“Fall Into St. Michaels” During Two October Weekends

The change of the season brings excitement and vibrant color to the Town of St. Michaels, as residents and businesses celebrate their annual harvest festival “Fall into St. Michaels” October 17th-18th and October 24th \-25th

The Fall into St. Michaels festivities begin with the town-wide scarecrow contest starting on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Participating area businesses are competing in the First Annual St. Michaels Scarecrow Contest, where each sponsoring business will have the chance to win first place in one of the following three categories: Traditional, Whimsical or Humorous and will seek the coveted People’s Choice award. Walk along the streets of St. Michaels, where you’ll find the scarecrows displayed in front of participating businesses and hung along the telephone poles on Talbot Street. Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice award online from October 17th thru October 25th. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on Monday, October 26th and can be seen on the Visit St. Michaels Facebook page and www.stmichaelsmd.org.

The following weekend, the Fall into St. Michaels festivities go into full swing, Saturday, October 24th with the start of the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest held at the St. Michaels Community Center early Saturday morning. Participating businesses sponsor the pumpkins, which are carved by experienced and novice carvers alike, each striving for the top spot in one of the four pumpkin categories. The pumpkins are judged from 1:00pm – 1:30pm and then will remain on display until 7:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am thru 2:00pm on Sunday.

The Bay Hundred’s Annual Pumpkin Pie Competition will be held during the Pumpkin Carving Contest at the St. Michaels Community Center. The Pumpkin Pie Competition is open to professionals, home bakers and children. Each group will be judged on traditional or creative creations. Cash prizes will be awarded to top three winners in each category, and of course, bragging rights and a plaque go to the winners. Each contestant must submit 2 – 3 pies of the same recipe. The St. Michaels Community Center will be selling pieces and whole pies of those entered. Judging will begin at 10:00 am on October 24th and sales will begin at 11:00am. Proceeds of the bake sale will benefit the programs and activities of the St. Michaels Community Center. Please contact Trish at the SMCC 410-745-6073 for more information or to register as an entrant. The St. Michaels Community Center is located on the corner of Railroad Street and Fremont Street.

The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will offer one of their signature walking tours, “Frederick Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36”, at 10:00am on Saturday, October 24th . The 90-minute tour gives a more detailed view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and notably one of the most important African American Abolitionist in the Civil War Era. The walking tour is $10 per person and also includes admission to the museum. Please visit the museum’s website for more information and to reserve your space: www.stmichaelsmuseum.org

Children’s activities will be hosted by St. Michaels Events and held at St. Luke’s Church on Talbot Street on Saturday October 24th, details can be found on their website. www.stmichaelsevents.com

Lastly, as a way to give back during the harvest months, the St Michaels Business Association is combining their “Fall into St. Michaels” festivities with their First Annual Food Drive for the St. Michaels Food Pantry. The St. Michaels Food Pantry, which is housed in Christ Church, is supported through individual food and financial contributions as well as donations from area businesses and organizations. It serves Talbot County residents requiring food assistance. A satellite program on Tilghman Island operates out of the Tilghman United Methodist Church.

The St. Michaels Food Pantry also provides complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to those in need. “Many members of our community struggle with providing healthy, nutritious food for their families. We hope our first annual food drive is the first of many to come that will help fill the shelves of the St. Michaels Food Pantry and help Talbot County residents in need.” said Kim Hannon, Secretary of the St. Michaels Business Association.

While the St. Michaels Food Pantry appreciates every single food donation, they strive to offer a variety of food items that help balance nutritional intake, especially important to children, seniors, those with health challenges and those with culturally diverse diets. Drop off your donation items at the St. Michaels Community Center on Railroad Ave. during the hours of the Pumpkin Carving & Pie Baking contest on Saturday, October 24th 10:00 am until 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 25th 10am until 2:00 pm.

The fun winds down on Sunday, October 25th, with the Annual Jack Russell Races which start at 11:00am and take place on the lawn in front of the Inn at Perry Cabin.

Visit St. Michaels www.stmichaelsmd.org or call 410.745.0411.

“Fall Into St. Michaels” To Be Held Oct. 18, 19

Bring the family for a fun filled weekend in St. Michaels, a quaint and historic waterfront town on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Enjoy the beauty of the foliage color change of the season, which brings excitement and vibrant color to the town, as residents and businesses celebrate the annual Fall into St. Michaels events. The cool breezes, beautiful sunsets and autumn color are wonderful reasons to visit St. Michaels this time of year.

The annual Fall into St. Michaels weekend, held Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th, is packed with kids activities, pumpkin carving and pie baking contests, where St. Michaels restaurants chefs go head to head against amateur bakers to compete for first place and bragging rights.

St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square starts off the Fall into St. Michaels weekend on Saturday at 10:00 am with their new walking tour, “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings”, which will begin at the Museum. The tour begins with a diorama, which highlights the British attacks on St. Michaels on August 10 & 24, 1813, and describes the impact of these battles on the St. Michaels community.  After learning a bit about St. Michaels history, a leisurely walk though St. Mary’s Square to Muskrat Park and then on to Navy Point completes the narrated walking tour.

The annual pumpkin carving contest brings professional and amateur carvers together, all striving for first place honors. The pumpkin carving, which turned into the Fall into St. Michaels annual event, was the idea of Diana Mautz, of Carpenter Street Saloon. Diana wanted to do something to bring people to St. Michaels during the autumn months, and started by reaching out to other businesses in the community, and together, they had their first contest. Today, Diana’s son Johnny, along with Sharon Poore, co-chair and organize the Fall into St. Michaels events. Today, twenty-four pumpkins, each being sponsored by a member of the St. Michaels Business Association, are carved. The pumpkin carving contest is held at the St. Michaels Community Center, and viewing starts Saturday from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm, with judging taking place at 1:00 pm. Sunday the pumpkins can also be viewed from 10:00 am until 2:00pm, when they are whisked away to each sponsors place of business to display proudly.

The Bay Hundred’s Annual Pumpkin Pie Competition at the St. Michaels Community Center is open to professionals, home bakers and children. Cash prizes will be awarded to top three winners in each category and, of course, bragging rights and a plaque come with the wins.  Judging will begin at 10:00 am and sales will begin at 11:00 am. Please contact Trish at 410-745-6073 or Val Kenn Gray at 410-745-6073 for more information or to register as an entrant. Proceeds will benefit the programs and activities of the St. Michaels Community Center.

This year the Fall into St. Michaels kids activities & costume contest will be sponsored by Talbot Bank and hosted by Union United Methodist Church. Volunteers from the church will be on hand to help with pumpkin and cupcake decorating, face painting and other activities from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.
The 19th Annual Jack Russell races will be held Sunday, October 19th starting at 11:00 am. The races are held on the grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, where Jack Russell Terriers showing off their athletic and social natures in a series of races.

For more information on Fall into St. Michaels and other upcoming events, please visit www.stmichaelsmd.org.

Save the Date: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in St. Michaels, March 14-15

St. Michaels Business Association in partnership with St. Michaels Community Center and St. Michaels Events are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Celebrate the Spirit of the Irish.

Join us to kick off the weekend with the Maritime Tradition of the Burning of the Socks. The luck of the Leprechaun will fill the air with the discounts throughout the town.

Restaurants will host the “Flavor of the Irish”, including menu items with Irish traditions and names. The following establishments will take part: Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, BlackThorn Pub, Carpenter Street Saloon, Marcoritaville, Gina’s, Theo’s, Town Dock, and The Tilghman Island Inn
Friday: The Maritime tradition of the “Burning of the Socks” kicks off the weekend sponsored by St. Michaels Events. This will be held from 5:45PM to 7:00PM at Aida’s Victoriana Inn.

Saturday: Events include a Scavenger Hunt, family fun activities and games for all sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. The Town Leprechaun will be strolling around town giving discounts to businesses. There will also be a Best Irish costume contest.

At 5:45PM, the sounds of the bagpipes will lead the procession in honor of Mr. Finnegan leading to the Irish Wake. We invite everyone to join in line up at 5:30PM in St. Mary’s Square.

St. Michaels businesses and residents have again caught the Leprechaun and the Spirit of the Irish will fill the streets – don’t miss out! Come and celebrate the Spring!