Sing a Song of the Chesapeake with Tom McHugh; ESWA Valentine’s Day concert features local folk tunes

January 22, 2015

Eastern Shore Writers Association
Jan. 22, 2015

The Eastern Shore Writers Association has scheduled a Chesapeake Song program with renowned folk singer Tom McHugh at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 in Rock Hall.

Festivities start at the historic Mainstay Theater with a concert of Songs of the Chesapeake by McHugh, who will present a set of his classic waterman and boating tunes. The program will then move to the Bay Wolf Restaurant for lunch, where McHugh will MC a program of recorded and live regional songs. Guests are invited to bring guitars and banjos.

Tom McHugh performing at the Rock Hall Clamhouse re-dedication November 2013 - Photo:SG Atkinson

Tom McHugh performing at the Rock Hall Clamhouse re-dedication November 2013 – Photo:SG Atkinson

A retired college professor, McHugh received a Ph.D. from Penn, then started his college teaching career at Washington College. He moved to Vassar College as chairman of The Department of Education and a member of the American Culture Program faculty. McHugh retired in the early nineties as a full professor and moved back to Rock Hall.

“When I retired early from Vassar I vowed to my students that I would take the things learned there and convert them for use in some other setting,” McHugh said. “Those things Vassar taught me were a love of community service, that every act is a teaching act, that the best learning takes place in settings that are artistic and creative, and that the arts are critical to any learning atmosphere.” So, in 1997, Tom founded The Mainstay as a community center for the arts.

Both events are open to the public – the concert is $6 at the door and lunch is $14. Please RSVP for the lunch at CDs of McHugh’s songs are available at the Mainstay.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and manages the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website, or email Gerald F. Sweeney at

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