St. Michaels Community Center
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Trish Payne
Executive Director
P. O. Box 354
103 Railroad Avenue
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Office: 410-745-6073



Youth Programs: 410-745-5102    
Treasure Cove:  410-745-0669
helps here!

The United Fund

The Bryan Foundation

St. Michaels Rotary Club

St. Michaels Bus. Assoc.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Museum

Talbot County YMCA

Environmental Concern

Inn At Perry Cabin

Choptank Community
Health System, Inc

Computer Literacy for Kids.
Inc.

Mid Shore Mediation

WCEI RADIO - Local Events

Talbot County P.E.A.C.E.

Talbot Partnership

Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.

Carpe Diem Arts

St. Michaels Studio

Talbot Hospice

Maryland Coalition

Phillips Wharf E. C.
Links to our
Friends and
Neighbors
Many of our programs
are also partially
funded by the Talbot
Family Network and
other donors as
listed below
Talbot Humane Society
We always welcome
VOLUNTEERS !
If you'd like to join our
"family", give us a
call at 410-745-6073
or stop in to
see us !
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Email address:  
trish@stmichaelscc.org
St. Luke's U.M.C.
Thank you EVERYONE for your friendship and your generous support !
In loving memory of Avery Monique Bechtel
March 27, 1998 - August 15, 2011
Artists, Sue Stockman and Bobby Malzone work with SMCC after school kids to create a mosaic memorial in
depicting a friendship circle of love in honor of Avery Bechtel
At SMCC on Thursdays after school, any child
interested in learning about starting a garden,
planting seeds, tending the garden beds, harvesting
the bounty and recipes to make meals with what
we've grown is welcome to join anytime for free!      
Call Trish at 410-745-6073
The Garden Committee of
St. Michaels Community
Center, under the
leadership of Laurie Pratt,r
worked diligently for
nearly two years to
achieve the goal of
building a truly community
garden in St. Michaels.
With the help of so many,
such as Jerry Leonard,
Jack Shannahan, Frank
Hopkinson, Roger Clark,
The Rotary Club of St.
Michaels, Christmas in St.
Michaels, Master
Gardners, Volunteers from
Habitat for Humanity,
Water Boys for Jesus, The
Boy Scouts, The Town of
St. Michaels and much
more, a wonderfully
beautiful space has been
created to grow food,
friendships and
community.
Reverand Johnson officially opening the
SMCC Community Garden
Hours
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday
& Saturday,
10 am - 3 pm
Location
at 933 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels
This quaint resale shop is staffed by
community volunteers. Newcomers are
always welcome to join us.
The Treasure Cove is always in need of
clean, in season, clothing,  gently used
furniture and  usable household goods.
We generally do not accept large
appliances but will take your name
and number in case we
have a family in need.
Every penny we earn from
your donations goes towards underwriting
the programs and operating expenses of
the
St. Michaels Community Center.
SMCC strives to meet the unfilled
needs of our community by providing
low-cost merchandise that goes
back into our community.
Please call 410-745-6073 if you'd like to
volunteer your time or make a donation.
Thanks for your support !
Chuck Shenk with kids
The green tomatoes are piled by the big tree, the green beans have been stripped from all the gardens and there is not a gardener in sight. The mystery of the garden thief is quickly solved by observant neighbors. It appears that the deer
prefer the green beans and the squirrels have a preference for green tomatoes. The St. Michaels Community Garden is apparently a community garden in every sense of the word.

What comes to mind first when you think of a Community Garden: produce or community? Well, you will find an ample supply of both at the St. Michaels Community Garden. This grass roots project is a perfect example of folks building
something from scratch with the help of the whole community. In June of 2010, the Garden Planning Committee began meeting under the auspices of the St. Michaels Community Center. The committee grew to encompass volunteers
who shared their goal of a community garden. Inspired by the leadership of St. Michaels resident Laurie Pratt, the group worked diligently to bring this garden to fruition. When asked for his view of the garden Pratt replied, “By all accounts,
we are off to an enthusiastically successful first year. Surpassing the expectations of many, this year’s experience should make next year even better.”

Local groups such as the St. Michaels Rotary Club, Christmas in St. Michaels, Miller Electric, Bartlett Tree, Shanahan Wells, Jerry Leonard, Eagle Scout Lamont Brickhouse, Boy Scout Troop 741, the Thursday crew of Habitat for Humanity,
and the Easton Water Boys have all been generous with their time and labor. Horticulturist Roger Galvin created the original garden design and resident Frank Hopkinson created a template for the beds and built ten of them himself. Karin
Simmons at Bay Hundred Botanicals donated pepper and lettuce seedlings and Carol Bean from Pot Pie Farm donated lettuce seedlings. The St. Michaels Commissioners and the St. Michaels Community Center provided enthusiastic
support for the project.

The 40 beds were made available to rent for $5.00 each per year. Interested gardeners could pick up an application at the St. Michaels Community Center and now those 40 beds are bursting at the seams with a variety of fresh produce.
There are tomatoes, lettuce, beets, peas, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, and more, with the corresponding gardeners a perfect picture of the local community. There are children from Critchlow Atkins Day Care center who tend
their beds regularly , which often requires on the spot tasting, just to make sure things are ripe. There are Master Gardeners who are generous with advice for the beginning gardeners. Seniors, teens and all ages in between are meeting
new people and learning from each other while they water, weed and harvest their crops.

Aside from community involvement, educating new gardeners in Bay Wise gardening methods has been an important goal of the project. Along with learning sustainable, environmentally friendly practices, people have enjoyed making
their beds uniquely their own with a variety of garden art. There is a garden pig, flamingos, a bird cage, statues, scare crows and more.

The garden is not only for individuals to enjoy, but also offers another source of nutritious food for those in need. Reverend Emanuel Johnson and members of Union United Methodist Church share their crop with members of the
community and excess produce is donated by the gardeners to the St. Michaels Food Bank and the St. Michaels Community Center.

While bringing pleasure to many, the garden has become a very popular tourist spot in town; everyone brings visitors to witness the new and bustling sight. Locals pack a lunch and sit on the benches enjoying the beauty of this lovely
oasis. Gardener Mala Burt offered this observation when asked about her experience as a member of the Community Garden: “I planted the first seeds in my garden on March 19th and we were eating French Breakfast radishes a month
later. I planted sugar snap peas at one end of my bed because I wanted the children from the daycare to be able to pick them and taste how sweet a raw pea can be. I love meeting people at the community garden as we water and weed
and compare notes about what is doing well and what was not successful.”

The garden provides a vital space where local residents can learn gardening practices and at the same time turn a vacant lot into a vibrant space where people gather to work together and socialize.

The Community Garden is located beside the St. Michaels branch of Talbot County Free Library at 106 Fremont Street. For info: contact Val Kenn Gray at 410 745-2418, or Trish Payne at St. Michaels Community Center at 410 745-6073.
had this to say....on Thursday, August 16, 2012
Senior Activities
Every Wednesday - Chair Yoga, Free
9:30 - 10:30
at the Housing Authority
on Dobson Ave.

Wednesdays - 10:30 - 12:30
Luncheon and Program
No charge but donations
encouraged, all are welcome
1st Wednesday of each month - Bingo
2nd Wednesday - Brain Games
3rd Wednesday - Art Class
4th and 5th Wednesdays -
Speakers or Games

Every  Wednesday at SMCC
FUN WII BOWLING for Seniors
from 12:30 - 1:30 pm All welcome
To take a little tour of the St. MIchaels Community Center
and to find out more about what we do....Click Here
 What is SMCC all about???
Chief Tony Smith of the SMPD teamed up with Trish Payne of SMCC and through
the S.M.Y.L.E. (St. Michaels Youth and Law Enforcement)  took eight children and
their parents to the Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsylvania, VA over a the
long Easter holiday weekend. A reward program was intiated that allowed children
to earn the opportunity to go with their families to the resort by completing
community service projects or participating in drug and alcohol prevention
classes. Chief Smith and Trish Payne intend to offer 3 - 4 trips per year to
alternating groups of local children and their families.

To see all the fun click on the link below
SMPD & SMCC, our 1st trip to Wilderness Resort, Spotsylvania, VA
First Camp Wilderness Resort Trip
with Chief Tony Smith
Frequently throughout the year, SMCC and S.M.Y.L.E. provide community service opportunities and/or
drug/alcohol abuse prevention programs to the youth and families of our community. The community
service activities often help our neighbor non-profits or the Town of St. MIchaels and instill a sense of
accomplishment and pride. Young participants earn eligibility to join SMCC and (sometimes
representatives of S.M.Y.L.E). on a weekend camp trip to the Wilderness Presidential Resort in
Spotsyvania (wpresort.com). Call Trish at 410-745-6073 to learn how to join us!
SMCC and S.M.Y.L.E. join forces to inspire youth to
"Give Back to the Community"
click here to find out more:  "Community Give Back"
The Green Team
at Pickering Creek
On October 10, the Jr. Gardeners used vegetables and herbs from our
Community Garden beds and learned to make spaghetti sauce from
scratch. It was SOOOOO good!
BEFORE
AFTER
The Green Team
The Treasure Cove
Thrift Store
Family
Wilderness
Weekend
May 2014
Click here to view the fun!
Family Wilderness Weekend May 2014
NEW SERIES OF CLASSES BEGIN!
The CHESS CLUB is open to anyone,
novice to pro, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of the month at the St.
Michaels Community Center from 1 - 3
pm. No Charge,  just fun and friendship!
Call 410-745-6073 for more info.

TENNIS PLAYERS (moderate to
intermediate) are encouraged to join
other players on Tuesday and Thursday
mornings at the St. Michaels High School
tennis courts at 8 am. Everyone
welcome, no charge, just show up for
fun. Call 410-745-9589 for more info.
6th Annual SMCC Tea and Fashion Show at the Inn at Perry Cabin        

On June 8, the Inn at Perry Cabin hosted the St. Michaels Community Center's 6th Annual Tea, Fashion Show and Silent Auction. Over 100 guests enjoyed an elegant
afternoon tea with sparkling wine and a buffet of scones, sandwiches and sweets which were generously provided by the Inn at Perry Cabin.
A Fashion Show featured clothing from the Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Charisma, Chesapeake Trading Company, Knotty Living and the Treasure Cove Thrift Store.
A Silent Auction included items from the following local businesses: Five Gables Inn & Spa, Inn at Perry Cabin Linden Spa, Barbed Wired Designs, Shore Fit, Come By
Chance, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Jan Kirsh, A Wish Called Wanda, Higgins & Spencer, Simpatico, St. Michaels Winery, Mike & Eric's Front Street Restaurant,
Marcoritaville, Oliven's, Justine's Ice Cream, Lyons Distillery, Selina II, Shore Pedal and Paddle Kayaks.  Twenty-five guests were given a tour of the Perry Cabin gardens
led by Joanne Effinger. Curt Heavey provided beautiful classical guitar music throughout the event.

The St. Michaels Community Center strives to meet the unmet needs of the Bay Hundred community. Proceeds from this event will support the SMCC programs which
include free luncheons and activities for seniors, free holiday dinners, clothing drives, after school programs and summer camps for children.
To learn more about SMCC, visit our website at www.stmichaelscc.org or call 410-745-6073.
SMCC Vice President Karen Shook introducing IPC General Manager, Hein
Olckers, Events Coordinator, Tisha Schefele and Ground Steward, Joanne Effinger.
Fashions were presented by models from Charisma, Chesapeake
Trading, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, Knotty Living and The Treasure Cove.
Upcoming Kids Programs !

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FALL A.S.K. CLASSES
Schedules will also be sent home from school
in early September.

Sign up NOW!!! for Softball Pitching Clinic with Mr.
Michael Lawrence for ages 7 to 12 beginning September
16, every Tuesday for 12 wks. Practice will be at
SMES. Students will need to bring someone to catch for
them. Time slots will run 45 mins. and be assigned at
time of registration. Cost is $40. Registrations will be
accepted until September 11. Call 410-745-5102 or
410-745-6073.
Mentor Series starting at the St. Michaels Community Center
In an effort to preserve cultural heritage and protect our forebearers' skills and talents, the St. Michaels
Community Center is launching a Mentor Series of classes that will offer new generations the opportunity to
learn from Masters of their crafts.  Our first class in this series will be the
SMCC DECOY CARVERS taught
by Professional Carver, Larry Parker of St. Michaels. This class is open to anyone 18 and older who has an
interest in learning to carve or improving their decoy carving skills. The group meets on Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturdays from 9 to Noon at 103 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels beginning September 4th and will continue
weekly.  The cost of $20 per person per project will include wood, professional instruction, use of carving
tools, paints, brushes and mounts. Projects vary in complexity and the amount of time required to complete.
Please call 410-745-6073 for more information or to reserve your spot.  "Drop ins" are welcome anytime!  
If you have a skill or talent you'd like to pass on to future generations, we'd welcome the opportunity
to help you share it!

Fall Adult Class Offerings at St. Michaels Community Center

Hammered Wire Art Jewelry with Barbara Barrowcliff
- at SMCC on September 7 from 11 - 2 pm. Learn
about tools for hammering and  techniques for making great baubles and bangles. Learn to shape, flatten and
design different types and gauges of wire into great jewelry.  You will take home jewelry made in the class, as
many pieces as you can achieve in the time allowed. Wire, ear wires, leather thong and some beads will be
supplied but some tools are needed: Flat nose pliers, jewelry wire cutters, round nose pliers, and  a chasing
hammer and bench block if you have them. Class fee: $ 65.00. Call SMCC at 410-745-6073 to reserve your
spot. Space is limited.

Mosaic Expression with Sue Stockman - Use your creative spirit to make a beautiful mosaic piece under the
guidance of one of the best. Sue is offering a two-part class on September 8 and 15 at her studio on Railroad
Avenue in St. Michaels from 6 - 8:30pm. Cost for this class is $60 and includes instruction and all materials for
$100. Call SMCC at 410-745-6073 to register, space is limited.

Basic Tap with Sharon Gilroy - 2 class times available. Monday evenings at 7pm at SMCC, from Sept. 8
through November 10 AND/OR Thursdays at 3pm from September 11 - November 13 at the St. Michaels
Housing Authority Community Room on Dobson Avenue. Cost is $60 for each 10 week class. Call SMCC at
410-745-6073 to reserve your spot on the dance floor.  This class is designed for fun and friendship!

Line Dancing and Basic Steps with Maxine Wixom on Thursdays from 10 - 11:30 am from September 25
through November 20 at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room on Dobson Avenue. Get a little
taste of Broadway, Salsa, Meringue, Mambo, Charleston, Swing and Waltz. You do not need a partner.  This is
a beginner class but it's also a great workout for anyone while having lots of fun! Call SMCC at 410-745-6073
to sign up. Class fees are $3 a class.

Wind and Sea Craft Class with Barbara Barrowcliff  on October 5th,   11 - 2pm at SMCC. Using sea glass,
shells, drift wood and other natural finds, we’ll put together a project using beach collected goodies. You can
make either a mobile, wind chimes , a treasure box or a wall hanging from various materials in this class. We
will provide some materials but if you are a collector, we suggest you bring your treasures  along to incorporate
into your project.  Class fee: $65.00. Call 410-745-6073 to reserve your place, class size limited.

Make It and Take It with Sharon Gilroy -  This very popular cooking class returns to the St. Michaels
Community Center on Tuesdays from 11:30 - 2pm from October 7 through October 28. Sharon is a master
chef who will have students preparing scrumptious meals in class to take home and cook for dinner. Your
family will be licking their lips for more after the first bite. Students are asked to bring the main ingredient each
week along with a serving dish or pot. A cost of $60 includes all other ingredients, the recipe and instruction.
Class is limited so call SMCC now at 410-745-6073 to reserve your place at the kitchen table.

Make Sea Glass Christmas Tree Pendants with Barbara Barrowcliff  at the St. Michaels Community,
11 - 2pm on Nov. 9th, . A favorite holiday pendant for gift giving or wearing yourself. Using shards of sea
glass, we’ll decorate and wire wrap our pendant trees. All materials supplied to make at least 3 pendants. Just
bring some jewelry tools: round nose pliers, and small wire cutters. We’ll top them with stars and angels.  
Barbara Barrowcliff, instructor. Class fee: $50.00. Call SMCC at 410-745-6073 to reserve your spot. Space is
limited.
                                    All Aboooooard!

Maryland Scenic Railroad on Saturday, October 25.  Seats still available.  See the colors of
Fall!   We will depart St. Michaels at the corner of Pea Neck Road and Rt. 33 at 7am and pick
up passengers in Easton at Creamery Lane at 7:20am. We will board the First Class dining
car at 10:45 and have a choice of delicious lunch entrees, drinks and desserts.  There will be
a 1 1/2 hour  layover in Frostburg for shopping, browsing/site seeing  and viewing the
turnabout of the steam engine. We will arrive back in Cumberland at 3 pm and board the bus
for home. We should arrive in Easton around 7 - 7:30 and St. Michaels around 7:30 - 8pm.
Cost of bus fare, driver's tip, train excursion with meal is $126. There are 40 seats available.
Call 410-745-6073 now for reservations!

Winterthur and the Exhibit of Downton Abbey Costumes on Friday, October 3.
Visit Winterthur's beautiful 60-acre gardens and tour Henry Francis du Pont's spectacular
175 room former home.  In addition we have reservations to visit the stunning exhibit of
Costumes of Downton Abbey.  Lunch will be on your own at the Visitor Center Garden Cafe
or Cottage Cafe on the grounds.  A free garden tram is available every 25 minutes for the
self-guided garden tours. There will be a pick-up in Easton and St. Michaels. Expected
departure is 8am from St. Michaels, 8:15 from Easton. We should arrive back in Easton at
approximately 4pm, St. Michaels at 4:15pm. Tickets are $61 and include transportation, tip,
admission to Winterthur and the Downton Abbey Exhibit. Call 410-745-6073 to make your
reservation.  Limited to 35 guests.

Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular on Thursday, December 18, 2pm show, 2 hours
free time. Seats located in center on first mezzanine. Box lunch on bus (ham or turkey
sandwich, chips, cookie, apple, water or soft drink). This has become one of our most
popular annual excursions and family trips. After the show, visit the beautiful Christmas
Tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Center or get your last minute shopping done. We will
stop at Town and Country in Bordentown, NJ for own your own dinner on the way home.
There will be pick-ups in Easton and St. Michaels. Cost of trip is $155 and includes,
transportation, tip, box lunch and admission to show. Call 410-745-6073 to start creating your
family memories.
Bay Hundred Swim Kids 2014
This summer, thanks to a very generous grant from the Miles River
Yacht Club Foundation, SMCC registered 275 children for free swim
lessons at the Bay Hundred Pool during July and August 2014.
Everyone considered this amazing project to be a giant success!
Click here to see a short video of happy, swimming kids

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