Theatre Company, O.C. Offer Creative Entertainment Amid Coronavirus

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEOcean City Theatre Company is in the creativity business.The last couple of weeks have put that to the test amid the coronavirus outbreak.So, what did Michael Hartman, founder of the theatre company and also Ocean City special events coordinator, decide to do — along with the help of very willing participants?He took to Instagram to create avenues for young people to still enjoy local theater and, in another project, have the Ocean City crown holders read to children and their families during royalty story time, he explained in an interview Friday.“Moments like this one, Hurricane Sandy and 9-11, make you want to stop and hit the reset button. You have to see the human spirit and stay focused on the good,” Hartman noted. “We have to stay connected and engaged.”For those who love theater, the stage, albeit is a bit different, it is a virtual one, but viewers can enjoy some of the top OCTC performers by following OCTheatreCo on Instagram.The virtual cabarets via Instagram are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.Up first was Megan McDevitt. She has appeared in several OCTC productions including Beauty and the Beast (Belle), A Chorus Line (Maggie), Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) and the title roles in Cinderella and Junie B. Jones.Hartman said the virtual event was viewed by people from all over.“Megan sang a couple of songs and she performed a little bit, Hartman said. “It put the light on the theater as a whole. She shared tips. These little opportunities give hope to kids that they could attain their dreams.”Families are getting ready for crown holders to read stories on Instagram this Monday.He added, “My heart is with making sure the kids and the arts stay strong.”The virtual prince and princess story time is something that he anticipates will be a big draw.The first royalty story time is Monday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. Miss Ocean City 2020 Mary Grace Jamison will start it off by reading to children and their families and even chat about her experiences as a crown holder.After that, Hartman said the plan is for the other title holders, Junior Miss Natalie Argento and Little Miss Antonella DiAntonio, to participate in the story times.He noted that with all of the events cancelled or postponed that the queens would have participated in, this was the best idea to keep them involved and to help make a difference.“I reached out to them and said we will have to be creative with what we do to have an impact,” Hartman explained.Mary Grace will dress up in a gown and wear her crown as will the other queens.Viewers — including parents and guardians — are asked to get involved.“People can log into Instagram and if they have old Disney costumes or want to make crowns out of paper they could do so,” Hartman said. “Moms and dads can participate. Families have to be creative and it is a great opportunity for the queens to be role models for the kids.”For both theater company Instagram events and story times the viewers will have access to them for up to 24 hours.“At the end of the day, these are the stories that matter,” Hartman said. “Ocean City will be OK. It is a town that will bounce back. It is sort of woven in its foundation.” The first OCTC virtual performance was widely received, officials say. Pictured is Megan McDevitt from hits including OCTC’s Junie B. Jones. (Images courtesy City of Ocean City)last_img read more

Saltwater turf

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaImagine being able to water your home lawn with salt water. Yes,salt water.Thanks to the new seashore paspalum grasses, this isn’t a dreamfor those who live along the coast. Seashore paspalum cantolerate a wide quality range of water, including seawater,brackish water and recycled water.”The grass requires only minimal pesticides and judiciousapplications of fertilizers,” said Clint Waltz, a turf specialistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.The grass uses key fertilizer nutrients efficiently, Waltz said.It can easily be managed to comply with many environmental waterregulations.Coastal golf coursesRetired UGA professor Ronny Duncan bred a number of seashorepaspalum grasses. They’re being used on golf courses along theGeorgia coast and in Hawaii and Guam.”Aside from its uses as an athletic turf, seashore paspalum maybe used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils,”Waltz said.”It may be effectively used to transition into wetland sites orother environmentally sensitive areas,” he said. This can helpreduce pollution from industrial or other problem areas.Update in SavannahWaltz and others from UGA, the University of Florida and theGeorgia Department of Natural Resources will present an update,”Seashore Paspalum: The Environmental Steward,” Oct. 15 at theCoastal Georgia Center in Savannah.Duncan will be on hand to provide a history of seashore paspalum.UGA agronomist Bob Carrow will discuss its characteristics andwater conservation qualities. And he’ll tell how to manage thegrass.Other sessions will look at seashore paspalum as a recreational,amenity or forage grass or for land reclamation, stabilization,bioremediation and other uses.DetailsThe update was planned by the Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture and the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. It beginswith registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:30 and endsat 5 p.m.The cost is $50 before Oct. 4 or $60 after that. To preregisteror learn more about the update, call the UGA Griffin campusOffice of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477.To learn more about the UGA seashore paspalum breeding program,see www.georgiaturf.comon-line.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more