Oxford’s Scottish Highland Creamery to Change Ownership

Pictured from left are Victor and Susan Barlow, G.L. Fronk, Gordon Fronk and Michael Fronk.

After twelve years of owning and operating The Scottish Highland Creamery, Susan and Victor Barlow are pleased to share that the business will be passed on and sold to the Fronk Family at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The Barlows and the Fronks are fully committed to working together to ensure a smooth transition over the summer and beyond so customers will continue to enjoy the same delicious ice cream they have come to expect for years to come.

“It’s been a wonderful twelve years building this business, serving our community and being welcomed into the traditions and celebrations of our customers,” said the Barlows. “However, after 35 years of making ice cream, Victor has decided to ‘pass the scoop on’ as it was to him. We cannot put into words how much we appreciate the Town of Oxford for embracing us from the start and giving us the opportunity to do what we love. The familiar faces you have come to know at the window will not change, as our entire staff will be staying with the business.”

“The Scottish Highland Creamery will be our family business,” said GL and Michael Fronk, who will be running the day-to-day operations. “Customers can rest assured that we share the Barlows’ commitment to family, hard work and the Town of Oxford. We are honored that Victor has chosen us to carry on his recipes and techniques so that his ice cream will continue to be enjoyed by current and future generations. We are excited to lead the business into its next chapter.”

The Fronks are familiar faces around The Scottish Highland Creamery and have deep roots in Oxford and Talbot County. Gordon and Sally Fronk have been pillars of our community for many years. Their sons, GL and Michael, who will be managing the day-to-day operations of the business, both have a strong background in the Food & Beverage industry. GL and his wife, Laura, a teacher at Saints Peter and Paul, live in Trappe with their two children. Michael is currently in the process of moving back to Talbot County with his wife, Allison, a flight attendant, and two daughters.

“While bittersweet, we are excited about our future and that of The Scottish Highland Creamery,” said the Barlows. “Now that we have secured the legacy of the business we’ve built, we are looking forward to spending time with family and figuring out what’s next. The fond memories from the years of establishing and growing our business and the thousands of people we’ve met and served along the way will remain with us always. We hope our patrons will continue to show The Scottish Highland Creamery and the Fronks the same loyalty and love you have bestowed on us for the past twelve years.”

Spy Moment: Talbot County Toasts Four Companies and One Special Saloon Owner

It was a pretty special morning over at the Milestone Event Center near the Easton Airport today. The Talbot County Economic Development Commission handed out their Community Impact Awards to some of the region’s most entrepreneurial and dynamic corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals. All part of the annual Commission’s Business Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the County’s Economic Development and Tourism office.

While program was highlighted by a keynote address of Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, as well as brief remarks from Clay Railey, Chesapeake College’s vice president for workforce and academic programs, the real spotlight was placed on four companies and one individual who have made a making significant impact in Talbot County over the last year.

The Easton-based companies Caloris Engineering, Inquiries, Inc. and The Whalen Company, as well as the nonprofit, For All Seasons, focused on outpatient mental health services, all took a bow for their contributions to the region’s growth, but the largest round of applause was reserved for Diana Mautz, the community’s beloved sailing champion, philanthropist, and owner of the Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels.

The Spy was there with our iPhone camera in hand to capture some of the highlights.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Office please go here



Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Enjoys Spring and School

Spring and pollen are in the air!! Enjoy this Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection photo of an Easton Elementary School flower show! Do you recognize any of these adults or students? Tom Hill believes the gentleman to the back right is Mr. Wood, the principal of the Idlewild Elementary School circa 1950!!

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Talbot Historical Socierty Project Rewind: Moves Off the Tracks

Project Rewind- Talbot County: Oh My!! This photo is of the wreck of the “Baltimore Flyer” at St. Michaels, Md. that occurred August 13, 1918! Wonder how they cleaned that mess up back in the day?? Photo from the H. Robins Hollyday Collection at the Talbot Historical Society.

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The Shore Icons Mural with Bob Porter

For those who know Le Hatchery’s owner Bob Porter, it is no secret that he has been looking at a multitude of ways to beautify the area that surrounds his gallery on Kemp Lane in Easton.  In fact, some would call it a quest of sorts for the Easton-born art dealer and sign maker. While this part of town would not be called ‘blighted’ by any sense of the word, Bob always has had the goal of “sprucing it up” since he moved his gallery from St. Michaels to Easton a few years ago.

What may be new for some though is the fact that Bob has finally settled on a plan of action and the results, if funding can be found, would place the Shore Icons Mural project in the Guinness Book of World Records.

That’s right, the Icons project, as envisioned by Cambridge mural artist Michael Rosato, would be the largest hand-painted mural on the planet with the area service of 13,500 square feet in size.

That kind of goal setting is fun for Bob, but the real pleasure of the project was  not only identifying 50 Maryland iconic scenes that could not only be reproduced on this large outside canvas, but developing a lasting tool to engage Talbot County schoolchildren in  unique history and culture of the Eastern Shore.

The Spy caught up with Bob at the Bullitt House a few weeks ago to get an update.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the project contact Bob at bob@sharpergraphics.com

A Talbot Mentors Match—the 100th!

TM Tina De’Angelis and Heidy Lopez-Cruz

2017 is an important year for Talbot Mentors. It is our 20th anniversary. Hundreds of Talbot County children have been matched with mentors in our 20 year history. Today is a special day. Today marks the most mentor/mentee pairs the organization has supported at one time – 100!

The meeting that will formalize a brand-new mentor/mentee match begins with an icebreaker—a way to get the group involved in something other than the sweet nervousness that comes with making new friends. At its core, the relationship between a mentor and a mentee is all about the trust, guidance, and care that characterize deep friendship.

Jazmine and Javana (Talbot Mentors staffers) get up from the table. Following suit are Tina (the new mentor), Heidy (the new second-grade mentee) and her mom and younger brother, and Jeremy (a seasoned mentor who has joined the group as translator). Heidy’s mom, Keilin, is from Central America and is just starting to learn English.

“Let’s play,” says Jazmine. “This is a little game about things that make you happy,” she continues before launching into a series of questions. There are no winners or losers. It is a chance to start to get to know one another.

“Which do you like better, dogs or cats?” Jazmine asks. The dog people are invited to stand on the left side of the room; the cat people, on the right. It’s dogs, unanimously. “Beaches or amusement parks?”  Only Javana opts for beaches. “Pizza or burgers”? All votes go for pizza—no, wait a second, Jeremy has walked to the burger side of the room. Heidy giggles. Before long, the ice is broken and everyone sits back down, still discussing likes. “Dancing” for Tina and Keilin; “playing Legos more than watching TV” for Heidy.

The laughter grows warmer.

“Now can I talk to Heidy?” Tina asks. Her cut-to-the-chase exuberance can be construed as a harbinger of things to come. Heidy will surely benefit from the “let’s get the ball rolling” spirit of a woman who clearly loves children and can’t wait to get started.  But she’s going to have to be patient for 15 minutes more.

“Today is April 3, 2017, says Javana. “It’s an important date—for you and, in a very exciting way, for Talbot Mentors,” she says, making eye contact with everyone seated at the table. “This will be your anniversary date.” Tina and Heidy look at each other.  Javana goes on to explain that mentor, mentee, and mentee’s mom will get together and celebrate in exactly one year. They will take stock on how things have gone for Tina and Heidy; what have they most enjoyed doing? In fact, mentors and mentees usually agree that “just being together” is what matters most. What are their thoughts re year two?

The importance of April 3, 2017, for the organization? “This is the 100th Talbot Mentors match,” Javana offers with a smile that could light darkness. History in the making! Murmurs around the room. This milestone match brings together a woman who grew up in the slums of Sao Paulo, came to the U.S. when she was 14, and went on to be a successful Eastern Shore real estate broker with a reserved seven-year-old child whose eyes flash brightness and whose conversation shuttles easily between Spanish and English. Tina is fluent in Spanish, which will go a long way to keeping Heidy’s mom in the loop.

Exchanged between Tina and Keilin are 3×5 cards with contact information. Logistical glue.

Next comes the match agreement—a one-pager that spells out expectations and commitments. Jazmine reads, “The mentoring relationship is a partnership between the mentee, mentor, mentee’s parent/caregiver, and Talbot Mentors, in a commitment to meet for 1-2 hours a week for a year. We ask that all members commit to working through challenges and agree to responsibilities outlined below.” Jeremy translates.

Communication—among all parties—tops the contract list. Making dates. Keeping dates. Sharing information on Talbot Mentors special events. Reporting pressing challenges. The document and a pen are passed around. Signers are Javana, Heidy, Tina, and Keilin. It is a declaration of interdependence that sets the stage for success.

Everyone’s schedule is tight, but the group quickly lands on a regular Sunday afternoon meeting time for Tina and Heidy. “School’s out June 9,” says Tina. “I hope we can meet more than once a month during the summer.”

Nods of agreement. Applause all around. A journey has begun. Tina and Keilin hug. And then the proud new mentor walks over to Heidy, who, in no time flat, is on Tina’s lap.

Smiles are wide. Horizons too. What a match!

There are many more children in Talbot County that need mentors. We are in immediate need of twenty new mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or know of somebody who would make a great mentor contact Natalie Costanzo today on natalie@talbotmentors.org or 410 770 5999.

Street Banners by St. Michaels Art League

Despite the challenges of April weather patterns, lineman, Kevin Hauf, hangs artist Joan Cranner’s banner on Talbot Street in St. Michaels.

When the banners fly on Talbot Street, the St. Michaels community re-enters the full swing of summer recreation that brings thousands of tourists to this charming harbor town. From one end of Talbot Street to the other, colorful banners delight visitors with depictions of iconic boating scenes, crabs, local wildlife, and all the summer fun for which St. Michaels is so well known.

This annual event, now in its eighth year, is made possible through the support of many individuals, businesses, and organizations. The artists are members of the St. Michaels Art League. Their original images were on display during the month of April at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Public Library on Fremont Street. The Library has long been a collaborator with the League in sponsoring gallery shows.

Each spring, Curtis Short and his crew expertly hang the colorful banners on Talbot Street utility poles. The Cooperative has been an enthusiastic partner from the inception of the banner program.

The Talbot County Arts Council assists with partial funding for the League’s community oriented events, including the banners, the league’s children’s Art Day, and “Art Hunt” that inspires visitors to tour the sponsoring shops that line the streets.

While the Art League’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of art and members’ artistic professionalism, the city continues to benefit from the economic promotion that a lively arts scene engenders.

Christmas in St. Michaels Presents Checks to 2016 Beneficiaries

Photo: Attending the presentation were (front row, L-R) Linda Seemans (board), Barbara Rose (board), Leslie Steen (St. Michaels High School After-Prom), Harley Gates (St. Michaels Community Center), Jo Storey (Pickering Creek Audubon Center), Marianne Challoner (Bay Hundred Community Volunteers), Donna Cole (St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square), Karen Burger (board), Marlene Thomas (Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers – St. Michaels Site) and Tracy Cohee (St. Michaels Family YMCA Summer Learning); (2nd row) Doug Reedy (Character Counts Mid-Shore), Linda King (Tilghman Waterman’s Museum), Mary Kellogg (Tilghman Waterman’s Museum), Lori Ramsey (Shared Table), Lynn Partridge (St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square), Mary Lou McAllister (board), and Debbie Collison (Drew Landis Memorial Fireworks Fund, Inc.); (3rd row) Jessica Kastel (St. Michaels Fire Department), Nancy Young (board), Jay Shotel (Tilghman Area Youth Association), Judy Krhounek (board), Kelley Cox (Phillips Wharf Environmental Center), and Ted Cutler (St. Michaels Little League); (4th row) Maggie Gowe (Care Packs of Talbot County), Josh Poore (Stop Bullying Talbot LLC), Liz LaCorte (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Rising Tide Program), Bev Pratt (board) and Joan Schneider (board). Grant recipient Back Pack Project at Christ Church, St. Michaels was not represented at the reception. Photo by Proctor Photography

At a recent reception hosted by the Christmas in St. Michaels board, Linda Seemans, treasurer, presented checks to representatives of the organizations selected to receive the proceeds from the 2016 CISM fund-raising event in December. Ms. Seemans announced that Christmas in St. Michaels distributed more than $76,000 in grant money to the 2016 beneficiary organizations.

This year’s Christmas in St. Michaels event will take place December 8, 9 and 10. The event raises funds for non-profit organizations that provide support services to the St. Michaels community. Eligible organizations submit applications for funding that are reviewed by the Christmas in St. Michaels board. Since its founding in 1987, Christmas in St. Michaels has donated more than $1 million to local non-profits.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Safe at Home Plate

It’s that baseball time of year again! This Laird Wise photo was taken at the Easton Ball Park sometime in the late 1950’s early 1960’s. Notice the signs around the Easton Ball Park on Federal St., E. S. Adkins & Co., Reads, Royal Crown Cola and what looks like People’s Ice Co.. Any memories of these businesses? Do you remember this ballpark? Do you know what is in this space now?

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Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation

Jeffrey Parker, MSO Vice President; Buck Duncan, MSCF President; Valerie Mazur, MSO Easton Area Vice President and Julien Benichou, MSO Music Director

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund, a designated endowment fund at the Foundation.

The Fund will be administered as an endowment to support and ensure the long-term growth of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  Distributions from the Fund will help support music enrichment programs for youth and other needs of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  Charitable contributions to the Fund are encouraged and may be directed to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in support of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Fund.

Established in 1997 and now celebrating its 20th year, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the Mid-Atlantic Region through the performance and educational outreach of classical music.

Under the artistic direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra performs an annual season of concerts throughout the Delmarva area, as well as, two holiday events – The Holiday Joy Concert at the Avalon Theatre and the New Year’s Eve Concert at the Christ Church in Easton.  Performances include a vast repertoire of classical and modern compositions and feature world-class guest soloists, making the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra an integral part of the cultural life in communities where it performs.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to perform on April 27, 29 and 30, in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines.  Additional information regarding the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and its performance schedule is available on its website, www.MidAtlanticSymphony.org.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves both donors and nonprofits in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the quality of life on the Mid-Shore.  For additional  information, visit www.Mscf.org.