Do You Know About the Blues?”, a set of knowledge/trivia cards published in 2006 by Pomegranate Communications. He has compiled the CD collection “Rooster Music: The First 2000 Years” as a companion to his Common Ground on the Hill class. In addition to his work in music, Cary is a digital photographer whose work has won numerous awards. He was featured this year in Westword magazine: http://www.westword.com/arts/cary-wolfson-aka-the-red-rooster-uses-technology-to-elevate-photography-7505840 . Also, check out this wonderful article in The Denver Post on the 30th anniversary of Cary's radio program, Blues from the Red Rooster Lounge: http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_28063809/ostrow:-cary-wolfson-aka-red-rooster-marks-30-years-of-blues-on-kbco . More info on Cary: http://www.radiofreeamsterdam.com/djs/the-red-rooster/. (TW2: Look & Listen: Beauty of the Blues; Making Your Photos Pop with Adobe Lightroom)

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Jeremy Wright was born in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, but raised in Sandy Spring Maryland.  Of Cree descent, he has identified himself as a trans-cultural artist thus bridging the gap between his native roots and the mainstream culture he resides in. Mr.Wright was introduced to ceramics by a faculty member and friend at Sandy Spring Friends School.  Ceramics has been his personal and professional passion to this day. Jeremy currently holds a BFA in ceramic art from Ohio University, as well as an AA in Art Marketing and business from Hocking College, in Nelsonville Ohio. Jeremy finds his inspiration in the still, wild and untouched spaces of places he has been. It is not unusual to see totem spirits such as bears, eagles and bison in the imagery of both his sculpture and his functional work. To contact Jeremy about his work you may email him at breathforcreator@gmail.com. (TW1: Wheel & Dream Catchers)

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Dede Wyland A native of Wisconsin, singer and guitarist Dede honed her bluegrass skills from 1975 through 1979 playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging. She then moved to New York, where she became a founding member of Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass groups of the 1980s. She toured internationally with Skyline through the ’80s. During those years her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Dede was a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come. After leaving Skyline in 1987, Dede moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then to the Washington-Baltimore area in 1990, performing regionally and concentrating on her work as a vocal coach. Since 1999, Dede’s singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, Keep the Light On was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass. (TW1: Bluegrass Singing; Bluegrass Harmony Singing; Bluegrass Jam)

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Pamela Zappardino and Charles Collyer are nonviolence educators, authors and trainers with a long history of activism. They studied and continue to work with Dr. Bernard LaFayette, who was a member of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s executive staff, and is today's principal spokesperson for Kingian nonviolence. Charlie plays "bad guitar" and teaches at the University of Rhode Island, where he co-founded the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. A photographer and art critic, Pam is the president of PlanWorks Consulting, a nonviolence educator, and is on the board of directors of Common Ground on the Hill. Charlie and Pam co-founded and serve as Directors of the Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education at Common Ground. (TW1:  Nonviolent Problem Solving; Stories of the Civil Rights MovementTW2:  Nonviolent Problem Solving; Stories of the Civil Rights Movement)

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Radim Zenkl Originally from the Czech Republic, Radim discovered bluegrass by listening to records that were smuggled into his communist country. He escaped from his homeland in the summer of 1989 and settled in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1992 he won the Winfield Mandolin Championship. Radim is at the cutting edge of the mandolin's future, designing new mandolin family instruments and creating new playing styles. He has invented a masterful technique, the 'Zenkl style,' in which a single mandolin sounds like two. According to David Grisman: "Zenkl has re-invented the mandolin in several different ways." Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built up an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin, mandola and Irish bouzouki. He has recorded several solo CDs (released on Acoustic Disc, Shanachie and Ventana) and has appeared on more than sixty other recordings. Radim's worldwide performing and teaching credentials include guest appearances at prestigious music institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. (TW1: Bluegrass Mandolin I; World of Mandolin; Didgeridoo; Celtic Session. TW2: Didgeridoo; Swing Mandolin; Swing Band/Dance; World of Mandolin)

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