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

Talbot County YMCA

Environmental Concern

Inn At Perry Cabin

Choptank Community
Health System, Inc

Computer Literacy for Kids.

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
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
If you'd like to join our
"family", give us a
call at 410-745-6073
or stop in to
see us !
Donate by
credit card by  
clicking the
DONATE button
at top left-hand
corner of this
Email address:
St. Luke's U.M.C.
Thank you EVERYONE for your friendship and your generous support !
In loving memory
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
The Garden Committee of St. Michaels Community Cente, 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
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday,
10 am - 3 pm
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
Please call 410-745-6073 if you'd like to volunteer your time or
make a donation.
Thanks for your support !
Treasure Cove
Thrift Shop
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 more information, 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

RESUMING - Every Wednesday - Chair Yoga, Free
9:30 - 10:30 at the Housing Authority on Dobson Ave.

CONTINUING at St. Michaels Community Center
Wednesdays - Luncheon and Program  10:30 - 12:30
No charge but donations encouraged, all are welcome
1st Wednesday of each month - Bingo
2nd Wednesday of each month - Super Noggins
3rd Wednesday - Art Class with Shirley Sallett
4th and 5th Wednesdays - Speakers or Games
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
2nd Camp Wilderness Trip
"almost all girls" weekend!
Click here to see our adventure: Wilderness Resort June 2013
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 S.M.Y.L.E. on a weekend camp trip
to the Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsyvania
( Call Trish at 410-745-6073 or Chief Tony
Smith at 410-745-9500 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!
The Green Team

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Gemstone Wrap Workshop
Sat. April 5th, 11 am to 2 pm at SMCC.

Learn to wrap loose stones without soldering or pre-
made settings. Using wire wrapping techniques we’ll
highlight the beauty of faceted stones using only
22 gauge wire to make a pendant. Stones supplied, I’ll
have a variety for you to choose from, bring your tools
and a roll of non tarnish wire in your favorite color and
we’ll make some magic. I’ll also show you some new
findings on the market for wrapping unusual objects
the easy way. $55. Call 410-745-6073 soon.

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Create Art with Shirley Sallett
Mon., April 7,14,21 & 28  10:30 - Noon.
At. St. Michaels Community Center.

In the "Create ART with Shirley"class students will
learn to use many different art materials in various
combinations. For example, in the first class everyone
will use paints and papers to create many patterned
designs that will later be used for self-portrait
collages, paper weavings and oriental folded fans !   
Other classes will feature oil pastels and watercolors
for still life and landscapes.  All fun projects.$40  
All supplies provided

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Community Garden
The Treasure Cove
Thrift Store

Every Monday, Additional Senior Luncheon
from 11:30 - 12:30, donation encouraged
followed by cards or board games

Every Mon. & Weds. from 3:30 - 4;30
ZUMBA at the St. Michaels Housing Authority
Community Room on Dodson Ave., St. Michaels FREE

Every  Wednesday at the Community Center
from 12:30 - 1:30 pm All welcome, no fee
New Adult
Art Classes
Line Dancing and Basic Dance Steps
Instructor: Maxine Wixom

Where: St. Michaels
Community Center         
103 Railroad Avenue
Telephone: 410 745-6073

When: Thursdays 10:30a -12:00p
Beginning March 6, 2014
$3.00 each class or $15.00 a month

This is a Beginner Dance Class where students will
learn the Basic dance steps for a different dance style
each week and will learn a routine to go with each basic
dance step learned.  This class is definitely for
someone who wants to get some exercise for a healthy
lifestyle and have fun.

Dances will include:
Country, Broadway, Salsa, Merengue
Mambo, Charleston, Swing and Waltz

Note: You do not need a partner for this class, so come
on and join in the fun, and get some exercise, and have
fun while you are exercising.
Parliamo Italiano! Italian Lessons from a
Native Speaker, Nelli Rocco

Grammar *Pronunciation *Conversation

Nelli Rocco, an Italian Native, is holding
Italian Group lessons every Friday evening
at 7pm at St. Michaels Community Center,
103 Railroad Ave., St. Michaels. Group
lessons are $25 per student per class.
Private lessons are also offered. If interested
or have any questions please email Ms.
Rocco at:
She'll be happy to take your name and

Also feel free to check her website at:

Click here for Elementary Ages
Summer Camps for Kids K- 5th

Click here for Middle School Ages
Summer Camps for Middle Schoolers

Click here for Kayaking for Middle Schoolers
Summer Kayaking for 6th, 7th & 8th grades

Or call Pam or Amy at 410-745-5102

First Come, First Served