The Havre de Grace Mosaic Project is a community-based performing arts adaptation of the stories of people, places, and milestones that contributed to the unique personality of the City of Havre de Grace. The Havre de Grace Mosaic Project has developed a sneak peek at four of the stories to be included in the 2022 multi-media live performance on video. Sitting, safely distanced, at microphones, eleven actors of all ages bring life to short scripts developed from several interviews and memoirs. The free video will launch on the Arts Collective/Mosaic website as well as the Arts Collective Facebook page. Mosaic Project: In the Studio is a thirty-five-minute video written and directed by Irmgarde Brown, taped and edited by JimmyO Burril, and produced by the Arts Collective at the Havre de Grace Cultural Center at the Opera House, and supported in part by grants from the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway and the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
The first story, “The Coin,” is about a 10-year old Walter “Mac” McLhinney questioning his pay at the Seneca Cannery where many boys at each age worked for five cents an hour. The second story, “Barbara Roberts,” is about a woman who spent time in Havre de Grace visiting her great aunt and uncle, the Carvers, and gets a chance to bet on the horses at the Graw Racetrack. Next is a compiled vignette based on several stories found in histories about big fishing on the Susquehanna River before the dam was built. And finally, the last vignette is about sisters Teresa Palmer Williams and Anne Palmer Tremble, who, as teenagers spent many a Friday night at the Hotel Bayou for music and dancing.