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The Bob Hope Road Show

Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
‘Bob Hope’ to visit the fairgrounds this weekend

Staff writer

A local organization is offering Calvert residents a trip down memory lane this Saturday with a 1940s radio show recreation featuring the legendary “Bob Hope.”

The Circle of Angels Initiative Inc. is hosting “The Salute Fair at the Cradle of Invasion: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation: WWII Remembered” at the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick on Saturday.

The performance will be “The Bob Hope Road Show,” performed by the Fresno, Calif., Phoenix Producers Group with actor Lynn Roberts playing Hope and other special guests Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny and Red Skelton.

The free show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the road show skits lasting 30 minutes each.

Chuck Carson, the senior producer of the Phoenix Producers Group, said this was his organization’s first time performing in Calvert County and second time performing in Maryland, as they had a show in Cumberland once.

“Everybody is truly amazed at how well we recreate a 1940s radio program,” said Carson, who explained he acts as the show’s announcer in between acts.

The acts, he said, include the comedic monologues “that Hope was famous for,” some music and routines from Durante, Benny and Skelton.

The show also features recreations of 1940s commercials for products like Johnson’s Wax, Campbell’s tomato soup, Pepsi Cola and Chiquita bananas.

Carson said Hope closes every show “the way they did it in the old days.”

After the shows, Carson said, he and Roberts like to stick around and meet the audience and often get asked, “Where’s the actor who played Jack Benny or Jimmy Durante?”

“He changes persona that quickly,” Carson said of Roberts.

Carson said the show has something to offer both the old and younger members of the audience.

For older generations, especially those who might have served in the military overseas and saw one of Hope’s performances, Carson said “it brings back vivid memories.

“… A lot of times you see the audience singing some of the jingles,” Carson said.

For the younger generations who may attend with their parents or grandparents, Carson said “they get to experience what their grandparents experienced. … A lot of these guys became very famous from radio.”

A press release from the Circle of Angels said the show is being “held to honor those who serve in uniform, particularly in the WWII era.

“We believe that era is important to tell our youth about because the folks who lived through that time are living examples of resiliency,” the press release said.

Circle of Angels founder Roseanna Vogt said the organization had a similar event last year at the fairgrounds.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

The public is also invited to bring World War II memorabilia or dress in costume from that era.

Circle of Angels is described on the organization’s website as working to accomplish its goal to eliminate poverty and empower people through community organizing, improved legislative responses to community needs, the promotion of mentoring and connecting and networking with others.

Carson said through reaching out to veterans and those currently serving, Circle of Angels “is keeping that spirit alive.”

The Bob Hope Road Show

The Bob Hope Road Show

SMAC Leadership Meeting

FACT:             There are hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing imminent foreclosure and estimates of 2 million or more in the wings.

FACT:            The National Community Reinvestment Coalition harnesses collective energies to reinvest in underserved communities. PRISM and NCRC partner to keep families in their homes.

 Is there a solution?


Monday, November 14, 2011 —   7 pm

Carroll Western United Methodist Church

2325 Adelina Road             Prince Frederick, MD

The Partnership of Renewal in the State of Maryland (PRISM) is building a partnership with Bank of America (BoA) to work on seeking solutions for Prince George’s and Calvert County families. The Southern Maryland Action Coalition (SMAC) is the Calvert County arm of PRISM. A BoA Representative has been in invited to meet with SMAC leaders to begin shaping the working relationship – YOUR VOICE is important! YOUR ATTENDANCE is necessary.

NCRC will meet with SMAC leaders to give a clear description of what financial options are available for families struggling with their mortgages.

Let’s build solutions to the Imminent foreclosure issues in Maryland.


Holiday Vendor Showcase

Friday, November 18, 2011
New Venue: Holiday Vendor Showcase
Shopping, Light hors d’oeuvres, Cookie tasting, family fun!
Time: 6 to 8:00 PM
Location: The Harbours at Solomons Island
Address: 14415 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20629
Cost: $20 (bring a friend at no cost)

Please bring your family and  friends to the 1st Annual Women’s Roundtable Holiday Vendor Showcase!

The Holiday Vendor Showcase Roundtable is a “first” in two ways – a unique shopping experience for anyone who wants to either window shop or purchase to finish off holiday shopping and everyone is invited including families. Bring your spouse, your date, your favorite cookie recipe! Back Creek Bistro at Calvert Marina (upstairs) will be taking reservations.


Project Hugs From Heroes

Collecting Small to Medium Stuffed Animals.
All Should be like new!

Starting June 15th!
Drop Off Centers

American Legion @ Chesapeake Beach MD
Cutler & Lipsetts @ Annapolis, MD
Prince Frederick Library @ Calvert Co. MD

Goal is to collect 200 stuffed animals!
Thank you for your support!
Contact: Silent Rank Sister Hood

St. Francis of Assisi Cat Rescue Inc

Dozens of cats left homeless An eviction of a home with a private cat sanctuary, carried out by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, has left at least 46 cats without a home.   The sanctuary, St. Francis of Assisi Cat Sanctuary Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on Back Creek Road in Dowell, was started 14 years ago when Jean Michaud first moved to the property. But a recent foreclosure on her home, which she and those trying to help her have called illegal as a result of banks signing forged documents, finally resulted in a court-ordered eviction Wednesdsay morning, despite several attempts to issue a stay of eviction and a federal civil lawsuit she has brought against the banks.   “They’re rounding up the cats and the cats are screaming,” said Roseanna Vogt of Circle of Angels Inc., an organization that fights illegal foreclosures against older and disabled individuals. She has worked closely with Michaud for months now and called Wednesday’s eviction “illegal.”

Article:  Dozens of cats left homeless
Date: July 15,2011
Via:  Calvert Recorder

Eviction could leave cats homeless An eviction case has many local officials concerned about what will happen to a cat sanctuary kept on a Dowell woman’s property after she is removed from the home.   Jean Michaud has been fighting to stay in her home for more than a year now, battling what she calls an illegal foreclosure case that she says came about as a result of banks signing forged documents, filing for bankruptcy to issue a stay of eviction and now bringing a federal civil lawsuit against the banks. On Monday, yet another eviction attempt was scheduled, but another bankruptcy filing put an end to it. However, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans maintains the eviction will eventually occur, and that leaves the sheriff’s office and its animal control unit in a serious predicament. Michaud said she believes she has about 200 cats now in her privately-owned 501(c)(3) nonprofit sanctuary, living both indoors and outdoors on her waterfront property. She started the sanctuary 14 years ago when she moved in but has been caring for abandoned cats for 40 years, she said, taking in cats that are abused, blind or crippled, spaying and neutering them and ear-tipping them.

Article: Eviction could leave cats homeless
Date: June 8,2011
Via: Calvert Recorder

Future uncertain for 80 cats because of foreclosure SOLOMONS ISLAND, Md. (WUSA) —  Pumpkin, an orange cat, circles around Jean Michaud’s legs. The orange cat is one of about 80 cats living in a shed next to Michaud’s foreclosed house. “These guys are my guys and I’ve been taking care of them for years and years. And I’m devastated.” Michaud is fighting to keep her house that has been sold as a foreclosure. The legal battle has forced her family to file for bankruptcy, she says. Roseanne Vogt from Circle of Angels Initiative, a faith-based community group, is helping Michaud and her husband. Vogt says Michaud and her husband had to close their business and thus faced a smaller income. In the process of trying to get their house loans modified, the house was foreclosed, she says.

Article: Future uncertain for 80 cats because of foreclosure
Date: June 6,2011
Video: Future Uncertain For 80 Cats Because Of Foreclosure
Via: WUSA Channel 9 News

WWII Day Debrief

World War II Day
Debrief & Meeting

When: June 4, 2011 at Noon – 2 PM
Where: At the Prince Frederick Library

Want to make a difference in the community?
Have a passion for history?
Don’t want the WWII vets legacy to disappear?

You are invited to be part of the planning for 2012 Remembering World War II.  The meeting will include a mini pot-luck lunch (you are welcome to bring finger foods, mini sandwiches, fruit, chips, cheese & crackers, veggies + dip, drinks and desserts or just yourself).

Must RSVP by June 1st

Working to keep people in their homes

More and more foreclosure cases began to rise to the forefront of media attention starting last fall when it became apparent that some loan companies have not been following proper procedures in executing civil foreclosures on homeowners who defaulted on their mortgage loans due to non-payment.

Suddenly new terms like “illegal foreclosures” and “robo signers” were cropping up in news headlines, and more policy and advocacy groups have taken notice. Faith-based organization Circle of Angels Initiative, based in Friendship, recently developed a public policy initiative called Mutual Aid Housing to help with this growing problem.

While Mutual Aid Housing has other focuses to help people work their way out of poverty, one of its main objectives is advocating for legislation in foreclosure defense, according to the group’s website, With 11 million foreclosures in the works and 44 million anticipated, the Circle is taking a nationwide approach to bring all the involved parties to the table and work together on a solution…. read on!


Save the Date

So MD Living History Association

June 4, 2011 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM
at the Prince Frederick Library

Are you a reenactor?
Have a passion for history?
Would like to learn more about this hobby?

Join the Southern Maryland Living History Association and make connections. Contact: or visit us on facebook.  Join us to share your reenacting experience or to find out more.  We are looking for reenactors living in the Southern Maryland area to speak at the meeting.  The Circle of Angels is hosting the first LH meeting.

Must RSVP by June 1st

Commemorate WWII

Inspirational speakers, games and 1940s memorabilia await the local community at this year’s World War II Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds.

The event, sponsored for the first time by Circle of Angels Initiative Inc., a faith-based group committed to public service in policy and advocacy to eliminate poverty and prevent risky behaviors, coincides with Circle of Angels’ WWII USO Remembrance Night, which takes place in August at Solomons Island. It continues the tradition of the Calvert Marine Museum, which formerly hosted the Cradle of Invasion, to honor those who served in the WWII era. Circle of Angels also wishes to honor, through this year’s WWII Day, all of those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

During the day, which is free for anyone who wishes to attend, Circle of Angels will introduce and observe the “Moment,” a new tradition, established by the U.S. government, of renewing the values upon which the nation was founded, commitment to service and pledging to honor America’s fallen soldiers. Citizens will be asked to pause, wherever they are, at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, for the Moment and reflect on the sacrifices made for their freedoms. At WWII Day, activities will halt at 3 p.m. for observance.

“We’re going to have 1940s-style entertainment,” said Cheri Reulet, development coordinator with the Circle, including a drill, displays, music and a variety of other activities, and members of New Directions Theatre will be in period costume throughout the day.

The morning begins with a wreath-laying ceremony, a WWII-themed electronic gaming competition sponsored by Play N Trade of Lusby and a field training battle drill. In addition, there will be booths with resources for veterans and their families, food from local vendors and a panel of veterans and homefront heroes and heroines to tell their stories, which will be recorded for the Library of Congress Veterans Living History Project… read on!

via: The Recorder

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