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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St. Luke's U.M.C.
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
To find out more about the St. Michaels Community Center .... 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
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StMichaels CommunityCenter  (only two words)
Thank you EVERYONE
for your friendship and
your generous support !
St. Michaels Community Center
1990 - 2015 and going strong!
Celebrating 25 years
of community service!
Ongoing SMCC Programming

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays - Chess Club
from 1 - 3 p.m., at Railroad Avenue, no charge, everyone
welcome from novice to expert.

Every Wednesday,  6 - 8 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.
Mosaics with Jen Wagner.
Stained Glass Window Project,  $250 fee includes instruction,
supplies and use of tools. No time limit. Other projects priced
individually.  Contact Jen at 443-521-4084.

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday  from 9 a.m. to noon,
Duck Carving Class with Master Carver, Larry Parker
Everyone welcome from novice to pro. Fee based by project.

Every Wednesday -  Senior Lunch Gathering
9:30 - 10:15 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at  the St. Michaels Housing
Authority Bldg. on Dodson Avenue in St. Michaels
from 10:30 - 12:30 at Railroad Avenue, no charge,  donation
requested for lunch, provided by Upper Shore Aging.
Activities vary weekly. Week 1 - Bingo, Week 2 - YMCA Brain Games,
Week 3 - Art/Crafts, Week 4 - guest speaker.  All are welcome.

Also, Tuesdays and Thursdays,  Community Tennis,
8:30 a.m. at the courts at the St. Michaels High School.
Moderate to intermediate players are welcome to join. No charge.
Call 410-745-9589 for more information.

SMCC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

(St. Michaels, MD   June 1, 2015) The St. Michaels Community Center celebrated its 25th
Anniversary with a good ‘ole fashioned, Eastern Shore Clam Bake on Saturday, May 23 from
5 – 9pm. Joe Trippi and Kathy Lash generously hosted this fantastic event at their lovely home
at Cummings Creek Farm. There were nearly 225 registered guests including Senator Addie
Eckhardt, Delegate Johnny Mautz, SMCC Board members and esteemed attendees from far
and near. Steamed clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes filled the buffet trays in addition to pit beef, bar-
b-que chicken and hot dogs with all the fixin’s thanks to generous sponsors, Chesapeake Landing,
Catering By Jamie and lots of volunteer help from Advisory Board members and friends. Plenty of
fresh salads garnished the table and dessert was provided by Justine’s Ice cream
topping off the 25th Anniversary Cake. Lively and wonderful music by AKA Productions kept
the crowd dancing all evening under the lighted tent in the meadow by the water.

In celebration of the SMCC’s 25th Anniversary, the Board of Advisors decided to award the first
Annual “Heart of the Community Award” to a recipient who signifies exemplary service to St.
Michaels, the Bay Hundred Area and beyond. The first Annual award was presented to Jeannie
Haddaway, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs on the Governor’s Staff,  for her efforts to keep
our community strong economically and environmentally and her work to preserve our quality of
life. The engraved, crystal heart was chosen as the award to represent the slogan of SMCC  
being  “the heart of the community”.

The St. Michaels Community Center was formally initiated in 1990 by locals,
many of whom were from the Christmas in St. Michaels group and Christ
Episcopal Church who wanted a community organization to do after-school
programs for students, Payne said. It started small. “Actually, they started in
a (maintenance) closet in the elementary school,” Payne said.

Several years later, volunteers from the community center started a thrift
store, Treasure Cove, which originally started in a trailer, to gain an income
stream to support the community center’s activities, Payne said. The thrift
store later moved to a space at 1110 South Talbot St., where the community
center operated until 2009, at which point it rented space at its current
location at Railroad Avenue. The building at 103 Railroad Avenue belonged
to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, said St. Michaels Commissioner
President Joanne Clark. A private buyer bought the property and leased it to
the community center, and has been doing it ever since.

But soon, the community center will own the building, thanks to the grant St.
Michaels town officials applied for on behalf of the community center.
Payne said the community center and its role in St. Michaels have grown so
much over 25 years. There are programs for everyone from toddlers to
senior citizens, and it serves more than 12,000 people a year, she said.
She said the community center’s main mission is to provide resources for
the needs of the people of St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area in
whatever way those needs present themselves, and those needs can
change day by day. “We fill the (role) that nobody else is going to. We kind of
plug in the holes where maybe things haven’t gotten thought of or haven’t
gotten done,” Payne said. “We just fill those gaps so that everyone has the
opportunity to be the best they can be.”

Payne highlighted some of the programs the community center offers —
after-school classes; summer camps; expanding sports programs; a
mentoring series in which kids learn from a professional like a master carver
or filmmaker; an entrepreneur program; a swim program financed by the
Miles River Yacht Club Foundation; family events like camping weekend;
theater projects; community concerts; and programs that help those in need.

When Payne first started working for the community center in 2007, she said
that since there was no physical building people could connect with and
identify as the community center it was difficult to get funding and support.
The property at Railroad Avenue gave people a focal point, she said, and the
St. Michaels Community Center started getting recognition for its role.
Now that the center is getting its own home, the response from the
community has only gotten better, Payne said. Clark said the St. Michaels
commissioners were very pleased to apply for the grant on behalf of the
community center, calling the move a “no-brainer.” “The community center
plays such an important role in the everyday life of St. Michaels citizens and
all the residents of the Bay Hundred community,” Clark said. Clark said the
community center’s concerts in Muskrat Park on summer Thursdays are one
of the more popular events in town.

The community center also teams up with with the St. Michaels Police
Department for programs like S.M.Y.L.E. — St. Michaels Youth and Law
Enforcement — and the Junior Police Academy. The importance of those
programs “can’t be underestimated” in regard to Chief Anthony Smith’s
maxim of community policing, Clark said.  “They (the community center)
support citizens of all ages, which really strengthens our community and
social bonds,” Clark said.

Payne said the community center, in partnership with the Talbot Senior
Center, will soon open a senior center in St. Michaels to give the town’s
elderly residents a place to socialize, get out of the house and get involved
in activities like chair yoga, dancing or nutrition classes. The community
center in St. Michaels works with other nonprofit organizations like Phillips
Wharf Environmental Center, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, local
churches, the police department and the library, “and that’s a big focus for
us,” Payne said.

Renovations and improvements are planned for the center’s building,
though it’s all conceptual at this point, Payne said, adding they’re hopping to
build a large multi-purpose room and have a two-story structure with offices,
classrooms and a commercial kitchen.
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 10:05 am, Wed Aug 12, 2015.
By JOSH BOLLINGER jbollinger@stardem.com

ST. MICHAELS — While the St. Michaels Community Center celebrates 25 years of giving, it’s finally
getting something of its own — a home. The community center in St. Michaels has been leasing its
current building at 103 Railroad Avenue since 2009. It was recently awarded a $450,000 Maryland
Department of Housing and Community Development grant to buy the building, and Executive
Director Trish Payne said once the check is sent and the settlement clears, the dream of owning
the facility will finally be realized. “The community center has been like the best kept secret in St.
Michaels for a long time,” Payne said. “We’re so many things.”
A Growing Role in the Community
FOX News interviews Chief Smith of SMPD and Trish Payne
of the St. Michaels Community Center, July 2015
to talk about the important S.M.Y.L.E. program

click the link below to watch the interview

S.M.Y.L.E and SMCC interview
Karen Shook, Board President of the St. Michaels
Community Center is seen here presenting a cake to
Executive Director, Trish Payne to celebrate her 8th
year anniversary with this amazing, non-profit
organization that has been serving the Bay Hundred
Area and beyond since 1990.

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