Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels Ready to Roll

“Everybody has a car story…what’s yours?” quizzed Tad duPont, President of the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels. He was right. My mind immediately went to that brown ‘73 Toyota Celica, my first car. I recalled the exhilarating sense of freedom when I first took those keys.

Visitors to the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels will have a chance to tell their car stories and see others, when the Museum officially opens sometime in 2016. The young nonprofit has completed the first two phases of work to create the new St. Michaels attraction, in spite of a few obstacles and U-turns.

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The reconstructed Pinkett House – Welcome Center for the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels

Phase One secured the zoning and permitting to build the Museum on the site, and moved a large shed from one end of the lot to the other side. Phase Two took down the historic Pinkett House on Cherry St., donated by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Piece by piece, in pickup trucks, the volunteer group moved the Pinkett House to the Museum’s site on Marengo St. There, duPont and his team carefully reconstructed the house, re-assembling parts of it, and changing others to meet modern building codes for commercial structures.

“The Pinkett House reconstruction was done with a lot of help” duPont said. “Jim Moffett of Moffett Woodworks did a tremendous amount. He transformed old rafters of the house into kitchen cabinets, created a mantle out of the old 2nd floor joists, and made new doors out of the original sills.” Others helped too. Vince Hosey discounted his carpentry work, the Lumberyard in St. Michaels donated all of the paint, Lawrence Haley gave a firebox, Prospect Builders donated work for the ramp, Stan Hopkins installed the HVAC, and Dennis Evens contributed the silt fence.

The Pinkett House is significant in several respects – it’s a sister of the town’s Sewell House in St. Mary’s Square, as evidenced by 2 large pieces of sill found and displayed in the front yard. It’s also the previous home of the Pinkett family of St. Michaels, whose roots in St. Michaels and in the local automotive industry go deep.
Now the house is fully furnished and open for business as the Museum’s onsite office and welcome center. A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday November 21st, including a parade with bands and floats. In the meantime, the building serves as the Museum’s home, until the 4800 Sq ft Exhibit Barn is built by Amish contractors in 2016.

The Museum’s Board of Directors has just begun a campaign to raise the $800,000 needed to build the barn and complete the site work necessary to open the Museum. “We’re shovel ready” said duPont, “once the funding is committed, it can be built as quickly as three months.”

The Museum will hold rotating exhibits of up to 20 classic cars at a time, but you can expect to see far more than that. Motorcycles, boat engines, trucks, agricultural equipment, trains – any motors are game for display and education at the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels.

The history of transportation on Delmarva will also appear in the Museum’s exhibits. You can expect to learn about how Indian trails turned into Underground Railroad pathways and form our region’s present-day rail and roadways. The group expects this new Museum to spur tourism, giving visitors one more reason to spend an extra night in Talbot’s inns and B&Bs, and eat, shop and play in St. Michaels for an extra day. “The return on the total one million dollar investment is going to be huge. This is an economic venue to feed St. Michaels for decades. Car clubs are already asking about having events here, and they’ll be doing it in the middle of the week – adding value to the local economy” said duPont.

Seminars, lectures, films, demonstrations, docent-led tours and special programs for kids and any motor enthusiasts will take place at the Museum, as well as themed events to correlate with regional activities.

The group is now reaching out to local classic automobile collectors, identifying collections and strategizing for the Museum’s first years of exhibits. They expect one third of the exhibited motors to change every six months, giving visitors plenty of reasons to return.

The public is welcome to visit the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels at 102 Marengo St. for the Grand Opening on November 21st, on facebook at www.facebook.com/Classic-Motor-Museum, or on the Museum’s website at www.classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. Donations to build the Exhibit Barn are welcomed, and can be made directly from the “Donate Now” button at top right of the Museum’s website, by mail at PO Box 214, St. Michaels, MD 21663, or by calling 410-745-8979.

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Risk-a-licious by Kathy Bosin

So, it’s 1969 in Limestone Acres.

A dynamic year – Nixon inaugurated. Man on the moon! Viet Nam. Woodstock. Haight Ashbury. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Easy Rider.

I was eight and my sister was six.

Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 5.49.42 AMWe lived in a very quiet, conservative suburban community where kids rolled on bikes all summer long. The pool was 2 blocks away. I remember the first time a teenage boy (omg) referred to me in public as “Bosin!” I was horrified and delighted.

This post is a remembrance and a toast to Meg Glover.

Who?

She was a tall, slim, super white skinned, black haired beauty, about 15 years old. She and her sister wore long dresses – religious? I have no idea. Fashion? Doubt it. Yet – incredibly dramatic! It was rumored that they went to “charm school” – an item that my mother often used as a threat. She’d say “keep that up and you’ll have to go to charm school like Meg and Lisa Glover.” Horrors!! We heard they had to wear long white gloves and walk all day balancing telephone books on their heads. Big threat to us slackers. Being sent to charm school was the major fear for good girls like us in 1969.

But when she was hired as our babysitter, we couldn’t hide our excitement! Meg Glover, whoa! (How cool are we?)

On the first evening she came, she said “let’s make pizza!”

Gasp!

My sister, 6 years old, knew this was a danger – “we’re not allowed to use the oven!”

Meg looked at me, the eldest.

I shivered inside. “Yes, we can. Do it.”

She took four slices of white bread and squirted ketchup on them. Spread with a knife, and covered with a slice of American cheese – all of which, of course, were in the 1969 house refrigerator (white).

She put them in the OVEN.

OMG!

And pulled them out ten minutes later.

Even though it tasted nothing like pizza…I loved it. It was the challenge, the risk, the courage to do it!

So tonight, when I came home after a long day and Kevin had two entire lots of tomatoes making spicy ketchup on the simmer, I knew what we were having for supper.

Yup. In honor of Meg Glover, we had “pizza”. It rocked. I didn’t even have to put in in the oven and melt the cheese to remember that moment of freedom, risk, choice.

POWER!

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Spy Eye: Cars on Parade in St. Michaels

Easter weekend in St. Michaels means the start of the season, and this year began with a classic car parade put on by the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels, a new project that is already an exciting addition to our town. The group has restored the town’s historic Pinkett House for use as a welcome center and office, and their site on East Marengo St. next to the winery, the brewery and the distillery at the Old Mill complex is a winner. This summer, they’ll be building a 4800 sq ft car barn that will house rotating exhibits of up to 20 cars at a time. It will be the only museum of its kind on Delmarva, and it’s right here in St. Michaels.

But it’s about more than cars – it’s a motor museum, so don’t be surprised to see exhibits of boat motors, trains, motorcycles and more. The group has far-reaching goals ranging from creating vocational opportunities for youth in the classic car industry to hosting rallies and rides around the region. Ultimately, they’d like the Museum to be able to support St. Michaels community organizations financially.

And yes, there was an Easter Bonnet contest too! Pretty cool start to the season, St. Michaels!

Spy Eye: The Holiday Invasion of Tangier Island

For the 46th year, Mid-Atlantic pilots flew into Kent Island’s Bay Bridge Airport on Saturday morning to load up bags of holly and good cheer for the 470 some residents of Tangier Island. A hearty breakfast served by the jolly elves of event sponsor Chesapeake Sport Pilot followed, then one by one, 28 small aircraft took off in a row – as reindeers indeed, with Santa, an elf and gifts in tow. Generous donations of extra school supplies for the remote islanders were packed into tight spaces, and lifted into the air.

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The marshy islands that make up Tangier look remote and fragile from the air, and they certainly are. Located some 12 miles off the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Tangier Island shrinks each day as its mushy land sinks into the Bay and the rising tide erodes from all sides, as much as ten feet each year. A proud and rugged community of independent watermen and women created a culture and a life on this island in the late 1600s. Their descendants live there today, in very much the same way as they always have. Yet today’s seafood industry isn’t as robust as it was, and one by one, families are leaving the island, some due to the rising sea, others for economic opportunity on the mainland. Today, some 60 Tangier families rely on the tugboat industry for jobs, as the changing watermen’s lifestyle erodes with the shrinking land it relies upon.

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The 25 minute flight to Tangier Island was sunny and hazy this year, and although 29 of the island’s 60 students were out sick with the flu, islanders of all ages came out to greet the visitors and accept the holly boughs and greens to decorate their homes and businesses. One small girl shyly handed Santa her wish list on the tarmac. He carefully read it, then folded it up into his pocket for safekeeping.

Santa and his elf were whisked off to town in a golf cart where Tangier’s mayor and Methodist pastor gave a welcome and a brief service. Informally, islanders told their stories and outlined the stark realities that their community faces in the future. “It’s home. I’d love to stay here, but…” is commonly heard. The pilots and their passengers strolled the island, talking with locals, visiting the island’s museum and small grocery, sightseeing before lining up for crabcakes at Lorraine’s Sandwich Shop, a Holly Run tradition.

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The annual Holly Run was started in 1968 by Ed Nabb, a Cambridge lawyer and pilot who delivered holly from the mainland to friends on the Island without greenery for Christmas decorations. The salty island marshlands support precious little in the way of evergreens. It quickly became a December ritual for Nabb and his friends, and his son Ed Nabb, Jr. has continued the tradition ever since.

Tangier Islanders sought state and federal assistance for years to get the seawall on the western side of the southern part of the island that protects the airport and sewage treatment plant. After Hurricane Sandy, officials announced a 4.2 million Corps of Engineers project to build a jetty that will protect the Island’s harbor. Construction of that jetty is scheduled to begin in 2016.

As we moved back toward the small airport, Tangier History Museum’s Gail Smith called out heartfelt appreciation “Thank you! This is always the start of our Christmas every year – it means so much!”

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The planes flew off, one by one, heading up and away to the rest of the world, and the island disappeared from view as marshy wetlands took over. Bright sun sparkled upon the Chesapeake Bay and it was as if we were time travelers, shooting off from the past into the rushed lifestyles of the rest of the world. Looking down on that little flat spit and that tough, resilient community, it’s obvious that this is a place worth protecting and cherishing. Tangier Island and its people are a national treasure, isolated yet together, out there taking care of their own in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information about the Island’s history and to plan a trip to Tangier Island:

http://www.tangier-island.com/

http://www.tangierisland-va.com/

http://www.tangierislandcruises.com/

http://www.tangiercruise.com/tangier-island-cruises.asp

http://chesapeakebaysampler.com/TangierIsland.htm

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Easton’s 21st Century Learning Center Showing Success

What makes a school a 21st Century Learning Center?

Modern facilities? Computers?

No.

A 21st Century Learning Center is a specifically designed, state funded program providing results-based afterschool instruction and enrichment activities to low income children, bringing up reading and math scores. But academic achievement isn’t the only goal of a 21st Century Learning Center. Opportunities for the entire family to participate in kids’ academic success create a sustainable family and community culture that helps everyone thrive. Thriving families lead to safe and strong communities with increased economic opportunity for everyone.

In Talbot County, this means reaching the ever growing population on non-English speaking families, from numerous countries around the globe. The Hispanic population alone has now reached 26% of Easton Elementary School.

“Back in 2001we recognized that the non-English speaking population was about to explode because of the incredible resources in Talbot County – the housing boom and the growing workforce” said Principal J. Redmond of Easton Elementary. “Talbot, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties invested in economic development of immigrant populations and it’s paid off greatly. Partnering with the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center on this 21st Century grant made a huge difference in meeting the needs of our students. It has far exceeded our expectations” he said.

“tudents in the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center’s 21st Century afterschool program at Easton Elementary

“tudents in the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center’s 21st Century afterschool program at Easton Elementary

And that assessment is backed up with numbers. “We’re focused on performance – improvements in reading and math test scores” said Matthew Peters, Director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center. “At the end of the first year of the program, an independent outside evaluator rated the program on a number of metrics and determined that the students who participated in the program fully showed gains in both reading and math test scores compared to children who did not. Scores of children whose parents also participate in English and parenting classes showed the most noticeable improvement.

The afterschool program is robust. 120 children in Easton Elementary get a safe, structured, enriched afterschool experience throughout the school year as well as a meal, and extra support from teachers. “The project is important to me because we can and do make a big difference, not just academically but internally, for the kids. They become more self-confident, more social, better able to work together” said Jan Johnston, the afterschool Program Coordinator. “We can go above and beyond what teachers do to enhance the curriculum – special things that kids wouldn’t expect – games, team building, hands-on activities that are group-oriented. We’re able to see who are the leaders and the followers, see students’ unique skills and interests and head off problems. We try to address the students’ broader needs – spiritual, psychological, physical needs as well as academic needs of the students.”

The gains are broad – from academic achievement gains, to social ones, parents and family community development and cultural gains – and deep. Parents have to pick the children up each day and as a result, are becoming comfortable in the school setting, developing relationships with school personnel and community volunteers. They are also required to make a commitment to their own education and join adult literacy classes, help their students with homework and participate in social and group enrichment activities including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Most parents coming from undeveloped countries value a good education, but are not aware of their key role in insuring academic success. Helping young families when their first children enter school to set clear expectations and actively supporting their children’s efforts paves the way for the success of younger siblings. “The program is intentional, deliberate and thoughtful” said Easton Elementary Family Liaison Emily Moody. “In the first year, parents became informed and comfortable here. Now they’re becoming advocates for their kids’ education.”

Reaching forward to the future, goals and plans are wide. One proposal is to start a math award, in which students can earn credits to take their entire famil; y on a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, or other places that many new families can’t access due to transportation needs. Jan Johnston imagines specially planned life-skills classes for 5th graders – how to safely use the microwave, make dinner, basic first aid, babysitting skills and safety in the home. And Matthew Peters and the rest of the staff and volunteers at the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center plan to continue to listen, be present and reach out to new families who move into our community and envision a larger Talbot County that embraces diversity. With their focus, the support of the state grant and the schools’ commitment, the partnership reveals a successful 21st Century Learning Center.

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Interfaith Shelter’s Foliage Tour and Race Returns October 18

Saturday, October 18th will showcase the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s signature cycling fundraising event, the Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour. The third annual event will open with a ‘show and go’ start from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The event features four separate rides, a 10 mile ride, a 32 mile fitness ride, a metric century (63 mile) and a full century (100 mile) ride. This year will also feature the new #lovewins 5K walk through the award-winning Hog Neck golf course. Proceeds benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS), a cold weather homeless shelter in Talbot County, MD.

Registration closes at midnight on October 16, 2014 and re-opens at 6:00 am on Saturday morning, October 18, 2014 at the Hog Neck Golf Course.

New this year is an app that riders can download onto their mobile devices that shows routes, rest stops and offers turn by turn directions. The app was created by Earth Data, Inc., the founding sponsor of the event.

The fall foliage ride takes cyclists through picturesque Talbot County, on quiet roads with gentle hills rising through lush farmland and forests with water views of the Choptank River. Starting and ending at the famed Hog Neck Golf Course, cyclists and walkers will be celebrated with an after-party complete with pizza, homemade pie, local brews and the sweet sounds of singer Jayme Ploff.

The event is a ride, not a race. Rest stops will be available for all courses with light food, refreshments and restrooms. The course is just minutes from Easton, offering cyclists and their families shopping, dining and lodging.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in Talbot County. Over 400 volunteers from local faith communities have worked together since 2008 to keep neighbors off the streets and in warm beds during the winter. Sponsors and cyclists participating in the event will directly help provide shelter to homeless men, women and children.

To register to ride or sponsor the event, visit the Shelter Century website (www.sheltercentury.org). For information about the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, see their website (www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org). For additional information or questions, call 443-205-2828 or email sheltercentury@gmail.com.

Meet Easton’s Gluten Free Bakery Girl

glutenfreebakerygirlTucked inside the very first stall of Easton Market Square on Washington Street you’ll find professional pastry chef, Tricia King. There, in a tidy little kitchen, she creates cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, specialty pastries and more, all with a special twist. They’re completely gluten-free.

“Gluten-free isn’t a fad, it is definitely here to stay” said King, owner of the business Gluten Free Bakery Girl. “My customers are people with celiac disease, but also people with gluten intolerance, or any type of inflammation – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Lyme disease, or many other autoimmune disorders. Even parents of children with autism say that a gluten free diet without sugar or dairy makes a difference.”

What is gluten? It’s simply a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. People with celiac disease can’t digest it and become very ill, and people with gluten intolerance feel achy, tired and sore after eating it. King’s experience was that she’d feel lethargic for days after eating gluten. And in our industrial food system, gluten can be found in the most unlikely places – in sour cream and yogurt, for instance, black olives, and anything labeled “modified food starch.”

Confused? You’re not alone. But it’s becoming easier to access gluten-free products and more information is widely known about the disorders. Tricia King offers consulting services to people who have recently been identified as gluten intolerant. As a personal chef for over ten years, she has the skills and experience to help people modify their kitchens and diets to keep themselves well. She can help anyone pick safe foods, read food labels to identify hidden dangers, and feel good about a gluten-free lifestyle.

Soon her operation will be certified as gluten-free by the FDA – a lengthy process in which all of her handmade flour mixes will be laboratory tested to ensure that there are less than 20 parts per million of gluten. This certification will allow customers to be sure that every single item made in King’s kitchen is completely safe for gluten intolerant eaters.  King also makes paleo items, as well as sugar-free baked goods using coconut palm sugar.

With an expanding wholesale business, Gluten Free Bakery Girl products can now be found in Annapolis and beyond. Locally, you’ll find Tricia King at Easton Market Square from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm W-F, and 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, her busiest day of the week. Call ahead 48 hours for special orders, from birthday cakes to breakfast pastries, cookie trays or specialties for holiday parties.

“If people have questions, they should come see me. I’m here for anybody with gluten intolerance” she said. For more information, call (801)792-3700, see her website here, or stop in and visit her at Easton Market Square at 137 N. Harrison St in Easton.

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Spy Eye: Concours d’Elegance a Winner

The 8th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance was held at the Hyatt in Cambridge today. Classic and antique cars, boats, and even an airplane engine drew crowds on the green. The event included a fashion show and fundraising dinner for the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Classic pre-war vehicles, antique wooden boats and 50s sports cars lined up beside the September bay grasses on the Choptank River on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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Local classic car fans will be glad to know that a new motor museum is in the works for St. Michaels. Bev Pratt and Cathy Stinchcomb of the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels shared plans for the new St. Michaels museum, which will feature classic vehicles and motorcycles. The museum will be on Marengo St. adjacent to the Old Mill, and will feature a restored Pinckett House, the historic home recently moved from Cherry St. For more information, email classicmotormuseum@gmail.com.

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Easton Spotlight: Students Prep for School at Multicultural Center

Anna, a first grader at Easton Elementary School, was the first student in line this year to pick up school supplies at the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center’s Back to School night on Monday in Easton. Carefully eyeing the $5 in monopoly money that she was given, she inspected the stack of supplies with a shopper’s eye.

Ten minutes later, she skipped away with a grocery bag filled with notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, highlighters, markers and tissues. Then, she was whisked off to a table to complete a seek-n-find in order to be eligible to choose from an attractive pile of toys.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 8.37.17 AMSneaking learning into fun is typical of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC.) The activities that engaged Anna included both financial literacy and reading skills. Through the simple act of choosing and purchasing instead of being handed school supplies, Anna was measuring her own capacity and needs versus wants. In finding words on a paper grid of letters, she was exercising her reading muscles again.

Some 100 children came to the Back to School event at the ChesMRC on Monday, almost all of the 120 enrolled in the Center’s afterschool program. And school supplies weren’t the only things offered. Representatives were on hand from the local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Talbot Community Center’s Ice skating programs, the YMCA and Chesapeake College’s English as a Second Language classes for parents. By the end of the evening, students had new friends in the wings, new hobbies to try, fresh opportunities to test aptitude and skill, along with plenty of cool stuff to take to the first day of school.

School supplies for Back to School Night were funded through a new grant from the United Fund of Talbot County. The United Fund of Talbot County is one of the first organizations to support the afterschool program.

Founded two short years ago, the ChesMRC has quickly emerged as the go-to organization to support the region’s immigrant families. From as far away as China and Pakistan and as near as Mexico, families new to Talbot County can rely on the ChesMRC to help them thrive in our community.

A primary focus of the Center is education. ChesMRC opened its doors as an afterschool program on Aurora St. in Easton in 2012. As the only program in town to serve this population, its success quickly attracted attention. The group was awarded a five year 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maryland State Department of Education in 2013.

The afterschool program now takes place at Easton Elementary and is open to any child coming from a low-income and minority household. Each day, students receive one hour of formal academic instruction in reading or math, delivered by a certified TCPS teacher. This is followed by a 2nd hour of programming that alternates between arts, science, technology nutrition and exercise. The programming is linked to classroom topics and is taught by trained Instructors and community volunteers.

For more information about the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, see their website at www.chesmrc.org. For more information about the United Fund of Talbot County, click on www.unitedfund.org

 

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Spy Eye: Saying Thanks to Eastern Shore Watermen

For the 5th year in a row, the Talbot Watermen’s Association and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum demonstrated a fine collaboration as the two hosted some 2000+ visitors for a watermen’s rodeo boat docking contest, music, arts, games and an annual crab feast in St. Michaels today. Celebrities from the Deadliest Catch, political candidates for MD offices and a collection of exotic animals combined in that Shore old maritime way with boat rides, white boots, roaring diesel engines, Bird Dog Wheeler/the Road Kings and plenty of JO and Old Bay for an authentic and memorable Eastern Shore afternoon.

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