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.
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
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday & 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 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 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 ( 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
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 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.

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
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!

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.

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Senior Activities
Every Tuesday  - Chair Yoga, Free 10:15 - 11 am
at the Housing Authority on Dodson 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
from 12:30 - 1:30 pm All welcome
St. Michaels Community Center at 103
Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels will
be hosting our Annual Holiday Dinner
from 10:30 – 2:30 on Wednesday,
December 24. A full buffet of
traditional favorites will be offered to
all our guests, free of charge.
Donations will be gratefully accepted.
Please join us to share the joy of the
season and some great food!
Donations of hams, desserts and
volunteers would be greatly
appreciated. For more information
please call 410-745-6073.
Will Resume in January
Will Resume in January
At the last Board meeting of 2014 on
December 9, the St. Michaels Community
Center Advisory Board acknowledged the
dedication and commitment of three members
whose terms of service have come to an end.
Helen Van Fleet, Ilene Morgan and Cynthia
Principi (not pictured) were praised for their
contributions and support that have helped to
make SMCC a successful and valuable part
of the Bay Hundred Community.

pic 1, pictured left to right:  Carolina Barksdale -
outgoing President of 2014, Ilene Morgan and
incoming President for 2015 - Karen Shook

pic 2, pictured left to right:  incoming President for
2015 - Karen Shook, outgoing President for 2014 -
Carolina Barksdale and Helen Van Fleet.
Dec. 19 & 20 from
10 am to 3  pm
Thank you EVERYONE for your friendship
and your generous support !