Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Heading off to the YMCA

Project Rewind-Talbot County: This Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday photo of the YMCA in Easton, Maryland appears to have been taken shortly after it was built in 1968! The YMCA of the Chesapeake now has a total of 27,000 members in 8 locations on the Eastern Shore and has 610 community members who volunteered over 15,000 hours this past year! The YMCA of the Chesapeake also provided $1,266,000 in scholarship membership aid! Facts: YMCA of the Chesapeake’s 2016 Annual Report.

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“The Shades of Blue” at Big Band Night July 1 in St. Michaels

In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its Saturday, July 1 Big Band Night. The St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch after dusk that evening, with CBMM’s waterfront campus a great venue from which guests can enjoy the fireworks. The rain date for the concert and fireworks is Sunday, July 2.

Copyright Credit: Jack Upchurch

Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. The orchestra first played at CBMM’s 2014 Big Band Night, with numerous requests from patrons for return engagements.

The orchestra is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., with the public invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River.

Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.

Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the Miles River. Established in 1976, this 18-piece Big Band consists of a well-balanced complement of brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments, as well as two of the finest Big Band vocalists anywhere.

The Orchestra’s repertoire of music includes swing, rock, standard and popular ballads, Latin, retro, waltzes, and other selections. The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Music samples and more information can be found at shades-of-blue.com.

CBMM’s exhibitions and campus will close at 5:00 p.m. for Big Band Night, and re-open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to enter the campus for the event. Admission to Big Band Night is $6 for CBMM members and $10 for non-members, with children ages 5 and under free. After 8:45 p.m., admission will be reduced to $2 for those watching the fireworks only. Advanced tickets and more information are at cbmm.org/bigband.

Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs.

For safety reasons, only service dogs are allowed on CBMM’s campus during Big Band Night, and other festivals. Leashed dogs are permitted during regular operating hours. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

10 Year Anniversary of St. Michaels YMCA

The St. Michaels Family YMCA celebrated their 10th Anniversary on May 12, 2017. Members, staff and guests gathered in the Y to visit with one another, share stories and look toward the future of the new Y facility in St. Michaels.

Anniversaries are important. Whether it is a marriage or time spent in a career; commitment is what holds an anniversary together. The St. Michael’s Family Y has made a commitment to the Bay Hundred area to take care of the people who live there, to be there for the community and enhance their lives. This is a joint effort of staff, partners and members.

Front row: JoAnn McQuay, Susan Irwin, Suellen Gargalli, Tracy Cohee, Senator Addie Eckardt, Thomas Stanford, Shirley Cockey; Back row: Roy Myers, Gloria Paul, Kim Kerrigan, Michael Bibb, Sherri Atkinson, Judy Warner, Delegate Johnny Mautz

Jacque Smith, long time member, sees the growth as exciting. She is looking forward to more space for classes, workout equipment, activities and more diversity. The present facility is smaller and fosters a sense of community. If a member needs assistance with the equipment, there is always someone eager to help. The new facility will be more spacious but will not lose that small community feeling.

At the helm of the St. Michaels Y is Tracy Cohee, the Executive Director. She has been with the YCMA for twenty years, and has been with the St. Michaels Y since day one. She maintains close relationships with the members and staff. It is just like a family. Tracy and the staff have managed to keep this Y in the top 1% of Ys in the nation for customer service. Her commitment is unwavering and the staff and members know they can be a part of the great work going on there.

Sherri Atkinson, lead welcome center staff at the Y, is excited about the growth the Y is experiencing and the new St. Michaels Y. One of her favorite things is seeing the youth come after school. “At first unsure of themselves and their surroundings, they see where they fit in and soon the Y becomes a home away from home. It is all about community”. She sees the advantages the new facility will bring for youth. “They will be able to come right over to the Y after school without having to walk along the road, and have a safe and fun place to be with their friends”. As Brandon Young, a member almost his whole life, says “We need a basketball court, where we can play ball and hang out with our friends. And Ms. Tracy, she is the best”.

Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz

Robbie Gill, CEO of the YMCA of the Chesapeake, spoke about what the Y means to the residents in St. Michaels. “They Y is a community connection where everyone comes together”. Similar comments were spoken by Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz. They see the Y as a place where everyone can go, regardless of their economic status or age. Seniors, families and youth can come in to get fit and have a place where they belong. Mr. Mautz remembers coming to the Easton Y as a youth and wants the youth in St. Michaels to have the same opportunities he had.

The new facility will bring a new partner. Talbot County and Upper Shore Aging have entered into a shared-use agreement that will result in the St. Michael Senior Center moving into the facility and having a shared space. This will enable the Y and Upper Shore Aging to double the impact on the community while saving on resources. The new facility will be brimming with seniors, youth, families, and adults who want a quality facility to build relationships in, get healthy and interact in a multitude of activities. Sound interesting, right? You can be a part of it.

So far the St. Michaels Y has raised $2.3 million with a campaign goal of $5 million. With grant requests from local foundations and partnerships, the amount raised is expected to be $4.5 million. The support of the community is needed to reach the campaign goal. Gifts are accepted and appreciated as well as 5 year pledges. This is an opportunity to be an active participant in the beginning of the new St. Michaels Family Y. This is your Y, your community. The facility is on track for site work to begin this summer. The construction site will be cleared, with one tennis court being relocated and the other resurfaced. Groundbreaking for the new facility will be in August.

The spirit that runs through the St. Michael’s Y has been, and always will be community. Whatever your reason for coming, there is something for you at the Y. And it is about to get even better.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Gets to the Church in Time

Maybe you can help us identify the date or children in this Talbot Historical Society collections photo of the Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church junior choir? The only person named in the database is Mrs. Dudrow top row far right. The source of the photo is given as Anne Rieken. Are you ,or a relative of your’s, in this photo??

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Spy Moment: A Classic Locomobile Arrives on North Street

One of the incredible joys of living in Easton is to walk by the North Street Garage, one of a handful of rare automobile restoration companies on the East Coast, just a few hundred yards from downtown. It seems like every week some remarkable artifact of the car’s Golden Era sits temporarily outside the Garage’s workshop for the public to admire from a distance. This has included beautifully maintained historic Jags, MGs and most recently a classic Essex Coach from the 1920s.

But even by North Street’s standards, yesterday was a landmark moment when a 1916 Locomobile was delivered to the shop for restoration. With District of Columbia license tags dating from 1930, this one-hundred-year-old rare specimen of the early driving days of the country arrived with the engine working and original tires in place.

The Spy took a moment to record this grand old lady before its rehabilitation.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about the history of the Locomobile please go here

Good Shots: 4H Teens Head off to National Championships

Two Eastern Shore teens are going to the National 4H Shooting Championships in June, thanks in part to members of the Talbot Rod and Gun Club. On May 10, the Club presented a check for $2500 to Megan Watts and Brock Harris, who won places on the Maryland 4-H shotgun team. They will join P J Hinch from Frederick County and Gavin LaSalla from Cecil County to form the Maryland 4-H shotgun team and fly together to Grand Island, Nebraska at the end of June. The Talbot Rod and Gun Club’s contribution will cover part of their travel expenses.

Club President Joe Cappozoli explained the Club’s support, saying “It is really important that we encourage and support youth in shooting sports. Megan and Brock have been shooting at our club since they were little kids. Young shooters like Megan and Brock represent not only the future of our sport but will also help propagate the longevity of this club.”

Megan and Brock are true natives of the Eastern Shore, being descended from early settlers.

Megan lives in St Michaels and is the 9th generation of her family to live on the Eastern Shore, descended from John Watts to came to Oxford as an indentured servant. She graduated from Saint Michaels High School last year and is attending Chesapeake College intending to study in their Allied Health program. Megan’s mother, Roxane Watts, said that Megan started shooting at age 8, and that she encouraged Megan to shoot with the 4-H because knew that the 4-H’s intensive safety training would keep her from getting hurt. According to Don Proctor, a Talbot Rod and Gun Club member who has helped Megan with her shooting, “Megan is totally committed to the shooting sports, and her dedication paid off when she was the only female invited to compete for a place on the state team.”

Brock lives with his parents on Harris Farms in Caroline County, which has been in their family since 1832. He attributes his interest in shooting to being an avid hunter. Brock is a senior at Colonel Richardson High School in Caroline County and intends to join the Army Medical Corps to train as a combat medic after he graduates. Club member Scott Patrick said that “Brock shows that on the Eastern Shore it is still possible to grow up learning the skills that made American citizen-soldiers the best riflemen in the world.”

The four members of the Maryland team were chosen based on their scores in shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays, on interviews with a panel from the University of Maryland, and on a written resume that they submitted after being chosen as finalists for the team. To be eligible, they had to shoot a cumulative percentage of 82% or better in the three disciplines of trap, skeet and sporting clays. They will compete individually and as a team in the national championships, where they will shoot 100 targets each day against teams from 25 other states. Jack Kemp, the 4-H team coach, says that the qualifiers for the team have been shooting all over the state for practice since October, so that they will be ready for the unfamiliar surroundings of Nebraska. From now on, he will keep them all practicing three times a week getting ready for the event.


Frederick Douglass Honor Society May 21 Event

A fundraiser to support the Frederick Douglass Honor Society Scholarship Fund and Frederick Douglass Day will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 2-5 p.m. at the Wye House, formerly the home of a young, enslaved Frederick Douglass. The Society is dedicated to developing programs that continue the Frederick Douglass legacy of human rights, personal growth, and involvement of citizens in their communities. Douglass, an American hero, abolitionist, orator, author, statesman, and reformer was a firm believer in equality for all people.

The event “From Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama, Why the Struggle Continues,” includes a round-table discussion focusing on the vision and ideals of Frederick Douglass and their relevance today. World-class Frederick Douglass scholars participating are David Blight, Yale University professor and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Hari Jones, assistant director and curator, African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, Clara Small, emeritus professor, Salisbury University, expert on African Americans living on the Delmarva peninsula  and John Stauffer, professor of English, African and African-American Studies, History of American Civilization at Harvard University.

“Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his vision and willingness to fight for his ideals through reason, consensus-building and peaceful advocacy are vital messages for all of us, especially our youth, and couldn’t be more relevant right now” said Eric Lowery, President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society annual scholarship program provides financial assistance to two high school graduates, selected for their leadership skills, who want to attend college. The purpose of this event is to increase the size of the scholarship fund to include more student-leaders, offer a higher level of financial assistanceto students and expand and enhance mentorship efforts to support these student leaders throughout their college experience.

Every year the Society celebrates Frederick Douglass Day as a way to honor this American hero and his great legacy by sharing his story here in Talbot County, the county of his birthplace. Free and open to the public, this inspirational event is an important vehicle to reach our community and visitors through education and entertainment.

Program hosts for the fundraiser are the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tilghman. Program committee members include Ms. Amy Haines, Rabbi Peter Hyman, Mr. Richard Marks,Dr. Lois McCoy, Mr. Bruce Ragsdale, Mr. Richard Scobey and Dr. Willie Wood. Tickets are $100 per person and available online @ https//mscf.givezooks.com/events/Frederick-Douglasss-honor-society.

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Frederick Douglass Honor Society visit http://www.frederickDouglassshonorsociety.org/ or Facebook page at Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

The Way We Were (in St. Michaels) Presentation set for May 19

THE WAY WE WERE is a slide presentation of photos of St Michaels and the surrounding areas dating back to the 1880 and stretching into the 1970s. and some of the stories that go along with them as told by local native, Pam O’Brien. On Friday, May 19th from 5 to 8 pm THE WAY WE WERE will be presented at Christ Church Parish Hall in St. Michaels, following a wine and cheese event. Sparkling water and fresh fruit will also be served.

St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area have long been favorite place for tourists and retirees looking to enjoy the laid back atmosphere of a quaint village. While they may understand the historical significance of the area few newcomers know much about the area before it was ‘discovered’ by those who came to visit and decided to call it home.

THE WAY WE WERE is a benefit for Partners In Care, a neighbor helping neighbor group of volunteers who help adults 50 and over with a wide variety of issues from transportation needs to minor home repairs and advocacy. Partners In Care is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in the state of Maryland and the event specifically benefits Partners In Care Upper Shore which is based at Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center in Easton. The cost of $50 per person, with ALL of the proceeds going to Partners In Care Upper Shore and those wishing to receive a receipt for their tax deductible donation need only give their name and mailing address.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Casts off from Claiborne

Enjoy this newly scanned photo of the ferry’s departure from Claiborne! The first Claiborne to Annapolis ferry boat run was June 19, 1919 on the 1901 side wheeler ferry Gov. Emerson C. Harrington! This 1938 Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo is of the Gov. Emerson C. Harrington II which made the last Claiborne to Romancoke run on December 31, 1952. The first Gov. Emerson C. Harrington ferry left Service in 1938 and became a floating restaurant in Pocomoke City, Md and the 1913 steam and coal fired boiler run Gov. Emerson C. Harrington II took it’s place. Facts: Wikipedia “Claiborne -Annapolis Ferry Company”

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Make a May Basket Workshop

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes.  Use those flowers to make a beautiful May basket.  Learn more about May baskets at the May 11 meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society from member Mary Jo.

She will discuss the history of such baskets and give a demonstration and workshop on decorating of your own basket.  If you are interested in making your own, bring a basket or container filled with wet floral foam.  (If your container doesn’t have a liner, lay a piece of plastic on the bottom and wrap your foam in Saran wrap or something that you can poke holes into.)  Any other means that you usually use to anchor flowers is fine, too.  Bring flowers, herbs, plants — whatever you would like to decorate with and whatever is available in your yard and garden or at your favorite floral shop.  Remember to bring enough to fill the container that you are using.  A pair of plant shears will be helpful.  She will bring extra boxwood if anyone needs filler.

Kubeluis moved to the Eastern Shore in 1999 along with 100 of her favorite plants and herbs from her Bowie garden.  An amateur gardener for several years, she found many kindred spirits here on the shore and joined the Greenthumb Garden Club in St. Michaels, took the Master Gardening Class in 2003 and has continued to volunteer and garden in the area and her own home.

“I have always loved mixing herbs in my perennial gardens for their beauty and aroma.  Since joining the CBHS in 2004, I have discovered the enjoyment of cooking with herbs as well as learning of their medicinal and restorative value,” she says.

The society usually meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.  Meetings include an herbal potluck dinner, a short business meeting and a presentation on an herb-related topic.  The theme for the May meeting is herbs for the zodiac sign Taurus (mint, thyme, violet and lavender).

CBHS was formed in 2002 to share knowledge of herbs with the local community.  The group maintains the herb garden at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

For more information, call (410) 827-5434 or visit www.ChesapeakeBayHerbSociety.org.