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
button at top
left-hand corner
of this
Email address:
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
Reverand Johnson officially opening the
SMCC Community Garden

(directly across the street from the Union Church)

Hours:  Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday &
Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

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
410-745-0669 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 ( 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!
The Green Team
The Treasure Cove
Thrift Store
May 2014
Click here to view the fun!
Family Wilderness Weekend May 2014
Visit us on Face Book at: St. Michaels Community Center
Thank you EVERYONE for
your friendship and your
generous support !
St. Michaels Community Center  ~  1990 - 2015 ~  Celebrating 25 years of community service!
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
Trish Payne's interview video with
The Talbot Spy   click here   
You can now generate donations for St. Michaels Community Center when they buy items on Amazon's Electronics
Gift Guide at  Click on this link to donate to SMCC:   
Donate to SMCC

or call 410-745-5102

Programs and Classes

MAHJONG GAMES - open to all, every Thursday, 10am - Noon


CHAIR YOGA with Susan Irwin, every Wednesday from    9:30 to
10:15 at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room on Dodson Ave.  No experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome from novice to expert. This
class is wonderful for improving flexibility, strength and peace of mind. There is no charge and no need to register. Call 410-745-6073 for more information.

SENIOR GATHERING every Wednesday from
10:30 – 12:30, anyone over 55 years of age is welcome to enjoy us
for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging and a weekly activity or speaker. No need to call ahead, just drop in at the St. Michaels Community Center
at 103 Railroad Avenue any or every Wednesday and meet new friends or bring yours with you. First Wednesday is Bingo, second Wednesday is “Brain
Games” with help from the YMCA, third Wednesday is Art or Crafts and Fourth Wednesday is helpful insurance or medical information from Pam Haynes of
the Talbot Senior Center in Easton.

CHESS CLUB – Open every second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 1pm – 3pm at the St. Michaels Community
Center at 103 Railroad Ave.  Everyone is welcome from novice
to expert, students to seniors and it’s FREE. Just drop in or
call 410-745-6073 for more information.

NEW - MAH JONG - Thursdays at the St. Michaels Community Center from 10am to Noon. Open to all who want to learn or play this ancient Chinese game
of skill and strategy. No charge, no experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome.

SMCC CARVERS – If you’d enjoy learning to carve or working with peers who happen to be master carvers, this group meets every Thursday, Friday and
Saturday mornings at the St. Michaels Community Center from 9 – 12 to share their knowledge and talent. Everyone is welcome at no charge. Call 410-745-
6073 for more information.

MOSAICS with local artist, Jennifer Wagner. Every Wednesday from 6 – 8pm and Sundays from noon – 4pm, Jen will guide you through the creation of your
beautiful window mosaic. A cost of $250 provides you with the window, the supplies and the instruction for your very own masterpiece. Take as long as you
need to finish. The cost covers the entire project process. This is an extremely fun and creative group. Contact Jen at 443-521-4084.

Community Tennis – (weather permitting) Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am on the courts at the St. Michaels High School. Moderate to Intermediate
players are welcome to join. There is no charge. Please call 410-745-9589 for more information.
Now the excitement begins!!!  The St. Michaels
Community Center has been able to purchase the property at 103
Railroad Avenue to become a permanent fixture in the community
thanks to a Community Development Block Grant submitted on our
behalf by the Town of St. Michaels. In the next couple of years,
the existing structure will be improved to include a large
multi-purpose room, additional office space, a commercial kitchen
and more classroom space. "We are hoping to be able to provide
an incredible location for a wider array of community events,
activities and classes" says SMCC Executive Director, Trish
Payne. Help us grow by donating to our building fund at:
SMCC, Building Fund,  P. O. Box 354, St. Michaels, MD  21663

Thank you Tri-Cycle and Run
and all the participants of the March 12 Fun Run
for all the food items donated to SMCC
for our neighbors!!!
Click Here for a printable copy
The St. Michaels Community Center
proudly invites you to the 3rd Annual

Talent “For Shore”  Competition

For amateur singers and dancers from
the Upper Eastern Shore, any age.

Auditions will be held at the St. Michaels High School Auditorium on
Saturday, July 23, from 9am – 3pm. Contestants must call ahead,
410-745-6073 to be scheduled for audition times.  10 performers
from each category will be chosen by experienced judges in the
respective genres. The chosen contestants will be notified and will
compete before a live audience on Sunday afternoon, July 24
beginning at 3pm. Tickets for the Sunday performances will be $10
Adults and $5 students and seniors over 60,  children under 6 are
free. Audience members will cast a vote for their favorites and
winners will be announced after a brief intermission. The overall
winner will receive the coveted, Grand Prize Crystal Trophy for 2016
in addition to a nice cash prize. Trophies and cash will also be
awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners.
Space is limited so sign up early for your chance to win.  
For more information,
call 410-745-6073.

Unfortunately, I have had to make the decision to cancel
the 2016 Talent For Shore Competition on July 23 and 24
at the St. Michaels High School auditorium. The low
response we've had to contestants and some health
issues have made it necessary to cancel the event.

I'm grateful for the support and interest I've received
from volunteers and registrants and I apologize for any
inconvenience this may have caused.

Thanks for your understanding...