Baywood Village Community Conversation
Funded by Family and Community Partnerships of Kent County


Thursday December 11, 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm (doors open at 4:30pm)

The event will be held at the Potter's House Ministries in Fairlee, MD

The Baywood Village Community Conversation is an event to provide stakeholders - ages 10 years old and up - of the Baywood Village community in Fairlee, MD (residents, those with authority to make decisions for the community, those with resources to support the community, etc.) a chance to discuss and discover similar ideas from which to work to create opportunities for Baywood Village.  The ideas and energy that come from this event will provide inspiration and resources for the community to build the future they envision for themselves and their families longterm. 

The Baywood Community Conversation is part of the year-long “Possible Dream Project”, which serves residents in the Baywood Village community by creating opportunities that foster self-sufficiency, leadership, and connection as they work to increase the quality of life that they desire for themselves and their families. 

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Land, Water, and Communities: What is the Future of the Shore?
Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council and Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University

Monday October 22, 2012  5:00pm – 9:00pm
Guerrieri University Commons, Wicomico Room, Salisbury University - Salisbury, MD

This event served as an opportunity for a broad spectrum of people, including farmers, students, elected officals, enviromentalists, business owners, developers, to come together, build trust, and discover common ground ideas around the topic of land use and water quality on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Event Summary

Final Report

South Dorchester Community Conversation
Discovering how we can be good neighbors in good times and in bad

Sunday April 22, 2012 • 3:00 pm—6:30 pm
South Dorchester K-8 School - 3485 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD

UPDATE - ONE MONTH LATER...The event was a tremendous success! 85 people attended to listen to others and share their ideas for how to better meet the needs in the South Dorchester community. View pictures of the event and read an article by the Dorchester Star.

2013 End of the year report is HERE


Next South Dorchester Good Neighbor Project meetings are held at: 

Old Trinity Church Parish Hall
1718 Taylors Island Rd.
Woolford, MD 21622

Contact Nancy Hastings to find out about meetings and activities that support South Dorchester:

Here are the common ground ideas that emerged from the conversations during the South Dorchester Community Conversation

Read the South Dorchester Community Conversation Final Report

Call or send an e-mail for more information: (410)221-7892-

All costs of this program has been underwritten by the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund and the Good Neighbor Project of Old Trinity Church

South Dorchester County, MD is a sparsely populated rural gem on the Eastern Shore of Maryland bordered primarily by the Chesapeake Bay. In order for neighbors to connect many rely heavily on their churches, fire departments and post offices . In addition, the libraries, schools and sheriff's office in the region endeavor to reach out and support people in the community. However, many other regional services do not reach this area and while people in the community value self-sufficiency, there are services to which all are entitled. In addition, the community needs to be prepared for potential disasters, considering the area’s vulnerability to devastating floods.

Old Trinity believes it has a responsibility to play a leadership role in supporting the community and through the development of its Good Neighbor Project has attempted to reach out in the past with little success. Old Trinity seeks to be a catalyst to discover, with others, how we can make more connections and be good neighbors to one another in good times and in bad. As a new approach Old Trinity is working to bring together community and agency representatives using dialogue to brainstorm how we might be mutually supportive of community needs through the organizing and facilitation services of Sustainable Delmarva.

This "World Cafe" -style event will give the communities of South Dorchester County an opportunity to have important conversations and reveal common ground themes from which to work regarding meeting the needs of the region.  It's not your ordinary meeting. It will include dinner, a festive atmosphere, and a chance for all attendees to speak from the heart and listen to others by answering three important questions. A committee made up a few dozen key people who live and serve in the South Dorchester communities will have met three times to plan for the April 22 event. The hope is that this event will serve as the start of important inititiaves and relationships that provide long term benefits for the community.

Chestertown World Café

A Conversation about the Future of Chestertown
Tuesday June 15, 2010 - Chestertown Fire Company, Chestertown, MD

UPDATE - May 22, 2012:
Since August 2010 the Kent County Diversity Dialogue group has met each month to continue the conversation in connection to the Chestertown World Cafe theme: "Cultural, social, and racial divisions block opportunities to completely realize a true sense of community."

The group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Bethel AME Church 237 College Ave. in Chestertown. Click HERE to see an informational flyer. Contact Jenn Hicks for more information:

 Read the Chestertown World Cafe Common Ground Themes and final report
Keep the Conversation Going: Visit the Chestertown World Cafe BLOG

Scenes from Chestertown's World Cafe


See more pictures on the Washington College website

See the June 16th Chestertown Spy article about the Chestertown World Cafe

See the June 3 Kent County News article about the Chestertown World Cafe.

Nanticoke River Watershed Green Infrastructure Visioning

Land, River, Culture, Community:
People of the Nanticoke Uniting for the Future

March 26—27, 2010 - Vienna Elementary School, Vienna, MD

The Nanticoke visioning conference was held in Vienna, MD. The event brought together 40 - 50 people from Wicomico County and Dorchester County, Maryland, as well as, Sussex County, Delaware who represent various parts of the Nanticoke watershed including agriculture, public service, environmental conservation, tourism, business & industry, education, historical & cultural preservation, resource users, and civic groups to plan for the future of the region. The summary of the visioning conference provides an overview of the process and the conference outcomes. Contact for the full visioning conference report.

The results of the conference will serve as the basis of a Nanticoke River watershed Green Infrastructure management plan that will be proposed to each of the three watershed counties for adoption. For more information about Nanticoke Green Infrastructure Initiative visit their webpage:



Accomack County, VA World Cafe
A Conversation about the Future of Accomack County

January 26, 2010 - Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, VA

Accomack County hosted a World Café which was attended by over 200 members of the community. It was a kick off to an in-depth process that will result in a vision and action plan for the community. The major themes that emerged from the World Cafe will provide the focus for its next step: a Future Search conference to be held later in 2010. Read the news article about the Accomack County World Café meeting.

The Accomack County World Café final report can be found here.

Accomack World Cafe Banner

Accomack World Cafe meeting

If your community would like to plan a visioning process with Sustainable Delmarva please contact Jennifer Hicks at (443) 282-0801 or e-mail Cambridge_HC_Design_Standards (1).pdf

For more information:

Contact Jennifer Hicks by or by phone at (443) 282-0801.