St. Michaels Community Center
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click here for a copy of our latest newsletter       February 2015 Newsletter
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

ours:  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
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 ( 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:
StMichaels CommunityCenter  (only two words)
Thank you EVERYONE
for your friendship and
your generous support !
7th Annual SMCC Tea and Fashion Show
at the Inn at Perry Cabin

On June 14, the Inn at Perry Cabin  will, once again, be the gracious hosts for
the St. Michaels Community Center's 7th Annual Tea, Fashion Show and
Silent Auction. Seating is limited to 100 guests who will partake of an elegant
afternoon tea with sparkling wine and a buffet of scones, sandwiches and
sweets which will be generously provided by the Inn at Perry Cabin. Ticket
price will be $55
A Fashion Show featuring clothing and accessories from local clothing and
jewelry stores and the Treasure Cove Thrift Store will mingle among the
guests throughout tea time. A Silent Auction will be on display throughout
the tea as well. Guests will be invited to bid on a wonderful array of gifts
items, art, jewelry and packages.  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 or call 410-745-6073.
For a schedule of our A.S.K. (after school kids) classes for ages K - 5  click here:  
A.S.K. Winter/Spring 2015
For a schedule of our new Middle School After School Classes  click here:  
Middle School Spring 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
1st Annual SMCC Clambake in Wittman, MD
In celebration of our
25th year, SMCC will award our 1st
"Heart of the Community" award to someone who exemplifies
service to our community.
Details to follow!                                              Stay Tuned!!
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
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
Week 3 - Art/Crafts, Week 4 - guest speaker.  All are welcome.

Last Saturday of the Month, Artisan Market, at SMCC  8am to
May 30, June 27, July 25, and August 29.  Tables for rent for $20
local hand-crafters and artists.  Call 410-745-6073 to sign up.

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
Call 410-745-9589 for more information.

Click below to go directly to the SMRF site

The St. Michaels Running Festival, now in its 4th year, is
one of the premier destination races in the Mid-Atlantic.
Based in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the
Chesapeake, runners will be treated to gorgeous water
views, a quick mile past charming main street shops for
the 10k and half marathon and a rockin' after-party in
downtown St. Michaels. In addition to offering the flattest,
fastest USATF half marathon in the region, runners get a
generous package including race shirt, finisher medal or
pin, complimentary refreshment, handmade finish line
treats and so much more.

This year also includes a 1k Kids Fun Run for children
ages 12 and younger. All children will receive a race shirt,
race bib and finish line food/drink! Registration fees are
$25. This is a great way for kids to be a part of the event
and start learning about their own physical fitness. The run
benefits the St. Michaels Community Center and SMYLE.

Prior to the race, come to our expo on Friday for insights
from the experts, live music and great SWAG provided by
our great sponsors. This event is family friendly so
whether you want to set a new PR or come out and take it
easy as a family or group, you're sure to have a wonderful
time at the 4th St. Michaels Running Festival!

April 25 & 26, 2015
Noon - 5 pm

Join us at Maryland's premiere wine event, featuring nearly
400 wines from around the globe.  Now in its 6th year,
WineFest is a streetscape event with tasting venues
located throughout the town of St. Michaels. Wine
aficionados will experience hundreds of highly-rated U.S.,
international, and Maryland wines.

Get more information and Buy Tickets at
WineFest at St. Michaels

The MRYC Foundation seeks to assure that all children
under 18 learn to swim.
The Sink or Swim (SOS) Program started in the
summer of 2014 by partnering with the St. Michaels
Community enter to offer free swimming lessons for
children at the Bay Hundred Community Pool. To date,
through classes at the Bay Hundred Pool, this program
has helped nearly 300 students learn to swim. Please
help  support theSOS program by donating to the
MRYC Foundation
at their website:
New Officers Elected and New Board Members join SMCC for the 2015/2016 term
(seated l to r) Vastine Holliday, new member   Karen Shook, President   Mattie Fountain, new member
(standing l to r) Harley Gates, new member and Treasurer   Rene' Stevenson, Secretary,
Betsi Shays, Vice President and Richard Berntsen, new member