Road Closure in line with Thanksgiving Parade of Classics

The Saint Michaels Police Department is reminding Talbot County residents and visitors that Talbot Street will be closed for one hour this Saturday morning, Nov. 18. The closure of the town’s main thoroughfare will accommodate the annual Thanksgiving Parade of Classics sponsored by the Classic Motor Museum. The procession of 50 classic cars and trucks rolls through town between 10:30AM and 11:30AM. The police department is urging town residents and those living in outlying areas to plan their day accordingly.

The Parade of Classics has become a popular family favorite over the past few years. It begins at Perry Cabin Park and ends on the grounds of the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels on East Marengo St. This year, the museum will be hosting a grand opening celebration. Everyone is invited to tour the museum’s collection and enjoy lunch and entertainment. Admission, including lunch, is $15. More information is available on the museum’s website,

Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Draws Crowd

Pictured L-R are Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast speaker Lenox Trams, an Easton Police Officer; Easton’s Mayor Robert C. Willey, and speaker Alfred B. “Tim” Kagan, Jr. of Easton, realtor and civic leader.

Easton’s 35th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast drew a crowd of 200 people to the Tidewater Inn’s Gold Room in Easton. The breakfast featured speakers Alfred B. “Tim” Kagan, Jr. of Easton, realtor and civic leader, and Lenox Trams, an Easton Police Officer. Special music was provided by singer Cynthia Cooper Smothers and pianist Isaiah Embert. Scripture readings were done by June Billman of St. Mark’s UMC and Pastor Debbi Short of Tri Life Christian Center.

Spy Minute: Waterfowl Festival 2017

Launched in 1971, Easton’s Waterfowl Festival is a real community gathering.

The Spy started at one end of Harrison Street for what was described as “the world’s best cream of crab soup” that seemed to be enjoyed on a cold afternoon by one and all.

A new outdoor exhibit was set up right in front of us by Nanny Trippe.

Dogs, people and art of all kinds were in evidence for several blocks and after crab cakes at Christ Church, our group was drawn to the band outside the Academy Art Museum.

The festivities are fun for people and pets of all ages and the Festival runs today and tomorrow throughout Easton.

This video is approximately one minute in length.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Catching the Colors on Aurora Street

Enjoy this Talbot Historical Society Collection Postcard of early 1900’s Aurora Street, Easton, Maryland! In 1790 John Needles III surveyed Easton and one of the original stones can be found embedded in the sidewalk at the northwest corner of Dover and Aurora Streets ! By 1807 Easton contained 1,000 people and 200 houses and Aurora Street was one of the five main streets! Facts: “ Pot Pie to Hell & Damnation An Illustrated Gazetteer of Talbot County” by Dr. Laurence G. Claggett 2004.

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Scrolls for Troops Event Set for November 11 at Applebee’s

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, local Easton resident George Jackson is holding a Scrolls for Troops event to obtain messages of thanks for deployed members of the military. George takes huge rolls of paper to local events and businesses to have community members sign their name and leave a message for those who cannot join their families during the holiday season. He then send them overseas, one scroll to each branch of the military, so they can feel the warmth and gratitude shared by the Easton community.

George has been doing this for several years, and has found that his scrolls do indeed have an impact on those who are overseas. He will be at the Easton Commons Applebee’s on 11/11 this year, in advance of Thanksgiving and we’d really appreciate any help you can get sharing this event so we can get as many signatures as possible for these scrolls. No purchase is necessary, we just are asking for folks to come out, sign the scrolls, and help send warm wishes and appreciation to our deployed troops.


Spy Intern Project: It Shore Was Fun at the OysterFest!

This year’s OysterFest connected the entire community to what living on the shore is all about. Vendors, musicians, artists, and skilled craftsmen joined together for seven hours of enjoyment and education about life as watermen. Guests attended features such as an oyster stew competition, boat rides, cooking demonstrations, various children’s’ activities and much more. Watermen served fresh oysters from our own backyard waters for guests to slurp at the Oyster Slurp Off.

If you happened to miss this year’s OysterFest, don’t worry. There’s always next year!

For more information about the OysterFest, please click here.

Tori Pack is the Talbot Spy intern for 2017-18. A graduate of Easton High School, Tori has spent the last year as a mentor in the non-profit organization, Talbot Mentors. Tori’s interest in writing and film have ushered in a young voice for the Talbot Spy that still has much to say.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Catching the Halloween Parade in Easton

Happy Halloween from the Talbot Historical Society! Enjoy this Easton, Maryland Washington Street Halloween Parade E. B. Blades & Co. float c. 1940’s! The little guy in the top hat is too cute!Guessing the woman with the beak must be Mother Hen?

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Messick’s Long Walk Home Turns Into Annual Adventure Day

On November 18th at the Oxford Community Center, local adventure-seekers can experience on a small scale the journey that local attorney Robert Messick embarked on this year to benefit Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS).  Messick left in April to hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in an effort to raise money to support the shelter’s mission of preventing homelessness in Talbot County.   He has already surpassed $23,000 toward his $35,000 goal.

To honor his incredible effort and ensure that its impact continues now that his mission is completed, TIS has parlayed the Long Walk Home into an annual Family Fun Walk and Adventure Day.

Kids of all ages will join in a nature walk with stops along the path commemorating events that happened to Messick on the Appalachian Trail.  Once they arrive back at the Community Center, there will be several adventure activities – including a compass scavenger hunt – along with demonstrations, crafts, food and drink.

The nature walk and activities will be from 11 am to 3 pm, followed by a presentation by Mr. Messick about his Appalachian Trail journey.  While the walk and activities are geared towards families with children, Robert’s presentation is appropriate for all ages.  Admission to both is free, but donations to Talbot Interfaith Shelter are encouraged.  Suggested donation amounts are $10 per person or $20 per family.  If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the event, contact TIS’ Marketing and Communications Director, Jayme Dingler, at or 443-786-4676.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a voluntary interfaith-based service organization in Talbot County, Maryland. We are 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 our community.  Their vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing.

St Michaels Resident Receives National Maritime Society Award

Philip J. Webster of St. Michaels, Maryland received the National Maritime Historical Society’s Sheet Anchor Award last Thursday (October 26) at a sold-out black-tie awards dinner at the prestigious New York Yacht Club. The award is given annually for extraordinary service to the American maritime heritage community.

The National Maritime Historical Society’s mission is to educate Americans about our nation’s extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance in shaping America’s national prosperity and cultural vitality, and to promote the work of its national maritime heritage community.

The award was presented “in recognition of [Mr. Webster’s] vision, unwavering dedication, extraordinary leadership and talent promoting the significance of our maritime heritage, and advancing the greater cause of America’s maritime heritage organizations.”

Philip J. Webster (left) is presented the National Maritime Historical Society’s Sheet Anchor Award by NMHS Overseer and Awards Dinner Chairman George W. Carmany III at the New York Yacht Club

Mr. Webster is the Founding Chairman of the National Maritime Awards Dinner, which next April holds its 8th annual dinner in Washington, bringing together leaders from the entire American maritime universe. He is a past Governor, and Public Affairs and Marketing Chair, of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels; and a Trustee and past Vice Chairman of Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown, which operates a replica 1768 British merchant schooner, along with extensive educational programming for students on the Chesapeake Bay. He was a founding member of the USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee which saved the World War II battleship and established Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts, and President of the USS Sequoia Preservation Trust, working to preserve the Presidential Yacht. He also was a founding Trustee of the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, granting funds to over 20 nonprofits that offer swimming and boating programs for Chesapeake Bay youth.

On the Eastern Shore, Webster is also the Founding Board Chairman of the Avalon Foundation; Founder and Chairman of the Aspen Wye Fellows and on the Board of Advisors of the Aspen Institute Wye River Campus; past Trustee and Development Chairman of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy; past Vice President of Chesapeake Music; past Development Chairman of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation; Planned Giving Co-Chair of Christ Church, St. Michaels; and Development Committee member of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.

In a 45-year business career, Webster was a principal of two international communications consulting firms, and the chief public affairs and communications officer of three New York Stock Exchange-listed companies – Damon Corporation, Brunswick Corporation and Scott Paper Company. He has served on some 25 conservation, maritime, business, arts, foundation, hospital and educational non-profit Boards, often as their chairman. Educated at Cornell University and

Boston University, he has written extensively on historical, business and musical subjects, and lectured at Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, Fordham University, Boston College and Neumann College.

Webster is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Europe, Mexico and the United States. He was cited by President Ronald Reagan for his Private Sector Initiative in establishing The Helping Hand Program.

Spy Eye: Cover Your Chin for Charity….An Inside Look

The first week of this annual competition raising money for worthy causes in Talbot County has concluded and the challengers have been spotted around the area….with week-old beards.

The Spy is getting an inside look from one of the competitors and clearly interest will grow along with the beards between now and January 20th next year when the winners of the competition will be announced. You will find all the details on the group’s site –

Co-founders Adam Theeke summed up the effort earlier this year, saying, “if you are going to grow a beard competitively you might as well do it for a good cause.”

The competition raised over $20,000 last year and Theeke hopes to beat that number in 2018.

The competition began on October 20th, but there is still time to enter.

Contestants compete in multiple categories: Best Existing Beard, Best Moustache, Best Partial Beard, and Best Full Beard. And, most importantly, there also will be a Grand Prize awarded to the contestant who has raised the largest amount of financial donations in his name.

You can make your contribution online by going to the site where you can also associate your contribution with any one of the contestants. You may also designate to which of four charities you would like your contribution sent.