Part of our vision for the Nelson Homestead / Wood and Stone Retreat is to elicit fun, share art, inspire youth and leverage our 25 years in the music business to bring excellent programming to Somerset County. If you have ideas for programs or would like to sponsor a program, email us at


Artist in Residence, Katrina Kadasky

With stage, song and historic images, Vancouver Island actress/singer/songwriter Katrina Kadasky brings to life Crisfield's own Lilyan Stratton Corbin, telling the story of this fearless and unconventional woman and her extraordinary life lived between Crisfield, MD, New York City and Reno, NV during the Chesapeake Oyster Boom years. The Waterman's Daughter runs ~ 45 minutes. This work is sure to live on as an important piece of Lower Shore Heritage as well as a beautiful interpretation of one of Crisfield's most iconic characters.

2017 Performances:


Friday, July 28 The Avalon Theatre Easton, MD w/Naked Blue

Saturday, July 29 The J Millard Tawes Museum (on the dock) Crisfield, MD

Sunday, July 30 The Milton Theatre Milton, DE w/Naked Blue

Saturday, August 5 Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Chincoteague, VA get tix here

ABOUT KATRINA: After spending 3 years care-taking the legendary historic heritage site, Cougar Annie's off-the-grid homestead and garden in the Clayoquot Sound, Tofino, BC., Katrina created Cougar Annie Tales, a 65 minute play channeling Ada Annie Lawson and the fascinating characters involved in her life. Katrina’s creative talent, sensitivity to place, ability to channel characters and her passion for history make her a wonderful choice for curating The Waterman's Daughter piece on the Lower Shore. Katrina is also a touring recording artist, singer, songwriter and guitarist.

"A confident performer who has created a well-polished cultural addition to Vancouver Island's heritage." - Times Colonist, Victoria, BC Friday


Written by Katrina Kadasky  |  Produced by Jen Smith & Jay Tawes  |  in partnership with The Somerset County Arts Council & The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company and The Crisfield Heritage Foundation.

The Nelson Homestead/Wood and Stone Retreat is excited to announce it's
2016 Somerset County Summer Arts & Education Programs:

The 5th L at Somerset Intermediate School

April 18, 2023



Baltimore Living Legends, The 5th L bring their vibrant spoken word/hip hop/poetry to Somerset Intermediate School. The performance includes entertaining, thought-provoking poems with a range of topics that cover social awareness of current events to playful memories of being a kid growing up in United States and abroad. It also provides commentary relevant to student and community life from local and foreign perspectives. We believe this program will be catalyst in providing individuals with a tangible means of effective communication with their peers and loved ones by sharing their thoughts; an easy format to convey self-expression, paired with an honest account of self reflection, which ultimately unveils a thought-provoking sense of self awareness.

"...wonderful.  David and Femi immediately connected with the students and captivated their attention throughout the performance.  Most students were unfamiliar with spoken word poetry and the performance opened their eyes to new possibilities in their own writing.  Their message was perfect for middle school students; a little bit of emotion, a little bit of humor and a little bit of "crazy".  The performance was truly the best I have experienced in 15 years as an educator.  I would highly recommend it to any school.  I'm looking forward to having The 5th back year after year."



Kevin Martin & the Steel Drum Experience at Garland Hayward Youth Center - Princess Anne

May 24, 2023

This fun and interactive music assembly combines a steel drum performance with hands on instruction. The entire audience will learn to play a complete song on the steel drums while exploring the physics (and other STEM topics) behind the sound. This is a great introduction to the steel drum instrument. No musical background is required. Participants will gain the confidence to play other instruments in the school band.   


Kevin Martin has been building and playing steel drums for more than 20 years. Through his company Rockcreek Steel Drums, Kevin has built thousands of steel drum instruments for clients across the world. Kevin has worked in more than 70 schools, teaching workshops, residencies, and assemblies. Kevin graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Policy Analysis.


Kevin Martin & the Steel Drum Experience - It Takes A Village - Crisfield, MD

May 25, 2023

Kevin Martin & the Steel Drum Experience - Washington High School - Princess Anne, MD

May 25, 2023


Masters of Song - Concert at the Marina Pavilion

June 04, 2016

FREE CONCERT FOR THE COMMUNITY featuring some top names in the songwriting industry: Multi-Platinum songwriter and producer Wyatt Easterling, Award winning troubadour, Beth Wood and international touring/recording artists Jen & Scott Smith (of Naked Blue). At Somers Cove Marina Pavilion - All ages, Rain or Shine.


In partnership with SOMOS, INC


Want to be a Sponsor of this great event? - please email Shawna Kearsly

Music & Math with Jennifer Daniels

August 25, 2016

Princess Anne Elementary
Woodson Elementary
Greenwood Elementary

for the Somerset County Board of Education Back to School OPEN HOUSE

- With guitar in hand, Jennifer will play an interactive show full of songs and stories that help kids to EXPERIENCE and PRACTICE mathematical concepts. We will match pitch and rhythms, and count beats in creative, fun ways. We will sort and play instruments according to one and two classifications. We will make shapes on a Stretchy Band, while we sequence patterns of music. There will be cumulative songs and stories so that we can add (and subtract). As well as a number line of little bodies, so that we can visualize these concepts. We’ll project a picture book as we perform it, so that we can see the simple equations written out. Participants’ parents and teachers will be directed to free online access to songs and activities from The Learning Groove music and movement curriculum.

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BIG thanks to our Partners and Sponsors for a wonderful 2015 Arts & Education Series!

With the help of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, our first season has been a wonderful collaborative effort to bring nationally and internationally touring music artists to the Greater Crisfield Area for concerts, workshops & music education. We are looking forward to more in 2016!


June 8, 2015

Masters of Song - Concert on the City Dock - Made possible by Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Tawes Insurance, Somerset County Arts Council, Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, Annemessex Plumbing & Heating, The Ward Museum, Guitar Man, Nachyo Taco, Smith Island Cakes, The Pizza Shoppe, Pat Carson, Delmarva Shorebirds & Print & Ship (Princess Anne).



Made possible by the Somerset County Arts Council

(not open to public) Concert, Question & Answer and discussion on Spoken Word Poetry as Performance Art.

David 'Native Son' Ross and Femi 'The Dri Fish' Lawal, The 5th L, fuses hip hop, theatre, and performance poetry together to create an unmatched entertaining, thought-provoking experience. Their work is on permanent exhibit at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryalnd African American History and Culture. Ross and Lawal were both honored as 2011 Living Legends by the Baltimore City Council. The 5th L has released three award-winning compact discs ' 'Circle Circle Dot Dot,' 'The Water Margin,' and 'Reset.' The 5th L has performed at a wide variety of conferences, festivals, clubs, concerts, public and private grade schools, and universities throughout the United States. The 5th L appeared on BET's 'Lyric Caf',' and they have shared stages with Bill Cosby, The Last Poets, and KRS-One to name a few.

Made possible by The Somerset County Arts Council and Crisfield Heritage Foundation.


Check out the feature story!:

August 30, 2015

Music & Literacy with Jennifer Daniels - Made possible by: Somerset County Local Management Board, Somerset County Recreation & Parks, Somerset County Judy Center Parntership & Faces of Somerset

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