Aside from easier bed creation, smothering’s major benefit is in using, not hauling away, the organic materials in the lawn. Your smothered lawn, the newspapers, and the wood chips will all eventually meld together (thanks to worms and other decomposers) into a nutrient-rich topsoil much deeper than the one you’d have started with after digging up the sod.
Our Mission For more than half a century – Drawing on the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi, Rooted in the neighborhoods of Northeast Baltimore, branching out to the wider world Envisioning a future even stronger than our past, St. Francis of Assisi School forms children for a life of scholarship, spirituality, and service: Scholarship developed through student inquiry, rigorous assessment, and dedication to lifelong learning, Spirituality reflected in a joyful relationship with God and compassion for others.
Everything Mustard’s Retreat does on stage is aimed at pleasing, moving and engaging their audience. Whether singing their own gentle love songs and vivid ballads, telling tall tales or offering treasures from America’s vast traditional song bag, a Mustard’s Retreat show always feels like it’s designed for the people who have come to see them that day. And leave it to these guys to pen a glowing ode to the coffeehouse volunteers whose enthusiasm keeps the folk embers glowing.
“I work with them several times a year and always wish it was more,” said Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers, among the most popular performers on the folk circuit. “The thing that always impresses me is the incredible openness they have with the audience. They stand up there and just radiate friendliness; the audience is included in the whole process, encouraged to sing along and talk back. I’ve learned a lot from them in that sense.”
“They are so warm and friendly and giving on stage, completely in touch with the audience,” said Tom Paxton… “there are no barriers at all, and you just love to watch that and be part of it. But the thing that strikes me about them from Jump Street — and that makes it all work so well — is that their time is so tight. Michael is such a wonderful, simple bass player; his time is just flawless. And that’s why two guys can move you musically the way they do — they have a gorgeous sense of time and tempo, a real musicality to what they do.”
Kipyn Martin is an emerging Mid-Atlantic singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Her voice is gathering a reputation in the region, hailed by listeners as “an instrument of unrefined purity” ~ Tony S.- Leicester Bangs and
“the most pure voice I’ve ever heard” ~ Karin Fuller- The Charleston Gazette.
In February 2013 Kipyn celebrated the release of her debut album,
Undercover Muse offering an authentic representation of Kipyns live performance.
Placing in the New Song Academy Songwriting Competition inspired Kipyn to pursue a Master of Music degree which she attained from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2012. Most recently her song, “Nightbird” earned a gold medal, as well as the Director’s Choice Award, in the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. She also received international distinction in the 2013 UK Song Contest when “I Believe in You” from Undercover Muse earned a semi-finalist rating. An honesty and vitality of voice make this woman a performing artist not to be missed.